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Take a Spin on the All-New SitNCycle by Smooth Fitness!

Trying to strengthen your core, but feel like you might scream if you have to do one more crunch? Smooth Fitness is pleased to introduce you to an all-new product that combines core, cardio and convenience in one portable package: the SitNCycle!

Although it’s technically classified as an exercise bike, the new SitNCycle utilizes a super-unique hands-free design that forces you to engage your core while you’re pedaling. Yoga and pilates fans already know how important balance is when it comes to strengthening your muscles; when you incorporate it into a cardio workout, the results are truly one of a kind. Since increasing your muscle mass makes you burn more calories when you’re simply going about your daily activities, imagine what that muscle training will do for your body while you’re already in the process of burning calories – up to 500 in just one hour on the SitNCycle, by the way, depending on your level of intensity. Now THAT’S how you get the most out of exercising at home!

Like all the best stationary bikes, the SitNCycle allows you to adjust your resistance to determine the intensity of each workout, making it the perfect piece of fitness equipment for beginners and veterans alike. But the best part about the SitNCycle is the convenience it provides anyone who is looking to buy gym equipment that they can accommodate in tight spots and tighter schedules. Since you don’t need your hands, “I’m too busy” as an excuse for skipping your workout becomes a thing of the past. Park the SitNCycle in front of the TV; pedal while catching up on your studies; move it to the computer room to check your emails. Whatever you need to get done today, the SitNCycle allows you to do it without neglecting your health and well-being.

If you’ve been searching for the best stationary bike to help you exercise at home, the SitNCycle should be at the top of your list. And if you’re feeling lost in your efforts to buy gym equipment online, you’ve already found your way! As the #1 internet retailer of home fitness equipment since 1996, Smooth Fitness is happy to provide a variety of solutions for achieving your personal health goals.

How to Get Over the “I’m Just Not a Runner” Mentality

Ever heard that saying “anyone can be a runner,” and automatically roll your eyes in irritation?

We’ve all been there. It’s annoying because while it’s technically true – barring a disability, we all have legs and are capable of putting one foot in front of the other in a repetitive motion – it certainly doesn’t seem like it sometimes. Watching the confident, muscular athletes of a professional track team or the graceful, lithe participants of a marathon, it’s almost second nature to respond with a simple shrug and an accompanying “that’s not me, it’s never been me, and it never will be me.”

But as logical as it seems at the time, comparing yourself to other (perhaps more objectively “successful”) runners does nothing but hold you back from your own running potential. Sure, you might never finish a marathon or even enter a race, let alone win one. But you don’t have to be a pro athlete to make running a part of your lifestyle – especially if you ease into it with help from a treadmill.

Running on a treadmill is great for beginners for a few reasons. First of all, the cushion of the treadmill belt helps prevent those injuries that are all too common when you start moving your body in a way it deems foreign and unfamiliar. Second, running on a treadmill eliminates the potential for encountering pesky hills, wind, rain, and anything else the outdoors might throw your way, allowing you to focus on perfecting your stride and learning to breathe rather than conquering more advanced challenges.

Finally, the treadmill is your best friend when it comes to brutal honesty. Because running will inevitably be difficult at first, it’s easy to fall into the “I’ve been running FOREVER” trap when you’ve really only logged three minutes. The treadmill displays your distance, time, speed and heart rate right in front of you at all times, so it won’t let you fool yourself into thinking “mehhh, good enough” about a mediocre workout.

If you’re ready to enter the heart-pumping, lung-strengthening, fat-burning world of running, start by buying an affordable treadmill from Smooth Fitness. As your #1 internet retailer of home fitness equipment, Smooth Fitness can be trusted to sell you a quality product at a reasonable price – which must sound pretty good when the end result means a happier, healthier you.

Avoid the Pitfalls of the Treadmill-to-Outdoors Switch

It might not feel like spring with all the snow we’ve seen in places like New York over the last couple of weeks. With temperatures in the mid-50s in Washington DC and low 70s in California, however, it does seem like all that wintry weather might finally be behind us. Which means that many of you home fitness enthusiasts are probably considering trading in some of those evenings on the treadmill for mornings on the trails.

