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Benefits of Having a Home Gym

Gym memberships can be expensive, being locked into a contract can be annoying, not having the time to go to the gym or having the desire to leave your house after a long day of work can all be a pain, especially if you live far away from your gym. Then, once you do get to the gym you might have to wait to use the machine that you wanted to use because it is being occupied by someone else, and you have to deal with wiping off every machine you use before and after. This is why having a home gym can be so much better than going somewhere to workout. Here are a few reasons why having a home gym is awesome!

Save Time

Instead of spending time on the road going to the gym and back, you can use that time for things that require your attention at home, like your family, pets and the meal you’re cooking for dinner. What if there’s traffic on the road? That would waste even more of your precious time.

Save Money

Save yourself money by not buying a gym membership. The average gym membership costs between $40 to $50 a month, but when you add the initiation fee, you’re looking at as much as $800 a year. Some gym memberships contracts are almost impossible to break from since they are legally binding contracts. Which means, you will continue paying for them even if you don’t show up to the gym anymore. Then, there’s the price of gas to get you from point A to point B. Gas prices always fluctuate, so there’s not telling how much money you would spend in a year going to the gym and back.

Convenient

A home gym will eliminate most of your excuses for not working out. You can listen to your own music on your stereo instead of listening to whatever music is being played at the gym. No need to mess up your eardrums by using earphones in order to listen to your favorite music while working out. You can decorate your home gym anyway you want, it’s your house. Your home gym is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, never a closing time.

Should Women Lift Weights?

The short answer is, “Yes, women should lift weights.” There are so many benefits that gym goers can utilize to get in the best shape of their lives. The benefits that could interest women the most are weight loss and body shaping.

Weight Loss barbell

By adding muscle through weight lifting, metabolic rate goes up to feed the newly added muscle, burning more calories throughout the day.

Body Shaping

Lifting weights also helps shape the body. If all you do is cardio, then you will simply end up getting a smaller physique. Adding muscle to the right places will help shape out the body with a more fit appearance.

There are other benefits that come from weight lifting, like increased mobility, preventing muscle loss, fixing posture and alleviating back pain. The only catch is, you need to lift heavy. Lifting those 3 pound dumbbells isn’t going to cut it. You need to lift strong to look strong. Don’t worry about getting too bulky. Women actually have difficulty putting on muscle mass because of the lack of the muscle-building hormone, testosterone, when compared to men. So go out there and don’t be afraid to pick up those barbells!

What is the purpose of foam rolling?

BodyTone Foam Roller

BodyTone Foam Roller

The popularity of foam rolling has grown, and many people want to know what is it about foam rolling that has gained so much attention.

What is foam rolling?

First, for those unfamiliar with foam rolling, foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release (SMR). It’s often done with a roller, which comes in different materials and densities, or done with a rolling stick and dense pressure balls, like a tennis or lacrosse ball. The goal of SMR is to put pressure on your muscles and fascia, which is the connective tissue that permeates the muscle. Doing so might release deformities in the fascia or muscle fibers, release supposed trigger points, and improve blood flow.

Does foam rolling have any benefits?

Most people use foam rollers to improve flexibility and mobility without the performance detriments that static stretching has shown to hinder performance. Studies have found that foam rolling might indirectly aid in performance by improving recovery and soreness.

 foam-rolling

How it’s done

A foam rolling session should last at least 10 to 20 minutes after a workout to improve recovery and soreness. It’s also best to foam roll at least 10 minutes before exercise to reap acute mobility benefits. Make sure to target each muscle at least for  10 to 20 seconds. The pressure applied should be moderately forceful, invoking tolerable pain. A medium density foam roller will work for the majority of people to hit larger muscle groups like your hamstrings, gluten, and back. Foam rolling can be a game changer for you in your fitness goals.

Free Weights vs Selectorized Machines

Going to the gym, but don’t know what equipment to use? Free weights or selectorized machines, which one is better? Let’s look at the benefits that each bring.

