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At Home Fitness Black Friday sale goes until Dec. 2

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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“Black is Back” in 2014 at At Home Fitness.
The At Home Fitness “Black Friday” sale is under way until Dec. 2 with the biggest savings ever offered from Arizona’s fitness leader. Prices have been slashed from 15 percent, to 20 percent and even 30 percent on many items storewide.
Twelve months same as cash financing is available for qualifying customers, there’s a 30-day money back guarantee and a six-month price match.
Here are some of the great deals available during the At Home Fitness “Black Friday Sale”:
* 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill has been cut from MSRP $3,999 to $2,899 with $1,100 savings;
* 3G Cardio Pro Runner Treadmill has been cut from MSRP $2,499 to $1,599 with $900 savings;
* Landice L7 Pro Treadmill has been cut to $3,329 with $370 savings;
* BH Fitness 400i Treadmill has been reduced to $1,775 with $525 savings;
* BH Fitness TS 200i Treadmill has been reduced to $1,636 with $363 savings;
* BH Fitness RS2i Bike has been reduced to $1,200 with $300 savings;
* BH Fitness S3xi Elliptical has been reduced to $1,599 with $400 savings;
* Torque F2 Home Gym has been slashed to $1,999 with $1,000 savings;
* Landice CX8 Elliptical Trainer has been cut to $2,550 with $1,449 savings;
At Home Fitness has stores at the following locations:
Scottsdale (6969 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, zip 85254, phone 480-951-6951);
Ahwatukee (14647 So. 50th Street, Phoenix, 85044, phone 480-940-1022);
Gilbert (2810 S. Market St., Gilbert, 85295, phone 480-855-6044); and
Desert Ridge (21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, 85050, phone 480-513-1123).

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at aaron@athomefitness.com

Functional trainers train people for life

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
The Torque F2 Functional Trainer features a compact footprint that doesn’t dominate the room, giving you more choices for room placement  Convenient onboard storage for grip handles, leg boot, squat harness, straight bar, universal adapter, workout manual, and water bottle give you all that’s needed to perform countless strength training exercises.

The Torque F2 Functional Trainer features a compact footprint that doesn’t dominate the room, giving you more choices for room placement
Convenient onboard storage for grip handles, leg boot, squat harness, straight bar, universal adapter, workout manual, and water bottle give you all that’s needed to perform countless strength training exercises.

The Mayo Clinic describes functional fitness training as “(D)esigned to train and develop your muscles to make it easier and safer to perform everyday activities, such as carrying groceries or playing a game of basketball with your kids.
“Functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports,” the Mayo Clinic adds. “While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time, functional fitness exercises also emphasize core stability. For example, a squat is a functional exercise because it trains the muscles used when you rise up and down from a chair or pick up low objects. By training your muscles to work the way they do in everyday tasks, you prepare your body to perform well in a variety of common situations.”
I highly recommend two types of machines to help people achieve those goals: functional trainers and home gyms. Those machines offer great freedom for owners to exercise when they want and to control the workout in the environment of their home.
When many people set out to build a workout room in their homes they’re not sure which is right for them – a home gym machines or functional trainers.
* Functional Trainers have increasingly gained popularity as they are often less expensive than Home Gyms and take up less space. Functional Trainers have weight stacks on their base, too, but the main difference is in the cable systems that come with different shaped handles. They provide more options for working out and because the cable does not have to follow a fixed plane more sports specific routines can be implemented.
For instance, a golfer can hold the cable handle and simulate his or her swing. A baseball or softball player can grip the cable handle and mimic a throwing motion. There are hundreds of different movement possibilities for a Functional Trainer.
You can even incorporate an exercise ball into your workout, sitting on it and pulling the cable handle toward you at a variety of angles.
However, these machines can also be harder to use and some people aren’t sure if they’re following the right motions. It’s important that they ask questions when contemplating buying a Functional Trainer and have correct information on how to use them
* The more traditional Home Gym can enable people to do some functional training and includes one or two weight stacks, with fixed arms and hand grips. It can be bulkier and more expensive than Functional Trainers. Most movements on a Home Gym follow a set plane, such as military press for shoulders, bench press for chest or leg extensions.
Home Gyms are great for beginners as they are generally regarded to be easier to use, but they can also benefit experienced lifters.
They can be a good complement to lifting with free weights because Home Gyms will keep you on a controlled lift and do a good job of isolating specific body parts.

