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Exercise Equipment Gift Guide Part 2

For the creative exerciser

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If you have a friend who is always looking for the latest fitness trend and trying some next level exercises, the Precor AMT 885 with Open Stride technology would be the perfect gift for them. It’s never the same workout twice with the versatility of the AMT machines.

While the previous iterations of the Precor AMT (including the 100i and 835) were already extremely versatile, the Open Stride technology in the 885 takes this customizability to another level. The Precor AMT 885 is a low impact machine so it’s not going to put a beating on the user’s knees. Even though it’s low impact, it’ll still burn a ridiculous amount of calories. The built-in programming options allow users of all levels to be able to personalize their workouts to keep them challenged and engaged.

The main draw of this newer model of AMTs is the Open Stride. Exercisers can go from short to long strides, walking to jogging to running, climbing and lunging and even to using it as a stepper. There is no button to press or complicated menus to go through in order to change your stride, the machine adapts to your new movements instantly. Most AMTs also come equipped with the full touchscreen P80 consoles. These consoles will display a Stride Dial which helps the user see their stride and determine which muscle group they’re targeting.

The AMT 885 also comes with movable handlebars so the user will experience a fully body workout. These handlebars are also adjustable so they can be gripped comfortably by exercisers of any size. If you have that one friend who constantly seeks new ways to get fit, you can’t go wrong gifting them a Precor AMT 885 Elliptical Crosstrainer.

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 sales@primofitnessusa.com 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!

 

Why should you import fitness equipment?

If you run a fitness business overseas you’re probably asking yourself if it’s worth it to import fitness equipment all the way from the United States. International shipping is always going to be more complicated than domestic deals so would it really be worth it? There are dozens of exercise equipment manufacturers in every country so why do so many gyms and used equipment dealers import from us? We’ll break it down.

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  1. There is much more commercial grade equipment in the United States.

Two of the top fitness brands worldwide are Precor and Life Fitness which are both based in the United States. Most of the commercial gyms in the USA are stocked with gym machines from these brands so there is a much higher inventory of it as opposed to other countries. American gyms also tend to rent their equipment on two to three year leases and trade in after that period. This creates a large market for used exercise equipment, allowing our company to buy at lower prices and pass the savings on to you.

  1. The equipment is generally higher quality

American brands like Precor and Life Fitness are well known all around the world for a valid reason, their equipment is only the highest quality. These companies design their machines to withstand an enormous amount of use from hundreds of people 24 hours a day. Their commercial grade models are built to be extremely durable which is why they cost thousands brand new. This is a great case of you get what you pay for. Fortunately, Primo Fitness is able to buy this equipment wholesale and we’re able to sell fitness equipment for over 70% off MSRP prices.

  1. We offer the lowest prices for the equipment

In many countries, the price for commercial grade fitness equipment is actually higher than importing it directly from us. This is because many commercial gyms cannot afford to buy brand new from the top brands so there is no local used market for the equipment. If equipment ends up in another country, it is generally because it was imported there. Since there is a middle man involved it is natural that the prices would be higher than directly importing the equipment from a US based company.

For more information on importing used gym equipment, visit our International Shipping Containers page!

Remanufactured Exercise Equipment

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Primo Fitness primarily specializes in selling used exercise equipment, but that doesn’t mean that our equipment looks used. We have a team of highly skilled fitness equipment professionals that have been trained to Remanufacture all types of machines. Our technicians and mechanics have been certified by all the top commercial fitness equipment manufacturers.

Remanufacturing is a very broad and general term. When we say remanufactured fitness equipment, we mean that your equipment will look as close to brand new as a used machine can get. Not only will the exterior be redone, we go through every part inside the machine to make sure it’s running like how it came out of the box. A remanufactured gym machine will cost more than an as-is unit, but still significantly less than a brand new machine. Here’s what we do when we Remanufacture a machine:

  1. Machine is fully wiped down and cleaned

This is self-explanatory. We wipe down the machine with towels and clean any dirt or grime off the exterior of the machine. Our team will also clean off any rust if it is an older machine and make sure the machine looks aesthetically perfect.

  1. The machine is lubricated and oiled

We lubricate and oil every moving part in order to ensure smooth and quiet operation.

  1. All worn parts are replaced

This is where the bulk of the Remanufacturing work happens. All parts that have been worn down are replaced. This means that every moving part is replaced in order to ensure durability and extended use of the machine. Other parts that can be replaced are overlays, electronic sensors, running belt and motor drive belt on treadmills, belts, decks (waxed or replaced), frames, roller bearings, bushing, grips and decals. Shrouds are also replaced if they are damaged or cracked.

  1. Machine is powder-coated

Powder coating is essentially a much more durable and permanent way of painting. The molecules in a powder coat are very resistant to breaking down so the machines paint will not chip or wear down.

