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At Home Fitness Best Buy Awards under $3,600

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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There are seemingly countless options when it comes to shopping for fitness equipment, making it intimidating and confusing to shop even for experienced fitness enthusiasts.
The At Home Fitness #1 Rated Best Buy Awards can help consumers cut through all the gimmicks and promotions to find the best quality for their money this is holiday season.
Today, here are the At Home Fitness Best Buy Awards for fitness equipment priced under $3,600:
Landice L7 Treadmill (MSRP $3,699 / AHF Price $3,329 in Arizona / Contact for best online price) – The Landice L7 Pro Treadmill is the most basic model in the award-winning series, but offers a useful and easy to read display while also providing the same benefits as all of the models found in this series. It provides for an excellent workout with its four horsepower motor as well as extreme durability backed by a lifetime warranty.
Generally regarded as the best in the business, Landice has been the No. 1-rated Treadmill seven years in a row with a perfect score. Landice also has the best warranty in the business.
At Home Fitness in Arizona and their online headquarters www.athomefitness.com is your one-stop source for great deals on Landice equipment.
People might be surprised to learn they can mix and match treadmill features even at this elite level. Landice has two different sized frames (L7 and L8) and four varieties of electronic boards (pro trainer, pro sports trainer, cardio trainer and the top of the line executive trainer) to select from.
Even if you want the top-end frame, you could save about $700-800 depending on what electronic board you decide to go with. Depending on the model and features, Landice Treadmills are often priced between $3,300-$6,000.
3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill (MSRP $3,999 / AHF price $3,299) — The 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill combines all the best features from the health club and delivers it into a beautifully designed package, for half the price! The Elite Runner Treadmill packs all the features you would expect from a commercially rated treadmill and delivers it for half the price! It is impossible to find a treadmill with all the same features, specifications, look and feel!
The 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill has a commercial Ortho Flex Shock™ suspension system and an oversized 22” x 62” running platform, a club rated 4.0 HP motor and 386lbs of muscle under your feet and experience the amazing feel of a 3G Cardio Treadmill in the privacy of your own home.
Get added peace of mind that not only will you have a spectacular treadmill for the long run but an unrivaled 10 year parts warranty and 2 years in home labor. The last thing you should have to worry about is your treadmill’s performance, now you can focus on your performance.
3G Cardio AVT 5.0 Vibration Machine (MSRP $3,999/AHF price $3,599) — This is a different kind of vibration plate. As soon as you step onto the machine, you will notice the comfortable position of the ergonomically-correct handles, the comfort of the vibration platform, the overall stability of the machine, and, maybe most important, the power. Don’t let the sleek design fool you. The all new 3G Cardio® AVT™ 5.0 Vibration Machine offers the quality, durability, and performance necessary to challenge even the most advanced athlete.
The 3G Cardio AVT™ Vibration Machines have now earned Best Buy Awards from three different independent review sites.
The latest to recommend 3G Cardio’s AVT 3.0, 5.0 and 6.0 Vibration Machines as a Best Buy winner is the highly respected Fitness Professor.
Inpsire Fitness M3 Home Gym (AHF price $3,195) — This unit has been called “a rockstar of home gyms.” This award winning Inspire Fitness Gym features a commercial quality abdominal crunch station built right into its head pad. A seated leg curl station for shaping glutes and strengthening hamstring muscles, as well as a patented dual back pad tilt for superior fit and comfort stand out. It is visually inspiring, yet compact enough to fit on a 4’x 6’ mat.
The Inspire Fitness M3 Home Gym is constructed of commercial 11 gauge steel, nylon pulleys, 2000-pound. tensile strength cables, and precision ball bearings in its press arm pivot. It also comes standard with a 210lb weight stack for even the most serious lifters.

