Used Exercise Equipment

Used Exercise EquipmentMany people are unfamiliar with commercial fitness equipment, I am first going to explain how commercial used exercise equipment not only makes great sense dollar wise but you are actually getting a much better machine than any in home treadmill you could buy brand new from a chain sports store or tv infomercial.

You see manufacturers are pretty smart, they know the average person who purchases a treadmill uses the machine for a few days a week for the first month.

After that, the treadmill is pretty much collecting dust so the quality of an in home treadmill has a lot to be desired because they know the buyer will never use the fitness equipment.

Where as commercial grade treadmills are manufactured to run 24/7 365 days a year.

Because of the rigorous demands of professional gyms the high end treamill is designed to last running 24 hours a day for many, many years.

So my first tip is buy either a new or, my preference, a quality used treadmill, because if you plan on actually using the treadmill you are much better off financially purchasing a commercial grade rather than a home grade because of maintenance issues. The home grade will break within a few months of heavy use causing you to call a repair service.

Second tip would be make sure you wax your belt of the treadmill, by simply spending 5 minutes once a month you can extend the life of your treadmill by years.

The wax treatment helps reduce the friction between the rollers and the belt, this creates a smoother running surface and less chance of a belt wearing down.

Third tip is when buying a used exercise equipment whether online or offline, make sure the company is reputable. Do a quick search online to find out the history of the company because a number of places operate from a garage in their backyard.

If the company has 5,000 or more square feet of warehouse space they are a pretty good bet that they’ll be around should you need them.

Tips When Selecting A Basketball Shoe

Basketball ShoeEvery basketball player must have dependable and supportive shoes. Luckily, there are many brands that offer high quality products. These shoes may provide various features to please every player at prices that fit almost any budget. But, before purchasing basketball shoes, here are four important tips to consider.

Feel and Comfort

This is the most important factor when deciding on a shoe to wear. Any shoe worn on the court should be comfortable and fit the foot properly. Each person has a specific foot form. Thus, a shoe that fits one person, may not fit another. For example, some people need greater arch support, while others may require additional ankle stability. One may have thin feet, while another may have wide feet. True shoe comfort will address these differences. Regardless of these foot types, a good basketball shoe should be lightweight and provide enough air ventilation to avoid excessive sweating. Thus, instead of buying the latest shoe like everyone else, first learn if the shoe fits you and your lifestyle well meets your athletic needs.

Quality and Durability

The shoes should be not only soft, but also durable. A proper basketball shoe needs to offer the flexibility needed to complement the athletic agility needed on the court. However, although flexible, a great shoe must also provide the stability needed to avoid ankle or foot injury, as well as endure the wear usage associated with playing on the court. Many basketball shoes can cost well over $100 and should last a good part of the season in good form. In testing shoe’s durability, we learn its true value. Therefore, it is important to seek proper information to find a worthy shoe that will last.

Unique Style

Each player should find a shoe that complements his or her character. Each design makes a statement that is specific to the person wearing the shoe and aids to define that player’s image. There exists a connection between each individual and his or her shoes. That bond serves to remind us that our shoes serve not only for practical reasons, but they also serve as a fashionable means to express our identity.

Price

There are many great shoes that one can find at inexpensive prices. But, one must search for these deals. Before purchasing shoes, one should set a budget of how much he or she is willing to pay. However, one should keep in mind before searching for the cheapest pair of shoes available, that an injury resulting from a bad shoe is very, very costly in the long run. Therefore, one should first evaluate a shoe based on the above factors. After knowing which type of shoe is needed, then should one consider the price and select the best shoe that fits the given budget. There are many resources that a value shopper can use to obtain information of the best places to buy shoes. It would be very clever to invest the time needed to find these sources. And, with the power of the internet, we can find thousands of retailers who offer great deals on every type of basketball shoe. Companies such as Amazon and Zalando, offer not only a variety of styles and prices online, but also provide customer feedback and testimonials to assist you to make a good decision when buying shoes.

