Thinking of Buying a Used Treadmill – Are You Crazy? Do Not Make These 5 Stupid Mistakes

First things first, decide whether a treadmill is for you. Before you invest several thousand dollars in a treadmill only for it to end up being a clothes hanger, you have several things to consider. With so many people purchasing exercise equipment that they do not use, the market is full of used exercise equipment in excellent condition and some in not so excellent condition. We'll address this in later paragraphs. Where do you start? Try checking your local newspaper for individuals selling their equipment, yard sales, and estate sales. You can also find some real bargains via online sources such as online classifieds and eBay. Many areas also have second hand sporting goods stores that sell used fitness equipment. Why not pay them a visit and see what they have to offer? The savings can be significant.

Here are the some great reasons why to buy a treadmill:

1. The treadmill will save you time. You can set your workout schedule and you do not have to worry about getting to a gym early enough to find an open machine, yours is always available.

2. No excuses, it's in your house, get off your butt and use it.

3. The treadmill will create opportunities for your kids to be present while you are exercising. Your son or daughter can work on a homework assignment or coloring book and there's no daycare or babysitter to worry about.

4. No more gym fees. Investing in a treadmill at home means no more $ spending 25 to $ 30 a month on a gym membership just to use their equipment. Or even worst spending that money every month and NOT going.

First Things First: Treadmill History 101

Believe it or not, treadmills were not always meant for human use. The first treadmills were invented in 1875. Called "level power" treadmills, they came in either large or small, the large ones were used by horses to power threshing machines, and the smaller variety were used by dogs and sheep to power butter churns. It was not until 1952 that cardiologist Robert Bruce, along with his colleague Wayne Quinton, developed a treadmill designed for humans to use. Quinton eventually sold his interest to Stairmaster and the rest was, well, history. You may have heard of Quinton treadmills. The world has proven that the human treadmill was a great idea, its longevity and popularity speak volumes. Sears alone is reported to retail over a billon dollars worth of treadmills a year. The Sporting Goods Manufacturers' Association maintains that consumers spend more money on treadmills than any other fitness equipment designed for home exercise. There has never been a single year since their first commercial production that treadmill sales have declined. If you require further proof, take a look in any gym. You will not find many of the pieces of equipment peddled by personal trainers on late-night infomercials. They may be surrounded by much hype, but are not always as glorious as they claim to be. And usually can not not take a real exercise regimen. Treadmills, on the other hand, have consistently proven their usefulness and solid construction over the years, which is why they're staples in every workout facility. Does not matter if it's a commercial gym or your local apartment building workout area, chances are you will find a treadmill.

According to a study conducted by the Medical College of Wisconsin and the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, a sixty-minute run on a treadmill will burn an average of 705 – 865 calories – more than other standard fitness equipment such as rowing machines (at 606 – 739 calories per hour), stationary bicycles (595 – 604 calories), cross-country ski machines (595 – 678 calories), and stair machines (637 – 746 calories). But that's only the beginning of the benefits offered by the treadmill.

The news is in, and medical experts agree that walking is great exercise. Whether it is a daily power walk around the neighborhood or just a stroll around the block, walking is a great way to lose weight and gain fitness. Unfortunately, however, the weather does not always cooperate when it comes to getting the exercise we need. When it is too rainy, too cold, or too hot outside, it can be quite difficult to keep up with even the most well intentioned exercise regimen. That is perhaps why a treadmill can be such a great purchase, and why treadmills are such popular pieces of exercise equipment. A quality treadmill has a number of important advantages over many other kinds of exercise equipment.

They're good for any fitness level. Whether you're just starting your exercise regime or are an old pro, you can find a speed setting that will give you a great cardiovascular challenge.

They're adjustable. Maybe you feel that you need only a light workout or two or three times a week with a treadmill, you can vary your intensity accordingly.

They're versatile. Technology has made it possible for today's treadmills to offer a variety of options. You can choose programs that focus on cardio or fat burning. You can work to improve your speed. You can simulate running uphill. There are pre-set programs, or you can combine varying levels of incline and speed. You may also want to program your own workout.

They're low-impact, but not impact free. You will not reach your goal of cardiovascular fitness if you can not exercise, and you can not exercise if you're injured. Running (or walking) on ​​a treadmill is a safe bet. Their surfaces absorb impact and lessen pressure on critical joints much better than running on concrete or asphalt. The chances for injury are greatly lessened with low-impact exercise. Most treadmills have a safety key or safety shut down system just in case you should fall, they will turn off instantly.

They're convenient. Raining? Snowing? Blistering heat wave? No problem. Treadmills can be used under any weather condition, so you'll never have to get a rain jacket or sweater in order to use one. Plus, most treadmills available on the market today have places to keep your water bottle, towel and reading material. On some of the new treadmills you can plug your MP3 or iPod right into the treadmill console. Some have TV's and the internet on them. And, of course, a workout will always fit into any schedule. For example if you get home from work, it's already dark outside, and you do not feel comfortable walking alone, you can always hop on the treadmill. No excuses!

If you're in the market for a treadmill, you may be confused (and surprised!) By the different types and terms you'll encounter. There are residential home treadmills, light commercial and commercial treadmills. Folding ones, motorized and non-motorized it's enough to make a novice want to buy a pair of running shoes and hit the road. Let's break it down a bit and compare the ins and outs of each.

