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Wright – Recommended fitness products for 2010

Jackie Wright/Fitness Trail
Grand County CO Colorado

Each year the health and fitness industry indicates what fitness products may be popular in the New Year. This week, we will review a few of those products and make recommendations on which might be great additions to your fitness tool box. When reviewing fitness products, safety is the first concern, followed by effectiveness and then fun! And, as I mention often, remember that no one fitness product or tool can do it all, so be an informed consumer. As always, please consult your physician prior to beginning any exercise program.

New? Or blast from the past?

Weighted Hula Hoops -There are several manufacturers of weighted hula hoops out there (yes, the hula hoops from many of our childhoods have returned). The one that I have purchased from and am satisfied with is available at http://www.sports-hoop.com. The prices vary depending upon the size and weight of the hoop. Hula hooping may not be advisable for those with spinal injuries/discomfort. For others, it may be a fun way to strengthen the core and perhaps burn a few calories.

Weighted Jump Ropes -Airopes may be the answer for you if you are new to jump roping or have limited space. These weighted ropes are separate as you hold one in each hand, with soft PVC balls on the ends to create resistance providing the user with versatility. Or, if you prefer, you can purchase a weighted jump rope which is challenging and fun emphasizing cardiovascular endurance and fat burning work. Both can be purchased at http://www.power-systems.com. If you have knee or spinal limitations, jump roping may not be the activity of choice for you.

Virtual Personal Training – Is available from dozens of fitness professionals, including yours truly, at http://www.neversummerfitness.com. This type of training may enable the user to purchase a personalized, in-home exercise program, on-line, including access to a fitness professional simulating in-studio personal training sessions.

Web-Based Personal Calorie Management Systems – Fitbit and GoWearFit are two of many of these web-based systems which may help you to track your caloric expenditure as well as other important exercise/nutritional data leading to more effective weight management. (www.fitbit.com and http://www.gowearfit.com)

Training Peaks – An interactive web-based training/nutritional log that has several different programs tracking your training and nutritional programs and also offers training/nutritional plans created specifically for your needs. Check out their excellent Web site at http://www.trainingpeaks.com .

Downloadable Programs -iPhone, among others, offer several applications with variations of downloadable exercises and programs. Do not assume all featured exercises are right for you.

Tried and true

All of the following fitness tools are great additions to your fitness tool box. It is advisable to purchase instructional DVD’s for all of this equipment to ensure safe and effective usage or seek out the advice/guidance of a fitness professional: Dumbbells/Barbells, Stability Balls, Kettlebells, Foam Rollers, Balance Equipment (BOSU/discs), BOSU Balance Trainer and Airstep balance discs, Gliding Discs (These come in carpet or hardwood-friendly styles), Medicine Balls, Tubing, Mini Balls, Heart Rate Monitors (www.polar.com) and the TRX Suspension Trainer

Beginning next week, we will feature a series on effective muscular strength training for the back.

Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She can be reached at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, NSFGL@comcast.net and her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com

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