Free Weights 

TKO Solid Steel Urethane Dumbbells barbell

The instability of free weights helps build stabilizing muscles, which is great for improving balance, coordination, and athleticism. Unfortunately, selectorized machines usually have you seated or placed into a fixed position that takes instability out of play. Free weights also lets you follow a natural bar path, meaning you can move the weight in a pattern that comes natural to you, making it great to replicate functional, real-life movement. Therefore, free weights are great for performing a wide variety of exercises. Whether you want to do olympic lifts or deadlifts, free weights are the way to go.

Selectorized Machines

Precor Discovery Series Selectorized Biceps Curl 4 Stack Compact Multi Gym

Selectorized machines are also good in their own right. Stability from machines are great for your form to reduce the risk of injury, or when going through rehab. Since most machines provide a fixed movement pattern, the learning curve drops way down, making it perfect for beginners and the elderly. Fixed movement patterns also means you can isolate muscle groups much better. For example, if you want to workout your biceps, try using the bicep curl machine.

 

Both free weights and machines have advantages that the other doesn’t. They both can do a good job in building muscle and strength, depending on what you’re striving for.

 

Free Weights vs Calisthenics

The use of free weights and calisthenics for exercising have plenty of benefits, but is one better than the other?

It depends, calisthenics are better suited to improve functional body movements that are used in daily life because the basis of calisthenics is to move your body through space without any restrictions. For example, doing pull-ups and push-ups. Free weights, on the other hand, are mainly static loads, where you stay in a single place and manipulate the weight from point A to point B. For example, using bench presses and dumbbells. If you’re intention is to pack on muscle, free weights are for you. If you want to improve your capabilities in moving your body through space rather than lifting weights, calisthenics is for you. At the end of the day, do want you enjoy. I like to do both! Below, I have provided some benefits of using free weights and calisthenics.

Advantages of Free Weights

TKO Solid Steel Urethane Dumbbells

Free weights have an advantage  when it comes to simplifying progression. If you want to build strength, you simply have to lift heavier weights. The same thing goes for building muscle, by increasing volume through increasing repetitions. calisthenics doesn’t improve strength and muscle growth easily since it lacks the increase of volume. For example, if you want to achieve a more defined chest, push-ups can only do so much for you since there is not much you can do to add progression. With free weights, you can simply progress by adding more weights to the bar for bench pressing, or lift heavier dumbbells while laying on a bench. Another advantage of using free weights is the ability to target specific muscle groups for making that specific muscle larger or because you’re recovering from an injury, isolation movements are best achieved with weights. While calisthenics consist of many natural and functional movements that require multiple muscle groups to be targeted at the same time.

Advantages of Calisthenics

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Body weight exercises, for the most part are free.  Free weights have to be bought or you must have a gym membership to use them. For calisthenics, you can always go to a local park that calisthenics bars to exercise, or you can do your push-ups and sit-ups at home. At the very most, you can purchase a pull-up bar or a suspension training system.  Which comes out to be a lot cheaper than buying free weights. With body weight exercises, the possibility of you getting injured is less than with free weights, since some people lift weights with improper form.

Easy Maintenance Tips for your Treadmill

Get the most out of your home treadmill with easy to do maintenance tips that can extend the life of your treadmill for many years. Preventive maintenance will keep expensive service calls to a minimum.

Treadmills

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Cleanliness

For your treadmill to work effectively you have to keep it clean. Make sure to pass a dry towel underneath the walking belt to gather up all the dust, dirt and debris that has accumulated over time. Also make sure to raise the deck and vacuum underneath to get rid of the dirt and dust around your treadmill because when you are using your treadmill the belt creates a vacuum under the treadmill as it rotates which picks up dirt and dust, and distributes it into the motor controller area.

Walking Belt

The number one reason for treadmill failure is not lubricating the walking belt every three months or so. Almost everyone that owns a treadmill does not know that they need to do this very important maintenance step. There are plenty of lubricant and lube kits to choose from that you can find on the web; many of them come with instructions or you can just follow the instructions from your owner’s manual. Many owners manuals are available on the web as well.

