Pick The Right Fitness Equipment

Fitness EquipmentFinding the perfect piece of fitness equipment can be a little confusing with so many different types on the market these days. Every other infomercial on television is advertising some sort of fitness equipment. You need to have a good idea of your target area, or areas, the space you have available to use and to store your equipment, and how much money you are willing to spend to get yourself in shape. Once you have the basics in mind then you can narrow it down a little.

When an exercise regime consists of more than just jogging, people will at some point want to invest in proper equipment. The kind of equipment they buy depends on several factors like how much they can afford to spend, the quality of the equipment and what purpose will it serve as part of their exercise program.

Fitness equipment can range anywhere between 50 to 5000 dollars. Purchasing gym equipment depends mostly on commitment to exercise, budget and what ones typical workout routine is. Some people may be satisfied by just purchasing an exercise ball while others might require a fully equipped home gym.

For those who are looking primarily to tone their body and build muscle, a set of free weights and a good quality bar is ideal. One can easily do chin and pull-ups, some floor exercises and basic weight training to get a satisfying and varied workout.

It is important to think long term when purchasing fitness equipment. Try to buy equipment that is reliable and which will last you more than a few years. For example if you are looking for an exercise to do some spinning and get a great cardio workout in the process, try buying a bike that is solid and which will last longer.

An important thing to keep in mind is how much space you have at home right now as well as expect to in the future to store this fitness equipment. A simple machine such as a cycle occupies only 10 square feet. However, a treadmill or a multi-station weight machine may occupy anywhere between 30 to a 100 square feet.

If you are just starting out, then it is always recommended to try out different kinds of equipment made by various manufacturers so that you can find one that suits your routine and likes. Every individual has their own unique taste even in the kind of gym equipment they purchase.

It is important to get equipment that can be adjusted to suit your size and body type. Try to get equipment that can adjusted in terms of length, weight etc. so that it can be used by more than one person at home. Adjustable equipment will also be advantageous over time if you want to increase the strength and endurance of your workout.

Knowing how to use fitness equipment safely is a must, especially in order to avoid injury. Most multi-station fitness equipment come with the appropriate safety features. Do not be swayed by what sales people commonly suggest and choose equipment that will suit you needs instead.

It is quite normal to experience mild discomfort when one is beginning or getting back to an exercise routine initially but if you continue to suffer extreme pain that means that you are either not doing something correctly or need to be guided in the proper technique of using the equipment.

One needs to feel comfortable with the equipment they use. For example tread mills should come with adjustable handle bars according to ones height. Similarly, weight machines should have comfortable handlebars and a chair so that one doesn’t strain their back or neck muscles while using them.

One consideration if you are on a budget with limited space is Tony Little’s Gazelle. You can get the basic model for less than $100 and it folds down to store in a tight space. The workout is a total body workout and you can do a variety of exercises to target specific parts of the body.

Treadmills are a very popular option for cardio and they are simple to use as well. You will be looking at a heftier price tag but you are more likely to stick with a piece of fitness equipment like a treadmill that mimics your natural movements of walking and running.

Of course there are plenty of other options but you might want to start small before you invest in a total home gym or something of the like. As with any new fitness program, you will need to check with your doctor to make sure that the fitness equipment that you decide on is going to be a healthy choice for you.

Precor Fitness Equipment

PRECOR™: Approximately thirty years ago, after the engineering of a stationary fitness rowing machine by David Smith in his basement, one of the most respected, popular and successful fitness equipment brands was birthed. Spawning from Mr. Smith’s development of an ergonomically correct rowing machine in 1980, Precor has turned into one of the international leaders in the branding, design, production and marketing of fitness equipment. No more than 3 years after David finished the design of the rowing machine in his basement, he was joined by the bright and fitness oriented opportunist, Bill Potts. Mr. Potts brought his knowledge of electronic functionality to the table and sought out to integrate unique exercise programmability for users, as well as easy to read statistical feedback, into the exercise equipment Smith was designing. Mr. Potts believed that allowing people to monitor their stats such as speed, time, distance and other readouts, would increase the popularity of their workout equipment and make using gym equipment more enjoyable for the regular user. Ultimately, making the exercise equipment more interactive from a user perspective, intrigued people because they could monitor their results in real-time. Knowing how fast or long one would have to exercise in order to surpass their previous records, proved to be highly motivating and helped treadmills, stationary exercise bikes and rowing machines become more favorable through the eyes of potential buyers. Through the assistance of Mr. Potts, the popularity of exercise programming options in fitness equipment, and the popularity for Precor fitness equipment as a whole, began to take off. Once 1985 hit, several more additions had been made to the once one man band that was Precor; the Precor brand expanded to carrying treadmills, exercise bikes and rowing machines.

As momentum gained through popular reviews, it became clear that Precor fitness equipment was rated to be at the top of the industry in the near future. However, in order to be an industry leader in fitness supplies, Precor had to be a player in the national heath clubs and gyms. Without substantial sales to commercial fitness centers and gyms, it is hard to be a real player in the business of fitness equipment manufacturing in the United States. Therefore, proving the foresight of fitness experts true, in 1990, Precor entered the health club scene, with a series of commercial treadmills, built to withstand all day wear and tear, by people ranging from skinny to fat, and tall to small. There is a major difference in the structural integrity and mechanical capacities between commercial (health club) and residential exercise equipment. Whereas a solid home treadmill can be used at most up for up to four hours a day, a gym quality treadmill can be used for up to four times as long. Precor now had their own line of commercial treadmills. Precor now had a line of heavy duty gym equipment with the necessary the size, mechanical capacities, speed and structural integrity, to compete with the other leading brands in the fitness equipment industry.

