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Weight Lifting and Cardio: Get Both When You Cross Train

August 30th, 2013

Sometimes, it’s hard to choose. If both options are excellent, how can you be expected to decide just one? We feel the same way about exercise. Cardio and strength training both have their own unique benefits, but it takes a blend of the two to really get a comprehensive workout (and smart nutrition for optimum fitness and health.) So at Smooth Fitness, we invite you NOT to choose.

How is that possible, you ask? It’s simple: start cross training. The beautiful thing about cross training workouts is that they allow you to incorporate cardio, fitness accessories, and strength training however you need to in order to obtain your results. They can be tailored to individual needs, meaning that your cross training workouts will accommodate injuries, illness, and any other physical issues you may have. So you don’t have to feel restricted or held back—because when you cross train, all you’re doing is giving yourself more freedom in your exercise.

Cross-training may be all the rage right now, but it’s anything but a passing craze. We think the many benefits of cross training workouts make it a valuable and effective approach to exercise that will definitely stick around. And from what we’re seeing, fitness enthusiasts love that they can use so many different techniques, fitness accessories and types of exercise equipment to get the results they’re looking for. The great thing about the fitness industry is that it’s constantly moving forward—new discoveries in health and technology can be continually applied to help us achieve better health and life long fitness.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to incorporate your trusty smooth treadmill into a more comprehensive cross training workout routine, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’d love to help you put together everything that you need to reap the benefits of cross training workouts.

 

Lifting Is No Longer Just For Men: More Women Lifting Heavy For Health and Beauty

August 23rd, 2013

Whether you spend a lot of time online or in the gym, chances are you’ve noticed a change in the weight training crowd. Lifting weights is becoming increasingly popular among women, who are enjoying the many benefits of strength training: strength, empowerment, and often a more trim and toned physique. Blasting through the widely-spread and totally false assumption that lifting makes women “bulky” and “masculine-looking”, many women are finding that strength training offers them a way to set and meet fitness goals like never before.

So what’s sparked the surge in strength training for women? The lean, svelte lines of supermodel bodies have long been held as the ideal for Western women, however unattainable it may be. But things are changing. Alongside fears that weight training will cause women to gain too much ‘bulk’, many women have been taught that cardio is the way to go for a thin and feminine body. Well, the times are a changin’, and with more widely available information about fitness and health, these myths have been largely dispelled, leading to greater female interest in this traditionally male workout. For example, lifting weights actually is extremely effective for accomplishing the ‘feminine physique’ that many women spend hours on a treadmill or elliptical for. To achieve rounder bottoms, slimmer waists and toned arms, many strength exercises produce more noticeable results than endless pedaling or running will. Of course, for optimal results, a mix of cardio, strength training, and diet is the best route to take.

If you find yourself more interested in weight training, no matter what your fitness goals are, check out the home gym and fitness accessory offerings at Smooth Fitness. We’d love to help you try new exercise routines and equipment, so let us help you explore!

 

Smooth Fitness’s SitNCycle Is In The Running in the Walmart Get On The Shelf Contest!

August 14th, 2013

Fans of the SitNCycle will rejoice that this popular exercise bike has made it to the audition round of Walmart’s Get On The Shelf contest! This means it needs votes to move on to the next round, so head on over to the page and cast your vote before September 2:

https://getontheshelf.walmart.com/product/1790/SitNCycle

You can vote once per day per product. Your votes are crucial, since the judges will be looking at products’ popularity and consumer support as indicators of their commercial viability. The more votes, the better! We know there are many people out there who love the SitNCycle just as much as Dorothy Hamill does, so get out and show your support by heading over to the contest page and vote! All you need is a Facebook login.

The Walmart Get On The Shelf promotion is a nationwide contest putting thousands of well-loved products through three rounds of voting, with finalists featured in an original Walmart web series. The ultimate prize is placing the product in Walmart stores across the country, as well as marketing support from the retail giant. The first Get On The Shelf contest launched in 2012, and was a great success: over a million votes were cast for a great batch of products. We’re excited to be a part of the contest because it involves investors, marketers, and businesses big and small, letting consumers vouch for the products they love.

If you’re passionate about promoting great exercise equipment, then hop on over and vote. Smooth Fitness appreciates your involvement and we can’t wait for what’s next to come in the process.

 

 

Are You Ready For The SitNCycle?

August 12th, 2013

If you’ve been following our blog for a while now, you probably remember our April SitNCycle post. Though it’s only been a few months since we excitedly penned that post introducing our unique new product, we have great news—the SitNCycle was so popular that it has sold out!

Delighted but not surprised, we think the basis for this little exercise bike’s popularity is its portability. Its customizable colors don’t hurt, either. With general “busy-ness” levels increasing every year, we know that it can be difficult to work in regular workouts; so the more adaptable your exercise equipment, the better. With its small size and simple design, the SitNCycle appeals to young and old, travelers and homebodies. This is the secret to its success. And did we mention that you can burn up to five hundred calories in one hour of SitNCycling in front of the TV? Burning calories while sitting—it’s every American’s dream.

