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Fitness Equipment Basics

´╗┐Fitness Equipment Basics

Fitness equipment can be split into 2 basic areas, first there is aerobic or cardio fitness equipment which is designed to give you a fitness workout to burn off calories & loose weight. Secondly there is strength/muscular fitness equipment which is designed to tone, or increase in size, your bodies muscles.
Most fitness equipment that you would expect to find in your local gym or fitness centre can now be purchased for home use depending upon the space you have available & the type of fitness equipment you require.
For aerobic fitness equipment you should consider a treadmill, an exercise bike or a rowing machine.
Treadmills are popular because you can walk, jog or run on them making them an ideal piece of fitness equipment for the beginner right through to professional athletes, being suitable for all levels of fitness. Make sure you choose one with a wide belt that is long enough for your stride. If you jog or run a lot then you should consider a model with cushioning between the belt and treadmill bed to lesson the impact on your joints.
Basic models are powered by the user but you should choose one with a motor to vary the speed, the faster you like to run the higher the motor speed you should choose. New treadmills will set you back approximately $299 for a self powered one up to over $5000 for a motorised commercial style one.
Exercise bikes are a popular item of fitness equipment especially for home use, with numerous types available. Apart from the standard upright exercise bike some models now offer upper body work outs as well. The latest designs have recumbent seats which support your lower back & leave your hands & arms free to use weights for upper body exercise. Cost $229 or less to $2599.
Rowing Machines are a very useful piece of fitness equipment particularly for those with knee problems who feel they are not up to running or cycling because of their problem. They come in many different designs from lightweight foldaway to heavier more rigid designs. New equipment should set you back $239 to $1900.
Fitness equipment for strength/muscular work comes as individual pieces, such as dumbbells, weight benches, leg or abdominal equipment or for a total body workout you could try a home gym which should set you back between $399 to just under $4000 depending upon the space you have available and your budget.
For the best results you should choose at least one piece of fitness equipment from both the cardio fitness equipment & the strength fitness equipment, with a home gym being the recommended piece of equipment for the strength work. Make sure you choose fitness equipment that you know you will enjoy using & not something that will end up stuck in the garage.
(c) John Mac 2006

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The Advantages, Disadvantages, and Exercises on a Fitness Ball

The Advantages, Disadvantages, and Exercises on a Fitness Ball

Most people dream of getting into shape, losing weight, and exercising more. It can mean signing up at local gyms. However, many fitness enthusiasts prefer to purchase home fitness equipment that can be effective for them. They can take the benefits of a total workout while at homes and within flexible times.

One of the best options to consider is buying a fitness ball. It is the time for you to experience a unique workout at home. There are various reasons why this equipment has become very popular. In fact, it is utilized by most physical therapists to treat their patients from back pains.

A fitness ball having a diameter of about 55 to 85 centimeter is made of elastic rubber. It is utilized in exercise and physical therapy. There are various names for a fitness ball such as exercise ball, Pilate’s ball, gym ball, therapy ball, balance ball, body ball, yoga ball, sports ball, and Swiss ball.

The major benefit of a fitness ball exercise is enabling the body to respond to the ball’s instability while keeping the balance and engaging more muscles as well. Keep in mind that the muscles are strengthened upon struggling to maintain the balance. The core muscles of the body, back muscles, and abdominal muscles are the target of the fitness ball programs of exercises.

Exercises done on a fitness ball will never bore you. In fact it can challenge your stamina, patience, perseverance and, self-discipline. This is the true form of exercising, working the entire core muscles to achieve the best results.

A fitness ball is effective because of its rounded shape. It can create instability to induce your core body muscles to work. Compared to floor crunching, the muscles that are only working are the upper abs, but when you do the crunching on a fitness ball, the core muscles including abs muscles, back muscles, pelvic muscles, and hip muscles are working together in helping you stay on the ball.

Try doing a few pushups using a fitness ball, your hands on the floor and your feet on the fitness ball or vice versa. This exercise gives more stability when the feet are spread apart and tougher when the feet are put closely together.

Although a fitness ball provides many advantages, there are also some pitfalls especially if overused. Strength coaches revealed that it can cause injury and approximately 70 percent of fitness ball exercises are considered worthless. Nevertheless, it is still prescribed by some therapists in treating patients with back pain.

Incorporating a fitness ball in your fitness program can mean surpassing all the difficult levels involved during the exercise. Each requires support from your stomach muscles and back to help in keeping the trunk muscles firm. More often, a fitness ball is good for people who have lower back pain. Other uses include developing overall strength and control of the body’s core muscles, increasing the strength of back and abdominal muscles, learning proper posture and body mechanics when lifting objects, and increasing mobility of the lower back.

