WHAT IS THE ZONA PLUS?
The Zona Plus is the first of its kind. And, while the physiology is pretty complicated, here is the explanation. The Zona Plus is a handheld, software-controlled device that uses isometric exercise to guide the user through a single session in just under 12 minutes. The device uses biofeedback, uniquely calibrated to each user, to optimize your performance for maximum results. Especially for those who do not – or cannot – participate in more common forms of exercise, the Zona Plus assists in managing cardiovascular wellness right from the comfort of your own home. The Zona Plus is not a substitute for a cardiovascular fitness regimen, but is perfect complement to any plan. As indicated by the FDA, the Zona Plus is “intended for adjunctive use in the overall management of cardiovascular fitness.”
WHAT IS ISOMETRIC EXERCISE
“Isometric” is the Latin word literally meaning “equal measurement.” As this relates to exercise, isometric exercise is the type of muscle contraction in which the muscle is tensed and working, but not actively shortening or lengthening (with no joint movement). Comparatively, concentric contractions are the type of contractions in which a muscle, or muscle group, is shortening (such as the abdominal muscles during a sit up) and eccentric contractions are the type of contractions in which a muscle, or muscle group, is lengthening (such as in the relaxation of the sit up motion). While all forms of exercise provide benefits, isometric exercise is unique in the benefits it provides. Isometric exercise is also ideal for people who suffer from chronic joint pain.
HOW LONG IS EACH SESSION AND WHAT DO I DO?
Each Zona Plus session takes just under 12 minutes. And the device will lead you through each step during each session. At the start of each session, the device uniquely calibrates to the user’s maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) (meaning that you squeeze as hard as you can on each hand). After that measurement is taken, the device calculates an algorithm for each of four short, two-minute segments. During each segment, the user is guided to hold the device at an isometric, static contraction for the entire two minutes. On the display, the device will provide both visual and auditory cues to help the user maintain a consistent squeeze. At the end of the four segments, the Zona Plus displays the session’s results (as a percentage of the total session which was held in the optimal range), giving real-time feedback.
CAN MORE THAN ONE PERSON SHARE THE SAME ZONA PLUS?
Yes! The device calibrates at each use, so it can be used by more than one person. The Zona Plus does, however, track progress for two unique users. Additionally, each Zona Plus comes with two lifetime logins to our tracking software found at www.bpcharting.com. Using these logins, users can track several data points about their usage, including their maximum voluntary contraction (MVC), score at completion, dates, times, and other health-related information.
DO I SIMPLY SQUEEZE THE DEVICE AS HARD AS I CAN?
Sometimes, people misunderstand the usage of the Zona Plus and just start to squeeze. In fact, the only time the device measures a maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) is during the initial calibration stage. Beyond the calibration stage, the device calculates an algorithm for use during the subsequent segments. Each segment uses a percentage of the MVC for each two minutes. And, rest assured that, even If your current grip strength is relatively weak, the Zona Plus is still effective. That is the beauty of isometric exercise. In fact, most people find that their grip eventually improves over time.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I USE THE ZONA PLUS?
For best results, it is recommended that a user complete a successful session once per day, five days per week. If a session is failed, it will cue the user to redo the session until a successful session is completed. To build a healthy habit, many users find it best to simply use the device daily.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS A SESSION?
If you miss a session, simply get back on track with your Zona Plus the next day. The most important thing to remember is to aim for five successful sessions per week for best results.
WHO CAN USE THE ZONA PLUS?
Just about anyone of any age or strength level can use the Zona Plus. The Zona Plus and its one-button operation, is very user-friendly, and it guides the user through each session, step by step. As with any exercise program, however, we recommend that you consult your physician if you have questions about use or effectiveness before adding the Zona Plus to your wellness plan.
DOES THE ZONA PLUS HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
The Zona Plus is an exercise device which uses the proven science of isometrics. As such, there are no known side effects. As with any exercise program, however, some users do report a small amount of discomfort during early use. Generally, this goes away within minutes of completing each session. As with any exercise program, however, we recommend that you consult your physician if you have questions about use or effectiveness before adding the Zona Plus to your wellness plan.
ARE THE EFFECTS OF THE ZONA PLUS PERMANENT?
As with any type of exercise, the benefits of the Zona Plus are only sustained with continued use. Any progress is not for naught, however. Like using a treadmill for weight loss, the effects are not immediately lost upon discontinuation of use, but may slowly return to their prior levels if usage is not continued.
DO DOCTORS APPROVE OF THE ZONA PLUS THERAPY?
While a great question, and while the Zona Plus is endorsed by doctors all over the world, it is your doctor’s opinion that matters most. The addition of any diet or exercise program into your wellness plan should be reviewed with your doctor.
IS THE ZONA PLUS FDA-APPROVED?
Zona Health received permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market the Zona Plus after determining it to be 510(k) exempt. Specifically, it is classified as a Class I device (Powered Exercise Equipment) under 21 CFR 890.5380. The Zona Plus was determined to be “intended for adjunctive use in the overall management of cardiovascular fitness.”
CAN I USE THE ZONA PLUS IF I HAVE AN ANEURYSM, MITRAL VALVE PROBLEM, OR ANY OTHER HEART/ SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION?
Although the Zona Plus has no known side effects, safety should always be your first consideration. The best person to consult on this topic is your doctor.
DO I NEED A COMPUTER TO USE THE ZONA PLUS?
No. You can still get the same results with the Zona Plus without transferring your data to a computer. You’re able to store data for up to 12 weeks within the device, so you can chart your progress manually. However, with the purchase of your Zona Plus Series 3, you are automatically eligible for two lifetime subscriptions for MyZonaHealth accounts. In your private online MyZonaHealth account, you can upload your therapy session data into the secure server on the Zona website to easily track your progress, and share your progress with your doctor.
HOW LONG WILL THE ZONA PLUS DEVICE LAST?
The Zona Plus is a high-quality, scientifically engineered device that is built to last, even with regular use. In fact, it’s been shown to last for more than 10 years. This latest Zona Plus model (Series 3) is built with the same quality standards, so you can rest assured you can continue to enjoy its benefits for a very long time, starting today!
I AM A DOCTOR AND WANT TO SPEAK WITH SOMEONE ABOUT PROMOTING THE ZONA PLUS OR BECOMING A PARTNER WITH ZONA HEALTH.
If you are a physician or other health care professional and would like more information on Zona Plus, we have a packet that can help you learn more. Please feel free to call our office at 866.669.9662 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, visit us at www.zonapartners.com to learn more.
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