  1. Equipment is tested multiple times before shipping out

We will not only test out the basic functions, we will also check all the electronics and programming to ensure that they are working perfectly.

These are the steps involved in Remanufacturing used fitness equipment and getting them to look like new. Our team has been thoroughly trained to work with any machine so we can Remanufacture any model that we sell if you desire. Shop for remanufactured exercise equipment on our website!

5 Fun Fitness Ideas for Halloween

Love Halloween but don’t want to be shaped like a pumpkin? Maybe you don’t want to go as the Marshmallow Man again and are trying to fit into that skin-tight costume. No matter your Halloween fitness goals, it is a scary time for many exercisers everywhere due to the massive amounts of candy lurking around every corner. The average candy bar averages around 160 calories which takes about 12 minutes of intense running to burn off. We’re definitely not advocating avoiding all candy because that would take the spirit and fun out of Halloween. Instead we’ve compiled fun fitness tips that keep in the spirit of Halloween.

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  1. Chomp on some pumpkin

While pumpkin spice lattes are loaded with calories and sugar, pumpkin in its natural fruit form is actually quite nutritious and loaded with health benefits. Pumpkins are very low in calories with 100 g of pumpkin only having 26 calories. This makes it a great choice of sides if you’re trying to control your calorie intake. They are a fiber rich food which helps you feel full for longer on fewer calories. They also contain no saturated fats or cholesterol.

Pumpkins are also rich in a variety of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. They are especially rich in Vitamin A which is vital in maintaining healthy skin and vision. You can also add pumpkin to your post-workout snack because of their high potassium content. Next time you’re shopping for pumpkins to carve, grab a couple of extra to add to your diet.

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  1. Visit the pumpkin patch

Instead of just buying your pumpkins at a grocery store, visit one of the numerous pumpkin patches that usually spring up around the Halloween season. You can take a gentle stroll and get a little cardio done. Try to find the heaviest pumpkins and do some squats with it. Be careful not to break any though since you’ll probably have to buy them. In fact, you should just buy a few large pumpkins, use them as fun Halloween themed medicine balls, then eat or carve them afterwards.

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  1. Watch horror movies (and lose weight?)

This may sound a bit ridiculous, but horror movies can actually help you burn calories. While it is not nearly as effective as actually getting on a treadmill and real exercise, if you’re going to take a break and indulge in a film, make it a scary one if you want to shed a few calories. According to researchers at the University of Westminster, watching 90 minutes of a horror film can burn approximately 113 calories, which is almost a small candy bar. The explanation behind this is that the adrenaline rush caused by the movie lowered appetite and burned calories. The increase in heart-rate also contributed to more calories being burned.

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  1. Choose a costume that you can’t quite fit…yet

Having concrete goals are absolutely essential to a successful fitness routine. A great Halloween related goal is to find a costume you like but can’t quite fit yet. Working out to fit your costume in time for Halloween not only gives you a concrete and attainable goal, it also sets a time limit which aids in adding motivation. Find a doable but challenging routine and try out your costume every week or so to track your progress.

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  1. Go on Halloween sightseeing strolls

Some people take holidays very seriously and house decorations are a treat for everyone. It is difficult to truly appreciate some of the elaborate Halloween decorations when you’re zooming through neighborhoods in your car. As October 31st looms, you can take a casual jog around festive blocks and enjoy the spooky decorations while getting a workout in too. This can also double as a scouting run because houses which are well decorated usually give out the highest quality candy. Take note of these houses for your actual trick-or-treating run to increase your full-size candy bar haul. For added fun, you can bring your child along and do practice trick-or-treating routes.

Bonus Tips

  1. Eat before trick or treating

Not only will eating before you trick or treat give you that extra energy to knock on more doors, it will also stave off the urge to munch on your recently acquired candy. When people are hungry they tend to go for unhealthier options, which is easily accessible when you have a bag full of sweets in front of you.

  1. Keep track of your sweets

Organizing and taking inventory of your Halloween candy is a fun way to see how much you and your family really hauled in. To turn this into a healthy tip, by itemizing your sweets, you can truly track how much you’ve eaten and avoid a binge.

We hope these tips help you find fun ways to stay fit or get in shape during the Halloween season. We hope you get creeped out by spooky costumes and scary movies instead of the scale this year.

Gym Equipment For Sale – October Edition

As October rolls in, we’re getting ready for Halloween with some scary good deals. Due to their popularity, many of our September deals are rolling over so you can continue on with the savings. We have a ton of gym equipment for sale but with so many options, we know narrowing down choices can be difficult. We went through the numerous items that we have on sale right now and picked our top choice for each cardio category. Of course, you cannot go wrong with any machine, especially since we guarantee that they’re all in working condition. Here are our top picks for each category:

Treadmill:

Star Trac Pro Elite Treadmill

Star Trac Pro Elite Treadmill – $799

As you can tell by the name, the Star Trac Pro Elite treadmill is one of the top commercial grade treadmills in the used market right now. It is heavy duty and built to withstand punishment. One of the best features of this Star Trac treadmill is the dual fans built right into the console. It is such a simple feature but extremely practical feature that will help you workout more comfortably.

