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CONTEST CLOSED: A Poll and Giveaway from Life Fitness

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10/13/2010 6:00 PM   :  61 comments   :  14,877 Views

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The folks at Life Fitness are giving away Body Shape Kits (pictured above) to help two lucky readers turn their homes into a fitness haven.

They say: "The Body Shape Kit addresses the five key elements of a healthy lifestyle--cardio, strength, balance, nutrition, and education--to help educate, inspire, and motivate you to achieve your fitness goals. The kit's cardio routine is shaped by the heart/rate pedometer watch, which keeps your heart rate in check as you track your steps toward a healthier life. The pedometer is ideal for walking or running, and comes with a fitness towel to keep you dry. To improve your muscle definition and power-up for everyday activities, you can turn to the strength package, which comes with two resistance rings, two resistance tubes, and two comfortable hand weights. The strength package lets you work all your major muscle groups, including biceps, triceps, back, shoulders, chest, and more."

Click here to enter, and take the quick survey below. The contest runs now through 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20. The usual rules apply.



A Life Fitness survey reported that most women are likely to use cardio machines when they workout while most men spend their time on strength training (i.e. free weights and weigh machines). Which exercise area in your gym do you spend the most time?



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  • 61
    I think the pole is right on point. I do spend more time on the machines doing strength training & I do not use free weights. These results are then used to consider design while accomodating exercise needs. They know if it was a man or a woman because you cannot vote unless you are logged in. Makes perfect sense to me. - 10/19/2010   12:14:00 PM
  • 60
    I do most of my cardio out doors so when I'm at the gym I can focus on strength training. - 10/19/2010   3:19:24 AM
  • 59
    I voted strength training..But when I went to the gym...I spent almost all my time swimming. I dropped 50lbs doing that plus alot of walking.
    - 10/18/2010   7:28:32 AM
  • 58
    I love cardio! :) - 10/17/2010   10:38:56 AM
  • 57
    I chose cardio because as of now, that's what I'm doing the most of since I do cardio 6 days out of the week and weights 4 days out of the week. - 10/17/2010   8:17:38 AM
  • 56
    I typically do my cardio outside rather than in a gym, but if I do go to a gym, I take advantage of the cardio machines. I'll spend some time with weight-training machines, but not as much. - 10/16/2010   10:33:52 AM
  • 55
    I do 70 minutes on the elliptical machines 3x a week then about 10-15 minutes on the strength training machines. I prefer the machines to the free weights, though I use free weights at home. - 10/16/2010   2:40:43 AM
  • 54
    When I go to the gym, I use EFX I love it! - 10/15/2010   6:32:49 PM
  • 53
    I use free weights, balance ball, and videos at home - 10/15/2010   5:38:31 PM
  • 52
    I start my workout with cardio every time I go to the gym. Most days there I also do some strength training and 1 day a week I do cardio only.
    I also find opportunities to to include outdoor cardio when I can. Last weekend was cutting wood for 4 hours. I think that counts! - 10/15/2010   10:13:35 AM
  • 51
    I belong to a gym and enjoy the various workout classes, especially aqua aerobics. I also have some workout equipment at home so I get a workout in even if I can't get to the gym. - 10/14/2010   11:27:58 PM
  • 50
    I would rather do my cardio out of doors (hiking, biking, running) than in a gym. - 10/14/2010   11:16:48 PM
  • 49
    I love strength training but I rathar do it in a group setting - 10/14/2010   10:04:11 PM
  • BIKEGIRL13
    48
    My work out is actually riding a bike outside. I do have a treadmill and use it in the winter. I am hoping to add strength training - 10/14/2010   6:34:00 PM
  • 47
    Back when I belonged to a gym I always used the strength training machines and tools more than the cardio. - 10/14/2010   3:38:10 PM
  • 46
    Any chance this might become available for purchase on the Spark Store, for those of us not lucky enough to win it in the giveaway? Looks like something I'd be interested in owning! - 10/14/2010   3:28:32 PM
  • 45
    I couldn't participate in the poll because I spend pretty much equal time on cardio and on weight lifting - about 30 minutes each 3-5 times a week. - 10/14/2010   3:18:09 PM
  • 44
    I like going to the gym but cant afford it right now because I have been laid off. So this would be great for me! - 10/14/2010   2:19:49 PM
  • SAMIRATOU
    43
