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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

BH Fitness treadmills a great choice for any home gym

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
BH Fitness treadmills are great deals for the price, combining value and performance.

BH Fitness treadmills are great deals for the price, combining value and performance.

Treadmills are the most popular type of specialty fitness equipment there is.
Regular walking or running burns calories and tones muscles. If you own a treadmill you can easily add variation to your workouts because you can change the speeds, incline or decline and easily get interval training in.
Treadmills provide versatility for training for anyone from a rehab patient to elite athlete trying to push themselves in high-impact running.
If you own a treadmill you can decide where, when and how you want to work out. By working out in the privacy of your own home, you don’t have to worry about walking outside and having people in the neighborhood staring as they drive by. Some people feel more comfortable at home than exercising in a health club gym, either.
One of the top manufacturers for people considering purchasing a treadmill for their home is BH Fitness.
At Home Fitness is an authorized dealer of BH Fitness products both in its Arizona superstores and online.
Among BH Fitness top models are the BH Fitness TS2 Treadmill (AHF sale price $1,199, save $800) and BH Fitness TS4 Treadmill (sale price $1,799, save $200).
These are outstanding treadmills for the price point, which combine 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.
BH FITNESS HISTORY — BH Fitness is an international company with a long tradition of excellence. Based in Spain and forming in 1909. BH Fitness was originally formed by the Beistegui Brothers, aka Beistegui Hermanos (BH).
The brothers started out making various products with steel and even helped make weapons for World War I. After gaining experience in steel treatments, BH focused on making bicycles after 1919. Since that time it has branched out to continually produce products on the cutting edge of technology in the health and fitness industry. Today, BH Fitness has a complete line of home, light commercial and full commercial equipment, ranging from treadmills, upright and recumbent bicycles, ellipticals, indoor training cycles, whole body vibration platforms and strength equipment. Some of the top athletes who train on BH Fitness equipment include Ironman® winners, Olympians and Tour de France stars.

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: Tony Baird from At Home Fitness – Gilbert

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
At Home Fitness-Gilbert store manager Tony Baird shows off a Nexersys Interactive Striking Trainer, while an Inspire FT2 Functional Trainer is pictured on the right.

At Home Fitness-Gilbert store manager Tony Baird shows off a Nexersys Interactive Striking Trainer, while an Inspire FT2 Functional Trainer is pictured on the right.

Note: This is the first 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: Tony Baird
Store you manage: At Home Fitness – Gilbert (2810 S. Market St., Gilbert, AZ 85295)
Hometown: Clio, Michigan
What’s your fitness/athletic background?
“I have always enjoyed being active. My favorite sport to play is golf. I am proud to be a scratch golfer, although I play just about everything for fun. I have a bachelors degree in Physical Education as well.
What do you like most about working for AHF?
“The friendliness of my co-workers. At Home Fitness has a great group of people, always there for each other when in need.”
Can you tell us about your particular store?
“At Home Fitness in Gilbert is a great location, with a customer base that is friendly more often than not. We are the smallest of our stores, but AHF Gilbert makes up for its lack of size with an inviting and comfortable feel when you walk in. And, despite being a little smaller than the other showrooms, AHF Gilbert never feels crowded or tight. One of the best things about AHF Gilbert is the return and referral clientele, always friendly, like they have known us for years – and some of them have!”
What tips do you have for people shopping at a specialty fitness store?
“Try things out. Getting a feedback is key, everyone is different so what feels good for me may not work for you. Also, let the consultant helping you, well, help you. Don’t think the question that just popped into your head is a bad one, chances are we’ve heard it before, and there is a reason for that, it’s legit, so ask us.”
What are some of the most popular items in your store?
“I see a good number of strength trainers here in Gilbert, and because of this I have seen big popularity in the Inspire FT2 Functional Trainer. Also the 3G Cardio brand has been very popular as of late, with the ever popular AVT Vibration Trainers, and the recently released Pro and Elite Treadmills. These treads have gotten great reviews and feedback so far, adding to the already great feedback on the 3G Cardio 80i Fold Flat Treadmill.”
What are some of the best current deals at your store?
“Currently I have a few specials on floor models, like my Landice L880 Executive Trainer Treadmill, and the Nexersys Interactive Striking Trainer. Another reason for the popularity of the new 3G Cardio Treadmills is the great value for the price.”
What’s your favorite type of fitness equipment to use and why?
“Recently, I loved using the above mentioned Nexersys trainer, but I regularly love working out with the functional trainers, especially the Inspire FT2. Yesterday I did dead-lifts using the FT2’s built in Smith Cage it was great!”
What equipment is an underrated part of a gym?
“I think functional trainers are very underutilized pieces for at home gyms. They offer the biggest variety of strength training choices, small foot prints, and for most people, that extra bit of boost when it comes to calorie burn. Most people aren’t aware of it, but outside of using Vibration Training, adding strength training to a cardio workout is the best way to burn calories. Functional Trainers also allow people to work on the everyday strength they need, not just the sports and glamour muscles of the past.”
At Home Fitness Gilbert store manager Tony Baird can be contacted at (480)-855-6044 or tonyb@athomefitness.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