In addition to the slew of features, the Star Trac Pro Elite treadmill is also stylishly designed. Its curved body was built from a collaboration between Star Trac and DesignWorksUSA, a BMW group company.

Bike:

Star Trac Pro Spinner Spin Bikes

Star Trac Pro Spinner Spin Bike – $499

We have to follow popular trends here and pick a spin bike for our top exercise bicycle for sale. While there are many indoor cycles on the market, the Star Trac Pro Spin Bike is actually the one to coin the name spin bike. This compact cycle has a high degree of adjustability to suit riders of all fitness levels and sizes. It is also a commercial grade unit so it has an extra durable cranks system, rust-resistant material and just a very solid construction.

Elliptical:

Technogym 700 Synchro ELliptical

Technogym Synchro Excite 700 Eliptical – $899

Technogym is always pushing the limits and adding cutting edge technology to their exercise equipment and this elliptical is no different. The Technogym Synchro Excite 700 elliptical uses rear drive trajectory and a belt drive system which ensures a smooth and quiet experience while working out. It is impact free so you won’t have to worry about damaging your joints. There are over 25 difficulty levels so users of all abilities can benefit from having this machine.

On the entertainment side, the Synchro 700 is also Wellness compatible which means that users can watch TV or listen to music on their iPod while training.

These are just our top picks for our sale that will be running through part of October. We encourage you to check out all the great deals and all the gym equipment for sale and make your own choice and what you’d love to have.

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!

 

 

 

9 Key Tips to Buying a Treadmill

If you’re in the market for a used treadmill, the first question you ask yourself is probably “what to look for when buying a treadmill”? There are dozens and dozens of different treadmill brands in gyms and stores, so we’ve give you some quick tips on how to choose the best model for yourself.

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  1. Figure out what you will be using your treadmill for. Walking, jogging, running or maybe all of them? Different treadmills have different built in programs that cater to certain crowds.
  1. Test out different treadmills at the gym. The best way to ensure that you like a treadmill is to actually use it.
  1. Research entertainment options. Some treadmills have televisions built in with their own channels and programming system. Others have iPod and phone connectivity. Newer model treadmills even come with built in touchscreens.
  1. Set a budget. Home units can range from $100-$500 depending on them brand, model and features. Commercial grade units retail from $5,000-$10,000 but used models can be found for $500-$1,000 if you find the right place.
  1. Pay close attention to the size of the treadmill and if it will fit in your home. The footprint of a treadmill varies greatly and you want to be sure that it will fit comfortably in your home. Also research whether you have the proper electrical configurations for your treadmill since some units require dedicated lines.
  1. Decide on whether you want a commercial grade or retail unit. This varies upon your budget and how often you plan to use your machine. If you are a casual exerciser who is anticipating on using their treadmill around two to three times a week, then a home treadmill would be more than enough. Otherwise, you should opt for a commercial grade treadmill. Commercial grade treadmills are the same models that are found in the gym meaning they are more durable and have better parts. They are usually a few hundred dollars more than retail units but can be found heavily discounted if bought used.
  1. Look up different brands. There are many different brands of treadmills on the market so it is important to do extensive research on each of them. Precor and Life Fitness are two of the leaders in treadmill manufacturing and you can’t go wrong with any of their units.
  1. Consider if you want incline. Incline can make a world of difference between treadmills. If you are a more casual runner then you can afford to buy a treadmill without an incline/decline feature. More experienced fitness fanatics and people who crave variety in their cardio should look for a unit with incline options which can increase intensity and even simulate hiking.
  1. Look at fitness tracking and programs. Most treadmills come with built-in displays that can tell you information such as calories burned, distance run, time of exercise, power output and much more. Some treadmills also come with heart rate monitors built into the handrails. If you don’t enjoy monotonous one speed running, some treadmills also come with programs that can vary your workout.

These are the most crucial factors you should consider when buying a treadmill. Once you’ve figured out what you want in yours, browse our selection of commercial treadmills!

Cybex 610A Arc Trainer Review

The elliptical crosstrainer is a staple in the modern gym so it is not surprising that many companies have taken their own spin on this highly popular machine. Cybex’s take on revolutionizing the elliptical comes to fruition in the form of the Cybex 610A Total Body Arc Trainer. This machine is versatile; it is easy to use for workout novices but can also deliver an intense workout to any fitness fanatic.

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Overview:

The 610A Arc Trainer is the follow-up to the 600A Arc Trainer which won the Nova7 Best Product Award. In addition to maintaining all of the 600A’s features, the 610A improves upon its predecessor in every way and once again won the Nova7 Best Product Award for a second year in a row.

