Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Landice Treadmill Review

The Landice Treadmill is a high end treadmill that has been around for over 35 years. The Landice Treadmills can be found in many gyms and to claim that this is a high quality machine is an understatement. Landice is so confident in the quality of their treadmills that they offer a lifetime residential warranty for the frame, parts and wear.

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Quinton Treadmill Review

Quinton is predominantly known as a medical equipment manufacture and has been manufacturing treadmills since 1953. A Quinton treadmill can be found in many commercial gyms and are known for the superior quality, exceptionally quiet motor and ability to handle heavy-duty use.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Slam Man Review

If you are into boxing and looking for a good exercise program to supplement your current workout with then you may want to take a look at Slam Man. Slam Man is a futuristic punching bag that is shaped like the torso of a man. The Fitness Quest Slam Man incorporates and teaches boxing techniques as you punch out a pattern of lights during the workout.

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Steps to a low Glycemic Index

Gary Matthews has put together an article on how to eat a low glycemic index diet. In his article he outlines why the Glycemic Index is important and how you can take steps to eat a low Glycemic Index diet.

You can read the full article here.


Now Glutamine Powder review

L-Glutamine is a nonessential amino acid that the body produces on it own. However, if you workout you body is depleting it natural stores of glutamine and a supplement is the easiest and fastest way to add glutamine back into your diet. You can read more about the benefits of glutamine by clicking here.
The NOW Glutamine powder does not have a taste which makes it easy to mix with shakes (or just drink it with water). The NOW brand puts out quality supplements and their glutamine powder is now exception. I personally take the glutamine right after my workouts and have noticed an improvement in my recovery time. If you are currently not taking glutamine then I recommend supplementing it with your diet or consuming the foods recommended in the link to the article above.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Optimum Nutrition Egg Protein Review

The Optimum Nutrition Egg Protein powder has a good taste and makes is easy to supplement a diet with a high protein shake. There are a lot of great benefits with egg proteins and unless you are adding eggs to your diet this protein powder just makes good sense. Eggs contain all eight essential amino acids, easy digestible and are a great lactose-free protein substitute for those that are lactose intolerant.

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Lean Body for Her Review

If you like the taste of the regular Lean Body then you are going to like the taste of Lean Body for Her. It is the same great taste only this brand is specifically tailored for women. Labrada Nutritions products are all about quality and this meal replacement is no exception. Compared to the 42 grams of protein found in the regular Lean Body shakes, Lean Body for Her has a lower protein count of 30 grams to meet most women's needs.

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Ab Revolutionizer Review

The Ab Revolutionizer is a portable exerciser equipment that focuses on working both the abdominal and lower back muscles at the same time. Unlike most abdominal machines, the Ab Revolutionizer focuses on all parts of the abdominal muscles. In addition to traditional machines, the Ab Revolutionizer also works on the outer obliques.

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Ab Flex Review

The Ab Flex is very similar product to the 6 Second Abs. The Ab Flex machine offers six different exercises that apply direct resistance to the abdominal muscles. If you are not familiar with 6 Second Abs, this exercise equipment works in the same fashion you place the exerciser against your abdominals as you crunch forward. As your chest moves toward your thighs, in the crunching movement, the Ab Flex will provide resistance to the exercise thus allowing you to strengthen and develop the abdominal muscles.

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Stamina 1777 Elliptical Trainer review

The Stamina Elliptical Crosstrainer is a very affordable elliptical compared to other brands in its market. Compared to other ellipticals in this price range, the Stamina 1777 Programmable Elliptical provides a quiet and smooth workout. The Stamina 1777 elliptical uses magnetic resistance and comes with dual action foam padded handlebars for comfort. This elliptical has 12 different preset programs to choose from, hand pulse, programmable display, bottle holder and dual color housing.

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Urban Rebounder Review

The Urban Rebounder is an exercise trampoline system that includes beginner to advanced workouts on your choice of DVD or VHS. If you are not familiar with using trampolines as a means to exercise, they provide a fun workout that is easy on the weight bearing joints. Anyone that thinks trampolines are kids play will quickly change their mind in a few minutes of consistent use. There are a lot of different exercising trampolines out there but one of the strongest selling features for the Urban Rebounder is the high quality materials that it is made from.

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Easy Shaper Review

The Easy Shaper Exercise Machine is designed to help you tone and tighten the legs, buttocks, and abdominal muscles. This fitness machines has a unique lifting mechanism that uses your bodyweight during the workout. As you execute the movement, the Easy Shaper lifts your body during the motion. Another great feature for this equipment is that the Easy Shaper gives you to ability to do 11 different workouts so that you hit your abs, thighs and buttocks from all angles.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

FIRM Transfirmer Review

The FIRM Transfirmer System provides exercise videos and a complete body system that is not only designed to burn fat but to help you also build muscle. Building muscle is a key advantage because the more muscle you have the more calories your body will burn. The FIRM started out in the late 1970's as an exercise studio and has sense then has grown into a very popular brand of fitness videos. The FIRM has been so successful that it has sold millions of videos that have helped people achieve the body of their dreams.

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Yoga Booty Ballet Review

The Yoga Booty Ballet, from Beach Body, is a combination of Yoga, booty shaping and dance to give you a complete body shaping workout. Yoga Booty Ballet not only has a fun name to say out loud, it also is a fun way to workout.

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Denise Austin Powerbelt Walking System

Denise Austin's Powerbelt takes traditional walking and spices it up a bit to give you a full upper body workout. Using the Powerbelt Walking System can help you burn up to 71% more calories then walking without one. If you are not familiar with the Powerbelt, it is a similar concept to walking with hand weights. Unlike hand weights, the key advantage that the Powerbelt has is that if you get tired you can set the resistance handles down and continue your walk or jog. Another key advantage is that it does not put additional strain on the back and shoulders that hand weights have been known to do.