The year of 1995 was another breakthrough year for Precor, as they invented the first elliptical cross-trainer and put it on the map in the form of their Precor EFX 544 cross-trainer. The Precor EFX 544 was designed with an adjustable cross-ramp and fixed arms. The adjustable incline ramp makes it easy for users to work out different muscle groups in their lower body through the simple adjustment of the angle on the incline ramp. The EFX 544 was so popular that Precor decided to continue their production of elliptical cross-trainers for usage in health clubs and homes. One of the first additions to the Precor line of elliptical cross-trainers was a cross-trainer with moving upper body arms. After already having the cardiovascular fitness industry in the palm, through the acquisition of Pacific Fitness in 1998, Precor made giant strides towards building a successful line of strength equipment. A result of this merger was the extremely popular Precor Stretch Trainer, that is a favorite of fitness trainers and gym patrons.

In 1999, Premark International, which was parent company of the Precor brand at the time, was bought out by International Tool Works. Soon after ITW acquired Precor, popularity for Precor increased, as their equipment become more affordable and focused on consumer needs. With a bigger bankroll and more steam built up, Precor was acquired by Amer Sports in 2002 as part of a 180 million dollar deal. Amer Sports coming into the picture resulted in Precor changing their primary goals. After years of revolving around industrial products, Precor’s new aim was to become an international distributor of a wider range of fitness equipment and sporting goods.

With all of the success and momentum that Precor had built open over the last 2 decades was great, but they still did not have a dominant and consumer friendly line of strength equipment. That all changed in 2004 when Precor established an Icarian line of strength equipment. Icarian strength equipment can be found anywhere from private home gyms to large health club franchises. The line of strength equipment itself has all home gym products ranging from bench presses, to multi-station and plate loaded home gyms, to weight racks and other strength training machines.

A very popular feature on the Precor cardio line of fitness equipment originated in 2004 as well. The cardio theater feature on Precor cardiovascular equipment, came as a result of their relationship with an entertainment technology firm, ClubCom. For example, if you are familiar with the Precor 956i Treadmill, it can be purchased with a cardio theatre attached to the display console. Having an entertainment center to use when you exercise has proven to allow some people to workout up to 75% more than they did on the same treadmill, without the cardio theater. The year of 2006 also marked the year that Precor introduced its Experience Series line and the Cardio Theater was an option for all Experience Series treadmills and elliptical cross-trainers. After gaining the support of consumers across the U.S., the Cardio Theater went on to win awards at the annual international product design competition, hosted by Business Week.

Around this time is when Precor struck a deal with the Hilton Family, that would make Precor gym equipment the main supplier of Hilton hotels such as the Double Tree, Embassy Suites and The Hilton. Catapulting Precor into the mainstream, the widely publicized commercial deal between Precor and Hilton Hotels, cemented Precor’s status as a premier brand in fitness equipment.

Several years after Precor began their quest to become an international player with strength based fitness equipment, the production amounts of their Icarian strength line increased by 300%. The year of 2006 also,marked the year that Precor introduced its Experience Series line and the Athletic and sporting good brands such as Wilson, Atomic, Suunto, Mavic and Salomonare are all different product lines under their parent company, Amer Sports Corporation. Precor fitness equipment is also owned by Amer Sports Corporation, who according to Precor.com, “is the worlds leading sports equipment company”. Since Precor has a mission to be “the most respected brand in fitness equipment (Precor.com)”, their relationship makes perfect sense.

A great majority of health clubs and gyms have Precor elliptical cross-trainers, treadmills, stretch trainers, exercise bikes and strength machines. Ultimately, the litmus test for whether or not fitness equipment is solid, is whether or not the fitness equipment in question can be found a favorite amongst members at health clubs and commercial gym facilities. In 2005 & 2006, Precor won the award for “Top Supplier”, from Golds Gym and Anytime Fitness. Since Precor fitness equipment can be found across the United States at almost every major health club, and is a consumer best buy award winner, we feel safe in saying that we place Precor in the upper echelon of fitness equipment.

Fitness Equipment Glossary

There are dozens and dozens of different type of fitness equipment out there so keeping track of them can be quite the task, even for an expert. The constantly influx of new type of innovations and equipment also do not help and can intimidate newcomers to the fitness world. We have compiled a list of the most common terms regarding fitness equipment and break them down to simple to understand, non-jargon explanations. We have also detailed which body part the equipment targets, if applicable. If words like ergometer, P80 console and smith machine baffle you, this list will be your friend. We have gathered up all the fitness equipment names that we could find and we are constantly adding to this list.

Ab Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: abdominals

An ab bench is a fitness bench that is generally at a decline, usually with padded leg rollers to hook your legs or foot around to perform a crunch or sit-up. There are also adjustable versions of these where you can perform different exercises on.

Adjustable Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

Similar to a flat bench, but they are adjustable to either become a flat bench, an incline bench or a decline bench.


An abbreviation for the Precor AMT (Adaptive Motion Trainer) which is an all-in-one elliptical machine. It is able to change strides and adapt to the user without any manual adjustments.

Arc Trainer

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus maximus, core (if it includes upper body: triceps, biceps, back)

A cardio machine created by Cybex that closely resembles an elliptical, but the independent floating pedal mechanism further reduces impact on your lower joints.