Cybex is one of the leaders in fitness so it is not surprising that this commercial grade unit delivers the well known durability that they’re known for. The Arc Trainer was designed to combine elements of an elliptical cross-trainer, a climber and a skier to offer a fully engaging workout. Fortunately, this 610A arc trainer was also designed to be a low impact workout machine. It emphasizes high performance but also minimizes stress on the joints.

Technology:

The Cybex 610A Arc Trainer comes with the patented Same Side Forward (SSF) motion that helps to coordinate both the upper and lower body movements in order to ensure that the exerciser has correct posture regardless of the incline the machine is set at. The motion created by the SSF also allows the user to shift focus on either their upper or lower body. Of course, they can also choose to work out both their arms and legs equally for a balanced routine.

In regards to the upper body, the 610A is designed to keep the wrists in a low stress position while allowing the arm to execute a complete and natural full range of motion, especially for the shoulder. The handles may also look odd but they’re actually designed that way for a great reason. They’re contoured to offer several user grip positions to allow for a comfortable workout. There are also contact heart rate grips integrated into the arms to help the user track their progress during their workout.

Features:

This arc trainer’s resistance ranges from 0 to 900 watts to accommodate a wide variety of users from different fitness levels. Beginners can use it to warm up and dedicated athletes can use it for an extremely high intensity workout.

The footplates offer a bilateral reciprocal movement which creates a natural and relaxed motion that does not strain the joints. The 610A is also biomechanically designed to lower the chance of injuries by not placing high loads on the muscle.

The 610A arc trainer also has an adjustable incline which helps create variety in training. On lower incline settings, the arc trainer delivers modest hip and knee motions. Higher inclines offer an increase in hip and knee motion.

Conclusion:

While it may not be the newest Cybex Arc Trainer model out on the market today, the 610A still delivers all the essentials for a bargain price. This model is now on sale on our website. Visit our new arrivals page for more information!

Labor Day Gym Equipment Sale

Just because we’re not open for Labor Day doesn’t mean we’re not celebrating it. While we’re not working in our office, we’re still working to deliver some amazing deals for a Labor Day sale. Primo Fitness has handpicked great offers on commercial grade fitness equipment that is valid from now until the end of Labor Day week.

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If you’re looking for one of the newer high end treadmills, the Life Fitness Integrity Treadmill for $1395 is a great offer. The particular units we have of this model are in great working condition. Hardly any cosmetic flaws as you can see from the pictures. For a more cost efficient option, you cannot go wrong with the Life Fitness 93T treadmill.

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Hands down, the star of our Labor Day fitness equipment sale is the Cybex 550T treadmill. This is a commercial grade model that retails for nearly $8,000 and we’re blowing them out for only $499. There is nothing wrong with any of these machines. Our mechanics go through every single one to make sure all functions and programs work perfectly. You can even stop by and pick the best unit if you’re local to Orange County. Why are we selling it for such a low price? Because we love you guys.

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While we’re on the subject of Cybex, the final two sale items come from this trusted brand. These machines are a different type of cardio machine. We’re having a special on the ever popular Cybex Arc trainers. We have two lower body versions for sale, the Cybex 620A for $1199 and the Cybex 720A for $1599.

We hope everyone enjoys their holiday and gets the day off work. After that, get back to work in style with some of these great offers on our used fitness equipment!

Cybex 750A Arc Trainer Review

If you’re tired of the standard treadmills, bikes and elliptical crosstrainers at the gym, the Cybex 750A Arc Trainer is another great alternative cardio machine to help you burn away those calories. The Cybex 750A (lower body) combines elements of a skier, climber and hiker to create both a fun and challenging workout in any environment. The arc trainer is biomechanically designed to deliver the most efficient low impact workout to the user.

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Summary:

The Cybex 750A lower body Arc Trainer is a commercial grade machine meaning that it excels in the most demanding environment and is highly unlikely to be damaged or malfunction. Even though it would perform excellently in a gym, the Cybex 750A is also great for home users. Any fitness-minded home users can easily add the arc trainer to their home because of its impact footprint and its versatile, load-dependent design. Load-dependent means that the resistance is actually scaled to the user’s weights. For example, two exercisers, one who weighs 250 lbs and another one 125 lbs, will both get the same workout if they enter the same program level and their weight. This versatile programming makes the Cybex 750A arc trainer accessible to users of all fitness levels and sizes.

Features:

The arc trainer comes equipped with an independent floating pedal mechanism and long handlebars with siderails. These two features allow for a much more comfortable workout. The resistance/incline levels are also adjustable which allows users to perform higher intensity workouts. Every 750A comes with a 24” stride length.

Users can also track their workout with the built-in contact heart rate monitor. Another great feature is that this arc trainer is self powered so you don’t have to worry about electrical compatibility or your power bill. Entertainment wise, it is iPod compatible with audio/video playback, headphone jacks, Nike+iPod enabled and there is also an option for an additional LCD TV attachment.

