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Best In Home Fitness Equipment

Home Fitness Equipment

In recent years, gyms and fitness centers have grown in popularity all across the country with new ones opening almost every day. The phenomenal growth of these centers is the result of an increasing awareness of the need for better fitness for all ages. Even though gym memberships have grown substantially in the last decade, many health and fitness enthusiasts are cancelling these memberships in favor of working out at home.

 

Reasons for Purchasing In Home Fitness Equipment

Many find they lack the time required to visit the gym as often as they should to achieve maximum results. Having the necessary equipment in the home gives them the opportunity to exercise at their own convenience. As a result, sales of home exercise equipment are continuing to grow. The key to building a successful home fitness program begins with knowing what to look for when deciding on in home fitness equipment.

 

How to Choose the Best In Home Fitness Equipment

Whether choosing one primary piece of equipment or designing a complete home gym, be aware of the many different products and keep a keen eye on quality. There is a big difference in the quality of available equipment. The most expensive ones do not necessarily guarantee quality or durability. A strict budget does not limit the possibility of purchasing affordable in home fitness equipment. There are several areas to focus on when selecting equipment.

 

  • Compare equipment quality and durability.
  • Choose the ones with sturdier designs and desired features.
  • Concentrate on the most enjoyable ones.
  • Choose the equipment designed for maximum results.

 

Guidelines to Follow When Choosing Equipment Types

According to a survey conducted by Consumer Reports National Research Center, about thirty-seven percent of people expected to use their home exercise equipment more frequently than they actually did. The primary reason given by those who used their equipment was that they enjoyed it. It is important to set goals for success and choose equipment that makes a workout satisfying.

 

Common Types of In Home Fitness Equipment

Outfitting a home gym requires thoughtful planning regarding the different types of exercise equipment to include. In 2012, about fifteen percent of Americans bought home gym equipment. The reason for purchasing exercise equipment for many Americans is to help them lose weight. Most people who invest in home exercise equipment for weight loss look for the ones that help them burn calories and provide a good cardiovascular workout. The most popular machines are designed for maximum results.

 

Common Home Fitness Solutions:

  • Treadmills are popular because they can be adapted to any fitness level.
  • Elliptical machines provide the same basic level of exertion as treadmills.
  • Traditional stationary exercise bikes one of the most common items found in home gyms.
  • Recumbent bikes are popular because of the back support they provide.
  • Balance balls and trainers provide balance exercises that improve core strength, coordination and agility.
  • Free weights and solid weight racks are popular home gym items that offer strength exercises

 

Shopping For Home Fitness Equipment

 

Home Fitness Equipment

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You may be new to the workout world or an experienced loyalist, but purchasing your own home fitness equipment takes some time and research. With so many models and brands in the market, you need to select the equipment that works best for your fitness level.

If you have any injuries, those limitations should be examined as well to avoid a purchase that simply sits in a garage corner. Follow a few key strategies when you shop for fitness machines to find the best deal for your budget.

 

Determine Your Home Fitness Equipment Space Needs

Before you even venture out to a warehouse, or shop online, pull out your measuring tape. With a friend’s help, accurately measure your available space for the home fitness equipment. Along with the length and width of a room, also include height limits.

If you purchase a home gym with a pulldown bar, you need extra height for adequate exercising room. In fact, place a chair in the intended equipment space. Raise your arms and legs in different positions to fully evaluate the space. The machine you were eying may not fit in this area after testing it.

 

Resistance Or Cardiovascular Needs In Home Fitness Equipment

Take a look at your fitness goals. You may be a long-distance runner or a weightlifting enthusiast. With this information in mind, evaluate the equipment type you want to purchase. Most people do not have the space or budget for multiple machines so your final selection is an important choice.

To lose weight and strengthen your heart, select cardiovascular machines, including treadmills, exercise bikes and ellipticals. To build significant muscle bulk, a home gym with resistance cables and bench press is essential. If you want a combination of both resistance and cardiovascular exercises, most bikes and ellipticals have resistance built in as you run up the miles.

 

Test The Equipment

Unless you are an experienced gym member, you should try out the various machines before you make a final shopping decision. Ask your local gym about a guest pass. Many gyms offer free guest passes for one or two weeks to entice you to join permanently. Use this guest pass to try out all the different machines. Although a machine may look appealing online, hopping on the equipment may be a totally different experience. You’ll slowly find a machine that matches well with your fitness needs and overall pleasure.