These are a few good tips to keep in mind when choosing a basketball shoe. If one uses these suggestions, he or she will be certain to find a great pair of comfortable shoes that avoid injury, represent a chosen lifestyle and have an affordable price.

Seasonal Sports Training

 Seasonal Sports TrainingThere is a season for everything in life, and that holds especially true for sports. Currently it is football season. Basketball is starting and we see Baseball all but over. So, how should you look at your physical conditioning coming into, during and coming out of your favorite sports season?

Every sport is different so I won’t get into specifics. The goal is to give you a few tips to use during your exercise programs. The following information should help you develop a proper mindset for any sport you like as you move in and out of its season.

Pre season prep time

Leading into a sports season should be seen as a preparation or warm up time. Just as you do before every game you need to prepare your body for the activity. This is a time when you need to consider your sport and give thought to the areas of your body used during the sport.

Think about how your body moves through the activities of the sport. Whether it is football, soccer, basket ball or Olympic badminton competition (if you didn’t know, yes badminton is an Olympic sport), each sport has specific ways it uses your body that makes it unique. This uniqueness is where you should maintain focus in your pre season workouts. Find ways to exercise your muscle groups that will strengthen and build endurance in them through these specific athletic movements.

Why do we focus on these areas? Simply to help eliminate injuries during season. If you condition your body to handle the specific movements involved in your sport, then during season – when you put all your effort into your sport – you will be less likely to get hurt. In fact, doing this will even minimize the amount of sourness you experience during the season startup.

In season peak development

So, now you’re all warmed up and ready to play – uh, well, you think so. Just because you took the time to do some pre season warm up (by the way, good job) doesn’t mean you are at the top of your game. If you want to make sure you are at your peak for the season you need to really push yourself to the top.

Professional athletes, and those who strive to be the best, don’t just leave there game to preseason warm up and practice; they know that intense exercise regimens year-round will bring their physical conditioning to its peak level. It is this conditioning that makes their game that much better than the rest.

Here are some areas that you should focus on during your Sport season.

Rotational Exercise – Make sure you are exercising your whole body not just the areas your sport uses. Many sports have repetitive movements that only exercise your body in one direction, for instance swinging a bat. Make sure you are doing other exercises that allow you to condition your body through its full range of motions.

Your core – Make sure you are continually developing your core; this area helps stabilize you during much of your body’s movements. Your midsection – Rectus abdominis, Rectus abdominis, Transversus abdominis, Erector spinae – as you can see, has four distinct muscle groups that need your focus. Plan to exercise the midsection of your body in every workout.

Weights – continue to use weights in your exercise but maybe limit to 1 repetition of 15 to failure. During peak season, weights might need to be limited, but off season, they are very important for muscle development. This will ensure you are not over fatiguing yourself during your sport’s season; unless, of course, your sport requires more intense weight training.

Cardio conditioning – Outside of the cardiovascular exercise you get from your sport, you should also give three days a week to this area. Your heart and lungs provide the necessary oxygen and nutrition to the muscles of your body. If your cardiovascular system is operating at its peak you will have a better chance of performing at your peak in your sport season.

Off season cool down

Well, the games are over – No more competition to keep you motivated. So what do you do to cool down from your Sport season? The off season of any sport should be considered the phase where you are recovering, both physically and psychologically. Many athletes use this time to evaluate their season and make a determination on where they can focus for improvement in their next season.

One way to look at the off season is to see it as a transitional period; a 4 to 6 week period between your sports season and the preseason. It should include cardiovascular training (never give this one up) so that you maintain your aerobic fitness; keep it light and enjoyable. In additions include resistance training that focuses on stabilization and correcting any imbalances due to repetitive motion. Finally, add in flexibility exercise. Make sure you include plenty of stretching. This will remove a lot of the stiffness associated with an intense season.

Wrap it all up

As you can see there is no wrap up for exercise; it’s a part of every season. Now you may be wondering, “How do I maintain focus and keep my motivation going during every season”. Well, it’s easy! The best way to make sure you are motivated is to engage a personal trainer for all your sports seasons.