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Xebex AR1 Rower vs Other Indoor Rowers

Xebex AR1 Rower vs Other Indoor Rowers
We compared them side by side and concluded the Xebex Air Rower AR1 is better than the other indoor rowers in the industry. So we've switched to offering the Xebex Air Rower ! The Xebex frame is heavier, more stable and sets higher off the ground. The elevated seat rail makes it easier to get on and off. The seat is more comfortable....
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Workout Tips for Beginners!

Workout Tips For Beginners!

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Here are a few helpful tips to those just beginning a workout routine... 

 

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Workout of the Future

Workout of the Future!?

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The balance it takes to stay up on one of these might be quite a workout for one's core... 

 

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What Are METs On A Treadmill?

What Are METs On A Treadmill?
What are METs?  Knowing that METs stands for metabolic equivalents is helpful but what does that actually mean? According to Medicine and Science in Sports Exercise, humans burn 3.5ml of oxygen per kilogram of body weight per minute at rest. That equates to 1.0 MET. So while you are catching up with your DVR on the couch you are at around 1.0 ...
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Wellness Programs - Why You Should Participate

Wellness Programs - Why You Should Participate
Health, wealth, and happiness can easily be achieved by becoming actively involved in a Wellness Program (WP). There are many benefits that come with participation in one of these programs... ​ For an individual, it means lowered health care costs, reduced absenteeism, reduced occurrence of illness, and higher productivity to name a few. It can als...
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Walk, Run, Ride or Skip - the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail

Walk, Run, Ride or Skip - the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail

thumb trail mapSurprisingly, there are many native and long-time Austinites that have yet to enjoy what is commonly referred to as the “town lake trail”. The Trail Foundation estimates this Austin jewel receives 1.5 million visitors per year and that number is expanding with Austin’s ever-increasing population.

 

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Track Your Calories For One Week - Mar 2 2014

Track Your Calories For One Week - Mar 2 2014

thumb food-diaryIf you've read and followed the advice from the Jan 27 blog "Get To Know Your Resting Metabolic Rate" you know your caloric expenditure when at rest.  The idea behind this post is to expand what you know about your caloric needs by incorporating some additional detail.  

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Top 10 Secrets for Loving your Workout and Sticking to your New Year's resolution

Top 10 Secrets for Loving your Workout and Sticking to your New Year's resolution
Every New Year we commit (and sometimes recommit) to achieving goals we've always wanted to accomplish. Getting in shape is the most common goal set for the New Year. Most of us get excited and join the nearest gym to start the New Year only to have a couple weeks go by and lose the initial motivation. Life starts to take over and our fitness goals...
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Top 10 Secrets for Loving your workout and sticking to your New Year resolutions

Top 10 Secrets for Loving your workout and sticking to your New Year's resolution

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Every New Year we commit (and sometimes recommit) to achieving goals we’ve always wanted to accomplish. Getting in shape is the most common goal set for the New Year. Most of us get excited and join the nearest gym to start the New Year only to have a couple weeks go by and lose the initial motivation. Life starts to take over and our fitness goals are put on the back burner.  Here are some tips to make this year’s resolution last and finally achieve your fitness goals.

 

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Tips to Transition into Fall Workouts

Tips to Transition into Fall Workouts

fall into fitnessDays get shorter, temperatures dip, and the leaves fall from the trees. Fall brings many changes, but that doesn't mean your workouts have to suffer. Instead of letting these autumnal changes bring upon excuses for exercising, look for the opportunity in each of them to renew and revamp your workout routine.

 

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Tips For Drinking Low Calorie

Tips For Drinking Low Calorie
It's hard enough to keep our weight gain down during the Holidays. Even cocktails at a simple get together contribute to your caloric intake. Making the right choices for your Holiday party spirits, can help keep the seasonal weight gain in check. ​ Pure alcohol is very high in calories. For instance Everclear has 226 calories per 1.5 oz and is 190...
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The Truth About Activity Trackers and Weight Loss

The Truth About Activity Trackers and Weight Loss
How Wearable Fitness Trackers are Making Weight Loss Goals More Attainable Fitness trackers and tech can help you reach your goals of getting fit, improving your health, or losing weight – as long as your goal is realistic. Today's fitness devices measure steps, monitor your heart rate, estimate both the number of calories consumed and those burned...
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The Struggle for Fitness is REAL!

The Struggle for Fitness is REAL!

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This couple's struggle with cravings and fitness is REAL...  very witty and talented. 

 

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The Buzz About Rowing - Here are the Basics

The Buzz About Rowing - Here are the Basics
If you take the time to learn rowing technique, it's one of the best exercises you can do for cardio. The low-to-the-ground, long machine engages your legs, back, core and arms, delivering an intense full-body cardio experience. Best of all? Rowing won't put as much stress on your knee and hip joints as running does, meaning that this type of train...
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The Buzz About Rowing - Here are the Basics

The Buzz About Rowing - Here are the Basics

guy rower blur hardwoodIf you take the time to learn rowing technique, it’s one of the best exercises you can do for cardio. The low-to-the-ground, long machine engages your legs, back, core and arms, delivering an intense full-body cardio experience... 

