Thursday, January 21, 2016

How to buy a treadmill






Training on a treadmill offers a low-impact, convenient, affordable means of obtaining your fitness goals. Treadmills help maintain endurance, improve cardiovascular health and are a great way to burn calories With so many manufacturers, models and features available where does one begin? 

First, think about your fitness objectives, Are you a competitive athlete or runner, are you looking to lose weight or are you simply looking for general health benefits? These questions will play a key role in the decision making process. 

What is your budget? Investing in a more-expensive machine gets you sturdier construction,, a larger running surface, higher top speed, and steeper incline. But if your goals don’t require the latest and greatest, you may be able to choose a less expensive model.

I will break this down into three segments: categories, components and personal preference.

Categories

Budget Folding

These models can have a shorter running belt, which may be sufficient for walkers and are great for saving space. They monitor displays time, distance, speed, incline and calories burned. These models are typically no frills. Some contain a heart-rate monitor or heart-rate control programs. If walking is your primary exercise, lower-priced models should suffice. 

Folding
Generally, these models will provide additional features to the budget folding models, along with more exercise programs, including wireless heart-rate controlled programs through the use of a chest strap. Thicker gauge steel makes these tread mills sturdier and offer better shock absorption for running.

Non Folding - Commercial
These treadmills offer a sturdier deck and frame, a longer running belt, and larger running surfaces. In most cases these are the same models you would see in your local health clubThe best choice for frequent runners, and the non . Integrated heart-rate control programs, higher max speeds, and steeper max inclines are typical. They are rated for heavier people. It may seem odd, but these pricey models tend to have fewer built-in programs. When every square foot counts, space considerations are non-negotiable. 

Components

Motors
Treadmills have two motors. One motor drives the belt and another that controls the incline. The strength of the motor itself is rated in three categories: treadmill duty, continuous duty and peak horsepower, Treadmill duty is the amount of power output in which the motor is rated. Continuous duty (CHP) is the amount of continuous horsepower delivered during heavy use for long periods. Peak horsepower is the maximum capacity a treadmill can generate for a short period.

Incline
The incline feature raises the treadmills running bed and creates a more challenging environment helping you burn more calories and increasing muscle tone. Most treadmills today utilize a power incline feature where you can adjust the incline with the touch of a button while you are walking or running to add variety to your workout. 

Decks
Thicker treadmill decks offer more cushioning and are easier on the joints. Decks vary in length, depending on whether the unit is geared more for walkers or runners.. Widths range from 16" to 22". Lengths vary from 50" to 60". If your a runner or a lager individual look for an over sized deck for comfort and structural integrity.

Personal Preference

Size
The footprint on most treadmills is approximately 77" x 35". A folding treadmill will be half its length when stored. You'll need adequate space around the treadmill for access and safety.

Capability
Most treadmills have a top speed of 10 and 12 mph; some will go up to 15mph Treadmills typically incline between a 10%  to 15%, but some incline trainers offer an increased gradient.

Ergonomics
If you’re a runner,a deck length of  60" is recommended.  If you are planning on walking 55" is adequate. Choose a model that appeals to you ergonomically and aesthetically.

Features.
Color touch screens, Google Maps, USB ports, and wifi are some tech options to consider. 


Summary

Consider your training style. Do you need to be distracted from your workout, or do you enjoy planning your fitness regimen and pushing yourself to the limit? If you are more of a recreational user entertainment features and automated programs might make sense. On the other hand if you are a competitive athlete or have fitness goals you are determined to achieve, features such as max speed, incline, heart-rate control, and customized programs should be a priority. Decide what your goals are and what features you looking for, don't pay for features you are not going to use.
As far as warranty is concerned, look for three to five years of coverage on parts, and at least one year on labor. You can find some great deals on pre owned equipment as well. If you are purchasing a re furbished machine look for a minimum of 90 days parts and labor. 
And finally, purchase from a familiar manufacturer and always purchase from a reputable source. 


If you are looking for quality treadmill for your home or commercial setting, please visit our website: FitnessEquipmentBroker.com or call us directly at
888-566-4261 for a free consultation.









Wednesday, January 13, 2016

5 Tips for buying fitness equipment online




If you’re considering buying fitness equipment online for home or for your commercial setting, make sure to exercise good judgment and common sense when evaluating advertising claims and the company that is providing these products. 

Do some homework. Only you know what works for you, everyone is different. Typically a reputable site will have a buyers guide to help determine which piece is suitable for you. Once you have decided on the type, try and stick with a large brand name for the manufacturer. Lastly, once you decide on the model, read reviews and search online for pricing. 

Speak with someone who knows their stuff. Most online companies will have either shopping carts, request that you call or both. One of the perks of dealing with a company directly is that you can speak with a live person. If the individual you speak with is not educated on the product or your needs, go elsewhere. If is sounds like they are just in it for the sale, they probably are. 

Get the total cost of the product before you buy. Total cost includes sales tax, shipping and handling, and potential financing fees. Make sure to get the details on warranties, and return policies. The company should have a policy page where you can easily access this information. Check out the company’s customer service and support as well, in case you need replacement parts down the road.

