Archive | Treadmills

Ask just about anyone to think of some type of fitness machine, and chances are treadmills are the first to come to mind. A big part of their popularity is their ease of use; anyone who can run can use a treadmill. As such, treadmills are present in just about every gym facility around the world. With running being the main way to use treadmills, they provide efficient cardio activity and calorie burn. The high impact nature of pounding the treadmill track also aids in strengthening bones. Today more advanced treadmills models have been designed with state of the art technology, including shock absorbers built in the track, advanced touch screen monitors and TV’s, and more comprehensive readout reports.

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

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

FreeMotion Reflex T11.8 Treadmill, used

FreeMotion Reflex T11.8 Treadmill

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Training for a Marathon

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

Benefits of Running on a Treadmill

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

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Tips on Buying a Used Treadmill

Don’t dread the tread(mill)

Ask someone to name a piece of gym equipment and they’ll probably name the treadmill. There is no modern image of fitness more tired and true than a person running in the gym on a treadmill. The first consumer treadmill designed for home use was developed in the late 1960s and ever since then, the treadmill has become a staple of American fitness.

Modern gyms are beginning to look like the set of Star Trek, with touchscreens, LCD TVs and alien looking machines abundant; but the treadmill, minus a few bells and whistles added to the consoles, has stayed fundamentally the same. This is because the treadmill simply gets the job done in a variety of ways. The best way to buy an affordable used treadmill, that will last, is to buy one from a used gym equipment supplier, such as Primo Fitness!

Benefits of a treadmill:

1.       Ease of Use

First, the treadmill is extremely simple to use. People instinctively know how to walk and run, so there is no learning curve required to use the machine. Treadmills may differ cosmetically and internally, but once a person has used one, they can use them all. They also do not require adjustments to the machine itself for different people. Once someone hops off, someone else can hop on and immediately begin their workout. The simplicity is what draws many to the treadmill.

2.       Calorie Burning

Statistically, running at top speeds will burn the most calories per hour. Running at an 8.5 minute mile rate can burn 679 calories per hour for a smaller person and 940 calories for a larger person. This is compared to cycling at a moderate 12-14 mph pace, which will burn 472 calories per hour for a smaller person and 654 for a larger person. If weight loss is a person’s fitness goal, running on the treadmill is one of the most efficient ways to melt away the pounds.

3.       Consistency, convenience and safety

Some users may dislike the treadmill and deem it as boring, but this consistency and predictability is highly beneficial for a workout. Running outside can be risky as running over random curbs, cracks, holes or errant banana peels can lead to serious injury. Other hazards such as cars and innocent bystanders are also eliminated by running on a stationary treadmill. Treadmills allow for smooth continuous running in the convenience of your home or gym, so users are free to run regardless of weather. Also, it is quite difficult to run around the block with a TV strapped to your head, so alternatively, many treadmills have the option of attaching a screen so you can enjoy your sitcoms while burning some fat.

4.       Customizing and progress checking

Essentially every maker of treadmills, whether they are Precor, Star Trac or Life Fitness, equips their machines with a console. These consoles can control various aspects of the machine, such as speed and incline. Many newer treadmills also come with pre-programmed workout routines for a variety of different fitness goals. Both beginners and seasoned veterans can reap the full benefits of working out on a treadmill. These consoles generally also come with trackers that can determine exactly how far a person has run, how many calories they have burned and even what their heart rate was. This allows users to easily track their progress and follow a goal-oriented routine.

What to look for when buying a treadmill

There are dozens of treadmills on the market, so choosing one can be overwhelming. Here are a few factors to consider.

1.        Brand

The top brands are generally the top brands for a reason. Life Fitness, Precor and Star Trac are some of the most recognized and best names when it comes to treadmills. Choosing a treadmill from one of these brands will generally ensure that you will receive a top quality and durable machine.

2.       Commercial or Residential?

The decision of buying commercial or residential is highly dependent on your budget. If you’re thinking of purchasing a residential unit, your cost will generally be lower but these units are generally less durable than commercial units. When buying a used treadmill, it is suggested to go for a commercial unit, because they are built to run 24/7, there will be no issues in a one or two runner household. Buying a used treadmill generally saves you half off of MSRP.

3.       Make and Model

There are hundreds of different types of models of treadmills out there so it can be a little overwhelming trying to choose one. An easier method would be to figure out what features are most important, such as a touchscreen, different workout routines, incline or decline options, etc. If you’re not sure what you want, feel free to ask the salesperson for their suggestions.