 

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The 30-minute dumbbell workout program to build muscle

The 30-minute dumbbell workout program to build muscle
The 30-minute dumbbell workout program to build muscle ​ by Steve Copper (Men's Fitness Magazine) You don't need fancy equipment to build muscle strength—sculpt a better body right now with just a few pairs of these everyday weights. ​  T here's something intensely  satisfying about lifting with barbells. After all, there's nothing like l...
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Stay Hydrated & Beat the Heat

Stay Hydrated & Beat the Heat
Summer is upon us! Sunny days are inviting and outdoor activities can be enjoyable if you can avoid overheating. When running outdoors in the heat, it is most important to keep your body properly hydrated. This is important whether you are playing sports, a jog, a bike ride, or just sitting in the sun. Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more...
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Spark Up the Romance with a Couples Workout!

Spark Up the Romance with a Couples Workout!
As we all know, some degree of LOVE can be bought with boxes of chocolates and rich romantic dinners. Grab your partner and prepare for that next level of interaction. It's a common fact that a good workout reduces stress, and we could all use a little less stress in our relationships. A regular workout routine develops a sense of pride, accom...
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Spark Up the Romance with a Couples Workout!

Spark Up the Romance with a Couples Workout!

FitCoupleAs we all know, February is the month for boxes of chocolates and rich romantic dinners. Grab your partner and prepare for that Valentine's candy, or work off that rich Italian Valentine's Day dinner. The more you exercise, the more confidence you have, the better you feel...  the sexier you feel!  

 

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Someday I’m Gonna Get Into Shape

Someday I’m Gonna Get Into Shape
A phrase that everyone has said more often than we would like to admit… You really mean it at that moment you say "Someday I'm gonna get into shape". It usually happens when you see that fit person getting all the attention. Being fit sparks a confident personality that is very attractive to others. What about that girl or guy that turns you on, bu...
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Run Your Own Race

Run Your Own Race

Cap 10K race numberThis blog post title has a double meaning, its intentional and important.  First, I’m highly encouraging you to find an organized event, any event, train for it and complete it this year.  If you’ve never done this before, you’ll be absolutely amazed by the experience. From the camaraderie you’ll find with your fellow fitness enthusiasts during the training to the intense and spectacular feeling ...

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New Years Day Barton Springs Polar Bear Plunge & Swim

New Years Day Barton Springs Polar Bear Plunge & Swim

polar plunge   Depending on your inclination towards water, this may or may not be the thing for you. It’s a growing tradition in Austin to head on over to Barton Springs and jump into the 68 water on January 1st. As we are Texans, the 68 degree water is considered plenty chilly, particularly when the air temperature can be many degrees colder.
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Live to Cycle - Cycle to Live

Live to Cycle - Cycle to Live
Not only is it a way to stay active…. It's also transportation. Whether you pedal down the street, or attend a spinning class, cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It is fun, inexpensive, and also good for the environment. Riding to work or to run localized errands is one of the most time-efficient wa...
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Join or Start Your Company’s Wellness Program

Join or Start Your Company’s Wellness Program - February 16 2014

thumb health-happens-hereWhile this post isn’t necessarily local to Austin since its an encouragement for all readers everywhere to join their company’s Wellness Program (WP), I will highlight one local Austin-based company and its WP with which I’m personally involved. I cannot over-stress the importance of getting involved with your company’s WP. Beyond the obvious health benefits, there can also be some great financial benefits. The immediate and personalized help provided directly to you can truly be a life changing event. 

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It's More Fun With Someone Else!...

It's More Fun With Someone Else!...
Many trainers often recommend working out with a partner to get the best results from your exercise program. The benefits: It's easy to let yourself down by being a no-show at the gym, but it's a lot harder to blow off a buddy who's expecting you to show up. Plus, a training pal will push you to work harder. The trick is finding the right partner f...
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Incline Training - If You Haven't Tried It, You Really Should

Incline Training - If You Haven't Tried It, You Really Should

Canton-Ave-steepest-in-US SI really hope you had the chance to get out and enjoy this weekend's incredible weather after that city-closing winter blast we had on Friday. Not sure why Austin shut down for the day. We were all at the shop and had no trouble navigating the completely dry streets. One Austin Fitness Rentals pro did report seeing a snowflake at some point during the morning commute. Perhaps that was the snowpocalypse that caused all schools, city offices, and seemingly every other bureaucratically controlled organization to shutter for the day.    

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iFit Live on FreeMotion i11.9s

iFit Live on FreeMotion i11.9s

thumb iFit-screen-captureAs you've seen in previous posts, I'm really excited about the FreeMotion i11.9 incline trainers. Beyond the excellent workout that you can get on an incline trainer, they also have another high tech feature that makes working out on these machines that much better!  In fact, one of our recent customers had this to say about a workout she completed on the i11.9 - "Best treadmill workout EVER. That was so much fun!" Yep, I heartily agree with that assessment. 

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How Water Can Help You Lose Weight

How WATER Can Help You Lose Weight!

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This video begins to explain how staying properly hydrated can improve your metabolism helping to encourage weight loss and sustain a healthy body! 

 

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How to Hydrate Before, During, and After a Workout

How to Hydrate Before, During, and After a Workout
Proper hydration is vital to your athletic performance and health. To perform your best, learn how to drink enough before, during and after your workouts. ​ Pre-Workout Hydration Before a long run, a race, or a training workout, drink plenty of fluids. The day before an event, drink extra water, 100 percent juice, or other healthy liquids. Mon...
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How To Hydrate Before, During, and After a Workout

How to Hydrate Before, During, and After a Workout

dude water on headProper hydration is vital to your athletic performance and health. To perform your best, learn how to drink enough before, during and after your workouts... 

 

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