7 Essential Home Workout Tools

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | February 29th, 2012 | 18 Comments
topic: Fitness, Weight Loss | tags: balance-ball, balanceball, cardio machine, dumbbells, elliptical trainer, exercise, fitness equipment, hand weights, home fitness, home gym, mini stepper, pedometer, resistance bands, stability ball, sticky mat, strength training, weight-loss, workout videos, workout-DVDs, yoga mat

Balance BalLast week I wrote about keeping your gym membership and focusing on the gym amenities you really use. But if getting to the gym isn’t working for you, I suggest stocking your home with a few well-chosen pieces of exercise gear to help you start or maintain a consistent fitness regimen. Having your own gear handy puts you in control. It saves you time, since you never have to drive to and from the health club. It gives you a weatherproof alternative to outdoor activities like walking or biking. And it lets you squeeze in exercise in the morning before the kids wake up or in the evening while you’re watching your favorite TV show.

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Contest!

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | October 29th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: balanceball, colleen saidman, costumes, dress, funny, halloween, humor, rodney yee, yoga mat

Need a last-minute Halloween costume on a shoe-string budget? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Be comfortable AND cost-effective reusing your favorite Gaiam products or by being one of the faces of Gaiam!

You can be everyone’s favorite yogi duo Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman with these simple steps.


What Good Balance Does for Your Body and How to Get It

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | April 23rd, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: agility, balance, balance disc, balance pads, balance training, balance workouts, balance-ball, balanceball, balancing, Bosu ball, injuries, injury, lunges, squats, strength, therapy

Feet balancing on a Bosu ball

The most overlooked and arguably the most important word in health is “balance.” Why? Because this one word says it all! We spend our entire lives trying to keep things in balance, whether it’s our checkbook, our diet or our time management. Then as we age, we need to literally improve our physical balance to keep on doing the things we like to do.

How to Burn Major Calories in a Small Space

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | September 24th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: balanceball, burn-calories, cardio, CorePlus Reformer, fitness dvds, hand weights, how to burn calories in a small space, indoor workouts, pilates, resistance band, step platform, Yoga

Pretty black woman practicing yoga

The total body conditioning class I teach is always packed — like 70 people. Each participant literally gets about a 3 x 3 foot area to move in, and we use a step platform, hand weights and a resistance band. I had a gal after class today come up to me and say, “We are packed in this room like sardines, but we still get such a great workout.” She’s correct. I often remind the class that we are burning like 600 calories yet barely moving out of our little space — that’s amazing.

Buddhas, Bees and Puffer Fish! Things Gaiam Staffers Can Make with a BalanceBall

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | August 31st, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings | tags: balanceball, exercise ball, Gaiam employee picnic, stability ball

You’d be amazed what you can make from an exercise ball. We were today when 20-some teams transformed BalanceBalls into all manner of animal, vegetable and mineral, competing during our summer picnic to win gift certificates to the Gaiam Café.

Gaiam Guys and Gals Bouncing Around in Cubicle Land

Everett by Everett | August 20th, 2009 | 31 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings | tags: balance balls, balance-ball, balanceball, ball chair, employees, ergonomic, exercise ball, fitness ball, gaiam, Gaiam employees, stability ball, staff, work

Everett on Balance BallBeing the original Balance Ball people, Gaiam employees tend to do a little more bouncing during the day than people at most companies. A picture is worth a thousand words, so let’s go on a quick walk around our department …

To the right is me, Everett. I make sure search engines like the one on my shirt bring you to Gaiam when you search for terms like Balance Ball or fitness ball or stability ball.

4 Fitness-Ball Moves to Tone Hips, Buns & Thighs

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | January 6th, 2009 | 16 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss | tags: balanceball, ball exercises, exercise ball, exercises for hips, glutes and thighs, sitting on a ball, stability ball

I love to use a stability ball with my personal training clients and in my strength training classes. Stability balls, also called fitness balls, balance balls or Swiss balls, add that extra balance challenge, involving your core muscles in every move. They add fun and variety, they’re affordable and easy to move around, and their uses are numerous!