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Entries in treadmills (8)


5 Signs Your Gym’s Treadmill Belt is Finished 

This is an IHRSA featured post, brought to you by SPORTSMITH.

On top of the list of things that annoy health club members is encountering an unoccupied machine with a sign saying, “Out of Order.” One popular article from Men’s Fitness magazine called “10 Reasons to Dump Your Gym” listed “broken equipment not getting fixed on time” at number one. 

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The Real Results of Interval Training

This is an associate feature post, sponsored by TRUE Fitness.

Thinking about taking your workout to the next level with interval training? Interval training is a great way to get in an intense workout in a short amount of time. Here’s how interval training works and how you can use a treadmill or elliptical to get in a great interval training workout.

Why Use Interval Training?

Interval training works because when you work out in short, intense bursts, the trauma your muscles go through signals your body to adapt to the stress by being able to convert more oxygen into energy. Interval training is very effective and you don’t need any special equipment with interval training: 

  • You get more exercise in a shorter amount of time
  • You’ll burn more calories
  • Your cardiovascular fitness will improve 

It’s recommended that you start off slow if you are new to interval training before moving up to a more intense workout so your body can get used to it. For example, as you advance, the recovery phase of the workout will reduce. Remember to always talk to your doctor before starting a new workout—especially if it is of a much higher intensity than you are used to and have a chronic illness.

Interval Training for Treadmills

When doing interval training on the treadmill, you will be changing up the incline and speed while alternating between: 

  • Sprints
  • Runs
  • Walks 

You can also walk sideways for 30 seconds on each side to give your leg muscles an extra work out and burns more calories. Adjust the speed and incline of the treadmill every so often so your body is continually challenged.

Interval Training for Ellipticals 

The elliptical is a great machine for elevating your heart rate with minimal impact while working out your upper and lower body at the same time. For interval training on the elliptical, begin by warming up and experimenting with the settings to find the setting that will give you a good resistance. Then, gradually increase the elliptical’s resistance and stride rate.

As with treadmills, cool down with slower movements for a few minutes to recover before increasing the resistance and speed again.


Treadmills Reign Supreme Among Health Club Users

Treadmills are the most popular form of equipment-based exercise among club members, according to IHRSA’s Consumer Trend Report, which analyzed seasonality of club membership and usage based on data from Spring 2014 to Fall 2014. 

Other key findings include: 

  • Significantly more men use weight/resistance machines than women. Women are more likely to use cardiovascular equipment than men with the exception of stationary bicycles. 
  • Women members visited health clubs more frequently than their counterparts during the Spring/Summer season, while male nonmembers were more likely to have more frequent visits than non-member women. 
  • Health club usage peaks among those who earn between $50,000 to $74,999 annually and then declines for households earning less than $50,000 or over $75,000. 
  • The largest segment of members, whether male or female visit their club between 25x and 51x annually (less than once a week). Women are more likely to be core users (use at least 100x annually) than men.

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Smart phones. Smart watches. Smart treadmills? Believe it. 

This post is sponsored by Matrix Fitness:

Imagine walking up to a treadmill and pressing the “Go” button. It immediately adjusts to your pace and loads a hill workout (because it’s Tuesday and it knows you always run hills on Tuesday). You immediately start listening to your favorite songs, loaded from your own playlists, through your wireless headphones. You hop off and your workout stats pop up on your smart watch. Later you get a personalized assessment of your progress (and see that your effort trailed off after mile three) as you review your data on your tablet. And the next time you go to your doctor, she congratulates you on your weight loss and cautions you to keep track of your heart rate during your Sprint 8® workouts – before you even say hello.

That’s what console technology can do – and what I expect it to do in the not-too-distant future. It might sound far off, but it really isn’t when you consider how fast console and personal fitness technology are evolving. In fact, I’d be lying if I said console technology isn’t the most dynamic facet of fitness equipment at the moment.

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Treadmills Definitely Still in Conversation

A Freemotion treadmill at an IHRSA trade show.Have you been jonesing for the next This Week in the Fitness Industry? Well, it is Friday, so it must be time for the next installment.


Not your parents' treadmills

A woman runs on a treadmill during the 2014 IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show.Treadmill users in recent years have experienced many new features that improve workouts - from greater shock- absorption, to personalized routines, to abundant entertainment choices - all facilitated by technology.

Today’s treadmills offer an entertainment playground, including Internet connectivity; large, HD screens; virtual landscapes; compatibility with smartphones and tablets; and Bluetooth communication. One model from the WNQ Body Building Equipment Company in China is equipped with an integrated television.

With the rising popularity of mobile devices and apps, the demand among consumers is growing for wearable activity monitors and sport watches, and for connectivity between the treadmill and these devices for workout tracking and data capture.

Read on for more on treadmill offerings.


Technogym's latest technological advancement to be unveiled this week

Technogym will certainly be one of the biggest hits at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, Jan. 7-10, when it unveils the first Google Glass-controlled treadmill.

The addition to Technogym's Wellness on the Go is a first for cardio equipment. Those with Google glasses can enjoy a totally personalized workout experience and even communicate with friends or a trainer from a webcam. It is part the company's UNITY technology, which allows users to to connect and engage with any Technogym equipment, anywhere in the world.

“With the look and feel of a tablet, Technogym’s UNITY console offers a revolutionary, interactive training experience. “It provides users with a personalized training program. It’s open to any third party app and device, like Google glasses or the many movement tracking devices,” said Nerio Alessandri, Technogym president and founder, in a press release.

Learn more about Technogym's newest advancement here.




Sproing will be back at trade show with final product

Sproing Fitness came to the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show two years ago with its prototype for a treadmill that puts less impact on one's knees.

Next month the company will be showcasing the final product. In addition, they will explain to those interested some of the small group exercise possibilities with their product.

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