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Not genetically athletic? Tips to still get extra fit

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Some people work out just as hard as their training partner and do the right things when it comes to diet, but don’t make the same gains.
They don’t lift as much, run as fast or get as toned.
Sometimes it just comes down to genetics, but before you get really frustrated consider tweaking your training regimen to suit your strengths and make up for your genetic deficiencies.
“There are clearly genetic constraints on many things that we view as athletic abilities,” stated Mark McClusky, the author of “Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Super-Athletes—and What We Can Learn from Them.”
Genetics influence how a person reacts to exercise and what’s effective for one person might not help someone else nearly as much.
If you’re not getting the results you want, consider changing up your routine. Here are some tips to get extra edge:
1. If you’ve been working out by yourself, or with just one or two partners and not making much progress, maybe becoming part of a group will help.
Becoming part of something like a running or bicycle club, or yoga group, can really add motivation and fun for some people.
2. Change up the way you lift. If lifting weights with lots of high reps, consider upping the weight and doing less reps.
Some people need to consider doing the opposite, going from lower reps to higher reps.
Different muscle fiber types react differently.
3. Learn more about interval training. Some people can just naturally process oxygen faster, but if you struggle with cardio consider trying to improve your conditioning with more high-intensity intervals. Almost everyone can improve their cardio capability, although genes make it harder for some than others Add a couple high-intensity interval workouts each week, in which you push extra hard for 1 or 2 minute intervals then go back to a normal pace or even rest for a minute.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at aaron@athomefitness.com

Five tips to re-energize your workout routine

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Change things up to change the progress you’re making in the gym for the better.
People say “variety is the spice of life” and it can also help re-energize your workout programs.
If you feel workouts have fallen a little bit flat lately, or that you’re having trouble getting over the hump to reach certain fitness goals, consider changing things up.
Here are five tips to change up and re-energize your fitness routine.
Switch up your exercises – Although this seems obvious, some people continually do very similar workouts week after week, month after month and even year after year. Take advantage of the versatility of a home gym by tweaking the way you perform lifts of certain body parts, or find different ways to work out with free weights. Find a different way to work out the body parts, such as doing a pushup circuit at different angles instead of always doing bench presses to build the chest muscles.
Change your workout length – If your workout normally lasts 45 minutes or an hour, change it up every few weeks by shaving 15 minutes off the time.
Increase the intensity and amount of weight used for sets, but do fewer sets and take less time between exercises. This will create muscle confusion, force you to step up your effort and make it more interesting because it will be different. And the best part is you’ll get done a little bit quicker.
If you use a treadmill or elliptical machine a lot, change the speeds and lengths at which those workouts are conducted.
Change your techniques – Many lifts on a home gym are done with both arms or legs at the same time. To change things up a little, though, do lifts where you exercise one arm at a time, for example, on triceps extensions or one-legged extensions. This will work your muscles in a more concentrated way and serve as another way to change things up.
Change your workout time – If it’s getting harder and harder to stay motivated to work out, consider changing what time you exercise for a week. If you usually exercise in the morning, try working out at night after work a few times. Maybe you’ll like one better than the other, but a change even for a few days can make a difference in the quality of workouts.
Change your music – A small, but sometimes helpful tip is to change up the music you’re listening to. Take some time and think of songs that will get you pumped up to work out. If you don’t usually listen to music, then consider putting a CD on that will get you moving a little quicker.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at aaron@athomefitness.com

At Home Fitness carries extremely popular 3G Cardio Vibration Trainers

Monday, October 27th, 2014
The 3G Cardio AVT 6.0 Vibration Training Machine has won Best Buy awards from three different review sites.

