• Plyometrics Workouts

    Plyometrics Workouts

    Plyometric workouts and exercises make a muscle reach full force in the shortest time possible.

    IMG_2496Plyometrics exercise uses the force of gravity to store potential energy in the muscles, which is then quickly transformed into kinetic energy.

    One of the most common forms of this exercise is the box jump, also known as the in-depth jump, wherein an athlete steps off the box and lands with his/her legs coiled then quickly leaps to the next box.

    Here are the top benefits of plyometric exercises that will help you decide if this type of fitness program is something that you need.

    1. Plyometrics Workouts Strengthen the muscle

    Muscles particularly in the legs are engaged and developed during this type of workout. Lean muscle mass in the legs are developed which make them stronger and more effective in carrying out physical activities.

    2. Plyometics Workouts Improve response time of muscles

    Especially in competitive sports, it is important for an athlete to be able to move quickly at a moment’s notice. With regular plyometric workout, you will notice the development of your explosive power, which can help you deliver superior athletic performance. Such sports include basketball, soccer, hockey, and so many more.

    3. Plyometric Workouts Increase endurance

    Another thing that athletes should have is endurance. They cannot get tired easily if they want to win in a sports competition. Partaking in plyometric training will increase one’s endurance significantly as well as allow the muscles to handle long athletic activities during peak performance.

    4. Plyometric Workouts Improve posture and balance

    After engaging in this exercise for even a short period, you will notice great improvement on your posture and balance.

    5. Plyometric Workouts Burns calories

    When you engage in any physical activity, you will obviously burn calories but what is great about plyometrics is that it also boosts your metabolic rate, which means that your body will become more effective in burning calories.

    6. Plyometric Workouts Reduces risk of injuries

    Plyometrics reduces risk of injuries by improving flexibility and range of motion. This is also achieved by strengthening the body and making it more resistant to injuries.

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    Article from wholefitness.com

  • Resistance Band Workouts

    Resistance Band Workouts

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    How To Use Resistance Bands For Great Workouts

    This week in our posts we are featuring Resistance  Band exercises and the many workouts that can be performed using resistance bands.

    Enjoy!Resistance band squats

    Resistance Band Squats

    1. Start by stepping on the resistance band with both feet shoulder width apart.

    2. Hold the resistance band at shoulder level with both hands. Start into a full squat while holding the band at shoulder height.

    3. Return to the starting position and repeat.

    Resistance band rows
    Resistance Band Bent Over Rows

    1. Start by placing the band under one foot and stepping backwards with the other foot.

    2. Bend over keeping your back flat and stop at a 45 degree angle.

    3. Pull the bands up towards your waist keeping your elbows in close together.

    4. Squeeze your shoulder blades together when performing rowing motion.

    Resistance band chest presses
    Alternate Lying Chest Presses – Resistance Band

    1. Lie on your back and place the resistance band under your back and hold the ends with both hands.

    2. Start by pressing one arm up towards the ceiling and then return to the starting position. Repeat with the other arm.

    Resistance band woodchops

    Diagonal Woodchops

    Starting Position: Loop the band under your left foot and grasp either end. Keep hands together and extend arms down towards left foot.

    1. Bring band up and away in a wood chopping motion.

    2. During this motion your feet stay stationary and you rotate at your trunk. Repeat this motion for the desired repetitions and then repeat in the opposite direction.

    Resistance band triceps extension
    Triceps Extension with Resistance Band

    1. Start by holding the tubing in one hand and placing that hand behind your back.

    2. Now grab the other end of the band with the arm that is over your head.

    3. Extend the top elbow until your arm is fully extended.

    4. Return to the starting position and repeat for the prescribed repetitions.

    Resistance band lunges
    Resistance Band Lunges

    1. Stand with feet hip width apart. Take left leg and step back approximately 2 feet standing on the ball of the foot. Place
    resistance band under front foot and hold the other end with your hands.
    2. Start position: Feet should be positioned at a staggered stance with head and back erect and straight in a neutral position.

