Category: Personal Equipment

When it is time to open up a health club, personal training studio, wellness center or simply tryint to put together a quality home gym the most important thing to consider is to find a repuatable fitness equipment supplier.  The question is How Do I?

Over the past twenty years fitness equipment has become a multi billion dollar industry.  Whether you are working out in the gym, your home or listening to conversations on the news it is surrounding us.  Have you asked yourself where are people gettting this equipment?  If you were to purchase a home gym for your basement or your home exercise room equipment has become readily avialable on line, Big Box Stores as well as specialty retail stores.  Where is the best place to start?

Without being said fitness is a serious business for both the consumer as well as the supplier.  Most important when purchasing equipment your main objective should be to purchase equipment that is going to help get the results both you and your clientele are looking for.  Without results your interest and your investment are merely a waste.  With that being said finding a reputable fitness equipment supplier should be a priority.  Finding a reputable supplier means you should be searching people that are in the business to supply, service and advise you on equipment that best suits your goals, purpose and your budget.

After researching a few different fitness equipment suppliers, checking their Better Business Bureau rating and communicating with each of them you then can narrow it down after you have educated yourself on what is important to you.  In the fitness industry you will find experts as well as mere suppliers.  Experts will educate you as a consumer and professional on what will help you be successful with both your fitness and business goals.

If you are a consumer some very important factors when choosing a Reputable Fitness Equipment Supplier Are:

  • Check the amount of time they have been in business.
  • Understand the nature of their business, is it fitness or a little of everything.
  • Check their Better Business Bureau rating.
  • Find out if they supply service after the sale, it is inevitable that because of the amount of moving parts on cardio equipment it will break and you will need in home service.
  • Talk to the sales consultants and figure out if they have your best interest in mind or are they just trying to get a sale regardless of what they are selling you. Do they have your goals in mind and have they objectively chosen a piece of equipment for your needs and goals.

If you are a facility offereing fitness some very important factors when choosing a Reputable Fitness Equipment Supplier Are:

  • Do they supply 2 and 3d CAD layouts to assure you the layout of the facility as well as what you need so you don’t over or under buy.
  • Do they have a  reputable service department.
  • Check some supplied references to assure that their past customers are happy and that they did not sell the equipment and walk away from the facility when their were issues.
  • Do they offer inservice for both the equipment as well as service in the event that you wanted your in house technicians to repair your equipment.
  • Find out the response time for parts and services for both the manufacturers of the equipment and the supplier.  Equipment that is down causes significant issues for a pays due facility.

As you can see finding a Reputaple Fitness Equipment Supplier will take some time and energy.  Many times people are very disappointed because they have chosen price over the quality of the supplier and equipment and can be very detrimental to both the facility as well as your own personal fitness goals.


– The Staff at

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Heavy Built Free Weight Equipment for Use in a Home or Light Commercial Application

For serious development of explosive power and strength the free weight squat is considered the king of exercises.  What happens if an injury is suffered or leverage factors keep you from doing squats?  How do you still develop impressive lower body strength without damaging your body?  You look for a piece of fitness equipment that allows you to compensate for those limitations.  The plate loaded hack squat and leg press allow you to work the legs intensely without damaging the body.  With the use of the Body Solid GLPH1100 Leg Press/Hack Squat combination unit you are able to do two excellent motions for developing the hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteals, and calves with minimal stress to the joints.  The Body Solid GLPH1100 Leg Press/Hack Squat is engineered to be smooth, comfortable, and solid.  Constructed of 11 gauge steel just like exercise machines in all of the top health clubs the Body Solid GLPH1100 Leg Press/Hack Squat will hold up in any home gym or light commercial application such as personal training studios, fire stations, therapy clinics, etc.

Technical Specifications on the Body Solid GLPH1100 Leg Press/Hack Squat Exercise Machine

  • Quad track roller system operates smoothly and distributes weight evenly.
  • Both back pads utilize a quick flip-and-lock mechanism.
  • Extra-heavy gauge Diamond Plate foot platforms for both Leg Press and Hack Squat positions.
  • Easy-access under-carriage plate load system.
  • Extra heavy-duty 2″x 4″ 11-gauge steel mainframe minimizes torsional flex for maximum strength and stability.
  • Ultra-tough, double-stitched DuraFirm! Back and Shoulder pads are 4″ thick and contoured for maximum support of the lower back and shoulder areas.
  • Three lockout positions for user safety and convenience.
  • Capacity of 1,000 lbs.
  • 3 safety lockout positions
  • Ideal for home and commercial use.
  • 56″H x 83″L x 34″W

In closing, if you have a hard time doing squats or are just looking for something else to supplement your workout the Body Solid GLPH1100 Leg Press/Hack Squat is an ideal piece of fitness equipment.  Built strong enough to be used in the most hard-core of home gyms to any light commercial application.