At the end of the day, the best technique to decide which treadmill you want is by taking it for a test run. There are many different options out there, so if you’re looking to find the right path to fitness, feel free to ask one of our Primo Primo Fitness for their treadmill suggestions.

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!

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 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.

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!

 

Precor 956i Experience Treadmill Review

The Precor 956i Experience Treadmill is currently the most popular treadmill on the used commercial market right now and for good reason. It is only a few years old and the commercial grade models have held up well due to the durable design by Precor.

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Precor delivers all the features you could hope for in this highly advanced commercial treadmill. Many people avoid the treadmill because of the high impact that they have on the joints, but Precor has definitely taken that into consideration with this iteration of the treadmill. Their patented “Ground Effects” impact control system is designed to cushion the knees, back and joints, which reduces swelling and soreness. There will be significantly less damage on your joints even after miles and miles of running which is great for your long term health. In addition to the Ground Effects impact control system, the Precor 956i Experience treadmill is also equipped with Integrated Footplant Technology. This technology utilizes the 4.0 HP motor to taper the belt speed to your exact movements which adds smoothness to your running experience.

In addition to the advanced running technology in the treadmill, the 956i Experience also comes loaded with a wide variety of entertainment options. Similar to many of the newer models of Precor cardio machines, this treadmill comes with the Integrated Cardio Theater design. This gives you a personal viewing screen and a high tech look to your workout area. The 956i comes with 26 separate programs which you can change on the fly. The ability to switch programs on the go keeps your workouts intense and engaging. The Precor Tap Control also helps you navigate these programs easily and intuitively. In terms of fitness tracking, the Precor 956i Experience treadmill comes with heart-rate sensors in the hand grips which allows for important vital data to be tracked. This treadmill’s speed ranges from .5 MPH to 16 MPH so it is effective for anyone in any fitness level. There is also a maximum incline of 15% which can add extra intensity to your run.

If you are looking for one of the higher end top commercial grade treadmills, there is no better option than the Precor 956i Experience. Luckily, this treadmill has been slashed to an affordable price in our fitness sale.

Cybex 530T Treadmill Review

Today we will be reviewing our biggest Black Friday special, the Cybex 530T treadmill. Not only is this treadmill extremely affordable for a commercial grade treadmill, more so with our discount pricing, but it also has a plethora of great features and high durability.

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The Cybex 530T treadmill is one of the easiest treadmills to use. It has a convenient “Quick Start” key that lets the user enter the manual program with a single touch. It also uses a live keyboard which allows the user to change the program or any setting without starting over, which can help the user create a dynamic workout without interruptions. The treadmill comes preloaded with a variety of great workout programs including quick start, manual, 5k run, 9 holes, heart rate control, weight loss and cardio programs which will keep the user engaged and interested. There is also a heartrate monitor built into the contact grips for further fitness tracking.

Another great feature, usually reserved for expensive higher end treadmills, is the decline/incline elevation feature. You can easily increase the intensity of your workout by using the incline, or decrease it by using the decline feature.

This treadmill also has an effective suspension system that absorbs the impact of landing and provides a stable running base for maximum efficiency. There is also an option to attach a television if you want to multi-task and watch your favorite shows while burning some calories.

Cybex has also implemented a safety system into its 530T treadmill. It is known as “Safe Sentry” and it can determine whether you are at the treadmill or not. After a certain period of inactivity (determined by the user), the belt will stop in order to keep users safe.

This is easily one of the best commercial grade treadmills that you’ll find for such a bargain price. These machines are extremely durable and will last you for life. If you wish to purchase one or look at more pictures, visit the Cybex 530T Treadmill page!

5 Benefits of Treadmillls#

5 Benefits of Treadmillls#

Treadmills are pretty awesome. They allow you to run without worrying about the weather, you don’t have to be afraid of stepping on any rocks, curbs or cracks in the sidewalk that may break your mother’s back. They’re also ridiculously easy to use, because walking and running is pretty fundamentally simple. If you’ve been spending hours and hours on the treadmill, it would be nice to know what benefits you’re receiving. Here are five of the great perks that running or walking on a treadmill will grant you.

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1. Increased cardiovascular fitness

Treadmills are great at increasing your cardiovascular fitness. Any prolonged exertion will increase your endurance, but treadmills are great for this because of their simplicity of use. You’re not only strengthening your legs when running, but also your heart. In the long term, regular physical activity will strengthen the heart, increase circulation which can lower the chances of heart disease.