Specifications:

The resistance ranges up to 900 watts and there are 21 incline levels. Maximum user weight is 400lbs. Users are able to track calories, calories/hour, METs, watts, strides per minute, distance and heart rate on the display readouts. The lower display shows time, incline and resistance level.

Conclusion:

If you are looking to mix it up on the cardio side of your workout, the Cybex 750A Arc trainer is definitely a great option you should consider. It’s compact and introduces new movements that you don’t usually perform on a standard elliptical or treadmill. We have some now in stock so check it out on our website!

Cybex 550T Treadmill Review

We previously wrote a review on the Cybex 530T treadmill as part of our Black Friday specials and now we are moving on to the next iteration of Cybex treadmills, the Cybex 550T treadmill. Similar to the 530T, these treadmills are also commercial grade and built to endure heavy commercial gym level usage. Unlike other commercial grade treadmills though, the Cybex 550T treadmill is actually quite compact in both height and width. This makes it a great unit for home since it does not take up much floor space. There are many great features to this treadmill so we’ll go through each component.

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Aesthetic:

The compact size of this treadmill makes it look very low and clean, like a sports car you can run on. The reduced size also means that there is a low step-up which is great for new exercisers or people with lower mobility. The key to the Cybex 550T treadmill’s great design is its emphasis on minimalism. There are not a lot of protruding parts or unnecessary bells and whistles cluttering up the design of the treadmill.

Programs:

Just because the 550T is accessible to the rookie exerciser does not mean that it does not come equipped to satisfy even the most experienced of runners. The treadmill comes equipped with a variety of different programs that can be changed on the fly. If you want to raise or lower the intensity of your current workout, you can do so without restarting the entire workout. The console comes programmed with seven different exercise programs.

Console/Display:

The Cybex 550T comes equipped with a split level display that allows users to use what they want and when. The split level display has two different levels. The lower level displays time, speed and incline which is constantly visible. Other information that can be viewed on the console include distance, calories, calories/hour, pace, METs and heart rate.

Other Features:

This treadmill also comes with a Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) controller. What this does is basically uses digital feedback for high-speed stability and constant speed control to create a smooth running experience. If you’re worried this will rack up your electricity bill, luckily the treadmill also maxims effectiveness for economical power consumption.

The 550T treadmill has been perfectly designed to optimize a runner’s stride. Its running deck is soft at landing, hard in the middle and rigid at toe-off to imitate the precise body mechanics of a runner. All Cybex machines also come equipped with the Safety Sentry, which can determine if a runner is actually on the treadmill or not and will stop the belt after a pre-selected waiting period to help ensure that members are safe and secure.

Conclusion:

Cybex does it again with another great addition to their treadmill line. You will not be able to find another commercial grade treadmill this compact, durable and effective at this price point. We cannot speak for our competitors but we’re selling this treadmill for $499 which is 90% off MSRP! To learn more about this treadmill, visit the Cybex 550T treadmill page on our website.

Life Fitness 93T Treadmill Review

We’ve just added a new product to our website, the classic commercial grade Life Fitness 93T treadmill. Although it isn’t a new model, it is new to our inventory so we thought we’d put together a Life Fitness 93T treadmill review. We will be breaking down the features and benefits to help you decide if this is the commercial grade treadmill for you.

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Overview:

The Life Fitness 93T treadmill comes with a deluxe message centre console built in which provides five high quality workout programs. Even though this is a slightly older model it does contain some impressive technology. It comes with a built-in Polar telemetry that automatically adjusts elevation to keep the user in their target heart rate zone.

Life Fitness has established itself as a world class leader in fitness equipment due to their intelligent engineering. In addition to the high advanced internal engineering, Life Fitness has also dedicated its time to the aesthetic aspect of their treadmill. The 93T in particular has a very streamline and sleek design. This model looks like a commercial grade treadmill and differentiates itself from any home units your find in retail stores.

Features:

All of the later models of Life Fitness treadmills, including this one, come with a lubricant-infused belt along with their patented FlexDeck Shock Absorption System which creates an extremely durable design. Also included is the Lifepulse digital heart rate monitoring hand sensors that are conveniently placed where you hands normally go when using a treadmill. You basically just grip the ergo crossbar and get precise heart rate monitoring. Controls are very intuitive and easy to use even for people new to fitness.

Specifications:

The Life Fitness 93T treadmill comes with a 4.0 HP AC motor with a MagnaDrive motor controller that is able to reach speeds of up to 10 miles per hour and a 15% incline. This range of options can satisfy even the most intense fitness fanatics and is able to provide everyone with the workout they want.

All commercial grade Life Fitness treadmills come with the standard running surface size of 20”x60”. This is more than adequate to accommodate users of any shape and size during their workouts. The belt comes pre-lubricated and the wax-coated deck has 8 large Lifespring shock absorbers to reduce stress on the user’s joints which helps to prevent injuries.

