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2 in 1 Exercise Bike Could be the Perfect Solution for You

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

In this contemporary era, many people have become interested in optimizing their wellness. While there are a plethora of ways one can make this possible, consistent physical activity is one of the most sure-fire ways to attain great health. In recognizing this reality, many people resolve to begin a workout routine. Yet they often find that they have trouble narrowing down their choices between great workout equipment like an elliptical and exercise bike. Yet there is a solution: the 2 in 1 exercise bike. By learning more about this piece of equipment, people who want to get fit will be able to do so.

How the 2 in 1 Exercise Bike Works
The 2 in 1 machine affords the user an opportunity to get a workout that involves either elliptical or bike work. Physically, the unit looks similar to a jogging or walking machine. If used as an elliptical machine, the 2 in 1 bike will afford individuals a low-impact, cardiovascular workout that engages the legs, buttocks, hips, shoulders and arms. As you move your feet, your hands grasp the poles which move in unison with the motions of your legs. The end result is fluid, smooth movement which tones major muscle groups of the body.

If you use the 2 in 1 machine as a bike, you afford yourself an amazing lower body workout which causes your quadriceps to exert effort as you cycle. This cycling movement constitutes an excellent cardiovascular workout which can help you burn fat and tone your thighs and calves.

Advantages of the 2 in 1 Exercise Bike

The 2 in 1 exercise bike offers users a variety of wonderful benefits. Some of them include:

1. Total body workout.
By targeting muscles and providing you with a great cardio workout at the same time, the 2 in 1 bike offers you the type of holistic and beneficial exercise that you need to get in shape and burn away unwanted fat.

2. Low-impact.
As many fitness experts know, the 2 in 1 bike is great for individuals who have knee and joint issues because it is low-impact. Unlike a piece of exercise equipment which puts great stress on the knees such as the treadmill, the 2 in 1 bike incorporates movement through both arms and legs in a manner that precludes any body group from becoming subject to stress.

3. Convenience.
The 2 in 1 exercise bike is a very convenient piece of equipment to use. This is the case because it takes up less space than having both an elliptical and bike would. Additionally, the 2 in 1 machine is cost-effective insomuch as it enables you to get the benefits of both a bike and elliptical.

If you are looking for a great way to get in shape or lose weight, the 2 in 1 exercise bike could be the perfect solution for you. In doing elliptical and/or bike work, you will find yourself getting a great cardiovascular workout while also toning your body. Good luck!

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Elliptical Machine for Weight Loss

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Any piece of exercise equipment can help you lose weight if you use it properly. However, if losing weight is your primary fitness goal, the elliptical machine is highly efficient at burning fat. It is a safe and effective tool for maximizing weight loss and improving overall health.

An Elliptical Machine gives you a Cardio Workout

  • Good for your Heart: The elliptical machine offers the same cardiovascular benefits as a treadmill. It gets your heart pumping and your blood flowing. Regular elliptical training reduces your risk of heart disease, lowers triglyceride levels, and improves heart function. It allows you to get a great cardio workout while experiencing low perceived exertion. This means that you won’t feel like you are working as hard as you actually are. You get maximum benefits with minimal risk.
  • Increases Your Resistance: Elliptical machines are extremely beginner-friendly. They carry very little injury risk, so even people with little athletic ability can get a great workout on them. Plus, they are flexible enough to continue to challenge your body as you get stronger. As you increase your resistance, your body will work harder and burn more calories.
  • Burns Calories: A workout on this machine burns an average of 800 calories per hour. You can increase this number by working out at a higher resistance setting or by pumping your arms while you pedal. The method know as High Intensity Interval Training provides the maximum calorie burn for this machine.

An Elliptical Machine Builds Muscle

  • Strengthens Leg Muscles: An elliptical machine targets and tones your calf, thigh, butt, and hamstring muscles. The circular movements engage all the muscles in your lower body. Plus, this machine gives you the option of pedaling in reverse. This will not only add variety to your workout, but it will also target your leg muscles from a different angle.
  • Strengthens Upper Body Muscles: The arm handles on an elliptical allow you to work your arms as well. Not only does this increase your cardio benefits, but it also tones your upper body. Plus, your position on the elliptical requires you to engage your core muscles to keep yourself erect.
  • Building Muscle Burns Fat: Your body burns more calories maintaining muscle than it does maintaining fat. So, building muscle makes it easier for your body to metabolize fat. Plus, firm, toned muscles are sexy while fat bulges are not so much. Also, if you are lowering your daily calorie intake in order to accelerate your weight loss, exercise is crucial for maintaining muscle mass. When you eat fewer calories, your body can burn muscle as well as fat unless you exercise regularly.

