Subtitle: Please, if you have not yet, take a moment and ready the first Jyze post. The Tuesday Testdrive which never transpired.
Following that post, the inventor of Jyze was kind enough to drop by & attempt (once again) to help me in my failure to Jyze.
Let me assure you, you are not alone! For some people (about 10-20% of humans), Jyze can be hard to use the first time. But, after a 2-3 minute maximum learning curve, and sometimes with a little coaching, I have not found one person that couldn’t use Jyze successfully.
It’s like riding a bike your first time. Who got it with no help? And who can forget how once you’ve conquered the idea of pedals spinning and looking a few feet ahead rather than straight down at the ground. I promise, Jyze is much simpler but takes a teeny sense of rhythm.
Hi, I invented Jyze. Well, just this version. The concept of a spinning disc on a string has been around for at least a century. Ask anyone over 70 if they’ve ever seen something like Jyze and they’ll tell you about finding the largest button in grandma’s jar of buttons, hooking a loop of string through two of its holes, and winding it up. Pull, relax, pull again. Not a big deal, right? My point? If generations of our ancestors could figure this out, keep after it for a few minutes longer and you’re sure to break through.
So, let me try to walk you through this process of winding Jyze so that you can realize the much-promised benefits of winding up fit on your next walk.
First, let me warn you of the most common beginner’s mistake: PULLING THE HANDLES WIDE APART AND WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN IS A WASTE OF TIME. It’s sort of like sitting on a bike and hoping it will take you someone. C’mon!
1) Unwind the Jyze disc and rope completely.
2) Lay Jyze out on a table with the handles apart.
3) Pick the disc up a bit and wind it 20 or so times IN THE SAME DIRECTION.
4) Rest the disc on the table and read the next point before doing anything else.
READ THIS IMPORTANT CONCEPT BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE. Jyze only works when you do the work. It doesn’t exercise you. You exercise you! Remember, sitting on a bike won’t get you anywhere. You have to pedal. Remember pedaling a bike too hard and having your foot slip off the pedal forward as you came around the turn?
Here’s the most important Jyze concept in more detail. When you start pulling, you’ll tug both hands wide apart and then let off by moving your hands a little closer together (by six inches or so) and WATCH THE DISC WIND THE ROPE BACK UP. As the disc slows, you’ll tug again, winding it in the opposite direction. If you only pull and then wait for something to happen for you, you’re out of your ever-loving mind. Stay with it for a few minutes and you’ll find the rhythm that makes using Jyze so powerful.
5) Pick up a handle with each hand, leaving the Jyze disc resting against the table. (If you picked up the disc and it came unwound, start over with Step #1.)
6) Tug the rope by pulling the handles away from each other. Don’t jerk it, yank it, but simply tug it smoothly. This should spin the disc with a smooth action.
7) Immediately let off a bit (handles a closer together by six inches or so). Don’t slap your hands together. Just simply let off a bit.
8) Watch the disc as it twists the rope back up. As it slows, tug again. Don’t wait for the disc to come to a complete stop before you tug again. Don’t watch it unwind in the opposite direction. You actually have to participate in this part!
9) Repeat. As you get the basic action down, winding faster and pulling harder will come automatically.
Now, if you’d asked me to teach you to ride a bike via blog, I think I would fail. But if you’ll believe that frontier children played with a button on a string long before you or I were born and island children today still play with something similar (I have no idea what it’s called), and you’re willing to try again, then you have a chance of being successful with Jyze.
A personal confession? I struggled at first to get the darn toy that gave me this idea to stay wound. But why quit because you struggled a bit! Who of us gave up learning to ride a bike when the promise of fun trips down the sidewalk was so close? You can do this!
Wind up fit!
P.S. I’m still willing to take that call (even make one!) if you’re not successful after this attempt to explain things.
The below is what happened when I attempted to put the message into practice.
Please to remember there is a reason I lift weights. Im wholly, utterly and entirely uncoordinated.
What we have here is MizFit’s failure to Jyze. Would you fail? Who can say.