Fitness Tracking:

The built in LED console shows users their elapsed time, speed, distance, heart rate, calories, incline and distance climbed so users can easily track their progress. Other information that the console can display is the user’s watts, METs and custom messages meant for motivation.

Other Features:

The Life Fitness 93T treadmill also comes with a reading rack to place magazines or books on, an accessory tray to hold bottles, stereo holders for the user’s musical devices.

Is it right for you?

This is not the most recent model of Life Fitness commercial treadmills but it is new enough that it has all the great technological features. If you want a high end, beautifully designed treadmill and are content with not having a top of the line model, the Life Fitness 93T would be perfect. For more information and pictures, check out the Life Fitness 93T treadmill product page on our website! Make sure to frequently check our blog for reviews on all the top fitness machines.

Precor Treadmill Reviews

Established in 1980, Precor has been around for a while now and during their tenure they’ve created a wide variety of treadmills. Precor has risen to become one of the leaders in fitness equipment manufacturing because of their intuitive and durable designs. You can’t really go wrong with any Precor treadmill, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all interchangeable. We’ll give quick reviews of each of Precor’s most popular treadmill models and you can decide which one is right for you.

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Precor C954i Treadmill

This is what many would describe as the original modern Precor treadmill. The Precor C954i is a heavy-duty machine that still offers the same smooth workout you find in more recent treadmills. It has a 3.2 horsepower motor and comes integrated with Precor’s trademark Footplant Technology and Ground Effect impact control system. This is a hard model to find due to its age but if you find a commercial grade model, with a little work it can still be a great unit for light home use.

Check out the Precor C954i treadmill in our catalog.

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Precor C956i Treadmill

The Precor C956i treadmill was the sequel to Precor’s flagship commercial treadmill a while back. Due to its durability though, you will still be able to find it in many health clubs and fitness facilities across the country. Although it may not look as technologically advanced as some of the newer models, all the necessary functions are there. The Precor C956i comes equipped with the ability to change the speed, incline and running time. The built-in console also displays time, speed, distance, incline, minutes per mile. This treadmill also has the Ground Effects Impact-Control system which provides shock absorption and reduces damage to your body.

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Precor C966i Treadmill

The last of the C treadmill series from Precor, the Precor C966i treadmill begins to display some of the technology that would become standard in the next iteration of Precor treadmills, the Experience series. The C966i, unsurprisingly, comes with the Ground Effects impact control system and Integrated Footplant technology. It also has the option to control speed, incline and time. The console is able to display time, distance, speed, incline, minutes per mile, METs, calories, calories per minute and watts.

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Precor 932i Experience Treadmill

The Experience series treadmills are among the higher end of the Precor treadmill line. Despite that, the Precor 932i Experience treadmill in particular is a very affordable, durable and low-impact treadmill that has all the essential features that gym members would need. This treadmill comes equipped with Integrated Footplant Technology (IFT) and Ground Effects (GFX) (an impact control system) to ensure that users are receiving a dynamic and rewarding workout that is also safe.

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Precor 946i Experience Treadmill

The model in between the 932i and the 956i Experience treadmill delivers the same signature Integrated Footplant Technology and Ground Effects (GFX) impact control system. This model comes with the advanced LED display, contact heart rate monitor, reading rack/accessory holder and 13 preset workout programs.

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Precor 956i Experience Treadmill

A successor to the Precor 932i Experience treadmill, the Precor 956i Experience treadmill has improved on the same great design with new added features. The 956i Experience treadmill has every modern advanced treadmill technology with the same durable Precor design. Like nearly every other treadmill on this list, the 956i has the Ground Effects impact control system built in. It also continues the tradition of the Integrated Footplant Technology which tapers the belt speed to match your exact movements, creating a smooth workout. The 956i also has the Cardio Theater which adds a plethora of entertainment options.

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Precor 966i Experience Treadmill

This is the final iteration of the Precor Experience treadmill line and the beginning of Precor’s transition into the technologically advanced TRM line. The 966i has a standard CSAFE interface which makes it compatible with the Cardio Theater entertainment system. It also has a touch heart rate monitor built into the grips and has an advanced 4.0 HP motor. It has a three phase, sensorless variable frequency drive technology for high reliability and accurate speed control. Like all the other Precor treadmills, it has the standard Ground Effects impact control system and Footplant technology.

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Precor TRM 811 Treadmill

The first of the Precor TRM treadmills, the 811 comes equipped with the easy to use P10 console. The TRM 811 is high style but thanks to the Integrated Footplant Technology and Ground Effects impact control, it can be a low-impact workout. This treadmill comes with a contact heart rate monitor, reading rack/accessory holder and an option for a personal TV attached to it.

