A Complete Review on the Schwinn 418 Elliptical Trainer

By Joie Charles

“I am too busy.”

“I do not have the time.”

“It’s too hard.”

These are the sentences we say whenever we are asked why we do not exercise. Well, in a world where each minute counts, it really is such a shame ti waste a 20 minute drive to the nearest gym when you can be using that to earn money or spend time with your family.

This is why home fitness machines are getting more and more popular each day. They provide an easy way for us to get in shape and at the same time, offer a better living lifestyle.

If you are serious in getting a home fitness equipment, you may want to consider the Schwinn 418 Elliptical Trainer. This machine was tagged as the best home equipment in 2005 and even though that may be some years back, it is still a pretty decent machine.

Here are some details of the Schwinn 418 Elliptical Trainer.

• In terms of stride, although the current Sole e35 may have a longer stride of 20 inches, the Schwinn 418 Elliptical Trainer can still compare at an 18 inch stride. Besides, if you have a petite frame, you may not need a too long stride.

• For its resistance, it has 8 resistance levels, making it suitable both for those just coming out of the exercise-less rut and for those who have been seriously training for quite some time. It is also very convenient to change your resistance level as it is done electronically, without breaking your stride. No need to get off and adjust belts for this machine.

• If you are a fan of change, then the 12 programs of the Schwinn 418 Elliptical Trainer will truly help you exercise. It has 12 different work out programs like manual, one fitness test, rolling, valley, 2 heart rate, fat burn, mountain, intervals, ramp, random, plateau among others. This will keep your work out interesting and break any monotony that can lead to boredom, then laziness.

• Heart rate can be monitored either through the hand grips or you can strap on a chest strap. This may not be as “cool” as a telemetric wireless heart rate checker but it can still perform its task of approximating your heart rate.

• It has a great warranty deal for the frame of 15 years although you can only get 6 months of free labor on it.

• They say that the more you see your progress, the more pumped up you become in your exercise. Fortunately, the Schwinn 418 Elliptical Trainer has a built in LED monitor that will give you data on your progress like the number of cals burned, the time, heart rate, rpm’s, speed and even resistance level.

• The machine also has a handy bottle holder to hold your energy drink or your water while you exercise.

Bottom line is the Schwinn 418 Elliptical Trainer may no longer be the best home fitness equipment out there, but for its price, it works decent. Best of all, it serves its basic purpose.

About the Author: To get information about another Schwinn machine, visit our Schwinn 438 elliptical trainer review. If you want to get the best information about ellipticals, visit our elliptical fitness equipment guide.

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Nordic Track Elliptical Trainer Information

By Jim Kesel

The Nordic Track brand name is now owned by Icon Health and Fitness which is one of the largest manufactures of fitness equipment in the world. Nordic Track is known for their SpaceSaver elliptical trainers that have several good features that are unique to a low to mid level elliptical machines. One of their best features is found on Nordic Track ellipticals is the incline ramp on the model CX 938 and CX 1055. This allows you to change the angle and shape of the elliptical stride to work different muscle groups of the lower body. This feature makes this elliptical trainer a true cross trainer.

The Nordic Track Stride Thru or right system also changes the length of stride. Ranging from 18 to 21 inches the stride targets specific muscles groups. The shorter stride will work, tighten and raise the buttocks and slim the hips while the longer strides will help burn calories. The pedals on most models are large enough to allow you to comfortable place your feet for long rides. The upper body workout using the simulated ski poles along with the long strides will also keep you from losing upper body strength and mass that normally accompanies cardio exercise.

Nordic Track elliptical trainers are equipped with SMR (silent magnetic resistance) from Icon that allows a fairly smooth ride. This system allows you to change resistance on the fly without interrupting your workout routine. Nordic Track elliptical trainers like many of Icons elliptical machines have the reputation of being noisy and clunky. The higher end elliptical trainers apparently do not have this problem. Nordic Track includes between 10 and 19 workout programs with its elliptical trainers that will fit most people.

