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What are the different types of exercise bikes?

Exercise Bikes

Exercise bikes come in many different forms and have different benefits.

An exercise bike is a versatile cardio machine that makes a great first choice for a home gym. It offers several benefits, such as affordable cost, limited space usage, and multitasking capability. Exercise bikes generally fall under three groups: upright bikes, recumbent bikes and indoor cycles. It’s important to take into account what each exercise bike offers before deciding on one.

Upright Bikes

Out of the three main types of exercise bike, the upright bike most resembles riding a classic bicycle. The pedals are aligned under the user’s feet, while the seat supports the user’s weight. In addition to cardio and lower body, some upright bikes engage the core and upper body muscles. The user’s core must keep the body upright, while arms are engaged with special moving handlebars. Upright bikes do tend to leave their users with soreness on the rear and back. They typically have the smallest footprint thanks to their minimal design, and are easier to transport. Some models come with customizations such as TV’s that require electricity. Popular models include the Life Fitness Integrity and Precor 846i Experience upright bikes.

Recumbent Bikes

The recumbent bike’s main trait is its recline design. The seat is more of a chair that allows the user to lean back comfortably, and its pedals are in front of the user’s feet instead of below.  This type of fitness bike gives the rider the most support. Handlebars are also at the sides instead of the front. This design helps reduce stress on joints. Like upright bikes, recumbent bikes can be outfitted with extra features such as monitors and TV’s. Recumbent bikes usually offer the lowest intensity workout and fewest engaged muscle groups, but are the most helpful for those with back/knee problems or recovering from injury. The Technogym 700 Excite and Life Fitness 95R Inspire recumbent bikes are examples of this type.

Indoor Cycles

Indoor cycles are somewhat similar to upright bikes, but with a few differences. Their handlebars are farther away from the seat, shifting riders forward. Indoor cycles even allow users to stand while cycling, engaging more muscle groups in the process. As a result, indoor cycles tend to promote the most calorie burn from all the exercise bikes. Indoor cycles usually lack certain features such as heart monitors. This does allow indoor cycles to run without electricity. Gyms and fitness clubs frequently use indoor cycles in spin cycle classes, such as the Keiser M3+ and Star Trac Spinner Blade.

Fan or Air Bike

Another category of exercise bike is the fan or air bike. Some classify this type as an upright bike or indoor cycle, but it’s unique design deserves a classification of its own. It works with wind resistance; the harder you pedal, the harder the resistance. This type is the only style that has moveable arms. Upper and lower body workouts can be done independently or simultaneously. Examples of this type are the Schwinn Airdyne and Star Trac Turbo Trainer.

Which Exercise Bike is Best for You?

Ultimately, the best exercise bike is the one that you most enjoy using. Having fun while using your bike will make it more likely you use it and improve your fitness. At Primo Fitness, we carry all types of these exercise bikes in our warehouse! We encourage you to try our bikes for yourself; our sales team can help in picking the best one to fit your budget and goals.

The Best Cardio Machine For You

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

Treadmills

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Pros:

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

Cons:

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

Ellipticals

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Pros:

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

Cons:

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

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Pros

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

Cons

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

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

 

Difference between the Keiser M3 and M3+ (Plus) Indoor Cycle

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We have received a new shipment of the incredibly popular Keiser M3 Plus indoor cycles. Unlike our last shipment, you may have noticed that these are the M3+ (Plus) instead of the regular editions. When consumers are looking to purchase a new Keiser indoor cycle, it is important to know the difference between the two because pricing on the two different models also varies.

The one and only difference between the two models is that the Plus has adjustable handlebars. Fortunately the seat is adjustable on both so you might be able to manage with the regular edition if that is the only one you can find. Both bikes have the magnetic drive, the monitor, the water bottle holder among other features.

Lemond Revmaster Pro Indoor Cycle Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Year’s Resolution Sale

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

Precor AMT 100i Elliptical Crosstrainer

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

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Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle

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

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StairMaster 7000PT Blue Face Console Stepmill

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

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

 

 

Which Spin Bike or Indoor Cycle is Best?

