Archive | Cardio Fitness Equipment

Cardio fitness equipment is an absolute necessity for any inspiring gym owner to invest in. Cardio is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle as it is the most efficient way to burn fat, one of the universal goals of fitness. From the simplest treadmill to the advanced stairmaster and every piece in between, each cardio piece offers something different in function and form. What all of them have in common, however, is the ability to get the heart pumping and body sweating.

Primo Fitness has all varieties of cardio fitness equipment available at our warehouse. We have different models for treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes (both upright and recumbent), indoor cycles, stepmills, stairmasters, and more, all from the most trusted brands in the fitness industry. Choose from manufacturers such as Life Fitness, Precor, Cybex, Technogym, Keiser, Schwinn, Matrix, and much more. All of our equipment pieces are thoroughly inspected to guarantee quality and safety. Come by our warehouse today and pick out the best piece for you!

Life Fitness操作介面的特色

假如计划购买Life Fitness的有氧运动产品,可能会不熟悉操作介面上的一些专有名词。 Life Fitness是健身领域的领导者之一,他们不断精进和挑战健身器材的技术极限以领先行业。这意味着他们不断更新他们的健身器材操作介面。四个主要的操作介面为AchieveInspireEngageDiscovery这些操作介面在市场上仍很常见因此购买二手的Life Fitness有氧健身器材时,熟悉所有操作介面非常重要。我们将详细介绍每个操作介面及其功能。

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Achieve操作介面

Life Fitness Achieve是最早发售的操作介面,但这不表示它过时。操作介面拥有简约的LED屏幕和电子读数。 Achieve根据附属的健身器材内置训练模式,能感测到无线心率胸带和心率相关的健身训练。

依照不同训练模式,操作介面还包含以下电子读数:

  • 时间
  • 已锻炼时间
  • 剩余时间
  • 时区
  • 时刻
  • 速度(英里/公里/小时)
  • 距离
  • 已爬升距离
  • 剩余距离
  • 步速
  • 心率
  • 目标心率
  • 卡路里
  • 每小时消耗卡路里
  • 功率
  • 运动强度
  • 显示屏幕:7英吋LCD触控操控面板,以及3LED训练数据显示
  • 训练数据显示:7LED显示器

如果您并不一定要有触控屏幕或一系列按键,那么Achieve操作介面就足以满足您的日常健身目标。

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Inspire操作介面

Achieve的下一代操作介面 Inspire,在娱乐和连接选项方面有卓越的进步。 Inspire操作介面拥有彩色的触控屏幕,您可以用来监测和设置您的训练模式。除了触控屏幕,Inspire操作介面还拥有一系列按钮以控制倾斜度(适用特定器材以及快速启动按键和步行/慢跑/跑步预设按钮。甚至还有一个选项面板,让您可以连接耳机、iPod,甚至USB来保存您的训练纪录。当然,显示屏幕可以让您看到自己的基本健身数据如距离、心率和消耗的卡路里

一般来说,大多数Achieve操作介面只有内置6个左右的训练模式,但Inspire操作介面大幅提升到36个训练模式。依照您的健身目标提供各种不同的训练选项,如心率训练、5k运动训练、速度训练、卡路里目标训练等等。

娱乐方面,Inspire操作介面可以连接到电视。如果您喜欢听音乐胜过看电视,Inspire操作介面还具有iPod连接阜。

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Engage操作介面

Engage操作介面是Life Fitness提供的最新顶级操作介面。从美学角度来说,您可以看出这是一个代结合现先进技术的健身操作介面。与其前身一样,它拥有触控屏幕,但尺寸是Inspire的两倍大。 Inspire的触控屏幕为7英寸,而Engage15英寸

InspireEngage操作介面均配有36个训练模式以及方便的快速启动选项。为了获得更详细和准确的数据Engage操作介面还会向您询问个人信息(如体重年龄和性别),以便进行更准确的健测试。虽然Inspire提供了连接电视的功能,但Engage操作介面内置了电视。过触控屏幕操控电视,您可以直接将有线电视连接到操作介面。它还内置了FM收音机。更棒的是,在观赏电视时,您仍然可以在电视下方的屏幕上看到您的健身纪录。电视也可连接iPod

以上是目前市场上最常见的三种Life Fitness操作介面之间的主要特色别忘了有许多有氧健身器材都可以多种不同类型的操作介面兼容。希望这些信息可以帮助您选择最适合您的健身器材!

 

The Difference Between a Water Rower and an Air Rower

If you are in the market to buy a rowing machine, it is essential of you to do your research on what kind of rowing machine you should get. Two of the most popular rowing machines are the Water Rower and Air Rower. These are the major differences between the two machines that people look for when buying a rowing machine.

                    

If interested in purchasing your own rowing machine, take a look at our Water Rower and Air Rower.

See These Machines and More at our Warehouse in Orange County, California

Local customers will enjoy walking in to browse our large collection of both used and new fitness equipment. We are happy to help those who need assistance deciding on the right equipment for their home or gym. International dealers, wholesalers and gym owners looking for the best prices and service are more than welcome to visit as well; we ship to all parts of the world. Our team members are prepared to help in putting together special gym packages that best suit their needs.

Come take advantage of our expert sales staff and their expertise with designing home and professional gyms with fitness equipment within your space and budget. Our team has over 100 years of combined fitness industry experience in all types of new and used gym equipment from repair and remanufacturing, to moving and installation, to what gear is best for your home, apartment complex or gym. You can also email us at [email protected] or call with any questions at (714) 957-2765. However, we encourage you to come in person and see one for yourself.

We are open Monday-Friday from 9-5, as well as Saturday by appointment only. Our friendly and informed staff are ready to help you in any way regarding fitness equipment. We serve local fitness enthusiasts and gym owners from all over Southern California, from Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles – and beyond. Come on by!

What is a Fan Bike?

Are you looking for an indoor bike that is low-price and durable? Well, fan-powered exercise bikes are just that. Thanks to their simple design and construction, fan-powered bikes typically rank at the low-end of the price range and can endure years of regular use, despite the low price.

How does it Work?

Unlike other indoor exercise bikes, fan bikes don’t have push-button resistance, nor pre-programmed workouts. You are completely in charge of how much resistance you want to work with. The main difference maker of a fan bike is that it gets its resistance from the wind. Resistance increases by how fast you pedal. The faster you pedal, the faster the fan blades spin and the more resistance they generate. Slow down and the fan blades automatically slow down too, easing off on the resistance. Another difference from its stationary contemporaries are the elliptical handles that the user moves back and forth while pedaling.

Benefits

Aside from the benefit of being able to burn calories, fan bikes create a circulation of self-sustaining flow of air throughout any room to keep the user cool while they exercise. The combination of pedaling and arm movement give the user a total body workout. The coordinated pushing and pulling action of the arms and the pushing action of the legs, combined with the air resistance from the fan, challenges your heart to pump blood to both upper and lower body regions. Fan bikes are also typically lighter in weight than the average exercise bike, which makes it easier to move. The simplicity of the fan bike makes it perfect for home use.

