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Five reasons to consider owning an elliptical machine

Monday, May 20th, 2013

The Octane Q37ci (MSRP $3,299, AHF sale price $2,999) is a total body complete workout machine.

Elliptical machine trainers provide an outstanding way to tone muscle and get a great cardio workout that’s low-impact on the joints and ligaments.
They are also very easy to use for people of all ages. All you have to do is stand with your feet inside the foot pedals and begin moving back and forth as your hands and arms move along with the moving handlebars. When you stop, the machine will stop, too.
Most ellipticals come with preset programs that allow you to choose a workout routine. You can adjust the incline level to increase the difficulty of your workouts.
Here are five reasons why owning your own elliptical machine is a smart decision:
1. Time-saver – Since elliptical machines can work out both the upper and lower body at the same time, you can get a quality full-body workout in as little as 20 minutes. By owning one of your own, you can work out any time you want.
2. Low-impact – When compared to other exercises, such as running or weightlifting, an elliptical machine is very low impact on the body.
Ellipticals are especially recommended for older individuals who want to get a cardio workout, or individuals who are trying to give their back or knees a break from more jarring types of workouts.
3. Weight loss – By increasing the heart rate while working out, you also burn more calories and in turn can start to lose weight when exercise is combined with a healthy diet.
4. Easy to use – As mentioned earlier, ellipticals are very easy to use. Almost anyone can use them, but you can control how hard you want to exercise on the machine.
5. Get healthier – Because of the full-body workout an elliptical provides, it will help people get an excellent cardio workout and that can help improve your overall health when done consistently over time.

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

Seven benefits of using an elliptical machine

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Elliptical cross trainers

The Octane Q35c Elliptical Machine

are a low-impact, fun way to exercise.
Depending on if you use the arm handles, too, you’ll tone your lower and upper body. Thanks to the aerobic benefits, they can also help you get more heart healthy and lose weight.
Here are seven more benefits of using an elliptical machine:
1. Get used to the gliding sensation and then exercise at your own pace.
2. Elliptical machines provide an excellent low-impact way to get a great cardio workout without the wear and tear of high-impact activities such as running.
3. Ergonomically correct designs of an elliptical machines can reduce strain on the legs and back.
4. Some people even say using an elliptical machine puts less stress on their knees than walking for a workout.
5. Elliptical machines are simple to use. All you have to do is stand with your feet inside the foot pedals and begin moving back and forth as your hands and arms move along with the moving handlebars. When you stop, the machine will stop, too.
6. Most ellipticals come with preset programs that allow you to choose a workout routine. You can adjust the incline level to increase the difficulty of your workouts.
7. Since elliptical machines can work out both the upper and lower body at the same time, you can get a quality full-body workout in as little as 20 minutes.

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

How to build a mid-priced home gym

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

3G Cardio AVT 3.0 Vibration Machine (MSRP $2,499, $1,999 AHF price)

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on how to build a home gym. Today, we take a look at how to put together a mid-priced gym.