Motorized vs. non-motorized. On a non-motorized, or "manual," treadmill, your feet do all the work. If you slow down or stop, so does the treadmill. Manual treadmills can be difficult to get started, and if you desire a change of incline during your workout, you have to stop the machine, get off, adjust the incline level, and get it started again. In a nutshell, there's really no advantage to buying a manual treadmill as opposed to a motorized one. The reason cited most often is the cost. Manual machines are much cheaper than their motorized counterparts, but it's important to remember that they're not usually constructed as well, either. If it's cost-effectiveness you're concerned with, it is not hard to find slightly used motorized treadmills for a fraction of what they'd cost brand new. We'll discuss this at more length in a minute. Think of all the people who buy treadmills then never use them and are willing to part with them just to get them out of the way! My thought is if you are looking for a manual treadmill just walk outside or inside and save yourself some time and money.

Some other considerations that you must address before purchasing any exercise equipment would include number of users, maximum weight of the users, and frequency of use. Also know that all treadmills are rated for a maximum user weight. A user exceeding the maximum weight rating chances cracking the walking deck or at worse burning out the moving parts rather quickly. Lower end models generally are rated at a maximum of 250 pounds. It is also recommended that you purchase a treadmill with a CHP (Continuous Horsepower) motor as opposed to a THP (Total Horsepower) motor. Lower end treadmills will have a DC powered motor, while many commercial treadmills may have AC powered motors.

Also check the application of the treadmill, most residential treadmills are labeled for "In Home Use" only. The warranty will be void if used in a gym or other commercial type setting ie: condominium or apartment workout rooms. Most residential treadmills will use a regular 110 volt outlet, while most commercial treadmills may use 220 volt outlet. If you're confused about which type of motorized treadmill to buy, it pays to do a little research and comparison. Ideally, you'll want to purchase a machine that has 1.5 – 2.5 CHP motor.

OK, after all this you still want a treadmill?

1. Before You Head Off To Make A Purchase

Take into account how much space you have available. Obviously, if you live in a small apartment or have a limited amount of space, you're not going to want a large treadmill. You need to know how much space you have to store and use the equipment. Fortunately, there are pieces of fitness equipment available that you can fold and easily store. If you're pressed for space, these can be an excellent alternative to bulky equipment. You must realize that most full size treadmills will take up a foot print (floor space) of 3 feet wide by 6 feet long. Most ICON Fitness treadmills do fold, you will find these treadmills at your big box retailers like Sears, Costco and Wal Mart. Also at specialty retailers like Dick's Sporting Goods and The Sports Authority. They are sold under many of the following brand names, Nordic Track, Pro Form, Weslo, Weider, Epic, Healthrider, Gold's Gym, Free Motion, ICON, Reebok, Body Fit, IMAGE, iFit.com, Sears, Horizon, Ironman and Smooth, just to name a few. As a side note in 2007 some of the manufactures also starting making ellipticals that fold, but that is a totally different subject.

2. Consider The Expense Of The Appropriate Treadmill

This sounds like a no brainer right, the cheaper the better. But you need to consider how much would the treadmill you "need" cost new. When I say "need" I mean, "runner vs. walker", "Usage vs. number of users". Do not be penny wise and dollar foolish. Not every less expensive treadmill is a good deal. The phrase "you get what you pay for" most certainly applies to exercise equipment. If you are a serious exerciser or runner you will need to spend more money to get a model that will last and offers features that most runners expect. If you want a treadmill and you are a serious runner then a budget for a new treadmill might be in the $ 1500.00 to $ 3,500.00 dollar range. This would be considered a Light Commercial Treadmill. If you are a walker, a few times a week, for only 30 minutes at a time then your new treadmill budget might be in the $ 700.00 to $ 1,500.00 dollar area. This is considered a Residential Treadmill. So if you are a serious exerciser the new treadmill average would be $ 2,500.00 dollars. On the other hand a purchasing a used light commercial treadmill you might consider spending in the $ 800.00 to $ 1,500.00 dollar range.

If you are a walker your new average treadmill budget would be $ 1,000.00 dollars. Then you should consider spending $ 400.00 to $ 700.00 dollars for the used residential treadmill. No one says you have to have the fanciest equipment in order to meet your fitness goals. Even if you're on a tight budget, you have lots of available options. A few sets of dumbbells may be all you need to build and tone muscle and something as simple as a jump rope can give you an excellent cardiovascular work out. Do not underestimate these simple solutions! You may want to give them a try before investing in a treadmill that takes up space. After all, who wants to spend money an elaborate treadmill that may become a clothes hanger?

3. Establish Your Exercise Goals

This should always be a high priority. Exercise goals should be clearly thought out before considering the purchase of any type of fitness equipment. You do not know how many customers I ask, how often do you use the treadmill? They will tell me at great length the amount of usage the treadmill is getting and then I will check the "hours used" function on the treadmill, only to find out that after 5 years of ownership, the treadmill has less than 100 hours usage. Is your goal to achieve better cardiovascular health or is it to build and tone muscle? If cardiovascular health is your primary goal, a treadmill, stair climber, elliptical, upright bike or a recumbent bike might be the best option. If you want to tone or build muscle, choose a machine that allows you to do resistance training, preferably with weights. This could be a cable system, free weights or resistance bands.

4. Features, Features, Features

Decide what's important to you. What is the maximum speed? Does the treadmill incline? If so, how high of a percentage? Do you need programs? Do you want to make your own programs? How about items like fans, TV's, orthopedic walking belts, large console displays, book holder. Does the treadmill only have front rails or does it also have side rails? Heart monitors, did you need this feature for medical reasons? Do you want a model with a wireless heart rate detector? If so, is the treadmill capable of this feature and if it is, will this be an additional expense?

