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13 Home Fitness Machine Ideas

men enjoying his meal while watching tvSo you think you’re other half could do with a bit of toning, maybe a bit of muscle development. Perhaps put on a few pounds of muscle or take off even more of fat.

If so check out these 13 fitness home workout pieces of equipment that will create a monster. They include some that are discrete and inexpensive to others that are flash and full on saying you mean business.

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair)

Each dumbbell adjusts from 5 to 52.5 pounds; adjusts in 2.5-pound increments up to the first 25 pounds.
Lets you rapidly switch from one exercise to the next.
Combines 15 sets of weights into one, using a unique dial system.
Eliminates the need for multiple dumbbells cluttering your workout space.
Two year warranty on weight plates and parts.

“I used these without the stand, if you do as well make sure you lift with your legs and not your back. If you have a bad back, or just want to be safe, you may want to go with the stand. (Though theres nothing wrong with a little extra leg work with the proper form 😉 ) In summary, if you’re doing P90X, or any other home workout routine that requires you to switch weights quickly, this is the dumbell for you.”

Bosu Balance Trainer by Bosu

BOSU Balance Trainer combines all the elements of fitness cardiovascular toning and flexibility into unique and highly effective combinations.
Challenging and fun, the BOSU Balance Trainer gives a whole new meaning to “moving with control” as you work out on an unstable, dynamic surface.
Includes BOSU Balance Trainer, 4-in-1 workout DVD, 2 workouts from the Xplode Series DVD, owner’s manual and foot pump.

“It’s a great aide if you do some at-home exercising. I recently had a private trainer start me on a weight training program but for days I don’t go to the gym, I use my Bosu and I love it!”

Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro

KINETIC ENGINE Carbon Steel Spring turbo-charges abdominal and arm workouts
ULTRA-WIDE WHEEL Stabilizes movement to carve left, right and center
PERFORMANCE GRIPS Rubberized, non-slip ergonomic grips for stability control
FOAM KNEEPAD High-density foam for superior comfort

The Perfect Ab-Carver Pro will carve your core and help you get ripped abs and sculpted arms. The kinetic “engine” uses a carbon steel spring to turbocharge your abdominal and arm workouts. It provides resistance as you roll out and assistance when you roll back. The ultra-wide tread provides maximum stability when carving left, right, and center. Ergonomic hand grips are angled to help activate arm and core muscles. Download the digital workout to get a 21-day plan to a stronger core and sculpted arms. The workout is designed for all fitness levels, from beginner to advanced.

Powerline BSG10X Home Gym, Short Assembly, 160-Pound Weight Stack

The Powerline BSG10X home gym was designed to provide challenging, muscle-building workouts in a limited amount of space. For maximum convenience right out of the box, the gym ships 90% assembled and is ready to use after installing nine simple bolts–for most users, the process takes as little as 30 minutes. Plus, a compact frame that’s less than four feet wide and 6.5 feet tall allows you to use the gym almost anywhere.

But assembly and space-saving convenience aren’t all the unit has to offer. Although compact, it’s a sturdy, full-body-challenging workout station. A stable platform and multiple seat adjustments accommodate fitness enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes, while the 160-pound adjustable weight stack; high, mid, and low pulleys; eight-position, adjustable press arm; and leg developer station all add up to more than 40 exercises.
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Powerline BSG10X Home Gym, Short Assembly, 160-Pound Weight Stack

SPRI Deluxe Vinyl Kettlebells

Combines function and fun for exciting and efficient workouts
Develops muscular strength, power and endurance while burning calories
Wide authentic kettlebell handles for comfort grip
Encased in a durable vinyl coating to help prevent floor damage
Color-coded by weight

Use for squats, throws, cleans, jerks, snatches and rotational swings. The SPRI Kettlebells have handles designed for comfort and fully vinyl coated iron bells to help protect floors. Ideal tool for both personal and group training. Available in 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50lbs.

Weider Power Tower

Pull-Up Station: Padded hand grips, Add definition to your biceps and forearms
Push-Up Station: Padded hand grips, Work your biceps, shoulders and core
Dip Station: Padded hand grips, Build your triceps, chest and shoulders
Vertical Knee Raise (VKR) Station: Cushioned arm rests, Padded hand grips, Isolate your core to develop lean, sculpted abs
Sewn Vinyl Cushions: Comfortable material, Durable, built to last

Let the versatility and engineering of the Weider Power Tower smooth out your exercise program. The independent utility bench and uprights accommodate Olympic bars for your total strength-training commitment. Build strength in your quads, hip flexors, and hamstrings with the six-roll leg developer. The curl yoke helps develop the muscles in your upper body. And the safety spotters help you stay safe while working out.

The Finger Master Hand Exerciser Comes With FREE Instructional Videos

Revolutionary 5 finger pistons with key lock feature to ensure all hand sizes are catered for.
Adjustable tension (3 to 8.5 lbs of tension) means you don’t need to buy devices as your grip strength improves .
Fits in your pocket so you can use it anytime and anywhere (e.g. in the office, on the bus)
Soft malleable rubber for supreme comfort and quality copper core (not cheap steel) for maximum durability.