Elliptical training can be a great addition to any workout routine. It is a good recovery exercise when interspersed with high intensity weight training. It also complements muscle-isolation exercises like crunches. It’s an excellent machine for people who want to lose weight.

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Open up new fitness possibilities: the benefits of cross training

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

As your #1 internet retailer of home fitness equipment, Smooth Fitness is always eager to share with you all the exciting ways you can achieve your own optimal levels of health and wellness. Home exercise encompasses everything from running hard on your Smooth treadmill to squeezing in some quick mat work before heading into the office, so today we’d like to suggest you add one more workout program to your repertoire: a cross training workout.

The benefits of cross training come into play in situations like when you’re in great shape from running three miles a day five times a week for years, but you’re somehow out of breath and covered in sweat after a few minutes of rock climbing. That imbalance springs from a lack of cross workouts, which you’ll find provide you with some of the best full body exercise you’ll ever experience thanks to their ability to build comprehensive fitness and stamina – in addition to introducing you to constantly varied types of activities that add flavor to your daily workout routine.

Based on the concept that constantly varied activity better prepares your body for general fitness, cross training workouts tackle head-on the problem that working out only one set of muscles leaves the others sorely out of shape. Not to mention, mixing it up with cross training helps prevent injury to those oft-used muscle sets by giving them a well-deserved break. Win, win, right?

In a typical cross workout, you’ll use a combination of cardio aerobic activity with fitness accessories like kettle bells and similar workout equipment, in order to challenge your body in unfamiliar ways. One particularly successful cross training method is high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which refers to an enhanced form of interval workouts that alternate periods of short intense activity with recovery breaks in between. As one of the best workouts you’ll find that blends cardio with strengthening, HIIT training not only gets your heart pumping and burns tons of fat, but also improves your overall conditioning for future cross workouts.

Now that you know what it means to cross train and what this kind of workout program can do for your body and health, stay tuned to the Smooth Fitness blog for more info – like how you can use your Smooth fitness accessories to create your own personal cross workout at home!

Home Fitness Equipment: Your Ticket to Staying in the TV Loop

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Who said watching lots of TV means you have to be a couch potato?

One of our favorite things about fitness equipment like Smooth treadmills, elliptical trainers and the all-new SitNCycle is how easily it helps us fit great workouts into our busy lives. There’s nothing like unwinding with a movie and your significant other after a long week at work, and when you exercise at home, you can do just that while still squeezing in your cardio for the day…all at the same time.

Investing in home fitness equipment makes watching TV while staying in shape not only possible, but practically required. What better way to distract yourself from the grueling sweat ahead than by switching on your favorite soap, sitcom, reality show, or drama? With so many popular shows returning bfor the spring/summer season, the team at Smooth Fitness is beyond excited that we’re able to stay up to date on all our guilty pleasures – without the guilt that comes from skipping a workout.

Game of Thrones (HBO): Sunday, March 31 at 9pm E/T

Debuting its third season to a record-breaking 6.7 million viewers, the HBO drama based on George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy novels has already enjoyed overwhelmingly positive reception from both its international fan base and the critical community. If you haven’t yet entered its morally ambiguous world of social hierarchy, war and politics, there’s no time like the present – this season is expected to be the best yet.

Mad Men (AMC): Sunday, April 7 at 9pm E/T

After premiering with a two-hour “movie” early last month, the sixth season has already thrown plenty of good old-fashioned 1960s drama our way, all wrapped up in a dense and poetic package brimming with humor, sadness, surprise, and characters you love to hate. Rumored to be the second-to-last season of the series, this year’s spring episodes promise plenty of potential for loyal fans and newcomers alike.

So You Think You Can Dance (FOX): Tuesday, May 14 at 8pm E/T

The tenth season will feature big names as guest judges during audition rounds, including Minnie Driver, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, and Adam Shankman. But Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy will return to their traditional seats at the judges’ table for this year’s installment of the interactive reality competition talent show, whose previous winners have included everyone from swing/Latin dancer Benji Schwimmer to ballerinas Eliana Girard and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp.