Assisted Chin Dip

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: triceps, deltoids, pectorals, abdominals, biceps

An assisted chin dip machine is a tower with two protruding rods. Some machines will have the user either kneel or stand on a weighted platform. The user starts with their arms at a 90 degree angle and extends their arms to perform the exercise.


See entry for elliptical.

Curl Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

Also sometimes called a preacher curl. This bench resembles a seat with a padded section in front. The user places their arm over the padded section of the bench and can perform curls with proper form.


One of the leading manufacturers of fitness equipment. They mainly specialize in producing strength equipment with over 150 unique pieces. Cybex is also known for their innovative Arc Trainer cardio machines.

Decline Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

A weight bench where the user’s legs are higher than their head. It is used for bench presses that target the lower portion of the chest.


Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus maximus, core (if it includes upper body: triceps, biceps, back)

An elliptical is a stationary cardio machine that simulates running or climbing. Users stand on pedals which allows for a low impact workout. Some elliptical also have movable arms which will also allow for an additional upper body workout. Also sometimes referred to as an elliptical crosstrainer or a crosstrainer.

Ergometer – This is quite the confusing term. Sometimes an ergometer can refer to the device inside your exercise machine that tracks your statistics like heart rate, calories burned, distance run, etc. An ergometer can also be referring to an indoor rowing machine. See rowing machine for further definitions on the term used in that context.

Flat Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

A flat bench is designed for users to lie flat on top of. It is designed to support users while they are performing bench presses.

FreeMotion Fitness

A fitness equipment manufacturer that produces both strength and cardio equipment. They are best known for their FreeMotion Functional Trainer, which uses pulleys and cables to allow a more dynamic range of motion.

Functional Trainer

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: Entire body

Functional trainers are all-in-one fitness machines that usually look like one large tower. Many of them utilize cables or pulleys in order to accommodate a wide variety of different exercises. Functional trainers target upper body, lower body and the core. The type of exercise varies depending on the model.

Hoist Fitness

Hoist Fitness is a San Diego based company that produces strength-training and indoor cycling products for commercial and home markets.

Incline Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

A weight bench where the user’s head is higher than their legs. Generally used in bench presses and curls.

Incline Press

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: pectorals (upper chest), deltoids, triceps

The incline press machine is a weight machine that consists of a seat with two handles located in front of the user that are attached to weights. The user extends their arms and slowly brings them back to starting position to complete a repetition.

Indoor Cycle

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: hamstring, quadriceps, calves, gluteus maximus, abdominals, tibilais anterior, core

An indoor cycle is a stationary bike that is similar to an upright bike, but is generally smaller and uses a weighted flywheel. It is commonly used in indoor cycling classes where riders ride the indoor cycle in a group in a group, following an instructor and music.

LeMond Fitness

LeMond Fitness, powered by Hoist Fitness, is a fitness company formed by Greg LeMond that specializes in creating stationary cycles.

Life Fitness

Life Fitness is one of the largest and most respected fitness equipment manufacturers. They manufacture every type of equipment including cardio and strength machines.

Matrix Fitness

Matrix Fitness is a commercial grade fitness equipment manufacturer. They are known for their industrial design and contemporary look.

Olympic Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

Olympic benches are slightly larger than standard benches and are generally made of composite steel for maximum durability. Olympic benches are also more padded since they’re designed to be able to withstand larger weight loads and heavier lifters.

P80 Console – Precor’s newest consoles for their cardio fitness equipment. It has a 15″ LCD capacitive touchscreen. It is also iPod/iPhone compatible.

P30 Console – Precor’s older style console. Includes large LED display and motion controls.

Power Rack

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

A power rack is a machine with four vertical bars and two movable horizontal bars used to catch barbells. Many power racks also come with additional horizontal bars to perform chin ups and pull ups on in addition to barbell exercises. They are usually wide enough for a person to easily fit inside, along with a fitness bench.

Preacher Curl

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

See entry for curl bench.


Precor is a worldwide leader in the home/commercial exercise equipment due to their emphasis on superior quality, creative innovation and overall performance. They specialize in both strength equipment and cardio and are probably most well known for their innovative AMT (Adaptive Motion Trainer).

Recumbent Bike

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: hamstring, quadriceps, calves, gluteus maximus, abdominals, tibilais anterior

A recumbent bike is an exercise bike that places its user in a reclining position with the pedals out in front of them. The recumbent bike is great for users with back problems because there is

less pressure on the lower back due to the laid-back position.

Smith Machine

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, back

A smith machine is a machine usually consisting of a vertical steel rails that is used in weight training. It is primarily used with a barbell and as a self-spotting machine. There are slots on the smith machine that you can hook a barbell onto with only a twist of a wrist. There are also usually safeties which can be placed at a minimum height to catch the barbell and prevent injuries. Smith Machines usually only also vertical movement and are primarily used for squats.


A fitness company established in 1983 and known for their stair climbing fitness equipment. Their most famous products include the stepper and stepmill.

Star Trac

Star Trac has been manufacturing exercise equipment for both home and commercial use since 1979. Their main specialties are their Pro Treadmill lines, their complete lines of selectorized strength equipment and much more.


Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, hip flexors, calves

A stepmill resembles an escalator in the sense that it is an endless set of rotating steps. These steps are attached to a belt that revolves with every step. Stepmills are meant to exactly simulate stair climbing and uses your own body weight as resistance, which can increase the amount of calories burned.


Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, hip flexors, calves

Steppers are machines that have two side by side pedals that you pump up and down to simulate stair climbing. Since steppers rely less on bodyweight, they are more effective for lighter individuals who may not have enough mass to properly move the stepmills. Generally, steppers allow you to adjust resistance level to adjust intensity and difficulty of the workout.

Upright Bike

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: hamstring, quadriceps, calves, gluteus maximus, abdominals, tibilais anterior, core

An upright bike is an exercise bike where the user sits in an upright position, similar to a road bicycle, with the pedals almost directly below the seat. The upright position helps to simulate real road bike riding and engages the core more than a recumbent bike.

Weight Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

A weight bench (sometimes called a fitness bench) is a padded board supported by legs and its primary purpose is for weightlifters to sit or lie down on. There are various types of weight benches, including an incline bench, a decline bench, an ab bench, a preacher curl/curl bench and an Olympic bench.

Portable Fitness Equipment

Since I first began personal training in 1985 people have stated basically the same goals: To lose fat and gain muscle, improve athleticism, heal the body,increase movement skills, spend little money and train whenever and wherever they wanted. I am pretty sure you want the same, but there’s a problem. Maybe you travel, it’s hard to get to the gym, or maybe you don’t like the gym and/or you can’t afford to build your own machine laden gym at home? So what do you do? Well the answer has been here for over 30 years. The answer to true physical fitness is portable fitness equipment from the Monkey Bar Gym! Portable fitness equipment has evolved from the light resistance bands and ankle weights they use in aerobic classes. Today portable fitness equipment is literally all you need to get into the greatest shape of your life. Whether your goal is basic overall fitness, strength, conditioning OR high level sports performance you can get it all with portable fitness equipment.

How do I know this? It is all I have ever done and all that my dad Bobby Hinds has ever done. My Dad started the beginnings of portable fitness equipment with the beaded jump rope and training program in 1973, which sparked the Jump Rope for Heart program. He followed it up in 1976 with the first ever Portable Gym. Back in the day people thought my dad was crazy…still do , but he was way ahead of his time. He saw a huge need for people to stay in shape while on the road, traveling, working out at home or outside. He knew that not everyone wanted to workout on machines, or had the money, time or drive to workout in a gym or inside for that matter. So, he took it upon himself to change it and the fitness world has never been the same.

Today, portable fitness equipment can do everything you desire in your fitness training: YOU CAN get stronger, leaner, improve athletic performance, heal & prevent injuries, increase movement skills, spend little money and train anywhere you want, anytime you want!!! Portable fitness equipment can also allow you to follow an online training program, almost like having your own personal trainer! Because of all of these tremendous benefits, portable fitness equipment is a common term in the fitness industry. I feel my Dad and his company, Lifeline USA, are a huge reason for portable fitness equipment being such an integral part of the fitness industry today. I have always believed in portable fitness equipment, so much that I opened up my Monkey Bar Gymnasium in 2001. It is the first hard core strength and conditioning training facility in the country that uses ONLY portable fitness equipment!

“Full body anywhere, anytime training is all we do and all we’ve ever done” says Monkey Bar Gymnasium, Certified Natural Trainer, Jessica Rucker. “We teach movement mastery first and then add resistance via portable fitness equipment. Using Resistance cables, Kettlebells, Jungle Gyms, Med & D-balls, Jump Ropes, Power Push ups, Power Jumpers, Vertical Jumpers and Power Wheels all add more challenge to basic bodyweight movements, thus taking them to the next level. It’s clearly the main reason everyone who trains with us either online or at the Monkey Bar Gymnasium is incredibly fit”.

So what exactly is portable fitness equipment? Any piece of exercise equipment that you can easily pack and take anywhere in the world and get a tremendous workout. That is why my dad’s first Portable Gym’s tag line was “a gym in a bag”. Portable fitness equipment gives you a great workout, not just an okay one.

IT WORKS!! A workout with really good portable fitness equipment improves your strength (functional muscle), conditioning (leaner body), sports performance, agility, mobility, stability, strength and power. Want proof, At the Monkey Bar Gymnasium we AVERAGE 17 lbs of fat loss and 5.4 lbs of muscle gain over the first 60 days of training…did I mention, only using portable fitness equipment!

More Proof. On a recent road trip, Jessica and I brought along all of our favorite Portable Fitness Equipment, a Power Push Up, Jungle Gym, TNT Cable, Power Wheel, Power Jump Rope and even the new Lifeline Kettlebell. Yes, the Lifeline Kettlebell. This may not be a true piece of portable fitness equipment, but it is a heavier version, it still is portable and definitely is fitness equipment. On our road trip we really put all of the portable fitness equipment to the test.

Could we drive more than 3,000 miles & get great workouts at the same time? The answer was definitely YES!!Every hour we drove, we stopped and did a killer set with each piece of equipment. One hour we did a set of squat presses with the TNT Cable, the next hour a killer set of chins and rows with the Jungle Gym, the next hour 100 doubles jumping rope as fast as possible, the next hour 40 snatches each arm with the Lifeline Kettlebell. Honestly, it was amazing! Each set only took us 3 minutes! When we would get back in the car we felt incredible! We were totally energized and ready to go and looked forward to the next hour and what we would do. By the end of the day, we had without question, gotten a heck of a workout and we were both tired but very satisfied in knowing that we not only can do these workouts anywhere at anytime, but that working out with Portable Fitness Equipment is the best way to attain ultimate fitness.

The World is your Playground” workout anywhere / anytime (AA), indoors or outside!!!