 

We now offer gym equipment maintenance!

Gym equipment is a large expense for both an individual and gym owner. We now offer fitness equipment repair, service and preventative maintenance packages throughout Southern California (Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire, Orange County and San Diego County). Treadmills, elliptical cross trainers, exercise bikes (upright, recumbent and indoor cycles, steppers and stepmills and other cardio machines can last for many years when maintained well. Protect your investment by scheduling routine check ups. Click on the link below to request service.

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Tips for Buying Used Fitness Equipment

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Buying used fitness equipment can be a great way to save money when you are building your home gym on a limited budget. With the high retail prices that fitness equipment is going for nowadays, you can save lots of money by buying used cardio and strength equipment. As with everything else that you purchase, make sure to do your due diligence when buying used fitness equipment.

Understanding the Terminology

With so much jargon used to describe fitness equipment such as “refurbished,” “remanufactured,” “as is,” “serviced and cleaned,” “pre-owned,” “demo,” “reconditioned” and more, it is important for the buyer to understand what the terms mean. It is your responsibility to ask the salesperson exactly what those words mean. Some used fitness equipment have had parts exchanged for new ones, some equipment have simply been cleaned and tested for proper function, and others are sold in the same condition they were acquired.

Research the Brand, Model, and Seller

Purchasing name brands will generally save you more money in the long run. I once purchased a new treadmill for a really cheap price from a rather unknown brand. I immediately noticed how fragile the frame was; I could hear it creek whenever I moved it around. I remember almost falling on my face while running on it because the belt felt like it was slipping, but later I found out it was the motor that was giving out. Now I know that I could have spent roughly around the same amount of money on a used quality name brand treadmill and still have it working to this day. Reputation of a brand goes a long way when purchasing something that you expect to be durable. Finding a reputable seller is also essential when shopping for fitness equipment. Go on review websites like Yelp to get a sense of what you will expect from the seller in terms of the quality of the equipment they sell and their prices..

Try Before You Buy

Avoid purchasing something just because you believe you are getting a good deal. You should always try out the equipment that you are buying. The salesperson should not be able stop you from getting on the treadmill you are interested in purchasing, walking on it and pushing all the buttons to make sure they work. It is your duty to make sure you are investing your money in something that will not end up unusable in a couple of months. If you are looking for longevity and durability, then a commercial grade fitness machine would be perfect for the rigorous day to day use that it was created for.

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 CrossFit?

The textbook definition of CrossFit is the functional movements constantly varied at high intensity, but for many people that do CrossFit, it is seen as not just a workout but also a lifestyle. CrossFit has changed people’s lives by making them feel physically and mentally better about themselves. CrossFit has become so popular that it is now considered a sport.

What does CrossFit consist of?

Functional Movements – Squatting, deadlifting, overhead press. These are movements that your body is naturally designed to perform using all your muscle groups full range of motion.

Fundamental Exercises – There are typically nine fundamental movements to CrossFit. The air squat, front squat, overhead squat, strict press, push press, push jerk, deadlift, deadlift sumo high pull and a medicine ball clean.

Gymnastics – A lot of skills in CrossFit are gymnastics. You have your handstand push-ups, pull-ups and muscle-ups that are all part of CrossFit.

The Environment – Unlike a typical gym where you usually don’t say a word to the people there, the CrossFit gym is a place where people of all ages and physical abilities interact with each other through motivation and encouragement.

Equipment for CrossFit

Primo Fitness carries quality equipment for CrossFit at great prices. Here are some CrossFit equipment that we have in stock.

Squat Rack

Kettlebell Rack

Deluxe Half Rack

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!

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.

Body Solid Endurance Fan Bike FB300

Body Solid Endurance Fan Bike FB300

How do they 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!

IHRSA 2017 in Los Angeles is Just Around the Corner

If you haven’t registered for the 36th Annual International IHRSA Convention, please do so now by clicking on the image above to direct you to the registration page. The International Convention and Trade Show of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center this year with over 350 exhibitors from around the world to showcase their products and services throughout March 8-11, 2017.

