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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!

 

Cardio Machines that Only Use Arms

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

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

Technogym Excite Upper Body Ergometer

Technogym Excite UBE Upper Body Ergometer

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

SciFit Pro1 Upper Body Exerciser

SciFit Pro1 Upper Body Exerciser

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

Matrix Krankcycle

Matrix Krankcycle

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

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

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

Last Minute Christmas Fitness Gift Ideas

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

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  1. Indoor Cycles/Spin Bikes

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

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

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  1. Benches

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

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

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  1. Steppers (Stairstepper)

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

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

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

Exercise Equipment Gift Guide Part 2

For the creative exerciser

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

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

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

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

Holiday Gym Equipment Gift Guide

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

For the person with limited space:

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

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Indoor Cycles/Spin Bikes:

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

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Cybex Treadmills:

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

For the tech geeks:

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

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Precor 885 series with P80 consoles:

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

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

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

Black Friday Gym Equipment Sale 2015

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

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Keiser M3 Indoor Cycle

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

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

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Precor AMT 100i Elliptical Crosstrainer

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

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

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Cybex 550T Treadmill

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

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

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

 

Gym Equipment For Sale – October Edition

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

Treadmill:

Star Trac Pro Elite Treadmill

Star Trac Pro Elite Treadmill – $799

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

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

Bike:

Star Trac Pro Spinner Spin Bikes

Star Trac Pro Spinner Spin Bike – $499

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

Elliptical:

Technogym 700 Synchro ELliptical

Technogym Synchro Excite 700 Eliptical – $899

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

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

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

StairMaster SM916 Review

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

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What is a Stepmill?

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

StairMaster SM916 Stepmill Features:

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

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

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

Console:

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

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

Conclusion:

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

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

 

 

 

Cybex 610A Arc Trainer Review

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

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Overview:

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

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

Technology:

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

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

Features:

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

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

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

Conclusion:

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

Labor Day Gym Equipment Sale

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

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

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

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

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

Cybex 750A Arc Trainer Review

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

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Summary:

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

Features:

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

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

Specifications:

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

Conclusion:

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

How to put together a gym package

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

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Size of Facility:

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

Smaller Gyms:

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

Larger Gyms:

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

Customer Base/Location:

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

Which Cardio Equipment to Buy:

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

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

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

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

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

What Strength Machines to Buy:

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

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

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

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

StairMaster Stepmill SM5 Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Year’s Resolution Sale

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

Precor AMT 100i Elliptical Crosstrainer

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

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Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle

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

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StairMaster 7000PT Blue Face Console Stepmill

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

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

 

 

Which Spin Bike or Indoor Cycle is Best?

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

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Best Spin Bike for a Budget:

Star Trac NXT Spinner Bike

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

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

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

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

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Best Bike for a Realistic Ride Experience:

Schwinn A.C. Performance Plus Indoor Cycle

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

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

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Best High End Indoor Cycle:

Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle

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

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

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

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

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

Schwinn AC Performance Plus Indoor Cycle Bike Review

Schwinn AC Performance Plus with Carbon Blue

Schwinn AC Performance Plus with Carbon Blue

 

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 its 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 cardio.

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 its “Virtual Contact” resistance technology. This innovative technology uses 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 allow for the resistance to be adjusted in continuous increments which allow for smooth and authentic pedaling.

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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 have dual oversized water bottle holders. There is also a Smart Release safety system that 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.

Difference between the StairMaster SM916 Stepmill and StairMaster 7000PT Stepmill

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are low impact exercises?

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

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What is a low impact exercise?

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

  1. Treadmill walking

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

  1. Using a stepmill or stepper

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

  1. Rowing

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

  1. Using an elliptical machine

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

  1. Cycling

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

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

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