Stress-free Monday: Tips to help you relax

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
It’s just about impossible to turn off stress, but there are ways to manage it. Doing things like going for a jog can really boost your spirits.

It’s just about impossible to turn off stress, but there are ways to manage it. Doing things like going for a jog can really boost your spirits.

It’s just about impossible to turn off stress, but there are ways to manage it.
I’m calling today “Stress Free Monday” and offer these tips to manage your stress:
Control factor – Focus on what you can control and understand that some things are out of your control.
Stay positive – Focus on the good things that you have going for you rather than the negative.
Time management – If you plan ahead how you’ll allocate your time, it can eliminate many of the stresses that come up when you’re rushing around.
Remove yourself from the situation – Take a walk or drive to calm yourself – get in the slow lane on the road.
Exercise – A fit body can fight stress better. Regular exercise such as strength training, bicycling, walking/running on a treadmill or outside, hiking or even vigorous yard work can work out the stress and actually improve your mood.
Find quiet time – Kids in preschool and grade school often have quiet time each day. That’s not a bad idea for adults as well. Take a time out from the world to reflect and breathe deeply
Eat, drink healthy – Eat well-balanced meals and drink lots of water. Understand that alcohol and drugs can actually make you feel more stressed and depressed and may cause you to make poor decisions you’ll regret later.
Get enough rest – Recharging your batteries can help you have more energy to take on the day.
Friend factor – Get support from your friends and family.
Finally, don’t forget to smile. You can always find things to be thankful for.

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

ElliptiGo takes cardio workout outdoors

Friday, September 12th, 2014
The ElliptiGo

The ElliptiGo

Riding an ElliptiGo is so much fun that you might forget you’re also getting a great workout.
Using an ElliptiGo is like your traditional elliptical machine was suddenly able to leave the floor and ride outside.
The ingenious machine is part elliptical, part bike.
It transforms the health club or home gym workout many of us are accustomed to and brings it outdoors in a whole new way.
When riding the ElliptiGo you are constantly moving. It provides an excellent cardiovascular workout, but because you also have to push with your legs and pump the handles with your arms, you also get a good strength workout.
An article from active.com calls the ElliptiGo possibly the best cross-training tool for runners.
“it’s perhaps the only cross-training tool that closely mimics the running motion and can be used outdoors,” the active.com article states. “Cross-training can be the saving grace for any runner interested in longevity in the sport as well as for new runners looking for ways to increase fitness without additional pounding.
“In fact, most coaches and training plans advise that healthy runners of all levels incorporate some amount of running-specific strength training, such as core work, drills and single-leg exercises, and low-impact cross-training, such as swimming, cycling or riding the elliptical, into their routines.”
Co-founder and ElliptiGO co-president Bryan Pate enjoys people’s reactions when seeing the machine for the first time.
“Don’t judge it until you’ve tried it,” says Pate. “It looks different, but it definitely works and provides the best cross-training experience available on the market today.”
An ElliptiGo lets you cover a lot of ground, enjoy the fresh air and at the same time it’s easier on the joints than running.?Let’s face it, it’s also a great change of pace from a standard elliptical machine or bike.?The ElliptiGo has three speeds and you power it with foot movements like you’d use on an elliptical machine, while controlling the handlebars to steer, adjust the resistance and speed and brake.
It weighs just 40 pounds.?Depending on your leg strength, you can ride the ElliptiGo anywhere from 15-25 mph. The ElliptiGo can take a short while to get used to, but is actually pretty simple to ride. Once you find the right stance to ride it and work on turning corners, you’ll find you can actually get some good speed going. Even going up hills is pretty easy.?It can accommodate people of just about all sizes, with a weight limit up to 250 pounds.?Made of sturdy, but lightweight material, the ElliptiGo weights 40 pounds. The bike retails for around $2,000-2,400.