IHRSA 2017 will be a fun and educative experience for people who are looking to network and learn about the latest innovations in the fitness industry. There will be an array of speakers on business and corporate culture, educational sessions, networking events, group workouts and a trade show throughout the event. IHRSA 2017 is the place to be for people who work in the fitness industry.

Photo courtesy of IHRSA

Primo Fitness will be in attendance at IHRSA 2017. We encourage dealers and club owners that are attending the event to come visit our showroom and warehouse. Our owner and salespeople are available to show you our equipment that can fit your needs. Primo Fitness will also be available to meet at IHRSA 2017 to answer any questions or inquiries you may have.

Come see our Fitness Equipment 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!

Top 5 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

New Year's Resolutions List

This New Year give yourself the gift of fitness and a healthier you!

New Year’s Resolutions are always trending at the start of a new year. Improved health is usually one of the primary categories these fall under. Better health resolutions can include losing weight, eating better, or dropping a bad habit. However, people typically have not been so good at keeping them, with over 80% failing. To succeed against such odds, it’s important to understand why New Year’s Resolutions fail in the first place.

1. Unclear goals

New Year’s Resolutions are often created rather vaguely. If a resolution is too basic such as losing weight, then it will likely fail with little way to measure progress. Framing a goal with defined markers of time and progress is a great first step in making a resolution. Losing 10 pounds in a month is a good example. It provides a goal that is measureable yet not unrealistic. A specific and attainable resolution makes it easier to focus your efforts.

2. Lack of strategy

It’s easy to fantasize when our goals are achieved, but it’s much harder to put a process in place to accomplish them. For losing 10 pounds in a month, strategies could include going to the gym 3 times a week, or limiting desserts to once a week. Again, a clear plan can guide how you make a resolution become reality.

3. Giving up too early

Failures will happen along the way. Too often however, people will use a setback as an excuse to give up entirely. Missing a day in your resolution’s timetable just calls for greater dedication. It’s okay if you don’t quite meet a certain goal your resolution calls for. Even if you didn’t quite lose 10 pounds in a month, it is worth celebrating those seven you did lose. Standards are meant to be bars to aim for, not restraints to prevent us from our goals.

4. No accountability

If you’re the only one holding yourself accountable, chances are you won’t get far on your resolutions. Instead, try including an accountability partner. A partner can call you out when you’re slacking, encourage when you’re struggling, or even tag along your workout and get reps in.

5. Lacking the means to meet New Year’s Resolutions

If your New Year’s Resolutions aren’t taking off due to lacking proper equipment, we can help with that! Our fitness equipment is durable and affordable. Whether it’s strength or cardio you’re after, we’ll have the right machine for your goals.

Local, walk-in clients and gyms are welcome to visit our brand new 10,000 square foot fitness equipment showroom within our 100,000 square foot warehouse. We have very competitive prices on the highest quality new and used fitness equipment. Or if you are not in the local Southern California area, call us at 1-714-957-2765 or fill out our contact form for more information.

How to Practice Healthy Holiday Habits

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Jogging can help burn calories during the holiday season

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and Christmas and New Year’s not far behind, the holiday season is a great time to destress. It is too easy to relax with the abundance of food. Perhaps now more than any other time of the year is when carefully-laid diet and exercise plans are ruined. Despite this, it is still possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle during this time.

Don’t skip meals before a holiday feast

While it might seem smart to pass on breakfast to eat more later, this actually has a negative impact on metabolism. If the body skips meals, it is more prone to overeating when food is available. In addition, this causes the body to tap into energy reserves in muscles and lowers blood sugar levels, draining energy and thinking ability. Eat a light breakfast that includes protein and whole wheats before a feast. This will keep the body satisfied until the big meal.

Eat slowly and properly

During the holidays the temptation to overeat is rarely higher. Getting smaller initial portions and chewing slowly can cause the body to feel full sooner. Instead of eating a second helping, those leftovers will be better off as a later meal.