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Commercial Quality Group Exercise Bike for the Home Gym

With the popularity of indoor group cycling it has been very difficult to find a quality spin-style bike for home.  The BFSB10 from Best Fitness has changed all of that.  By incorporating the most popular features, such as 44 pound flywheel, grooved V-Belt transmission, handle bar adjustments both vertically and horizontally, seat adjustments vertically and horizontally, and sealed aluminum bearing pedals.

Technical Specifications of the Best Fitness BFSB10 Spin-Style Bike

  • One-piece 44lb. flywheel
  • Durable, grooved V-belt transmission system.
  • Handle bar with chrome post tube.
  • More than 84 levels of high/low and forward/backward adjustments for handle bar and seat.
  • 3 sealed bearing sets (pedals, belt wheel, flywheel).
  • Unlimited range of tension adjustments.
  • Smooth, quiet, aluminum bearing pedals.
  • Low maintenance & easy assembly.
  • user capacity 300lbs
  • Dimensions: 20″w x 47″h x 43.5″l
  • In-home Warranty: 15 years Frame, 10 Years motor, 2 years electronics, 2 years parts, 6 months wear parts, 1 year Labor

In closing, the Best Fitness BFSB10 Spin-Style Exercise Bike is a high quality piece of fitness equipment designed for use in home gyms.  Multiple adjustments, smooth motion, and enough resistance for the hardest of users the Best Fitness BFSB10 will satisfy any user.

– The Staff at

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Commercial Quality Fitness Equipment for the Home Gym

For those looking for a Health Club feel in their home fitness equipment the Life Fitness CSX Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer is the best choice to make.  Bearing a strong resemblance to the ultra-popular Life Fitness 9500HRR-NG Next Generation Elliptical that was in just about every major health club in the 1990’s the Life Fitness CSX Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer has melded the old with the new.  By adding  iPod® compatibility and 27 different workout programs Life Fitness has taken the home elliptical trainer to the next level.  Some of the key features that make this unit so popular is that its elliptical motion is identical to their health club units, it has wireless and Lifepulse™ digital contact heart rate monitoring system that also has the wireless chest strap, synchronized upper and lower body movements for a total-body workout, over-sizes dual accessory tray with built-in reading rack, and ErogGrip™ stationary handlebar provides stability during lower-body only workouts.

Life FItness CSX Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer Specifications:

Maximum User Weight 350 lbs (158 kg)
Maximum Step-up Height 10″ (25 cm)
Unit Length 83″ (211 cm)
Unit Width 28″ (71 cm)
Unit Height 61″ (155 cm)
Unit Weight 235 lbs (107 kg)
Stride Length 18″ (46 cm)
Power Requirements Plug-in (All major voltage configurations)
Safety CE, CEN, CSA, TUV, UL certified
Warranty Lifetime warranty on frame, 3-year on parts, 1-year on labor (warranties outside the U.S. may vary)
Frame 4″ x 4″ (10 cm x 10 cm) and 3″ (7 cm) robotically welded steel frame
Pedals 16″ x 7″ (41 cm x 18 cm) oversized pedals
Resistance System Alternator

Life Fitness CSX Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer Program

  • Manual
  • Hill
  • Random
  • Fat Burn
  • Cardio
  • Heart Rate Hill™
  • Heart Rate Interval™
  • Extreme Heart Rate™
  • Around the World
  • Cascades
  • Foothills
  • Kilimanjaro
  • Speed Training
  • Cross Train Aerobic
  • Cross Train Reverse
  • Interval Training
  • Quick Start
  • Fit Test
  • Cool Down Mode
  • Goal Workouts
  • Polar® wireless chest strap included
  • On-the-Fly Programming

Life Fitness CSX Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer Display Readouts:

  • Distance
  • Speed (mph/ km/h)
  • Total Calories Burned
  • Calories per Hour
  • Level
  • Time
  • Heart Rate
  • Target Heart Rate
  • METs
  • Watts
  • Display Type: Amber LED message center & workout profile
  • Workout Profile Window

In closing, the Life Fitness CSX Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer is a high quality piece of home fitness equipment that has a look and feel similar to their commercial elliptical cross-trainers.  With a plethora of cardio fitness programs and  iPod® compatibility the Life Fitness CSX Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer has enough variety to keep anyone from getting bored in their home gym workout.