If you are interested in purchasing a fan bike, click on the links below to see the fan bikes we have in stock.

https://primofitnessusa.com/product/schwinn-ad2-airdyne-bike/

https://primofitnessusa.com/product/stairmaster-airfit-bike/

 

See These Machines and More at our Warehouse in Orange County, California

Local customers will enjoy walking in to browse our large collection of both used and new fitness equipment. We are happy to help those who need assistance deciding on the right equipment for their home or gym. International dealers, wholesalers and gym owners looking for the best prices and service are more than welcome to visit as well; we ship to all parts of the world. Our team members are prepared to help in putting together special gym packages that best suit their needs.

Come take advantage of our expert sales staff and their expertise with designing home and professional gyms with fitness equipment within your space and budget. Our team has over 100 years of combined fitness industry experience in all types of new and used gym equipment from repair and remanufacturing, to moving and installation, to what gear is best for your home, apartment complex or gym. You can also email us at [email protected] or call with any questions at (714) 957-2765. However, we encourage you to come in person and see one for yourself.

We are open Monday-Friday from 9-5, as well as Saturday by appointment only. Our friendly and informed staff are ready to help you in any way regarding fitness equipment. We serve local fitness enthusiasts and gym owners from all over Southern California, from Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles – and beyond. Come on by!

What is an AMT?

Adaptive Motion Trainer (AMT)

Ellipticals have been a staple in gyms since they came out in the 1990’s, but recently a more advanced cardio machine similar to an elliptical has taken over. Precor’s Adaptive Motion Trainer (AMT) is everything an elliptical is and more.

What Does it do?

The AMT is a self-generating machine that turns on only when in use. The AMT adapts to your body motion whether you are walking or running. The platforms follow your feet in whatever direction you want them to go. You’re not on any particular track, so you’re not bound on a pre-determined ellipsis as you would be on a traditional elliptical machine; you can use it in a stair-master type way if you like, and you can even kick your feet up behind you to really work your hams and glutes. It’s totally responsive! The AMT blends the benefits of a treadmill with the low impact motion of an elliptical. This is why the AMT is considered to be a combination of a treadmill, stepper, and elliptical machine.

A Total Body Workout

The AMT’s versatility of motion and resistance make it a great option for all types of exercises. The AMT has several pre-programmed workouts that can be selected for a full-body resistance training circuit. You can also select Quick Start button and use the manual adjustments to increase the stride length and resistance until it fits your individual abilities. During your cardio work you can utilize the backward motion of your foot pedals to switch up the muscle groups being used. You can also incorporate pushing and pulling movements by using your arms.

The AMT is more than just a cardio machine. You can set up the machine to transition from striding to resistance training moves like squats, single leg curls, and leg raises. You can even incorporate upper body strength and core training into your workouts by placing your hands on the foot pedals to do push-ups or to create a plank while staying balanced at the same time since the foot pedals will move if too much pressure from one side is applied. The AMT will pause automatically to allow time to complete your resistance moves. Your pause time can be adjusted up to 300 seconds. All of these exercises help to improve overall strength in your larger muscle groups. As you can see, the AMT is a stand-alone total body workout machine.

Click on the image below to see all of our AMT’s in stock.

See These Machines and More at our Warehouse in Orange County, California

Local customers will enjoy walking in to browse our large collection of both used and new fitness equipment. We are happy to help those who need assistance deciding on the right equipment for their home or gym. International dealers, wholesalers and gym owners looking for the best prices and service are more than welcome to visit as well; we ship to all parts of the world. Our team members are prepared to help in putting together special gym packages that best suit their needs.

Come take advantage of our expert sales staff and their expertise with designing home and professional gyms with fitness equipment within your space and budget. Our team has over 100 years of combined fitness industry experience in all types of new and used gym equipment from repair and remanufacturing, to moving and installation, to what gear is best for your home, apartment complex or gym. You can also email us at [email protected] or call with any questions at (714) 957-2765. However, we encourage you to come in person and see one for yourself.

We are open Monday-Friday from 9-5, as well as Saturday by appointment only. Our friendly and informed staff are ready to help you in any way regarding fitness equipment. We serve local fitness enthusiasts and gym owners from all over Southern California, from Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles – and beyond. Come on by!

Train at Home for the Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5K

The Tustin Hangar Half Marathon and 5K (formerly known as the Leprechaun Leap 5K) is on Sunday, March 12, 2017. The Half Marathon will start at 7:00 a.m., with the 5K at 7:30 a.m., and best of all Primo Fitness is one of the presenting sponsors for the event! To celebrate the event, we at Primo Fitness  would like to offer all marathon participants a special discount on our “As Is” working condition FreeMotion Reflex T11.8 treadmills with $100 off the regular price. Take a look for yourself.

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FreeMotion Reflex T11.8 Treadmill

https://primofitnessusa.com/product/freemotion-reflex-t11-8-treadmill/

Training for a Marathon

Whether you are a veteran marathon runner or a first-timer, you should always train your body to be ready for the stress of running the multiple miles that are expected of you in a marathon. As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect! This is especially true when it comes to running because your body needs to become use to the compressive and ground reaction forces on your musculoskeletal system while running, as well as the increased intensity of your breathing and heart rate. Your muscle and skeleton’s ability to bounce back depends much on your resiliency that builds up over time through proper training. To register for the Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5K click on the image below, and take advantage of the 20% off registration.

Benefits of Running on a Treadmill

While running outside gives you the experience of running against wind resistance, and helps you to get use to the terrain changes just like how you might experience in a marathon, there are still many advantages that running on a treadmill can bring you. Rain or shine you can always get a workout on a treadmill without having to walk, jog or run in stormy, cold or hot weather conditions.  There is no need to find an uphill cliff to run on if you can do that from the comfort of your own home by adjusting the incline options on your treadmill. Many people like to go outside and jog after they come home from work, but by that time it could already be dark outside, so for many people personal safety is a big concern, which running on a treadmill would certainly eliminate since you are either indoors in your home or in a gym. Another great advantage of using a treadmill is that you can watch TV while workout out. There is no need to miss your favorite shows because you want to stay in shape.

See These Machines and More at our Warehouse in Orange County, California

Local customers will enjoy walking in to browse our large collection of both used and new fitness equipment. We are happy to help those who need assistance deciding on the right equipment for their home or gym. International dealers, wholesalers and gym owners looking for the best prices and service are more than welcome to visit as well; we ship to all parts of the world. Our team members are prepared to help in putting together special gym packages that best suit their needs.