Nordic Track ellipticals also have a console with easy to read LED scan that lets you read it from almost any angle. EKG handle bars will also give you fairly accurate heart rate readings. On some models you must hold the sensors fairly tightly for more than 15 seconds to get any reading at all and on other models the grip sensors give you a read out fairly quickly. Mid range and higher Nordic Track elliptical machines have multi-speed fans which are really appreciated during long rides in non air conditioned sites.

Elliptical trainers costing less than $1100.00 are design for infrequent use in a residential setting. If you are planning on using your elliptical trainer more than twice a week for hard intense rides lasting more than 30 minutes then you should seriously consider moving up to a higher end elliptical machine. Nordic Track has a fairly good warranty that covers frame, parts and labor for one year. It is imperative that if you are purchasing a mid level elliptical trainer that you invest in an extended warranty.

Nordic Track elliptical trainers are very popular. We recommend the mid level ($500 to $900) elliptical machines for casual in home use. Elliptical trainers are probably the best piece of fitness equipment on the market.

About the Author: James Kesel< MS. is the publisher of Elliptical Trainer Information website, We have information on Nautilus, Nordic Track, Life Fitness, ProForm, Tunturi, Schwinn,Reebok, Horizon, and Vision elliptical trainers and cross trainers.

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Fitness For Golf: Senior Golfers Must Implement a Fitness For Golf Program

By Mike Schlacter

Senior golfers need fitness for golf. This golf demographic is declining in physical abilities and the end result is a lower performance and enjoyment of the game of golf. Fitness for golf can change all that. Slowing down, if not stopping the affects of aging including strength decline, flexibility reduction, and coordination issues.

If you are in the segment of golfers, have you experienced a rapid decrease in driving distance and consistency?

If so, it’s time to realize the “root cause” of it. I can tell you 100% it’s a “physical” issue. You do not need to hit more balls or take more lessons. All you need to do is simple golf exercises and golf stretches to stop this physical decline and improve your golf swing technique.

Let me give you an example to make you a believer.

Do you struggle to make a FULL backswing? Have you tried to get back there all the way but the harder you try the worse your golf swing gets? The reason why is your current level of flexibility will not let you get back there. Currently it is physically impossible for you to get there, so try as hard as you want, you will NOT get there.

Until you start stretching those muscles specific to your golf backswing, you will continue to struggle and make your golf swing worse. It will be more inconsistent and erratic causing more mishits, weak shots and ball flights like a slice and maybe even a hook.

Do you want another example?

You struggle to stay in your golf posture, and no matter how hard you try to stay in it you CAN’T. Lessons don’t help, and neither does hitting more balls.

It’s a PHYSICAL issue!

You have both tight and WEAK hamstring muscles in the back of your upper legs, which are critical in helping you stay in that very uncomfortable and unnatural position called golf posture.

The ONLY way to correct this swing fault is to strengthen and stretch your hamstrings. Once you do, you’ll be able to stay in your posture all day long. This is a perfect example of how fixing a physical limitation with fitness for golf can literally transform your golf swing and eliminate ALL golf swing faults.

For every swing fault, there is a physical limitation causing it. I’ve said this for years. If you hear it anywhere else, someone has stolen my concept and approach. I have come to the conclusion that all golf instruction is wrong if it does not address the “physical” issues with each and every golfer.

You can take a dozen golf lessons, spend several hundred dollars and STILL not improve. I’ve heard this story time and time again. Don’t waste another dollar on golf lessons or gimmicky training aids until you work on the “root” cause of your swing faults. YOUR BODY!

Senior Golfers Benefit The Most

Why not stop the decline in your body before it’s too late? Simple golf stretches and golf exercises is all you need to do to remedy this. You don’t need to kill yourself either. I’m talking about easy exercises you can do right in your own home. They are actually fun and you can see a very quick result when you’re a senior golfer, due to the initial fitness level of most senior golfers.

About the Author: Do you want more fitness for golf information to improve your game? Visit Mike Pedersen Golf Fitness blog.

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Five Leg Blasting Strength Training Exercises

By Callie Durbrow

We have all seen it before; the long, lean, tan legs that look great in jeans, skirts or swim suits no matter what. Have you ever asked yourself, “What do they do to get those legs?”