5. Ok, Ready Set Shop

Hit the used exercise equipment stores, if you need to feel and touch your purchase. Some areas have "Play It Again Sports" stores which specialize in used equipment. Check the Yellow Pages. But you may find better discounts on-line. Just like shopping for a new car, the best time for purchasing a used treadmill is when the new models start coming out for the Christmas shopping season. The Christmas to New Year's Eve time is the "season" for retailers of exercise equipment. This is due to the fact that most exercise equipment buyers find a need to get in shape for the holidays, with company parties on the horizon, and New Years resolutions right around the corner. They may want to trade up to a better model and you may get a great deal on a used one at this time. Purchasing a used or reconditioned treadmill from a dealer can definitely be a smarter purchase. The exercise equipment dealer will usually have done all the maintenance and replaced any needed parts. They will clean the treadmill and make sure it is safety ready for its new owner. The dealer will usually offer delivery, setup and some type of limited parts and labor warranty. You may have to pay a little more money to purchase from a reputable exercise equipment dealer, but the added expense may well be worth it. Especially if they include a warranty, delivery and setup all for one price. Can you purchase an extended warranty? I've always believed that extended warranties are money well spent, especially since treadmills can be expensive to repair.

Always be cautious on purchasing a used treadmill from a private party. Have you heard of "Buyer Beware"? Well if that saying ever was appropriate it is here and now. Do you know that most consumers when purchasing a treadmill whether new or used only "test" it for an average of 30 seconds? That's right; they walk on the treadmill for 30 seconds and make a major decision. Large manufactures have timed customers without them knowing and this is a proven fact, 30 seconds. Now, why do I mention this, because treadmills tend to take a beating, and one of the biggest technical problems a treadmill can have is that it will shut down after 30, 40 or 60 minutes. It's over heating, it may have a bad motor, worn walking belt or other electrical problems. So will your 30 second test run tell you that this "Great Deal" of a treadmill will not be such a great deal when you get it home and it shuts down during your first workout? Treadmills can be big and heavy, not for the average person to be lugging around.

You may have to pay a little more money to purchase from a reputable exercise equipment dealer, but think of the time and effort you may save. Are you shopping on eBay, Craig's List or some other internet sites? Check closely, many internet deals are for "Local Delivery Only". Do you have to pick it up and set it back up once you get it home? How will you get it home? Do you know how to un-assemble the treadmill and re-assemble it without breaking it? You may have to un-assemble the treadmill just to get it through doorways. How old it the treadmill? Even though you may be hearing that it was only used once by my grandmother, beware, especially if it's over 10 years old. Personally, I would not purchase a treadmill over 10 years old, so be careful. And of course no matter where you are buying the used treadmill from negotiate, negotiate, negotiate.

Bottom line, if you've decided that a treadmill is for you, you must remember that not every less expensive treadmill is for you and it may not necessarily be a good deal. It pays to be well educated with well defined fitness goals before making a purchase of an expensive piece of fitness equipment you may never use. After all, do you really want to look at that abandoned clothes hanger for a treadmill every time you go home? But you can get a "Great" deal with a little education and patience.

Elliptical Equipment: The Ideal Piece Of Home Fitness Equipment

The newest cardio equipment that has hit the fitness market is the elliptical training equipment. It gives individuals full and low impact body workouts. However, people must learn if these machines have been living up on the beneficial claims.

The University of Wisconsin's researchers known as La Crosse have compared the motorized treadmill from the NordicTrack Ellipse elliptical trainer. They focused on parts like the cycle ergometer and stairstepper to determine the differences among the provided exercise modes of both equipments. Their study revealed that running a treadmill and Ellipse displays no important differences in terms of heart rate, calorie expenditure, and oxygen consumption. Both equipments have provided superior workouts on its test subjects over the cycle ergometer and stairstepper.

The researchers also discovered that impact forces that are produced by the Ellipse is similar to walking, while running a treadmill became the number one activity in providing maximum amounts of exercise impact, which could cause knee and joint pain. John Porcari who is the lead researcher explained that the Ellipse ground forces reaction is less than a half, compared to treadmill running, thus the motion of each equipment is giving workouts with similar intensity. Moreover, orthopedic injury is less likely to be acquired.

The ACE (American Council on Exercise) commissioned a recent study headed by Doctor Len Kravitz. It was conducted at the University of Mississippi camparing 4 elliptical trainer's overall qualities.

The equipment being tested are the NordicTrack's Ellipse selling at $ 599.95 dollars, the ICON Health and Fitness, Incorporated's HealthRider Elliptical Crosstrainer at $ 499.99 dollars, the Guthy-Renker's Power Train at $ 199.80 dollars, and the Quantum Television's Cyclone Crosstrainer at $ 399 dollars.

Seven women and seven men performed the rigorous elliptical trainer testing. The four elliptical trainers surprisingly displayed similar test outcomes including perceived exertion ratings, calorie expenditure, heart rate, and stride speed. The perceived exertion ratings range from 12.5-13 correlating to a challenging yet a comfortable workout. The ACE's study on each equipments revealed that effective workouts are given to both women and men. Their burnt calorie was equivalent to an 11.5 minutes mile running or a powerful aerobic dancing.

University of Mississippi's researchers also surveyed each machine's personal responses on the provided test subjects. The overall preferences based from the fourteen participants have ranked the equipments from the top to the least of their favorites. The Ellipse is on the top of the list, second was the HealthRider, third was the Power Train, and the last was the Cyclone. Nevertheless, Consumer Reports magazine have recently reported problems on the Ellipse in the form of durability failures. Needless to say the researchers and test subjects have proven the effectiveness of NordicTrack's Ellipse.

The research team of Dr. Kravitz also provided their comments. Five out of seven women has been hit on the knees by the Cyclone's center guard panel. The HealthRider started to make an extremely loud noise on its metal parts after a one hour use.

Moreover, Kravitz stated that the Cyclone and the Power Train appears to be made inexpensively to have a competitive price. The HealthRider is a product launched before it's ready but it's very smooth when running on it and gives a highly satisfactory service although the quality has not been tested. The ellipse compared to other equipment is more solidly built, feels smooth, runs smooth, and the most durable.

