"Time is money," Benjamin Franklin advised a young tradesman in a 1748 essay. Although we don’t know to what extent he applied Franklin’s wisdom, most of us do understand the implications of this adage in our own lives. When it... Read more
It’s a classic question with no right or wrong answer. If you want an effective strength training workout, should you use free weights or machines? Which option will help you reach your goals? SparkPeople’s Fitness Experts voice... Read more
Spending a good 60 minutes on the treadmill is a surefire way to make you feel accomplished. After completing the machine's fat-burning workout, you feel great and quite proud of yourself as you stare at the number flashing on the screen: 752 cal... Read more
If you’ve never tried a stair stepping machine (StairMaster, stair climber, etc.), you’re missing out on a fantastic cardio exercise that strengthens your legs and lungs at the same time. A stair stepper is a moderate-intensity option tha... Read more
Upper body (arm) ergometers aren't a gym staple, but they're becoming more readily available in physical therapy offices, hospitals, universities and modern gyms. Targeted to meet the fitness needs of individuals who cannot use their legs for... Read more
I was wondering if there is a certain number or reps and sets that I should stick by when working out on weight machines or with similar activities? I do two sets of ten per machine typically. My other question beyond that was how do I know whether t... Read more
My workout routine at Curves.At Curves they have a computerized personal trainer called Curves Smart and you have to keep your reps on the machine consistent and steadily improve on each machine by maintaining a green light on the machine when you ch... Read more
Want toned abs and a flatter stomach? If all the DVDs, workout gizmos and "belly-fat-burning" pills, books, and diets out there are any indication, we're obsessed with slimming down our midsections, and for good reason. A flat stomach n... Read more
Last week's fitness blog featured strength training exercises a beginner could do at home. This week's blog features those exercises that allow you to do a full-body workout routine in the gym.
If you feel you do not have time to incorporate al... Read more
Ok, so I've been to the gym more times than I can count but I need some quick help on machines that work shoulders, chest and back. I worked my arms yesterday, and can't do a leg day because my foot is out of commission for the next week. I know of... Read more
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