Be skeptical of outrageous claims. Online companies that promise lifetime parts warranties or offer lifetime labor packages are red flags and are typically false. A warranty is only good as the company that's providing it. If your product is refurbished, find out exactly what has been done to the machine. Ask for the warranty information as these will differ depending on the quality of work provided and the company you purchase from.

Read Reviews  It is extremely important to know who you are dealing with online. Seek out reviews for the company you are dealing with and use good judgement. 


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Friday, January 1, 2016

10 tips for goal setting for 2016




It’s that time of the year again to start with a clean slate. We all have different hopes and aspirations for the new year. Many of these in the form of resolutions. We all have made them in the past. Some of us with a better success rate than others. Some of the most popular are: getting in shape, making more money and spending more time with family. It’s great to have a goal, but why do so many fail when it comes to resolutions?  When setting goals the real question to ask oneself is “why”? What are the real motivating factors? Are you getting in shape because you are at risk for a heart attack? Are you saving money to buy your first home?
Many that fail already have the excuses preloaded in their mind and as soon as things become a bit challenging. The word “but” becomes more prominent than the word “why”.  We’ve all heard “I want to work out but I don’t have enough time.” This is the type of statement from the person who told everyone about their goal but did not have a real plan on how to obtain it.  There are 10 basic tips that one should write down when setting a goal. If you draw out a plan and have a checklist to keep you accountable you drastically improve your odds.  Benjamin Franklin said it best “If you fail to plan, plan to fail”
Here are some great articles and tips on goal setting and staying on track. Click on the link below for more information.

If you are looking for quality fitness equipment please visit our website: FitnessEquipmentBroker.com or call us directly 888-566-4261
Good luck in all your endeavors this year and Have a Happy and Healthy 2016! 

How the demographic of the personal training client is shifting.

  • There have been several advanced training courses for personal trainers to continue their education confidently extend  their services to seniors. Seniors that incorporate a fitness regimen as part of their lifestyle can experience several benefits such as improved balance and coordination, increased strength, improved endurance, and most importantly improved confidence and quality of life. Regular physical activity not only slows atrophy and increases bone density, but it could also help speed up recovery from surgery, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Please see the article below for additional information. 
    Article by Mindy Caplan 1/8/14

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

    How we are overcoming the challange of Transitioning physical therapy patients to personal training clients.


    There has been an overwhelming need for Physical Therapy patients to continue their regimen once they are discharged. Unfortunately, there have not been enough measures taken to ensure this occurs. We have launched a nationwide program to assist PT patients once they leave their facility. Transitional planning will help maximize functional gains and enhance the patients overall experience and results.

     Historically there has been a lack of resources for patients to continue their rehabilitation once they complete their therapy.  As you know, there are numerous benefits from the use of linear cross trainers and they have become a staple in both PT clinics and cardiac rehabilitation programs. Linear cross-trainers have been used to help millions of patients rehabilitate following heart attacks, strokes, knee replacements, hip replacements, and back surgeries. PT patients are finding it a challenge locating a health club convenient to their location with similar equipment or they cannot afford to purchase the equipment to use as part of a home exercise program. 

    Most linear cross trainers are in the price range of $4000-$5000 making it unrealistic for patients to purchase for home use. Often patients will end up searching for a used linear trainer with excessive wear and tear, and reluctantly overpay for used equipment with no warranty. We have resources across the U.S. that allow us to provide pre owned equipment for thousands less then what a patient or clinic would pay for brand new. Our equipment has been inspected, parts showing wear are replaced and warranties are included. We also offer wholesale pricing for other manufacturers and we offer free shipping anywhere in the 48 contiguous states. 


    Our company provides high-end commercial grade equipment to health clubs, Physical Therapy clinics and residences across the U.S. and internationally. We work with all of the top manufacturers and we are currently aligning ourselves with PT clinics in the U.S. to help their patients maintain functional gains and continue to improve following discharge. 
    We are receiving calls for this equipment from patients and therapists on a daily basis. As innovative fitness professionals it is our obligation to bridge the gap between Physical Therapy and the mainstream fitness industry.

    Saturday, December 5, 2015

    12 signs that you're over training

    Anyone who has been a competitive athlete or has a competitive mindset has been here before. The problem is by the time you realize it, your too late. Some may think, to improve results, just train harder right? Not necessarily the case. At what point does your training become counter productive?  Repetitive program over training suggests that repetition of the same movement such as weight lifting, swinging a golf club or a bat can cause performance plateau or injury due to an adaption of the central nervous system.

    Another example of over training is chronic overwork type training with high intensity or high volume and not giving the body adequate time for recovery. There is a fine line between pushing your body to it's maximum potential and over training without sufficient recovery time. Over training can lead to other negative side effects such as depression, insomnia and personality changes. Here are some signs that you or your client may be pushing it a bit to hard and you may want to make some adjustments in order to break through training plateaus.
    Click on the article below for more information.

    12 Signs you're over training

    Saturday, November 28, 2015