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

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Best Spin Bike for a Budget:

Star Trac NXT Spinner Bike

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

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

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

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

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Best Bike for a Realistic Ride Experience:

Schwinn A.C. Performance Plus Indoor Cycle

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

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

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Best High End Indoor Cycle:

Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle

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

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

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

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

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

Schwinn AC Performance Plus Indoor Cycle Bike Review

One of the newest additions to our indoor cycle line-up is the Schwinn A.C. Performance Plus indoor cycle. Schwinn has generally been known for their high quality road bikes, but their foray into the fitness has been positively received. One of their flagship indoor cycles is the Schwinn A.C. Performance Plus indoor cycle, a small lightweight exercise bike that is great for a cardio.

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If you’ve enjoyed riding a Schwinn bicycle before, you’ll definitely be at home on their indoor cycle. The Schwinn AC Performance Plus is designed to feel like real-life cycling, but you have the benefit of doing so indoors in a controlled environment. The cycle also has what Schwinn calls their “Virtual Contact” resistance technology. This innovative technology utilizes magnets and an aluminum disk to generate resistance. This method not only increases workout intensity, but it also keeps the brakes from wearing out which is great for the durability of the machine. The chain-drive system and extra-large flywheel allows for the resistance to be adjusted in continuous increments which allows for smooth and authentic pedaling.

The Schwinn AC Performance Plus indoor cycle also has a wide variety of adjustable options. The saddle is partly flexible and the seat is adjustable which will allow for maximum comfort. The handlebars can be adjusted to three different positions and has dual oversized water bottle holders. There is also a Smart Release safety system which slows the flywheel if you abruptly stop pedaling.

What makes this indoor cycle lighter than the competition is the aluminum frame, which is also rust-free as opposed to the more commonly used steel. In addition to the frame, the seat slider, handlebars and hardware material are also made of the same aluminum.

If you’re looking for a good midrange indoor cycle and are familiar with the Schwinn brand, there is no doubt that this indoor bike is for you.

What Fitness Equipment is Best for Losing Weight?

Most people enter the world of fitness and exercise with the intention of losing weight so it is probably very important to know which exercise machines melt away the calories. We do also strongly recommend adding in strength and weight training to your routine in order to accelerate your weight loss. The more muscle you have, the more effectively you’ll be able to move and burn calories. We’ve narrowed it down to the 5 best cardio machines for fat burning.

1. Treadmills

Due to their simplicity, treadmills are great calorie burners for users of every fitness level. Treadmills utilize the natural movement of walking and running so there is no learning curve involved in using this machine. Running is also extremely effective for losing weight, which is further amplified if you don’t use the sidebars and bear your entire body weight. You can always go for a more intense workout by increasing the incline or by upping the speed.

2. Elliptical Crosstrainers

Elliptical crosstrainers offer many of the same benefits as a treadmill, except that it is low impact which can be a lifesaver if your knees aren’t in their primes. Ellipticals that have movable arms are also wonderful for weight loss because it allows for a full body workout.

3. Stepmills

It is no secret that we love the stepmill and all its benefits. What makes this machine a monster in terms of weight loss is that it requires you to support your entire body weight. Each step forces you to go into an incline and the act is lifting each leg up to each step is quite strenuous, meaning it is great for burning fat. Another added benefit of a stepmill is that is a low impact cardio machine, so there is less strain and wear and tear on your knee.

4. Indoor Cycle

The indoor cycle is a great machine for short, high intensity workouts. Indoor cycling classes generally follow interval training, where the rider alternates between periods of very high intensity, followed with a brief slow down period. These alternating intensities are great for weight loss but it isn’t for everyone. Interval training can be far more intense than traditional training, so make sure you can handle it before you attempt to jump straight into it. You can also take spin classes, which can motivate you to work even harder being alongside people with similar goals.

5. Rowing Machine

 Using a rowing machine is sort of a mix between cardio and strength training, which is great. What makes working out with a rowing machine so effective is that it is a total body workout. You’re engaging your arms, core and legs

These are the most effective machines for burning calories, but at the end of the day, the machine that works best for you will melt away the fat.

Precor UBK 815 Upright Bike Review

The Precor UBK 815 upright bike is one of the newer models of Precor cardio machines and this unit offers amazing customization options and a slew of great features. If you’re having trouble deciding on whether you want a recumbent or upright bike, you can always read our previous blog post detailing the pros and cons of each. Overall, the Precor 815 upright bike is an effective option for a low-impact cardio workout.