    3. Lower body by bending at right hip and knee until thigh is parallel to floor. Body should follow a straight line down towards the floor.

    4. Return to start position.

    Resistance band lateral rows
    Lateral Rows with Resistance Band

    1. Step onto resistance band with feet hip width apart and knees slightly bent.

    2. Start position: Grasp ends with a neutral grip (palms facing each other). Arms should hang down to sides with elbows
    slightly bent.

    3. Raise band to side of body at shoulder height keeping elbows only slightly bent.

    4. Return to start position.

    Biceps curls with resistance bands
    Biceps Curls with Resistance Band

    1. Stand with feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, and at a staggered stance.

    2. Step onto middle of tubing with back foot or both feet.

    3. Start position: Grasp ends with underhand grip (palms facing forward) with arms hanging down at sides. Elbows should be close to sides.

    4. Flex at the elbows and curl band up to approximately shoulder level. Keep elbows close to sides throughout movement.
    5. Return to start position.

    6. Remember to keep back and head straight in a neutral position throughout movement. Shoulders should be stabilized by squeezing shoulder blades together slightly – only the elbow joint should be moving.

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    Article courtesy of  www.sport-fitness-advisor.com

    Resistance Band Workouts With Exercise Equipment

  • Creative Treadmill Workouts

    Creative Treadmill Workouts

    treadmill workoutsFor those of us who experience significant snowfall during winters, and who don’t want to convert to snowshoes, winter is the perfect season to experiment with some creative treadmill workouts.

    Treadmill Workouts don’t have to be mind-numbing.

    A repertoire of creative workouts can allow you to both have fun, while still achieving your fitness goals throughout the winter.

    Running On Land vs. Treadmill Workouts

    When running on a treadmill you don’t have to worry about wind resistance. You’re in a controlled environment where you can adjust the temperature in which you workout in.  However, if you’d like to get the feel of running outside without actually running outside, you need to set the treadmill to a 1%  incline (unless you’re doing hill repeats) to approximate the 7% energy cost your body usually uses to overcome the natural air resistance.

    Second, in treadmill running, the ground runs out from underneath you instead of you pushing against the ground to propel yourself over it.

    As a result, the biomechanics are slightly different. Also, since there are no curves or undulations in the surface of the treadmill belt, your footplant is exactly the same nearly every stride. Take care when starting treadmill running to let your body adjust to the different demands. You need to gradually introduce treadmill running to your winter routine, and it’s a good idea to do some preparatory easy treadmill runs before you do treadmill training.

    Treadmill Workouts: Six/Sevens

    1 Set: 90 seconds @ 6 percent grade and marathon pace
    1-minute recovery @ flat jog
    1 minute @ 7 percent grade and marathon pace
    2-minute recovery @ flat jog

    Do 6-10 sets.

    Treadmill Workout No. 1 comes from masters ace and long-time coach Gary Silver, who lives and trains in flat Florida. “This is a great hill program on a treadmill. You want to run the hill at your 5K race effort, which, in this workout, occurs at just slightly faster than your marathon pace.

    Increase the incline simultaneously with the speed — do not start your clock until the treadmill is at 6 percent and the speed has increased to marathon pace. I suggest four to six sets the first week’s workout, then six to eight, then eight to 10. If you were to do this hill workout leading into the Boston Marathon, I think you might even say that the Boston course is flat!”

    Treadmill Workouts: Faster, Faster

    1 Set: 400m @ easy run pace
    400m @ 15K (tempo) pace
    400m @ 3–5K race pace

    Do 4 sets.

    Treadmill Workout No. 2 comes from Illinois coach Bill Mitsos, whose daughter, Janna, is a three-time all-state cross country runner and was third at her state meet as a sophomore. “I used this workout with Janna, and it worked very well. Running the set four times gave her three miles of faster and faster running.