Come take advantage of our expert sales staff and their expertise with designing home and professional gyms with fitness equipment within your space and budget. Our team has over 100 years of combined fitness industry experience in all types of new and used gym equipment from repair and remanufacturing, to moving and installation, to what gear is best for your home, apartment complex or gym. You can also email us at [email protected] or call with any questions at (714) 957-2765. However, we encourage you to come in person and see one for yourself.

We are open Monday-Friday from 9-5, as well as Saturday by appointment only. Our friendly and informed staff are ready to help you in any way regarding fitness equipment. We serve local fitness enthusiasts and gym owners from all over Southern California, from Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles – and beyond. Come on by!

   

The Best Cardio Machine For You

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A cardio machine is an excellent addition to a home gym, as it provides a way to get much needed cardio exercise without having to go outside. With so many different kinds of machines available, it can be a challenge deciding which one to run with. While we’ve recently looked at the benefits of treadmills in a previous post, ellipticals and stationary bikes are also viable options to be considered. Here is an evaluation on how each of these cardio machines stack up.  

Treadmills

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Pros:

  • Treadmills  offer plenty of options for users to customize their workouts, such as incline, speed, and specific training programs.
  • Replicate a natural form of running, so they have little to no learning curve.
  • Promote the most calorie burn compared to other cardio machines.
  • The high impact nature of a treadmill helps in promoting bone strength.

Cons:

  • Since a treadmill is high-impact, it can be potentially harmful on those with weak joints and ligaments.
  • Treadmills require little involvement from the upper body, so these muscle groups aren’t engaged.
  • Usually bulky and difficult to fit into tighter spaces
  • Treadmills usually cost more, and this goes up with their various additional features.

Ellipticals

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Pros:

  • Involve the upper body in its movement, so these muscle groups are active alongside the lower body.
  • Low impact, making it desirable for those with weaker joints.
  • Can be run in reverse, allowing it to target more lower body muscles than other machines.
  • Users often perceive that they are not working too hard, but in reality their bodies are working harder than they think they are.

Cons:

  • Not quite as beginner friendly as other machines, as the upper and lower body motions in unison might be a little tricky at first.
  • With less impact, it also means bones aren’t as strengthened as other machines.
  • The motion ellipticals require is not typically used in everyday life.
  • The spacing of elliptical steps might not fit well with a shorter or taller person’s stride.

Stationary Bikes

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Pros

  • Takes up less room than other machines, so it can be more easily placed in areas with less space.
  • Usually regarded as the most comfortable, with different seating options depending on the model.
  • Users control how fast the bike works, which makes it a safer option than other machines.
  • Zero impact exercise, so they can be good choice for those recovering from injuries as many models offer support designed to help parts like the back and ankles

Cons

  • Bikes usually offer the least amount of calorie burn, partly due to no involvement from the upper body
  • Bikes force the majority of their stress on the knee, which is a common area for troublesome joints
  • Being in a seated position for a while can wind up making your rear end sore.
  • Improper form can actually harm user ability to use bikes effectively.

In the end, these are just a few of the factors to considering when picking out the ideal cardio machine, and the best cardio machine is the one that you like using the most and will thus encourage you to use it to improve your cardio. If you have any questions, our team is more than happy to answer any questions you might have!

 

Lemond Revmaster Pro Indoor Cycle Review

It’s 2016 and indoor stationary cycles are more popular than ever. January brought an influx of new users to spin classes and it looks like they’re sticking around. If you want to take the excitement of those classes home, there is no better option than top purchase an indoor cycle. Today we will be reviewing the latest generation Lemond Revmaster Pro Indoor Cycle.

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Lemond continues to be a leader in group cycles and the next generation Revmaster Pro drastically improves upon the original. The silhouette of the bike has been modified to more closely resemble a road bike as opposed to the straight angular design of the first Lemond Revmaster bicycles. This is accomplished because the bike is designed with a narrower crank to replicate the geometry of a quality road bike.

The new Next Generation X-Frame also improves upon the adjustability of the bike. While in riding position, the user has access to all seat, height and handlebar adjustments. The bottom bracket catridge also has a two piece design for modular service.  There are also new Cam handles located in the front of the Lemond Revmaster. They are comfortable and easy to use and offer quicker on-the-fly adjustments without the difficulties associated with threaded handles and pop-pins. These additions have increased the adjustment range of the bike which allows for a better and more comfortable fit. The seat is also easily exchanged for more riding options to fit personal preferences.

This is a commercial grade indoor cycle so it is definitely built to last and withstand punishment. There is improved corrosion resistance thanks to the new electrolytic nickel plating which is stronger than stainless steel. The fender also has integrated brake assembly which provides improved braking and also functions as a moisture guard. While most indoor cycles are chain driven, the Lemond Revmaster Pro utilizes a Kevlar belt instead. This reduces the amount of noise and there is essentially no maintenance because it does not need to be oiled and does not stretch.

The Lemond Revmaster Pro Indoor Cycle was created for users of all fitness levels. It is simple to create an optimized workout with the brake and resistance features of the bicycle. The resistance knob adjusts easily to increase or decrease the intensity of the workout. Pressing down on the knob also activates the brakes for a safe workout. There are micro turn adjustments in order to create smooth transitions to higher resistance levels on the fly.

If you’re looking for a high end modern indoor cycle the Lemond Revmaster Pro is a great option. It is aesthetically pleasing with its modern road bike-like design and has all the features you would expect from a recent indoor cycle. Ours also have a fitness monitor attached to track your progress during a workout. Contact Primo Fitness for more details about this bike.

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Cardio Machines that Only Use Arms

Nearly all the standard cardio machines you find in the gym (treadmills, elliptical crosstrainers, and bikes) require using your legs, but there are times when that isn’t an option. Whether you’re going through rehabilitation, wheel-chair bound or just went too hard on leg day, there are a variety of different machines that deliver a quality cardio workout while utilizing only your arms.

The name that you’ll most commonly see these machines referred to by is “upper body ergometer/exerciser” or UBE. Although they are not as mainstream as other cardio options, different fitness companies do put their own spin on this machine.

Technogym Excite Upper Body Ergometer

Technogym Excite UBE Upper Body Ergometer

The Technogym Excite UBE is one of the most technologically advanced upper body cardio machines. The Excite TOP as it is sometimes called provides excellent training for the upper body. It serves to not only burn calories, but also tones and strengthens the shoulder, torso and core muscles. The crank is also adjustable and it comes with a removable seat so users in wheelchairs can easily use. It also caters to all fitness levels with over 30 different difficulty levels. There is also a monitor attached that gives all relevant readouts to be able to track your progress.

SciFit Pro1 Upper Body Exerciser

SciFit Pro1 Upper Body Exerciser

The SciFit Pro1 Upper Body Exerciser is one of the more versatile upper body cardio machines because it can be used in both a seated and a standing position. The SciFit Pro1 further improves accessibility by having both a wheelchair platform and true step-through design. It is ideal for ground based training and is highly adjustable. Some of the options include an adjustable tilt head for different heights and ranges of motion. The arm cranks are also adjustable and they can be used in either direction. It has a low starting resistance so it can accommodate almost any user. The monitor also comes with built in workouts and fitness tracking information.