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Home Fitness: Exercise Equipment Choices

Home Fitness: Exercise Equipment Choices

There are several considerations when buying exercise equipment and the biggest challenge is perhaps choosing the one that matches your budget, space and fitness level. But regardless of these factors, you are most likely to land on any of the following exercise equipment:

Treadmill is a popular piece of gym equipment that has become the primary choice of anyone who wants to maintain an exercise routine at home. It lets you walk, jog or run anytime of the day, any month of the year – regardless of season and weather condition. A good treadmill costs at about $1500 but it can go as much as $3500, depending on the brand and features. When selecting one, focus on the load capacity, wide belt, incline settings, safety shutoff, smooth action and solid construction.

Elliptical Trainer is a no-impact exercise machine that simulates running and walking without causing excessive pressure on the joints thus decreasing the risk of impact injuries. The machine can be set from low- to high-intensity work out that is suited for all fitness levels. Today, elliptical trainers are the most popular piece of gym equipment. Price ranges from $500 to as much as $4000. Try out different brands when buying one.

Rowing Machines are excellent for those who want a total body workout. Requires little space, the rowing machine simulates the body movement of watercraft rowing targeting both the upper and the lower body muscle groups. Proper posture is required to avoid back strain.

Cross Country Ski Machines provide a full body workout, targeting both the upper and the lower body muscle groups. However, this type of machine is hard to master. So before buying one, make sure that you try it out first and see if it is really for you. People who use a cross country are often the best experienced exercisers with sufficient skills, who want a challenging workout.

Step Machines or steppers are low impact exercise machines that improve cardiovascular fitness and build and strengthen lower body muscles. A good step machine can be very expensive. Choose the right one or consider other alternatives if your budget does not fit.

Stationary Bike is composed of pedals, a paddle and some kind of handle similar to a real bike but used as exercise equipment rather than a means of transportation. A stationary bike is good for new exercisers or for those who like to have a no-impact cardiovascular workout. A quality stationary bike costs between $500 and $1000.

Recumbent Machines are like stationary bikes but with the rider sitting in an inclined position. The main advantage of a recumbent machine over a stationary bike is it provides better lower back support, thus minimizing the stress on the knees. A recumbent machine has the same aerobic effect with that of a stationary bike and targeting the muscles of the quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteus.

Resistance equipment is often known as either free weights or multi-stations or home gyms. Both have pros and cons and purchasing either of the two requires major thinking. Free weights are reasonably priced and require less space but they also require greater supervision and instruction as they are more likely to cause injury. Multi-stations on the other hand are more convenient to use but takes up a lot of space and the price depends on the quality of the machine. Take your pick.

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Fitness center: The Mecca for Good Body and Health

Fitness center: The Mecca for Good Body and Health

Maintaining a physically fit body is vital to being healthy. Fitness centers can help us to keep in shape. In a fitness center, one would find a lot of equipment in which he can physically exercise.

Below is a listing of the equipment and programs commonly found in fitness studios:

* Treadmill

This is a piece of sporting equipment that allows the user to run without actually moving a distance. The word treadmill is used to refer to a kind of mill which is run to grind grain.

The treadmill operates by the principle called belt system in which the top side of the belt runs to the rear so that the runner could run the same distance. Therefore, the speed of the mill can be measured or set since the rate of the belt equals the rate of the runner.

* Weight training

Weight training is under the strength training program designed to develop the size of skeletal muscles and physical strength. It uses the principle of gravity; the trainee’s force would be used to oppose the pull of the earth. This weight training makes use of different kinds of equipment to develop specific groups of muscles. Dumbbells, weighted bars or weight stacks are the most commonly used.

* Cycling

Cycling is commonly done by people who want to improve their cardiovascular health and fitness. In this view, cycling is particularly beneficial for those suffering from arthritis and for those who are not fitted to play rigid sports like running which require strength of the joints.

* Swimming

Swimming is a very good exercise. Swimming is also usually recommended for those who with disabilities or who want to rehabilitate after injuries.

* Racquetball

Racquetball is a sport game where racquets are used along with a hollow rubber ball. This can be played either in indoor or outdoor courts. Unlike other racquet sports like badminton and tennis, the usage of the floor, ceiling, and walls of the court is legal instead of out-of-bounds. Two players are involved in the game, although some variations of this game have three and four players.