Limit consumption of fats and sugars

It’s understandable to want to enjoy a traditional holiday meal. Simple preparation changes can allow holiday meals to be eaten with less guilt. For instance, try fat free chicken broth when cooking turkey, or reduce the amount of oil and butter in recipes. Even these small changes can make a difference.

Drink plenty of water

Drinking water is important everyday, but it becomes even valuable during the holidays. It’s a great way to stop overeating by satisfying the body faster. Drinking enough water also helps limit drinking other beverages such as champagne and eggnog.

Engage in some exercise

Getting some exercise during the holidays helps in maintaining a healthy weight. A leisurely stroll around the neighborhood or tossing a football around will help burn calories after a hearty meal. This is even better if the whole family joins. Another option is the Turkey Trot; many communities offer this on Thanksgiving to help burn calories before the big meal. Even chores such as raking leaves or cleaning the dishes after meals can be helpful.

The holidays are a time to enjoy family, friends, and food. By making the right choices, they don’t have to ruin your fitness goals. Instead of slacking off and making a New Year’s resolution to do better next year, end the year on a high note for your health.

How to avoid the “Freshman 15”

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Starting college can be one of the most exciting times of a young person’s life, but can also be one of the most stressful. Often this stress manifests itself in the “Freshman 15.” While the 15 pounds gained is typically an exaggeration, there is still the threat of this weight gain adversely affecting not only student performance, but also in the years following college. Fortunately, simple steps can be taken to avert this potential problem.

Watch your diet

With how many campus dining halls are designed, it is all too easy to overeat, especially on high calorie junk food. Instead, try eating smaller meals throughout the day, with more of an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and multi-grain carbs. Drinking water is much preferred over soda or alcohol, as these two drinks are loaded with empty calories. Another potential problem is “social eating,” or simply eating to be with other people. While this can be a healthy way to develop friendships, if unchecked, can easily snowball into overeating. It is important to be mindful of how much you are eating during these times.

Get proper sleep

It will probably be harder than ever before to get enough sleep with coursework and other priorities, but getting enough sleep remains vital. Lack of sleep has severe effects on students, from lack of energy to decreased metabolism, prime conditions for weight gain. At the same time, oversleeping has been to know to contribute to future weight gain. Around 6-8 hours of quality sleep is the optimal level for college students.

Stay physically active

Even high school athletes can quickly find themselves gaining weight if they don’t maintain an active lifestyle. However, colleges offer many resources to aid in a healthy student lifestyle. The student fitness center is a great place to workout, join a fitness class, or participate in an intramural sports league. It can also be a great way to meet friends who will help in staying motivated. Even small efforts to get active such as taking the stairs or taking a bike across campus can be helpful.

Use your school’s health facilities

Typically including in tuition costs, school health centers usually have trained health professionals such as dieticians that would be more than happy to assist. These services can include forming dietary plans or stress counseling.  Health centers also have informative health brochures, and some even offer services such as vaccinations. By having these professional resources available, it will be much easier to accomplish your health goals throughout the semester.

College is meant to be a place for young adults to gain knowledge, not weight. By being diligent in improving your physical health, it will be much easier to focus on academic performance, and at graduation, a degree won’t be the only thing you take with you..

 

How you can train like an Olympian

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The 2016 Olympics  in Rio is an event that will showcase the world’s best athletes. These athletes have spent countless hours refining their skills, sharpening their bodies and minds to their maximum potential. And while most people might not be able to attain an Olympian’s physique, there are various principles you can incorporate from an Olympic training regimen to improve yourself.

Eat a healthy balanced diet.
While it’s a tall task to match the caloric intake of an Olympian such as Michael Phelps, who famously consumes over 6,000 each day, the kinds of foods he eats can be a good model for a diet to take up. Generally, fruits, vegetables, lean protein such as chicken, and healthy fats such as those found in fish and nuts are the types of foods to target. Drinking water throughout the day (and sports drinks to replenish electrolytes during intense workouts) is also important to replace lost fluids.