2. It increases bone strength

There is a lot about how impact cardio exercises like running on a treadmill can damage your bones and joints, but in actuality weight bearing exercises (like walking or running on a treadmill) can promote increases in bone density. The force exerted on the bones can actually play a role in preventing bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

3. Burns calories

Running on the treadmill is one of the quickest ways to burn calories. Not only does it burn calories now, but it also increases the metabolic rate which allows your body to burn more calories even when you’re not working out. Running has one of the highest rates for calories burned per minute so treadmill running is a great way to melt away the fat.

4. Multitasking

Intensity is absolutely vital to having a great working out getting the full benefits, so if you can keep up the intensity while multitasking then more power to you. Many treadmills come equipped with television sets or one can be added very easily. You can not only catch up on your favorite shows, but binge watching will actually help you more as you’ll spend longer working out!

5. It helps your mental and emotional health

Ever been confused by people saying that they feel great after a workout? Logically, shouldn’t they be extremely tired and upset? Well it turns out that exercise releases endorphin, or the chemicals in your brain that make you feel good.

So there you have it, these are just a small portion of the great benefits that running on a treadmill can get you. Not only will your body feel better, but your emotions too!

 

Life Fitness Integrity Treadmill Review#

Life Fitness Integrity Treadmill Review#

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The Life Fitness Integrity treadmill is part of the new line of stylish and functional fitness equipment from the Life Fitness brand. One of the main differences is that these treadmills have a higher top speed and decline of the previous incarnation of Life Fitness treadmills.

Another strength of the Life Fitness Integrity Treadmill is its entertainment abilities. Many exercisers use music to keep themselves pumped and motivated  and this treadmill perfectly integrates that. It has built in iPod compatibility and integrated iPod/TV controls. The TV controls only work if you have an option television attached to the unit.

Also in the console are easy to read LED lights that make functionality very simple and data easy to read. Some of the data measured is speed, incline, heart rate, elapsed time, time in target heart rate zone, calories and much more. Built into the console are 28 different workouts. There are also workouts included that adjust incline level in order to keep users in their optimal target heart rate zone.

These are only some of the few amazing features in the Life Fitness Integrity Treadmill.

5 Best Gym Machines for Beginners

Getting started on a workout routine can be intimidating, especially at the gym with all the fit experienced conditioned athletes running around making using complex gym equipment like it was second nature to them. Using gym equipment incorrectly not only doesn’t help, it can also harm you and lead to injuries which will only hinder you on your path to fitness. Some machines require prior knowledge and possibly a trainer to help teach you the proper form to truly utilize the machine while others only require you using your natural instincts. Primo Fitness has compiled a list of the easiest and most effective machines for beginning gym goers. These machines are easy to use and intuitive.

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1. Incline Chest Press

The incline chest press, as the name implies, is a great and easy to use machine to workout your chest. The incline chest press usually has a incline bench where the user sits and two bars in front around chest level. To properly use this machine, grip the handle bars around 8 inches wider than the shoulder in order to target the chest. Keep the elbows on the same level as your hands and do not let them dip down or else you won’t get the full benefits. Extend your arm and slowly return to starting position. Repeat until you’ve completed your rep.

2. Leg Press

The leg press is one of the easiest and most effective machines to use when you’re focusing on strengthening your legs. The leg press comes in a variety of different positions from seated to linear, but the general concept is the same. Whichever way the seat is positioned, make sure your leg is at a 90 degree angle to the plate. Full extend your leg and push the plate forward, then slowly return to starting position to complete your rep.

3. Treadmill

As our previous blog post implied, the treadmill is popular for a reason. Extremely easy to use, there are an abundance of them at any gym and one of the best ways to burn calories quickly. It’s just natural instinct after all so any beginner can hop on and reap the full benefits of the treadmill.

4. Seated Row Machine

You always hear about arm day, chest day and leg day, but rarely do you hear back days mentioned. While you don’t need to dedicate a full gym session to strengthen your back, it is absolutely vital to workout your back before you start lifting some of the really heavy weights. Having a strong back will prevent injuries and just improve your overall fitness. To use this machine, adjust the seat until you can grip the bars comfortably at full extension. Make sure your back is straight, grip the bars and pull the handle toward you. Squeeze the shoulder blades at the end of the rep and slowly return the handle to starting position.

