I have been working on strengthening my leg muscles, with the hopes that it will help me to jump higher. I have had this goal in mind for years, and I am not quite there yet, but I definitely think that it is attainable. That is to be able to dunk. I want to learn how to dunk and maybe one day be able to do some cool trick dunks, but to be honest with you, I would be pretty happy if I could just do the most simple dunk in the world.
I am lucky that my hands are big enough to palm a basketball, because I think this would be a lot harder of a challenge if they were not. If they weren’t big enough to palm a basketball, then I guess I would have to go up to the rim with two hands on the basketball, and that is a good bit harder than just doing it with one hand. I think that if I tried to go up with two hands, I would not even get close at all. Continue reading →
The first time I heard about the Visual Impact Muscle Building program, I thought that it might be something that would be beneficial to me. I liked that it would help me get quicker results for my muscle building goals, but I didn’t want to start doing it until I learned more about it. I figured the best way I could do that would be by going online and reading a review of Visual Impact Muscle Building program. It was pretty easy finding the information that I needed, and it also convinced me that this was definitely the right route to go.
I was able to read about the different ways to increase muscle mass. The first is sufficient in increasing muscle size. Continue reading →
The Life Fitness treadmill has been designed in such a way that they fit well in almost any home. Not only that, but they are also priced to be affordable for most of the people looking for a treadmill and they have all the features that they need in order to get a good workout without having to travel anywhere.
These treadmills are being used by numerous world champion athletes, top athletes, military personnel and health club members.
Life Fitness offers two treadmill lines: Life Fitness Cardio and Life Fitness Sport Cardio. There are seven different treadmill options in the first line (T3, T3i, T5, T5i, T7, and T9i/e) and two in the second line.
Life Fitness offers the T-series as a direct descendant of its commercial model series, starting with the standard quality T3, their ‘benchmark’ value model, and topping out with the Life Fitness T9i, recommended by Health Magazine.
Basic treadmills are included in the T3 series of treadmill models. There are two choices in this category viz the T3 and the T3i. Both of these models offer a large number of features including classic workouts (hill, random, manual), sport training workouts (sport training, 5K sport training, 10K sport training) and EZ Incline TM workouts. Display options on the T3 and T3i models of this treadmill include display of elapsed time, distance, speed, incline, heart rate, calories per hour and calories burnt.
Both models can accommodate speeds up to 10 miles per hour and an incline of 15%. The T3i includes heart features including Polar Telemetry® and heart rate zone training workouts (cardio, fat burn, heart rate hill, heart rate interval and extreme heart rate). Treadmills in the T3 series consist of a 2.5HP motor and supports inclination up to 15%.
The T5 series are meant for competitive running. The main difference between a treadmill in the T3 series and the T5 series is that those in the T5 series are capable of speeds up to 12 miles per hour.
The Life Fitness T5 treadmill provides a wide & long walking area and a powerful drive motor. It has a few less programs and a simpler display than the T5i but features the same durable construction throughout.
A treadmill from the T7 line, adds daily training workouts to the package (30-minute walk, 3-mile jog, 45-minute cross-train) and customizable workouts.
Finally, the T9 series of treadmill models additional customizable workouts, speed interval training, pace mode, calories goal, distance goal, and time in zone goal, as well as Life Pulse TM digital heart rate monitoring. The Life Fitness T9i treadmill bears up to 400 pounds weight and features a 5/8 inch 60 x 20 inch belt with cushioned deck, 3.5 inch roller and 4.0HP motor. This treadmill series offers a top speed of 12 MPH, inclines up to 15% and provides readouts/feedbacks. It also provides 16 preset programs as well as six custom memory slots for personal workouts and it monitors heart rate through Ergo hand sensors and a wireless chest strap.
The warranty period on this treadmill models is impressive. It provides lifetime warranty on frame and shock absorbers, fifteen years warranty on the motor, three years warranty on electrical and mechanical parts and one year warranty on labor. The Life Fitness T9 treadmill series provides a lifetime warranty on the motor and ten years warranty on electrical and mechanical parts.
This can get users well on their way to fitness. With the wide variety of workout options available, even on their basic models, users will never be bored. If users are keeping a close eye on their cardiovascular fitness, the heart monitoring available on this treadmill can’t be bet.
This might be the best treadmill choice for users. If users are going to use a this treadmill, they should make sure that they know what they are doing before using it. Users should always make sure that they are very comfortable walking on their treadmill device before they decide to start running. This is always the case no matter what model or style of treadmill they own.
Before buying a treadmill model users should take a look at the different features that are offered with the treadmill model. Users should make sure that the treadmill motor has a high continuous duty rating and has a long warranty.
These treadmills have an excellent life span. Some of the popular discount treadmills are model numbers 5500, 8500 and T3i. No matter how strenuous workouts users desire (use of hand weights to tone arms and body while walking/running on the treadmill), even used these treadmills are a great piece of exercise equipment.
Not surprising, with the rise of fitness sites, it is now possible to get an online personal trainer.
What does online personal training in general involve?
Personalized workout programs
Nutritional support, sometimes recipes
Video and imagery support
Support via forums from other members of the site
Online calculators and charts for items like body mass index, heart rate and calorie counts
Calendars for scheduling workouts
Journals to keep track of progress
Workout alerts by e-mail to remind clients
The trainer’s e-mail for direct contact
No matter how funky or comprehensive an online personal trainer program is, it will, overall, never compare to the traditional set-up of face-to-face interaction, which includes a significant auditory component.