The 3G Cardio AVT 6.0 Vibration Training Machine has won Best Buy awards from three different review sites.

The hottest new trend in fitness is accelerated vibration training.
Everyone from NFL, NBA and Olympic athletes, to high school and college teams and even average people and senior citizens are experiencing the benefits of it.
Accelerated Vibration Training (AVT), aka Whole Body Vibration Training (WBV), causes the body to react to the instability that’s created by the vibration plates while you’re standing on the platform.
Instead of adding “mass” in traditional strength training such as weightlifting, with vibration training the “acceleration” is increased through rapid movement of the platform and the muscles reflexively react as you perform a variety of static or dynamic exercises.
Whereas people use as little as 20 percent of their muscle fibers in traditional strength training they can use up to 95 percent with AVT. The vibrations cause the muscles to contract 25-50 times per second.
AVT is not only much more efficient, but it’s also a lot safer because it allows the body to experience stress with much more ease than it would traditional weightlifting with dumbbells and barbells, for example.
The top-ranked vibration machines are made by 3G Cardio, which is available for the lowest prices anywhere through At Home Fitness.
The 3G Cardio AVT 3G Cardio AVT 6.0 Vibration Machine, ($4,999, AHF price $4,499), 3G Cardio AVT 5.0 Vibration Machine ($3,999, AHF price $3,599) and the 3G Cardio AVT 3.0 Vibration Machine ($2,249, AHF price $1,999) lead the way for quality and value.
The trio of 3G Cardio Vibration Training machines have been given “Best Buy” awards by both www.vibration-machine-reviews.com and www.vibrationplatereview.com.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at aaron@athomefitness.com

At Home Fitness has great selection, deals for treadmills

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

At Home Fitness has some of the best selections and deals on treadmills you’ll find anywhere.
Among the brands of treadmills AHF carries are BH Fitness, Landice, 3G Cardio, Life Fitness, Vision Fitness, SportsArt, Sole, Bodyguard, LifeSpan, Horizon, Bladez Fitnes, HealthRider and ProForm.
At Home Fitness also has a great selection of certified quality used treadmills.
The treadmill is arguably the most probably used and effective piece of exercise equipment. You can walk, jog or sprint on a treadmill; change incline and speed; and even walk or job sideways or in reverse on it if you wish to work the muscles in different ways.
People of nearly all ages use treadmills for a variety of reasons.
However, the thought of buying one for your home, office or other place you want it to exercise on can be intimidating. There are a huge variety of treadmills in all price ranges.
It’s very important to try out treadmills in person. Bring running shoes and walk or run on it — and talk with a trained sales associate at a specialty fitness store like At Home Fitness to learn the different features available. They can help match you with the best treadmill to fit your needs and budget.
Often, a treadmill really is an item in which you get what you pay for. Don’t go to a “big box” department store and expect to get a treadmill you’ll enjoy running on for a crazy low discount price. Chances are it will be a flimsy machine that will wind up breaking down or that you won’t want to use. The department stores often won’t tell you that some discount treadmills aren’t even made for running on — just walking.
People might be surprised to learn that in some cases they can mix and match treadmill features, such as electronics and entertainment features to customize their treadmill order.
If you are looking to buy a new or used treadmill in Scottsdale, Desert Ridge, Ahwatukee or Gilbert, there are At Home Fitness superstores in those cities in the Phoenix area. Those stores are also located near many other cities in Arizona.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at aaron@athomefitness.com

The 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill offers a health-club quality performance at a price that can be afforded on most budgets.

The 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill offers a health-club quality performance at a price that can be afforded on most budgets.