Do you want to build a high quality home gym, but aren’t able to spend like a company president? Fear not – that’s doable.
Here are five tips to build a mid-priced home gym. The following equipment choices are ones I believe rank among the very best in their price range and will help you get both a good cardio and strength training workout in your gym. Of course, you may find some comparable models you might want to substitute.
Octane Fitness Q35c Elliptical (MSRP $2,199, AHF price $1,999) – Get Octane’s mid-range elliptical that’s sure to deliver top-notch form, function and results that exercisers want. The new Octane Fitness Q35c features contact heart rate monitoring and enhanced X-Mode workout booster to let you get even more out of your workout. From the natural fluid motion of Body-Mapping Ergonomics and QuadLink drive to the informative electronics and variety of pre-programmed workouts.
Inspire FT1 Functional Trainer (AHF sale price $2,495) – A home gym that rivals almost any on the home gym, but for about $1,000 less than comparable models is this do-everything gem from Inspire. The Inspire FT1 enables users to have complete freedom of movement in any direction or plane while performing weight resistance exercises. These free-flowing exercises are designed to move the way your body naturally moves. Many of the freestanding exercises incorporate core, secondary, and stabilizing muscles, giving you a more efficient workout.
LifeSpan TR1200i Treadmill (MSRP $1,499, AHF sale price $999) – Anyone who’s ever shopped for treadmills knows you can spend $5,000, $6,000, $7,000 or even more for an elite model. Be careful trying to buy a bargain treadmill, though, because you might wind up with a flimsy model that’s too shaky to run on, or worse yet breaks down.
The LifeSpan TR1200i gives you a happy medium – it saves you a ton of money but is also a high quality treadmill that you can run on. The feature-rich TR12000i treadmill includes a USB data port that automatically saves your time, distance, calories, heart rate and steps as you workout so you can track your fitness activity in your online LifeSpan Fitness Club account.
3G Cardio AVT 3.0 Vibration Machine (MSRP $2,499, $1,999 AHF price) – Vibration training is the fastest growing segment of the fitness industry and provides a great way to train for strength, flexibility and even massage. However, however it’s not cheap to own a vibration trainer in your home, though, as these machines routinely cost $4,000, $5,000 or even up to $10,000.
However, people can enjoy all of the benefits of vibration training with the affordably priced 3G Cardio AVT 3.0 Vibration Machine, which comes at an MSRP of $2499. At Home Fitness has this ingenious machine at the remarkable price of just $1,999.
Vibration training has been touted by everyone from professional athletes and celebrities, to the couple next door and even senior citizens and people battling chronic diseases in some instances. Vibration machines create instability, which the body senses and reflexively contracts muscle tissue involuntarily to stabilize and react to the stimuli.
As a result, all three types of skeletal muscles are instantaneously called into service because of the near-immediate level of fatigue. No longer is there a “progression of muscle fatigue” as in traditional strength training.
AVT can work up to 95 percent of the muscle fibers, compared to as little as 20 percent with traditional strength training. In significantly less time than using traditional exercise methods, people can get a much better workout.
Many experts state that people can get great benefits from performing AVT training just 30 minutes three times a week.
Exercise balls – Shop around for exercise balls, they provide a great way to do a variety of core strengthening exercises.
If you have the financial means to plan a mid-priced home gym, there are some incredible options to consider when dealing with your local specialty fitness store, such as any of At Home Fitness’ four superstores in Arizona or their website www.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. 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

How to build a high-end home gym

Monday, February 25th, 2013

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.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on how to build a home gym. Today, we take a look at how to put together a high-end gym.

There are many different reasons why a person decides to build a home gym. They may decide to make a bigger commitment to fitness. They may have been exercising at a club, but grown tired of waiting in lines and/or watching people who don’t clean off the equipment when done. Perhaps their finances have improved to the point where it’s now possible. They may want to set up an exercise room in their home that the entire family can use.
If you have the financial means to plan a high-end home gym, there are some incredible options to consider when dealing with your local specialty fitness store, such as any of At Home Fitness’ four superstores in Arizona or their website www.athomefitness.com.
Any great home gym should allow you to get both a good cardio and strength training workout and just as importantly have equipment you enjoy using!
Here are five suggestions for a high-end home gym, but of course you might want to substitute one brand 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.
Power Plate My7 (MSRP $7,995, AHF sale price $7,395) – The My7 has more than 250 customized programs and 1,000 individual exercise possibilities – that’s over a million different combinations. Vibration training is the fastest growing fitness equipment on the market and lets you take exercise in a whole new direction. .
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, tri-athletes 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, accessories 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

Octane Fitness Q37ci elliptical is one of Oprah’s favorite things

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The Octane Fitness Q37ci elliptical machine is one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite things for 2012 — and it’s available at At Home Fitness.
Octane took all the impressive features and quality of its previous elliptical machine and made a good thing great.
With the addition

The Octane Q37ci (MSRP $3,299, AHF sale price $2,999) is a total body complete workout machine.

of a side platform (optional) and the more ability to truly incorporate upper body workouts, the Octane Q37ci (MSRP $3,299, AHF sale price $2,999) is now a total body complete workout machine.
Oprah had this to say about the Octane Fitness Q37ci elliptical machine after naming it one her favorite things for 2012: “Bob Greene got me into this elliptical cross-trainer, and I’m forever grateful. It provides such a variety of total body workouts, including goal programs, like a 10K and half marathon—along with digital heart rate monitoring—that you’re more exhilarated than exhausted afterward. Why not give the gift of good health?”
There it is in a nutshell — the Q37ci elliptical is a great way to get a great workout.
Here are some of the specific features:
* The innovative CROSSCiRCUIT+ and customizable interval program help provide an outstanding challenge and variety to shape and tone your body
* Powerbands and optional stationary side platforms with multiple anchor points let you perform strength training exercises.
* Converging Path handlebars with MultiGrip strengthen and tone the upper-body with the exclusively designed handlebars that offer a variety of hand positions and deliver a natural upper-body motion
* ArmBlaster helps tone the upper-body, with customizable resistance levels and interval durations to fit the needs of any level of exerciser
* 1.8” pedal spacing—the most natural pedal spacing available, mimics human biomechanics and provides optimal comfort
* X-Mode & GluteKicker are customizable workout boosters that prompt users into varied cross training actions to keep you interested, motivated, and pushing your workout to optimum results
* Heart rate monitoring and control—lets you know just how hard you are working and keeps you ‘in the zone’
* Low step-up height makes getting on and off effortless; great for low-ceiling rooms
* Space-efficient footprint is significantly shorter than other premium ellipticals or treadmills; fits conveniently in your home
MOM Mode—promotes family safety and provides peace of mind for parents by disabling console buttons and restricting movement so little ones cannot easily move arms and pedals.