A client will become far more motivated and “pumped up” with enthusiasm upon hearing audible cues rather than reading e-mails or viewing canned pep talks by the trainer.
Nevertheless, online guidance has some perks:
Flexible schedule-no appointments necessary. This takes the pressure off of having to schedule appointments and then stick to them, and having to cancel face-to-face appointments at the last minute because the dog is sick or the babysitter cancelled.
Costs a lot less than a traditional training format. Live personal training normally runs $50-$100 an hour. Even group personal training still comes in a lot more in fees than virtual training.
Workout program and other information can be accessed via computer anywhere in the world; ideal for frequent travelers.
Eliminates a great degree of “intimidation” in self-conscious people. Additionally, a gym environment isn’t compatible with many people for a variety of reasons, such as blaring music, loud weight plate slamming, unpleasant odors, etc.
Some sites provide informative fitness articles and newsletters.
No lengthy and pricey contracts involving gym memberships
A virtual personal trainer program also has some downsides:
The absence of someone getting in the client’s face to help push him or her through a set, or even the absence of someone standing more passively near the client, certainly won’t bring out one’s fiercest drive.
Nobody to spot the client will discourage the client from pushing towards failure and/or using heavier weights.
No feedback on form breaks
No physical hands-on instruction in more complicated routines such as deadlifts, Olympic lifts or hybrid movements such as a Bulgarian split squat-to-press
Easy to skip workouts-no live trainer provides little motivation to stick to a schedule; high self-discipline is required. An e-mail reminder doesn’t carry much authority.
Lack of equipment
How to Shop for an Online Personal Trainer
One should figure out what he or she wants and expects from a virtual training program. There are different kinds out there, ranging from ones that are heavy with frequent communication, to plans that provide not much more than the workout. Some cater just to women.
Deciding on a budget is also an important preliminary step, though in general, cyber-personal training isn’t expensive, ranging from around $20 to $40 a month. The client will pay the higher rates for sites that have all the bells and whistles.
A red flag is a site that does not request the prospective client’s health and fitness information. If a site does not ask this, the client should scratch it off the list.
One must make sure that the instructors are certified through reputable certifying organizations.
See if the program offers a free trial.
Beware that some “online personal trainers” aren’t actual trainers at all, but instead, use a catchy descriptive term for their position as a guide, such as “online fitness instructor,” “online fitness guide,” or “online weight loss coach.”
What may really be going on is that these individuals may not have any formal training in exercise program design at all, and instead are sales representatives for a supplement company.
Ultimately, they want their “clients” to purchase supplements (e.g., meal replacement shakes, amino acid pills, protein bars) on a recurring basis, and may also try to get individuals to do some marketing themselves.
All of us want to look fit and slim. We feel it is important to stay slim so we can be more confident in our self. Now, the big question is “how can we stay fit and healthy?” For sure, a lot of you can relate to this and are always on the lookout for the best ways to keep our body fit or lose excess fats in our body.
According to a report from the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 billion people around the world are now considered overweight. All of us want to be healthy and physically fit but not in a way that we have to spend our monthly income just to lose weight. One great solution to our problem is to exercise and in exercising we can use second-hand exercise equipments that are still in good condition. Here are some tips on how to identify the best used exercising equipment.
Tip number 1: What do you need?
There is a lot of exercising machine in the market that you can choose from. Some are brand new while others are already used but in good condition. Before purchasing one, you should first think what type of equipment would you like to or what equipment can you benefit the most. An exercise equipment that is considered to be popular is the treadmill. We all know that running can help burn more calories than walking so treadmill can be a good choice for you. Or you may choose stationary bike which is almost the same with treadmill but much more relaxing and easy to use. Now if you are experiencing back pain or muscle joint problems, well it would be best to have some dumb bells at home just to flex your muscles.
Tip number 2: Know how to use it the right way.
Not all equipments that look the same run the same and to get the most from your equipment, you should know how to use it the right way. For example the treadmill, some people just actually hop on the equipment and tire themselves using the treadmill but they get little or no results. Check the manual guide to know the right way to use this equipment. But before using exercise equipment, you should first do some stretching. After doing so, you should start running slowly on the treadmill or bike then you gradually increase your speed. This is certainly the correct way to use the equipment.
Tip number 3: Know if it works
Remember that you are actually shopping for used exercising equipment and not all used equipments are in good running condition. You should first ask the staff or owner first on how old is this equipment and try it out a couple of minutes to ensure that every mechanism is still working. It would be a waste of money if you bought used equipment then upon returning home you realize it’s no longer functioning well.
Tip number 4: Know what brand you are buying
Most of the time brand name spells quality and this also applies to used exercise equipment. So, if you plan to buy used exercising equipment, then it would be best to invest on the brand name. There you would be sure that it has quality and a tendency to last long. Still it is the buyer’s prerogative to buy known brand name equipment. When in doubt, you can always ask your trainer for some advice.
Tip number 5: Check if it is still safe to use
Although it is cheap and it actually works to your comfort, still you have to check it meticulously. You should be able to confirm that the equipment is still safe to use. Check for any damage, crack or wear on the equipment before buying it. Also it would be best to ask if it has warranty although used equipment usually has not but in case it still hasn’t reached the normal 1-year warranty then you might as well ask for the warranty card or ask where the service center is.