Social media, increased focus on health fuel new fitness revolution

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

There’s a new fitness revolution going on in the U.S.!
In the 1970s, running was all the craze after the success of men such as Olympic marathon champion Frank Shorter, and other distance greats such as Steve Prefontaine and Dave Wottle.
“The Complete Book of Running” by James Fixx also helped inspire a largely male based pack to take to the streets wearing running shoes and Walkmans.
Fast forward to 2014 and new groups of runners have become passionate about this form of exercise for new reasons.
Nowadays, social media such as Facebook has helped local running/exercise groups and clubs emerge and popularize. An ever-growing number of women and men are jogging with an eye moreso on getting and staying fit, rather than flat-out competition.
Sure, the goal for many women and men is to get in as good of shape as possible and to cross the finish line in organized races, but the focus is more on having fun and sharing the experience with others via social media.
There are many community races such as 5Ks in which racers are trying to raise money for a charity, or mudslinging obstacle courses or scavenger hunts that combine fun with fitness.
Many people find running is more fun for them in groups and if they can share their ups and downs, tips and highlights it’s all the better.
Humans are usually social by nature and the lone, solitary runner we pictured in years past has joined a pack of friends or community members. When you’re part of a group, you are motivated to push them and they want to push you.
At the finish line or end of a workout, runners can share a high five and words of encouragement and maybe go out for a meal or drink afterward. Many friendships are developed from being part of local running groups or sharing running experiences on social media. Other forms of exercise, such as cross training and yoga classes also have spread their messages via social media.
The combination of exercising and socializing can be a double-dose of good stimulus for your mood. You get in good shape and enjoy camaraderie.
Of course, it’s good to cross train by mixing in strength training during the week and it’s good to get some of your runs in on a treadmill to mix things up.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. Consult a doctor before making any significant changes in your exercise routine or diet. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at aaron@athomefitness.com

At Home Fitness wants your lightly used fitness equipment

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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Wanted: Quality used fitness equipment
Reward: Top $$$
If found: Contact At Home Fitness in Arizona.
At Home Fitness’ four superstores in Arizona – located in located in Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Desert Ridge and Gilbert – are the Arizona leader in new equipment sales.
However, AHF is also on the lookout for quality, lightly used fitness equipment.
Bring in used specialty fitness equipment such as treadmills, home gyms, elliptical machines, exercise bikes, vibration machines and more to sell directly to At Home Fitness, or you can put it on consignment at one of the superstores. Used fitness equipment can also be used in a trade for new equipment from AHF.
If you prefer, call or email At Home Fitness first to gauge their interest in your used fitness equipment.
At Home Fitness sells only certified used specialty fitness equipment that has low wear and tear and is of high quality and meets stringent inspections.
That’s why Arizona’s specialty fitness leader is always looking to add lightly used, quality fitness equipment.
If you are looking to sell used fitness equipment from brands such as Precor, Life Fitness, True Fitness, Landice, 3G Cardio, Power Plate, Precor, Octane Fitness, Vision Fitness, Nautilus or other fitness lines, contact At Home Fitness.
Contact one of At Home Fitness’ superstores for more information on buying or selling used fitness equipment, or better yet stop in and check out the inventory in person.
At Home Fitness is a great place for people to sell used fitness equipment in Phoenix, or nearby cities such as Chandler, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Desert Ridge, Ahwatukee, Gilbert and beyond.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. Consult a doctor before making any significant changes in your exercise routine or diet. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at aaron@athomefitness.com

At Home Fitness sells high-end, used equipment in Arizona

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
At Home Fitness buys, sells, trades and even accepts equipment on consignment - such as this Octane Elliptical.

At Home Fitness buys, sells, trades and even accepts equipment on consignment – such as this Octane Elliptical.

