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Known for their Multi-Purpose Series of incline bodyweight training machines, including the Total Gym PowerTower, Total Gym GTS and Total Gym Sport, the company is branching out with a Single Purpose Series and introducing a novel concept for a single station leg machine.
The Leg Trainer follows the successful launch of the Total Gym Core Trainer™ as the second station in this new Single Purpose Series.
Similar to how the Core Trainer works the complete core musculature – not just the abdominals, the Leg Trainer engages all the muscles of the leg rather than isolating a specific muscle for strengthening like traditional single station leg machines.
Designed to facilitate a lunge, one of the most functional and effective lower body exercises prescribed by personal trainers and exercise physiologists, the Leg Trainer allows users to perform a forward, backward or side lunge on a moving surface for additional instability in a select plane of motion. Creating an unstable environment appropriately challenges users of any fitness level by requiring maximum muscle fiber recruitment to internally stabilize the body for effective and simultaneous strengthening of the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, calves, and adductors.
“We design Total Gym equipment to facilitate functional training, and the Leg Trainer expands our new product concept of single purpose machines,” said Jesse Campanaro, President of Total Gym Commercial. “Rather than working on a few different machines that isolate specific muscles, the Leg Trainer creates a more integrated experience working the lower body system in natural movements.”
Built on the same premise of incline bodyweight training that all Total Gym equipment is based, the Leg Trainer features a rolling glideboard on an incline which allows users to add dynamic motion to a lunge – or rather, smaller explosive movements within the lunge movement itself. Users can maintain a static, active lunge position with the front or standing leg and increase the difficulty of the exercise by moving the glideboard quickly up and down the rails. The unique ability to perform a lunge while incorporating these additional micro-movements through all three planes of motion further challenges advanced users proprioception and muscle recruitment.
“Similar to how the Core Trainer took planking off the floor and provided instruction and a dedicated space for a fantastic exercise, the Leg Trainer does the exact same thing for lunges,” said Campanaro.
The Leg Trainer also incorporates a large 15” high platform for step ups and box jumps to safely facilitate a second set of exercises to challenge the lower body. While most step-up boxes are 12” or 18”, the Leg Trainer’s height provides a mid-level option suitable for a wide range of users. This platform features a sturdy steel plate, fully wrapped by a rubber mat to protect exercisers while using this area of the machine.
“The lunge is a terrific exercise. Step ups are a terrific exercise. By incorporating these two functional lower body exercises into one machine, the Leg Trainer offers a unique differentiator for your facility,” says Campanaro.
About Total Gym
Total Gym® is the world’s leading privately-held manufacturer of functional and bodyweight training equipment. Founded in 1974, the San Diego-based company’s Total Gym products are used in physical therapy clinics, athletic training facilities, hospitals, universities, professional sports teams and health clubs, inspiring over 24 million workouts per year worldwide. Total Gym has a 18-year relationship with American Telecast Products, which launched the Total Gym bodyweight trainer into the consumer market with the longest running television infomercial in history, selling over four million units. Now with commercial partners in 23 countries, Total Gym continues to lead the industry with innovative functional training equipment and the award-winning GRAVITYSystem® commercial fitness program. For more information, visit www.totalgym.com or call (800) 541-4900.
BodyweightTorch.com is a free 30 day bodyweight exercise routine that can be done at home without any gym equipment.
Between both videos, we plan on showing 105 bodyweight exercises.
(PRWEB) December 06, 2013
Mike Whitfield, a trainer in Georgia who has lost 105 pounds and has kept it off, released a new video of the best bodyweight exercises. Inside Part One of the two videos, Whitfield demonstrates dozens of bodyweight exercises using zero equipment.
“I’m so excited about launching this video to celebrate losing 105 pounds. This is part one of two videos that we plan to release to the public. These bodyweight exercises will hopefully inspire people to stay more active and discover that a lack of equipment shouldn’t hold anyone back from starting an exercise routine.
Many of the bodyweight exercises are inside the Bodyweight Torch workout system that has a variety of bodyweight circuits and fun bodyweight training workouts. I wanted to offer a resource for those that are looking for fun ways to work out at home and need structured bodyweight workouts.
Bodyweight exercises are a great way to stay in shape on a tight schedule or when anyone is traveling. Between both videos, we plan on showing 105 bodyweight exercises. We just completed part one and we plan on releasing part two in the near future. We are so excited about it. It will inspire future bodyweight conditioning
programs. We actually filmed all 105 bodyweight exercises in one session, but the hard work will be worth it as people discover new ways to work out using their own bodyweight. Bodyweight workouts are a great way to stay in shape at any age. This will be a great resource for fitness enthusiasts and even trainers”, said Whitfield.
For a limited time, you can download Mike Whitfield’s “Bodyweight Torch” 4-week bodyweight workout program including a variety of bodyweight training circuits and bodyweight interval training for free at http://www.bodyweighttorch.com.
It’s the scene the administrators at Dosher Memorial Hospital must have envisioned when they decided to donate equipment for the new exercise room at the senior center.
The facility has replaced its outdated exercise machines. Now, seniors can choose from a Bowflex machine (the kind Chuck Norris pitches on TV infomercials), an elliptical machine, a treadmill, a rowing machine and a semi-recumbent elliptical – the machine Hannigan was using.
“Dosher has been a great partner,” said Jim Fish, president/CEO of Brunswick Senior Resources. “They have always been conscientious of the seniors’ needs in the Southport area.”
Hannigan, 63 years old and a former dancer, takes yoga classes at the facility three times a week. She also takes line dancing classes and is trying to fit tai chi into her schedule.
Those are just a few of the 100 activities available at the center, Fish said. About 150 seniors visit the facility on a given day.
The improved exercise equipment is just one more option for seniors to improve their health.