Lets lay out a Backpack of Portable Fitness Equipment for you to workout AA!!

1) Jungle Gym: Pure bodyweight training: chin ups (assisted to kip ups), push ups, dips, rows, flys, assisting pistols /1 leg squats, leg curls, runners, core rollouts and lots more. One piece of equipment that can do full body training for strength & conditioning! Weight about 1.5 lbs, fits in pocket.

2) TNT Cable: Pure resistance training: squats, full extensions, cable cleans, presses, Russian twists, diagonal chops & lifts, resisted running & backpedaling, 1 arm punches, rows and lots more. Weight about 1 lb., fits in large pocket.

3) Power Jump Rope: Pure conditioning training: probably the single best tool for overall full body conditioning. Weight 1.5 lbs, fits in pocket.

We put them all together in the Portable Monkey Bar Gym. It even includes a comprehensive training DVD.

Add more fun to your BackPack with the following:

The Power Push up: Voted Best piece of exercise equipment by Mens Fitness. Can adjust from 20 to 270 lbs of resistance for your push ups. Weight 2.5 lbs., fits in backpack easily.

The Power Jumper: The Best Jump Training device on the market…and it’s portable! Get the Jump Training DVD, it’s great. You can do all lower body exercises with it too. Athletes average 6-8″ improvements over 12 weeks of training. Weight 2.5 lbs, fits in backpack too.

A Note on the Resistance Cables – 3 big points:

1) Non-Fixed ranges of motion – meaning you must react and balance the resistance, this improves motor function and performance greatly.

2) Progressive variable resistance – as cables lengthen they increase in resistance, creating an excellent balance as your leverage becomes greater, it becomes greater!

3) Adjustable resistance – in seconds you can lighten or increase the resistance. This means you can match bodyweight movements with precision resistance, can load or resist up to max loads thus giving covering all levels of strength training from endurance to power.

In general portable fitness equipment is in a league of its own. It’s accessible, light weight and convenient but yet can generate max resistance loads if needed or maximum challenge of exercise if needed, it literally can do it all!! With portable fitness equipment you never need to stop your workouts because of business trips or vacations and working out at home with $1,000.00’s of dollars of bulky equipment has become a thing of the past. Compare that with a mere $100 or so for all of the above listed portable fitness equipment. You can use portable fitness equipment to perform online training with any of the great sites out there, and achieve incredible results!

Choose An Online Fitness Program To Lose Weight

Many people choose to lose weight by getting involved with an online fitness program. They figure it makes sense to either grab a few ideas from YouTube or blogs, or buy health fitness books to learn how to get started on their road to a whole new body.

The internet has become the ultimate tool in gathering knowledge, and it’s become so important many of us cannot imagine life without it. When it comes to the area of health and fitness however, the internet is a double-edge sword. The net allows you to learn about almost any health and fitness program that has ever been designed… the problem is that the net allows you to learn about almost any health and fitness program that has ever been designed – get it?

It’s like how Life Coach Anthony Robbins describes society’s thinking nowadays, “We’re drowning in information but we’re starving for wisdom.” Having options always beats not having any, but when you have thousands of options to choose from – analysis paralysis can set in. This is where we become inundated with information and choose to do nothing because we’re not sure what the right course of action is.

The other end of the stick is possible as well, choosing exercise training programs that promise quick weight loss and realizing that the “best weight loss program” you thought you were buying was an attainable but unsustainable model. Too many of these programs make weight loss an overly complicated process, and stress unnatural movements along with unnatural methods to lose weight or get in shape.

The key to remember when you’re searching fitness programs is to remember that they stress “fitness” and not weight loss. Although many people believe fitness programs will help them lose weight, and you will, they are not designed for weight loss. If they are designed at all (many programs are thrown together using rehashed ideas), they are created to help you get fit and in shape – that’s it, plain and simple.

The truth, whether you want to believe or not, is that movement, even something as simple as walking for 25 minutes every day, and making whole food the main part of your diet will help you lose weight and keep it off. Instead, we stay worrying about pills, smoothies or our resting heart rate in relation to the output of energy during a workout – this may work for some people, but it obviously doesn’t work for the majority.

The U.S. is now the world’s fattest country and the only good news is that the growth rate of the obese and overweight has begun to slow. We now need to stop that growth pattern altogether and put it in reverse. The challenge is that America has become complacent – too many of its citizens have created environments that revolve around eating and sitting.

Think about it: what is the normal routine of the average hard-working person? They come home, eat dinner with the family (many times they eat while watching TV and not at the dinner table) and afterward retire to the living room to watch their favorite television programs. It’s no secret that the average American watches TV 7 hours a day. The average workday is 9 hours if you add half an hour to and from work, and if 7 hours are spent watching TV, with the average time slept being 8 hours – that’s a full 24 hour cycle, where’s the time spent on making sure your body is well nourished and conditioned for maximum use?

Significant weight loss can only occur when you cut your calories and up your energy output, through exercising or work that requires manual labor. What people need to understand is that they can eat MORE whole food, which will give them the feeling of being full, and still take in fewer calories that way than by eating less processed foods and starving throughout the day.

An online fitness program is 1/3 of the weight loss equation, with food and mental preparation making up the rest. We don’t have time to cover the last two here but food does matter and how you think is going to determine how much weight you’ll lose and whether or not you’ll be able to keep it off long term.