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 Best Buy Awards under $2,000

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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With so many brands and models of fitness equipment to choose from, it can be intimidating and confusing to shop even for experienced fitness enthusiasts.
The At Home Fitness #1 Rated Best Buy Awards can help consumers cut through all the gimmicks and promotions to find the best quality for their money this is holiday season.
Today, here are the At Home Fitness Best Buy Awards for fitness equipment under $2,000:
3G Cardio Pro Runner Treadmill (MSRP $2,499 / At Home Fitness Sale Price: $1,999) — The 3G Cardio Pro Runner is the ideal treadmill for people who want quality, but also need to conserve space. There are many folding treadmills on the market, but the Pro Runner Treadmill offers users the unique ability to have a high quality treadmill and a space saving treadmill all in one! Most folding treadmills lack the quality needed to run at higher speeds or longer distances but that is not the case with the Pro Runner Treadmill.
Top-of-the-line components such as an Ortho Flex Shock™ suspension system, 3.0hp motor, 5 years parts warranty and a space saving design, make the 3G Cardio Pro Runner Treadmill a Best Buy choice for walkers and for runners alike!
With a long history of high quality products and an impeccable record for service, 3G Cardio has delivered another product for the ages.
BH Fitness TS200i Treadmill (MSRP $1,999 / AHF sale price $1,799)
These are excellent treadmills for the price point, combining value and performance. The TS2 has an extra-large blue backlit LCD display and an extra 2 inches of running surface. The folding frame features Safe Drop technology, which helps offer a space-saving solution without sacrificing quality. It has a quiet 2.5 HP DC motor, 20” x 57” running surface and is Polar® wireless HR compatible The TS4 goes up in size with a 22-inch wide commercial running belt on a stylish folding treadmill platform that’s durable and nice looking. It has a quiet 3.0 HP DC motor, 22” x 57” running surface and Polar® wireless HR compatible.
3G Cardio AVT 3.0 Vibration Plate (MSRP $2,499 / AHF price $1,999) — A whole new level of quality and affordability has been achieved by the engineers at 3G Cardio through the 3G Cardio AVT 3.0 Vibration Plate. It matches attractive aesthetics with power and stability, a rare combination to find on a vibration machine, especially at this price. With an overall weight of 200 lbs, a Hertz range of 25-50Hz, a large oversized platform and a powerful vertical style vibration motion, the 3G Cardio AVT 3.0 Vibration Plate will compete head to head with machines twice the price.
The 3G Cardio AVT™ Vibration Machines have also earned Best Buy Awards from three different independent review sites, including the highly respected Fitness Professor.

Great fitness gift ideas for under $250

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
TRX PRO Suspension Training (At Home Fitness price: $249.95)

TRX PRO Suspension Training (At Home Fitness price: $249.95)

Make the holidays more enjoyable by giving the gift of fitness. Here are some great gifts ideas for under $250:
TRX PRO Suspension Training (At Home Fitness price: $249.95) — This features one of the strongest, most durable Suspension Trainer kits ever built for commercial use. It comes with a trainer-specific instructional video and workout cards, 6 mix and match workout sessions, and two bonus workouts for your clients.
The TRX Pro kit is durable with easy to clean rubber handles, has a commercial warranty and multiple anchoring solutions.
The trainer Basics video has an 8-week guide and workouts for clients.
Includes two BONUS workout videos.
A corrosion resistant, pin lock security guarantees that your Suspension Trainer will stay put right where you anchor it. This unit has Ultra-Durable Dupont® Kevlar® at High Wear Points:
It comes with lots of extras such as TRX Suspension Anchor, TRX Door Placard to indicate “Workout in Progress” and TRX Wrench to lock your Suspension Trainer.
There’s also a TRX Mesh Carry Bag: to take your Suspension Trainer wherever you train clients or want to train yourself.
TRX HOME Suspension Trainer (AHF price $199.95) — With a TRX HOME Suspension Trainer and anchor, a workout guide plus six bonus workouts — in 15 and 30-minute sessions — the TRX HOME Kit allows you to get the professional results you want – on your schedule.
TRX HOME delivers a Full-Body Workout using just your body weight.
It helps build lean muscle and burn fat, strengthen your chest and arms, increase flexibility and endurance and develop and maintain a rock-solid core.
The kit includes aTRX Get Started Guide instructions to get you started and workout cards to keep you going, a TRX Door Anchor and TRX Suspension Anchor that allows you to take your training outside
EKHO FiT18 Men’s Heart Rate Monitor (AHF price $79.95) — The EKHO FiT18 is the must have heart rate monitor you need to reach your goals. This is the big brother to the EKHO FiT8, combining all the necessary heart rate features you need making this the best personal trainer money can buy.
Check out one of At Home Fitness’ Arizona superstores located in Ahwatuke, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale and Desert Ridge, or visit them online at www.athomefitness.com. Giving the gift of fitness is not only a great way to show you care about people, but it will also help them start out 2015 on a healthier note.