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

12 Days of AHF Christmas: Nine ellipticals a-gliding

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Editor’s note: To help get our loyal Internet followers ready for Christmas, and let them know about the many great deals available through At Home Fitness, I’m revealing the 12 days of AHF Christmas. Here’s Day 9:

On the ninth day of Christmas, At Home Fitness sent to me Nine ellipticals a-gliding, Eight machines for-rowing, Seven bikes a-spinning, Six treadmills a-churning, Five golden dumbbells, Four exercise mats, Three vibration machines, Two home gyms, And A sales associate with a great fitness plan for me.

Elliptical machines are one of the most popular pieces of exercise equipment for many reasons, highlighted by the fact they allow users to get a great low-impact cardio and strength workout. That’s why they’re featured on day nine of my At Home Fitness Christmas list.
They allow a person to burn lots of calories without the weight-bearing stress of jogging. The elliptical motion enables users to get a low-impact workout because the feet never leave the footpads. A user will enjoy a continuous, smooth pattern that takes away the stress on the joints.
Numerous programs allow users to follow preset workout, or set up customized workouts.
Everything from the speed, resistance and ramp angle can be adjusted. Your workout can range from easy, medium, to hard, and even work in intervals of difficult to easy and back to difficult again if you wish.
While the first focus for many is one on the cardio benefits of an elliptical machine, they are also great for building strength and muscle tone in the legs, while also helping you lose weight. It can actually burn more calories than a treadmill or exercise bike.
To also tone and strengthen arms and shoulders, grab the machine’s handles with your arms. The core is engaged during the workout, so your stomach muscles will also get a workout.
The smooth, low-impact glide of the elliptical is a fun way to get a great workout for people of all ages.
There’s sure to be a model that fits your training and budget needs. Some of the leading models are: Octane Fitness Q35c Elliptical, Life Fitness X8 Basic Elliptical, Vision Fitness S7100 Suspension Trainer, AFG 3.0 AE Elliptical, LifeCore Fitness LC985vg Elliptical.

Exercising will never be the same after riding an Elliptigo

Monday, December 17th, 2012

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen gets set to take an ElliptiGo for a spin.

Picture a workout on an elliptical machine. Now imagine what would happen if the energy you expended pushing the pedals up and down suddenly caused the elliptical to drive out the door and for a great ride outside, with you using the handles to brake and steer. That’s basically the ElliptiGo in a nutshell.
The ingenious machine is part elliptical, part bike. It takes the health club 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 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.
Former Ironman triathlete Bryan Pate invented the ElliptiGo to help runners avoid beating up their bodies through repeated impact by offering a safe alternative to running.
Pate, a former cyclist and triathlete, who suffered hip and knee injuries, calls the ElliptiGo a low-impact, high-output, cross-training bike that combines running and cycling. 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

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Octane Fitness keeps on proving why it’s leader for ellipticals

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

The award-winning Octane Fitness Q47c Elliptical sells for $4,199 MSRP, but is available for $3,799 at At Home Fitness.