When deciding on an online fitness program to add to your overall health plan, be sure to include these features:

• Stresses working out in “advantageous positions” only – you want to keep your joints and spine healthy at all times. Too many programs uses exercises that do more harm than good – be on the lookout for programs that cause you to lift heavy weight in a position that can potentially harm you.
• Uses intensity for short periods of time to build muscle and endurance
• Uses aerobics to build heart power
• Uses correct stretching principles to create flexibility

Obviously, there’s more to this with fitness but these basic features will help a long way in choosing which program you will be able to benefit from most. Just remember, fitness programs do help you lose weight but they are not weight loss programs, and choose your fitness program wisely so as to get the most benefit from the time and energy you will be spending.

Searching the net for ideas on health and fitness can be a daunting task, but when you know WHAT to look for, the process just becomes that much easier. Knowing what you’re looking for will help you acquire the program that best meets your needs, instead of an online fitness program that will end up on one of your external hard drives – never to be or heard from again.

Fitness Programs

When choosing a fitness program, one should consider the effectiveness of it, their ability to maintain the program, their ability also to stick to a strict regimen and the type of program to choose. Many persons choose a fitness program which can cater to their specific needs; there are persons who need to lose weight in different parts of their bodies as each body has a different shape, or body type. Fat deposits are no respecters of persons and will be on any part of the body which is not being exercised. There are some who choose programs which will cater to losing fat in their legs, thighs, arms, a vast majority choose to lose weight on their abdomen. Persons have realized that it is almost impossible to stick to a fitness program which incorporates diet and exercise, without the strictest of discipline.

Assessing your body mass index or BMI is something persons need to do before choosing a fitness program, or they can get a program which is able to asses it for them. Your BMI gives an indication of where you are with your body weight and where you should be. There is a chart on the internet which tells you the correct weight for your height. Armed with this information your search for a fitness program should be easier. A doctor should also be consulted before undertaking any fitness program. Even though weight loss in not the only reason persons should require a fitness program, but to live a healthy life, many persons opt to visit a gym or to find a fitness expert to cater to their weight loss needs. They are of the opinion that a fitness expert will more likely get them to stick to their fitness regimen. Persons who opt to go through the internet to find a program are more liable to “fall off the weight loss wagon” than those who have actual persons around them helping them and encouraging them.

Weight loss is largely dependent on the fitness level of each person. Going to a gym can produce results, but not if the diet is the same as before the gym. Weight gain is almost inevitable if a strict diet is not followed along with the exercise needed to gain or maintain the desired body weight. Bodybuilding is also a form of workout which targets the muscles, the abdomen and the thighs and included in this program is also the recommendation of a strict diet. Fitness programs can be found on the internet and covers many aspects of fitness such as, work out, exercise, weight gain, bodybuilding, weight training, workout routines weight loss and how to get the best out of your gym. Weight loss is one of the key areas which are catered to by a fitness program; persons are now more concerned about their weight and trying to lose some. Being obese is not a good thing and this can lead to many illnesses and complications for the persons who are.

Fitness programs should be introduced as a way of life, many person are not knowledgeable as to how to live a healthy life, how to incorporate diet and exercise into a fitness program. Routine exercise is also a good way to lose weight as the more you exercise, the more weight you will lose if you stick to a diet low in fat and which is also fiber rich. The trick to successful weight loss is to burn more calories than you consume on a daily basis. Running, walking, swimming, jogging and aerobic exercise are also introduced into the fitness routine along with a proper diet, which is important in achieving your goal of being fit and healthy, or weight loss, whichever is your aim.

Choose the Right Fitness Program If You Are Over 50

It is an exciting time where so many people are engaging in a wide range of fitness programs. The number of programs available today is the greatest that it has ever been and everyone can find a program that suits them. Programs based on speed, strength, endurance and flexibility will improve any area of your fitness level through active and consistent participation. Before signing up for that next fitness class some preliminary thought could help making your choice of a suitable fitness program easier and allow you to select a program with sustainability. Those that have made the right choice of fitness programs have reported ongoing benefits including; more energy, vitality and quality of life. Here are a number of areas to consider before choosing a fitness program.

o State of Health
o Lifestyle
o Body Type
o Objectives

State of Health

When choosing the right fitness program at any age should include an evaluation and assessment of any health issue concerns at the time. There are various fitness avenues a person can take and each will place different demands on the mind and body. Health issues should be considered when looking at each discipline and how the individual will be impacted by the demands. It is prudent to involve your primary care physician in making a selection so that any health issues may be addressed and a plan of recommendation can be used to make a wise decision. Because there is such a large selection of fitness programs available most limitations caused by health issues which may impose restrictions on an individual can be accommodated. Exercise is basically moving the body and any type of consistent movement is going to provide benefits as a result.

Participants in exercise programs who may have joint limitations can select a program with low impact on the joints and receive a whole host of fitness and health benefits. Programs are available at all levels including beginner, intermediate or advanced and can accommodate many individuals with various health issues. If there is a will, then there is a way to meet your fitness goals but it must be done logically and intelligently.