* Aerobics

Aerobic classes usually include stepping patterns, done with music and signals directed by an instructor. Researches show that aerobic is one of the healthiest exercises. Aerobics, literally meaning “with oxygen”, helps the body to use consume the oxygen more efficiently by training the lungs and heart. This helps to reduce stress and to control weight.

* Basketball

While this very common sport is an indoor game, other variations have been popular as this sport can also be played outdoors.

* Yoga
Yoga focuses on meditation. It is considered as a way to both spiritual and physiological mastery.

* Martial arts

Martial arts are structures of arranged traditions and practices of combat training. Martial arts today are not just being learned for combat purposes, but also for fitness, self-defense, mental discipline, self-cultivation, and character development.

* Physical therapy

Physical therapy deals in maximizing and identifying movement potential in promotion, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation. This includes services that are concerned with circumstances where function and movement are threatened by injury, disease, or ageing.

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Getting the Most out of A Fitness Video

Getting the Most out of A Fitness Video

Home exercise can be more fun when done with fitness videos. In fact, more people are hooked on buying exercise videos because of its vast range of availability. However, some people may doubt the advantages offered by fitness videos. If this is the problem, then they must know some of its great benefits.

• Fitness videos are created for home exercises. Doing workouts at home provide a lot of benefits than going to the fitness gyms. First is the flexibility of schedules. People can do their workouts anytime without worrying how to deal with the crowd of exercisers in a gym. They don’t need to wait for the equipments, meet every scheduled class, or wear appropriate clothes for the exercise. Each fitness video can be used as many times as they want without any fees. But every time you go to a fitness gym, they are required to pay the price. They can also cut mileage expenses for driving cars from their home to a fitness gym.

• Fitness videos are available in a wider range of different types of workouts including strength workouts, aerobic workouts, combination of these first two workouts (circuit workouts), stretching, yoga, and even mental exercises like meditation. These workouts are also available in different styles which include step aerobics, dance aerobics, Pilates, jump rope, and kickboxing.

• Fitness videos are flexible. There are fitness videos for beginners, moderate exercisers, or advanced exercisers. People can also choose videos for particular purposes including workouts for children, for pregnant women, for seniors, and for individuals affected by back pains.

• Fitness videos without requiring any fitness equipment. In addition, fitness videos using equipments such as rubber tubing, stability balls, mini-trampolines, aerobic steps, body bars, free weights, or multi-stationed home gyms are also available. Take note, there is always an available fitness video for any equipment.

• Purchasing fitness videos are easy. These items can be found on the internet, department stores, and catalogs on fitness equipments. Shopping is very convenient and effortless. However, keep in mind these three tips:

- Get fitness videos according to the workouts you really enjoy.

- Select fitness videos that will meet your fitness goals. For example, your objective is to overcome stress then tai chi or yoga videos are good for you; if your goal is weight loss, then aerobic videos perfectly suits you; if you have previously done aerobics exercises, then more advanced dance choreography videos is perfect.

- Consider the space for doing the exercise. Choose fitness videos that are fitted to the area. Aerobic videos need a bigger space compared to yoga videos. Doing aerobic exercises needs forward, diagonal, or backward movements. While doing yoga simply needs one spot to stay.

• Fitness videos are good tools for helping people get the right amount of workouts even at home. Structured routines are given and provide various types of exercise in various intensity levels.

• Fitness videos are effective if followed. People just waste their money if they purchase fitness videos and just simply watch it and do nothing. They need to get up and do what must be done.

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Walk The Road To Fitness With These Wonderful Tips (2)

Walk The Road To Fitness With These Wonderful Tips

If you want to be healthy, you have to be fit. There is no way around it. Some people are apprehensive about setting up a fitness program, but if you have the right information, it can be easier than you think. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Use the stairs every time. One of the easiest, yet most overlooked, exercises you can do is to go up and down the stairs. You do not need any fancy equipment or special apparatus in order to use stairs. As few as three stairs is enough to get a great workout.

Don’t attempt to maximize your overall weight limit by adding a whole bunch of weights at once, without testing it. Try adding about 20 to 30% more than what you usually lift and then test, to see if you can handle that first. Start by lifting it off the rack and then holding it for a couple seconds and then placing it back onto the rack. After about 3 or 4 minutes, try your max and it should feel lighter than before. Never attempt this without a spotter, though.

Home gyms may seem expensive, but you can create a small gym in your house for less than you may think. A treadmill, exercise bike and a set of weights, will only cost a couple hundred dollars. While your local gym may offer a lot more, most people don’t have time to go to a gym every day.