5. Lat Pull Down

This is a great beginning step to being able to do chin-ups. The movement is very similar to a chin-up but does not require you to be able to lift your entire body weight, which can be a very difficult task if you’re just beginning to work out. Start with low weights until you can complete a rep with good form. Slide your leg under the thigh pad and grip the bar slightly more than shoulder width apart. Pull the bar down toward your chest while keeping your back straight. Hold it for two or three seconds and return to starting position.

These are some of the best and easiest machines to use for starting off a gym routine! Or you can buy one of these machines and get fit in the comfort of your own home. Primo Fitness can help!

Best Treadmill for the Price – Life Fitness 95Ti

A high quality yet affordable used treadmill is hard to find. Everyone loves saving money but never at the cost of quality and durability. A treadmill takes a ton of abuse over its lifetime what with a human constantly running on top of it at high speeds delivering a ton of impact to its frame. There’s no doubt then that when looking for a treadmill, you want to look for durability. This is why it is highly suggested that instead of buying a cheap home treadmill from your local retail store, you should opt for a used commercial treadmill for its unmatched durability. These machines are designed to run 24 hours a day in a gym so they’ll essentially last a decade or more with home usage.

There are literally hundreds of choices when it comes to used treadmills, but you can narrow it down by only choosing a high quality commercial treadmill that’s from a trusted brand, like Life Fitness. If you want a treadmill that will get the job done for years and years for a modest budget, there is no better choice than a Life Fitness 95Ti treadmill. This treadmill is essentially the Tim Duncan of treadmills. Fundamentally sound, durable and ages like fine wine. So let’s see what sets this treadmill apart.

Looks

This is a streamlined sleek treadmill. It even has an intimidating and awesome nickname, the Silver Bullet, for it’s shiny and piercing appearance. It is one of Life Fitness’ all time best selling treadmill and its stylish looks certainly plays a part in that. If you want sleek, smooth and sophisticated, then go for the Life Fitness 95Ti treadmill.

Features 

This is where the treadmill truly shines. The Life Fitness 95Ti isn’t one of those air-headed looks only type of treadmills, it has inner beauty and amazing features too. The treadmill has Life Fitness’ patented FlexDeck suspension system and self-lubricating belt which gives the treadmill its smooth gliding ride.

life-fitness-95ti-treadmill-stock-photo-1Now the console is where we get all the fun features and workout tracking and all that fun jazz. In the console is something called the Ergo-bar, aka the activity zone, which places all your workout data where you probably want it, in your face. There are also a variety of different programs for different levels of intensity in your workout.

Now you’re probably asking “but what if my super intense running destroys this treadmill?” Worry no more because this treadmill has not one, not two, not three, but eight large shock absorbers underneath. There is also an option to attach an LCD TV to your treadmill!

Conclusion

In summary, this is an amazing treadmill for a budget. It is just a wonderful treadmill for anyone and everyone. It looks great, it runs great, it has a plethora of features and best of all, it’s being sold at Primo Fitness. What a coincidence.

How to buy a used treadmill – Don’t dread the tread(mill)

Don’t dread the tread(mill)

Ask someone to name a piece of gym equipment and they’ll probably name the treadmill. There is no modern image of fitness more tired and true than a person running in the gym on a treadmill. The first consumer treadmill designed for home use was developed in the late 1960s and ever since then, the treadmill has become a staple of American fitness.

Modern gyms are beginning to look like the set of Star Trek, with touchscreens, LCD TVs and alien looking machines abundant; but the treadmill, minus a few bells and whistles added to the consoles, has stayed fundamentally the same. This is because the treadmill simply gets the job done in a variety of ways. The best way to buy an affordable used treadmill, that will last, is to buy one from a used gym equipment supplier, such as Primo Fitness!

Benefits of a treadmill:

1.       Ease of Use

First, the treadmill is extremely simple to use. People instinctively know how to walk and run, so there is no learning curve required to use the machine. Treadmills may differ cosmetically and internally, but once a person has used one, they can use them all. They also do not require adjustments to the machine itself for different people. Once someone hops off, someone else can hop on and immediately begin their workout. The simplicity is what draws many to the treadmill.

2.       Calorie Burning

Statistically, running at top speeds will burn the most calories per hour. Running at an 8.5 minute mile rate can burn 679 calories per hour for a smaller person and 940 calories for a larger person. This is compared to cycling at a moderate 12-14 mph pace, which will burn 472 calories per hour for a smaller person and 654 for a larger person. If weight loss is a person’s fitness goal, running on the treadmill is one of the most efficient ways to melt away the pounds.

