When it came time to getting a physical exam for his 50th birthday, Dr. Kim Manwaring was shocked to find out that he suffered from low bone density. His condition, called osteopenia, is a precursor of osteopersis and can lead to easily broken bones. This condition is rare in 50 year-old men, and medication is a frequently recommended option for increasing bone density. Not wanting to take medication, Dr. Manwaring decided to do some research for ways to improve bone density. He found that low heavy loading can be effective in helping with bone density. Typical low heavy loading activities are weight lifting, jump rope, jumping on trampolines . . . or super awesome pogo sticks!
Not wanting to work out in the traditional ways, Dr. Manwaring looked for exercise options that would lead to more fun. After doing some research, he come across some crazy videos from a new company called Vurtego that promised to be working on a new air-powered pogo stick that could jump six feet plus. This was before Vurtego had actually created our first pogo stick for sale, so when Dr. Manwaring called to place an order we had to turn him away. He didn’t give up easily, however, and as a result he was one of our first customers; some would even call him an original product tester. The ability to take his pogo stick to different locations and put in short periods of exercise throughout the day was appealing to Dr. Manwaring. His schedule as a pediatric surgeon left him with long periods of intense focus interspersed with short breaks. Those short breaks could be used for exercise, but many traditional forms of exercise wouldn’t fit well within his routine. Enter the Vurtego pogo stick, which he used to perform 1,000 jumps every day broken up into four intervals of 250 jumps each.
Over the course of his workout regimen in those early days, Dr. Manwaring reports losing 22 pounds, achieving better sleep, and fixing common issues like irregularity. More then a decade later, Dr. Manwaring is still jumping on his Vurtego pogo sick. He prefers to keep his jump height to 2-3 feet or less and uses a couple smartphone apps to count total jumps and quantify his g-force. According to him, the soft trampoline-like feeling keeps things easy on his knees and should enable him to continue his pogo regimen well into retirement.