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Health screenings a key part of healthy lifestyle

Monday, March 17th, 2014

You get to the gym and exercise regularly. You’re careful about eating the right foods.
Yet, there’s another key component to health that many people overlook: Make sure to get the necessary health screenings at the recommended age.
By undergoing health checks at the suggested ages, screenings can often help doctors find diseases or other problems early when they’re easy to treat.
Some people may not think that they can afford to pay for a lot of different tests, but they’re covered by the health care reform law. Depending on your insurance coverage, there may be no cost to you.
Healthfinder.gov has an excellent link to help men and women figure out which screenings they should have performed at different ages.
With March being National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, this is as good a time as any to look into these types of tests. It’s also important to know what your blood pressure and cholesterol are and take measures to get them into line if they’re judged to be at unhealthy measurements.
Staying proactive with your healthcare is one of the most important things you can do.

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

3G Cardio Vibration Machines honored with multiple Best Buy Awards

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
AVT 6.0 Vibration Machine by 3G Cardio

AVT 6.0 Vibration Machine by 3G Cardio

As Vibration Training continues to grow in popularity, 3G Cardio continues to win praise and awards for its state-of-the-art machines.
The 3G Cardio AVT™ Vibration Machines – available in 3.0, 5.0 and 6.0 models – provide all of the power, sturdiness and ease to use of a leading competitor, but at about half the price.
With those kind of attributes going for 3G Cardio Vibration Trainers, it comes as no surprise that the following reviewers have given the company based out of Phoeniz, Ariz., Best Buy awards:
* The Fitness Professor
* Vibration-machine-reviews.com
* vibratationplatereview.com
The 3G Cardio 3.0 (MSRP $2,499, At Home Fitness sale price $1,999), 5.0 (MSRP $3,999, AHF sale price $3,599) and 6.0 machines (MSRP $4,999, AHF sale price $4,499) give people the chance to experience all the benefits of vibration training, but at a much lower cost than some other comparable machines.
Just how popular is vibration training? Consider that about half the NFL teams use them, especially liking them for how they help with stretching and overall flexibility.
Yet, these machines are so versatile that many senior citizens and rehab centers use them as well. Celebrities, college and high school athletes and even average every day people exercise on them as well.
Everyone can find their own value in vibration training, whether it’s strength training, flexibility and/or massage. Some people even use vibration trainers to help treat chronic health problems.
3G Cardio Vibration Machines were used during a report on this increasingly popular training method recently on KCWI-TV’s morning show “Great Day” in Des Moines, Iowa recently.
KCWI’s Jackie Schmillen interviewed Doug Corson from Push Pedal Pull about the benefits of vibration training.
“The best way to really explain it is instead of using weights to break down your muscle fibers, it’s so much easier on your body because it moves in three different directions at the same time – front to back, up and down and side to side,” Corson said. “It’s designed to cause muscle confusion.”
Muscle confusion causes your muscle fibers to fire faster than what they normally would.
“They’re forced to balance and react to that unstable surface underneath,” Corson said.

Why train with 3G Cardio?
Vibration Machine Reviews ranked the 3G Cardio 6.0 as its No. 1 machine in the world, stating: “We will put it to you simple, you can either buy a Power Plate® Pro5™ for $9995 or you can buy a 3G Cardio® 6.0 for $4999 and get about the same Hertz, Amplitude, Platform Size and oh yeah, 24 built in programs and a free iPad App!”
In explaining why he gave a repeat “Best Buy” award to 3G Cardio in 2013 for the top ranking among vibration trainers, the Fitness Professor stated: “Compare and you will find that 3G over-powers the competition with class leading platforms, commercial grade components, dual consoles plus their proprietary iTunes Vibration Training app,” The Fit Prof wrote. “Whether it is the robust 3.0 AVT, benchmark setting 5.0 ATV or commercially rated 6.0 AVT, 3G Cardio cannot be beat and is once again our FIT PROF Head of the Class BEST BUY for vibration for the second consecutive year!
The Fit Prof called 3G Cardio, which also produces the award-winning 3G Cardio 80i Fold Flat Treadmill, one of the fitness industry’s up-and-coming manufacturers.
“With over 50 years of combined experience and a very impressive line of vibration plates, 3G is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after product lines in the industry,” the Fit Prof said.
At a retail price of $4,999 and a weight of 267 pounds, the 3G Cardio AVT™ 6.0 Vibration Machine incredibly has the same-sized workout platform (34×28) to stand on as a popular vibration machine that sells for $12,000.
With the 3G 5.0 and 3.0 machines also offering exceptional features, there’s a size to fit every person’s needs.