“We have better health care outcomes when people interact and feel connected,” Fish said. “That’s our goal, to keep people as healthy and happy as possible for as long as we can.”
Mike Voorheis: 343-2205
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 6 (UPI) — Equipment and systems for a military training center are being supplied to an unidentified country in the Asia-Pacific region by Cubic Defense Systems.
A subsidiary of Cubic Corporation, Cubic Defense Systems, said the contract for “significant quantities” of equipment is worth more than $70 million and was issued by a long-term customer.
The equipment ordered includes laser-based simulation equipment, vehicle kits, numerous weapon configurations, indirect fire assets, and support equipment. Accessories, communication system components, after-action review capabilities and exercise control upgrades are also part of the package.
“This contract from a long-term customer reinforces our extensive and growing footprint in the Asia Pacific region,” said Dave Schmitz, president of Cubic Defense Systems. “We are committed to providing the highest levels of customer service and on-time delivery to satisfy this important contract.”
Engineering and production work for the contract will be conducted at company facilities in New Zealand and the United States.
Delivery of the equipment will begin late next year, the company said.
(PRWEB) December 04, 2013
Living a healthy and active lifestyle is the key to feeling energetic, looking great and being happier. That requires a commitment to exercising on a regular basis, which means stocking up on home gym equipment like weight racks and medicine balls. One new store currently celebrating its grand opening features the very best exercise gear at fantastic prices. Stay Fit Supplies, established earlier this year by entrepreneur Sean Irving, is an Internet store dedicated to quality fitness items, including weight benches, dumbbells and much more.
Stay Fit Supplies is now available at any time via the web at http://www.stayfitsupplies.com.
There, shoppers can easily browse the site’s wide array of reliable workout items. With a simple user interface and a hassle-free checkout process, even those shoppers who don’t usually go online to make purchases will enjoy this top-notch shopping experience.
Stay Fit Supplies is committed to helping its customers get in shape and stay in shape with useful gym equipment like weight benches and weight racks. People can customize their workouts by adding medicine balls and dumbbells to really ramp up their exercise regimen. With impressive prices, durable fitness gear and a convenient shopping experience, Stay Fit Supplies is the go-to store online for anyone interested in working out.
By Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m interested in buying a high-quality cardio exercise machine to use at home. Any advice?
DEAR READER: Cardio machines offer good aerobic workouts that burn calories and fat. They simulate everything from cycling to walking and running, rowing, skiing and stair climbing. I have an elliptical trainer in my basement: It allows me to exercise every day, regardless of the weather. (And here in Boston, the weather is not always very pleasant.)
The price of a cardio machine can vary greatly. How much you pay will depend upon whether a machine is motorized or programmable, and whether it measures heart rate, calories burned, time elapsed, and so forth.
Here are some popular types of equipment — along with what to look for in each machine:
— An elliptical trainer provides a circular up-and-down motion for a nearly impact-free workout. Levers with handgrips to work the upper body are available on many models. Look for comfortable handlebars and nonslip pedals with curved ridges.
— A cross-country ski machine lets you exercise arms and legs simultaneously. The sliding motion is easy on the knees. Look for a wide foot bed for stability.
— A rowing machine works the back, arms and legs simultaneously. Some people find this machine hard on the back. When purchasing one, consider pulley models instead of piston models.
— Stair-steppers provide a low-impact workout that approximates climbing stairs. Some models have levers with handgrips to work arms, too. The motion can be hard on the knees. Look for machines that provide independent foot action and are equipped with handrails and large stair platforms.
— A stationary bicycle takes no training and is easy to use. Even if you never learned how to ride a bike, you can easily use an exercise bike. You don’t have to worry about keeping the bike balanced. However, an exercise bike can be uncomfortable for long stints. Look for a model with a comfortable, adjustable seat and toe clips.
— A treadmill enables you to walk or run indoors. Opt for a motorized treadmill with a strong motor, a belt that’s long and wide enough for your stride, a sturdy frame with front side rails for safety, and an emergency stop device. You should be able to adjust the speed and grade.
Be sure to try out any equipment you are considering purchasing before buying it. Some people just don’t like certain machines. And if you don’t like using it, you won’t. That’s money down the drain.
Finally, keep in mind that you do not need any equipment to embark on an effective exercise routine. It’s easier and a lot less expensive to start out walking or jogging. But if you want to exercise every day, and live in a place where the weather can be unfriendly, exercise equipment is the way to go. If you can do it, position the equipment near a window, radio, music player or TV — that can help make the exercise time more enjoyable.
Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. To send questions, go to AskDoctorK.com, or write: Ask Doctor K, 10 Shattuck St., Second Floor, Boston, MA 02115.
There’s a time and place for every piece of workout equipment, but that doesn’t mean each has only one use. Some exercise aids can be valuable for purposes that they were never intended for or that you never would have guessed. Below are three ways you can get creative and improve your training.
1. USE BANDS ON YOUR BENCH
If the bench you’re using is slick and you find your torso sliding back on it during bench presses, lay some elastic resistance bands on it lengthwise. The rubber will give you traction so you don’t slip.
2. USE A SUSPENSION TRAINER AS A ROPE
If you have a weighted dragging sled, or are considering making your own, you can save money on a rope or straps by using a suspension trainer. Simply tie it to the sled and adjust the handles to a comfortable length with which to press, row, or drag the sled.
3. WORK YOUR HAMSTRINGS ON THE LAT PULLDOWN
You can use the lat-pulldown station to simulate a glute-ham raise—the only exercise that works all the hamstrings’ functions simultaneously. Kneel on the seat facing away from the machine. Hold on to a bar or have a friend stand by to help you balance. Extend your knees to lower your body and then use your hamstrings to pull you back up.
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