The studies from both universities lend credibility on the elliptical trainer's effectiveness. Make sure you thoroughly do your own research prior to purchasing any fitness equipment including elliptical trainers.

Important Things to Remember When Looking for Workout Gear

Choosing the right workout gear is very important. The clothes you need to wear should provide more comfort when doing your routine. This will help you enhance your performance when working out. The first thing you need to consider is getting the right size. Make sure the fit is not too tight or loose. Other than this, there are more things you need to consider. To give you more ideas, here are some guidelines when looking for workout gears.

The "breathable blends"

When looking for workout clothes, choose the materials that can wick or draw away moisture from your skin. This is very important especially for those moderate to advanced workouts where you sweat a lot, as evaporating sweat is what cools down your body. Most athletes prefer synthetic blends because of its ability to "breathe." Avoid using clothes made of cotton. These can retain moisture against your body. Use clothes made from polyester, spandex, or nylon.

Choosing the right fit

The clothes you need to wear should allow a free range of motion. It should not "pinch" or overly restrictive. Avoid using clothes with too many straps or those that chafe under the armpits or inner thigh areas. These things can disrupt you when working out. For activities such as Pilates or yoga, stretchy, fitted fabrics that wick away sweat is your best choice.

Look good, feel good

Other than comfort and function, you should also consider style. You can always look good by choosing the right fitness accessories. Instead of wearing oversized clothes, look for simpler but stylish clothes. Most women today prefer wearing colorful transitional pieces, which they can wear in and outside the gym. Search online for more fitness accessories you can use. Some items you can find are hooded jackets, jogging pants, running skirts, flared pants, and air cool jerseys.

Choosing the right footwear

As in any other sports, you need to find the right shoes for your needs. Ask your instructor for some recommendations. Most athletes today prefer cross-training shoes when going to the gym. This is because they provide the best cushion and traction when working out or running on inclined planes. It is also advisable to choose the right size to prevent common injuries. This should also come with a comfortable pair of socks.

Considering your safety

Your safety should always come first. Anytime you run or bike outside, consider wearing bright, reflective clothing. Look for safety gears such as helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads. You should also wear gym gloves when lifting dumbbells or doing your bench-press.

Workout clothes: Changing seasons

Hot season – During warm summer months, make sure to choose the fabrics, which allow your skin to breathe and wick sweat away. Wear clothes that are cool and comfortable, and allow you to move freely.

Cold season -You'll need to dress warmly when it's cold outside, but keep in mind that you'll be working out. Dress in layers you can remove. Keep seat-wicking fabrics on your inner layer, and put an insulating layer on top. Always cover your head, ears, and hands to protect them from cold.

Fitness Equipment Review – Orbus XT501 Touch Screen Elliptical Cross Trainer

Seeking fitness equipment may be a daunting task. There are such a large number of brands and aspects to consider that they oftentimes blur into a tangle which is difficult to sort out. Many fitness pros agree, however, that the elliptical trainer is an effectual method to attain a low impact, total body workout with a large amount of cardiovascular advantages. Following is some material on a best-selling elliptical, the Orbus XT501 touch screen cross trainer.

Regarding the Orbus XT501 Touch Screen Elliptical Cross Trainer

Based on a best selling elliptical on eBay UK, the XT501 was designed and developed on the XT520 model, long regarded as an excellent value. At present the XT501 is an eBay top seller as well. This is a mains powered, fully programmable with an innovative backlit touch screen that allows for ultimate control over your workout. The Orbus name is identical to quality and this elliptical is not an exception. The XT501 is sensible machine produced from heavy gauge steel with a likewise heavy duty flywheel that weighs a significant 10kg. Despite your physical fitness level, the XT501 will supply a testing, brisk workout whilst decreasing stress on bones and also joints. The integrated computer will engage and involve you, boosting your incentive while retaining a safe exercise amount. The cross trainer’s tension adjustments are managed electronically, so you have remarkable smoothness and seamless transitions.

More Characteristics of the XT501

The XT501 has dual action handlebars and also soft touch hand grips to ensure comfort and safeness. Heart rate is calculated by brushed stainless steel automatic pulse sensors. There are 14 standard programmes that provide a big variety of workouts including rolling, valley, fat burning, ramp, mountain along with interval. The computer in addition calculates time, rapidity, distance, calories used, as well as watts. Watts is a gauging of the force of a workout. It designates how swiftly you are burning calories. For example, running will have a higher watts value than just walking. The XT501’s computer will also guess a body fat measurement. Pick from a lot of levels of resistance for your fitness regimen and then cool down in the “recovery” mode. The machine’s computer is able to store several user profiles, hence any user can get a customised workout. For diversity, you can proceed in either forward or reverse. No matter what direction you choose, the XT501 has unusually noise-free performance. There is an expediently situated on-board water bottle and wheels render the equipment so simple to move. This elliptical will carry a maximum user weight of 120kg (18.90st). has a comprehensive and detailed instruction manual. The XT501 also has TUV certification. This means that it has been rigorously tested to adhere to the strictest European standards and rules. The machine is 120cm in length x 60cm in width x 156cm in height and requires close to 30 minutes of minor set up. It has a weight of 42kg. Be expecting to pay between £250 and £350 for this elliptical, which has proven to be one of the most reasonably priced machines in its class.

Rowing Machines Are An Excellent Fitness Machine That Should Be Included In One’s Routine

Rowing machines are an excellent fitness machine that should be included in ones routine. They are the perfect fitness equipment both for losing weight, improve stamina, burn calories and as well to rehabilitate muscles, ligaments and joints after an injury.