    This treadmill workout isn’t too boring because of the pace changes. She did the workout once every couple weeks, and then she raced great. I also noticed during the race she was changing gears easily.”

    Treadmill Workouts: The Pyramid

    Set 1: steady pace 1 minute each @ 4, 5 and 6 percent incline
    2-3 minutes recovery @ flat jog

    Set 2: steady pace 1 minute each @ 5, 6 and 7 percent incline
    2-3 minutes recovery @ flat jog

    Set 3: steady pace 1 minute each @ 6, 7 and 8 percent incline
    2-3 minutes recovery @ flat jog

    Set 4: steady pace 1 minute each @ 7, 6 and 5 percent incline
    2-3 minutes recovery @ flat jog

    Set 5: steady pace 1 minute each @ 6, 5 and 4 percent incline
    2-3 minutes recovery @ flat jog

    This fun treadmill workout comes from competitive masters runner Melissa Trunnell, who, despite living in Southern California, hits the treadmill for a fun diversion from her normal routine and when traveling for work. The usual warm-up and cool-down sandwich this treadmill workout.

    Treadmill Workouts: The Lab Rat

    Stage 1: 4 minutes @ easy run pace
    lower speed 2 mph for 2-minute recovery

    Stage 2: 4 minutes @ stage 1 pace + 1 mph
    lower speed 2 mph for 2-minute recovery

    Stage 3: 4 minutes @ stage 2 pace + 1 mph
    lower speed 2 mph for 2-minute recovery

    Stage 4: 4 minutes @ stage 3 pace + 1 mph
    lower speed 2 mph for 2-minute recovery

    Stage 5: 4 minutes @ stage 4 pace + 1 mph
    lower speed 2 mph for 2-minute recovery

    This fun threshold workout comes directly from the research project I worked on in graduate school. The incline remains at 1 percent throughout the workout. If your first stage is run at 7.5 mph (8 minutes per mile pace) then your next stages will be 8.5 mph (7:04 pace), 9.5 (6:19 pace), 10.5 (5:43 pace), and 11.5 (5:13 pace).

    This treadmill workout gets increasingly tough, and the last stage is very hard (and optional as you build up). After performing this treadmill workout once, you’ll find your best speeds for future treadmill workouts.

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    Article from Runningtimes.com

  • Strength Training More Important Then You Think. – Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    Strength Training More Important Then You Think. – Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    Many people associate strength training only with athletes.

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    At one time, perhaps, strength training was reserved only for athletes.

    Certainly the world of muscle building (apart from body building) was relatively unknown. But all that has changed in the last few generatias the health benefits of muscle strength and endurance have become known for men and women of all ages.

    As a result of technological advances, societal changes, and personal choices, all of us place fewer demands on our muscular systems.

    • Just 2 or 3 generations ago, wood was cut with hand saws.
    • Stairs were far more common than elevators, and children walked to and from school.
    • Recreational time was spent engaged in playing ball, climbing trees, running, jumping, and hide-n-seek, instead of parked in front of a video terminal playing video and computer games.
    • Simultaneously, in the United States, food has become less expensive (as a percentage of average income levels), more abundant, and more widely available.

    It’s easy to see how this combination of events has led to increased body fat. Although technology and automation provide for more comfortable lives and more leisure time, a price is paid by our muscular systems.

    Our bodies are miracles of adaptability

    Our bodies are capable of altering themselves in response to loads placed upon them in such a way that future, similar loads will be less stressful. Likewise, they can and will adapt to having no demands placed upon them, becoming increasingly weaker and less capable.

    In an earlier age when so much time was spent engaged in physically demanding activities, peoples’ muscular systems were stimulated vigorously. So going out of the way to engage in strength training was generally unnecessary.

    Today, however, unless you have a job that requires a great deal of physical activity, to ensure optimal health and maintain your functional capacities, you may have to give back a little of the leisure time you’ve gained through technology and mechanization and purposely stress your muscular systems with a program of strength training.