Matrix Krankcycle

Matrix Krankcycle

The most compact and space efficient upper body cardio machine is the Matrix Krankcycle. It has a clean and sleek silhouette making it a perfect fit for modern looking gym. This machine was created through a collaboration between Johnny G and Matrix and was designed for a cardio workout that strengthens both the core and arms.

Both of the arms move independently from one another which allows for a great variety of movements. It can also be lowered to chest level and used as a pseudo rowing machine. Similar to the other upper body exercise machines, there is also an option to adjust the resistance level. The head of the Krankcycle can be titled in a variety of positions and the seat can be removed for wheelchair accessibility. The cranks on this machine are also on a more narrow access compared to the other machines on this list. This allows for a higher rotation per minute and a more intense workout.

These are the three primary upper body cardio exercise machines on the market. They all offer the same great benefits of a cardio workout that requires only your upper body. If you are interested in any of these machines, feel free to contact one of our sales representatives for more information.

Last Minute Christmas Fitness Gift Ideas

You’re scrambling for that last minute gift for your favorite fitness fanatic but you can’t find anything in the stores. You can’t buy equipment at a retail store because you know that Christmas gifts are meant to be enjoyed on Christmas. It’s no fun unwrapping a box with a treadmill in it and not being able to use it. Why put your dearest friend through the torture of having to install a complicated piece of gym equipment? We give you a list of some fitness equipment that you can just come by, pick up and deliver it to your recipient right in time for the holidays.

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  1. Indoor Cycles/Spin Bikes

Indoor cycles are the most portable commercial grade fitness equipment you’ll find on the market. Unlike the retail stores, all of our equipment is fully assembled and ready to go. This is how we’re able to allow customers to test out the exact machine that they can purchase. If you’re worried that a fully assembled exercise equipment unit won’t fit in your car, it is not a problem at all with the compact spin bike. We were even able to load one into a Mini Cooper.

Indoor cycles are also relatively inexpensive compared to other fitness equipment. A fully functional commercial grade model starts at $300 in our warehouse. We have a wide variety of brands ranging from Keiser, Matrix, Lemond, Schwinn and more.

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  1. Benches

These aren’t the benches you sit on while feeding birds at the park, these are heavy duty benches built to withstand a ton of punishment during a workout. Since most home gyms don’t have enough space for a full strength circuit, most exercisers will opt to use dumbbells and barbells for strength training. In order to properly execute these exercises, they’ll need a bench to work out on. Even power racks and cages benefit from being paired with a bench.

There are many different types of weight benches but the one we recommend most for its versatility is the adjustable (sometimes called 0-90) bench. Adjustable benches can be used as a flat bench, decline bench or an incline bench to assist in a wide array of exercises. There are fitness benches in every gym across the world so it would be a great gift for someone starting off their home gym.

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  1. Steppers (Stairstepper)

While they can be quite tall, most steppers don’t take up much space footprint wise so they can be a great gift/addition to someone’s home gym. Treadmills are generally the preferred choice for cardio machines, but steppers are great in their own way. They are low impact so they won’t put a considerable strain on your knees and joints. They’re also great for toning and strengthening the lower body.

They’re also extremely effective at burning calories because, if you don’t use the rail support, you’re lifting your entire body weight with every step you take. Steppers are also fairly simple to use and everyone is familiar with climbing stairs so there is no learning curve to worry about.

If you’re looking for the perfect last minute gift for a fitness fanatic you cannot go wrong with the options we’ve listed above. These are all affordable commercial grade machines that can easily fit into even the smallest of home gyms. We hope you have a happy holidays!

Holiday Gym Equipment Gift Guide

There is no greater gift than the gift of health and fitness. Unfortunately, being healthy and fit isn’t a tangible object that can be neatly wrapped up with a bow so the next best thing is gifting someone some quality gym equipment. If you’re new to the world of exercise equipment, finding the perfect gift can be difficult. There are so many models that cater to different exercisers so we’re here to help sort it all out. This is our fitness equipment holiday gift guide!

For the person with limited space:

Not every person has a giant garage to set up a full gym, but there are still many options for the fitness fanatic stuck in a small space. While most commercial grade models are built larger than retail models to increase durability, some companies still create high quality equipment with smaller footprints. On the cardio side, there are two clear options for equipment that can be easily squeezed into a crowded or smaller area.

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Indoor Cycles/Spin Bikes:

We have an in-depth article explaining how to choose the best indoor cycle for your goals. When it comes to both footprint and height, indoor cycles will easily be your most compact option among commercial grade cardio machines. They’re normally a little shorter than four feet tall, around four feet in length and a little over two feet in width. Most of the indoor cycles and spin bikes on the market right now are roughly the same size so you should be safe buying from any of the well known brands such as Star Trac, Keiser, Schwinn or Matrix. Another flip side of purchasing an indoor cycle is that it is the most cost effective commercial gym equipment you’ll find, especially if you buy used. Some of our least expensive models start at only $300 for a bike in guaranteed working condition.

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Cybex Treadmills:

Cybex treadmills are our go-to recommendations for many home gyms because of their compact frame. Our two favorite models that we recommend are the Cybex 550T treadmills and the Cybex 530T treadmills. These have all the standard features that you’d expect from a commercial treadmill (durability, smoothness, fitness tracking, etc.) without the bulky size.

For the tech geeks:

Fitness tracking and electronic read-outs such as calories burned, speed, distance run, etc. have been embedded in cardio machines for over a decade now, but recent advances have pushed gym equipment toward becoming computers that you can work out on. If you need to get a gift for someone who loves technology and exercise, we have some great gift options available.

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Precor 885 series with P80 consoles:

The 885 series is the latest addition to Precor’s impressive cardio line. These cardio machines look quite futuristic with their sleek lines and stylish frame. The shining star of these machines and what will get the tech geeks excited as the P80 consoles that come with them.

We previously compared all the Precor consoles and the P80 is hands down the most advanced. It is a 15” LCD capacitive touch screen console with motion controls. It has advanced electronic readouts for all your complicated fitness tracking needs in both metric and US standard units. It also comes with a variety of different language options. New to this model of consoles is that it is Preva Network Capable. It can connect online for a wide range of different entertainment options. Like the previous models, you can also connect a television with cable.

This is only the first part of our holiday gift guide. Stay tuned for more!

Black Friday Gym Equipment Sale 2015

While our warehouse will be closed on Black Friday, we are still participating with some great bargains on some of our most popular gym equipment. The winter season is when we are at our busiest so our inventory is constantly changing so act quickly if there is a product you want. These deals will only be valid up to Black Friday and will revert to normal prices after.