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Promax Protein Bar Review

My biggest issue with Protein bars is that a lot of them do not live up to the same standards of quality as a protein shake. For example, if you are on a strict diet where you are restricting your sugar intake, you really have to pay close attention to the ingredients in a lot of the protein bars that are available. One of the things that I do not like about the Promax Protein bars is that they contain Corn Syrup. Corn Syrup is not a healthy sugar and there are other good sugar substitutes out there that can be used to sweaten the bar. Another negative ingredient is the "enriched wheat flour". Anything enriched means the nutrients were stripped out of it during the processing and had to be added back later later.

Compared to other protein bars, like the Lean Body Gold protein bars, the Promax protein bars are just too high in sugar to recommend. 34 grams of sugar compared to Lean Body's 7 grams is a huge margin of difference. Another downside of the Promax protein bars is that the protein amount is also a little lower then some of the other higher quality brands. I personally need more than 20 grams of protein per meal so the Promax bars just don't live up to my expectations. I still recommend a protein shake or MRP over a protein bar but if you need a protein bar because you have to eat on the run, then I would recommend taking a look at some of the other options out there.

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Odwalla bar review

Odwalla makes one of the best tasting protein bars that is naturally sweetened so that you do no have to worry about any artificial sweeteners added to your diet (sweetened with a natural soy nut butter). Besides the great taste, I really like the texture of the bar which kind of reminds me of a granola bar.
The Odwalla bar also contains 16 grams of protein and uses a vegetarian soy protein that contains 8 essential amino acids. Unfortunately for me 16 grams of protein is a little low for a meal but for my wife the amount of protein is perfect. If your diet requires a higher protein intake then my best recommendation is to eat at least two bars per meal or use the protein bar as a snack in-between meals. There are other great tasting protein bars available, like the Lean Body Gold, that offer a higher amount of protein that would fit more to a bodybuilders diet. However, I highly recommend you at least give these bars a try to see how great a naturally sweetened protein bar can taste!

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Door Gym Review

Unlike traditional pull-up bars, the Door Gym gives you the ability to perform a variety of different chin-up, sit-up and stretching exercises. While the standard pull-up bar has only one way for you to do chin-ups, the Door Gym also includes close grip handles so that you can isolate the muscles in the middle back. The additional hand adjustments offered by this exercise equipment give you the ability to fully train all areas of your back and biceps. Another great benefit is that the Door Gym offers a lot more than the ability to do several different types of chin-ups. If you are looking for a good pushup and sit-up bar, all you have to do is simply relocate the Door Gym to the bottom of the frame. The Door Gym will support your feet for sit-ups and can also be used to workout the chest muscles as a pushup bar.

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Drop Sets

Drop sets are a great way to shock your body into growth and they can be used with just about any body part that you feel needs a good push. Adding shock training to your workouts not only helps you get over a plateau, it is also a great way to make your workouts a lot more interesting. Nothing is more boring then doing the same thing day after day and year after year. Spice up your workouts with drop sets and you may be pleasantly surprised by how your body responds.I like to use leg exercises for a lot of my shock training examples so to stay true to form I'll use leg extensions as an example for drop sets. To start off the exercise, you will want to use weight that you can normally lift 8 to 10 reps with. Remember, all sets are preformed to failure so you are cheating if you can do 12 reps and you stop at 8. Start the exercise off by lifting the weight to failure (hopefully somewhere around 8 to 10 reps). Once you reach failure, without moving from the exercise machine, drop the weight 10 to 20 pounds.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Killer leg workout - 50's shock training

If you find your leg workouts getting stale then it is time to spice things up. One little routine that I like to do that kills my legs is a little torture program that I call 50's. 50's are a killer leg workout exercise that are executed on a leg press. As you probably already guessed it, you will be doing 50 reps for each set. Now to begin with you will want to chose weight that is quite a bit less then your normal leg press weight. To give you an example, on normal workout I usually use between 16 and 18 plates on the leg press for about 8 to 10 reps per set (a plate = 45 lbs). When I do 50's I will use around 8 to 10 plates for the exercise. The key is to save 50's for the end of the leg press workout. Lets use an example where you will do four sets of leg press in your workout. In our routine, we will do two sets with our regular weight and reps and save the last two sets for our shock training (if you never have done 50's before then I would recommend three regular set and save the last set for 50's).

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Forearm Workouts

One of the biggest mistakes that I see in the gym is that a lot of people will not train their entire body over a week’s period of time. A common problem is that a lot of guys will train their upper body while passing on the leg workouts. I know leg workouts can be tuff but if you want to avoid looking like a light bulb, you have to do them. Besides, I am a firm believe that increasing your leg mass helps you increase your overall muscle mass in your upper body too.However, legs are not the only body part that experiences this problem. Another common body part that does not get trained is the forearms. I don’t know if a lot of people just don’t like to train their forearms or forget to do them but it seems to be a common body part that is overlooked.

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Body Burner Review

The Body Burner is basically an exercise trampoline system that is designed to provide a high quality, fat burning cardio workout. If you are not familiar with trampolines, they provide excellent cardiovascular workouts while minimizing the amount of stress that is put on the ankles, knees and lower back. Trampolines also help improve sport performance, endurance, balance, coordination and your respiratory system. One of the unique features for the Body Burner is that it comes with tilting legs. The tilting legs allow you to tilt the exerciser in a variety of different ways to maximize your workout experience.

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