3.       Consistency, convenience and safety

Some users may dislike the treadmill and deem it as boring, but this consistency and predictability is highly beneficial for a workout. Running outside can be risky as running over random curbs, cracks, holes or errant banana peels can lead to serious injury. Other hazards such as cars and innocent bystanders are also eliminated by running on a stationary treadmill. Treadmills allow for smooth continuous running in the convenience of your home or gym, so users are free to run regardless of weather. Also, it is quite difficult to run around the block with a TV strapped to your head, so alternatively, many treadmills have the option of attaching a screen so you can enjoy your sitcoms while burning some fat.

4.       Customizing and progress checking

Essentially every maker of treadmills, whether they are Precor, Star Trac or Life Fitness, equips their machines with a console. These consoles can control various aspects of the machine, such as speed and incline. Many newer treadmills also come with pre-programmed workout routines for a variety of different fitness goals. Both beginners and seasoned veterans can reap the full benefits of working out on a treadmill. These consoles generally also come with trackers that can determine exactly how far a person has run, how many calories they have burned and even what their heart rate was. This allows users to easily track their progress and follow a goal-oriented routine.

What to look for when buying a treadmill

There are dozens of treadmills on the market, so choosing one can be overwhelming. Here are a few factors to consider.

1.        Brand

The top brands are generally the top brands for a reason. Life Fitness, Precor and Star Trac are some of the most recognized and best names when it comes to treadmills. Choosing a treadmill from one of these brands will generally ensure that you will receive a top quality and durable machine.

2.       Commercial or Residential?

The decision of buying commercial or residential is highly dependent on your budget. If you’re thinking of purchasing a residential unit, your cost will generally be lower but these units are generally less durable than commercial units. When buying a used treadmill, it is suggested to go for a commercial unit, because they are built to run 24/7, there will be no issues in a one or two runner household. Buying a used treadmill generally saves you half off of MSRP.

3.       Make and Model

There are hundreds of different types of models of treadmills out there so it can be a little overwhelming trying to choose one. An easier method would be to figure out what features are most important, such as a touchscreen, different workout routines, incline or decline options, etc. If you’re not sure what you want, feel free to ask the salesperson for their suggestions.

At the end of the day, the best technique to decide which treadmill you want is by taking it for a test run. There are many different options out there, so if you’re looking to find the right path to fitness, feel free to ask one of our Primo Fitness Equipment Professional for their treadmill suggestions.

Life Fitness 9500HR Next Generation Treadmill Overview

Life Fitness 9500HR Next Generation Treadmill

Life Fitness 9500HR Next Gen Treadmill

If you have been seriously looking for an affordable treadmill for your home or small gym, the very popular Life Fitness 9500HR Treadmill is worth taking a look at. This flagship treadmill is loaded with top of the line Life Fitness features and has taken its place in Premier Gyms worldwide.

The Life Fitness 9500HR Treadmill found its niche in the toughest gyms and service is made easy with the Life Fitness Rapid Work “Automatic Wax Lubrication System”.  It also features the Flex Deck shock Absorption System, and a wide running surface that is suitable and comfortable for most users. The Lifepulse Heart Rate Monitoring System with hand-touch sensors in the Ergo bar and Polar telemetry system comes standard on this model.

The Life Fitness 9500 HR Next Gen includes a patented automatic wax lubrication system that extends belt and deck life, a solid state motor controller that eliminates wearable components, a welded steel frame to provide strength and stability, a patented flex deck shock absorption system to minimize impact, interactive training programs, a contact heart rate, large easy to use console with LED feedback to keep you motivated, and workout programs that include fat burn, cardio, hill, random, manual, fit test, and a quick start feature. The treadmill also features console readouts that include heart rate, elapsed time, distance, total calories burned, total calories burned/hour, incline, speed in MPH, pace (min/mile), program profile, watts and METs.

Key Features: Life Fitness is committed to continuing to provide the most reliable fitness products that you can count on.

  • Convenient storage and reading rack
  • Smart Stop belt stop system
  • Our longest side handrails (36”L – 91 cm. L)
  • Floor Saver™ pivoting rear legs
  • Quick Start feature
  • Manager’s Menu to customize usage
  • Built-in networking/entertainment compatibility
  • Automatic Cool-Down
  • Contact Heart Rate

Life Fitness 95Te Treadmill Overview

Life Fitness 95Te Treadmill
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The Life Fitness 95Te Treadmill is an upgrade to the Life Fitness 95Ti Treadmill and comes with higher end electronics.  It features the E³ Integrated LCD System which has a touch screen technology for easier adjustment of workouts. It is also FM ready and has up to 125 available TV channels to keep your clients entertained during their exercise.