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Keiser M3 Indoor Cycle

The star of our Black Friday sale is the highly popular and impossible to keep in stock Keiser M3 indoor cycle. This is easily one of our most requested products and usually sells out within a couple of days. The Keiser M3 cycles are well known because they are the indoor cycle of choice for many of the largest commercial gyms. The rise of popular of spinning classes has also contributed to the demand for the Keiser M3s.

These bikes are also sleek in appearance and the magnetic drive ensures that it is also a quiet unit which is great for home and apartment use. These units also come with the backlit display and adjustable pedals and seat positions. We are selling these units for only $499.

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Precor AMT 100i Elliptical Crosstrainer

Normally we sell these versatile elliptical for this price in as-is condition but as part of our Black Friday special, we’ll service and clean it on the house. While all of our units are sold in guaranteed working condition, as-is condition units may have a few cosmetic imperfections. We will thoroughly clean the Precor AMT 100i and make it look great. We also open up the units and inspect for worn out parts and replace them. They will not squeak or make noises after they have been serviced.

If you’ve read our previous blog posts, you’ll know that we are enamored by how many functions the AMT machines have. The Precor AMT 100i is not just your standard elliptical; it can also double as a stepper or a ski machine. It does all of this on the fly also without any manual adjustments needed. Just adjust your stride and the machine will adapt to it.

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Cybex 550T Treadmill

Treadmills are hands down the most popular cardio fitness equipment so we definitely had to include one in our sale. Many of our customers want commercial grade gym equipment but their floor space is limited. While most commercial grade treadmills take up a ton of room, the Cybex 550T treadmill delivers the quality in a compact size. It has a low and clean profile which is great for both a gym and home.

The Cybex 550T is functional for both fitness fanatics and the occasional user. There are a variety of built in programs with varying intensity levels. The programs can also be changed on the fly so there is no need to restart or stop your workout. The monitor also displays all the fitness tracking information you would ever need from calories burned, pace, heart rate, time, speed, incline and much more. This treadmill normally retails for $7,995 but as part of our Black Friday special, it is on sale for $549 which is 92% off!

We will be highlighting two more products on our Black Friday sale tomorrow! This sale ends very soon so please give us a call at 714-957-2765 or email us at [email protected] for more information. Visit our Black Friday Sale page for all our offers.

 

Difference between Life Fitness Consoles

If you’ve been shopping around for some Life Fitness cardio products, you’ve probably run across a few unfamiliar terms in regard to the console. Life Fitness is one of the leaders in fitness and they’ve done so by constantly advancing and pushing the technological limits of fitness equipment. This means that they’ve consistently updated their consoles. The four main consoles are the Achieve, Inspire, Engage and Discovery. All of these consoles are still commonly found when shopping for used Life Fitness cardio equipment so it is important to be familiar with all of them. We will detail each console and all of their features.

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Achieve Console

The Life Fitness Achieve consoles are the oldest among the consoles, but that doesn’t make it antiqued or outdated by any means. The console boasts a minimalistic LED screen and readouts. The Achieve has built in workout programs, depending on the cardio machine it is attached to, a wireless heart rate chest strap and heart rate related workouts.

Along with the programs, the console contains the following electronic readouts:

  • Time
  • Elapsed Time
  • Time Remaining
  • Time in Zone
  • Time of Day
  • Speed (mph/km/h)
  • Distance
  • Distance Climbed
  • Distance Remaining
  • Pace
  • Heart Rate
  • Target Heart Rate
  • Calories
  • Calories per Hour
  • Watts
  • METs
  • Display Type: 7″ Touch Screen display with 3 LED workout feedback windows
  • Workout Feedback Display: 7 LED windows

If you’re not too dead set on having a touchscreen or an array of connectivity options, the Achieve console is more than adequate for your everyday fitness goals.

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Inspire Console

The successor to the Achieve console, the Inspire, is a huge leap in terms of entertainment and connectivity options. It has a full color touchscreen display that you can use to monitor and set up your workouts. Along with the touchscreen, the Inspire console also comes with a multitude of buttons used to control incline (if on an applicable machine), a Quickstart button and walk/jog/run preset buttons. There is even an Options Panel which allows you to plug in headphones, an iPod or even a USB to save and store your workout data. Of course, there is also a display to allow you to see fitness data such as distance, heart rate and calories burned.

Generally, most Achieve consoles only have 6 or so built in programs but the Inspire console increases this dramatically to 36 workout programs. There are  a variety of different training options such as heart rate, 5k sports training, speed training, calories goal and many others depending on your fitness goals.

Entertainment wise, you can also attach a TV to any unit with an Inspire console. It also has iPod connectivity if you’d prefer to listen to music over watching television.

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Engage Console

The Engage console is the latest top of the line console that Life Fitness offers. From the aesthetics alone, you can tell that this is a modern technologically advanced fitness console. Like its predecessor, it also has a touchscreen but this one is over twice the size of the Inspire. The Inspire’s touchscreen measures at 7” while the Enage is 15”.

Both the Inspire and Engage consoles come with 36 workout programs along with the convenient Quick Start option. For more detailed and accurate data, the Engage consoles also ask you for personal details (such as weight, age and gender) for more accurate fitness testing. While the Inspire had the option of connecting a TV to it, the Engage console actually has the TV built in. Television access is controlled through the touchscreen display and you can connect your cable television directly to the console. It also has an FM radio built in. Fortunately, you can still see your workout data on the screen below the television. The television also has iPod connectivity.

These are the main differences between the three most commonly found Life Fitness consoles on the market today. Remember that many of the cardio machines can accommodate more than one different type of console. We hope this helps you decide which fitness equipment is best for you!

 

StairMaster SM916 Review

StairMaster is one of the most well known brands in fitness and primarily for one reason. Their steppers and stepmills are unparalleled and no other fitness company has quite been able to compete with them on this front. For nearly 25 years now, the StairMaster Stepmill has been known as one of the toughest workouts in the world. The StairMaster SM916 Stepmill is one of the latest models from the company and has every feature necessary to deliver an intense yet low-impact workout.

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What is a Stepmill?

In order to get more in depth about the SM916, we first need to break down what a stepmill is. A stepmill is designed to duplicate the real life workout of stairclimbing without having to actually find a long set of stairs. You may also have heard of another popular model from StairMaster called a stepper. To easily recognize the two, the steppers are just two steps side by side to each other while a stepmill looks like an actual staircase. The stepper works by the user placing both their feet on the pedals and moving up and down to simulate climbing. The feet never leave the pedal. The stepmill on the other hand requires users to life their feet in order to move the staircase. It is still a low impact exercise though as one foot stays on a step at all times.

StairMaster SM916 Stepmill Features:

The primary component of the stepmill is the revolving staircase. Each of the high steps is 8” high and duplicates the feeling of climbing a set of stairs. You no longer need to find an empty stadium to emulate your favorite sports hero. The staircase revolves at speeds of 24-162 steps per minute so it can accommodate users of all fitness levels.

