Wow, I can't believe you mentioned the Z Bar ... I have one! I bought it on ebay two or three years ago, and seem to remember paying around 5 dollars for it. It came in the original box, with an illustrated instruction chart enclosed. It says on the chart "Z" Bar Sales Corp. Box 2553, ton, W. Va. Copyright 1963 by Wilford R. . The chart shows an older gentleman in slacks, dress shirt and tie, performing the exercises. The first exercise is pulling out on each handle at chest level, then move the hands downward below the belt, then push in on bar and return to starting position. Another exercise shows him bending over with one handle under his right foot, pulling up with his right hand, then doing the same on the other side. Six exercises are shown in all, and all but two (the first one
and the last one -- holding the bar overhead and pulling out on the handles) are done on both sides. The ones done on both sides are counted separately, giving a total of "10" exercises.On the back of the chart it says:"Exercise without movement, one minute a day for physical fitness, strength, and health. Functional isometric contraction is a system of strength-building exercise without movement -- strength through the static resistance of the muscles. Development of tension without a change in muscle length is known as isometric or static contraction. Tension developed in a muscle is the stimulus necessary for strength improvement. Strength and tone of muscles can be developed through isometric contraction. Isometrics, as a form of physical fitness, means mental fitness too, means a more attractive body; and it means more endurance, more energy, and the expectancy of a longer and fuller life. To obtain a maximum of benefit it is
necessary to exert a maximum force against this immovable object. This maximum force is exerted for 6 to 12 seconds. A muscle can grow only so fast regardless of how many exercises you practice. It is possible that an average person can gain five percent a week in strength and in a twenty-week period can double in strength and will increase capillary action to forty percent. A momentary shortage of oxygen causes the tiny blood vessels, the capillaries, to grow stronger and with that the muscle grows stronger too. The muscle must be overloaded to cause it to increase in strength and muscle tone. This method is fairly new having been used in rehabilitation work and just come into its own in athletics in the last few years. It has been shown that an almost total retention of strength will be held for a year after a six-week training period. Muscular strength is attributed in part to the nervous system. The findings also indicate better relaxation because
of greater use of nervous pathways. Don't overwork. One repetition in each exercise is enough. Ten exercises six seconds each one minute per day. Your maximum goal is ten exercises twelve seconds each, once in the morning and once in the evening. Two minutes per day. There is no valid excuse in the future to be out of shape, out of muscle tone, to be fat, flabby when it is so easy to keep fit, strong, and healthy."It is indeed a *very* basic little device, but rather clever. It looks like a little silver bar, about a foot long, in the shape of a Z. The "handles", forming the top and bottom of the Z are about 4" long, with a heavy clear plastic tube around them and black rubber caps on the ends. To: bullworkerclub Sen
t: Sun, April 4, 2010 5:02:25 PMSubject: Re: Telepander Isometric Exerciser
> I've just uploaded a photo of a Telepander.
> Does anyone remember this exerciser.
> Here in Australia it was sold by Bullworker Service going back about 40yrs ago. But I haven't seen it since.
In passing if anyone has an interest in another Pre -Bullworker exerciser that looks very basic, a search for Z bar might educate or even amuse.Judging from the box that I have have a picture of, it must have been brought out in the early sixties when there was a bit of an isometrics craze.The box has written on it...One minute a day will keep you physically fit through isometric exercises with the new Z Bar.Elsewhere is written increase your strength in weeks.....and. ....Works wonders for the whole family.I have a picture of the device itself and it has no moving parts as far as I can see.It is a z shaped piece of chromed metal that is pulled on and possibly pushed as well.
Despite the fact that I would think its about as rare as hens teeth.I have seen one for sale on the net.Ed