Need some visuals? Take a look at our spokeswoman, Dorothy Hamill, putting the SitNCycle through its paces:

Dorothy Hamill and the SitNCycle

If you’ve been looking to add an affordable, colorful, and not-so-stationary bike to your workout routine, then taking a moment to look into the SitNCycle is definitely worth your time. Another neat thing about this product is that it’s very easy to incorporate different workout accessories into your routine to get a full body workout.

Of course, if you don’t want to wait until the SitNCycle comes back in stock this fall, you can always take a look at our other exercise bike options available to you. We’re confident that you can find the best exercise bike for you here at Smooth Fitness.

 

Are You Taking These Benefits of Cross-Training For Granted?

August 2nd, 2013

Cardio bunnies and bodybuilders alike may be missing out on key health and fitness benefits that can be obtained through cross training workouts. There are many physical benefits that cross training exercises can give you that cardio or strength training alone cannot. Regular full body workouts help you maintain health, balance, and full body fitness. We’ve put together the top five benefits of cross training workouts that you may never have considered: Read the rest of this entry »

Break free from the limitations of traditional fitness gender roles!

July 24th, 2013

If you’re anything like the team here at Smooth Fitness, you’re probably sick of every magazine, TV show and advertisement bombarding you with airbrushed photos of what your “ideal” physique is supposed to resemble: ethereal thinness for women, bulging biceps for men. Unfortunately, those annoying stereotypes set the scene for plenty of consequences, among them an unfairly gendered approach to fitness. Today, we’re here to set the record straight!

When planning a home exercise routine, women often focus solely on burning fat, while men tend to put all their efforts into bulking up. But doing this can leave crucial parts of your body sorely out of shape, which has detrimental effects on your overall health and wellness.

There are plenty of body composition-related differences between the sexes that should not be overlooked when it comes to developing and honing an exercise regimen. For example, men are more prone to heart disease, while women are more susceptible to knee problems. But none of these issues dictate that women must spend all their time on the treadmill and men should set up camp on the weight machines! You can combat the undesirable aspects of your body’s science by tackling workouts designed to strengthen your weaknesses.

So what does that entail? Ladies, it’s time to pick up the weights; gentlemen, start stretching.

It’s important for women to devote time and energy into strength training, since higher muscle mass has all kinds of great health benefits for your body – including increasing your metabolic rate, which enhances that fat burn so many women try to achieve through cardio alone. Leaner, toned muscles can help reduce age-related diseases like arthritis, osteoporosis and depression, while also strengthening your bones. Try the Smooth Fitness Strength Bundle for a great collection of fitness accessories designed to ease you into a comprehensive strength training regimen.

Similarly, it’s essential that men take on forms of exercise that they might not be completely comfortable with, especially as they begin to lose muscle elasticity with age. Working on honing your flexibility will not only improve your athletic performance and decrease your risk for injury, but also reduce muscle soreness and increase the flow of blood and nutrients to your body tissues. What’s not to love? Check out the Smooth Fitness Flexibility Bundle of fitness accessories to start getting long and limber today.

 

This month’s cross workout with Smooth Fitness equipment!

July 16th, 2013

Last month, Smooth Fitness introduced you to an intense full-body workout called cross training. This kind of home exercise can come in all shapes and sizes, but the gist of it is to challenge your body by incorporating all kinds of movements into a single workout. That means your cardio exercise is interrupted with spurts of strength training designed to burn more fat in less time. Sounds awesome, right?

It is, but it’s also going to kick your butt, especially if you’ve never attempted a cross workout before. So it’s best to ease into it! Here at Smooth Fitness, your #1 internet retailer of home fitness equipment, we’ve put together a beginner’s cross workout that will hopefully help introduce you to the wonderful world of cross training. Of course, one of the best parts is you don’t have to go to a gym to get all the benefits – this workout can be completed with the fitness equipment you already have at home.

Remember, this is a full-body workout, which means you’re going to get full-body sore. But the more you challenge all your muscle groups, the stronger they’ll become – and the more weight you’ll lose in the meantime. So gather up your Smooth fitness equipment and fitness accessories, and get ready for your first cross workout in the comfort of your own home!