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    Article Courtesy of  WebMD

  • Workout benches, Get your workout benches. – Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    Workout benches, Get your workout benches. – Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    We have a great selection of workout bench in our store.  All the benches we have are all commercial quality benches and we have them at a great price.

    If your looking for a certain type of workout bench that you don’t see in our store feel free the give us a call at 1-800-988-7736 and we’ll see if we can get you the one for which you are searching.

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  • Just In!!! Medicine Balls and also a brief history on them. Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    We Have Medicine Balls

    A brief history on Medicine Balls

    Heavy Medicine Ball - Medicine BallsWe just got in a variety of medicine balls. From all different weights to different styles like non bounce to elite standard ones.  We even got racks for your medicine balls.

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    History of the Medicine Ball

    Medicine Ball has been known since the ancient times, training with Medicine ball is one of the oldest conditioning training. They were used by athletes such as wrestlers to increase strength and stamina. First data about medicine ball appears in Persia nearly 3000 years ago, later 2500 years ago the father of medicine Hippocrates use medicine ball for curing and rehabilitation.

    The first known forms of medicine ball were often animal bladders or animal skin stuffed with sand. Hippocrates recommended the use of animal skins in rounded form, also stuffed with sand. His patients threw them back and forth for injury prevention and rehabilitation. For better bouncing, balls were also made out of catgut (animal sinew) wound into a sphere and wrapped in leather or deerskin.

    Medicine ball appears in the texts of Greek physicians and in drawings of wrestlers. “Someday we will discover drawings of two cavemen throwing a round rock back and forth,” says Istvan Javorek, a former Romanian Olympic weightlifting coach and a member of the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame. “As long as there have been athletes, there have been medicine balls”. The Greek game of Episkyros was later adopted by the Romans, who renamed and transformed it into Harpastum (meaning “the small ball game”).

    The middle ages that followed were a dark period for rational physical training, but the noted Renaissance physician Hieronymous Mercurialis brought medical gymnastics back to life in the mid-1500’s. He renewed interest in Greek wisdom.

    The German educator Friedrich Froebel added a metaphysical dimension to ball training in the early 1800’s. From its ancient origins, medicine ball training for both the fit and ill found life in American physical culture. Early physical trainers commonly used four hand-held tools. Aaron Molyneaux Hewlett, curator of the Harvard College Gymnasium in the mid-1800s was photographed with them.

    The United States Military Academy used medicine balls in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Medicine Ball training gained popularity in Great Britain in the 1930’s.

    It has rolled through the centuries, its elemental formula unchanged and unsurpassed: Sphere + gravity = fitness. The medicine ball has toned presidents, altered Olympics and sculpted empires. It has survived wars and plagues.

    In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, the words “health” and “medicine” were synonymous. The so-called “Four Horsemen of Fitness” were the dumbbell, the Indian club, the wand and the medicine ball. This is where the beginnings of the modern medicine ball originate.

    Today the medicine ball serves much the same function as mentioned by Hippocrates. Stay with us and continue to follow our blog if you want to read and learn various facts about Medicine Ball.

    Source From

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  • Isagenix is Here!!!

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    Perfect Athletes need Perfect Nutrition from Isagenix

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    Isagenix Health and Wellness products from Isagenix International are the world’s leading cleansing and replenishing solution and system.  Click here to see what I personally use for training supplements.

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    Here at Exercise Equipment Service and Repair we understand the importance about keep your body fit and your exercise equipment in good shape. That’s why we are proud to announce that we are selling Isagenix products in our store.

    “Isagenix is about cleansing, replenishing, refreshing, and invigorating the human body and in doing so helping to maintain a healthy life.”

    We also actively practice the healthiest way to build lean muscle…for the best results in every workout! Isagenix rocks!

    Imagine…never brushing your teeth your whole life! How would your teeth look and feel? You most likely prevent your teeth from decaying but what about the inside of your body? How is that coping with all the impurities you are exposed to every day?

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