If you are looking for a low-impact piece of exercise equipment that can provide everything from fat-burning cardiovascular aerobic workouts to anaerobic strength-training workouts, you should consider purchasing a rowing machine. There are numerous brands and styles to choose from, and there is a wide price range as well. They are great for a home gym, and some are even compact enough to be stored underneath your bed or couch. It’s no wonder that rowing machines born of the Great Boom of the early 80s are now a staple of so many yard sales ($15 and not a penny more). They are to rowing what the first running machines were to running; essentially unrelated. These days, technology has moved many exercise machines much closer to the motion they are intended to mimic, and rowing machines make a particularly good case study.Whether you have real-life (meaning, on water) rowing experience or not, using a rowing machine is a great way to stay active and healthy.

Fitness

Rowing helps me maintain fitness, and my weight, and it allows me to be injury free. Fitness rowing machines based on magnetic resistance are available utilizing only magnet resistance or a combination of magnetic and air resistance. If you go to your local Gym or fitness centre, you will probably find rowing machines. You should be exercise equipments fitness gymn home erie luxury homes customer reviews on gazelle fitness equipment debt consolidation rate wholesale fitness equipment.

The best abdominal exercises Indoor rowing machines – now close to perfection Rowing machines are the business for calorie burnIs there an alternative to the Concept 2 indoor rowing machine. Rowing machines The term “rowing machine” has come to mean a machine used indoors for exercise or training purposes and which simulates the motion of rowing a boat using a pair of oars and a sliding seat. They exercise muscles in your arms, back, abdomen and legs. Rowing exercise offer both aerobic (heart and lungs) and anaerobic (muscle strengthening) benefits. They are an intense calorie burning exercise. They are fruitful in attaining fitness in true sense Fitness is dear to every one in the present era. Rowing also provides aerobic conditioning and strength training which makes rowing a very time efficient exercise. Rowing is also one of the few exercise machines that can strengthen the back. They offer you the chance to increase the tension setting and speed to challenge you. They are amazing for their gliding on water feel. Rowing MachineHome> The fitness benefits of a rowing machine are countless.

Health

Health, October 2003 Rowing Machines Offer Total-Body Workoutby Dina Mishev One of the least-used gym machines may be just what you need for toned arms, shoulders, and thighs. I had rowed my way to heart healthiness and was given a clean bill of health by my physician and taken off blood pressure medication. Dieting is only a small part of the whole weight loss / health regime. Eating healthy for the sake of feeling good and practicing moderation and enjoying foods is way high up there in the tree. I am proud of myself for prioritizing my health. I’ve been thinking about the whole weighing in thing with this my renewed effort in getting healthy. General manager Tom Carter says: “We are trying to help young people understand the benefit cardio exercise can have and how integrating gym work into a healthy lifestyle can reap fantastic benefits. We’ve been told that BMI is a good measurement of your weight and health status and that by just losing weight we’ll be healthier and live longer.Luckily for me the gym had two Concept 2 rowing machines. Indoor rowing is one of my preferred forms of exercise so I’d love to have a rowing machine in my home- this would not only be convenient, but the one in my gym is a piece of junk. If anyone has any experience with rowing machines I’d love to hear some thoughts.

Indoor rowing is one of my preferred forms of exercise so Id love to have a rowing machine in my home- this would not only be convenient, but the one in my … […]on 09 Aug 2007 at 1:47 am Rowing Machine » WaterRower Club (S4) Rowing Machine. When I researched rowing machines I became convinced that a magnetic rower was the perfect fit for my home. The air resistance mechanism ensures a smoother ride than the piston resistance machines. With the Proform R400 rowing machine you can work all the major muscle groups with one machine. It is a solid machine and it appears to be one that will last for years. (Report this) 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful: This rowing machine ROCKS.

After having purchased an inexpensive piston rower (which was not so bad,

by the way) I tried in a fitness shop some magnetic rowers and I found them much better. So I shopped around and I tried the Tunturi R30, The Kettler Coach, the Fitness Quest Integrity 3000, the Water Rower,the Lifecore R900, the Life Span and the Body Craft VR 100. I found that the Body Craft has the best value for money ratio. It is built very well, its ergonomics are handsome, the workout is fantastic, and the price is very acceptable. I particularly like the position of the footpedals and of the handle-bar,which I think is perfect.It also looks like it is very durable and it will last forever. I am very much satisfied, and would recommend it to everyone looking for a classy rower at a very honest price.

Conclusion

Rowing machines are an excellent fitness machine that should be included in ones routine. When you are looking for rowing machines in a store or online its important to buy the best machine for you on the market. The rowing machines are supplied with detectors of time, tempo, distance and burnt calories control. Cardiovascular machines ? steppers, treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical and rowing machines are aimed at improving cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Exercising with Rowing machines is a complete exercise that is satisfying, enjoyable to do and provides a balance of fitness benefits.The secret to a good rowing machine workout is to get your legs involved. Secure your feet with the straps. Start your motion by pushing back with your legs, then pull back on the handles. With double handles, just follow the track. With a single handle, bring it toward your lower chest. Slide forward to the beginning position and repeat. Rowing machines are easy to use with just a little practice.You may think of rowing as more of a sport than an exercise. It’s actually both. Rowing machines are relatively low cost pieces of aerobic equipment that can give you a great dry land workout and condition your muscles for on-the-water rowing, if you want to do that. Rowing machines take up some space when in use, but many can be folded for storage, making them good for home workouts.