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 reps attending Health and Fitness trade show in Vegas

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Representatives from the At Home Fitness team will once again be at the annual Health and Fitness Expo & Business Trade Show held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas Sept. 10-11.
The No. 1 fitness show in the country annually has the top dealers, manufacturers and experts in the industry come together for a week that will shape the coming year.
The newest trends, products and information are always on display at the Las Vegas fitness show, which is why it’s one of the most important dates of the year on the At Home Fitness team’s calendar.
Before, during and after the sale At Home Fitness is a one-stop source for the best specialty fitness equipment and service in Arizona.
Actually, make that a four-stop provider because At Home Fitness has four specialty fitness superstores in Arizona.
At Home Fitness is proud to offer the following superstore locations:
* Ahwatukee- 14647 So. 50th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 (480-940-1022);
* Desert Ridge Marketplace – 21001 N. Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, 85050 (480-513-1123);
* Gilbert – 2810 S. Market St., Gilbert, AZ 85295 (480-855-6044) and;
* Scottsdale – 6969 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480-951-6951).
For Commercial Sales call 888-351-6951, while the Service Department can be reached at 480-940-1022 or email Support@AtHomeFitness.com.
AT HOME FITNESS RETAIL – At Home Fitness offers treadmills, exercise bikes, elliptical machines, home gyms, vibration training machines and many more of the best deals on exercise equipment in Arizona at its superstores and online at www.athomefitness.com. Exercise equipment for people of all ages and fitness backgrounds can be found at At Home Fitness.
Not only does At Home Fitness sell the most fitness equipment and have the best selection in Arizona, it also has the most knowledgeable team of fitness associates to get you set up with the right equipment at the right price.

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 build an elite home gym

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
The 3G Cardio® AVT™ 6.0 Vibration Machine offers the quality, durability, and performance necessary to challenge even the most advanced athlete and it can also benefit everyone from the average couple next door to senior citizens.

The 3G Cardio® AVT™ 6.0 Vibration Machine offers the quality, durability, and performance necessary to challenge even the most advanced athlete and it can also benefit everyone from the average couple next door to senior citizens.

Building a high-end home gym has many great advantages. It will help you make a bigger commitment to fitness, while avoiding the aggravations of having a health club membership.
There are many great options available for a home gym, which sales associates at any of At Home Fitness’ four superstores in Arizona or their website www.athomefitness.com can assist you with
It’s important to be able to perform both cardio and strength training in a home gym.
Try your equipment out thoroughly before purchasing it because the best fitness machines are ones that you will use.
Here are five suggestions for a high-end home gym based on products available at At Home Fitness, but of course you might want to substitute some brands or model when it comes to some of the equipment:
Octane Fitness Q47ci Elliptical (MSRP $4,999, AHF sale price $4,499) – Octane is a fitness leader after year after year, and nowhere is that fact more evident than in the flagship Q47 Series Elliptical cross trainers. These top-of-the-line ellipticals deliver club-quality form, function, and results to your home gym; they are unquestionably the most ergonomically advanced and technologically superior ellipticals available.
3G Cardio 6.0 Vibration Training Machine (MSRP $4,999, AHF sale price $4,499) — The 3G Cardio® AVT™ 6.0 Vibration Machine offers the quality, durability, and performance necessary to challenge even the most advanced athlete and it can also benefit everyone from the average couple next door to senior citizens. Built for any type of commercial environment but at a price point comparable to other vibration plates made only for home use, the 3G Cardio® AVT™ 6.0 will blow away the competition on features and overall value.
It features a 34” x 28” vibration platform with a machine weight of 267 pounds, maximum user capacity of 500 pounds and 30-50 Hz capability.
Landice L8 Executive Trainer (MSRP $4,695) – The Landice L8 has an oversized running area and a frame designed for runners over 6-foot in height or for people who simply want the top-of-the-line for performance and durability. Marathoners, triathletes and other elite athletes regularly train on the L8, which has a 22” x 63” four-ply treadbelt running surface. 3-1/2 inch diameter rollers. It has a footprint that measures 34” x 83.”.
The L8 has Landice’s most feature rich console.
Torque Fitness F7 Fold Away Strength Trainer (MSRP $4,149, AHF sale price $3,099) – This home gym includes an Adjustable Weight Bench. The F7 Away Strength Trainer has 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.
Extras – It’s very important to have proper flooring in your home gym. When the floor has a hard surface, such as wood or soft tiles you definitely need floor mats. If your workout room is carpeted you may not need floor mats – or only in selected areas. Make your workout room more inspiring by putting up photos, posters and-or motivational posters.
Other extras that will put your room “over the top” include setting up a stereo system, TV, such as exercise balls and stretch tubes.
Consult your specialty fitness store for more information.