The handles on the SM916 are also ergonomically designed for the user to utilize the maximum level of intensity in their workout. Since it is a commercial grade unit, everything on this stepmill is the highest level of durability which allows for an all-out workout without a fear of malfunction.

On the accessory side, this stepmill comes equipped with a water bottle holder and accessory tray. They are both positioned in a way that is easy to reach for the user and can also hold personal items such as an MP3 player or a phone.

Console:

The StairMaster SM916 stepmill comes equipped with a new easy to read, backlit LCD console. It is also TV ready if you want to add a little entertainment to your workout. The console also includes a wide variety of programs so you will never be bored with your workout. It even has nationally recognized fitness tests, such as the Firefighting Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT), to gauge progress and fitness. Some of the programs included are fat burner, calorie burner, speed intervals, random intensity and many others.

The console display readouts include time, interval timer, HR, distance, step rate, calories, calories/hour, watts, speed, METs and the workout profile. It is also polar heart-rate compatible.

Conclusion:

If you are looking for one of the newer stepmills from StairMaster, the SM916 is your best bet. It contains all the features necessary for a rewarding and challenging stepmill workout with tons of options for entertainment to keep the suffering to a minimum.

Luckily, we just received a shipment of them and we’re putting them on sale. Visit our site to purchase a StairMaster SM916 Stepmill!

 

 

 

Difference between the Precor AMT 100i, AMT 835 and AMT 885

If you’ve ever used a Precor AMT at your gym, you’ll know why they’re so popular. It’s not quite an elliptical, because it’s much more than that. For many, the elliptical is an effective exercise machine for low impact cardio, but it can get tedious doing the same repetitive motion for the entire duration of a workout. If you’re looking to invest and purchase your own AMT, you’ll see that there are generally three main models out on the market, the Precor AMT 100i, Precor AMT 835 and Precor AMT 885. While on a superficial level they may look extremely similar, there are subtle differences that set these machines apart. We’ll go through every aspect step by step so you can decide which model is right for you.

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What is an AMT?

AMT stands for Adaptive Motion Trainer which, coincidentally, is what the Precor AMTs do. Contrary to any other elliptical on the market, there is no delay or manual adjustment needed to adjust your stride. The machine adapts to your stride both in speed and motion on-the-fly which allows you to perform unique workout without unnecessary breaks. Every model of the AMT also comes with an integrated stride dial which displays which muscles you’re working. This changes as you alter your stride length.

Another great aspect about the AMT that not every other elliptical has is the contralateral arm movement. It moves in sync with your legs to create a natural unison between your arm and leg movements, also allowing you to get a total body workout. These features are all present in every model of the AMT, so let’s move on to the differences.

Stride Length

All AMTs are created to adapt to people of all shapes and sizes. The original AMT 100i has an adaptive stride length from zero to 27 inches. The Precor AMT 835 and 885 have improved upon this with a wider range of zero to 36 inches. Unlike the 100i, the 835 and 885 also have something called a stride height. This is adjustable from 6.8 to 10 inches to allow an easier transition on and off the platform.

Dual Action

This is a fancy term for providing both an upper body and lower body workout. All models of the AMT include this but Precor has stated that they have worked with a Western Washington University biomechanics lab to further improve upon this in the later iterations of the AMT. They have optimized the AMT to work with varying fitness sizes and levels from 5% size female to the 95% male user.

Foot Pedals

On all AMT models, the foot pedals have toe caps on them to ensure optimal muscle usage. Precor not only powder-coats the machines once, but twice in order to apply a rust resistant undercoat to provide additional support to the cosmetic topcoat steel frame.

Consoles

The console type is easily the largest and most apparent difference between the Precor AMT 100i, Precor AMT 835 and Precor AMT 885 models. While these consoles can be modified to fit other models, we’ll go with the models most commonly seen on each model.

The Precor AMT 100i and 935 generally come equipped with the P30 consoles. This is a large 15 inch LED display panel with tactile dome keys, a quick start button, motion controls and even a numerical pad.

The Precor 885 on the other hand generally comes equipped with the top of the line P80 console, which is a 15 inch LCD capacitive touch screen. While all units come with accessories holders for a water bottle, reading communication devices and portable music player, only the P80 comes with an iPod/iPhone docking station.

Fitness Tracking

Each console comes with electronic readouts on a variety of workout metrics, including minimum calories burned, % of workout completed, resistance level distance strides, heart rate and much more. All AMTs come with handheld heart rate sensors located on the handlebars. The AMT 835 and AMT 885 have increased accurate heart rate monitoring from the AMT 100i.

A small quirk that should be noted is maximum workout time. With the AMT 100i it was 240 minutes then became unlimited with the AMT 835. The AMT 885 restricted maximum workout time to 120 minutes.

Dimensions

  • Precor AMT 100i: 74 x 28 x 69 inches, Total weight: 445 lbs
  • Precor AMT 835: 80 x 35 x 69 inches, Total weight: 412 lbs
  • Precor AMT 885: 80 x 35 x 73 inches, Total weight: 422 lbs

We hope that we’ve cleared up some confusion between these great AMTs. You can’t go wrong with any model; it all depends on your preference and budget. Of course, the earlier models are far more cost effective than the newer top of the line AMT. Whichever you choose, have peace of mind knowing that we have them all in stock!

How to put together a gym package

There are literally thousands of different options when it comes to used gym equipment, so putting together a good package for your gym can be quite the Herculean task. Every gym is built differently, not only in size but also in atmosphere and customer base, which can play a factor in choosing the correct equipment. Here are some key aspects of your gym that you should consider first before looking for equipment.

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Size of Facility:

The type of fitness equipment a gym purchases is highly dependent on how large the facility is.

Smaller Gyms:

A smaller gym would tend to lean toward all-in-one machines with a small footprint, such as a functional trainer or the Precor AMT, which can serve the functions of other machines. This ensures that the gym-goers can work on all their body parts even in a smaller sized gym.

Larger Gyms:

Larger gyms with more floor space may want to steer clear of all-in-one machines. While they are great for gyms with limited space, people tend to spend more time on them, creating lines for machines. Long lines and waiting for machines cause frustration and can upset your customer base. If your gym has adequate space, then you should opt for single station machines. Allowing gym goers to work on machines that target a specific body part will create less traffic as customers have more machines to choose from.

Customer Base/Location:

There is no one-size-fits-all for gym packages and in addition to the size of the gym, gym owners need to be aware of their target market. For example, if you are in a higher income area then your customer base will most likely expect newer machines with touchscreens or connectivity features. While these machines do cost more, you can compensate by charging higher membership fees. Gyms in lower income areas would most likely not benefit from opting for higher end equipment but rather durable and fundamentally sound equipment in order to keep membership fees down. Before buying equipment for your new potential gym, it is absolutely vital to scout the surrounding area and even other businesses in the vicinity.