    I do cardio, strength training and classes. I ended up voting classes because that ends up being the most actual time spent (2-3 hour-long zumba classes, versus 20 minutes 3x a week for strength and 30 minutes 1-2x a week on cardio machines). To me, it's the classes that make a gym membership worthwhile. I can do strength training stuff pretty much anywhere, but find that in person classes are much more fun than a DVD in the living room. - 10/14/2010   2:08:13 PM
  • 42
    I live to far from the nearest gym to make a membership worthwhile. (Even the Y is a 30 minute drive away.) I do cardio in my home with DVD's or walk outside or at the public school. I used to be faitful about doing ST but have fallen out of the habit...must get back to my 3 X a week routines. - 10/14/2010   12:18:48 PM
  • 41
    Winters coming quickly..Can't always get to the gym with bad weather..it would be great to have an alternative at home.. - 10/14/2010   12:08:33 PM
  • 40
    I usually make it to the gym 3X a week for cardio, strengthening with free weights and then 2X a week I just started doing yoga at home for balance and stretching. I'd love to have equipement so I could do more at home when it's hard to get out:) I have a special needs child so I would definitely get more accomplished if I could workout at home:) - 10/14/2010   11:49:41 AM
  • 39
    Would love to be able to add this to my treadmill - 10/14/2010   11:33:30 AM
  • 38
    At 62 I've spent most of my time caring for kids and grandkids. Add to that an elderly mother in-law. Now it's time for me! I can't afford a gym, so hope that I'm a lucky winner. Good luck every0one. - 10/14/2010   11:30:02 AM
  • 37
    40- 50 minutes of cardio at the gym, bike, treadmill, eliptical, stair climber, then the weight machines. I guess I'd have to have trainer teach me free weights, and true that area is only full of men, rarely women. - 10/14/2010   11:28:09 AM
  • 36
    I spent years intimidated by even going into the free weight room at my gym. There were always men in there, rarely a woman. Finally, just a few weeks ago, I took my husband along and said "Show me how to use this stuff." I couldn't believe the relatively fast results I started seeing by using the equipment in the weight room! - 10/14/2010   11:24:14 AM
  • 35
    I definitely need to up my strength training (I know I keep saying that...now I actually need to DO it!) - 10/14/2010   11:11:53 AM
  • JENNIBABCOCK
    34
    I've been doing kettlebell training so I get both done at once. Love how I feel after, I'm a busy mom of two young boys and need more energy to keep up with them. - 10/14/2010   11:11:39 AM
  • ROSEBUD1954
    33
    I was diagnosed Type2 so need to up my workout. This would really help me start to build a workout area in my home that I could use anytime!!
    Thanks Sparks for all these opportunities! - 10/14/2010   11:03:16 AM
  • TOWANDA132
    32
    I am working piece by piece on my home gym. I had to get rid of gym, tv, and internet to save enough money to pay the essentials. I love to be active and i do miss my gym. - 10/14/2010   10:47:39 AM
  • 31
    At 62, pre-diabetic, and obese, I could certainly use this equipment in my home ... I am currently a Leslie Sansone Walk at Home participant and I use our Wii for Yoga but .... I need some strength equipment to help me get stronger and leaner. Hoping I will be a lucky winner on this contest. - 10/14/2010   10:33:41 AM
  • 30
    With three kids and both my husband and I being full time students we don't ever have time to go to the gym nor the extra funds to have a membership at a gym closer to our home than the university. We recently bought a treadmill and I love running. I used to hate it, but I can get two miles done in about 30 minutes at a decent clip. I would love to do strength training at home. - 10/14/2010   10:17:44 AM
  • 29
    I do more cardio at my gym right now... but I love Zumba Class and learning the weights! - 10/14/2010   10:12:38 AM
  • 28
    Definitely classes right now...followed by weight. Aerobic machines are a bit boring. - 10/14/2010   9:47:01 AM
  • 27
    I love to work out on my Wii - 10/14/2010   9:46:27 AM
  • 26
    I do enjoy cardio, but lifting weights has really helped me to trim down more. I can tell a difference in my clothes. I think it's important for women to learn how to strength train, don't be intimidated by all of those men on the free weight side! - 10/14/2010   9:42:29 AM
  • PROPMAN1
    25
    Have been trying to give both treadmill and weights the same amount of time but....tend to lean more towards the treadmill. - 10/14/2010   9:38:51 AM
  • RLMCCUE
    24
    I definitely lean towards more classes and focus on cardio than strength training, and I need to adjust my workouts accordingly. I like spinning, yoga, chi ball, zumba, and water aerobics. For strength training I usually do one of Coach Nicole's 10 minute videos.