  • To begin, put 30 minutes on the clock, prepare your Smooth treadmill and collect the following fitness accessories:
    • Resistance tubes
    • Pushup bars
    • Medicine ball
    • Warm up with some light stretching or walking on the treadmill.
    • Start the clock. During the first five minutes, complete as many rounds as possible of the following:
      • Five resistance tube pull-ups. Sit with your legs extended straight out in front of you, each hand grasping a handle of your resistance tube. Place the middle of the tube at the bottom of your feet, then pull both handles toward your armpits in a slow, rowing motion.
      • Ten pushup bar pushups. Complete ten pushups using your pushup bars. Using these fitness accessories will help alleviate pressure to your shoulder and wrist joints.
      • 15 medicine ball squats. Holding your medicine ball in front of your stomach, place your feet shoulder-width apart and squat down until your thighs are parallel to the ground (from the side, it should look like you are sitting in a chair). Make sure your knees do not pass the threshold of your toes, as this could cause pain and damage.
      • After the first five minutes, run on your Smooth treadmill for two and a half minutes at an mph that should qualify as about 70 percent of your maximum sprint speed. This will be tough, but it’s only a couple of minutes, so stay strong!
      • Repeat these two steps until the 30 minutes are up. You should end up with four 5-minute strength-training intervals, separated by four 2.5-minute treadmill intervals. Remember, there are no rest breaks in between, so make sure you make every second count!

We hope your first cross workout was successful. If you have any questions or concerns before or after completing your home exercise routine, don’t hesitate to contact the Smooth Fitness team for a bit of friendly advice. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals for personal health and wellness!

 

 

The latest in deadly illnesses: AMA votes to make obesity an official disease

July 3rd, 2013

If you’ve been following the news lately, you probably heard that the American Medical Association recently voted to declare obesity an actual disease. But you might exactly not understand the ramifications of that decision.

Here at Smooth Fitness, your #1 internet retailer of home fitness equipment, we’re committed to bringing you all the latest news relating to your health and wellness. So we’re happy to elaborate on the AMA’s recent groundbreaking move, and discuss just what it means for our valued customers.

In a nutshell, declaring obesity an official disease means that the nation’s leading organization of physicians has effectively defined – in one fell swoop – more than one third of adults and about 17 percent of children as suffering from a “medical condition requiring treatment.” Despite much debate over whether the ruling will serve to further stigmatize the condition, the AMA ultimately concluded that recognizing obesity as an official disease would force the medical community to become more aggressive about helping their patients maintain a healthy weight.

The AMA is confident that the ruling will prompt the discovery of more effective solutions to the complexities of obesity. But many are concerned that the label of “disease” will shift national focus away from natural weight management methods like healthy eating and home exercise, and toward expensive drug and surgical treatments instead.

As a Smooth Fitness client, you know we’re not big fans of “quick fix” weight loss fads like diet pills or crash diets. From our Smooth treadmills to our kettle bells, our home fitness equipment and fitness accessories are designed to promote healthy, gradual weight loss or maintenance through natural home exercise and a holistic commitment to wellness. But we also understand that obesity is an ever-expanding American problem that hasn’t responded well to past methods. Perhaps the recent AMA decision will be the wakeup call many people need to finally start dedicating themselves to a healthier lifestyle.

What do you think about the recent AMA decision about obesity? Weigh in with your thoughts! The Smooth Fitness team looks forward to hearing from you.

Create your own cross workout with Smooth fitness accessories

June 26th, 2013

Last week, Smooth Fitness introduced you to a very effective form of exercise called cross training. If you like what you learned, you’ll be interested to discover how easy it is to incorporate cross workouts into your daily home exercise routine – all with the home fitness equipment available for purchase here on our website!

Recall that cross training workouts utilize a unique blend of aerobic and anaerobic activity, fostering functional movements in all areas of strength and conditioning. Brace yourself – your cross workout will demand some pretty extreme physical exertion on your part. But after you notice how much your fitness improves across multiple varieties of exercise, we think you’ll be thanking us after just a few cross training workouts.

So what makes a cross workout so difficult? By combining cardio with strength training, cross workouts require you to develop functional movement proficiency in multiple muscle groups and fitness skills – all in just one workout. In terms of your Smooth fitness equipment, that means running hard – we’re talking sprint level, or at least 80 percent of your maximum speed – on your treadmill or elliptical for intervals of two to four minutes. In between, your “rest” periods should incorporate an ab workout on your yoga mat or exercise ball; arm strengthening with your push up bars or kettle bells; or leg resistance work with slow and even squats, made more difficult with the weight of your medicine ball. You only have a few minutes before you’re back at cardio, so make every crunch count!

Like we said, it’s no walk in the park, but cross training workouts have some serious benefits for your overall health. Best of all, if you’re trying to squeeze in a workout between all the obligations of your busy schedule, cross training is perfect for you: thanks to the high intensity of each exercise interval, most cross workouts can be completed in 30 minutes or less!

In the coming months, Smooth Fitness will provide more specific tips on how to use your fitness accessories alongside your cardio exercise to get the most out of your cross workouts, depending on your goals. So stay tuned to the blog of your favorite source for home fitness equipment and news! We look forward to helping you hone your home exercise routine so you can continue on your path to optimal personal fitness.

Open up new fitness possibilities: the benefits of cross training

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!

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