Fitness Equipment: The 21 Epic EL 2980 Elliptical Trainer Review

Total body fitness has never been as important as in today’s self-conscious society. Looking your very best not only has an effect on the way other people see you, but also helps to enhance your self-image. What better way to get yourself in shape than with a superior quality piece of fitness equipment? Elliptical trainers are a popular choice for those just starting on their fitness journey or for those well into their journey. If health and fitness is a preferred factor in your life, then we would like to introduce you to an excellent, effective exercise machine that can sculpt your physique into what you want it to be-The 21 Epic EL 2980 Elliptical Trainer.

Overall Rating: 4.3 out of 5.0

Key Features:

Offers 20 Personal Trainer Workout Programs including aerobic, performance, and weight loss and 4 additional heart rate programs for a wide range of exercises from which to choose.

Has a BodyPulse Heart Rate Monitor to achieve ultimate cardiovascular benefits

Comes with iFit Fitness Journal

Has inbuilt Sound System for your listening enjoyment with Compatible Music Port for iPod

Is equipped with ClearView™ Backlit Display with a wide angle for easy reading. It displays time, speed, resistance, distance, RPM, pulse, calories burned and carbs burned

Comes with a CoolAire™ Workout Fan for a pleasant, cool breeze so you won’t get overheated as you work out

Price: About $1,999 (web price)

Product Description:

Smooth styling, refined technology, effective workout programs– the Epic EL 2980 has everything. This elliptical is designed with an extra-long 20 stride-length that gives the user a longer stride; yet, it is still space-saving.It also is equipped with an aluminiumglide track which eases the friction level hence providing an amazingly smooth performance. The 21 Epic EL 2980 is an incredibly durable elliptical which has the ability to accommodate a 350 lb user capacity. A CoolAire Workout fan incorporated in the console enables a more extensive and more comfortable workout. This machine has oversized, self-levelling articulating pedals to assure that your feet remain level. This diminishes ankle rotation. Generally, this level of technology is found solely on more expensive commercial merchandise.

Product Specifications:

Model: Epic EL 2980 Elliptical (EPEL69908)

Maximum User Capacity: 350 lbs

Warranty: 1 year parts and labour

Product Features:

This is Epic’s highest range elliptical, offering more features that any other elliptical with its maximum 350 lb user capacity as well as guiding rails much like the high-end ellipticals you would expect to see in gyms or fitness centres. In addition, this elliptical is hardwearing and constructed from steel. The resistance is magnetically distributed to the flywheel providing you with a frictionless, smooth ride. The low levels are ideal for beginners or long duration rides while the high levels provide a tough challenge for short, quick muscle strengthening workout routines. The workout programs include 20 various Personal Trainer workout programs plus 4 heart rate programs designed to maintain a perfectly paced heart rate as you gradually advance through your work out session.

About the Workout Programs

The Epic EL 2980 comes with a fantastic range of workout programs for specific fitness goals. They’re divided into aerobic, weight loss and performance each individualized toward the specific program you choose. This provides a fantastic workout variety.

The 4 heart rate programs are used with the built in heart rate sensors in each handlebar. The resistance level adapts to optimize your heart rate and keeps you in your target zone. It also increases when you need to raise your heart level and decreases when you need to lower it. Previously only athletes used this method; but it’s becoming popular in gyms and home fitness too. It is a very highly-developed technique.

Warranty Information: 1 year parts and labour warranty

Conclusion:

In our opinion, the 21 Epic EL 2890 Elliptical Trainer is a great investment for both trained professionals and beginners. The wide range of fitness programs and resistance levels can ultimately provide either a mild workout for those on a beginner’s level or a more strenuous workout for those looking to train for a particular fitness event or achieve a more advanced level of fitness. The extra features such as the built in sound system, the oversized foot pedals, and the CoolAire Workout Fan, just add an extra bit of incentive to choose this particular piece of fitness equipment. By and large, this elliptical trainer outshines many of the leading competitors and can be purchased at a sensible price.

Fitness Equipment Review: The Johnson W8000 Air Rower

The fitness equipment you choose can have a profound effect on the success of your exercise programme. Make an ill-considered decision, and chances are you’ll use the equipment less than you should, or not at all. Exercise equipment can be quite expensive as well, so do be sure to look at a wide range of machines with an open mind. Often, people who think that they’ve decided on an elliptical or treadmill change their minds when they look at other types of machines, specifically rowers. In that spirit, we’d like to offer a brief review of the Johnson W8000 air rowing machine.

Fitness Equipment: Key Features of the Johnson W8000 Air Rower

This is a premium quality rower with an excellent simulation of the true rowing motion. One of the key factors in this fidelity of movement is the slide distance of the seat, which has been carefully designed to reciprocate actual rowing motions. The seat slides on a light and durable aluminium rail, giving a true “on the water” feel. Another important feature is that the seat design has been developed to accommodate uses of all body sizes and ages. For about £900, you’ll get a stylish and reliable rower with state of the art features and functions. The W8000 is a low-maintenance rower that does not require mains power.

Fitness Equipment: More About the W8000 Rower

The console display on the W8000 is extra large for great visibility of the quality LCD screen. The readouts keep you informed and motivated, providing all-important feedback on your workout. The console tracks time, distance, strokes per minute, strokes, calories, watts, and heart rate. There are 3 programme modes: training, manual, and race. Heart rate is measured by way of an inbuilt receiver. The resistance comes from the fan blade system, and has a 12-level range for plenty of flexibility and variety. The fan also provides a cooling breeze. This is a commercial quality machine, so you can expect years of trouble free service. Mains power is not required, but batteries are needed to power the console display. You should know, though, that the W8000 does not fold for storage. In the open position, it measures 269 x 51 x 102cm (L x W x H). The rower weighs 41kg, and will support a maximum user weight of 160kg. For a mid-priced piece of fitness equipment, the W8000 offers a bevy of desirable features.