If you have access to an old large tire, such as one off of a piece of farm or construction equipment, it can be used in fitness exercises. One such exercise is, flipping the tire over and over again for a certain distance. The resulting work out will greatly improve fitness.

Try keeping a journal of your workout progress to help motivate yourself. For example, keep track of how much weight you can lift, how long you can run, or how fast you can run a given distance. Each session, focus on beating your previous bests. This is a great motivational tool that stops your workout from becoming stagnant.

At garage sales or at online websites such as Craigslist you can often find really low priced weights and other exercise equipment. Getting the right equipment to exercise with can make a big difference, and when its bought for a good price it makes things even better!

Even if you can’t squeeze in many workouts at all, there have been studies that show people gain tremendous benefits from just two twenty minute workout sessions per week. If you are in a down period try to get forty minutes of workout time per week to stay healthy and maintain the gains you’ve already made.

Working on your fitness doesn’t have to be scary or boring. It can be exciting and fun if you have the right program in place. Use these tips as a way to get moving on your fitness journey. Get fit, get happy, and be healthy at the same time.

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Try These Suggestions For Enhancing Your Fitness Lifestyle

Try These Suggestions For Enhancing Your Fitness Lifestyle

When we are young, fitness comes easily. We play sports or are active in our daily life. But sometime during middle age, our fitness tends to decline. And in our retirement years we may begin to really pay a price for letting our fitness wane. This doesn’t have to happen. Here are some tips that will help to make your story a happy one of continued fitness throughout life.

Try to stretch your tight muscle areas. The tighter a muscle area is the longer you should stretch it. Flexibility is important and tightness in a certain muscle group can become a hindrance unless you take the proper necessary steps to stretch it. People who are older generally need to flex for longer periods of time, so take that into consideration as well.

To stick with your workout routine, find a fitness friend. People who are trying to lose weight have much more success if they have a workout buddy. Knowing that someone is counting on you to be at the gym or outside for your morning run keeps you from skipping out on your sweat sessions.

When you’re working through a fitness regimen, remember that you should always warm up. If you are under the age of forty, hold your stretches for thirty seconds. If you are over the age of forty, your stretches should be held for sixty seconds. Muscles become less limber as you age, so it is wise to adjust your workout to keep on top of these changes.

Invest in a good pedometer to track the steps you are taking. A healthy goal per day is to get in 10,000 steps per day every day. Purchasing a pedometer will let you keep track of how you are doing and motivate you to make those changes to get more in. Treat it like a game and see if you can beat your best.

A great fitness tip is to use safety pins when you’re bench pressing or performing squats. You can set up safety pins at a spot where you don’t want to lift any further. The safety pins will hold the weight if you don’t have the strength to finish the lift.

Buy a piece of exercise equipment. The investment will make you more committed to getting fit, and it is a convenient way to get your exercise done. Shop around for the best price and get a good deal. Make sure you purchase a quality piece so it will work for a long time.

Don’t waste your money on expensive gym equipment. Most likely you won’t use it more than a few times and it’ll end up sitting in a corner somewhere gathering dust. Instead, use your body to workout. You can do push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and hundreds of other exercises without any equipment.

We hope these tips on fitness have given you a lot of good ideas. Applied well, this knowledge can help you avoid debilitating conditions later in life or to minimize the conditions that cannot be wholly avoided. Fitness is like holding a rope taut, not letting it go slack. Keeping fit throughout life is its own reward.

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Home Exercise And Training Gym Equipment Basics

Home Exercise And Training Gym Equipment Basics

Setting up a home gym for your exercise and training programs can be very convenient especially if you are really serious into staying fit. Having one at home can help ensure that you always get the fitness training and exercise that you require in order to stay healthy. With a home gym following fitness programs no longer have to depend on whether you have the time to go somewhere else just to do them and stay fit.

Certain basic equipment is what a home gym needs for it to provide an effective overall fitness regimen. That does not mean that you have to buy all those fancy gym equipment that seem to be very popular in posh gym clubs. First of all, they can be very expensive. Only the very basic is what a home gym usually needs. Here are some of them:

Enough Floor Space For some people, home space does not matter much when setting up a home gym. But a little bit of planning can help make use of available space more efficiently, no matter how small. But aside from space for the basic gym equipment, a good home gym should have enough floor space also for doing some basic exercises. Having enough floor space can sometimes even be enough to give you a thorough work out. For the very basic of home gyms, sufficient floor space is all you will ever need along with knowledge about basic training techniques such as calisthenics and basic aerobic exercises.