– Guitarists & Pianists: Want more dexterity in your fingers to play longer without getting sore?
– Arthritis to Carpal Tunnel Rehabilitation: Need to exercise your hand or ease the pain?
– Rock climbers: Need extra strength and endurance in your hands to finish a climb?

Ab Wheel Roller

Do You Want To Take A Look At The Advantages of Six Pack Abs.

Here’s the Least Expensive, Most Potent Way to Get Your Body Pulsating with Strength, Endurance and Life Long Vitality…..At Home!

Benefits:

* Improved Posture
* Increased Basal Metabolic Rate
* Better Sporting Performance
* Looking Good
* Lower Risk of Back Injury
* Reduced Risk To Disease
* Rapidly dissipates lactic acid build up
* Increased Sports Efficiency and Reduced Risk of Injury

The Elite Ab Wheel:

* Is made of high quality material
* Has dual wheels for stability
* Quickly gives a whole body workout
* Convenient in size

Power Press Push Up – Complete Push Up Training System

Revolutionary color-coded push up board targets specifics muscles worked (chest, shoulders, back, and triceps)
Heavy duty “Plug & Press” push up board system with multiple positions and angles that sculpt and maximize upper body definition
Free Tone and Burn Workout DVD focuses on total body strength and conditioning, designed for all fitness levels
Portable, Simple Assembly and Storage
Premium, Cushioned, Non-slip Hand Grips

Power Press Push Up is an innovative color-coded pushup board training system that strengthens and sculpts your entire upper body (chest, shoulders, back, and arms), while engaging your total core.

Ultimate Body Press Wall Mounted Pull Up Bar

Includes pull up bar, parallel grips, mounting hardware and installation instructions
Padded foam grips
Heavy-duty steel construction
Gym quality pull up bar designed for easy home installation
Gun-metal gray powder coated finish

The Wall Mounted Pull Up Bar from Ultimate Body Press is the highest quality and most affordable wall mounted pull up bar available today. This is a gym quality wall mounted pull up bar that is designed for easy home installation.

The heavy duty reinforced support beams and the parallel grips extend out 20 inches from the wall giving plenty of room for your pull ups. This pull up bar is made of heavy gauge steel with foam padded grips for more comfort and less irritation on your hands. The grips of the pull up bar are positioned at 10, 24 and 36 inches apart. The parallel grips that are spaced at 16 inches on center. The parallel grips are also padded and work great for neutral grip pull ups and knee raise exercises. 

Gold’s Gym XRS 20 Olympic Bench

6-Roll Leg Developer -Build and develop your quads, hamstrings, glutes and hip-flexors with this 6-roll leg developer.
Rolled Preacher Pad – Isolate your biceps and forearms, while ensuring proper exercise form with this preacher pad that’s been rolled at the top for increased comfort.
Adjustable Safety Spotters – Get a safe, effective workout with these 9.5″ spotters that support you during bench press and squat-type workouts.
600 Lb. Weight Capacity – With a 300 lb. user capacity and a 300 lb. weight-set limit, this club-quality design won’t let you down.
Detachable Curl Yoke – Attach this curl yoke to develop a stronger, more defined upper body and then quickly remove it when you’re ready to switch gears and work out on the leg developer station.

WOSS AttacK Trainer – Best PRO Trainer System with Rubber Grips

WOSS Professional grade System – Made in the USA, using 1st Grade US Military Webbing.

This Trainer comes with Rubber Sleeve Grips usually only found on $200+ Trainers – Ours come with extra strong cores.
All WOSS Trainers are strong enough for anyone working out with them!! This system takes PRO Trainers to a new level – for an unbelievable low price – by the Best Trainer makers – WOSS!
The Center Strap goes through our WOSS D-Ring which makes this Trainer more instable than other systems out there. This will give you the results you are looking for in no time at all!
The black Military Anchor Strap with built-in Door Anchor is perfect for tree trunks, branches, rafters, open beams, even a door. Take it to your local Gym and anchor it to their bar – fast and easy. Each handle is made with 3/8″ black cord, 1-3/8″ Rubber Sleeve Handle and with a 1-1/2″ wide soft foot loop for easy and comfortable support.
Made in the USA.

Ader Fitness Arm Blaster

Constructed with thick gauge aluminum.
Padded elbows for comfort, support, and stability.
Contoured design to isolate arms and shoulders while keeping the back and elbows locked in curling position.
Adjustable belt made of webbed nylon.
Thick, neoprene neck pad for added comfort.

It’s an ingenious device which prevents the elbows from moving backwards and takes the lats out of the equation- which in turn forces just your biceps to do all the work. The device is simple to use and as soon as you try it, you’ll immediately feel the difference.

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Running: Is It The Best Way To Lose Weight?

The elite long distance runners and marathon runners are slight people. The average top marathon runner today is around 56kg (120lbs) and although one of the best of his day in the 1980s, Rob De Castella was over 65kg around 140lb, a veritable fatty.