Although the stock seat and pedals are high quality and extremely comfortable, a great feature of the upright bike is the ability to switch them out to your own pedals and seats. This allows for the most comfortable workout which will allow you to work even harder.

The 815 also features unique handlebars which can be put in three different positions, upright, cruising and road racing. The handlebar is designed to put the wrist and forearms in a comfortable and natural riding position. The seat is also easily adjusted, even when you are on the bike itself. There are also convenient numbers on the seat so you can easily remember what your most comfortable seat position is.

The Precor 815 upright bike also comes preloaded with 6 different workout programs and 25 different resistance levels to vary your workout. In terms of fitness tracking, the 815 can track your heart rate, calories burned, distance, speed, resistance level, time elapsed and much more.

The Precor 815 Upright Bike is one of the newest and best used upright bikes you will find on the market today and it is highly recommended.

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Life Fitness Integrity Recumbent Bike Review

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Continuing with the Life Fitness Integrity cardio line, we have the Life Fitness Integrity Recumbent Bike. As you may have noticed before, one of the great features of the Integrity series is the stylish paint design. So much so, that some companies are actually copying the sleek red on black/gray color scheme and style. Life Fitness is one of the top brand names in fitness for a reason. Their machines, especially their commercial grade ones, are known for their durability and cutting edge technology.

One of the cutting edge features not found on many other exercise machines is the seamless iPod/TV integration that is also found other cardio machines in the Integrity series. If you plug in your iPod into the dock, you can control it through the recumbent bike’s console. There are also integrated controls in the console for a television set, if you decide to add one to your recumbent bike. There is also an option to connect to the LFconnect application through a convenient QR code located right on the recumbent bike.

Another great feature is the comfortable seat. Many users of recumbent bikes have back issues, so it’s great to know that this seat is molded for maximum back support. There are also built in grooves in the seat to keep the rider dry and cool.

These are just a few of the great features that make the Life Fitness Integrity Recumbent Bike a stand out fitness machine. If you have any questions regarding this or other gym equipment, please feel free to contact us!

Life Fitness Integrity Upright Bike Review

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Continuing with our Life Fitness Integrity series, we have the Life Fitness Integrity Upright Bike. This model is representative of the advanced engineering and durability that the Life Fitness brand is known for.

Even though the technology inside the Life Fitness Integrity Upright bike is highly advanced, using it isn’t. One of the best features is the simplicity of adjusting the seat. It takes merely seconds and fits riders of all sizes. The seat is also in a covex shape, and the ratchet seat adjustment is created so that riders can adjust the seat, even while sitting on it.

Similar to the other equipment in the Integrity line, the upright bike has the latest entertainment capabilities. The most notable being the iPod compatibility and integrated iPod/TV controls. If you’re looking for a high tech option for a used upright bike, the Life Fitness Integrity Upright Bike is a great choice.

Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle Review

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The Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle is one of the best indoor cycles on the market today. Indoor cycles are all the rage right now, with many classes solely dedicated to getting great workouts on these bikes. There are dozens on the market with a wide range of prices, so a beginner may have a difficult time trying to choose the perfect one to bring home. If you’re looking for the high end, commercial grade indoor cycles, the Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle is a wonderful choice if your budget is a little higher.

Firstly, the M3 Plus has a very eye-catching and sleek design. It is very minimalist, eliminating any extraneous parts to create a pleasing design that is also functional. The minimal amount of parts also means that maintenance is very simple and swapping parts is a breeze. The main difference between the the M3 Plus and the M3 is that the M3 Plus has adjustable handle bars. This is extremely useful for riders who are a little shorter or have shorter arms and could not reach the handlebars on the original M3. The seat is adjustable and there is also a water bottle holder. The frame is also built to withstand up to 300 pounds.

The best feature on this indoor bicycle is, hands down, the magnetic braking system. This creates an extremely smooth feel that actually feels like you’re on a road bike. There are 24 resistance levels to simulate different uphill or downhill climbing.

The built-in computer is also on the more advanced end compared to the standard indoor cycle. The system can track such statistics as heart rate, power output, odometer/trip distance, resistance level, pedaling time and RPM (revolutions per minute).

