Hot Health and Fitness Products for 2009
Owner/Manager, Never Summer Fitness, LLC
Grand County, Colorado
Knowing which health and fitness products are hot for 2009 is of interest, but the critical piece of information you should know prior to purchasing is whether the product is safe and effective and if it will fit your needs.
It’s also important to make certain you have made the commitment to exercise regularly and use the equipment you purchase. Be an educated consumer so that the products you purchase do not end up collecting dust. Unsubstantiated claims or promises to burn calories with little or no exertion or spot reduce, are simply not realistic outcomes, so caveat emptor.
Below are three products I have reviewed that may be worth considering. Next week, I will review three more.
Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Purchasing instructional DVDs to accompany the equipment is advised as well as consulting your certified personal trainer/coach.
TRX Suspension Trainer Professional: By placing your hands or feet into the hand grips or foot cradles attached to straps which must be secured to a sturdy attachment point, a body part is suspended into the air. This suspension position requires you to engage or stretch different muscles, depending upon the exercise performed, which may improve strength, core stability, balance and flexibility. The $149.95 price (www.Perform Better.com) includes a TRX All Body Xpress DVD/Guide. For an additional $19.95, you can purchase the door anchor.
Keep in mind that this tool may not be for those with certain physical limitations, such as serious lower back injuries, and is not designed to improve cardiovascular endurance. Therefore, you still need to include several cardio workouts per week via cycling, running, walking, or swimming.
Kettlebells: Kettlebells have actually been around for decades, but have begun to see a resurgence in the past few years due to the emphasis being placed on functional training. Think of a dumbbell shaped like a bell with a handle that may enable the user to perform functional movements such as swinging motions, movements which require an arc shape, explosive movements and multi-muscled movements. These movements may be useful in sports/recreational training programs and tend to be more practical and comfortable for that type of training than dumbbells. The cost will vary depending upon the weight increment chosen; however, a 4kg (i.e. 8.8 pound) kettlebell can run between $30 and $35.00 (www.Perform Better.com) or a 10 pound kettlebell from $25 to $33 (www. Power Systems.com).
Foam Rollers: Foam rollers are long, round column-like tools that come in full round or half round shapes and have numerous uses that may help you to develop balance, improve postural alignment and flexibility. Additionally, the rollers may enable you to perform self-myofascial release and massage therapy. Begin with the full size roller, which may be 36 inches long by 6 inches in diameter. You can purchase premium EVA Rollers, which are a heat-sealed foam design to help the roller maintain its shape and resist moisture and bacteria for $34.95 (www.PowerSystems.com) or the foam roller with firm support for $16.95. There are also Biofoam Rollers with a 2.6 pound density to improve durability for $19.95 and this includes the Instructional CD-ROM (www.PerformBetter.com).
” Jackie Wright, owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness LLC, can be reached at her e-mail address: NSFGL@comcast.net, her Web site http://www.neversummerfitness.com or her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com
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