The 95Te comes with a powerful 4.0 H.P. Motor with “MagnaDrive” motor controller that speeds up to 12 MPH and incline to 15%. This speed and elevation would be enough to give users of any fitness level a very intense workout.

The 95Te Treadmill belt size is the Life Fitness Commercial Standard size of 20” X 60”, providing plenty of room for users of all shape and sizes to enjoy a comfortable work-out. The DX3™ belt and deck system also comes with FlexDeck Shock Absorption System that has 8 large Lifespring shock absorbers to reduce stress on your user’s joints while running and help prevent injuries.

Both the Life Fitness 95Te and 95Ti Treadmills come with 28 workout programs including the Life Fitness 5 Zone Training + Workouts for more challenging run.  Gerkin and Fit Test protocols are built-in as well to give users better knowledge of their body’s capabilities.

Other features include a reading rack to place magazines, an accessory tray to hold sports bottles, personal stereo holder for stereos, over-molded tubular steel ergo bar to keep users balanced, and a Polar® Telemetry (chest strap required) and Lifepulse Digital Heart Rate Monitoring with DSP (Digital Signal Processing) for a better heart rate workout.

Life Fitness 95Te Features:

  • Accessory Tray
  • Built-in Reading Rack
  • Overmolded tubular steel ergo bar
  • MagnaDrive™ motor controller
  • Polar® Telemetry (chest strap required)
  • Lifepulse™ Digital Heart Rate Monitoring
  • FlexDeck Shock Absorption System
  • Manual, Quick Start Programs
  • 28 workout programs with 5 ZoneTraining+™ workouts
  • Customized Cool Down
  • E³ Integrated LCD™ System
  • DX3™ Belt and Deck System
  • 8 large Lifespring™ shock absorbers
  • Personal Stereo Holder
  • CSAFE-Ready and FitLinxx™ Certified
  • Manager’s Menu Options
  • Flash Programmable
  • Numeric Keypad
  • Smart Stop System

Precor Treadmills and Ellipticals

Since 1980, Precor Fitness has manufactured exercise equipment used in major gyms worldwide, setting a high standard for quality, innovation and performance.  Precor’s main goal was to capture the user’s natural movement and created the first shock absorption flex deck for treadmills.

In 1995, Precor Fitness changed the cardio world with the first elliptical crosstrainer and then again with the Adaptive Motion Trainer (AMT), that adapts to the users stride length and motion as it changes during the workout for a more natural feel.

Here are a few pieces of Precor cardio equipment ideal  for your Home or Commercial Gym today:

 

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Precor 546i Experience Elliptical – One of the newest additions to the Precor cardio line is the 546i Experience Series elliptical. The 546i incorporates the latest advances in technology and performance to come out of the Precor research department.

 

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Precor 556i Experience Elliptical – The Precor 556i Experience Elliptical‘s fixed 20° ramp tones your lower muscle groups during your workout. Six buttons control 10 preset programs including one fitness test and a new program can be selected at any time during their workout. Users at any level will find the large buttons easy to use and understand and set controls to reach their goals. The Precor 556i Experience Elliptical would make a great addition for any type of home or commercial gym.

 

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Precor C956i Treadmill – Equipped with advanced Precor technology, the C956i Treadmill with its quiet and powerful 3.2 H.P. motor can stand up to the toughest commercial gym conditions. The Precor C956i Treadmill is a great treadmill to own and use. Professional trainers love the quiet motor and rollers, the extensive workout programs and stylist design.

 

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Precor 966i Experience Treadmill – If you only like the best for your home or commercial gym, the Precor 966i Experience Treadmill is what you are looking for. Loaded with advanced Precor features like Foot Integrated Technology, the ability for the treadmill to learn your stride and adjust the belt speed for a more natural and smoother run.

 

 

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Precor AMT (Adaptive Motion Trainer) – Precor’s fitness goal from day one was to give the user the feel and comfort of their natural running or walking movement by adjusting AMT’s stride and motion without having to make any adjustments.  The result of their efforts is the Precor AMT cardio cross trainer.

Adaptive motion: By allowing you to alter your motion at the slightest whim of your imagination, no two workouts have to feel the same. This keeps your mind engaged and your body torn between wanting to experiment with new movements and needing a second to catch your breath.

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