Well the answer may be some good genetics, I can guarantee that that is not the only reason they look so good. Training your legs and your entire body takes a lot more work than most people even imagine.

In order to develop a tight lower body figure, you need to make sure you are training the right way. Many people go into the gym and hop on the treadmill or elliptical because they think it is working their legs. This is not quite what you are looking for when it comes to lower body and leg blasting training.

Steady state cardio training will not elicit the metabolic response that your body needs to eventually develop the tight and toned look that everyone wants. Cardio training will get your heart rate up and burn quite a few calories during the workout, but it will not boost your metabolism to the level that will keep torching calories for up to 36 hours after the training session.

In order to efficiently and effectively burn calories (and fat) when you are not working out, you must perform resistance and strength movements. These exercises will use more muscles, will mobilize fat to eventually burn it for energy, and will keep your metabolic rate high even when you are not working out.

Many women avoid strength training altogether because they do not want to look bulky or manly. This transformation will not happen because women lack the high levels of testosterone and other growth hormones that stimulate serious muscle hypertrophy (size).

Strength training for women is very beneficial because it adds lean muscle tissue which gives us a nice toned looking figure, and it also elevates your resting metabolism which burns calories when you are not working out. This helps to keep you in shape and any training that you do will just cause the metabolism to soar through the roof.

When it comes to training your legs and lower body, here are the five best exercises. All of these exercises require stability, use all major muscle groups, and will be much more fun and rewarding than slow, steady cardio training.

1. Squats- back squats, front squats, overhead squats, box squats, single leg squats

2. Lunges- multi directional lunges, walking lunges, bench lunges

3. Step Ups- lateral, forward, with dumbbells or barbells

4. Dead lifts- traditional barbell, sumo, dumbbell, single leg dead lifts

5. Glute/Ham Raises- glute ham bench or Nordic hamstrings with a partner

If you are working out on cardio machines or Nautilus circuit machines, you must change your workout plan. Incorporate multi-joint movements like the ones listed above and you are guaranteed to see changes in your lower body. Pick two of the five and perform anywhere from 3-5 sets depending on your training level. These movements will kick your butt into shape, literally, and will also burn a very high level of calories because of their complex nature.

Not only will you leave your training session feeling great, you will continue to burn those calories for up to 36 hours after the training session.

About the Author: Callie Durbrow is a personal training expert in Cambridge . She conducts small group personal training programs for busy individuals looking to lose fat, boost their energy levels, and look and feel amazing. For more fitness and training information please visit Cambridge Personal Training

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Navy SEAL Workout Series (5 of 5): Strength Training

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What is Bodybuilding?

By Alan Tolchin

Although bodybuilders lift weights in order to achieve their physical goals, bodybuilding is not an activity in which the absolute amount of weight you can lift is important. The aim of bodybuilding is to use a sufficient amount of weight for each exercise to cause the adaptive changes in the body that result in the creation of an ideal blend of mass, muscularity, symmetry and proportion.

Weightlifters train with weights also but they are only interested in learning to lift as much weight as possible and then only for the few particular lifts that are involved in competition.

It was long thought that bodybuilders weren’t really all that strong, that the mass they developed in the gym was somehow not “real” muscle. This is simply not true. Strength is a necessary by-product of the development of mass and the success of bodybuilders in recent strongman competitions proves it.

But the use of weights in progressive-resistance training is a common denominator among bodybuilders, weightlifters, athletes training for certain sports, individuals with injuries trying to rehabilitate their bodies, and all those millions who are now training for health and fitness.

Weight training, in its most general sense, just means doing some movement or activity using added weight to increase the difficulty. This would include putting weights on your ankles before you run, or swinging a lead-filled bat before your turn at the plate, but usually we restrict the meaning to contracting your muscles in certain prescribed exercises against the resistance of dumbbells, barbells or resistance exercise machines.

Bodybuilders actually have more in common with the man training for fitness than with competition weightlifters. After all, both are more interested in physical self-improvement than in breaking lifting records. But there is a large difference in degree. It is as if bodybuilders were Formula I racing cars, and the average man or woman a reliable sports-sedan. Both want a certain degree of performance but on two distinct levels. The technology that comes out of Grand Prix racing eventually filters down to the family car and, in the same way, the discoveries made by serious bodybuilders in the gym can be adapted and made use of by those who are using weights to stay trim and healthy.