Which Cardio Equipment to Buy:

When it comes to cardio, variety is key to a successful gym. While most cardiovascular machines accomplish the same goal of burning calories, people do have preferences for machines.

Treadmills: A successful gym will definitely have at least one treadmill. Treadmills are the most popular fitness equipment due to the calorie burning potential and simplicity of use. Every gym should be equipped with at least two of these no matter your size.

Elliptical Crosstrainers: The second most popular machine at the gym. Every gym, no matter the size, should have at least one elliptical in their lineup for people who wish to have a low-impact cardio workout.

Bikes: Exercise bicycles are also relatively easy to use and low impact, so including both an upright and recumbent bike (if your gym has adequate room) can also help tremendously in shortening the lines for the treadmills and ellipticals. Indoor cycles are also highly popular and very cost effective so buying a few of them would definitely be a great idea. If you can acquire about 10 or 20 indoor cycles, you can hold spinning classes which can generate some additional revenue.

Steppers/Stepmills: Also called StairMasters (in reference to the company that popularized them), steppers and stepmills are on the lower end of the popularity spectrum for gym equipment which is unfortunate because they offer so many benefits. If you are low on space and capital, you can afford to go without a stepper/stepmill.

What Strength Machines to Buy:

Functional Trainers: As we’ve previously stated, functional trainers are essential for smaller gyms or personal training studios because of their versatility. If you are limited on floor space, one functional trainer can take the place of around 10 single station machines.

Plate-loaded equipment: Plate-loaded single station machines are perfect for mid-sized gyms and gyms that cater toward the more “hardcore” customer base. Plate-loaded equipment is much cheaper than single stations because you only need to buy one set of plates that can be transferred from machine to machine. The downside is that your clients need to be strong enough to carry around those plates and it can be time consuming. If you have high traffic, plate loaded machines are not recommended.

Selectorized equipment: Larger and high end gyms should definitely invest in selectorized gym equipment. Selectorized equipment does not use weight plates and all the weight stacks are built in, which allows for more simple and efficient use. Adjustments can also be done without leaving the machine so usage time will be shorter and allows traffic to keep flowing.

Keep in mind that these are just general guidelines and every gym is different. While you are free and encouraged to put together your own gym packages, the experienced crew at Primo Fitness can do all that for you! If you would like us to put together a package for your gym, fill out our gym package request form!

StairMaster Stepmill SM5 Review

The StairMaster Stepmills have always been one of the most intense cardio workouts in the gym and the new StairMaster Stepmill SM5 is no different. Specifically, we will be reviewing the SM5 Stepmill with the D-1 Two Window LCD Console.

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The StairMaster brand has been around since the 1980s and is well known for their innovative stepmills that help to simulate the stair-climbing experience without the high impact and damage to the joints. If you want to know the benefits of a stepper or stepmill, we’ve previously posted a blog post about what these machines can do for you and your fitness. In summary, they help you shed the pounds while also toning and strengthening your muscles.

The StairMaster is biomechanically designed to ensure correct movement and protect the most common stress points like the joints and knees. Each one-piece pedal offers extraordinary comfort and support. The SM5 Stepmill also has an electronically-controlled alternator which regulates the pedal descent speed to create a smooth and comfortable movement.

The StairMaster SM5 Stepmill comes equipped with a 2 window backlit LCD display, which StairMaster dubs the D-1 Console. The easy to read LCD console displays workout statistics and comes with 10 preprogrammed workout routines for all your strength and cardiovascular needs. The StairMaster SM5 Stepmill also comes with a plethora of bells and whistles that will make your fitness experience that much more enjoyable. Features include an iPod charging cable, reading rack, water-bottle holder and easily accessible accessory rack so you can convenient enjoy a good book or listen to some great music.

Before you buy this unit, please note that the commercial grade model (which we sell) has a recommended ceiling clearance of 10 feet opposed to the home unit which only has a recommended ceiling clearance of eight feet. If you are a fan of any of the other StairMaster stepmills, you’ll love this new and improved unit.

If you’re in the market for one, luckily we just received a large shipment! Check them out on our website: StairMaster SM5 Stepmill

New Year’s Resolution Sale

DSC_1261It has been nearly three weeks since New Year’s and the resolutions have begun and it’s almost a guarantee that many of them have been broken. The initial spark of motivation and the “New Year, new me” mentality is beginning to dull. Many have been discouraged by the crowds and lines at the gym which has put a halt to their weight loss journey. Another factor which may be hindering people on their fitness journey is the effort needed to get to the gym. If you find yourself making excuses because the gym is too crowded or parking is too hard to find, the best way to keep your resolutions is to buy fitness equipment for your home. “But that’s way too expensive!” you might be saying. Not to worry because Primo Fitness is always looking out for people on their path to fitness. You’ll be able get the exact same machines you’ll use at the gym for a fraction of the price at our New Year’s Resolution sale. We’ve highlighted a few pieces here.

Precor AMT 100i Elliptical Crosstrainer

We talk a lot about the Preocr AMT 100i on this blog and for good reason. It is basically a ridiculously versatile elliptical because it can adapt to different stride lengths on the fly. It’s extremely popular at the gyms so that usually means there’s a long line behind it. Unfortunately buying this machine brand new is probably not an option due to its retail price tag of $8,595. Fortunately, you can get this innovative machine in great working condition for only $2,199. That is 75% off the original retail price.

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Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle

We’ve previously rated the Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle as the best premium indoor cycle but luckily there’s a great way to buy it without the premium price. If you want the basically brand new M3 Plus version, you’ll still save a few hundred dollars with our price of $1395. If you like the bike and are perfectly fine with the handlebars in their default position, the amazingly cost effective way to own this premium bike is by purchasing the non-plus used Keiser M3 cycle for only $595.

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StairMaster 7000PT Blue Face Console Stepmill

We’ve previously reviewed this model, so feel free to read our take on the StairMaster 7000PT Blue Face Console Stepmill. In summary, it’s a great machine for low impact yet high calorie burning cardio. You can get the Rocky workout right in the comfort of your own home for the bargain price of $1499!

These are just a few of the items we have on sale that will help you clear the path to your fitness goals.

 

 

Which Spin Bike or Indoor Cycle is Best?

The explosion of popularity in spinning and indoor cycling has encouraged many of the top fitness brands to enter the market with their own variation of the indoor cycle. With such a plethora of different options, all from quality brands such as Star Trac, Matrix, Kesier, etc., consumers face the daunting task trying to choose which model is right for them. Depending on the budget and features, the best indoor bike varies from person to person. The increase in popularity has also caused many cycling class to be filled to capacity and the New Years rush certainly isn’t helping. The best way to combat this problem is to purchase your own spin bike. We have compiled what we believe to be the best bike in different categories.