Sleep on time.
When working out, top athletes usually aim to get around 8-10 hours of quality, restful sleep. Quality sleep not only helps repair tired muscles, but also ensures sharper focus.  Early to bed and early to rise is the key, especially since waking up early in the day offers the double benefit of getting your workout early in the day, which is a great way to start the day. If you can fit them in your schedule, short naps less than an hour long can also be rejuvenating after a workout.

Don’t let your routine get stale.
Even the best Olympians don’t solely focus on drills directly relating to their sport. Basketball players for instance, incorporate various exercises in the gym to supplement their shooting, passing, and dribbling drills. By changing up workout routines, your body is focus to adjust and is challenged more than by just sticking to one routine. Furthermore, it can be more fun to try different exercises and can boost your willingness to push yourself to do your best.

Prepare mentally

For Olympians, competition is as much a mental game as it is a physical one. Many incorporate various rituals that help pump them up for the big day, such as reading and listening to music. Having a specific routine can also your big workout a similar boost. As Olympians prepare for events years in the making, they create goal-oriented plans to help map out what they want to accomplish. Similarly, by devising a plan, you can maximize the direction your workouts take you.

Work with others who share your goals.

It’s no surprise that Olympians who train together as a team bring out the best of each other in competition, whether they are in gymnastics, rowing, or track. Even rivals competing against each other have been known to train together in preparation for a big event. Similarly, getting a team or even one person who shares in your fitness can be a big boost in motivation and confidence for all involved.

While various physical attributes may put Olympians in a position to be able to compete on the world stage, it is their work and discipline that will decide who proves to be the best. In the same way, implementing such ideals can go a long way for anyone looking to accomplish their goals.

 

Last Minute Father’s Day Fitness Gifts

This weekend is Father’s Day and is certainly one of the best times to get dear old Dad a gift he’ll love. But instead of getting another ordinary necktie or mug, consider giving him  a gift that will help better his health. While it might be a bit harder to guarantee that heavy duty piece of fitness equipment will make it to your door by Sunday, there are plenty of other last minute gifts that will encourage your dad to get in better shape.

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  1. Fitness Tracker

Fitness trackers have swelled in popularity recently, and a big part of it is the functionality they provide. These bands track a variety of health measurements, but the most common of them are heart rate, steps taken, and sleep quality, with other features usually included such as GPS and notifications.  FitBit, Garmin, and Nike are just a few of the brands that retail trackers, so there’s bound to be one Dad will love.

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2. Resistance Band

A resistance band is a flexible piece of equipment known for its ease of use. It enables a wide variety of exercises simply by utilizing it with the user’s body weight or with heavy, stable objects. With so many exercises available,  Resistance bands are portable as well, so Dad can take it with him to stay in shape on a business trip.  

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3. Towel

Whether Dad likes to workout at home or the gym, either way he will probably end up sweating up a storm. A specially designed fitness towel will let Dad wipe himself off when he gets too sweaty. When looking for which towel to get, the best ones offer some combination of moisture absorption, odor protection, and cooling properties. It’s these kinds of features that Dad will appreciate the next time he reaches for his towel after a workout.

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4. Rowing Machine

Rowing machines are great in that they activate so many muscle groups on the body. At the same time, the rowing machine’s low impact nature means less pressure on user joints. They are typically compact, which makes them easy to store and transport. and are available at almost any fitness retailer.

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5. Punching Bag

Is Dad often stressed out after a long day in the office? Let him blow off some steam by doing work on a punching bag. It will provide him a great way to vent while providing a cardio workout at the same time.

Any of these gifts would be a great gift for the fitness conscious father. This Father’s Day,  consider giving Dad something that will help him be his best.

 

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution – Fitness Edition

We all know it’s coming, the infamous “I’m going to lose weight next year!” followed by two weeks of going to the gym. Millions struggle with this resolution of fitness year after year but there is a way to escape the trap. It’s a psychological battle to break old habits and form new ones but with these simple steps, you can be on your way to fulfilling your fitness resolutions.