You may personally have no desire to train for hours a day to become a Mr. America, but exercise physiologists have shown us how much alike in their physical needs are the athlete and the non-athlete. If you apply the techniques that work for champions, only at a level of intensity that suits your own purposes, you will be able to share in the same process that creates, shapes, and firms the human body, melts away unwanted fat, and builds a strong dependable cardiovascular system.

Of course better results come from those with the right genetic potential, but that doesn’t mean there is no benefit from weight training for the average man. Quite the contrary; for all but a few there is a definite increase in strength and muscular size along with an improvement in shape and contour of the musculature. The body gets firmer as muscle fibers become more dense and fat is burned off. Some people will change a lot, and others somewhat less but even seemingly small changes can make a dramatic change in your physique. An inch or two added to the chest coupled with a loss of a couple of inches in your waist will completely transform how you look. You can never step outside of your natural somatotype but you can accomplish a great deal within those limits. But remember, even if you don’t really want to get any bigger, all you are doing is increasing your strength to its natural optimum and letting the muscles assume whatever mass and shape is natural to them. It’s all up to you.

About the Author: Alan Tolchin is a medical doctor and bodybuilder with a blog-site called “Customized Bodybuilding Workouts” posting weekly on topics of interest to bodybuilders; URL is http://www.customizedbodybuilding.com and site is an Amazon Associate.

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A Fitness Partner Is A Great Benefit For Motivation In Exercise And Fitness

By Linda Schnable

In a quest for a healthier lifestyle, women know that fitness and exercise are important. Exercise can improve your health, increase your energy level, relieve stress, and help you to sleep better. A fit woman will remain stronger and more independent as she ages.

Sometimes the road to fitness is a difficult path when you are attempting to initiate and exercise program and eat healthier alone. Attempting to exercise daily, watching your nutrition, and making healthy lifestyle changes are often overshadowed by boredom or a too busy lifestyle. At one time or another, most women have had trouble starting or sticking with a fitness or exercise program.

Being a fit woman does not have to mean a solo journey. If you have ever had trouble initiating a fitness program or sticking with the exercise program you have started, a fitness partner may be the solution. A fitness partner is a powerful motivator. Being accountable to a fitness partner can help you start a new exercise program or stick with the exercise program over time as you continue on your road to fitness.

The right fitness partner can motivate you to achieve your fitness goals. Your fitness partner should be positive and supportive as she encourages and supports you. In choosing a fitness partner, look for someone whose fitness level is close to yours. As you become fit together, you can progress at a similar pace, and encourage each other to climb to new levels of fitness. Having similar fitness goals will allow you and your fitness partner to share triumphs and encourage you to accomplish individual fitness goals.

Keep lines of communication open with your fitness partner. A good fitness partner is honest and sensitive. Cheer each other on in your fitness successes and avoid being critical.

In addition to a fitness partner, the right fitness program is also important to achieve health. Sisters in Sneakers provides a complete home fitness program and exercise program designed especially for the fitness needs of women. Sisters in Sneakers includes color coded exercise cards for flexibility, strengthening, and cardiovascular exercises so you can vary your exercise routine day to day. Since exercise alone is not enough for a healthy lifestyle, Sisters in Sneakers includes nutritional information including fat and calorie awareness to get your eating on the right track. Motivation is important for fitness, and Sisters in Sneakers includes inspirations and nutrition tips as well. An exercise band is a great tool for resistance exercise and is also a part of the Sisters in Sneakers complete fitness program.

Look no further for your new fitness partner. Sisters in Sneakers will connect you with a fitness partner just for asking. You and your new Sisters in Sneakers fitness partner can motivate each other on the way to fitness and health, as you work out in the privacy of your own home.

It is time to get serious about starting to exercise and becoming involved in a fitness program. Your health is important. You do not need to be an athlete to be fit. The first step is the hardest.

