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Pilates Equipment from Fitness4HomeOnline.com
Fitness4HomeOnline.com is dedicated to providing our clients with the highest-quality name brand exercise equipment at the lowest prices guaranteed. Pilates equipment is just one of the many product categories we carry.
(PRWEB) December 30, 2011
Pilates equipment is now available at Fitness4HomeOnline.com, where shoppers can find the guaranteed lowest prices and free nationwide shipping.
Pilates equipment includes a full line of high quality home and commercial equipment by STOTT PILATES®, Stamina Aeropilates, and Bayou Fitness Total Trainers. All fitness equipment is easy to operate with meaningful features to help you monitor your exercise activity and achieve your goals.
“Fitness4HomeOnline.com is dedicated to providing our clients with the highest-quality name brand exercise equipment at the lowest prices guaranteed,” said Bob Lachniet President and Owner of Fitness 4 Home Online. “Pilates equipment is just one of the many product categories we carry.”
Two of the most popular Pilates products include the SCOTT PILATES At Home SPX Reformer and the Bayou Fitness Total Trainer DLX-III Pilates Home Gym.
The SCOTT PILATES At Home SPX Reformer facilitates over 250 Pilates exercises, and the two DVDs provide over 90 minutes of detailed and clear instruction to guide you through a studio-quality workout at home. The professional-quality SPX Reformer is durable, versatile and easy to use. It provides a challenging workout for users of all fitness levels and backgrounds. Enjoy the benefits of increased core strength, flexibility, mobility and endurance without stressing the joints.
The Bayou Fitness Total Trainer DLX-III Pilates Home Gym is everything you need for a versatile and intense workout, in an easy-to-store, easy-to-transport home gym system! Its monorail system lets you move up with 11 levels of resistance, in an exceptionally smooth ride. With its score of features and attachments, you can do a comprehensive workout all with one machine, in a fraction of the time it takes to go to the gym and use a variety of equipment. Featuring a bicep curl press bar, pull-up / push-up bar, sit-up cuff straps and more, this machine lets you do it all, in the comfort of your own home!
Fitness4HomeOnline.com offers the highest quality Pilates equipment at the absolute lowest prices. Visit us online today.
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LONDON, December 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
Sweatband.com, the UK sports fitness equipment superstore has announced the addition of the Sole Fitness brand to its range. Sole Fitness has been established in the US for a number of years and its equipment has won numerous ‘best buy’ awards from consumer and specialist trade publications. In addition, Sole Treadmills are used exclusive by the Hilton Hotel Group for in-room fitness – a testament to the durability of the machines.
Maz Darvish, CEO of Sweatband.com, commented: “The Sole Fitness range fills an important gap in the UK fitness equipment market. Many consumers are cutting back financially and replacing gym subscriptions with home equipment such as treadmills, exercise bikes elliptical cross trainers. Sole Fitness equipment is ideally suited to those consumers that wish to maintain the true gym-like quality in their home equipment.”
“These machines represent a step-change in quality in comparison to the budget equipment that currently dominates the UK home fitness market. The Sole Fitness range is manufactured using premium components and should last for years in a home environment. At the same time, Sole Fitness products are priced extremely competitively in comparison to their only true comparatives which are light commercial brands,” continued Darvish.
Sole Fitness UK’s national sales manager Craig Young said: “We are delighted to welcome Sweatband.com as an authorised Sole Fitness retailer. In addition to a strong online presence, they have an excellent showroom in central London for potential customers to try Sole Fitness products as well as receive advice from dedicated fitness equipment specialists.”
Sole Fitness UK is backing up the range with a “no sweat” warranty consisting of a lifetime warranty on parts as well as 3 years onsite labour. The full range of Sole Fitness equipment is available to purchase from Sweatband.com with immediate effect.
Sweatband.com is one of the UK’s leading sports and fitness equipment retailers. Operating for more than a decade online and with a west-end showroom, the company has processed over a quarter of a million customer orders. Sweatband.com’s range spans multiple sports fitness verticals including tennis, quash, badminton, golf, fitness gym equipment, boxing, running, swimming and yoga.
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As President of Kathy Smith Lifestyles, she has sold over $500 million in lifestyle products and fitness equipment. In addition to her DVD library, Kathy is an accomplished author, with bestselling titles including Feed Muscle Shrink Fat Diet and Moving Through Menopause. She has also contributed her expertise on health and wellness to countless media outlets, including the LA Times, USA Today, The Today Show, Oprah, The View, Larry King Live, and many more. Smith recently launched Ageless with Kathy Smith, a new age-fighting DVD workout line with award-winning producer Acacia. The first workout, Staying Strong, was released in May 2011, with Total Body Turnaround coming out nationwide in November 2011.