Using Dumbbells The use of dumbbells is an easy option for your strength training needs. Even having only a set of dumbbells can give you a thorough strength workout. What is good about them is that they are versatile and handy enough to use in even a limited area of a home gym. Not need for other gadgets to set up. An inexpensive gym equipment to boot, dumbbells are a must have in your own home gym.

The Chin Up Bar The floor space will allow you to do push ups as part of your exercise regimen; you would need chin up bars to do pull up exercises. Both push ups and pull ups are quite effective in trying to build your upper body strength. Chin up bars would be the simplest equipment that you ca have for doing pull ups.

Jump Rope Another common basic equipment to include in your home gym is the all around jump rope. It allows you to do cardio exercises without having to go out for a run. A jump rope allows you to do cardio exercises from where you may be standing. A jump rope should not be absent in any basic home gym. Jump ropes would e the perfect tool for a home gym with limited space. If you find that you just don’t have the space in your home to set up even the very basic treadmill, a simple and inexpensive jump rope would be a good and simple alternative.

A home exercise ad training gym need not be the one with the most number of sophisticated gadgets to be effective in keeping you fit and healthy. All you need is to have the very basic equipment so that you may be able to do the most effective fitness program there is.

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Finding the Right Trampoline For You

Finding the Right Trampoline For You

Trampolining is a great way to get fit while having fun, but how do you find the right trampoline for you? Like so many other products these days, including fitness equipment, there is such a vast array of shapes and sizes available that any choice can seem completely overwhelming. But if a trampoline seems like the right fun and fitness choice for you, here are a few tips to bear in mind before you step into the store.

Buying the wrong type of fitness equipment can result in serious injury, so it is always worthwhile investing some time and energy in finding not only the right trampoline for you, but also one that is constructed to the very highest safety standards. Be sure to do some research on the trampoline’s manufacturer before you sign on the dotted line, making sure that they have a reputation for producing high quality goods. Also be sure to find out if the manufacturer or retailer offers a warranty and/or return policy, just in case some flaw should exist in your trampoline.

Any piece of fitness equipment will only be as well used as it is suited to you, so before you buy, be sure to have thought thoroughly about your trampoline expectations. Some basic traits relate to the high quality construction mentioned above, such as a sturdy frame and a taut base that will allow you bounce to your heart’s content. Above and beyond this, personal taste comes into play. Do you want to use your trampoline indoors, or outdoors? Do you want to share the jumping experience alone, or with others? All these factors will help you decide what style of trampoline is best for you.

Choosing the right trampoline can allow you bounce your way to health and fitness, so be sure to invest some time examining the market to find the best trampoline for you. While we all love a bargain, remember that you usually get what you pay for, so don’t shy away from paying a little more to get a sturdier trampoline, especially if you anticipate heavy usage. When you know you have made the right choice, there will be no limits to your fitness fun, and you will bounce yourself all the way to better health.

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When Looking For Abs Exercise Equipments

When Looking For Abs Exercise Equipments

You need to get in shape for summer because those sunny periods are just around the corner and almost everyone is shopping for their bathing suits. A major consideration during this time also is whether the swimwear will fit, and if the legs are toned and the arms fit.

To get the perfect shape you desire, you need to keep up with the daily sit-ups, though many people don’t seem to like it, but those darn abs workouts are very beneficial. Despite the reluctance of most to embrace exercise, they still want a great set of abs, which is why there are several abs exercise equipment in the fitness market. Irrespective of your gender, abs are important, and you really need to test out some of the modern abs exercise equipment.

I don’t have any abs exercise equipment, and to be honest, I prefer doing my workouts without machines. Why? Because I believe doing pull-ups, push-ups, etc is not the right way for anyone who is trying to stay fit. However, most people will rather go for current abs exercise equipment in the market like benches, treadmills, and Stairmasters, no doubt these are great stuffs if you can afford it. You can utilize any of the present aids if they are available.

My wife has this big rubber balls-I must admit I don’t know what it is. The variety of workouts she uses this abs exercise equipment for is amazing, as I have seen her use them for stomach and back workouts. I was surprised when I first saw it, but I now realized how it could provide a platform for strenuous workouts and help to build muscles. Till today, my wife continues to use it daily for several workouts.

Certainly you will have your own preference of abs exercise equipment, perhaps it is the abs exercise equipments in the local gym or fitness club that catches your fancy These two places typically have different types of abs exercise equipment for members use, but regardless of what type you prefer, daily abs workout routine is necessary to maintain a tight stomach.

And if you need help about abs exercise equipment or simple regimes, the Internet is there to answer all your enquiries. From information on diets to fitness routines, you will find it all on the huge resource of the Internet.