 

Research Brands

When you find a machine that works for you, start researching brands. There are dozens of manufacturers that bring their own unique design to a standard bike, elliptical or treadmill. Features will differ, but it’s customer experiences that you want to look up. Read online reviews and even ask friends about their purchases. Friends that frequent a gym are another good source of information. There may be weight or adjustment issues you were unaware of, making your dream machine a possible frustration.

 

Consider Clearance Items

New machines can be expensive, especially if they are the newest released model. Instead, look for clearance items. There are many reasons why equipment is listed as clearance. It does not mean they are faulty or a bad design. Clearance items can simply be last season’s model being sold for inventory purposes, a floor display model or even a trade-in. Used items may be sold as well. Before the machine is offered to the public, it is thoroughly cleaned, adjusted and lubricated. With a small price tag, the machine can still look and feel brand new.

 

Examine Your Purchase

You have just decided on the perfect machine and are ready to take it home. If you are in a retail store environment, examine the machine with the salesperson. Look for any loose or broken parts, regardless if the equipment is new or used. For an online purchase, examine the parts as you pull them out of the shipping box. Take pictures of any issues you discover and discuss it with your seller. You don’t want to use a misaligned or broken machine. It may end up injuring you over time.

 

Seller Feedback

After you settle into your new equipment, talk about your experience with the seller, from assembly ease to workout intensity. Add any constructive comments about the equipment to online review sites. Every person has a different experience with a particular equipment piece so it is critical to add your voice to the discussions. An unknown defect may be found, allowing the manufacturer to correct the situation for other consumers.

Shopping for fitness equipment means you should evaluate your needs, budget and space. With just one machine and consistent effort, you can transform your body into a strong and healthy specimen. Your family and friends will benefit as you live a long and healthy life to inspire them to get healthy.

Fitness Isn’t All Weights and Cardio: Remember Your Work in the Kitchen

No matter how hard you’ve been working to bring those chiseled abs to the surface, there’s one factor that may be working against you without you even knowing. When you get down to basics, it becomes a matter of calories in vs. calories out, but where you’re getting your calories from matters. No matter whether you prefer to use a smooth treadmill or an elliptical to get your exercise in, diet is something you should be paying very close attention to in order to properly fuel your workouts. Continue reading

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

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.

Open up new fitness possibilities: the benefits of cross training

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!

Smooth Fitness weighs the costs of popular home workout videos

Home exercise comes in all shapes and sizes, and as your #1 internet retailer of home fitness equipment, Smooth Fitness generally supports anything designed to promote health and wellness. But when it comes to weight loss, many people will do anything – and we mean anything! – to try to shed a couple pounds. Hey, we’ve all been there, but sometimes the risks of fad weight loss programs can significantly outweigh the benefits.

Consider popular branded high-impact home workout videos, many of which utilize intense progressive training cycles and highly strenuous stamina routines. As a Smooth Fitness client, you probably know at least one super-fit friend who swears by the “push through the pain” mantra of these kinds of rigorous workout videos. But the biggest problem with home exercise programs that utilize high-impact workouts is that fitness should never adhere to a “one size fits all” philosophy.

Even if we (reluctantly) ignore that such high-impact home workout videos can significantly increase your potential for injury and long-term joint or muscle damage, the fact remains that these kinds of extreme routines are simply not sustainable.

  • The You Factor: Because no two people have the exact same body, everyone requires a different exercise routine that is catered to their own physical limitations and fitness goals. Blame genetics, health history and a whole slew of lifestyle factors, but some people will simply never be capable of achieving the kind of lean, mean bodies promised by many of the popular branded workout video programs on the market today. And that’s not something to be ashamed of! You should be working toward your own personal level of optimal fitness, not one prescribed by a professional, paid athlete.
  • The Future Factor: Most high-impact home video exercise schedules offer only one day of rest in an entire week of hardcore workouts. That might sound like the kind of discipline required to achieve a rockin’ set of abs, but without supplementing these harsh sessions with lighter ones, your body is less likely to adapt to more demanding routines later down the line. This is not the way to build a lasting dedication to fitness; in fact, it’s hardly sustainable for the length of time each workout series requires, let alone for the rest of your life.

So, do home workout videos work? Sure, for a select type of person, for a fixed period of time. If you’re able to complete these high-impact workout video schedules consistently, safely and efficiently – and you can keep it up for years to come – we at Smooth Fitness applaud you. But if you can’t, there’s no need to beat yourself up! Successful home exercise can come in any form, from running on the soft belt of a treadmill, to getting your heart pumping on an elliptical machine, to lifting weights in your basement.

Achieving your own best health possible should be your #1 priority. And at the end of the day, you are the only one who knows just exactly what that should look like.