Fitness Equipment: Benefits of Using the Johnson W8000 Air Rower

The air rower offers the closest thing to an authentic rowing experience. The variable resistance makes a machine like the W8000 an appropriate choice for users of any fitness level. Air rowers are superior to fluid-filled (hydraulic) rowers because hydraulic rowers often lack a smooth range of motion. Hydraulic rowers also tend to be heavy, and their resistance sometimes is not consistent from stroke to stroke like the W8000’s is.

For a high-quality piece of fitness equipment, look no further than the Johnson W8000 air rower.

Affiliate Marketing Tips and Keywords For Selling Fitness and Exercise Equipment

As an affiliate marketer your main job is to presell the products that you are promoting on your website. When you are preselling exercise and fitness equipment, knowing the reasons why people buy them allows you do a better job at preselling.

Below are some of the reasons that people want to buy exercise and fitness equipment. These reasons can also be why people would buy equipment for someone else.

To lose weight and tone their muscles

To become healthier and feel better

To build a lot of muscle

To make their body to look more attractive

To slow down the aging process

To help in the recovery from an illness or injury

To please their family members or other people in their lives

To fit into their clothes

To be more successful in their career or get a new job

To follow an order from a doctor

To get health insurance or life insurance

To be able to exercise in the privacy of their home

To prepare for an upcoming event such as a wedding or high school reunion

To make a one-time purchase instead of buying a gym membership

There are many types of exercise products that affiliate marketers can promote. It is a good idea to choose a niche to specialize in.

Below is a list of some of the products that you can promote.

stationary bikes

spin machines

Pilates machines

free weights

rowing machines

gliders

treadmills

weight machines

trampolines

ski machines

ellipticals

resistance bands

multi equipment machines

jump ropes

stair climbers

balance balls

sports training equipment

ab machines

You can also feature products related to exercise equipment on your website. Some related products are:

Exercise clothes

Videos and DVDs on exercise programs

Health and fitness magazine subscriptions

Diet plans

Books about healthy cooking and eating, diet plans, exercise plans

Extra equipment or attachments to the products

On your affiliate website you should have words or phrases that will help sell the exercise equipment. Sometimes just one word will resonate with a person and persuade them to buy.

The following are positive words and phrases related to exercise.

lose weight

feel healthy

look better

stop aging

build muscle

increase stamina and endurance

no embarrassment

improve confidence

get in shape

live longer

increase energy

feel thin/sexy/younger/more attractive

look thin/sexy/younger/more attractive

tone up

fit into old clothes

keep the weight off

enjoy the beach

lose fat

eat more

wear a swim suit

Using images and graphics on your website will also help sell the exercise equipment. Visitors to your site will project themselves in the pictures and this will help persuade them to buy.

Some imagery ideas are:

Before and after pictures of people getting into shape

People smiling and enjoying exercise equipment

People at home using the equipment while watching TV or being near their young children

If you are planning to drive traffic to your website by using pay-per-click advertising you will need good keywords for your ad campaigns.

Here are some keywords and phrases related to exercise equipment.

fitness equipment

exercise bike

home fitness

gym equipment

gym machines

home gym

exercise equipment

fitness machines

weight lifting equipment

used exercise equipment

exercise machine

exercise

abdominal equipment

fitness exercise equipment

home exercise equipment

weight equipment

exercise program

exercise bike equipment

sports equipment

fitness exercise

Informative articles are something you should have on your affiliate website. These not only help sell the equipment but will help the search engine optimization of your site. Articles will keep visitors on your website for longer and will improve the overall quality of your site.

Here are some ideas for articles relating to exercise:

How a person used the equipment to quickly lose a lot of weight.

How a person got in shape and it helped them get a date.

How a person improved their overall health and fitness

How easy it is to set up or use the exercise equipment.

Building a list of subscribers will enable you to establish a long-term relationship with your visitors. In order to get them to sign up for your mailing list or newsletter you can offer them a free information product related to exercise.

Ideas for free information products related to exercise are:

A list of good and nutritious foods to eat.

A list of exercises they could do anywhere.

How to make time in the day for a quick workout.

Exercise equipment reviews and recommendations.

Diet plan reviews and recommendations.

Since exercise equipment is usually a high ticket item there is the potential to make a lot of money in affiliate commissions. Finding exercise equipment to promote is not difficult. You can check on the official website of the equipment maker and see if they have an affiliate program. You can also search on the affiliate networks to see if they represent exercise equipment. Choose a program that offers a variety of creative linking opportunities. Most programs offer free datafeeds of the merchant’s product catalog. Using datafeeds on your website, along with informative articles will allow you to create an authority website that will rank well in the search engines.

Affiliate Marketing Tips and Keywords For Selling Fitness and Exercise Equipment

As an affiliate marketer your main job is to presell the products that you are promoting on your website. When you are preselling exercise and fitness equipment, knowing the reasons why people buy them allows you do a better job at preselling.

Below are some of the reasons that people want to buy exercise and fitness equipment. These reasons can also be why people would buy equipment for someone else.

To lose weight and tone their muscles

To become healthier and feel better

To build a lot of muscle

To make their body to look more attractive

To slow down the aging process

To help in the recovery from an illness or injury

To please their family members or other people in their lives

To fit into their clothes

To be more successful in their career or get a new job

To follow an order from a doctor

To get health insurance or life insurance

To be able to exercise in the privacy of their home

To prepare for an upcoming event such as a wedding or high school reunion

To make a one-time purchase instead of buying a gym membership

There are many types of exercise products that affiliate marketers can promote. It is a good idea to choose a niche to specialize in.