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

Great fitness gift ideas for under $50

Monday, December 8th, 2014
The GoFit Ultimate Burst Resistant Core Stability Ball (At Home Fitness sale price: $44.99) is a fun, yet challenging way to stretch, tone and tighten your body.

The GoFit Ultimate Burst Resistant Core Stability Ball (At Home Fitness sale price: $44.99) is a fun, yet challenging way to stretch, tone and tighten your body.

Make the holidays more enjoyable by giving the gift of fitness. Here are six great gifts ideas for under $50:
1. Stability ball – Unlike training on a stable, flat surface, a balance ball is a round, unstable surface, so you not only train the primary muscle groups, but also the smaller stabilizing muscles as well. The GoFit Ultimate Burst Resistant Core Stability Ball (At Home Fitness sale price: $44.99) is a fun, yet challenging way to stretch, tone and tighten your body.
2. Exercise mat – The top quality GoFit Yoga Mat is twice as thick as a regular yoga mat. This mat has an extra-cushioned, airy surface, providing comfort and protection during specific yoga poses or Pilates mat work. AHF Sale Price: $19.99
3. Foam roller — The GoFit Foam Roll (AHF Sale Price: $24.99) comes in 6 inches x 18, or 6 x 36in. It can be utilized as recommended in the Core Performance Book and includes a Core Performance Training DVD led by Mark Verstegen.
Foam rollers are a great way to loosen up muscles.
4. Power Tube – Smartweight Power Tube Black 20lb With New Safety Tube Technology Contoured Handles, Door Connector And Exercise Poster. Sale Price: $15.99. These resistance bands can be used for stretching and rehab work.
5. Exercise clothes – You can never go wrong with exercise clothes, such as a hoodie, sweat pants or even good, quality socks to work out in.
6. Gym bag – Get someone a new gym bag if you know they have an old, falling apart bag they’re using.
Check out one of At Home Fitness’ Arizona superstores located in Ahwatuke, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale and Desert Ridge, or visit them online at www.athomefitness.com. Giving the gift of fitness is not only a great way to show you care about people, but it will also help them start out 2015 on a healthier note.

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

Great fitness gift-giving ideas

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

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When it comes to holiday shopping, one way to make someone’s day or even month is to give the gift of fitness.
From stocking stuffers to major gifts, At Home Fitness has people in Arizona covered with great selections in their four superstores. In fact, AHF’s outstanding deals are available anywhere on line at www.athomefitness.com.
Black Friday sales are over, but there are still lots of great deals to be found at At Home Fitness.
Here are 20 great fitness gift ideas to consider. It’s a gift that will keep on giving.
20 – Subscription to Fitness magazines
19 – Fitness DVDs
18 – Workout clothes
17 – Heart rate monitor
16 – Yoga essentials, such as mat
15 – Free weights
14 – Power blocks
13 – Exercise mat and other accessories
12 – Exercise music (CDs or downloads)
11 – Kettlebells
10 – Power Plate machine
9 – Rowing machine
8 – Workout bench
7 – Recumbent exercise bike
6 – Upright exercise bike
5 – Home gym
4 – 3G Cardio Vibration trainer machine
3 – Elliptical machine
2 – Functional trainer machine
1 – Treadmill machine
For lots more information on nearly all of the above mentioned gift ideas, visit www.AtHomeFitness.com. You can visit one of their super stores in Arizona or shop online to arrange delivery anywhere in the U.S. and beyond. There are special financing options available, as well as free shipping for any order of $500 or more.
Don’t wait until New Year’s Day to make a fitness resolution – get started on the path to better health today.