Don’t Let Pollen Pollute Your Workout: Five Foods that Fight Spring Allergies

There’s only one thing worse for your home exercise routine than flu season: allergy season.

Spring is in the air, but so is pollen. That means all those beautifully flowering trees and plants are releasing tiny, annoying grains that infest your nose with irritants, sending your immune system into overdrive. Since your body is trying to protect you, it mistakenly labels the pollen grains as foreign invaders and starts attacking the allergens by releasing antibodies and associated chemicals, resulting in the runny nose and itchy eyes that slow you down every spring.

Of course, working out inside on your Smooth elliptical or treadmill eliminates some of the adverse effects of allergy season by allowing you to avoid direct contact with the pollen-infused air. But sometimes you just can’t get away from those symptoms. At Smooth Fitness, we feel your pain, and we’d like to share one of the best ways to fight off your allergies this spring season: eating healthy. Believe it or not, many natural foods contain nutrients capable of relieving your allergy symptoms.

1) Dark-colored produce: As if you needed another excuse to reach for the veggies instead of the potato chips, many naturally occurring plant compounds contain antioxidants that prevent damage to your airways. Try beets, berries, cherries, and red grapes for the best results.

2) Spicy turmeric: A yellow spice found in most Indian curries, turmeric offers anti-inflammatory benefits similar to many medicines. If you’re not into curry, you can also add it to soups, stews, or salad dressing – just be sure to avoid anything dairy-based, since it will reverse positive effects with its mucous-forming properties.

3) Leafy greens: For a great source of hesperidin, a phytonutrient with antihistamine properties, go green with veggies like broccoli, spinach, and romaine or red-leaf lettuce.

4) Black, green or white tea: Drinking tea might seem like a no-brainer comfort food when you’re feeling sick, but did you know that these teas also contain an important nutrient called quercetin? With antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties all rolled into one, quercetin is great for improving lung function during allergy season.

5) Tree nuts: Because they are high in magnesium and vitamin E, which alleviate breathing difficulties while boosting immunity, tree nuts like walnuts and pecans are a great way to fend off your spring allergy symptoms. Just don’t go overboard – nuts tend to be high in fat, so portion control is vital if you’re trying to lose weight.

Armed with these five allergy-fighting foods, you should be back on the home exercise horse in no time at all! Whether you’re increasing the resistance on your Smooth elliptical or running faster and longer on your new treadmill, your overall health and fitness can only improve when you incorporate a nutrient-rich diet into your workout regimen this spring.

Add a Little Substance to Your Spring Accessorizing

With shorts suits, sporty dresses and low heels ushering in a new season for fashion, spring of 2013 is already shaping up to be an exciting time to splurge on some trendy new accessories. But here at Smooth Fitness, the #1 internet retailer of home fitness equipment, we invite you to invest in a new kind of accessory: one that can help you slip back into those high-waisted cropped palazzo pants you’ve been unable to squeeze into since Christmas, just in time for bikini season. They’re called fitness accessories, and they’ll help you pull off any new style that strikes your fancy this spring.

Find Your Center

  • Ab wheel: Capable of providing one of the best core workouts of any fitness accessory on the market, the ab wheel helps you work muscles in not only your abdominals but also the oft-hard-to-reach lower back – improving your posture all the while.
  • Stability ball: Supported by the Mayo Clinic as one of the best fitness accessories for strengthening your core, the stability ball is a staple in Pilates and yoga classes thanks to its emphasis on incorporating balance and spinal stability into every workout.

Build Your Strength

  • Kettle bells: The main difference between a kettle bell and other forms of resistance training is that you only use one at a time, which offsets your center of gravity and forces your body to work extra hard at maintaining balance. That means you’re challenging all kinds of different muscle groups as well as your heart and lungs – all with just one simple fitness accessory.
  • Medicine ball: Originally used during World War I as a rehabilitation tool for the elderly, the medicine ball has come a long way to develop into one of the most versatile fitness accessories available. Choose between six- and ten-pound medicine balls here at Smooth Fitness to round out your home exercise with a flexible accessory that serves multiple functions in the world of strength training.

Smooth Fitness offers a variety of other home fitness accessories, including balance toners, exercise mats, wrist weights, resistance tubes and more! If you want to achieve the best wellness possible for you, you’ll need a comprehensive collection of home fitness equipment, and a key component of that is fitness accessories like the ones described here. So do your health a favor this spring! New fitness accessories from Smooth Fitness might be just what your home exercise routine has been missing.