Various fitness routines require different levels of activity and assessing which routine fits best into the lifestyle of the participant is an important selection criteria. Fitness is a change of lifestyle which includes the fitness routine merging into the daily activities of the participant. If your lifestyle is moderately active then a fitness routine which promotes moderate levels of energy will be a choice which is better suited for you and has the best chances of being sustained over the long-term. Another fact is the time you have available to devote to a fitness program. Some regimes require more time then others to achieve results. If you have 2 days a week available for working out then look for programs that can accommodate you and still provide timely benefits which are achievable. A mistake many people make is shooting too high at first and selecting a fitness routine completely off the scale in relation to their lifestyle. What they find is they are unable to sustain the regime, get discouraged and discontinue the program. Assess your lifestyle pace and the venue in which you would like to workout. There’s indoor, outdoor, individual and group programs available and you can find one that requires a pace and environment you will enjoy and be able to sustain as part of a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Body Type

The reason that so many exercise and fitness programs have been developed is simply to accommodate the individuals participating in those programs. One of the criteria for selecting a fitness program is body type. Understand that different fitness programs place different demands on the body and require different energy levels from the participants also. Those of a larger stature have gravitated traditionally toward the strength based programs and those of a smaller stature have moved in the direction of the cardio based programs. All these individuals have made what they would consider programs which best suited them. If you ever considered a football team you don’t see the larger linemen body types doubling as wide receivers. Their body types make them more suitable for the pace and demands which are placed on them as linemen. Fitness programs are the same. If you are choosing a fitness program that will best fit in with your lifestyle then your body type is a factor to consider as well. All body types can find regimes that best suit them and are able to provide ongoing health and fitness benefits derived from the programs. Those with higher energy levels are going to select those programs with high energy demands then those with lower energy levels. Programs exist which require short intense energy expenditures and also routines which require longer durations and less intensity. When selecting a fitness program consider your level of energy and the demands the regime or program will place on your energy level.


Gaining long-term benefits from a fitness program does require setting objectives you want to accomplish from the effort and consistency you put into the regime. Of course many individuals take a less organized approached to fitness and that is alright as long as they are comfortable with that kind of approach. Of course the power of setting goals and moving toward their accomplishment is proven effective for a long time and is recommended. If losing weight, building strength or gaining flexibility are some of the goals to be attained selecting programs which address these areas is made much simpler. Not all programs can deliver all benefits and meet all goals. Many programs specialize in the benefits attained from participation in them. Cardio programs are great for producing weight loss, energy and endurance but are limited when it comes to developing high levels of strength. Weight training would be more suitable if increasing levels of strength is your goal. Whatever program you decide to choose identifying objectives and setting goals will make your choose of program easier and more effective. And whatever program you choose be certain you are capable, the goals are obtainable and participation is enjoyable.

Diet Fitness Health

When it comes to diet fitness health these three have plenty in common because when you combine good diet with fitness you get good health.

Of course when it comes to diet fitness health the opposite could be true as well. Poor diet plus poor fitness will mean poor health. And it’s all in your hands. Do you want to be strong and healthy and feel great or do you want to be sickly and feel horrible.

Whether you are 9 or 90 you can control your diet fitness health outcome. There are some very simple things you can do. Diet changes can be as simple as adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Fresh is always a good choice providing you with the most nutritional value. You might also decide to reduce your saturated fast and eliminate Trans fats from your diet making your heart that much healthier.’

Diet is important to your overall health but if you are looking to loose a few pounds don’t make the mistake of cutting your calorie intake too much because what you will do is put your body into panic mode otherwise known as starvation mode which will then store those calories as fat. You want to reduce your calorie intake by no more than 500 calories to ensure that you are going to have an impact on your diet fitness health formula.

When you decide that a diet change is in order you must remember that it’s a two part formula diet fitness health. When you take care of the diet your next task is to take care of the fitness. Too many people get their workout from the television remote and too many people don’t realize just how easy it is to increase your fitness.

Diet fitness health is a three part formula. Once you improve your diet and decide to add a little fitness into your routine you’ll be on your way to health and all it takes is for you to get 30 minutes of walking in at a quick pace. That’s enough to get a good cardio workout for your heart and to burn a few extra calories – what a nice added bonus.

Now speaking of burning calories if you’ve got a few extra pounds that you want to get rid of turn up the heat just a little. Speed up on your walk, extend the period of time, or add some resistance exercise. The key here is burn more calories than you take in and when you consider the formula diet fitness health you can see how it plays into both elements.

The diet fitness health formula isn’t a new idea but what has happened is that our overall health is getting a lot more attention than it use to. Suddenly we don’t want to be overweight couch potatoes anymore. Rather we are much more interested in healthy diets and exercise which leads to fitness.

Gets Measured, Gets Results

In today’s society, people are more worried about their Fitness Health, instead of just their health or fitness alone. This has seen an increase in people seeing nutritionists and dieticians to design custom diets that maximise energy throughout the day as well as keep their weight down.

The term Fitness Health measures your current health and fitness together giving you a total wellness score out of 100 points. The fitness component is measured with a standard Beep Test, where participants move between two cones twenty meters apart. Participants wait for the recorded beep at the end of each section before running back to the opposite cone, this is repeated till they are unable to make it back to the cone before the next beep.

The health score is measured by adding your BMI score, Hip to Waist ratio and blood pressure results together and dividing by 3. The combination of the two scores can be added together to give you a % score out of 100. This is a much more comprehensive check of your overall wellness.

Over the years practitioners have come up with multiple tests to check your current health or fitness. Many of these tests alone are flawed as they don’t take into account individual age, weight, height or fitness level. The idea behind the fitness health program is to provide a test that combines all necessary data which is easily obtainable and providing you a score out of 100.

The scoring system allows people of different age, weight, height and fitness level to compare themselves against each other. The higher the score the better the results, this is a great motivator for individuals to work hard and improve their score each time. A perfect 100/ 100 is the ultimate score and a true indication you are at the top of your game with optimal health and paramount fitness.