Overall, if you are looking for a high end indoor bike with an advanced console built-in, the Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle is your best option. We have them in stock at our website, Primo Fitness.

 

Best Spin Bike for a Budget

Previously, we spotlighted our favorite treadmill for workout warriors on a budget and now we’re giving you a pick on spin bikes. Indoor biking is a growing trend and as a result, spin bikes are blowing up in popularity. This isn’t surprising because an hour of intense biking in a spin class can burn up to 800 calories. Many users enjoy taking spin classes, but sometimes it isn’t practical to go to the gym everyday just for one class, so many people opt to buy their own spin bike for home use. There are literally dozens of spin bikes on the market but after careful deliberation, Primo Fitness has decided that the Star Trac NXT Indoor Cycle is the best spin bike for a budget. Let’s find out why:

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1. Price

We can’t speak for our competitors, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a better price for a commercial grade spin bike from a top brand like Star Trac for any less than $500. Spin classes are generally $25 dollars per class, so for the price of 20 classes, you can buy a commercial grade bike for $499 and have the convenience of not having to drive to the gym of a fitness studio. You’ll also be the owner of a bike rather than just renting one.

2. High Quality Material

Even though it’s an indoor bike, wear and tear is natural for any product but it is important to opt for the most durable object available for price. By buying a commercial grade unit, you’re already getting a much more durable unit that will last for  years. The Star Trac NXT Indoor Bike more specifically has a heavy duty aluminum frame which makes it rust and corrosion resistant. It also has an extra durable crank system.

3. Maximum Adjust-ability and Customization

Star Trac knows that every rider is different so they designed their bike with tons of adjustable options and customization. There is a feature called the micro-adjustable seat slider which allows the rider to adjust fore and aft and it also comes with numbers so you can remember your exact comfort zone.

These are just a few of the reasons that you should purchase yourself a Star Trac NXT Indoor Bike! If you have any questions on anything fitness equipment related, you can always e-mail us at [email protected] or call us at 714-957-2765!

5 Best Gym Machines for Legs

With the World Cup around the corner, soccer spirit is in the air and the era of powerful legs is upon us. Want those toned thighs or monstrous tree trunk legs but don’t know where to begin and which gym machine to use? No matter what your fitness goals are, working out your legs is absolutely vital in a variety of ways. Strong legs will aid you in working out the rest of your body and having high quality legs is just plain attractive if that’s your end goal. Between cardio and strength machines there are many great ways to tone and strengthen your legs and Primo Fitness can be your guide. The following five machines and the accompanying workouts will be a great start to getting those great legs that you’ve always dreamed of.

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1. Seated Leg Press

This machine may be a little obvious seeing as “leg” is in its name itself, but it is nice to know how to properly use this machine and how it benefits your lower body. If you’re not sure what exactly a seated leg press is, it is a strength machine with an angled chair and a large plate in front of that chair that is usually attached to a weight stack. The leg press primarily targets the thighs and glutes and is a great strength machine to tone them. The leg press is also extremely beneficial because it keeps your body in a stable position which maximizes the workout and prevents injures.

To use this leg press, sit comfortably on the chair until your thighs are parallel to the plate. To perform this exercise, slowly straighten out your leg, but not complete. After, begin to bend your knees until the weight hovers over the stack and repeat.

2. Leg Curl

While the seated leg press targets the upper half of the lower body, the leg curl machine is designed to help work the hamstrings.  The leg curl machine has a bench where the user lies flat on their stomach and has a weighted bar over their legs. To properly use this machine, you should start with your legs straight and then bend your knees toward your body, pushing against the resistance of the weighted bar.

3. Leg Extension

As you may have figured out, machines with the word “leg” in their name was great for working out your legs. Each of these machines targets a different part of the leg though, with the leg extension targeting the quadriceps. These machines are distinguished by their slight angled seats (100 degrees from the back to the seat opposed to the 90 degree angle for normal seats) and a weighted resistance. To properly use this machine, you would sit on the seat with your knees bent and slowly raise your leg against the resistance of the weighted bar.

