Tag Archives: Fitness

Bowflex TreadClimber Big Holiday Savings

Bowflex TreadClimber 2014 Holiday SavingsThe holidays are coming. What comes after the holidays? Resolution season. The Bowflex® TreadClimber® is the perfect gift for you or a loved one who wants to lose weight and get in shape. And this is the best time to buy, as you’ll save hundreds and get free shipping and a free mat. Why TreadClimber?

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‘House of Cards’ Spurs Interest in Rowing Machines, Studios

The popularity of rowing workouts has surged since Netflix’s hit House of Cards debuted, featuring star Kevin Spacey rowing while contemplating his next ruthless move, observes SneakerReport.com. The site says Manhattanites are now “flocking” to trendy new “rowing studios.”

Spacey’s Congressman Frank Underwood was less than thrilled by a gift of a rowing machine from his wife in the first season, to be set up in his man cave in the basement. Continue reading

Infomercial Queen Forbes Riley to Host New TV Talk Show Series

Forbes Riley, long the doyenne of health-and-fitness infomercials, is hitting cable networks this spring with a new series of her Forbes Living TV talk show.

The fitness infomercial queen’s new series is aimed at athletes and exercisers of all skill levels who are looking to improve a personal best or master their sport or fitness regimen.

“Whether you’ve mastered a fitness routine or have become a pro at a favorite sport, there’s always room for improvement,” reads a news release about the series. “And to continue seeing results, fitness enthusiasts and athletes can’t stick to the same routine. Finding new challenges and ways to further develop and perfect skills is important to achieving peak performance.”

Forbes Living TV features celebrity interviews, and has pitched legendary products like the Living Well HealthMaster Fruit & Vegetable Emulsifier, Estrinol menopause relief and the SpinGym. The show airs on cable networks including WE and ION, as well as Fox and ABC broadcast stations.

Forbes Riley, who claims the mantle of “America’s Most Loved Health & Fitness Innovator,” has been a familiar television face for decades, as an actress, spokeswoman and TV host. She is in the Fitness Hall of Fame, and has sold over a billion dollars’ worth of products.

Does Exercise Make You Eat More?

Slim woman measuring her waistline

Good news for those worried that your New Year’s workout regimen will make you want to devour everything in the fridge. Exercise does not appear to up the calories that exercisers consume, according to a new study reported on RunnersWorld.com.

“It is commonly believed that individuals increase energy intake in response to physical activity or exercise training,” concludes the study’s team, from the University of Kansas Medical Center. “However, overall we found no consistent, compelling evidence that any level of increased physical activity or exercise has any impact on energy intake.”

That means exercisers don’t tend to eat more to compensate for the increased activity. So if you are chowing down way more than you did before you began your regimen, it may not be your body telling you to eat more. It could be your brain telling you it’s OK to eat more now that you’re moving around more.

This just highlights the fact that any fitness regimen should include both physical activity and some type of food plan.

Watch for These Infomercial Red Flags

Fitness Couple

As part of their New Year’s resolution, many people are turning to fitness regimes such as P90X3 and machines like the Bowflex MAX Trainer and the Tour de Force Centennial. While they can be effective, you have to watch for a few red flags in fitness pitches.

“Lose weight without exercising.”

While it is possible to lose weight without exercising, “you will end up sacrificing your health, energy and metabolism,” writes Libby Norris of Canada AM. “The number one reason we gain weight as we age is loss of lean tissue. Not using and losing your muscle mass as you age reduces your resting metabolic rate . . . which is your fat-burning furnace!

“Burn 1,000 calories in one workout.”

Read the small print, and you’ll find that this calorie-count represents the extreme top-end count that possible. Several factors affect the number of calories that can be burned, including age, weight, gender and workout intensity. The infomercials, Norris points out, make high-intensity workouts look like a breeze.

“Studies show…”

Studies that aren’t from recognized health authorities often hold no weight. Ads citing studies from disreputable sources often take a dubious claim and run with it.

“See results in just minutes per day.”

You can get results by working out just five minutes a day, but it’ll take a lot longer to see those results than with a lengthier, higher-impact regimen.

As Norris writes: “How quickly you get results is directly related to the balance of changes you may need to make in a variety of areas related to weight and fitness – eating, activity, body composition, health, sleep and stress. Quick results are most often short-lived!”

Bowflex MAX Trainer Contender for Hot New Fitness Product of 2014

bowflex maxThe Bowflex MAX Trainer is the new fitness machine from exercise innovator Nautilus Inc. that combines both elliptical and stair-stepping movements for a first-of-its-kind workout. Nautilus claims its Bowflex MAX Trainer enables users to burn as many as two and a half times the calories than with traditional cardio equipment. Continue reading

New Product Tuesday with P90X2

P90X2 Extreme Workout New and ImprovedIntroducing the new and improved P90X2 extreme workout. You may have thought that sequels were for movies, books and video games only, but you’d be wrong. Now Beachbody has ramped up Tony Horton’s 90-day DVD fitness program to confuse your muscles even more with a new training technique called P.A.P., or post-activation potentiation.

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New Product Tuesday with Top Trainers

Top Trainers DVD Fitness ProgramLadies, how is that New Year’s resolution working out for you? Has your ambitious diet and exercise program melted off the flab? Are your arms, thighs, tush and tummy all tightened and toned? No? Have you even really started? Get your hand out of the cookie jar and start working out with the top fitness trainers in the USA. The new Top Trainers DVD Fitness Program is designed for busy women like you. If you’re ready for a change, have as little as six minutes to workout, and would like to see visible results in just one week, Top Trainers is your ticket to thin and sexy. Top Trainers uses the Blend Method, combining cardio, yoga, kickboxing, Latin dance and more to vary your workout routine and avoid boredom and plateaus. In addition to the 10 DVDs, you get a fitness guide, wall calendar, one month free subscription to eDiets.com, resistance band and bonus weight loss DVD.

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