One of the most popular home workout solutions has to be the bowflex. With these machines you can do anything from 50 to 90 different exercises,targeting all the main muscle groups. There is quite an extensive range available and some of the highly sought models are the bowflex elite and the bowlfex power pro.
So what is all the fuss about?, I hear you thinking…why should i go for bowlfexs – power pro or elite? well, firstly the elite and power pro are the more popular of bowlfexs machines because of their pricing. The elite and power pro are mid low – mid in bowflexs range of home gym equipment. So as well as getting a good price, you get all of their advanced technology in the model you choose.
Bowflexs reputation is renowned and their secret is in the patented power rods that are featured on bowlexs models. These rods give you resistance, or weight in simpler terms, that fell as good as free weights but without the danger and common joint pain associated with free weights. These rods are so strong and resilient that bowlexs policy is that if you can wear them out they will replace them for free! Now thats confidence in your product.
The elite comes with 310lbs of resistance and can be upgraded to 410lbs. The elite model in bowflexs range will allow for some resistance to your small assistor and stabilizer muscles that a normal home gym will not. The elite is well designed as are all of bowflexs range and to change from one exercise to another is fairly easy.The elite model is safe, you can perform alot of different exercises, it allows for a good range of motion and does not take up alot of space.
The power pro is a little more expensive but not that much different from the elite, a few more exercise options and accessories but that is about it. The power pro is probably the most popular from bowflexs range and if you browse through links I have provided below, I am sure you will find what you are looking for.
Workplace Ergonomics & Desk Exercises Are Necessary To Reduce The Effect Of The Silent Plague Of The 21St Century Repetitive Strain Injury
Can a harmless mouse and keyboard inflict painful injuries?
Recently I was a guest at a lecture given by an ergonomic specialist for some 200 Investment Bankers and their staff at their headquarters. The speaker listed the most common computer injuries such as upper and lower back-pain, neck and shoulder pain, or painful wrists, and then turned towards his audience and asked how many have experienced one or more of those complaints. About a quarter of the bankers lifted their hands. A young participant stood up and said to the ergonomic specialist: “If you want the true answer you should phrase your question in a different way”, she turned to her colleagues and asked: “Is there anyone in this room who did not suffer from one or more of those complaints?” No one raised a hand. Why did 75% of the bankers choose not to raise their hands if they all had experienced some form of computer injury?
Computer injuries are by definition to Repetitive Strain Injury RSI. They are not accidents happening in split seconds, creating drama and drawing attention. They creep on us unaware and defenseless and when we become aware of a problem it often takes a long time to figure out the cause. Like bad habits, we tend to be ashamed of them: we feel it was so silly to have let such minor details like the distance of the mouse or keyboard from us develop into such major injuries through repetitiveness. Not knowing how to protect ourselves against RSI, or how to reverse a developing acute problem we postpone taking action until we have no other choice.
Computers and other gadgets are powerful instruments being operated for long hours by people who when reading the Users Guides will find nothing relating to the exposure to Repetitive Strain Injuries and to ways of avoiding those. Unlike medicines where counter-indications show up fast and often dramatically clearly indicating the cause, the slow and subversive nature of the RSI creates an absence of responsibility to the problem. The manufacturer sells the hardware and software and can not be held responsible for the use one makes of them. Employers often do not know of a problem and may not want to be bothered by such “trivial” problems like a distance between employees and their keyboards. External advisors are often asked not to put into their reports matters that may incur costs on the corporation and going to the gym is rarely regarded as a solution for a pain one has developed in the wrist. Physicians will treat the symptoms. They can not be expected to check every patient’s work-station, or trace a shoulder problem all the way back to the use of a certain device.
The nature of the RSI problem and the size of it suggest that the only viable way to address it is to provide computer users (and other gizmo users) with an integral software/content accompanying product of both an ergonomic and protective training nature which is part of the package the user receives when buying/operating the device. Ergonomic instructions should be there for users to consult with, exercises should be available to call upon as training for protection, as training for pain relief and for injury reversal.
One unique solution to this problem has been developed by Desk-Trainer Ltd., a small company from San Rafael, CA and Tel-Aviv. Desk-Trainer has identified the need for an urgent solution/service to fill the void and created a software/content solution it offers as a subscription service over the web and in a corporate version. Their web-site offers advice for office workplace ergonomics as well as desk exercises, office stretches to protect against Repetitive Strain Injuries and to relieve computer injuries. Desk-Trainer is also adapting the content for PDAs and cellular to assist people on the move.
Individuals and corporations looking for ways to reduce the risk of RSI and increase employee productivity, should consider taking a proactive approach to the problem and investigate solutions such as Desk-Trainer as a way to reduce lost productivity and medical claims.