At Home Fitness is not only the best place to buy new, high-end fitness equipment in Arizona, but it should be your destination for great selection and deals on certified used machines.
From Precor, to Life Fitness, True Fitness, Landice, 3G Cardio, Power Plate, Precor, Octane Fitness, Vision Fitness, Nautilus and many more, At Home Fitness is always looking to add equipment to its four superstores located in Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Desert Ridge and Gilbert.
At Home Fitness buys, sells, trades and even accepts equipment on consignment. If you want to find out what the fair-market value is for your fitness equipment come in and see the experts at At Home Fitness. Give AHF a call or email support@athomefitness.com.
Here’s the best part: all used equipment is checked and certified as top quality by At Home Fitness’ highly trained service department.
No other fitness retailers in Arizona have a service department that compares to At Home Fitness.
Whether you’re looking for high-end used ellipticals, treadmills, exercise bikes, home gyms, vibration training machines and more in Arizona, make sure to check for the great deals at At Home Fitness.
If you want to buy or sell used fitness equipment in Phoenix, or nearby cities such as Chandler, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Desert Ridge, Ahwatukee, Gilbert and beyond, make sure to check with At Home Fitness.
The specialty fitness equipment inventory for used machines is always changing at At Home Fitness’ superstores in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Desert Ridge and Ahwatukee, and that means lots of great opportunities to buy or sell high quality used fitness equipment.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. Consult a doctor before making any significant changes in your exercise routine or diet. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at aaron@athomefitness.com

Manager’s minute: Jaime Janman from At Home Fitness – Scottsdale

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
At Home Fitness store manager Jaime Janman stands on the brand new Octane Zero Runner. The Michigan native said she enjoys working for AHF because the company "really cares about its employees and customers."

At Home Fitness-Scottsdale store manager Jaime Janman stands on the brand new Octane Zero Runner. The Michigan native said she enjoys working for AHF because the company “really cares about its employees and customers.”

Note: This is the second in a series in which At Home Fitness’ store managers share information about their fitness backgrounds and stores they operate and offer tips for people considering buying equipment.

Name: Jaime Janman
Store you manage: At Home Fitness Scottsdale (6969 E Shea Blvd Scottsdale, AZ 85254 — it’s on the SW corner of 70th St./Shea). Also the Regional Sales Manager for AHF.
Hometown: Traverse City, Michigan
What’s your fitness/athletic background?
“I played Soccer through high school and have always remained active since. I hike outside when the weather permits. There is nothing I like better than throwing on a TV show and working out on my elliptical, it makes me feel less like a couch potato but I still get my ‘me’ time.”
What do you like most about working for At Home Fitness?
“I love working for At Home Fitness because this company really cares about its employees and customers. We always put the customer first and will go above and beyond to make our customers happy. Our sales teams is always friendly and knowledgeable. You can shop at any At Home Fitness store and enjoy a pressure-free environment to try out the best equipment in the industry.”
Can you tell us about your particular store?
“The Scottsdale location is one of At Home Fitness’ biggest showrooms with over 100 different Treadmills, Bikes, Ellipticals and Home Gyms to try before you buy. Our fitness experts can fit you to a variety of equipment to find the perfect item for your needs.”
What tips do you have for people shopping at a specialty fitness store?
“Too many people focus on the price of equipment instead of the functionality of the equipment. You get what you pay for with fitness equipment. The best piece for you is the one you will actually use. A better quality piece of equipment is more comfortable and reliable. It will provide a better workout, last longer, and have a higher re-sell
value than a low end item can.”
What are some of the most popular items in your store?
“Vibration machines are one of our most popular items and one of my favorite to use personally. I am also a big fan of Functional Trainer gyms – I use them for toning and keeping my metabolism up.”
What’s your favorite type of fitness equipment to use and why?
“I love doing assisted pull-up’s on a functional trainer, it makes me feel so strong when I can do 10 in a row! I use the vibration machines daily for stretching and they actually really help with my allergies believe it or not!”
What equipment is an underrated part of a gym?
“I find a lot of people, women especially, only focus on the cardio equipment and neglect their strength training. I think women fear using weights will make their muscles too big and bulky, but really adding strength training to your workout routine will burn more calories, increase bone density, and make you leaner when done correctly.”

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at aaron@athomefitness.com



 
 
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