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produces the finest commercial and residential fitnessequipment in the world that delivers results. Whether you are a first time user or a professional athlete the company has developed equipment through exercise science and its medical heritage. Durable in structure and biomechanically correct, Cybex would not be able to do this without a state of the art modern manufacturing facility in Owatonna, Minnesota.

Cybex strength equipment is manufacturing its Arc Trainers and Strength Equipment in a facility that measures over 340,000 square feet which correlates to over eight football fields under one roof. Cybex takes a vertical integrated approach to manufacturing. Everything from metal fabrication, welding, painting and assembly take place under one roof allowing for a well designed and built product.

Every order that is manufactured by Cybex is custom built just days before the shipment leaves the factory. Once an order is entered it is put in a production schedule waiting for manufacturing and assembly. The customer has the option of customizing the equipment by chosing an endless assortment of frame and upholstery color choice as well as custom embroided seats. Cybex has an industury record on-time delivery and short lead-times because of its remarkable facilities.

It is no wonder why so many of the world’s greatest fitness facilities chose Cybex Intl. as it’s equipment of choice!

If you would like to know more about Cybex as a company, click here
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The PGM200 Glute Master targets the gluteal muscles, the muscles that form the buttocks. Gluteals are one of the main muscle groups responsible for holding your body upright, but they can be tough to isolate and strengthen using traditional gym exercises.

The Body Solid Powerline PGM200 is a well designed piece of equipment that targets the glutes, hamstrings and quadriceps with controlled movement for total isolation.  You can now do this in the comfort and privacy of your own homeand can target the muscles that form the buttocks and strengthens the muscles that help you function through the daily chores of life such as lifting your children, groceries and daily household tasks.

Some of the features of the Powerline Glue Max Machine are:

  • Works each leg individually for maximum isolation of the gluteus maximus, medius and minimus.
  • Adjustable forearm pads slide forward and backward to accommodate users of any height.
  • Standard weight horn allows you to load weights to increase resistance and feel the burn.
  • Quality rollers, comfortable pads and simple adjustments make this machine easy to use and comfortable for any user
The gluteals (the muscles that form the buttocks) do crucial work every day, stabilizing your body and moving you through life. Without your glutes you wouldn’t be able to walk. This muscle group can be difficult to isolate through traditional weight training or functional training exercises.The Powerline PGM200 Glute Master was specifically designed and engineered to help you develop stronger glutes, hamstrings and quadriceps by isolating these hard to reach muscles.

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Cybex International

Founded in the late 1960’s the original Cybex was called “The Cybex Ergometer Company”.  The company manufactured isokinetic rehabilitation equipment in Ronkonkoma, New York.  A company by the name of Lumex acquired Cybex and continued to manufacture rehabilitation equipment.  Lumex was a publicly traded company and was traded on the American Stock Exchange.
In 1983 Lumex purchased Eagle Fitness Systems, a fitness equipment manufacturer based in Owatonna, Minnesota and established itself as a supplier of variable resistance strength systems to health clubs.  In 1995, Lumex sold its medical supply business and changed its name to CYBEX.

In May 1997, CYBEX merged with Trotter, Inc., a company founded in 1973 by engineer, Edward Trotter. Trotter manufactured primarily treadmills in its Medway, Mass plant although it had begun a strength line with the acquisition of Pyramid (small strength company near Pittsburgh). Trotter was owned by UM Holdings at the time of the merger and, in the merger transaction, UM obtained 51% interest in the publicly traded company.

In late 1997, the isokinetic business was sold and in 1998, CYBEX acquired Tectrix, a California-based manufacturer of primarily bikes and steppers. Production of bikes and other Tectrix cardiovascular products was ultimately moved to Medway. CYBEX currently operates out of two manufacturing facilities: Medway and Owatonna.

In an expansion of the company’s international presence, in 2001 CYBEX acquired Forza, the prior CYBEX dealer in the United Kingdom. This acquisition established direct sales and distribution in the UK. CYBEX has distributors in 87 countries around the globe.

The revolutionary Arc Trainer, first introduced in 2002, established CYBEX in the cross trainer category and the Eagle line re-affirmed the CYBEX leadership in strength training and marked the third complete line of CYBEX selectorized equipment. This is in additional to the plate loaded, free weight and functional training lines of strength equipment. In 2010 CYBEX introduced its Big Iron series for pro athletes. The 750 Treadmill as well as both upright and recumbent exercise bike were developed as part of the premium product line CYBEX has always been known for.