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Precor TRM 833 Treadmill

The second iteration of the TRM series, the Precor TRM 833 treadmill delivers a responsive and smooth running performance with the help of Precor’s signature Ground Effects impact control system (GFX) and the Integrated Footplant Technology (IFT). The TRM 833 is built with the durability that commercial grade Precor treadmills are known for. This unit comes with the P30 console which is a highly advanced LED console only second to the P80.

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Precor TRM 885 Treadmill

As of writing, this is Precor’s top of the line treadmill for commercial facilities. The TRM 885 treadmill generally comes with Precor’s new highly advanced touchscreen console, the P80. It comes with a three degree decline option and an increased maximum speed of 16mph which is the highest among Precor treadmills. It comes integrated with the Footplant Technology and Ground Effects Impact Control (GFX) like all of its predecessors. This treadmill is able to deliver a smooth and natural feel when running or walking. Despite all this new technology, the TRM 885 still exhibits Precor’s famous durability.

7 ways to avoid fitness equipment related injuries

Recent reports of a hotel guest having his head stuck in some gym equipment in Fort Lauderdale Beach may have spurred fears of the dangers of fitness equipment. Fitness equipment and working out in general can be quite dangerous if exercisers are not informed about proper technique and safety guidelines.

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Here at Primo Fitness, we want people to be able to exercise and meet their fitness goals without fear of injuries. Not working out due to a fear of being hurt by fitness equipment is not a valid excuse. While the body is very versatile, there are certain ways to move which are much more biomechanically sound. We’ve compiled seven of our best tips to help you avoid injuries in the gym.

  1. Warm up

Cold muscles are tighter and less mobile, leaving them more prone to tearing and injuries. A warm-up is exactly what it sounds like, moving to raise your body temperature which increases blood flow to the muscles. Light cardio such as a jog, some bicycle riding or jumping jacks are a great way to warm- up and prevent injuries. Also remember to always do a warm-up before stretching.

  1. Stretch

Stretching should always come after a warm-up. Stretching helps to relax and elongate muscles which make them more effective for weight lifting. After warming up and stretching, muscles also become more pliable and injury-resistant. Stretching should also be done in between sets to shake out some of the lactic acid and increase circulation. Finally, stretching should be performed at the conclusion of your workout to prevent soreness.

  1. Have correct technique and proper form

Hands down the most common injuries in the gym come from weight training with poor form. Just by moving in general you are prone to pulling or tearing a muscle, but adding weights to the equation makes it much more likely if you don’t know what you’re doing. Before you even attempt a workout and some weightlifting, research online and watch some videos on how to properly perform it. Even if you are using an exercise machine, which are designed to help you perform the correct motion, read the instructions  that are usually on the machine or look up some videos on how to use it. By having correct form, not only will you avoid injuries, you will also benefit much more from the workout and reach your fitness goals more quickly.

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  1. Don’t try to lift too much weight

There’s a fine line between pushing yourself to the limit and overdoing it. Many injuries, especially on gym machines, are suffered because the user tried to lift too many weights. It’s always tempting to one-up where the person before you put the pin, but everyone is at a different fitness level and should only lift as much weight as they can without risking injury. If you can’t lift weights without jerking or being in control of it on its way down, then you should lower how much you’re lifting.

  1. Have a spotter

When you’re trying to discover your limits and find out how much weight is too much, it is absolutely essential to have a spotter. If you are using free weights instead of a fitness machine, a spotter is necessary for advanced squatting and bench pressing. During a good workout, you’re bound to miss a rep and that is when your spotter should spring into action to protect you from injuries. A competent and alert spotter can prevent disastrous injuries caused by weights falling on top of you.

  1. Don’t train too often

Training can be addictive. When you’re seeing results you’ll want to hit the gym hard every day to keep the momentum going. In order for your muscles to grow they must first heal. Training more than 5 days in a row can be detrimental and it is recommended that you take a day to rest and recover. When you train too hard and too often, your muscles are depleted. In this weakened state they are much more susceptible to injuries.

  1. Hydrate

Humans are around 60% water so of course hydration is the key to being healthy and injury free. You lose a ton of water through sweat by working out so you always need to stay hydrated before, during and after exercise. When you are dehydrated, you are unable to perform correctly and think clearly so you’re more prone to make mistakes and hurt yourself.

Even though fitness machines are designed for safety, they can still be dangerous without the proper knowledge and preparation. We hope these tips can help you reach your fitness goals without hurting yourself or getting stuck somewhere you don’t want to be.

 

 

Should you skip meals to lose weight?

Skipping meals may seem like an easy solution to losing weight since the concept is basically burn more calories than you’re taking in, but even missing one meal can do your body much more harm than good. To answer the question briefly, you should definitely not skip meals to lose weight. We’ve detailed some reasons on why this is a highly detrimental move.