And now they are even smaller, small being the size you need to run marathons successfully. But you don’t start running any distances if you’re overweight.
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For one thing it isn’t going to do you any favours on the joints carrying all that weight, pounding away, doesn’t matter what the surface is. It’s like squash, you don’t get fit by playing, you have to get fit to play.

Health enthusiasts often look to weight-loss success stories for motivation to fuel their own transformation or to keep their motivational flame sparked. But, many folks find themselves becoming discouraged when they realize that some of these success stories include formerly overweight people who have run marathons.

Often, people see my own story of transformation and react in the same way. Much of the time, these articles include photos of me running a race. To the reader, this triggers the thought: Oh, she ran a lot … that’s how she lost weight.

But that is not at all how I lost weight. We all start somewhere … and it’s usually at a much different place from where we are at now.

Here’s the truth: I lost nearly 100 pounds before I ever even started jogging!

There was just no way that someone my size (at the time) could push that much weight around so quickly. Running creates a lot of extra stress on the body when you are already overweight to begin with! If you happen to be morbidly obese like I was, running is not such a swell exercise to start out with … I don’t care what The Biggest Loser tries to tell you.

What did I do before I became a runner? I focused on low-impact exercises daily.

Things to try:

brisk walking
skating
bicycling
swimming
rowing
using an elliptical machine at the gym
This is not to say that these exercises aren’t challenging. They are just as difficult as you make them. If you only pedal a bicycle once in a while and coast most of the time, you’re not really exercising, but if you turn up the resistance and pedal harder, you’re getting a great workout.

While I may not have been a runner to begin with, I challenged myself with almost every workout I did.

Each day, I tried to improve one of these variables: my overall distance, my overall speed, or my resistance. A great way to improve any of these three measurements is to work on interval or pyramid training.

Intervals

Intervals are easy. Start off at an easy pace for a few minutes, and then throw in 30-60 seconds of an all-out effort. Return to the easy pace for a bit of recovery. Repeat this pattern for as many sets as you feel like doing.

Pyramids

Pyramids are best when used on cardio equipment. They also start out easy — but with each passing minute the intensity or speed increases a notch. When you’ve reached about 85% of the maximum you could possibly do, start bringing the intensity back down just as gradually as it went up.

Working intervals and pyramids into any low-impact workout will get you closer to your weight loss and fitness goals than starting out thinking you’re going to run five miles every day.

What can you do to start where you are at today?
Author: Naomi Teeter

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Whatever you choose start slow and steady, ease your way in and that way you won’t be discouraged by flailing about after a couple of hundred metres into a 10 mile run. You’ll be surprised how fitness is improved by being consistent and just gently increasing the length and intensity of the workouts.
A marathon awaits.

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7 Steps to Lose Fat The Easy Way

A different approach to losing weight…

The title may sound like there is a new magic way to shift the fat but as is often the case things just ain’t that obvious sometimes. What follows is more of a simple but effective approach to losing weight, one which involves of state of thinking rather than a super new pill.

And it’s an approach which will turn frustrating visits to the scales and looks in the full length mirror into a pleasing means to an end – I stopped myself using the “journey” word – it’s an overused cliche although, in this case apt.

Weight loss is always a subject talked about in the extreme and especially in the USA where eating habits have become out of control.

Unfortunately, many people will attempt to lose fat rapidly and in an unsustainable way. They’ll revolve their life around a diet and rigorous gym schedule, no doubt.

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But today I’d like to propose a much better approach to fat loss. When done this way, you can lose fat without even trying. That’s because even though your goal is to lose fat, you’re not going to try to lose fat.

Confused yet? Don’t be.

It all begins with an intense focus on your actions.

Focusing on actions (e.g. strength training three times per week) instead of outcomes (e.g lose 15 pounds of fat) is a not only more effective, but it can also be enjoyable.

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What? Have fun while losing body fat?
No, I’m not going crazy, and I’m not pulling your leg.

You’ve been led to believe that losing fat is a grueling, miserable process that leaves you exhausted and hungry. (Or “hangry” as some people say: hungry + angry). It’s why people unenthusiastically mutter, “Ugh, I have to go on a diet” instead of screaming with the utmost joy and excitement, “I get to go on a diet!”

But it’s just not true. You don’t have to succumb to dietary misery or work out for hours and hours every week to achieve your fat loss goals.

All you need to do is follow seven simple steps:

1) Stop focusing on fat loss

It sounds counterintuitive, but this is important. Stop thinking about losing body fat. Focus on your performance instead.

When you’re in the gym your main concern should not be burning fat and calories. Your sole focus should be improving your performance. Getting stronger. Doing just a little better than last time.

Not only is this more positive (focusing on getting stronger instead of thinking “I need to look better”) and enjoyable, but it’ll also allow you to reap the physique changes you desire along the way.

Focus on goals like deadlifting one a half times, or double, your bodyweight, performing several chin-ups, pressing and