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 offering huge Labor Day Sale – save 30 percent!

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

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At Home Fitness is the place to be today for a great Labor Day Super Sale!
Visit any one of the four superstores of Arizona’s specialty fitness leader and save up to 30 percent on popular brands.
Qualified buyers also can receive up to one year of 0 percent financing. Also offered as part of this great sale is discounted delivery and installation, a floor-model blowout sale, 30-day money back guarantee and the best pricing of the year.
The owners and sales associates at At Home Fitness know exercise equipment as well as anyone because they’ve used it and sold it for many, many decades.
At Home Fitness states that a commitment to quality, value and customer service has enabled them to grow into the No. 1 specialty fitness equipment retailer in Arizona and also become a leader on the Internet at www.athomefitness.com.
Being the biggest also means At Home Fitness can provide the best products and deals to customers.
AHF’s incredible sales record enables it to buy in bulk and receive exclusive pricing rights that allow it to offer the best deals. They also have exclusive rights to carry many of the top product lines available.
The company also prides itself on having the most knowledgeable fitness consultants in the industry. Because of that, they’re able to offer the best customer service.
In an era where it’s harder and harder to believe what you read on the Internet, with misinformation and fake reviews all over the place, it’s refreshing for people to know there are still bonafide experts at exercise equipment stores in Arizona who are there to turn to for information.
Here’s a list of the AHF specialty fitness equipment stores in Arizona:
* Ahwatukee, 14647 So. 50th St.;
* Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, 85050;
* Gilbert, 2810 S. Market St. and;
* Scottsdale, 6969 E. Shea Blvd.

So if you are looking to buy exercise equipment in Arizona let the experts at At Home Fitness show you what’s available and best for you.
At Home Fitness is not only Arizona’s leader in sales for new specialty fitness equipment, it’s the best place to go to buy or sell high quality used fitness equipment.
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 first.
People can 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 put it on consignment at one of the superstores.
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.
Because At Home Fitness also has a highly trained service department, all of the used equipment that’s sold is inspected and certified as being top quality.
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 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

Good vibrations: Ohio H.S. athletes tapping into fastest growing segment of fitness industry

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Wyatt Snow (left) waits his turn on a vibration training machine while Bryce Burgett gets a workout in earlier this summer.  Dan Starcher photo/courtesy The Daily Record

Wyatt Snow (left) waits his turn on a vibration training machine while Bryce Burgett gets a workout in earlier this summer.
Dan Starcher photo/courtesy The Daily Record