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

Cold-weather running tips to brighten your winter

Monday, December 1st, 2014
While many fitness enthusiasts succumb to the elements and move their running primarily indoors to a treadmill, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s possible to not only endure running outside in the winter, but actually to enjoy it.

While many fitness enthusiasts succumb to the elements and move their running primarily indoors to a treadmill, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s possible to not only endure running outside in the winter, but actually to enjoy it.

Cold temperatures and snow have already hit much of the U.S. and we all know Mother Nature’s fury will continue in spurts until the spring.
While many fitness enthusiasts succumb to the elements and move their running primarily indoors to a treadmill, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s possible to not only endure running outside in the winter, but actually to enjoy it.
Here are some tips Ohio distance runner and coach Jason Burgett offered on cold-weather running:
Realize importance of winter running — If you are a runner training for a spring race, or scholastic runner it’s important to get outside as much as you can to vary the training.
“For high school or college runners preparing for outdoor track season, winter running is crucial to fitness and peak performance in May,” Burgett said.
Dress the part — Seemingly everything is more high tech these days and that includes the way runners dress for the elements. Experienced runners don’t wear cotton long johns under cotton sweatpants anymore which when soaked in sweat can freeze and offer almost no insulation.
“With new, moisture-wicking materials comes the relief of moving the sweat away from the body (which is how we cool down, of course) and to the outer layers of the material, where it can’t touch the skin,” Burgett said. “But don’t overdress. Wearing too much actually can work against you. If you sweat too much, and the materials saturate, you’re left with a wet body on a cold day, perhaps miles and miles from home.
“This is not a good situation. I tend to dress for 10-20 degrees warmer, because I know I’m going to warm up a good bit, and then try to avoid the wind for the first few miles to help guard against the inevitable chill.”
Burgett also has learned to apply a small amount of lotion or sunscreen with petrolatum or lanolin to create a barrier to the elements and retain what little moisture remains in his face and fingers.
Lift your spirit — Snowy winter days are often gray and dreary and that can affect our mood as well. Getting outside can provide a ray of sunshine for people.
“Running helps to offset that dispiriting lack of sunshine by increasing the flow of endorphins through the body, which boosts the spirit,” Burgett said. “You can also boost your spirit, and your chances of being visible in the gray winter, by wearing super bright clothing on your runs.
“Not getting sideswiped is as much about you making yourself visible as it is about drivers giving you space. In other words, if you’re dull, don’t be surprised if drivers can’t see you.”
Plan your route — Running in the winter does provide unique challenges and it’s important to plan your route and also be ready for the unexpected.
“In winter, I usually run on the road more than the sidewalk, because so many sidewalks are not cleared, making it difficult for pedestrians,” Burgett said.
Interestingly, Burgett knows that not al people are supportive of having to slow down or swerve for runners, so he goes the extra step to thank them for their patience.
“When I’m running on the road, I try to give a friendly wave to every car that comes past, in the hopes that a little friendliness calms the drivers who may be bothered with me running on the side of the road,” he said.
Vary your training — Not everyone is able to breathe with the same efficiency in freezing temperatures.
“It’s true that the cold affects how easily a runner breathes, and many people suffer from exercise-induced asthma (EIA) which is exacerbated by cold weather,” Burgett said. “The cold air constricts the airways, and makes the runner feel like she’s suffocating.”
If you experience EIA, the run indoors on the treadmill, or at the local indoor track, if you find the temperatures too tough to deal with.
It’s also can be beneficial to cross train by doing things such as swimming indoors, taking a spin class or cross-training.
Burgett also reminds people of other fun ways to stay n shape in the winter, such as sledding and skiing.