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  1. It lowers your blood sugar

Lowering sugar? That may sound wonderful but low blood sugar means you’ll have no energy. Food is the fuel for your body and when you skip a meal your body runs out of gas. Your blood sugar begins to compromise within four to six hours of your last meal or snack, so sometimes three meals a day is not enough. Snacking does not have to be unhealthy and it is recommended in order to keep your body functioning properly. A prolonged dip in blood sugar level not only impacts your body physically but also lowers concentration levels and impairs memory.

  1. You will have no energy

If you’re planning to lose some weight, you probably have a great workout routine planned out. That will be all for nothing if you skip meals though since you won’t have the energy to even start exercising. Even if you do manage to start your exercise, you won’t have the energy to complete it with the necessary intensity for weight loss. Exercise is not only great for burning calories directly; it also creates lean muscles which are great at burning fat. The more you exercise, the more your metabolism improves allowing you to lose weight more easily.

  1. It slows down your metabolism

You’ll feel the impact on your body even if you only skip one meal. You will feel tired and unwell. If you go too long without eating, your body will think that you are in starvation mode and try to conserve energy by slowing down your metabolism. As you probably already know, slowing down metabolism will make it that much more difficult to lose weight. Your body will burn the calories you do eat less efficiently and the calories that aren’t burned are converted to fat. It does not take long to slow down your metabolism so steer clear from skipping any meals for any reason.

  1. You will become unpleasant

Have you heard of the term “hangry”? It is the combination of hungry and angry and it is a real thing. When you’re deprived of nutrients, your intellectual and emotional functions begin to change. Your perceptions will become blurry and you will get moody and irritable.

  1. You will be more prone to binge eating

Skipping meals will cause you to feel hungry. When you feel hungry you’ll want to eat. The hungrier you feel, the more you will want to eat. People are more prone to grabbing whatever they find instead of the healthier and more nutritious option which leads to unhealthy binge eating. You will also tend to eat more because it takes around 20 minutes after eating to feel full.

What should you do?

For starters, don’t even think of skipping meals. Eating smaller and healthier meals throughout the day will also benefit you greatly. Look for foods that are rich in nutrients and high in lean protein. Eating snacks will also help stave off cravings and the likelihood of you eating bigger meals. Getting fit isn’t too complicated. Eat well, eat often and work out to your heart’s content!

 

 

5 Different Ways to Use a Treadmill

The treadmill is one extremely fundamentally sound machine. It certainly has the easiest learning curve among gym machines and there’s not much you can do wrong. You literally stand on a machine and run in place. While the treadmill is perfect for cardiovascular training and running, some people might wonder if there’s something more. Is there truly a next level for the treadmill?

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We believe there is. You can do much more on a treadmill than straight forward running. Please take not that these are highly advanced moves though. Do not attempt them if you are a novice. You must become one with the treadmill in order to execute some of these atypical treadmill exercises.

  1. Running backwards

Running backwards on a treadmill may look a little silly in the gym, but improving your leg muscles is no joke. Running backwards actually uses different muscles than running forward. Forward running mainly puts pressure on the hamstring and knees while backwards running strengthens your calves, quads and shins. This actually balances out your muscles and increases mobility overall.

You may have also noticed that running backwards is far more difficult than running forwards. This increased difficulty actually helps you burn more calories in a shorter amount of time than straight running. Some estimates even put running backwards as burning five times more calories. You will also strengthen your core and abdominal muscles because you’re forced to stand upright when running backwards.

  1. Running sideways

If running backwards is a little too extreme at the moment, you can always reduce your rotation by 90 degrees and do some side stepping on your treadmill.  Besides being a fun novelty, sideways shuffling works your hips, inner and outer thighs, calves and abs. If it’s too challenging at first, you can hold onto the rails but gradually move away from doing so to improve your posture and form. Switch sides to in order to work your entire body equally.

  1. Run on the treadmill when it isn’t on

If you’re a fan of saving electricity and intense workouts, this is the perfect way to use your treadmill once in a while. Just turn your treadmill off and start running like usual. The friction caused by having to move the belt with your own power will increase the intensity of your workout ten-folds. Feel free to use the handles in order to generate enough force to move the belt.

  1. Use the incline feature to simulate a hike

If your treadmill has an incline feature, this would be a great time to use it. Some treadmills also have consoles that have hikes built in. If not, you can gradually increase the incline of your treadmill over time to simulate hiking. You can also bring your hiking gear along with you and play some nature sounds to get the full experience.

  1. Throw your hands in the air and proceed to not care

Treadmill workouts don’t have to be purely lower body. There are many great ways that you can get your arms involved while using a treadmill. Even just putting your hands above your head can increase your heart rate which in turn burns more calories. It also looks like you’re celebrating your new found mastery of the treadmill.

We hope that these tips can spice up your treadmill usage life a little bit. Want to try out these techniques in the comfort of your own home? Well we sell tons of commercial grade treadmills for wholesale prices!

 

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