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Best Spin Bike for a Budget:

Star Trac NXT Spinner Bike

One of the few true “spin bikes” from Star Trac (Star Trac and Mad Dog Athletics have licensed the term spin bike so all others are called indoor cycles or indoor bikes), the Star Trac NXT Spinner Bike is the best bang for your buck if you are on a budget. The Star Trac NXT Spinner Bike is currently on sale on Primo Fitness for only $499, which is far less than the retail price of $1695.

With a commercial grade unit, durability is top notch so you don’t have to worry about repairs or anything. Occasional maintenance is all it requires and online guides can help you do it on your own. The NXT’s fame is also made of heavy duty aluminum which is rust and corrosion resistant.

Just because it is low budget does not mean that it is lacking in any significant way. The Star Trac NXT delivers on all the important features such as seat adjustability and water bottle holders.

If you are looking for a great and fundamentally sound commercial grade bike, the Star Trac NXT Spinner Bike is easily your best choice.

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Best Bike for a Realistic Ride Experience:

Schwinn A.C. Performance Plus Indoor Cycle

It is unsurprising that Schwinn, world renowned manufacturer of outdoor cycles, has created an indoor cycle that perfectly replicates the feeling of riding outdoors. This is accomplished by the chain-drive system and extra-large flywheel which allows for the resistance to be adjusted in continuous increments. By adjusting on the fly, riders can simulate riding on an undulating hill and various other road conditions.

The flexible saddle is adjustable which will allow the rider to adjust for maximum comfort. The handlebars can also be adjusted to recreate an outdoor cycle riding experience. For a more detailed review on the Scwinn A.C. Performance plus indoor cycle, you can read our previous blog post here.

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Best High End Indoor Cycle:

Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle

At first glance, it’s easy to tell that the Keiser M3 Plus indoor cycle is a premium level indoor cycle. The distinctive aluminum frame is extremely eye-catching and the design is sleek and minimalistic.

The M3 Plus also has adjustable handlebars, which are essential for riders who are a little shorter or have shorter arms who found it difficult to reach the handlebars on the original M3.

The Keiser M3 Plus boasts the great magnetic braking system. The magnetic braking system is not only ridiculously smooth but is also very quiet.

Another feature that makes this a great premium bike is the advanced built-in computer. You can track statistics such as heart rate, power output, odometer/trip distance, resistance level, pedaling time and revolutions per minute.

These are only a few of the many indoor cycle options but we feel that these models are the top of their class. Overall, the best way to find the perfect fit is to try out as many models as you can! If you are in the Orange County area, you can luckily do this by stopping by our warehouse. Read more about our fitness equipment warehouse in Orange County!

Difference between the StairMaster SM916 Stepmill and StairMaster 7000PT Stepmill

We’ve previously reviewed the other highly popular stepmill, the StairMaster 7000PT stepmill, so we thought it would be helpful to detail everything that’s going on with the newer StairMaster SM916 stepmill and see how they compare. While it has yet to usurp the stepmill throne from the 7000PT, the SM916 is fully equipped to take the title of best stepmill on the market sooner than later.

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For general benefits of stepmills, please read our previous blog post. All of these great benefits apply to both stepmills. No matter which model you use, you will get a high quality stepmill that will provide you a great low impact cardio workout.

In terms of measurements both the 7000PT and the SM916 are nearly identical to one another. They are both 29 by 78 by 50 inches (W x H x D) and would require at least a 10 foot ceiling in order to safely use the machine. StairMaster again delivers their patented revolving staircase system to simulate real stair climbing. The 7000PT and the SM916 both have eight inch tall steps and are adjustable from 24 to 162 steps her minutes.

One of the primary differences is the number of programs that are built into each stepmill. While both have 20 resistance levels, the 7000PT only has 6 programs built in while the SM916 has a whopping ten. They also both have a backlit LCD display and the SM916 also has the option to attach a 15 inch television. The StairMaster SM916 stepmill also has Polar-compatible heart rate monitoring.

Aesthetically, the SM916 stepmill is more streamlined with softer edges and less blockiness. Although it provides the same fundamental workout as the 7000PT, there is a new improved quieter step design which improves the fluidity of the stepping motion. Cushions have also been added for the joints. The console is also newly improved and is much easier to read and the handrails have also been tweaked to be easier to grab.

While the SM916 is definitely an improvement over the 7000PT, you cannot go wrong with either one. We highly endorse both stepmills if you’re looking for a quality cardiovascular workout.

What are low impact exercises?

Everyone has to start somewhere on their fitness journey and with the New Year here, many are taking their first steps toward better health. It is important to remember to that you have to learn how to walk before you run, which is a great metaphor here because that is literally what you should do. Beginners to working out should definitely begin with low-impact exercises and work up to high-impact ones. We’ll define what low impact exercises are and give you suggestions on some great ones to get you started.

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What is a low impact exercise?

Most fitness experts define a low impact exercise as an exercise where one foot is always on the ground. Low impact exercises are great for lowering impact and damage to your joints. These exercises are designed to help you avoid highly impactful actions such as jumping and running. If you are just beginning to work out or are rehabbing from an injury, a low impact workout is highly recommended. The downside is that in general, low impact exercises are less intense and burn less calories than their high impact counterparts. We have listed some of our favorite low impact exercises.

  1. Treadmill walking

The treadmill is no longer just for running. Walking is a great way to get some cardio without putting too much stress on your body. For a little more advanced workout, if your treadmill has an incline setting you can try uphill walking to burn more calories and gradually build more endurance and strength.

  1. Using a stepmill or stepper

We’ve previously discussed the merit of using of a stepper or stepmill and one of them was that it is low impact. If your treadmill does not have an incline function, a stepmill or stepper will serve the same function. One foot is always on the step so there is no strain on your knees. It is also a great calorie burner because each step is at an incline.

  1. Rowing

Rowing machines are sort of a mix between a cardio and a strength machine but it is also low impact so your joints are safe. The rowing machine simulates the act of rowing a boat so it’s also great if you don’t have a rowboat and a lake nearby. Rowing is not only a workout for your arms, but also for your core and legs. It is a great low impact calorie burning activity.

  1. Using an elliptical machine

Elliptical crosstrainers are the other extremely popular cardio machines and for good reason. Your body weight is supported by the machine instead of your joints so there is much less strain on them. If you use an elliptical with movable arms, you can get a total body workout and burn more calories with low impact.

  1. Cycling

Both outdoor and indoor cycling are wonderful low impact ways to get into shape or stay in shape. Since both of your feet away always on the pedal (hopefully) there’s very minimal impact on your joints, hence why many recovering athletes utilize exercise bikes before they return to the treadmill.

It’s tempting to you hit the floor running when you’re trying to get in shape, but remember that you should slowly work up to higher intensity and impactful exercises. Even when you’re at that level, it is wise to mix it up occasionally and add in both low impact and high impact exercises to your workout routine. Once you’re ready to start your fitness journey, check out some of the low impact gym equipment you’ve read about on our website!

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