4. Fitness Bike

In addition to strength machines, many cardio machines also provide great workouts for your leg. In addition to burning tons of calories, exercise bikes use nearly every part of your leg. To properly use an exercise bike, you sit on it and pedal to your heart’s content. Your quads are being worked out for the downward portion of pedaling while your hamstrings are being used for the upward motion. The calf muscles are also used for the pushing and pulling motion of pedaling.

5. Elliptical 

Elliptical machines are one of the most popular machines in the gym and luckily they’re also great for working your lower body. Elliipticals are awesome at working your hamstrings and even more so if your elliptical allows you to increase incline or even use the machine backwards. The quadriceps are also used when working out on an elliptical when you leg straightens.

No matter what workout goal you’re trying to accomplish, remember that your legs can play a vital part in nearly every exercise you do. It is important to strengthen them and make sure they can handle the load. You have plenty of choices at the gym but if you ever need any more help or tips, feel free to contact us.

Difference between Recumbent and Upright Stationary Bikes

Used exercise bikes are a great way to get a quality cardio workout with low impact on the joints. It is a viable alternative to running if you have problems with your knee. Stationary bikes are generally much more cost friendly than a treadmill or elliptical and on average, depending on the model, are half the price of other cardio machines. Many of the more recent models have a variety of programs for various workouts of different intensity. Fitness bikes with built in consoles can also log your workout data by keeping track of speed, time, distance, calories burned and much more.

When looking to buy a fitness bike, consumers generally have two categories to choose from. First there are the recumbent bikes, which as their name suggests, are exercise bikes with reclined seating. Upright bikes have the pedals placed below the level of the seat, putting the rider in an upright position, similar to an outdoor bicycle. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of exercise bike.

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Recumbent bikes are a must have for people who have back problems but wish to get quality cardio. Even for people who do not have back issues, the recumbent bike is much more comfortable than an upright bike. This allows for the user to possibly catch up on their favorite shows or read a book all while getting a workout.

The more horizontal position also appears to work the legs and glutes harder than on an upright bike, which compensates for the lack of back muscles used.

Upright Bikes

The main advantage of the upright bike is that riders use more muscles and usually get a more intense workout when seated in the upright position. In order to maintain balance, the rider uses muscles in their lower back and hips to stabilize themselves, getting a more complete workout. Riders should be conscious of this fact and make sure not to slouch or lean forward. This may cause postural issues and muscle imbalances. The upright bike is also more suited to simulate actual outdoor bicycling riding, so it would be great for training for bike races.

Conclusion

In summary the key takeaway points for each are:

Recumbent Bikes

  • Great for people with back issues due to less strain on back
  • Due to horizontal position, more emphasis on working legs and glute
  • Ability to multi-task while exercising

Upright Bikes

  • More back and hip muscles used and strengthening of the core
  • Better able to simulate outdoor bike riding
  • Allows for a more focused workout due to lack of ability to multitask

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Which cardio machine is best? – Treadmill, elliptical, bike or stairs?

Which cardio machine is best? – Treadmill, elliptical, bike or stairs?

When looking to burn fat and melt away the calories, the most efficient method is cardiovascular exercise. There are many options for cardio machines, each with its benefits and drawbacks, but the most cost efficient way is to buy used gym equipment. The key to choosing the right machine is to use a machine that you find most enjoyable and that you are most comfortable with. You shouldn’t be dreading your workout, and the more fun you have, the harder you will work and the more benefits you will see. With that being said, knowing the basic functions and features of each cardio machine can help you further reach your fitness goals.

Treadmill

Pros – The treadmill is the leader in burning calories among cardio machines. It is also simple to use and does not require adjustments from person to person, so there is no fear of using the machine incorrectly. Many treadmills also have an incline or decline option for lower or higher difficulty. Treadmills help train the natural running motion, so it is an effective cardio machine for everyday life. It is also far more difficult to cheat and slack off on a treadmill.

Cons – The downside of the treadmill is that there is more impact on the joints than with other cardio machines. If you have not worked out in a while, it would be better to ease in to the other cardio machines to avoid soreness and too much stress on the joints.

Elliptical

Pros – Elliptical machines are also found in every gym and are extremely popular due to less impact on the joints. Many gym users also comment on the fun factor when using an elliptical, as quality elliptical machines create a smooth and flowing motion. Many elliptical machines also utilize arm motions which would be beneficial for a full body workout.