Grab your sneakers, your new Sisters in Sneakers Home Fitness Program, connect with your Sisters in Sneakers fitness partner, and start on the path to better health with Sisters in Sneakers today.

About the Author: Linda Schnable is co-creator of the new Sister in Sneakers home fitness program for women. Developed by a physical therapist, Sisters in Sneakers is the only home fitness/exercise program to include a fitness partner. Check it out today. http://www.sistersinsneakers.com

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10 Step-by-Step Business Startup Guide: Step 2

By Dave J

STEP 2: Business Model

Once I have selected the kind of business I want to do, I would brainstorm how to run the business. In today’s technology, there are many business models to choose from i.e. part time or full time, at home or totally mobile, online or brick and mortar business.

But the key is to choose a business model that fits into My Ultimate Plan. I do this to make sure that I spend the right number of days each month, take the right level of risk, investment wise and attaining the level of satisfaction that I want.

First thing first: How much time do I want to devote to my business?

If I only have three days to spare in a week, I cannot start and run a business full time. I will need to do it part time, to adapt my business to time consuming obligations that I already have, such as my day job, parenting responsibilities or other activities that would refrain me from doing it full time.

Once I have determined whether I would do the business full time or part time, I will need to identify the right type of business models to fit into my current situation.

I have complied six common business models here:

1. Home based

2. Brick and mortar

3. E-commerce

4. Franchising

5. Licensing a product

6. Multilevel marketing

Home based

Using the latest technology, anyone can create a legitimate and competitive business from home. In fact, this is the cheapest and fastest way to start an enterprise. It can be run full time or part time, Internet or non-Internet based.

Brick and Mortar

It simply means a business with a physical location outside the home, either leased premises or purchased. It involves a dedicated facility, whether retail, wholesale, service or manufacturing. This model usually involves relatively high capital.

E-commerce

There is no foot traffic in this business model. All the customers will purchase online, from A to Z of the transaction. The owner can sell and service the product/service through an Internet portal capable of collecting payment. This can apply to business that sells directly to customers or to other businesses.

Franchising

This model refers to buying a successful business model, which makes the buyer the “franchisee”. Usually, there will be a franchise fee upfront and a portion of the revenues over time to be paid to the franchisor. Everything the franchisee needs to know on starting and running the business is provided by the franchisor, including the equipment and sometimes, goods and services.

Licensing the Product

Any designer, expert, innovator or anyone creative enough to conceive a product or invention that people would buy but do not want to run the business, can still take advantage of a great product idea or invention by licensing it to another company that has the entire infrastructure in place to effectively manufacture, market and sell it.

Multilevel Marketing (MLM)

This is another business that could be started instantly and with low startup cost. However, to excel in MLM, one must have traits of perseverance and determination. MLM is a marketing and distribution structure. People at the top sell to those below them, who in turn sell to those under them. The higher one achieves in the structure, the more income one derives. Anyone chooses this model must be cautious before deciding to jump into the bandwagon as some MLM attracts its members using “greed tactics”!

Whichever option it may be, I would definitely do some research on its pro’s and con’s as well as the level of suitability to the kind of business I am going to venture into.

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Home Exercise Equipment

By C.J. Gustafson

The fitness industry has become big business as more and more people work out to get in shape. Many companies have gotten onboard the bandwagon, and the number of different types and brands of home exercise equipment available is amazing. While it is great to have options, trying to figure out which piece of home fitness equipment is right for you can be an overwhelming process. One way to help manage all this information is to identify what type of exercise or training you plan to do. Add in other factors such as your personal fitness level, budget, and space available and pick the equipment that best fits your criteria.

What Is Your Goal?

Before purchasing an exercise bike, treadmill or other type of home fitness equipment, it is important to decide what it is you hope to accomplish. Are you trying to lose weight? Perhaps you want to get in shape, tone your muscles? Maybe you want a good cardio workout? Or you may have several of these results in mind. Exercise equipment varies in its effectiveness in certain areas and by knowing what you want from your workout, you will be able to focus on those that do what you want.