Although simple – If you breath correctly, you will find it easy to relax and provide adequete oxygene to your muscles. You will notice the difference when you breathe correctly as it will enhance your overall experience. Breathing is a major part of all pilates exercises. You simply breathe in through your nose for a count of five, and out through your mouth for a count of 5, with a shushing sound. Make the breaths into short, rhythmic bursts – in,in,in,in,in and shush,shush,shush,shush,shush. Never rush your breathing and don’t go overboard to the point that you feel light headed and fall over.
This will help you with core balance. Core balance works in harmony with the alignment of your feet supporting your whole body. You will be amazed at how much strength your toes possess to balance your body. This movement strengthens the muscles on the top of your feet and increases the blood flow into your toes. Poor circulation to your feet can lead to stiff muscles and problems that affect the rest of your body.
This is a very simple exercise designed to improve circulation and enhance your awareness of balance.
Start standing with your feet together inlign with your body. Hold your head straight and keep your arms rested at your sides. Start simply by raising your right foot toes slowly up as far as they will go and then back down again. Do this a couple of times alternating feet.
Then lift up the toes of both feet at the same time pressing the metatarsal bones at the base of your toes strongly and evenly into the floor.
** Remember – Do not roll your feet inward or outward while performing the exercise. And do not lean back as you lift **
You should be breathing in as you lift, and breathing out as you lower your toes. Try closing your eyes as you exhale and lower your toes. Keep your eyes closed for five repetitions and you will notice an improvement in your sense of balance.
This exercise improves the circulation in your arms and hands. The increased blood flow into the fingertips helps to flush out toxins and reduce arthritis or stiffness in the joints. It’s also a good forearm workout and is excellent for relieving aching elbows.
Start standing with your feet together inlign with your body. Hold your hands down in front of you below your waist and make loose fists by rolling up your fingers with your thumb on top. In this exercise your arms should always be fully extended as they move in a circular motion into six main positions.
1. Down and in front. Hands facing inwards.
2. Raised to shoulder height and in front. Hands facing inward
3. Stretched straight up. Hands facing inward.
4. Stretched out to the sides. Hands facing upwards.
5. Lowered to 45 degrees. Hands facing down.
6. Lowered to sides. Hands facing inward.
The idea is to strongly flick your fingers open continually throughout all the positions. Do eight flicks while you stand in position 1 and four flicks as you move to position 2. Do eight flicks while standing in position 2 and four flicks as you move into position 3. Continue this pattern.
** Remember – Keep your wrists still and your arms straight **
This is a classic pilates exercise so named because it takes a count of 100 to complete. This exercise strengthens core abdominal muscles and expands the chest and ribcage.
This is a floor or mat exercise. It involves raising your legs to vertical and waving or pulsing your arms up and down in small motions.
1. Start by lying on the floor with knees bent as if you were doing sit-ups and have your arms resting palm down at your side.
2. Squeeze your abdominal muscles so that your head, neck, and shoulders raise off the floor. Keep your abdominals squeezed tight throughout the whole exercise. Stretch your arms forward toward your toes and start pulsing them up and down a distance of about 15cm. Stay is this position for a count of 20.
3. Slowly lift your legs to a 90 degree angle with your body. Continue the pumping for a further count of 20.
4. Slowly extend your legs straight up to the ceiling and keep pumping for 20 counts.
5. Begin to lower your legs at a 45 degree diagonal to your torso and keep pumping for 20 counts.
6. Keep your legs straight and lower them as close to the ground as possible without lifting your spine off the floor and keep pumping for 20 counts.
7. Lower your head to the floor. Release your arms, bend your knees, and place your feet back on the floor.
Roll-up to Diamond:
This exercise works your abdominals and improves flexibility of your spine. This is a floor or mat exercise and involves rolling up your upper body while extending your arms.
1. Lie with your legs in the diamond position. Keep your back flat on the floor and rest your arms on the floor above your head. The diamond position is when you point your toes and bring your legs into a diamond shape with your knees out to the sides.
2. Lift your arms toward the ceiling and slowly start rolling or peeling your upper body off the floor from your head down.
3. Keep peeling and extend your legs forward while keeping your toes pointed.
4. Stretch your arms and torso forward over your legs creating a C shape with your body. Keep your abdominal muscles tight and hold your arms directly around your ears.
5. Begin to roll back down to the floor pulling your legs back into the diamond position. Your arms should start to point to the ceiling again.
6. Finish in the starting position with your spine flat on the floor, your hands resting above your head and your legs in the diamond position.
