July 14, 2012 |
What do you get when you mate old-school strength devices like push-up bars, ab wheels and vertical knee-raise, dip and pull-up stations with balls? Some of the most innovative, effective home fitness devices to come along in recent years. -- Roy M. Wallack -- Push-ups reinvented SKLZ Core Push-Up Instability Strength Trainer: An 8-pound, skateboard-shaped aluminum platform has handles that you push up from while it is balanced on an inflatable 4-inch diameter ball.
June 18, 1997 |
Makers of popular exercise equipment, including Abflex and Lifecycle, agreed to settle federal charges that they made exaggerated weight-loss claims in advertisements. The Federal Trade Commission reached separate settlements with Franklin Park, Ill.-based Life Fitness Cos., maker of Lifecycle stationary bikes, and Logan, Utah-based Icon Health & Fitness Inc., maker of Cross Walk treadmills, prohibiting those companies from making unsubstantiated calorie-burning claims.
May 25, 2013 |
Hydration. Heart rate. Music. Compression and icing. Whether you get your workout on the running track, in aerobics class or on a bike, it's likely that some or all of this quartet of common workout accessories is part of your routine. With innovative flourishes galore, they can help you upgrade performance as well as recover from it. -- Super bottle Relaj: Beautiful, streamlined water bottle has a tapered neck and flexible silicone drinking nipple, soft squeezable plastic body, screw-off bottom and freezer stick.
January 25, 1997 |
Based on a review of her business by industry leaders, fitness entrepreneur Karen Voight was recognized by the International Assn. of Fitness Professionals as the Fitness Business Person of the Year in 1994. Here's a look at Voight's wide-ranging exercise empire: * Fitness videos: Seven titles, which have sold more than 334,000 units since 1993. * * Mail-order business: Features her videos and exercise equipment. * Endorsement: A deal with stationary-bicycle maker Keiser Sports Health Equipment.
April 26, 1994 |
Just about every inch of Susan Jacobs' Burbank bedroom is functional. There's the floral comforter (for warmth), the oak desk (for writing), the long dresser (for storing clothes) and that darn NordicTrack (for decoration). "I begged my husband for a NordicTrack for my birthday last year," the 37-year-old nurse says. "He told me, 'It'll become a clothes hanger.' " Susan Jacobs disagreed. Mark Jacobs gave in. She used it three times a week . . . for a month and a half.
August 10, 1993 |
Exercising at home can sound hassle-free, if not effortless. Buy the right equipment, set up the home gym and you'll never miss a workout--come rain, smog or threat of muggers. Or so the myth goes. John Reitano, an exercise physiologist at FHP Health Plan, doesn't buy it. "Stair-climbing machines hold more clothes than some closets," he says. Home exercise equipment is a booming market that brought in about $3 billion last year, according to the National Sporting Goods Assn.
January 9, 1994 |
Paul Glancy is interested in buying your Nordic Track. But you can keep the rowing machine. At his store in the Washington suburb of Herndon, Va., Glancy watches people lug in their used sporting goods and exercise equipment, and carry out cash for the holidays. Glancy is a franchisee of Play It Again Sports.
April 11, 2011 |
Good grip is a good thing. In daily life, you need strong hands, wrists and forearms to hold grocery bags, staircase railings, steering wheels and plenty of other things we take for granted. In athletics, your grip is the last link between you and your sport -- whether it be gymnastics or tennis or rock climbing or ping-pong. New research even says your grip is an indicator of overall body strength -- and also maybe how long you'll live. Bottom line: It pays to keep your grip strong, especially if you play hard or are older than 50, when strength wanes.
July 9, 2007 |
ROSIE O'DONNELL hangs upside down to treat depression. "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown does it for a creative burst. And runner Marc Swerdlow of Highland Park, Ill., swears it alleviates back pain. Should you shake up your life with inversions, a concept traditionally embraced by yogis, children, gymnasts and bats? As with all activities that promise better health, it depends on your fitness level, preexisting conditions and expectations.
August 20, 2007 |
On Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, a lone jogger appears to defy the laws of physics, soaring high into the air with each step like an amped-up gazelle. Motorists slow down to stop and gawk. In the world of novelty sports shoes, Kangoo Jumps may take the cake. Ski boot-like shoe-things with circular springs on the soles, the shoes pop the jogger into the air with pogo-like efficiency, then cushion the landing as they pop the jogger back up into the air.