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

AHF to be at Maricopa County Home & Garden Show

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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At Home Fitness is excited to showcase its award-winning specialty fitness equipment at the semi-annual Maricopa County Home & Garden Show, which will be held this weekend at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
The latest and greatest products and services from hundreds of reputable companies will be showcased Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 10-5.
At Home Fitness will have a 12×40 booth in which it will feature fitness equipment from Octane, 3G Cardio, Inspire, Torque, BH Fitness and Life Core.
Highly trained sales associates – who not only have many years experience selling the equipment, but also using it – will be on hand to answer questions and show people the latest and greatest products and innovations in the industry.
As an added bonus for people who visit the At Home Fitness booth during the Maricopa County Home & Garden Show, there will be great “show specials” with prices that beat the in-store cost on many products. These specials will be available only for customers at the Maricopa County Home & Garden Show.
Among the types of fitness equipment on display will be vibration training machines, a new phenomenon that people should really check out if they haven’t used them before. Also on display will be different types of elliptical machines, treadmills, exercise bikes and home gyms.
Admission to the show for adults is $5.00, for ages 3-12 it’s $2 and it’s free for 2 and under.
In addition to At Home Fitness’ booth, you can find a vast array of home improvement and landscaping displays. It’s a great chance to shop and compare quality products and services to make your home and garden the best they can be.

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

What to look for in hiring a personal trainer

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

If you really want to improve your physical fitness, working with a personal trainer is a great way to reach your goals.
You might be surprised to find out, though, that there can be a big difference between personal trainers.
Here are five tips on what to look for in a personal trainer and make sure your hard-earned money and valuable time are well spent:
1. Certification — Many personal trainers can show different certificates from seminars or classes they’ve taken, but ideally you should be working with someone who has a four-year college degree in a field related to health and fitness. They should be certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and-or the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM, which both require four-year degrees.
2. References — Ask around in your community for references and find out what type of experience a trainer has.
Find a trainer who has experience working with people similar to yourself. Some trainers specialize in working with elite athletes, others are geared more toward helping average every-day people, some may help special-needs clients, etc.
3. Have a clear plan — Ask your prospective trainer how he or she will help you track goals and progress and adjust going forward. Once you’re working with a trainer, give them feedback if exercises are too hard, or too easy and especially if something is too painful. You want to work hard, but nothing will derail your fitness goals faster than being sideline with an injury.
4. Accessibility – Make sure the trainer will be accessible to a place that’s comfortable and convenient for you to work out, whether that’s a fitness club, your home gym, or their personal training studio.
5. Fees – Make sure you know ahead of time how much the trainer will charge, how accessible they’ll be to make appointments and what their policy is regarding cancellations.
Finally, understand that if you’re on a budget just working with a trainer for a few months can help you learn many new ideas and then you can practice them on their own.
Some people work with a trainer for short durations, while other work with one year after year.

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

Tips to stay fit on a budget include finding good used equipment

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

These days many of us are on a budget, but that doesn’t mean your workouts can’t give you top-dollar results.
At Home Fitness has a great selection of used treadmills, elliptical machines and other specialty equipment. You might want to invest in your health with your tax return. Call 888-940-1022 to speak with an At Home Fitness consultant to find out what kind of deals they have on used equipment or stop into one of At Home Fitness’ Arizona superstores. AHF also buys quality used equipment.
Here are some more tips to keep fit on a budget:
* Schedule your home workouts (the dishes can wait), block distractions (turn your ringer off and tell your dear family to give you 30-minutes of uninterrupted time) and turn up your favorite tunes, and get moving.
* Purchase a set of used dumbbells, resistance bands or exercise tubes and a fitness ball to help you shape up.
* Fitness magazines, smart phone apps or looking up exercise tips and demonstrations on your computer can help you stay motivated and creative.
* Yoga mats are affordable and you can purchase gently used yoga DVDs or other genres of exercise DVD’s and by all means trade with friends or see what’s available at your local library.
* Maybe you can even walk to your local library; #walking… so cheap!
* Remember calisthenics from gym class? Jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups, wall squats, are all free. * Contact your local recreation center or community center for affordable exercise classes.
* Join your kids or nieces and nephews in a game of kickball or tag, take a family bike ride, go on a brisk walk with Fido, or play some virtual boxing or tennis with your kids gaming devices.
Working out doesn’t always have to mean unplugging from your family it could be a great way to reconnect with your family too. Stop making excuses that you can’t afford a gym membership or that moving the coffee table out of the way is such a pain, because you can make a difference with simple fitness equipment and good old fashioned determination. Focusing on fitness goals is what really counts.

