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Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Evo CX offers an innovative and realistic riding experience like no other indoor cycle. The Evo CX’s RAMP™ frame actually sways with a cyclists’ body movement and engages core muscles for an optimized cardio workout, while the Orb™ Planetary Gear Drive System mimics the feel of the open road. SMART -- The Evo CX also introduces the new Evo Advanced Computer, a sophisticated

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A recent Duke University study claims that you’ll lose more weight/fat with aerobic training than resistance training. The study, which appeared recently in the Journal of Applied Physiology, found that the groups assigned to aerobic training and aerobic + resistance training lost more weight than those who did just resistance training. Of course, there are proven health benefits for resistance

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If you want to improve your performance in the gym, don’t forget the java.  Caffeine can help you lift more weight and also lessens your perception of exertion and pain, according to research in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. An hour after drinking the caffeine equivalent of two cups of coffee, subjects were able to complete more bench press reps compared to their

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To have a successful ski or snowboarding season, you need to spend some focused time in the gym.  Skiing and snowboarding are high-intensity sports and demand three kinds of cardiovascular fitness:  a high lactate threshold for endurance, lactate power for intense efforts and a strong aerobic base that is critical for recovery.  To develop all three kinds of cardiovascular fitness, here are a

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This time of year you’ll hear a lot about the benefits of “light” beer and “skinny” cocktails -- so you can enjoy your holiday parties without a calorie-care in the world.  But be advised, “light” or “skinny” can still give you more calories than you want. When consuming alcohol, it’s often easier to drink your calories, than eat them.  If you’re concerned about weight gain

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If you want to build bulk and strength with weight lifting, don’t just stick to slow, heavy lifts.   Now research shows that FAST explosive movements such as kettlebell swings, box jumps and plyometric push-ups will give you a greater response from your “fast twitch” muscles fibers -- the ones used during quick, strong movements. These fast-twitch muscle fibers have greater potential

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Personal trainers and exercise instructors design fitness programs around an athlete’s “maximum heart rate”, and for many years that was determined with a simple formula, “maximum heart rate equals 220 minus age.” This formula was based on a 1970 study by Dr. William Haskell and Dr. Samuel Fox. It gained widespread attention and was considered the standard for many years – in fact

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Ever consider your workout surface? Maybe you should. Fact is, the right flooring can be as important as the equipment itself. Proper flooring ensures the integrity of your joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons; The wrong floor can completely negate the benefits of your workout shoes, and expose your body to undue stress and possible injury. Getting the right flooring for your gym is a sound

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Many people take ibuprofen before a strenuous workout–sometimes every day–to guard against muscle pain. However, a new study published in the December, 2012, issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise has determined that there’s absolutely no benefit to taking ibuprofen or similar anti-inflammatory painkillers before a workout. The study also demonstrates that pre-workout

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Ossining High School in Ossining, NY, has a thriving athletic program, but its weight room—dark and cramped with low ceilings—needed a makeover.  With limited resources to upgrade, school facilities personnel contacted Gym Source—a decision that made all the difference to the project’s success. In a letter sent to Gym Source commercial sales associate Bill Hintzen upon project

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