Arrested Development (Netflix): Sunday, May 26

Despite receiving six Emmy awards and a Golden Globe during its three-season run, not to mention spots on Time Magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time” and Entertainment Weekly’s “New TV Classics” lists, the show’s creator Mitchell Hurwitz opted to cancel in 2006. After a seven-year hiatus that dismayed its cult following, the critically acclaimed sitcom will return to fans in an unconventional fourth season on Netflix.

Of course, these are just a few of the gems we’re looking forward to (or already enjoying) for the spring television season this year. What TV shows will you be watching when you hop on your Smooth treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike to exercise at home this May?

Don’t Let the Cold Weather Hold Back Your Fitness Goals

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Fitness Magazine wrote a short article on the fitness blues a few weeks back. In it they touched on a few tips for keeping up your fitness when the weather turns, including doing it for yourself, and staying consistent. While the article focuses on two extreme runners who love running outside (in Alaska) the reality is that many of us hate the cold weather. While we’re still in first month of the year, it’s safe to say there is probably a correlation between cold weather and the downfall of people’s new year’s resolutions. (more…)

Which Muscles Groups does an Elliptical Trainer Work?

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Whether working out from home or exercising at a gym, a multitude of fitness equipment options exist. The elliptical trainer has become one of the most popular forms of exercise for a number of reasons. Elliptical trainers offer a low impact exercise, safe range of motion, and are affordable if you choose to get one for your home. Ellipticals are very versatile machines and enable users to exercise a wide variety of muscles groups. We hope to shed some light on what these groups are and why ellipticals are a great way to tap into these parts of the body.

Elliptical or Treadmill? – How to Choose

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Smooth Fitness Treadmill and EllipticalWhether purchasing a piece of home fitness equipment or working out at a gym, chances are the question of “elliptical or treadmill?” has crossed your mind at one point or another. Both elliptical trainers and treadmills can be used to burn calories and get into shape, but they are two very different machines. Each offers a unique set of workout functions. Making an informed decision when it comes time to start your routine or purchase a piece of home fitness equipment is very important; therefore, we have outlined some key differences and similarities between elliptical trainers and treadmills.

Smooth’s New Elliptical Bike V2300

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Elliptical bikes are a great way to get into shape with versatile workouts that offer real-world intensity and calorie burning benefits. With the new Smooth Fitness V2300 Semi-Recumbent Elliptical Bike, these fitness benefits are available from the comfort of your home. What separates elliptical exercise bikes from traditional elliptical machines is the user position. On a traditional elliptical machine the user is standing. On an elliptical bike the user is seated in an upright or semi-recumbent position. Because of this positioning elliptical exercise bikes offer two primary benefits, low impact training and a total body workout.


Running With Flat Feet

Thursday, April 28th, 2011
In a recent study it found that almost 25% of the American population has flat feet, and almost 43 Million American’s suffer from foot problems. For most people that have flat feet or (low arches) it’s extremely hard to exercise on a daily basis, and extremely difficult to run for extended periods of time. There are several ways to combat this with the use of orthotics or insoles for your shoes, but does that alleviate all your issues?

In the course of running for 1 hour you put upwards of 1 million pounds of pressure on your heels, ankles and feet. Orthotics alone are not meant to combat the affects that running can have on your feet, and are intended more to alleviate normal pains during walking and normal daily activity. So what can you do to help reduce the pain, but also be able to exercise and stay healthy?


Planning a Fitness Competition at Work

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The biggest loser competitions in the workplace are becoming a big craze with a lot of companies.  Inspired by events like the biggest loser TV Show and the Nike Plus competitions, but which one is best for you and your company? How easy are they to setup and manage? We have some helpful tips on how to create a competition that is both fun and helps you get in shape.  

There is one question you need to ask yourself before starting these competitions. What are you trying to achieve, losing weight or being in better physical condition?  These are two things people tend to lump together but they aren’t interchangeable.  As many of you know, 65% of your body comes from water weight and an average person can fluctuate 5lbs on a daily basis depending on how much water the drink or don’t drink, so simply going on the number of lbs lost can be deceiving.  Most weight loss competitions can focus around fasting or depriving the body of the nutrients it needs and it can destroy muscle and not necessarily help you lose fat.  That is why on the surface these types of weight loss challenges are ineffective at achieving their ultimate goal, to make their employees healthier, happier and give them more energy. 

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