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

NFL’s Final Four playoff teams used Vibration Training

Friday, February 21st, 2014
NFL’s Final Four playoff teams used Vibration Training

NFL’s Final Four playoff teams used Vibration Training

Vibration training continues to gain more and more respect throughout the U.S. and world.

All four of the finalists in the recent NFL playoffs — the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, runner-up Denver Broncos, AFC runner-up New England Patriots and NFC runner-up San Francisco 49ers — have reported using vibration training machines in their training facilities.

Those football teams were all looking for an added edge that vibration training provides. This remarkable technology also helps athletes in other sports, celebrities, average everyday people and even people suffering from chronic health conditions and senior citizens.

People’s muscles react and contract as result of the instability of the vibration plate they’re standing on.

AVT 6.0 Vibration Machine by 3G Cardio

AVT 6.0 Vibration Machine by 3G Cardio

The reason vibration training can benefit everyone from elite athletes to senior citizens is that people can adjust the hertz settings and adjust the exercises or poses they hold on the machine to their needs. Simply put, everyone can find their own value in vibration training.

Studies have found that up to 95 percent of the muscle fibers are activated instantaneously in a muscle group while performing vibration training, compared to as little as 20 percent with traditional methods. And vibration training workouts can be completed in a fraction of the time of traditional methods.

Vibration Training involves increasing the “acceleration,” rather than the “mass” in traditional weightlifting.

Because the joints and ligaments aren’t being overstressed by heavy free weights, vibration training has been found to be a safer form of exercise.

One of the leading manufacturers and dealers of vibration machines is 3G Cardio, based out of Phoenix, Ariz.

The 3G Cardio 6.0 AVT has received numerous Best Buy awards, including back-to-back honors from fitnessprofessor.com. It sells for $4,999 MSRP. This model has the same plate size as a leading national brand that retails for $9250, but is only about half the cost.

The 3G Cardio 5.0 AVT ($3,999) and 3G Cardio 3.0 AVT ($2,499) also provide great power and size to exercise at those price points and have been Best Buy award winners as well.

Vibration Machine can take a little time to get accustomed to, but 3G Cardio paces the competition with the 3G Cardio Accelerated Vibration Training Exercise App that was unveiled in the fall of 2013.

The interactive app programs are designed to work with an ipad and 3G Cardio 5.0 and 6.0 Accelerated Vibration Training machines  and are almost like having a trainer right there with you.

In addition to strengthening muscles, vibration training also has been found to increase flexibility, bone density and even improve the function of the lymphatic system thanks to elevating blood circulation.

Vibration training machines are found in professional and college training facilities, health clubs, wellness centers, hospitals, rehab centers and, of course, home gyms.

For more on 3G Cardio products and articles on the many benefits of vibration training, visit www.3gcardio.com on the Internet.

Five tips to bring out your inner Olympian – or at least your potential

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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Chances are you’ll never be an Olympian. As they say, if it was easy then everyone would be doing it.
However, you can tap into some of the secrets of Olympians to bring out your potential.
Here are five tips that trainers say many Olympians follow to help you go for the gold while cheering on the 2014 Winter Olympics:
1. Eat and drink correctly: Eat a breakfast made up of complex carbohydrates and high in protein, and then eat a healthy snack every 3-4 hours during the day. Drink plenty of water — experts recommend half your body weight in fluid ounces.
2. Get enough rest: Elite athletes who are in the midst of intense training require 8-10 hours sleep.
For average every day people on a fitness quest, even getting 8 hours of sleep would be good for you. Try to go to bed before 11 p.m. for optimal hormonal release. Avoid watching TV or using the computer starting a half-hour before bedtime to reduce electronic stimulation that can hamper sleep.
3. Warm up and cool down properly: Olympians and pro athletes take steps to avoid injury by warming up extensively and also cooling down properly. Do a light 10-minute warmup (something like jumping rope, ride stationary bike) before exercising. After a workout, focus on recovery techniques such as using a foam roller and stretching again to help reduce pain or soreness and maintain flexibility.
4. Practice positive thinking: Many Olympic athletes make mental preparation and focusing a big part of their routines. Read about fitness and envision a healthy, active you.
5. Push yourself: Learn how to push yourself during workouts to get better results. Don’t simply get on the treadmill or elliptical for 30 minutes straight and exercise on an easy setting. Mix in interval training where you exercise hard for 3-4 minutes, then go at an easier pace for a minute or two and then repeat.
As for strength training, it’s helpful for many people to occasionally lift heavier sets (do reps of between 4-8 with heavier weights).
BONUS TIP: Just like teammates help Olympians, if you can find a workout partner or partners it can help you train better.