Because of the simplicity of the test and lack of expensive equipment, personal trainers, small gyms and accredited fitness companies can provide this test to their clients. The test is a great starting point for new clients and provides a monthly goal to work towards as well as keeping your client coming back with little or no effort.

The fitness health test is a great way for people who are serious about their training and health to measure their true wellness today. The key to sustainable health and fitness is measuring your results and constantly improving them, remember what gets measured gets results

Choosing the Right Fitness Health Club

Obesity and weight gain is not new to the eyes of modern men. Cases of obesity continue to rise globally as faulty lifestyle are patronized and introduced to the younger generations. People find solutions to health issues such as weight problems. Bodybuilders emerge and are hailed as idols to modern society, making fitness, the modern trend in today’s time. Every structure related to fitness increases year after year as demands of fitness health clubs increase. As billions and billions of dollars are spent annually on weight loss regimen, thousands also turn to fitness health clubs to stay fit and maintain the right curves. Despite the presence of modern technology and the rise of drugs that promise weight loss, majority of the population still turn to strenuous exercises in fitness health clubs to cater their hunger for weight control.

Choosing the right fitness health club may be challenging but the right one can be found with these simple steps. First, always consider the distance or the location of the fitness health club. Make sure that the location is convenient for you. If you are not at ease with the fitness health club’s location, choose another one. A person may feel lazy to go to a far and hassle-located health fitness club.

The next factor to look is the staff. The fitness health club’s staff builds the overall performance of the fitness health club. If the staffs are friendly and polite, they might give the best first impression of a club. Also make sure that the instructors are trained professionals. Their training is essential to those with delicate physical needs. Next to check in the club’s program. The fitness health club’s program may vary and some of them may fit your preference.

Check on the club’s facilities if they have complete sets with enough gadgets to cater to everyone in the club. Also see to it if they are properly maintained and cared for, for safety reasons. The comprehensiveness and care of the club’s facilities are important for your holistic exercise regimen. The fitness club would still be a dud if it weren’t clean. If the maintenance does its job well, the fitness club should be clean and presentable.

The health fitness club is a good ground for social interaction. When you see that the fitness facility has social-friendly areas, this may be enough for you to interact and find a new friend, who may then help you motivate to maintain your exercise habits. Try to compare the certain health fitness club you are looking at with other facilities around the city. Comparing them may answer the questions you want to ask in terms of completeness and preferences. When you’ve verified and you’ve chosen a certain facility, there are still a few more things to ponder before signing in for membership. Ask yourself if the price is right or reasonable enough. Ask if you still have the time and the determination to continue the exercise regimen in a long-term basis. If your schedule and determination does not interfere with the qualifications you ask for, you already have chosen the right health fitness club for you.

Basic Fitness Tips

We always get fitness tips. And sometimes they end up exactly like that: just fitness tips. In this country, obesity is a rising problem. Some blame it on our lifestyle: the main reason why our figures resemble that beach ball. We’re so used to eating fast food rather than home cooked meals that are healthier and more nutritious. We need to get serious about our health and it’s one way to cure obesity in this country.

It’s Not as Hard as You Think

One reason why a lot of people find it hard to hit the treadmill or the gym is that most tips regarding fitness take on more than just simple adjustments. Most people really don’t like change, especially in the way they live. They’re used to it and changing it (even for the better) takes its toll. Sometimes they even dismiss the mere thought of it; even if they do wish to have a healthier, nicer looking body.

What most of us don’t know is that following fitness tips isn’t that hard. Fitness doesn’t really need any drastic change. It’s just about exercising more, eating better and choosing healthier life alternatives. One can still continue living their life the way they’ve always had.

Tip 1: on Eating

Don’t worry; when we say good food, it doesn’t mean we want you to be like a goat or rabbit and just stick to the veggies. You can actually eat the food that you like; just not as much. But you don’t have to starve yourself. You just need to eat at intervals: more meals, less food. You just need to eat more often and a little at a time. Not only does it increase your metabolism, but it’ll never make you feel deprived.

Tip 2: on Drinking

We all know that we should drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday. Yes, this fitness tip is true. It helps wash out toxins and helps your body replenish itself. Whenever you feel hungry, it’s best to drink a glass of water before hitting the fridge for food. It makes you feel full and will make you eat less. Combined with our tip about eating small amounts at intervals, this will surely cut down your food intake.

Tip 3: on Exercise

One word about this and people go out of the window. Who likes exercise anyway? We’re not asking you to hit the gym or go on a two-hour workout every single day. (Hey, we’re not asking you train for the Olympics!. Move that body and try to include in your daily routine simple activities such as walking.

Did you know that walking for 10 to 30 minutes a day would make you feel better? One of our fitness tips on exercise is that if you can’t do it for that long, then go as long as you can. Every little bit helps.

There’s an old saying that applies to exercise: ‘something is better than nothing.’ It’s not necessary that you hit the road to fitness with tiring yourself to exhaustion. Just little exercises up to your comfort level, increasing the length a day at a time can go a long way. Not only will you feel good but you’ll look good as well.

It’s even recommended that you take the stairs if you can’t find the place and time to walk. Instead of taking the elevator, going up and down the stairs provides enough exercise for the day.

Try out the fitness tips discussed here. The goal is to consume less food, increase your workout time, and make good lifestyle decisions. Try it for 2 weeks and you can already see results. If you don’t believe us, surely, you’ll believe friends and family who will notice the difference.