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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.

Envisioning the Body You Want

Mari Winsor by Mari Winsor | February 9th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: Accelerator, body, core, core strength, exercise, Fitness, Mari Winsor, pilates, Reformer, resistance bands, Slimming Pilates Kit, toning, weight-loss, work out, workouts

We’re well into the new year, and the expectations of a better year — and a better you — are still high! We all keep in our mind’s eye what kind of shape we would like to be in, but it needn’t stop there. You can make it happen!

Love Your Body and Accentuate the Positive!

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | February 14th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth | tags: accentuate the positive, back muscles, body-image, dumbbells, exercise, Fitness, goals, hourglass figure, love, lower back, pear-shaped, proportion, resistance bands, self, shape, shoulders, strength training, the firm, tone, weight-loss, weights, work out, workout

Happy woman wearing fitness clothesWhat do you love about your body and why? Do you automatically think to yourself, “Uh, nothing?” I don’t know about you, but whenever I try to come up with a list of good things about myself it takes a lot of thought and time. Now, if you were to ask me what I would like to improve about my body, I could give you a list of ten things in no time flat.

Why is this? Why is it so easy for us to be self-deprecating (no matter if we are in the best or worst shape of our lives)? Yet when we are asked to name a positive or two, we really have to stop and think. And I mean really stop and think for a while, maybe even a day or two.

Rear View

Mari Winsor by Mari Winsor | February 7th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Pilates | tags: abs, butt, buttocks, core, exercise, feet, Fitness, legs, lift, Mari Winsor, mat, moves, pilates, rear, resistance bands, shape, thighs, tone, toning

Mari Winsor Rear View blog

Here are some quick moves to target and lift your buttocks in no time. This series uses resistance bands, which are phenomenal for creating the perfect amount of resistance that will bring about the results you want, fast! Start with one foot through one handle, and using the same hand as foot, hold the other handle. Lie face down on your tummy on the mat.

1 Cool Resistance Band, 5 Ways to Use It

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | November 9th, 2009 | 6 Comments
topic: Fitness, Pilates | tags: body sculpting, building muscle, exercise, muscle-endurance, muscles, pilates, portable fitness, resistance bands, resistance-training, strength training, workout

freytagtoner

We trainers are always looking for new and innovative ways to accomplish the same goal — helping our clients get into better shape. In addition, I’m personally always looking for fitness products that are affordable for my clients to use on their own at home and on the road. Well, the Ultra Toner resistance band has been on the top of my list for over a decade as one of the most affordable, portable and USEFUL at-home fitness toys.

7 Great Gifts of Fitness

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | December 13th, 2008 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness | tags: balance-ball, gifts, pedometer, resistance bands, stability ball, workout music

It’s finally “hip” to give healthy gifts! We are all realizing that health is our greatest gift — so why not support your loved ones’ fitness and wellness endeavors or motivate them to take care of themselves? Here my best ideas (some old, some new) for giving the gift of fitness:

1. Heart Rate Monitors

Heartrate Monitor Watch from Gaiam.com