CYBEX continues to introduce innovative new products that reflect the company’s heritage of exercise science and currently offers over 175 individual fitness machines. The company is listed on the NASDAQ and trades as CYBI..

After you have made the decision to purchase a home gym for your home fitness center you now need to go to a specialty retail store to buy it.

Many people have made the decision to work out in the confines of their homes versus going to a health club.  Once you have created the space for your fitness equipment you need to find a specialty retailer who carries high end residential fitness equipment.  Your best bet is to find a manufacturer that you have seen in a health club and visit their websites to see if they have a retailer in your area that carry’s that product line.  There are a number of high quality home gyms such as Cybex, Precor, Life Fitness, Tuff Stuff, Body Solid, Body Craft and Hoist.  All of the mentioned companies design and manufacture high end commercial quality as well as residential fitness equipment.

It is recommended that when you visit your retailer you should wear comfortable work out clothing so you can get on the machines to try them out.  Once you are there you will need to review the following items to assure that you get a piece of equipment that is right for you.  When choosing a home gym you will want to:

  1. Make sure the unit sits flat on the floor and does not wobble.  Purchasing a stable piece of equipment with some weight to it will automatically create a better user experience.
  2. Observe the construction of the unit.  You want a gym that is made out of at least 11 gauge steel and that is partially welded together.  This again will ensure stability while working out on the unit.
  3. Most home gyms will allow you to do at a minimum 15 and up to 30 exercises on them.  This is a great thing as long as you can switch from one exercise to another with ease.  Try to avoid gyms that force you to switch cables.  There is nothing wrong with that however, it is inconvenient and sometimes will cause people to lose interest.
  4. When sitting on the seat make sure that most of the adjustments can be done in that seated position.  Make sure that you can adjust the weight stack in the chair.  Again convenience is a major concern of this purchase.
  5. Make sure the unit operates smoothly and you don’t feel drag.  Most better manufacturers are using aircraft quality cable with a 2000lb test strength that is coated in nylon.  With this high quality cable and pulleys that have sealed ball bearings the unit will feel very “fluid”.  Less expensive units will feel choppy.
  6. Check to see if the unit can be expanded.  Can you purchase a leg press, Vertical Knee Raise, multi-hip or adjustable cable column.  This would be nice to know in the event that you may add these items in the future to expand your exercise routine.
  7. Check the warranty.  Most better gyms will come with up to a life time warranty!  This will put your mind at ease in the event that something wears out or breaks.
  8. While in the store go through a routine that you may do at home.  Do a Chest Press, Overhead Press and an arm curl.  You want to see how easy it is to change things as well as making sure each of the exercises feels good.  It is important that your body is in alignment while doing these exercises.  If not, avoid purchasing it.

If you follow this simple buying advice for your home gym you will have created a long term positive user experience.  When making this commitment prepare to spend any where from $1200 to $3000 on this purchase.  Typically the quality of the unit will not change much from one price to another at this level only the amount of stations and options that you will have on the unit.

-The Staff at

“For all of Your Fitness Equipment and Exercise Equipment Needs”.

Basic Steps for Increasing the Longevity of your Group Exercise Bike

Weather you have a group exercise bike studio or one just for use in your home you can reduce costly repairs and keep your exercise bike looking great for many years.  Most of these steps are very basic and in the case of a group exercise room, the instructor can have the participants do most of these steps at the completion of their workout.

Procedures to do After Each Use

  1. Dry the bike after each use to remove sweat and moisture.  A participant in a class could use a paper towel and possibly a non-alcohol based disinfecting solution to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
  2. Bring the Handle Bars and Seat Posts to their highest position.  This prevents rusting from sweat and cleaners that can slide between the frame and the posts.  Again, this is something that an instructor can have a class participant do.

Procedures to Complete Daily

  1. Clean your bike or bikes using a non-ammonia based cleaner.  In a club or studio setting, this should be completed either by the instructor who just completed the last class or a floor attendant, if available.
  2. Make Sure the Frame is Wiped Dry.  Do not leave cleaners to dry on the frames without being wiped off.  This prevents build-up and the possiblility of rusting
  3. Special Considerations.  Be sure not to get the resistance pad wet on group exercise bikes equipped with them (Some bikes are now equipped with Magnetic Resistance), do not wipe the chain with cleaning solutions, and never use a petroleum based solvent for cleaning the bikes as this can damage the paint.