The team at Smooth Fitness is just as excited about spring springing as you are. But transitioning from the soft cushion of a treadmill belt to the unforgiving rigidity of concrete can mean harsh consequences for your body and your psyche. Before you hit the pavement, keep a few things in mind:

  • Losing momentum: If logging 3 miles on the treadmill feels slightly easier than logging three miles around your neighborhood, that’s because it is. It’s not noticeable enough to detract much from your workout, but by propelling you forward, the treadmill belt does some of the running work for you – and that’s without taking into account factors like hills and wind. So don’t be a hero; start off slow and give yourself time to adjust to running outdoors.
  • Problems with pacing: One of the best parts of a treadmill is that it keeps your pace for you. Whether a 5K or a marathon, everyone who’s completed a race knows that pacing is perhaps the most vital aspect of becoming a good runner – and often one of the hardest. Try running with a friend so you can pace each other, or plan a playlist of high-tempo running songs.
  • Pavement pains: There’s just no getting around the fact that running on pavement is terrible for your joints, not to mention it makes you more prone to shin splints and muscle cramps. If there’s a shortage of dirt trails around your area, avoid pavement pains by taking a few minutes to walk, warm up your muscles, and stretch them out before you begin running. Stretching cold muscles is useless, so try to make post-run stretching a habit as well.

Of course, if you’re in the market for a new treadmill, warmer weather doesn’t necessarily mean you should put off buying one until November. April is famous for rain showers and other wet weather that’s less than ideal for a jog in the park, and the 100-degree-plus weather of summer isn’t always the most encouraging, either. Stay prepared for whatever the fickle weather throws your way by browsing through our Smooth treadmill selection for the home fitness equipment that keeps you fit, rain or shine!

Smooth Fitness Welcomes Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill to the Family!

Just because Smooth Fitness is the #1 online retailer of home fitness equipment doesn’t mean we’re not always looking for ways to improve. And what better way to do that than with a little help from an Olympic Gold Medalist?

Smooth Fitness is thrilled to announce that Dorothy Hamill, World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, has been named a spokesperson for our home fitness equipment. While you might know her as the famous three-time U.S. National Champion in figure skating and inductee of both the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Hamill is also dedicated to promoting health and wellness on a slightly less glamorous level.

“I’m a big fan of lifetime fitness,” says Hamill, adding that home fitness equipment is one of the easiest ways for people to make exercise part of their daily lives. “The Smooth Fitness brand is known for its quality, and its extensive line of exercise equipment means that everyone can find a physical activity that can help them achieve their goals, whether they’re just trying to get in shape or training for a marathon.”

Hamill, who has worked with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the International Special Olympics, plans to participate in the sixteenth season of ABC’s hit show “Dancing With the Stars” as the partner of Irish celebrity dancer Tristan MacManus.

As an athlete, breast cancer survivor, and philanthropist, Hamill couldn’t be a more welcome addition to the Smooth Fitness family. Her leadership and commitment to lifelong fitness exemplify the Smooth Fitness mission to help people lead healthier lives, and we look forward to what this partnership will accomplish in the future!

How to Skip the Gym and Still Lose Weight: the Beauty of the At-Home Workout

Whether you’re trying to lose a few inches off your waistline or you just want to keep your heart healthy, you’ve probably never been encouraged to skip the gym in order to achieve your goals. But here at Smooth Fitness, we’d like to suggest that a gym membership isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you can just kick back, pop some popcorn, and watch the pounds melt away. But investing in home fitness equipment can be a smarter decision than hitting a gym every day – especially if you plan on making fitness a way of life rather than a short-term fad. Read on about the benefits of at-home cardio workouts and buying your own fitness equipment.

  • Money in the bank: Between signup fees, ongoing monthly payments, and hidden annual or contract charges, gyms usually know just how to milk you for all you’re worth. If you’re planning on making fitness part of your lifestyle, all those membership costs really add up over the span of even just a couple years. So while you might shell out $1,000 for a quality treadmill, you’ll be saving tons of money in the long run.
  • In-your-face motivation: We’ve all experienced ignoring the alarm clock when it tries to wake us up for that early morning drive to the gym. But if your elliptical is staring you down every time you walk into your TV room, it’s a little more difficult to make excuses for skipping your workout because it’s raining, because the gym is too far away, because you woke up late, etc. Simply by sitting there where you can see it all day, every day, home fitness equipment provides all the exercise motivation – not to mention convenience – you need to truly commit to an active lifestyle.
  • Power of investment: Knowing you’ve just spent a large amount of money on something can be a pretty powerful impetus. If you spend money on a treadmill or elliptical and then it sits covered up in your basement, you’re going to feel horribly guilty. You can cancel a gym membership at any time, but the “I bought the treadmill, now I have to use it” mentality could be enough to psychologically force you to complete those oft-dreaded cardio workouts.

So next time you start thinking it’s time to get back to your New Year’s resolution by getting back in the gym, think again! Instead, take a look at the affordable treadmills or ellipticals available here at the #1 internet retailer of home fitness equipment, and don’t forget to browse through our selection of comprehensive home gyms and fitness accessories while you’re at it. Smooth Fitness is your resource for everything you need to complete your own home gym collection today!