Kathy has teamed up with Pivotal 5, the industry trendsetter in hand held fitness, to successfully launch two lines of products. In 2009, Kathy Smith partnered with Rejuvenation Prevention + Rehabilitation™ to create a line of seven products targeting the “Actively Ageless”. These products pioneered the category of fitness over forty targeting key areas of interest including toning and firming to balance and mobility. Each item comes complete with DVD featuring Kathy Smith’s uniquely designed workouts targeting total body fitness and overall wellness.
In 2010, Smith helped develop the Kathy Smith Healthy Living brand exclusively for Ross Dress for Less® stores. This exclusive brand promotes the active living across all fitness levels with the Healthy Living System to guide customers to the correct equipment based on their fitness goals.
By Kristen Kucharski
For The Sun
December 30, 2011 12:26PM
According to physical therapist, Ben Grotenhuis, dry needling is based on principles of Western-based-medicine and research on the premise of treating myofascial pain and trigger points. This photo represents general dry needling. | Photo courtesy of Xenaspice
“When the needle hit the trigger point of the muscle, for several seconds I felt almost an electric shock in the muscle, as if a current was being conducted into my muscle,” said Eugene Filice of Naperville. He is referring to a process called, dry needling, where a solid monofilament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle at a trigger point to treat myofascial pain.
Sometimes continuous pain is so excruciating that any promise to relieve it is worth considering. Filice would agree that learning about pain-relieving alternatives was worth it.
During the past several years, Filice had developed pain and stiffness in his neck and shoulders. Some of the pain was the result of a herniated disc, as well as arthritis in his neck, but it also had been compounded by stress, too much office time on the computer and poor posture.
“The pain finally got to the point where I needed to seek some relief, and I received a general referral from my doctor for physical therapy,” Filice said.
He began seeing Mary Rachford, the owner and physical therapist of Naperville Physical Therapy, and found she took the time to understand his situation. She also used exercises, equipment and treatments that he had not received at other physical therapy offices. As he was making progress, Rachford had a scheduled vacation, so she referred him to Ben Grotenhuis, another physical therapist within her office.
“Ben is an experienced therapist, and one of the therapies that he uses is called dry needling,” Filice said. “Mary had told me that, while dry needling is not necessarily pleasant, it had proven to be very effective for many patients.”
According to Grotenhuis, the advantages of dry needling include an often immediate reduction of local, referred and widespread pain.
“It also helps to restore range of motion and can cause improvements in muscle activation and recruitment patterns,” Grotenhuis says. “Unlike acupuncture, which finds its basis in traditional Chinese medicine, dry needling is based on principles of Western-based medicine and research on the premise of treating myofascial pain and trigger points.”
A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle in patients.
While Filice agrees with Rachford that the technique was not necessarily pleasant, it was not that bad either, especially when considering his results.
“When the session was completed, the knots in the muscles of my neck and back were completely released,” Filice says. “Just amazing!”
Research at the National Institute of Health by Dr. Jay Shah and colleagues has shown that dry needling can cause a normalization of the chemical environment of active myofascial trigger points. This can be one explanation of why dry needling has beneficial effects in the treatment of myofascial trigger points.
“Clinically, a reduction of local pressure pain of the trigger point as well as a reduction in referred pain can be identified upon palpation within subsequent treatment sessions,” Grotenuis says. “Since we are trying to promote biomechanical and chemical changes to take place without using any pharmacological means, cumulative effects of treatments may be necessary to achieve a certain threshold after which the pain cycle is disturbed.”
Filice has since “passed” out of his physical therapy at Naperville Physical Therapy.
“I have been taking care of my neck and shoulders by using the daily exercises at work that Mary provided me,” Filice says. “Twice a day, I stretch out with Mary’s exercises (workspace workouts); this doesn’t take more than 5 to 7 minutes, but the time spent is very effective.”
If he has learned one thing about any medical condition that arises, it should not be ignored.
“It is definitely worth taking the time to see a doctor to give you and your loved ones peace of mind.”
If you have a personal health journey and would like to contribute to the series on Men’s Health, email Kristen Kucharski at email@example.com.
On one side of the cage is Brock Lesnar, the 266-pound mammoth of a man who formerly held the UFC heavyweight championship and is the undisputed biggest box office draw in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA).
On the other side is Alistair Overeem, an equally large beast who feasts on horse meat and tomato cans the world over. He’s a Strikforce, DREAM and K-1 champion with two of the most dangerous hands in the world.
And then, somewhere off to the side, is the 800-pound elephant.
The issue of steroids in sports is nothing new. Athletes strive to get bigger, stronger and faster in an effort to get the edge on their opponents in a competitive landscape of contests that are so physically taxing. In many ways, it’s difficult to blame them. Their job demands that they be in tip-top shape at all times, no easy task for mere mortals like you and I.