** Remember – Keep the movement fluid and constant. Work with your abdominal muscles. Don’t straighten your spine while rolling. If you feel any stress or discomfort, hold on to your thighs until you are stronger. **
For more pilates exercises check out http://www.pilates-class.com
Its summertime, and the living is easy except when you have to think about putting on an itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny yellow polka dot bikini! But dont worry, theres still time to get in shape to strut your stuff on the beach or the boardwalk!
These tried-and-tested exercises can give you quick results with just 10 minute focused workouts every other day. (If youre on a serious mission and feeling really motivated, feel free to go for it every day!) And dont forget to mix up these moves with some cardio work, even if its a game of soccer with the kids or a brisk walk to the park. Take advantage of the extra quality time youre spending with the kids, family or friends this summer – whether at home or on vacation – and put the fun things you do to work to stay active. Every calorie counts!
And after a few weeks with these exercises, you can look your best in the seasons latest teeny-weeny bikini fashions! Have fun in the sun but dont forget the sunscreen!!
For this exercise you want to balance your weight on your forearms with your elbows directly underneath your shoulders. Make sure to pull your shoulder blades down towards the hips (away from your ears) this will keep the stress off your shoulders. Extend your hips and spine, pull in your abs (this supports your torso) and bend your right knee slightly off the floor for more support. First Inhale, and then as you exhale extend your left leg straight out to hip height, contracting the glutes and hamstrings. Your hips should be facing forward at all times. With a slight bend, return the left leg to meet the opposite supporting leg.
Repeat up to 20 repetitions, keeping the torso still, then switch to the other side.
Glutes, hamstrings, abs, and lats.
Super Butt Kicks
Lay down on your back, placing your arms down by your side. Lift your hips off the floor in a bridge position. Your right knee should be bent with the heel in line with your sit bone, and your left leg should be extended straight up. As you inhale, lower your left leg to the floor. Be sure to keep your hips still and maintain the bridge position. Exhale and bring the leg back up to the start position
Repeat up to 20 reps, then lower your left leg to the floor in the same bent position as the right. Lower your butt to the floor, rest, and change over to the other leg.
Glutes, hamstrings, abs
Lay down on your back with knees bent at a 45-degree angle. Head, neck and shoulders should be off the floor and hands resting on your knees. On an exhale, draw in your abs and simultaneously extend your left leg out and your right hand over your head. Repeat this move, alternating your arms and legs. Keep your eyes focused on your belly button at all times, and if you start to feel tension in your neck, lower your head down to the floor. (This will get easier as you build more strength in the abs.)
Build up to 20 repetitions completed twice with a 30-second to 1-minute break. Make sure not to sacrifice form.
Side Plank Leg Lifts
Lay down on your side, balancing on your right hip and resting on your right forearm. Your right elbow should be directly underneath your shoulder and your knees bent and stacked on top of each other. While exhaling, contract your abs, and lift your hips off the floor. At the same time, extend your left arm and leg out to the side of your body, making sure to keep the knee and toe facing forward.
Try for 10-15 reps, then turn over onto your other side and repeat.
Everyone needs to make use of some good stretching exercises before they do any other kinds of exercises. Stretching exercises are not something that you need to do just once or twice a week. It is important that you do some great stretching exercises before you exercise each and every time. These stretching exercises will help you to get your muscles warmed up; and ready for anything that you throw at them. With out stretching exercises you are bound to pull some muscles and this can hold you back.
You cannot afford to let your muscles get pulled and torn if you want to get in good shape, that is why it is so vitally important to learn some good stretching exercises.
The stretching exercises that you choose need not be too complex or too fancy, they only need to work. And not all stretching exercises are for everyone. There are different levels to stretching exercises just as there are with any other kind of exercise as well. The stretching exercises that you choose to do each time you work out should suit your exercises and your body.
For example you do not want to try advanced yoga on the first day you have tried yoga. You need to work up to the more advanced levels of stretching exercises. Keep this in mind and start with simple and easy stretches. This is the best way to stay in good shape all throughout your body. Remember that if you hurt yourself doing your stretching exercises you will not be able to do your regular exercises, you will be in too much pain. Even missing a few days can really throw off your stride when it comes to your exercise routines.
There are many books out there for you to read that will help you to find the best stretching exercises for your body type and fitness level. If you cannot afford to go out and buy a bunch of these expensive books then consider checking them out at your local library. There you will find all kinds of fantastic stretching exercises and they will not cost you anything, they are all free.
You can also find all kinds of great stretching exercises online. These will be everything that you need in order to start up a good stretching routine. These will keep you in tip top shape all year long and looking your absolute best. There are hundreds of websites on the internet that will be able to supply you with many different stretching exercises. These are the stretching exercises that you need to get your hands on. It is also these stretching exercises that will change your entire life. If your exercise routine needs a little pick me up then you can use these stretching exercises in order to give yours just that.