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

Thanksgiving tips to make sure you don’t wind up more stuffed than the turkey

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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There’s a social media link going around this week featuring a video of former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis doing an exaggerated dance back and forth as he took the field during pregame introductions.
The headline says: “How men walk in the kitchen for Thanksgiving dinner.”
That pretty much sums up the eating experience of Thanksgiving, although it could apply to many women as well. Americans love to splurge, and there’s nothing wrong with that once in a while.
However, there are ways to limit how badly you wreck your diet on Turkey Day. Here are eight tips to make sure you don’t wind up more stuffed than the turkey:
1. Exercise beforehand — Create a calorie deficit leading up to Thanksgiving by making sure to exercise before indulging.
Walk or run a little extra or spend more time in the gym.
Take a walk early in the day on Thanksgiving Day and then even after dinner.
2. Eat beforehand — Eat a small, but good breakfast and maybe even a healthy snack such as an apple before Thanksgiving dinner to help limit how much you’ll want to eat at the dinner.
3. Think of healthy side dishes — Limit the amount of sugar and fat in your recipes. An example might be to have a healthy green bean salad instead of a green bean casserole coated in a fatty crust.
You also might want to use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy.
4. Limit your portion sizes — Thanksgiving tables are works of art, displaying the best cooking and traditions a family has to offer.
It’s OK to want to try many things on the table, but limit your portion sizes. Think about what you really want to eat and maybe look to have things that you don’t get to eat most other times during the year.
5. Skip the second helping – Sit and talk and let your meal digest instead of immediately going back for seconds. Leftovers will make a great meal the next day.
6. Savor your meal — Take time to savor the meal by really tasting each mouthful. It’s OK to put your fork down. You don’t want to be eating so fast that you’re fork is throwing off sparks.
7. Limit alcohol intake — Calories from alcohol can add up quickly and imbibing can also lead to making poor food choices and overeating.
If you are going to drink alcohol, mix in glasses of water in between rounds to get a more full feeling and slow down on the spirits.
8. Focus on relationships — While Thanksgiving is known for the food, focus on the time you’ll get to spend with family and friends and cherish that as well.

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

Don’t let the holiday season take a toll on your health

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Any way you slice it, the holidays are a dangerous time for our health. From Halloween through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, sweets and treats are everywhere.
Most physicians will tell you there’s an increase in heart attacks and other cardiac problems during the holidays.
Rates of pneumonia increase and more people die, even of natural causes, during this period.
The hustle and bustle and stress that can be increased during the holidays, along with eating poorly in many cases, can compromise a person’s health. Stress levels are also increased, which weakens the immune system.
One of the biggest things people should watch during the holidays is to limit the amount of sugar they eat.
It’s OK to consume a piece of pie here or a donut there, but make sure you’re also giving your cells energy they need from minerals, vitamins, protein, amino acids and essential fatty acids.
To stay healthy during the holidays, and really the entire year, simple things like getting enough Vitamin D, eating a protein-rich diet and getting enough exercise and sleep are also crucial.
Many people know that one of the best ways to increase the Vitamin D level in your body is through exposure to the sun.
However, many people work inside all day and others are told to stay out of the sun due to skin-cancer concerns.
That leads to many people having a Vitamin D deficiency, which is bad because this vitamin is key to bolstering the immune defenses. Having good vitamin D levels can even reduce hypertension and the risk of heart attacks and stroke.
The immune system and bones are made up largely of protein and people should make sure to get enough of this on a regular basis — 1 gram for every 2.2 pounds of body weight daily.
While it’s great to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. don’t forget the protein. Make sure things like fish, chicken, beef or pork are a part of your diet.
Finally, make sure to get exercise and get proper rest, especially during the holidays.
The holidays should be a joyous time spent with family and friends instead of at the doctor’s office or emergency room.

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 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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