When it comes to Elliptical Machines, anyone looking for fitness equipment for their home, office or commercial gym needs to check out Octane Fitness.
It’s the No. 1 selling elliptical machine for a variety of reasons.
Octane Fitness boasts of its brand of elliptical machine, “ it delivers exceptional workouts that are efficient and effective – like the combined cardio and strength routines in CROSS CiRCUIT; the total-body, low-impact conditioning of the xRide seated elliptical; and exclusive workout boosters like X-Mode, GluteKicker and ArmBlaster that catapult conditioning to a new level. Test-ride an Octane elliptical and see why it’s ranked at the top year after year; then enjoy the ultimate return on your investment.”
Having tried many brands of Elliptical Machines, there are some worthy competitors but you owe it to yourself to test drive an Octane Fitness model to judge for yourself.
And Octane Fitness keeps pushing the envelope, highlighted by the unveiling of its New LateralX, which was named Best Elliptical by Health Club Industry magazine in its 10th annual Best of the Best issue.
For standing ellipticals, Octane Fitness features:
LateralX
Q47
Q37
Q35
Seated Ellipticals are:
xR6
xR4
xR3
At Home Fitness is proud to carry a full lineup of Octane Fitness machines and their highly trained sales staff can assist in determining which model is right for you.

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

Vegas Trade Show: Octane Fitness Lateral X takes a new direction

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Octane Fitness LateralX

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This is the second in a five-part series on the recently held Las Vegas Fitness Trade Show. Today, the Octane Fitness Lateral X is featured.

The Octane Fitness Lateral X was among the new products that stood out the most at the 2012 Health and Fitness Expo & Business Trade Show held Sept. 19-21 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The No. 1 fitness show in the country annually features the top fitness manufacturers and dealers from the U.S. and beyond.

Congratulations to Octane Fitness for changing the fitness industry again when it comes to getting a cardio workout with its new LateralX elliptical cross trainer.

The LateralX from Octane Fitness is the first fully adjustable lateral moving elliptical cross trainer.
No other lateral machine been this powerful. The company shows football linemen blocking back and forth, and a basketball player making sudden changes in direction while dribbling, in its video ad for the LateralX.

That’s not too far off from what a person can do when exercising on this visionary machine.
You can move laterally to fit your needs, or dial in an Octane Fitness program that will adjust the lateral width on the fly after taking into consideration the speed and resistance levels you program.

There are adjustable foot pads that can be rotated outward, which creates a side-to-side skating type motion. Or, set it for a more conservative, traditional stepping motion.

I really like the way the LateralX adds excitement and challenge to a cardio workout, which can become pretty boring when done the same way day after day, week after week and month after month.

It works muscles in different ways and even improves coordination in a cross-trainer type workout that’s sure to create muscle confusion, which is a good thing in the fitness world.

“With cardiovascular equipment, virtually everything moves in one plane, but we don’t move that way in the real world,” said Tim Porth, executive vice president of product development and marketing at Octane Fitness, in a statement on the company‘s website. “The LateralX prepares people better for everyday life – whether that is training for a sport, improving balance or increasing energy.”

Right now this machine is only available in commercial grade and comes at an MSRP of $6,999.

I can see the LateralX being popular across the board, but I’d really think people looking for sport-specific training such as the aforementioned football and basketball players would like it, along with skiers, skaters and countless other athletes.

Check out the LateralX detail page with photos and videos here.

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

A great deal on a great elliptical: Life Fitness X8 for $900 off

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Have you been considering purchasing a top-of-the-line elliptical machine for your workout room, but hesitating because of the amount of money involved in such an investment?
Well, here’s a deal that’s simply too good to pass up.
At Home Fitness has been granted permission by Life Fitness to sell the Life Fitness X8 Advanced Elliptical for $900 off the usual retail price.
The Life Fitness X8 commonly comes with an MSRP of $4,299.
However, as part of an extraordinary online sale event, the Life Fitness X8 Advanced Elliptical 2011 is available at www.athomefitness.com for just $3,399.
This includes the advanced console and the machine will arrive brand new in the box.

Elliptical trainers have an edge over treadmills in that they give you an upper body workout as well working your legs thanks to the handles you grab onto.
Ellipticals keep you secured on the footpads so there is little or no impact on your feet, knees and joints as you perform the elliptical motion.
Many people switch to ellipticals because it’s less harsh on the joints, especially older folks.
Ellipticals can be good for someone looking to change up their workout or get more motivation as it’s a different type of movement than walking – something we’ve all done for as long as we can remember.
The Life Fitness X8 replaces the top selling Life Fitness X7 with new advanced interior components combined with all the great feel and functionality of the Life Fitness X7.
If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in elliptical cross-trainers, look no further. Besides the fact that it feels as great as it looks, the Life Fitness X8 Elliptical Advanced Electronic Adjustable Stride Cross-Trainer offers you the ultimate in customization and comfort with features such as on-the-fly electronic stride adjustments and an even lower-impact ellipse motion. And the Advanced Workouts Console provides added workout variety and advanced programs to better help you reach your fitness goals.

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



 
 
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