Lower abdominal exercises for women are an important part of women’s health. While everybody talks about how wonderful it would be to have six pack abs, it is not the only reason to make sure that you work out this part of your body. Having strong abdominal muscles can also improve your health in other ways – for instance, giving you better posture and reducing back strain. Most people do some abdominal exercises – however, the lower abs are often overlooked.
By using one or two effective types of lower abdominal exercises for women, you can make sure that this important muscle group is also getting worked out effectively. Several of the exercises may require more equipment than you have readily available – however, most lower abdominal exercises are easy to do at home and do not require much extra equipment.
Effective Lower Abs Exercises For Beginners
Lying Leg Raises – Lie down on a flat bench. Raise your arms above your head and have your hands hold the edges of the bench or (if you have one) the hand-grip behind your head. With your legs slightly bent at the knee, raise them all the way up to the vertical position. Pause a second and then slowly lower them. Try not to touch the ground at the bottom. This control will keep tension on the abdominals throughout the exercise and will therefore increase the intensity. Repeat for your designated number of reps and sets.
Reverse Crunch – Lie face up on a flat exercise bench, raise your arms and firmly grasp the edge of the bench above or alongside your head. With your knees bent (and locked in this position), contract your abs and lift your hips to bring your knees in toward your chest – hold for three seconds and lower your hips back to the bench. Repeat for your designated number of reps and sets.
Leg Lifts Are More Advanced Exercises For Lower Abs
First of all, the hanging leg raise is one of the most effective types of abs exercises. For this exercise, however, you’re going to need a lat pull-up bar to hang from. This bar is going to need to be high enough that you can hang from it with your arms fully extended (with your hands shoulder width apart) for long enough to do the exercise – without your feet touching the floor. Then, use your abdominal muscles (you will need to focus) to move your legs up until you are sitting in the air.
Important Notes For All Abs Exercises
Do not over train your abs. Remember that success is always a result of many efforts. Never train you abs if they are still very sore from a previous workout. Mildly sore is okay.
Keep your abs pulled in tight through each repetition to get the maximum benefit of each rep.
Keep your range of motion between 30-45 degrees from the floor or bench (the horizontal position). This helps to minimize the hip-flexor area movement and makes sure that the abs get their full workout.
Always keep your spine, neck, head and shoulder in alignment to prevent strains.
When you do sit-ups and crunches, or any other exercise that requires your hands to be behind your head, never interlock your fingers as this causes you to pull on your head and will put your spine out of alignment which may cause strains to your spine.
How’s the weight looking these days? Is the bathroom scale taunting you relentlessly? You know what; I’ll bet it’s flat out lying to you. Scales have a tendency to do that, right? Okay, this is highly unlikely. But don’t you ever feel that way? Our weight tends to fluctuate up and down, but it never seems to reach that low number we’re looking for. One day you think you dropped four pounds, but the next day it’s right back on. Now, you could scowl furiously at the scale, and chuck it out the bathroom window. Or you could just adopt a good exercise regime. The latter may be a more health option. What you need is a new and improved diet plan and good aerobic exercises.
How often do you exercise? This is an important question that everyone should be asking themselves. Fitness is a key factor in staying healthy and living well. You want to live well, right? Of course, we all want to live hospital-free lives. Therefore good habits must be acquired, and at a youthful age if possible. It’s always prudent to start earlier, rather than later. In recent years my wife and I decided to better our diet. We are slim folks, but that is not the only aspect to consider.
A slim figure doesn’t automatically guarantee that you’re healthy. Poor eating habits can have powerful effects on your body and mind. Plus we want our children to adopt healthy eating routines as well. On top of a proper diet, we all began doing more exercises. This is something all human beings should seriously consider. Just like a machine, your body can really depreciate if you fail to ever use it. Sitting in a chair in a cubicle the entire day and watching television in potato-couch style the entire evening do not help much.
What we all need are some aerobic exercises; by that I mean decent ones which make you really sweat and your breathing faster. You need to get the heart pumping and muscles working. You not only burn calories, but also make the body stronger and increase your stamina. With regular aerobic exercises, you also increase your energy levels. This is ideal if you are a busy-body like me. I think it’s safe to say that we could all benefit from being able to generate some more energy and last for longer. The sad truth is that so many individuals are blind to this simple fact: energy depends on diet and exercise. These are crucial factors, folks.
Are you in search of some great aerobic exercises and cannot afford a private consultation with that well-paid personal trainer? Well, if this is the case, maybe you want to try the World-Wide-Web. On the Internet there are abundant diet plans, workout regimes, and aerobic exercises ready at your service. It’s as good as having multiple personal trainers and as easy as punching a few keywords in a quick Google search. What cha waiting for? Time to put on those athletic shoes and move your muscles!