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes (Ohio) High School athletic program has stumbled onto a training method that’s used by an incredible cross-section worldwide, from elite athletes and celebrities, to average everyday citizens and even people suffering from chronic health problems and senior citizens.
If you haven’t heard of whole body vibration training machines made by manufacturers such as Power Plate, 3G Cardio or BH Fitness yet, you’re about to be let in on the fastest growing genre of the specialty fitness industry since the elliptical machines around 2000.
Whole body vibration training is no late-night TV tummy jiggler fad.
“One of our former players, Lance Kandel, works for G&G Fitness and brought a vibration machine into our weight room for a demo,” said West Holmes coach Kevin Maltarich. “He told us how to use it and to let us know what we thought of it.”
Although many of the Knights’ athletes and coaches were understandably skeptical, it was practically love at first vibration.
“I used them a lot during track season to help get stretched out before running and I’ll probably use them during football, too,” said rising senior Luke Ogi. “We mainly do a lot of basic stretches on them, but it definitely helps more to stretch on the plates. I like them a lot.”
Best described as looking like an oversized, fancy doctor’s scale, a person stands on the vibration machine platform and sets the G-Force at the desired power. According to 3GCardio.com, the body adjusts to the instability caused by the vibrations as people perform static or compound exercises and it forces the muscles to fire faster than any other form of exercise.
The faster your muscles tire, the faster they fatigue. That means you can complete a total body workout in less than 15 minutes. The vibrations activate muscles much more efficiently and safely than traditional methods — up to 95 percent of muscle fibers are utilized compared to 20-40 percent, according to some studies.
“Our kids fell in love with it, and it wasn’t just our football players,” Maltarich said. “We had track athletes, wrestlers and kids from other sports telling us how much they liked it.
“They really like it for stretching, but it can be used for strength training and cardio. Our football players like to stretch on it before a workout and the wrestlers do circuit training with it. … The kids said they never felt better after using it and the coaches really felt the stretch, too, when we used them.”
Vibration training machines are anything but cheap, with the Power Plates typically selling for anywhere between $5,000-$8,000 depending on the model. 3G Cardio and Wave machines sell for less and join Power Plate on most Best Buy ranking lists.
Maltarich said he joked to several athletes that the Power Plate machines were going to have to go back to G&G and “the kids looked like they lost their puppy dogs. They really wanted to keep using them.”
After bringing in several West Holmes booster club members they were sold as well: the Knights’ purchased two Power Plate machines.
“The older you get, the harder it is to loosen up,” the 38-year-old Maltarich said. “After 3 or 4 minutes on it, I’m good to go for a run.”
Ogi said the vibration machines continue to get lots of use.
“I was pushing to get them because they help me out keeping my hamstrings and other muscles loose,” he said. “I’ve seen most everybody use them.”

PROS TURN TO VIBRATION TRAINING
Half the NFL teams use vibration training, including the final four in last year’s playoffs: the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, runner-up Denver Broncos, AFC runner-up New England Patriots and NFC runner-up San Francisco 49ers.
Basically, it increases the G-Force, rather than the MASS (weights) as in most traditional strength and resistance training. That makes it much easier and safer on joints and ligaments than free weights or even home gyms.
Roxana J., a well-known trainer in Arizona, told 3GCardio.com she was a huge skeptic when first introduced to vibration training.
“Any time I kind of questioned it I thought, ‘If it’s good enough for people like Peyton Manning, PGA golfers, and U.S. Olympians – people whose bodies are insured for millions of dollars – there has to be something to it,’” Roxana told 3GCardio.com. “I love that whatever you can do on the ground, or with a cable or weight machine, for the most part you can do on the 3G. I love opening that world up to my clients.
“It’s not just for massage, it’s not just to feel a low-impact kind of workout. It can help people in so many ways. I love that I can get people to that point of burning calories, feeling the muscle burn and feeling the fatigue set in without their joints going into total distress.”
Admittedly, Roxana said some clients look at her with great skepticism when she initially shows them a whole body vibration machine.
“They look at me at first and say, ‘This is dumb. How is it any different than exercising on the ground or floor?’” she said. “I make them do something like a pushup, or a squat on the ground and then I have them do it on the 3G and they are begging me to get off.
“I love the strength straining part of it — feeling the body react.”
Vibration training machines have been found to increase flexibility, strength and even overall health, including increased bone density, circulation, lymphatic drainage and much more.
Workout times vary for vibration training, but typically sets last only 30 seconds to 1 minute, 30 seconds and an entire workout can be completed in 10-20 minutes. Working out just three times a week on a vibration machine can provide exceptional results.

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