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Guru Pasternak picks IHRSA 2014 trade show faves

Helix Lateral TrainerHarley Pasternak, a celebrity trainer, nutrition expert, and best-selling author, knows a good thing when he sees it.

“The IHRSA trade show, held in San Diego, was definitely the place to be if you’re searching for all of the latest and greatest fitness gadgets, exercise equip- ment, and any fat-burning machine you can think of,” he wrote in a recent blog. “I’ve been attending the show for nearly 20 years, and remember when fitness innovations like the elliptical, arc trainer, and spin cycles were first introduced.”

Pasternak then went on to identify and describe four products that were among his personal favorites - ones that he’s considering purchasing for his own studio.  His picks and comments follow:

  • Harley PasternakThe Helix - “This is sort of like an elliptical, but it moves side to side (rather than forward and back), thus blasting the inner/outer thighs, hips, butt, and even your obliques (love handles). I love this machine! Not only can you do regular cardio on it, I also tried getting in the plank position with my feet on the floor and my hands on the pedals - and my abs are still hurting.”
  • Cybex Eagle Strength Equipment - “The (revamped) 12-piece lineup (that became) available this spring, has finishings that look like they belong in a Porsche Turbo. Intuitive placards illustrate proper use and movement, instructional videos (standard and advanced) can be accessed via QR code and mobile app, and a smartphone/tablet holder has been added to allow for on-machine viewing.”
  • Life Fitness’s SYNRGY BlueSky - “Think of it like a jungle gym for adults! Introduced at IHRSA, SYNRGY BlueSky is designed specifically for outdoor use and offers 12 bodyweight training sta- tions for exercisers. I tried it during the show and felt it in all the right places the next day.”
  • Brewer’s Ledge Laddermill - “This thing is so cool! It’s literally a giant aluminum ladder that never, ever, ever ends. Using your back muscles, arms, abs, and legs, your heart rate soars as you slowly climb your way to lean and mean. Users can vary the speed and the angle of the wall to change the difficulty. Built-in, auto-stop technology provides safe workouts, too.”

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