Below is a list of some of the products that you can promote.

stationary bikes

spin machines

Pilates machines

free weights

rowing machines

gliders

treadmills

weight machines

trampolines

ski machines

ellipticals

resistance bands

multi equipment machines

jump ropes

stair climbers

balance balls

sports training equipment

ab machines

You can also feature products related to exercise equipment on your website. Some related products are:

Exercise clothes

Videos and DVDs on exercise programs

Health and fitness magazine subscriptions

Diet plans

Books about healthy cooking and eating, diet plans, exercise plans

Extra equipment or attachments to the products

On your affiliate website you should have words or phrases that will help sell the exercise equipment. Sometimes just one word will resonate with a person and persuade them to buy.

The following are positive words and phrases related to exercise.

lose weight

feel healthy

look better

stop aging

build muscle

increase stamina and endurance

no embarrassment

improve confidence

get in shape

live longer

increase energy

feel thin/sexy/younger/more attractive

look thin/sexy/younger/more attractive

tone up

fit into old clothes

keep the weight off

enjoy the beach

lose fat

eat more

wear a swim suit

Using images and graphics on your website will also help sell the exercise equipment. Visitors to your site will project themselves in the pictures and this will help persuade them to buy.

Some imagery ideas are:

Before and after pictures of people getting into shape

People smiling and enjoying exercise equipment

People at home using the equipment while watching TV or being near their young children

If you are planning to drive traffic to your website by using pay-per-click advertising you will need good keywords for your ad campaigns.

Here are some keywords and phrases related to exercise equipment.

fitness equipment

exercise bike

home fitness

gym equipment

gym machines

home gym

exercise equipment

fitness machines

weight lifting equipment

used exercise equipment

exercise machine

exercise

abdominal equipment

fitness exercise equipment

home exercise equipment

weight equipment

exercise program

exercise bike equipment

sports equipment

fitness exercise

Informative articles are something you should have on your affiliate website. These not only help sell the equipment but will help the search engine optimization of your site. Articles will keep visitors on your website for longer and will improve the overall quality of your site.

Here are some ideas for articles relating to exercise:

How a person used the equipment to quickly lose a lot of weight.

How a person got in shape and it helped them get a date.

How a person improved their overall health and fitness

How easy it is to set up or use the exercise equipment.

Building a list of subscribers will enable you to establish a long-term relationship with your visitors. In order to get them to sign up for your mailing list or newsletter you can offer them a free information product related to exercise.

Ideas for free information products related to exercise are:

A list of good and nutritious foods to eat.

A list of exercises they could do anywhere.

How to make time in the day for a quick workout.

Exercise equipment reviews and recommendations.

Diet plan reviews and recommendations.

Since exercise equipment is usually a high ticket item there is the potential to make a lot of money in affiliate commissions. Finding exercise equipment to promote is not difficult. You can check on the official website of the equipment maker and see if they have an affiliate program. You can also search on the affiliate networks to see if they represent exercise equipment. Choose a program that offers a variety of creative linking opportunities. Most programs offer free datafeeds of the merchant’s product catalog. Using datafeeds on your website, along with informative articles will allow you to create an authority website that will rank well in the search engines.

Hoist Fitness Equipment Reviews – Should I Buy Hoist Exercise Equipment?

According to most dictionaries, hoist means to lift with the assistance of a mechanical device. Or at least, mimic the action made through body weight. And in a clever marketing move that the company can claim for itself, this is exactly what any Hoist fitness equipment does!

Hoist Range of Products

As a manufacturer of fitness equipment for 30 years, it is to be expected that the product range will be on the diverse, if not impressive, side. Fitness enthusiasts have many choices in fitness apparatus for strength training in all its aspects – weight, resistance, isometric and integrated.

The company’s official website classifies its fitness equipment into two user categories: consumer/home use and commercial/GSA use. Expectantly, the general dimensions for each category will differ as space consideration is an important factor in choosing gym equipment.

There are 8 product lines under the Hoist fitness equipment home category, namely, V Select Series, V-Core Gym, V-Rox, Gym, V Express Gym, V6 Personal Pulley Gym, Free weights, PTS Personal Training and H MultiStack Gyms. For users, this means choices from the simple flat bench (HF-4164) to the one-in-four multi-stack station (H-4400).

For the commercial range, there are 7 product lines, namely, ROC-IT, HD Series, HS Series, HMG MultiStations, CF Seroes, KL Series, and H MultiStack Gyms. It must be noted that the KL Series is targeted towards teens, with the intention of encouraging them to be fit at an early age.

With all these products made available to a fitness enthusiast, it’s time to “get hoisting” with Hoist fitness equipment!

Product Features

When exercising, especially in strength training where muscles and joints are at greater risks of injury and stress, safety is always a prevalent concern. After all, you want to increase muscle size and strength but not at the expense of safety! It bears saying here that safety starts with the right equipment.

This must have been what the developers of Hoist equipment had in mind when developing their product lines. All of the equipments comply with the safety standards of the ASTM International as well as the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health/Fitness Facility Standards Guidelines.

Other features of the Hoist fitness equipment that ensure durability, function, safety and, well, beauty include but are not limited to:

– Patented weight system for smoother and quieter movements, be it in the hoisting of the cables or the changing of the weights.

– High quality hand grips, where applicable, for comfort and stability.

– Foot rests for user stability and support.

– Steel tubing for the body, aluminum for the bars, and rubber for the flooring.

– Body straps where necessary to ensure stability.

Also, instructional DVDs and user manuals are provided for the equipment purchased from the website and in other stores. Of course, the various types of equipment boasts of different dimensions, resistance and functions but each one has the guarantee of lifetime durability from the manufacturers.

By any other standards, the Hoist fitness equipment is an excellent choice for fitness enthusiasts, whether they are novices or experts in the field. So, “get hoisting” now and see the results in a leaner and meaner body.