    I think that this giveaway would be perfect for any beginner or athlete, and I want to thank you guys for always giving us such great opportunities to win healthy stuff! - 10/14/2010   9:16:36 AM
  • 23
    I LOVE the cardio machines, when I am at a gym. This is a great prize....I hope I win. :D - 10/14/2010   9:12:27 AM
  • 22
    I use the cardio machines at the gym but also go to yoga classes, resistance classes and strength training. - 10/14/2010   9:11:37 AM
  • 21
    I don't go to a gym but do weights at home and also videos and intense Wii workouts -- that Gold GYm for Wii is pretty awesome - 10/14/2010   9:05:11 AM
  • 20
    I detest the gym, but we are putting a home gym into our basement, being finished as I type! Would LOVE to have this kit to outfit the room - we already have a DVD/TV set up, lots of DVDs, including the SP ones by Coach Nicole, yoga, pilates, and LOTS of Jillian Michael! Hoping to add an elliptical and/or treadmill.... - 10/14/2010   8:05:23 AM
  • CHRISTY0615
    19
    Most of my time (4 days a week) is spent in Krav Maga classes, which can include all of the above (though not machines). I do have a treadmill, captain's chair and free weights at home, which I use when not in class or walking a local trail with a friend. - 10/14/2010   6:46:22 AM
  • 18
    cardio here..i'd love to get into weights! - 10/14/2010   6:45:07 AM
  • TWOOFTHREE
    17
    I definitely prefer strength-training. I use both machines (legs, triceps and back) and free weights (legs, shoulders, chest, biceps).

    I strength train 6 days a week and do cardio about 3 times a week. It's not unhealthy at all.

    - 10/14/2010   6:14:29 AM
  • 16
    Of course I spend most of my gym time on cardio -- I do 40+ minutes of cardio each day, and doing strength training more than 3 days/week isn't healthy. But I do use the free weights at the gym twice each week, enough to build stronger muscles. - 10/14/2010   5:39:06 AM
  • 15
    I like going to the gym to jog on a treadmill, but my absolute favorite way to workout is Zumba!! I go 3x a week, and love every second of it! I also love to walk outside and get some fresh air! I don't really like strength training, but I know how important it is, and try to make sure I do it 3x a week as well. - 10/14/2010   1:26:18 AM
  • 14
    I can not afford a gym but if I could I would utilize as much of it as possible - 10/14/2010   1:17:14 AM
  • 13
    Love the cardio. I do bike, treadmill and elipitical so I break it up. - 10/14/2010   12:38:50 AM
  • HAPPYCHERRY
    12
    I'm weights all the way! i hate doing cardio inside a gym. i like the fresh air of the outdoors so much better - 10/14/2010   12:08:17 AM

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