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She’s back and better than ever! In the all-new Jane Fonda Prime Time DVDs, the workout queen shows you how to focus on toning and stretching the body to promote weight loss and protect your bones as you age, all the while reducing joint stress and increasing brain function.
One of my favorite tools for getting in shape when I’m feeling flabby is the Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar - Extreme Edition. I use it in a doorway for pull-ups and chin-ups, then move it to the floor for pushups, tricep dips and sit-ups.
If you’ve ever wished you had room in your house for an elliptical trainer, you’re in luck: The Stamina 55-1610 InMotion E1000 Elliptical Trainer gives the same heart-pounding (and low-impact) cardio workout as its full-size counterpart, but in a compact design sans arms and front console that’s perfect for home or office.
Riding a bicycle is a great way to explore a new town or even your hometown. This Schwinn Lakeshore Cruiser Bike will offer you a comfortable ride while you discover new scenery. The bike is available for both men and women. It offers a padded cruiser saddle, cruiser bar with alloy stem for upright position, SRAM Grip Shift shifter for fast, easy gear changes, seven speeds, and alloy linear pull brakes for precise stopping.
It's no secret that yoga is extremely beneficial for the body. After all, flexibility is key for avoiding injuries. But, you don't have to be flexible to enjoy the benefits of yoga. In fact, you don't even have to be able to touch your toes. This Gaiam Yoga for Beginners Kit has everything you need to get started on your yoga journey. It includes an alignment yoga mat, block, strap and Rodney Yee DVD.
At the urging of a female friend, I decided to attend a hot yoga class. You know the one where they heat the room up to what seems like 100 degrees? I thought, piece of cake! How hard can it be? Boy, was I wrong. If you're brave enough to venture into a yoga studio, you better bring along your own yoga mat. This Gaiam Basic Yoga Mat acts as a comfortable cushion for... more
Regardless of how you choose to work out, it's important that you stay hydrated before, during, and after you exercise. (Believe me, I learned the hard way after forgetting to drink water and nearly passing out after a hot yoga class.) These Nalgene Tritan Wide-Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottles are convenient to stow away in your gym bag so you always have water wherever you go. Unlike those other bottles, the wide mouth accommodates ice... more
Okay, so I'll admit, the holidays derailed my quest for the perfect set of abs, but now that the New Year is here, I'm ready to get back on track. This selection of TKO Anti-Burst Fitness Balls is all you need to get your abs, and the rest of your body, in top shape. The inflatable ball lets you do sit-ups, push-ups, and other strength-training exercises all from the comforts of your own home.
I'll be the first to admit that I was a little skeptical of the Nintendo Wii's ability to provide me with a good workout. But over the holidays, my niece challenged me to a few of the activities on her Wii Fit Plus With Balance Board, including juggling, skateboarding, and the balance game, Perfect 10. I'm embarrassed to say that not only was I out of breath for some of them, but I also... more
When I belonged to a gym, I used to alternate between a treadmill and an elliptical trainer to get in a good cardio workout before any weight training. If you're looking to bring your workout home, this Schwinn 420 Elliptical Trainer is a good way to go. The machine provides 16 resistance levels, 12 workout programs, and 6 course profiles. It offers a natural-feeling 18-inch stride while the trainer's BioFit design provides a comfortable... more
The best exercises you can do involve using your own weight as resistance. I was skeptical (and a little scared) of using an over-the-door bar to do pull-ups, chin-ups, and sit-ups, but I'll be the first to admit that it really works to help you build upper body strength. This Creative Fitness Door Gym Deluxe Package includes everything you need, including the bar itself and loops to work your abs. No screws or drilling... more
I have it on good authority from a female friend of mine that if you're looking for a good workout DVD, 30-Day Shred from Jillian Michaels is the way to go. The workout has been around for a couple of years, but I think it's a sign of success if people are still using and talking about it. The workout includes three intense levels so you can work your way up as your fitness... more
I walk a lot throughout the day, whether it be traveling to and from work, or running up and down floors in the office. I decided to buy a pedometer to see just have how many steps I was taking. I was surprised by the results and I think you will be surprised by yours, too. This Omron HJ-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer features a unique dual sensor so that it can be carried in... more
While I certainly commend all those runners who like to brave the frigid temperatures each and every morning, I'll stick to running on my treadmill in my heated bedroom until the temperatures start to warm up a bit. This Horizon Fitness T101 Treadmill is the perfect treadmill for walkers and experienced runners thanks to its sturdy construction and 2.25 HP continuous-duty motor. It folds up and away, which is very helpful for small spaces.... more
In an effort to save money, I'm in the process of setting up a spare bedroom as a home gym. After all, gym memberships are expensive (ahem, especially if you don't go). But I have no excuse now with a set of these Power Block Adjustable Weight Sets. Depending on your strength and budget, these sets use pins to let you easily change weights as you work your way up the fitness ladder.
Regardless of how experienced you are as a cyclist, a bike light is essential if you plan on riding after the sun goes down. This CygoLite MityCross 350 LED Bike Light offers 350 lumens of LED output for a bright white light. It features three brightness and three special modes including walking and SOS flashing modes. The Crossfire projection crosses the beams, maximizing ground coverage and visibility. It easily mounts with a Flip-Lock handlebar... more
Despite all your best efforts, you can never be too prepared when setting out on a long bike ride. This Topeak Seat Pack Tool Kit Bike Survival Tools Bag snaps onto your seat rails and contains everything you need in the event of a bike emergency. The deluxe 16-piece tool kit includes a 7-function folding tool, 8 and 10mm box wrenches, a 9mm box wrench with dual spoke wrenches, a universal chain tool, two... more
This Van Dessel Kermis Ultegra 10 Pro Road Bike cost more than our car. Seriously. But if you're a serious cyclist or looking to be a serious cyclist, you have to have a bike that is designed to handle the terrain. It features a Columbus Airplane main triangle frame with aero carbon seat stays and full carbon fork. It also includes Shimano Ultegra 10-speed shifters; a Ritchey Pro handlebar, stem, and seat post; an... more
Don't be hardheaded when it comes to protecting your noggin. A bike helmet is a necessity regardless of how experienced you are as a cyclist. This selection of Louis Garneau Exo-Nerv Helmets will keep your head protected as you ride. The helmet is designed to be both lightweight and comfortable, while providing maximum safety. The micro shell acts as the helmet's exoskeleton that reinforces the helmet's structure.
This folding bicycle is just as much a work of art as it is a functional means of transportation. Perfect for city commuters, the IF Mode Collapsible Bicycle by Mark Sanders for AREAWARE avoids oily chains, complex tubes with hidden dirt traps, and the clutter of traditional bike features, making it easy and convenient to fold up and carry onto a bus or into the office. It quickly folds out to perform as... more