Cons – The elliptical does not burn as many calories as the treadmill. Also, if you are training for a sport that involves running or just running in general, it would generally be more beneficial to repeat the exact running form in order to gain muscle memory. Unfortunately, due to the comfort of the machine, it is also easier to just ease along without much intensity. Luckily, to combat this, many elliptical machines have resistance settings to further increase difficulty.

Bikes

Pros – Stationary bikes (whether they are upright bikes or recumbent bikes) offer a complete cardio workout with the least impact on the joints. Fitness bikes are also great for people who are training for bike events because they can get used to the motion of pedaling. Many bikes are also equipped with televisions, which would allow for goers to catch up on their shows while still getting a quality workout.

Cons – To make best use of the stationary bike, users must adjust it to maximize the workout and avoid injury. Many people sit too low on the bike, which causes too much pressure on the knee. Your legs should be able to go through the full range of motions when pedaling on the bike.

Stepmills and Stairsteppers

Pros – Walking up stairs is a great way to work out your calf muscles, upper thighs and the behind. It can also burn a good amount of calories, similar to running up an incline treadmill. The most beneficial stair steppers have belts that constantly rotate the steps.

Cons – Due to the constant standing motion, users with back issues may not want to use the stepmills or stairsteppers. Also if users clutch the railings of the stair climbers, there will only be minimal benefits. This machine also leads users to be more prone to accidents due to the climbing nature of it.

Conclusion

The main factor that you should be looking for when choosing a cardio machine is enjoyableness. If working out becomes a chore, then you’re less likely to exert yourself and won’t work out as long. Even if another cardio machine has a higher calories burned per hour ratio, if you don’t enjoy the machine, you won’t exert enough effort to burn those calories anyway. Each machine has its pros and cons, so the best technique is to try them all out and find out what you enjoy!

Star Trac Fitness

International Leader in Quality

Star Trac is proud to say they design their Fitness Equipment for all types of fitness enthusiasts. Their goal is to build fitness equipment for all levels of users.

Star Trac’s complete line of fitness equipment includes the Pro Treadmill with built-in fans, distinctively designed upright/recumbent stationary bikes, elliptical crosstrainers that offer a natural stride, the exclusive bikes for Spinning, a dependable Stairclimber, three complete lines of selectorized strength equipment, multiple free weight pieces and Max Rack the most advanced power rack/smith machine combo, on the market.

Mad Dogg Athletics and Star Trac teamed up to promote the most popular Spin Bike name and designed the Spinning Bike education program. This partnership is highlighted by Star Trac building the patented Spinner Bikes while Mad Dogg Athletics supplies the Spinning educational programming.

Since introducing its first commercial fitness products in 1974, Star Trac has striven to be in the forefront of the industry, designing breakthrough products that set standards and establish new paradigms for fitness equipment.

Here are some great examples of quality Star Trac equipment:

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Star Trac E-TBT Elliptical Crosstrainer – The total body Star Trac E-TBT Elliptical Trainer gives you the best of both worlds. The E-TBT integrates strength training along with your cardio workout.
At the push of a button the user can choose from a pushing or pulling upper body motion, working two distinctly different muscle groups. The upper body motion can even be disengaged for a focused lower body workout.

 

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Star Trac Elite Treadmill – The Star Trac Elite Treadmill is a premium grade treadmill found in major gyms worldwide. The Star Trac Intelli Trac system gives the user an accurate display to track their progress throughout their workout.

 

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Star Trac Pro Recumbent Bike – The Star Trac Pro Recumbent Bike with its step through design was built with the user in mind. The bike is perfect for all ages and fitness levels.
For the most comfortable workout possible the Pro Bike comes with an adjustable reading station, armrests to help alleviate tension in the shoulders, and a wrap-around seat adjust for simple position changes.

 

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Star Trac E-ST Stepper – A stepper is a great addition to any gym and the Star Trac E-ST Stair Stepper is an excellent choice for any home or commercial gym to make. Gyms will love the status of having a top of the line stepper on their gym floor and their members are going to enjoy using it since it has less maintenance problems.
To offer a comfortable workout the Star Trac E-ST Stepper provides the user with a soft shock absorbing system to reduce the impact off their knees and lower back. The built-in fan keeps you cool even during the toughest workout.

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