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  1. Set a concrete goal

Don’t make a general abstract goal like “I’m going to get in better shape” or “I’m going to lose weight,” which are almost impossible to track. The key is to create a quantifiable measure of fitness such as “lose 50 pounds” or “run a mile in nine minutes” which are attainable and you can track your progress leading up to it.

  1. Set small incremental goals

Let’s use the goal of “lose 50 pounds” in our previous example. This is a very difficult and intimidating goal if we are to look at only the ultimate goal. To make it less daunting, you can break it up into smaller more immediately attainable goals. You can set goals like “lose 10 pounds a month” and break those into even smaller bite sized goals like “lose 3 pounds this week.” It’ll give you the feeling of gratification and will motivate you to continue the progress.

  1. Have a plan

You’re not going to be very successful on your fitness journey if you’re just winging it and making everything up as you go. It is absolutely vital to have a detailed plan both for your workouts and your diet. It may be a little costly at first, but consider investing in a personal trainer to help you figure out a training regiment and a meal plan. There are also a plethora of sources online, but make sure that they’re credible because utilizing them.

  1. Make it easy

Do everything in your power to make working out and eating healthy as convenient as possible for you. Many meals can be prepared and frozen or refrigerated and last for the entire week. Packing your own lunch and having dinner already set up every day will eliminate the temptation to eat or eat unhealthy food.

It is a fact that January will be extremely busy for gyms all around the country. You’re likely to spend more time waiting in line for the machines you want to use than actually using them. To combat this you can buy fitness equipment for your home. You will not reach your goals if you’re dreading going to the gym, trying to find parking, and fighting the crowds just to work out. Luckily for you, we have tons of fitness equipment in stock! Apologies for the cheap plug.

No matter what your resolutions are, whether they are fitness related or not, if you follow these steps you’ll be well on your way to reaching your goals.

Benefits of Group Exercise

One of the most important keys for getting a good workout, the fun factor, is often overlooked. If working out isn’t enjoyable, you’re not going to do it as often and with the vigor necessary in order to reap the full benefits. One of the quickest ways to turn getting fit into fun is by doing it in a group. Whether it’s a couple of friends or a group training class, working out with others is highly beneficial. We’ll tell you why!

  1. It creates a fun and social environment

If a buddy of yours invites you to dinner or to grab some drinks, you’ll most likely accept without a second thought. This is because these invites are for fun social outings. There is no reason working out cannot be a fun social event. Inviting friends to workout with you can motivate you to work harder and also allows all of you to be accountable for each other. A fun idea is to set up a home gym where you can blast the music you enjoy with all of your most beloved buddies. By making working out an event rather than a chore, you’ll be more likely to stick to a routine and feel great about it.

  1. Group classes are great for beginners

Probably the biggest hurdle to overcome when starting a fitness routine is where to start? It is difficult to create your own exercise and regiment that will benefit yourself if you don’t have previous experience in fitness. One of the best ways to begin your workout journey is by taking classes at your local gym. These are led by experienced fitness gurus that know how the body work and how to maximize workouts for the most benefit. You’ll also be surrounded by other beginners so there is no intimidation. Even if you are taking an advanced class, the other participants will be able to help.

  1. You can meet new friends (or maybe more)

It is not the wisest idea to go to the gym with the intention of finding new friends or your soul mate but it is a nice potential added bonus. Meeting people at the gym and befriending them will help to add motivation. Friendly competition can also push you harder and help you reach your goals more quickly. You’ve also most commonly heard stories of couples meeting at the gym, so there’s also that.

  1. Routine and Accountability

As we previously alluded to before, friends and group workout are great for accountability. It is hard to find excuses when you have to convince someone other than yourself. Having more than one person working out together also means that there is a need for coordination, which is great for creating a routine.

Are there any machines that are used for group workouts?

Actually, yes there are. For example, we have a great total group training machine called the Life Fitness Synergy XS. We also have a Cybex 3 Stack Multigym which will allow you to workout with two of your buddies. Make working out a social event!

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