Category Archives: Equipment

Diamond Back Fitness Indoor Cycles

Diamond Back Fitness

Diamond Back Fitness is a top rated fitness equipment seller. These guys have been making and selling exercise equipment for a long time. Today I’m going to talk about their indoor cycles. The 2014 Diamondback Fitness Indoor Cycles are designed for indoor studio cycling enthusiasts and cyclists looking for a bad weather alternative to outdoor road rides. These are top quality and from every review I’ve read there simply hasn’t been any problems with them.

So I got with some friends and found someone that had bought one. The particular one I looked at was the brand new 510IC Indoor Cycle Trainer. The flywheel and frame feels extremely sturdy. My friend is not a small guy and it handles him very well. The handlebars also have multiple positions which allows not only for different types of people to ride it comfortably but can also add to the whole experience. There are 14 workout programs to choose from and you can combine them to really make it a custom experience every time. The contact heart rate sensors are pretty standard but I know on some other equipment they don’t sit quite where I grab and I have to constantly adjust my grip. Because of the handle size I was pretty much right on it the whole time which was a nice change.

The price point on the unit I got to try is pretty much in line with all of the similar bikes on the market. I found that there were a lot more much more expensive, that don’t have the reviews that this one does nor the backing of such a company that has been around for so long.

I feel extremely confident in not only recommending the bike I got to try but pretty much any product that is put out by DiamondBack

 

Scosche RHYTHM+

So there is a new product from Digifit called the Scoshe Rythym +. It’s a great tool for tracking heart rate, calories burned and so much more. The device is worn around your wrist and tracks all of the information. It’s not as big and bulky as some of the other ones I’ve seen. In fact it has a nice sleek look that looks like a watch. If you have pretty much any portable smart device such as iphone, ipod, ipad, any android phone you can download the app for free.

The app interface is really easy to use there are all kinds of ways of saving the information so that you can track your process. I have to say that I will feature some other types of devices as we go on but right now this is probably one of my favorites. I am hoping that in the future there will be more colors of the frame or the bands, but that will come with time. The price point also isn’t too bad considering it’s under 85.00 which is a lot less than some of the competitors with the same type of product.

What sold me on it the most was that it’s also got Bluetooth. You don’t have to worry about increasing your data plan, using your data plan or having to wait until you are in a WiFi area. While we all know there are more and more wifi areas around, where you might be running may not have it. This makes sending the information to your device pretty flawless and easy.

Digifit has been around for a long while now and they have some other types of devices. The Scosche Rythym + is just now my newest favorite. Check it out and compare, I really think you’ll agree that for the price it’s a really great deal.

Pilates Balls

My friend Jennifer just got in my new 2lb Pilates Ball from Fitness Republic. It’s a really pretty green color. I’m really digging it. Hopefully a lot of you guys are into Pilates. I do a lot of different type of aerobic exercises but Pilates has always been one of my favorites.

In Pilates as well as any exercise program it’s important variety to your workouts.  With a Fitness Republic Pilates weighted ball. They have different weights, this one being the two pound ball.

I would say you could use it for the Star Reach, Spider Triceps, Toe Touch, and lunges. You could also just roll down the ball with your chest.

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There’s a lot that you can do with this besides Pilates of course, but for this article I would say that’s what we’re using it for. I like it better than just a dumb bell because you can do a lot more balance types of things with it. Sort of like you can throw a towel down on the floor for Yoga, but using a Yoga mat really gets you what you need for what you are doing.

I like most of the stuff from Fitness Republic anyway, so I’d recommend anything I’ve either tried or had friends try. If you are just starting out with Pilates or have been doing it for a while and are looking for something to make your sessions have that “something extra” that we all need from time to time, try one of these weighted balls.

 

Last minute Valentine’s Idea!

Awesome deal from Fitness Republic!

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Yoga Valentine’s special

 

Suspension Revolution

We have all seen different types of exercise equipment over the years on TV. We know all the types that we see in the gym and we all have a pretty good idea of what we can get at home from places like Walmart and Dick’s. There are pros and cons to all of these types of things. Mostly, I would say, the cons tend to be that they are bulky and there’s no place to store them. You don’t want to have to put a tread mill in the middle of the living room because you don’t have a spare bedroom or garage to keep all of your “equipment” in. Lots of them become compact so you can fold them up and slide them under your bed but who needs another excuse to not exercise than you don’t feel like digging it out lol

There are lots of exercise routines out there that use some of the non-traditional equipment out there as well. One of these that I ran into when we were talking about creating this website is Suspension Revolution.

Free weights

Free Weights

So the guy that is in the videos is….intense. However, if you can get used to it it’s worth listening to the first few times you do it. After that you can feel free to put on your own music like I did. His name is Dan Long and while he can be pretty in your face, he has some fantastic ideas. The exercises are easy to do, you can do them anywhere and the bands could almost fit in cargo short pockets (they can’t but it’s close). :)

I would suggest getting the DVD though I did start with just the bands. The problem is that while I could certainly exercise with them I didn’t really have any variety and got almost no cardio. I was building strength, certainly, but didn’t see how using bands could be a fat burner. Then I used the DVD and got it. The guy has some pretty good routines. Definitely worth a shot considering that the whole thing is pretty inexpensive.

Try out Suspension Revolution