September 15, 2010
Here's a statistic in support of the U.S. obesity epidemic: Only 5% of Americans exercise vigorously on any given day. That's the conclusion of a study by researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. They analyzed data from about 80,000 Americans participating in the American Time Use Survey and found that while almost 80% engaged in light activities, such as driving a car or getting dressed, most did...
November 9, 1998 |
A buyer's guide to aerobic and cardiovascular exercise equipment: Treadmills Assessment: Offer a natural exercise and almost infinite capacity to adjust the level of exertion. Buying tips: Test the treadmill at different speeds; listen to the motor for signs of laboring; be aware the belt motion should remain smooth. Most are motorized, although they come in manual models. The number of users and their weights should be considered here.
January 9, 1997 |
So, along with the rest of us, you ingested too many calories over the holidays and now you're thinking about exercising. What's an easier--and cheaper--way than doing it at home? I checked at one of the locations of Play It Again Sports for new or used exercise equipment and found some excellent deals. The Ab Exerciser that sells on TV for $49.99 plus shipping and handling is on special for $37.50. My favorite--the Aerobic Rider--is a bit pricey at most stores, costing $299.99.
May 23, 1998 |
Irvine-based Tectrix Fitness Equipment Inc., which makes computerized stationary bicycles and virtual reality fitness machines, has been purchased by a Massachusetts exercise equipment manufacturing company. Cybex International Inc. said Friday that it has acquired Tectrix, adding the company's stair-climbing machines and stationary bikes to Cybex's weight-training and cardiovascular equipment. Terms were not disclosed.
June 18, 1985 |
Feeling fat? An ordinary bathroom scale can confirm your suspicions, but for a true measure, try the Skyndex. The $399 caliper gently pinches an inch or so of your midriff and then, thanks to its tiny built-in computer, calculates your overall body fat in just 30 seconds. Want to jog off some of that fat? The microprocessor built in to the right heel of Puma's new $200 running shoes will tell you exactly how many calories you burned on your latest run.
December 28, 2007 |
The gig: As "America's Personal Trainer," Little runs a fitness empire that includes exercise equipment, videos, apparel and nutritional products. The former bodybuilder's infomercials are aired in 81 countries, and his products -- such as the Gazelle -- have grossed more than $3 billion. He is also known for his catchphrase, "You can do it!" Education: Graduated from Dixie M. Hollins High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1975.
January 13, 1995 |
The television commercials make exercising on stair climbers, cross-country ski simulators and exercise bikes look easy, but a serious workout is still hard work. If you're going to buy the equipment, you'll find it easier on your wallet to purchase it used. The trick is finding it. The classifieds usually have some good buys, but if something goes wrong, you're up a creek. Stores that specialize in used sports and exercise equipment often offer excellent deals.
April 27, 1995 |
Tell Maria Serrao she can't, and she will. Tell her she shouldn't, and she'll find a reason why she should. Serrao's tenacity comes as a surprise to many people who expect less from someone in a wheelchair. But it is Serrao's feisty personality that has helped her defy conventional wisdom about what the disabled are capable of achieving. Her greatest success occurred four years ago when she began producing and hosting an exercise show on Century Cable's public access channel.
May 8, 1996 |
A new study of six popular stationary exercise machines Americans use to torture themselves into shape has reached a startling conclusion: The treadmill, a contraption synonymous with drudgery, burns more calories than a stair-climber, a cross-country skiing simulator, a rowing machine and two different cycling machines.
August 18, 2003 |
While dedicated home chefs may pour their resources into a showplace kitchen and gardeners into a magnificent outdoor landscape, Mitch Kompaniez took everything he had and channeled it into a gym. Housed in a roughly 400-square-foot room and costing well into five figures, it's outfitted with top-of-the-line equipment that alone cost $12,000, an integrated sound system, insulated walls and a reinforced floor.