Why is OsteoStrong ‘the Ultimate Bio Hack?’ Participants Experience Remarkable Strength and Bone Density Gains in Short, Weekly, Sweat-Free Sessions
Walk into OsteoStrong Greensboro, and you might think you’re in an upscale gym or spa. The decor is bright and minimalist; the equipment sleek and modern, with padded seats and electronic displays.
People mount the machines, and they press with their legs or arms, driving up the numbers on a display. They do so for about 15 seconds and then relax. At the end of the session, clients lay down, dressed as they are, for a relaxing HydroMassage, which uses water jets to knead the muscles.
But OsteoStrong is not a gym, and many of those coming in won’t even break a sweat. They will, however, experience extraordinary strength and bone density gains in just weeks. The program naturally builds bones, relieves pain, improves posture and does so quickly, with minimal time and effort and no adverse side effects.
It’s all due to the remarkable capacity of the human body to naturally regenerate, explains Caleb Wade, OsteoStrong manager. OsteoStrong stimulates the body’s own natural adaptive response to grow new bone tissue through compression loading. It’s the same kind of compression that occurs when people run, jump or lift weights. The difference is that OsteoStrong’s innovative machines enable users to painlessly exert much higher compressions than they would while doing normal exercise. Participants are in control of the amount of force they exert at all times, so it is always safe—and sweat-free too.
“We give people the opportunity to safely load their bones with force,” Wade says. “A lot of people think they’re going to be in a machine that compresses them. But that’s not the case. You’re the one doing the compressing.”
On the machines almost anybody in any condition can safely exert more than four times their body weight in pressure, he adds.
Mary Smith of Greensboro, a certified bone density specialist, went from skeptic to believer, after experiencing a steady reversal of the osteoporosis she had in some of her weakest bones, and strength gains of 150 percent.
“All areas scanned are increasing in bone mineral density and T-scores,” she says. “My posture is better and lower lumbar region feels stronger.”
Now, she says, she advises patients to consider trying OsteoStrong, especially if they are uneasy with the side effects of medication.
“Everyone is different, but this has been a plus for me,” she says.
OsteoStrong Greensboro, located on New Garden Road, opened in 2017 and is part of a network based in Houston with locations in about two dozen states and six foreign countries. It was originally developed primarily for elderly women suffering from osteoporosis. Now, even elite athletes are using the program to enhance their strength. One study of 500 people using the program weekly found, on average, strength gains of more than 70 percent after one year, and more than 200 percent after four.
Jack McAuliffe, North Carolina regional developer and owner of the Greensboro location, says OsteoStrong engages and strengthens the whole musculoskeletal system safely.
“A lot of people eliminate back and joint pain because all the muscles’ connecting ligaments get stronger and all your joints are pulled in tighter,” he says. “Joints stay in alignment better. And it helps balance, which is something important because that helps prevent you from falling.”
Clients come in for one 15-minute session each week. They start off by stepping atop a vibration plate for stimulating the nerves.
Then they go through four stations, which engage the legs and hips, upper body, spine, the rib cage and midsection. According to OsteoStrong’s website, the machines allow for “robotic optimized positioning” of the body. People in such a position can exert enough force to safely and naturally generate bone growth and increase strength. Company literature reports that more than 150 peer-reviewed studies confirm the program’s effectiveness
At OsteoStrong Greensboro, Wade demonstrates on one of the machines that resembles a leg press, though it has no weights attached. Participants press an unmovable plate with their legs as hard as they can for 15 seconds. The monitor feeds back the amount of pressure they’re putting on the plate. Mary, for instance, exerted more than 1,500 pounds of pressure during her session.
“You’re put in the strongest possible position on the machines so as to trigger the body’s natural adaptive response to increase bone density and strength, Jack says.
“It’s a gradual, significant and measurable increase,” he says. “People feel it in reduction in pain. They’re able to do more, have better endurance because of their increased strength.”
Jack says clients can come dressed as they are, rather than in special workout gear. OsteoStrong Greensboro offers one free session for those thinking about signing up.
During an initial evaluation, clients undergo a wellness assessment which includes a balance test and bone density screening.