Assess your Fitness Level

Also do an assessment of your comfort level with different types of exercise or movement. Do you have weak knees or a bad back? Would you rather sit than stand? How is your balance? Each type of home fitness equipment requires you to use different posture and movements and you don’t want to pick something that will cause injury or irritate an existing condition. You also don’t want equipment that is uncomfortable to use because it will be difficult to stick to your routine.

Space Considerations

The fact is, if you live in a small apartment or have limited space in your home, you may not have room for a large piece of equipment like a home gym or weight sets. Many pieces of equipment fold up for storage, but if you have to move the coffee table or love seat every time you want to fold out the treadmill, you are less likely to exercise on a regular basis.

What’s In Your Wallet?

Some exercise equipment can be quite expensive, especially for a quality product. On the other hand, you can purchase some equipment off TV ads or special promotions for a very reasonable price, but does the stuff really work? And will it last for more than a few weeks? Most experts recommend that you wait to purchase home fitness equipment until you can afford to purchase something that has good customer satisfaction ratings and is made by a respected fitness equipment manufacturer. Also be aware that some types of equipment cost more than others and may not fit your needs or your budget no matter how long you save.

Consider Your Choices

Once you have assessed your needs and situation, you can evaluate the different types of equipment against your criteria.

Exercise bikes have been around for decades and have improved in design and function over the years. They have been proven to provide weight loss and health benefits if used consistently and correctly. They offer a good cardio workout as well, while limiting impact and injury to knees and other leg joints. They typically do not fold up and can tend to take up space. Exercise bikes fall in the economy or moderate range for price in comparison to other types of home fitness equipment, although some can be quite expensive, especially if they are computerized.

Recumbent exercise bikes, which put users in a slightly reclined position, place less stress on the back and knees but tend to cost more. Some people find the position and motion uncomfortable if they are used to traditional bike riding.

Treadmills are another type of fitness equipment that has been around for some time. They also provide a good cardio workout if properly used, and many come with built in features such as an adjustable platform and computerized workout to help enhance the effects of your exercise routine. There is some jarring and joint stress involved with running, on a treadmill or other surface, so this equipment may not be a good choice for those with knee and hip concerns.

Some treadmills fold up for storage, making them a good choice for those with limited space. Treadmills run the gamut in price range, and can usually fit in any budget, but in most cases you get what you pay for and a very inexpensive model may not be safe or effective.

Elliptical trainers are the latest craze in home fitness equipment. They provide the exercise benefits of walking or running while eliminating the impact on hips, knees, or ankles. This can be good for those with injuries or weakness in those areas. But others who are concerned about building or maintaining bone density may prefer a different type of equipment.

Some elliptical machines fold up to save space when not in use. They generally fall in the mid to higher price range compared to other types of fitness equipment, and again, price often reflects quality.

A stair stepper provides another choice for those who want to burn calories and get a good cardio workout with reduced impact to knees and hips. Stepping height can be adjusted to accommodate different body sizes and fitness levels, however, it can be easy to put too much stress on ankles and back when using a stair stepper. Both size and price are in the moderate range.

Some people prefer the variety and intensity provided by a home gym or weight training station. People are more likely to exercise if they have several different options to choose from, and a selection of different or adjustable equipment provides the opportunity to target all areas of the body. However, home gyms tend to take up more space than other equipment and will almost always cost more for quality equipment. It may also be important to have instructions before using some features of the gym to avoid injury.

There are many other types of home fitness equipment, including free weights, ski machines, ab machines, and hybrids like exercise riders. Be sure to research a piece of equipment before buying and avoid those that make claims that sound too good to be true – they probably are.

Many fitness experts and trainers recommend that you try out a piece of equipment before purchasing to be sure it feels comfortable. If buying online, try to find a gym or exercise store that has the equipment and give it a test ride. Most companies charge shipping and handling to return online orders if you return an item for reasons other than manufacturer defects or damage.

With all the choices for home fitness equipment available, you are sure to find a machine that fits your needs and budget. It just takes a bit of realistic planning.

About the Author: C.J. Gustafson is a successful writer for http://www.fitness-n-exercise-equipment.com, your complete guide to home exercise equipment, the best treadmill reviews, ab machines, weight training equipment and more.
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