But, there’s always been something different about Lesnar and Overeem.
In Brock’s case, he’s had to fend off allegations his entire career. That’s due, in no small part, to the fact that he was arrested in 2001 for possession of what was described as “a large amount of steroids.” But, as it turned out, he was later cleared because what he had was not illegal at that time.
What he had was growth hormones or, as his attorney described them, “some type of vitamin thing.”
Indeed, this was right around the time Lesnar was making his way into the dark world of professional wrestling, where steroids are as common as daily meals. And considering his unbelievable size — he was billed at 6’5” and 320-pounds — there was no way he was going to waltz around without common folks wondering how he got to be so big.
Naturally, asking him about it is no easy task.
In an ESPN E:60 feature back in 2008, an interviewer simply said, “You’re just so big,” which prompted Lesnar to rip his microphone off and abruptly end the interview by storming off the set. He was later caught on camera saying, “I know where he was going. I’ve never failed a drug test.”
Which is an interesting way to answer a question like that, really. And it only served to further fans suspicions that Lesnar was using chemical means to attain his God-like body.
This isn’t to say he’s never directly answered the allegations. He did so in a 2009 interview with Maxim magazine, actually, and his response at that time was controversial to say the least.
“I bet you I’ve taken over 60 steroid tests,” Brock told Maxim. “In college I had 15 random drug tests in two years. I’ve taken drug tests for the NFL, the WWE, the UFC. I must be pretty good at masking steroids. God gave me this body: Are you jealous of it or what? Give me a break. I got the genetics of — not to get into racism or anything — but I’m built like a black man. Would you say so?”
No, I would not say so, but to each his own, I suppose.
To this day, Lesnar can’t escape the allegations. And he probably never will. But the lead-up to his UFC 141 fight against Alistair Overeem has been fascinating if, for no other reason, than for the first time in his life, his opponent is the focus of even more steroid allegations.
Indeed, “The Reem” will make his debut fighting inside the Octagon, but he’s no stranger to the spotlight, especially pertaining to questions about his ever-growing musculature. Unlike Lesnar, who has always had a rather thick build, Overeem used to be a scrawny light heavyweight getting shoved around by Mauricio Rua over in Pride FC.
And then, over the course of several years, he grew. Massively. Incredibly. Impossibly.
Here’s a handy dandy picture to illustrate:
From 2003 to around 2009, Overeem put on some 40 pounds worth of muscle. While that’s probably possible without the aid of illegal substances, try convincing anyone in your local gym that they can pull off such a feat just by the sweat of their brows and the strength of their backs.
Not unlike Lesnar, Overeem has found himself in situations that have only served to strength suspicion of him. The most recent, of course, was his apparently leaving the country when he was supposed to submit a random drug test to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). To make a long story short, “Demolition Man” was told to have a test back in two days, he promptly left the country and didn’t end up getting his test back to the proper parties until nearly a month after.
The ensuing hearing with the NSAC was a debacle, to put it nicely. He was ultimately granted a temporary license despite the odd circumstances surrounding the situation and given strict orders for testing over the next six months or so.
It should be pointed out that Overeem tested clean, just like he always has, just like Lesnar always has. They have both never failed a drug test. And while that hasn’t stopped speculation from running rampant, it’s the only evidence they need. It’s the Ace up their sleeve.
Overeem isn’t as bullish as Lesnar when it comes to answering questions about the sometimes touchy subject. Not unlike his counterpart, the Dutchman chalks up his body to good genetics.
“People have accused me of steroid use since I was 17,” Overeem replied when asked about it. “17 was my first fight. I was weighing in at 84 kilos, I don’t know how much that is in pounds, but I was already looking like an animal then. It is a genetic thing. My body just doesn’t hold any fat. My fat percentage is really low and that’s why my muscles jump out. My brother is the same. … My brother always looked good, as well. He always was ripped, always had big muscles, no fat. That’s one of the amazing things. He doesn’t eat that healthy, and especially a couple years back he didn’t eat healthy at all, but he still was ripped. No fat. So I think that’s a little bit of our secret, we have good genes. Thanks mom and dad, thanks somebody else maybe up there. We’re lucky.”
Maybe these two monsters really do just have good genetics. Maybe they’re clean as can be and the fans and pundits alike should just back off and let them be the Goliaths they already are.
Of course, none of it will matter tomorrow night when they climb inside the Octagon to do battle against one another. The fans, if only for a short time, will forget about steroids and growth hormone and all that other chemical nonsense. Instead, they’ll focus on two beasts charging at each other until one of them falls.
Maybe that’s how it should be, after all: Innocent until proven guilty.
Post-fight drug tests pending.