Procedures to Complete Monthly

  1. Re-torque the bottom bracket and crank arms.  Refer to the owner’s manual for the correct amount of pressure to torque the crank arms and brackets to.  This can be done by an instructor in a group setting or you can contract with a fitness repair company that specializes in preventative maintenance packages.
  2. Inspect all Parts.  Look for loose nuts and screws.  Also make sure to inspect all wear and tear parts such as hand grips, turn knobs, resistance pads (on those equipped), etc.
  3. Lubricate the Chain.  The best bet is to go to a local bicycle shop and pick up some of their heavy duty water proof chain lube.
  4. Lubricate Posts.  Using a non-petroleum based silicone lube, wipe the lube onto the handle bar and seat adjustment posts to prevent rusting and to ensure a smooth motion

Procedures to Complete Quarterly

  1. Inspect Resistance Pads (on bikes equipped).  Look for wearing, fraying, and any other kinds of damage.  If anything is noticed, replace the resistance pad as soon as possible.
  2. Lubricate Resistance Pad (if equipped).  Spraying a small amount of silicone lubricant onto felt resistance pads will increase longevity and can reduce squeaking.  On exercise bikes equipped with leather resistance pads, lubricate lightly with 3-in-1 oil to keep them from drying out, thus increasing longevity and reducing squeaking.
  3. Inspect the Drive Mechanism.  Chain or belt drive systems need to be inspected for signs of wear and for proper tension.  Adjust tension to reduce slippage during use as needed.

In conclusion, following these simple steps will increase the life of your group exercise bike.  Many procedures are easily done by participants in a class setting.  In large facilities with many units it may be wise to consult with a local fitness equipment repair company to see if they offer preventative maintenance packages specifically for group exercise bikes.

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-The Staff at

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Have you ever wondered if it was more beneficial to workout on an elliptical machine or run on a Treadmill?

Over the past 15 years the elliptical trainer has become the more popular workout of choice in the healthclub.  This is due to the misbelief amonst healthclub goers that nonimpact exercise is more effective and beneficial to your body.  Unfortunately, through scientific testing this is not the case.

Research shows that running on a fitness equipment treadmill has the following benefits:

  • Higher Energy Expenditure during running, compared to walking or cycling
  • Increased beta-endorphin levls and mood enhancements
  • Increased Heart Rate and Fat Oxidation Rate
  • Higher Bone Mineral Densities in Runners when compared to Non-impact athletes

Recent Research also shows that the elliptical trainer can cause knee shearing forces in ellipticals with tilting foot plates.  This may be your number one reason why you should reintroduce running back in to your routine.

There are many manufacturers of fitness equipment out there however, very few manufacturers spend the time and resources researching the equipment they manufacture and how it will affect your body over time.  Cybex Intl. is a leading manufacturer of exercise equipment and has been a medically based company for over 60 years.  They have developed the Cybex Institute to conduct extensive research into all facets of human movement and with the results formulate a concept on how to design fitness equipment to achieve the ultimate result and to reduce future injury.

When Cybex conducted research on creating a treadmill platform that was not only going to be comfortable but safe, they broke down the human gait into two principle phases.  One which was when the leg was in the air (also known as the swing) and the other during the time the leg is on the treadmill (also known as the “stance”).  Every aspect of the gait while running are important but the two phases mentioned are the most important when designing a treadmill.

The body is under a significant amount of stress during running.  However; running on a treadmill can effectively reduce the amount of stress placed on the joints while demanding the energy and work needed to conduct the exercise.  This is the primary reason that Cybex has manufactured a more forgiving surface called a “flex deck”.  It may seem that the more flex you put into a exercse treadill deck the better.  This is not the case!  Studies show that no matter what you do ground reaction forces can not be reduced therefore the objective is to position flexibility in the deck to limit shock!

Cybex Institute has determined to fully understand the impact of a flexible surface they would have to reseach the kinematics of the rear foot, tibia and knee during the stance phase of running.  To understand how this reseach was conducted and the results please click here to read the entire study.

The conclusion of the research by the Cybex Institute has determined that the greatest amount of impact that takes place is with in the first few miliseconds of stance and the knee is initating high velcity, eccentrically controlled fexion while the subtalar joint undergoes rapid eversion.  Although it is provent that you can not reduce ground reaction force you may introduce a fogriving running surface by placing the flex point at the front of the fitness treadmill.  This results in the normal alignment of the joints.  The Cybex IS3 treadmill design posesses all of these characteristics which will create a safe, comfortable running surface and delivering the maximum benefits.

– The Staff at  

“For all of Your Fitness Equipment and Exercise Equipment Needs”.