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

Torque Fitness functional trainers help people of all ages strengthen muscles

Monday, February 17th, 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.

Getting regular cardio exercise is great for you.
Whether you walk at a good pace, run, ride a bike, or do something else to get your heart beating faster on a consistent basis, it’s a great way to enjoy better health.
However, just about any doctor or trainer will tell you simply doing cardio isn’t enough.
It’s also important to perform strength training exercises several times a week. This will help maintain and even build muscle tone and even helps increase bone density. Although cardio exercise is great for heart health, it does not do a lot for muscle building.
As we get older it can become harder and harder to keep good muscle tone. Starting at age 40, people lose an average of eight percent of their muscle mass per decade. So yes even senior citizens should be performing strength training exercises, albeit with lower weights and higher reps.
It doesn’t have to be that way, though, if people of virtually all ages perform regular strength training exercises they can improve muscle tone and even strengthen bones.
A Home Gym or Functional Trainer is an excellent way to get good strength training workouts.
I really like these two functional trainers from Torque Fitness:
Torque F2 Functional Trainer: This 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.
AHF Sale Price: $2,099, save $900
Torque F7 Fold Away Strength Trainer: This is a dual weight stack gym that offers true independent functional training packaged in a small fold-away footprint. With two adjustable swivel pulleys – each with 30 positions – and two different widths, the F7 accommodates users of all sizes in performing unlimited exercises.
AHF sale price: $3,099, save $1,050

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

Brisk walk can match benefits of running, it just takes more time

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Have you ever wondered if a brisk walk is as good for you as running?
Paul Williams of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California and Paul Thompson of Hartford Hospital in Connecticut have done their best to answer that question. They compared data from 33,060 runners participating part in the National Runners’ Health Study to that of 15,045 walkers in the National Walkers’ Health Study.
There conclusion backs up what common sense would tell most people: walkers can match the benefits of runners, but it takes considerably longer because walking doesn’t require as much energy.
However, the study sheds even more light on this topic by reporting some interesting statistics and findings to go with it.
“It takes longer to walk a mile than to run a mile. But if you match them up on the energy expended, they are comparable,” Williams told TodayHealth.com. “If you do the same amount of exercise – if you expend the same number of calories – you get the same benefit.”
People who exercised equally in terms of energy output got the same benefit, regardless of whether they ran or walked, Williams and Thompson reported in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.
They compared data from walkers and runners for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol at the beginning over a six-year period and watched to see who developed conditions such as high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol or diabetes.
Running can obviously burn more calories in a shorter time, which makes it especially appealing for people who are crunched for time.
However, if you can’t run or don’t like to, the good news about the study is that it shows there really area similar benefits to walking — it just takes longer to match up with running.
“A person would need to walk 4.3 miles at a brisk pace to expend the same amount of exercise as running 3 miles, and it would take about twice as long (an hour and 15 minutes by walking instead of 38 minutes by running),” Williams said.
So whether you run or walk, keep at it consistently day after day.
This study reminds me of the tale of tortoise and the hare – if you walkers keep at it you’ll get the same benefits in the long run as the runners, it will just take longer.
Whether you walk or run, consider alternating the ways you do it to keep things interesting. You can run on the treadmill at any time, but also go outside if the weather is nice. Exercising with a friend can make it more enjoyable.

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

Ideas for a fun, fit Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Plan a fun, healthy outing this Valentine's Day. Couples or families who exercise together not only strengthen their bodies, but their relationships.

Plan a fun, healthy outing this Valentine’s Day.
Couples or families who exercise together not only strengthen their bodies, but their relationships.

Do you want to treat your significant other or entire family to a Valentine’s Day treat they’ll long remember?
Plan a fun, healthy outing this Feb. 14.
Couples or families who exercise together not only strengthen their bodies, but their relationships.
So make time in your busy schedule to do something active together this Valentine’s Day. Here are some ideas:
* swimming
* walk or jog
* run ide-by-side on “his” and “her” treadmills
* work out in home gym or health club
* ice skating or roller-skating
* skiing
* dancing
* walk or hike
If you don’t regularly exercise with your significant other, perhaps a fun Valentine’s Day workout will get you in the mood to work out together more often.
In may cases, exercising together has been found to improve relationships.
Of course, don’t just plan a Valentine’s Day exercise date! You better do something else, too, like get a card, gift, etc.

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



 
 
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