A Complete Review on the Schwinn 418 Elliptical ...

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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Ironman Elliptical Trainer Review

By Vienna Miller

Ironman elliptical trainers are owned and manufactured by Keys Fitness, a well respected name in the fitness industry. Keys also owns the CardioMax, Alliance, HealthTrainer and of course the Keys Fitness brand name.

Ironman produces a range of elliptical trainers from economy to midpriced, starting around $599 and up.

Although Ironman ellipticals are not as well known as some other brands, they have recently come out with several new models that may be worth considering.

The Ironman Achiever elliptical for example, offers a long 21″ stride, a more compact layout and center drive technology (where there are 2 smaller flywheels on either side of you instead of one large flywheel out in front).

Is an Ironman elliptical trainer right for you? Here’s a general review to help you decide:

Strengths:

1) Center Drive Technology – This is feature found only on some newer Ironman models like the Ironman Achiever and the CDT Elliptical.

Instead of a large flywheel out in front or behind you, there are 2 smaller flywheels on either side of you. According to Ironman, this helps to ensure proper workout posture. It also gives you a smaller footprint if you are short on space.

This 2 side flywheel design is also found on several other brands like Nordic Track and Proform

2) Longer Stride Lengths – While older economy Ironman models had really short stride lengths (14 – 16 inches), the newer higher end models have actually come out with 21″ stride lengths.

A longer stride length more accurately mimics your body’s natural motion and can give you a more efficient workout. While 21″ may be a bit too long for shorter users (under 5’4″), most users love the feel of a longer stride.

3) Great Reviews – Iron man ellipticals rate fairly well with experts and users. A leading consumer ratings organizaion gave the Ironman 320e a ‘Budget Buy’ rating.

Also, users have rated these ellipticals quite well, with many of the models averaging about from 4 out of 5 stars – mainly on the new models. Buyers liked the smoothness of the ellipticals as well as the center drive construction, which is more compact.

Weaknesses:

The older economy Ironman units do tend to have shorter stride lengths and very short warranties. There are other economy brands that offer you more for your money.

Also, while the newer models show promise, they don’t have a lot of history behind them. So it’s hard to say how well they’ll last over the long run.

Summary:

The new Ironman models are impressive – giving you smaller footprints, long 21″ strides and the center drive technology. While they don’t have as many bells and whistles as some other brands, the longer stride and design make them a popular choice with buyers.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the older, economy models with the smaller elliptical strides. You won’t get the best workout and you probably won’t feel comfortable on these units.

However the higher end models (especially the Achiever & CDT models) offer better construction and show a lot more promise overall.

Regardless of which elliptical you choose to buy, make sure you know what to look for when buying an elliptical. Consider the needs of everyone who will be using it, their height and weight, as well as the space you have in your fitness area.

About the Author: Vienna Miller writes for Elliptical Trainer Reviews, a consumer oriented website focusing on the home elliptical market. For the more information on where to buy discount ellipticals direct from the manufacturer visit the Discount Elliptical Trainers page.

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Creatine For Bodybuilding

By Frank Owen

Creatine is a supplement widely used in the bodybuilding circuit as a substance to enhance muscle growth and promote the functions which are involved in creating more muscle mass. In this article I will explain what creatine is, dispel the myths around the supplement and how it can help you achieve your bodybuilding goals.

Creatine is a naturally occurring substance in the human body and it aids your muscles to work at strength for longer – this is its primary function. Since creatine is found in products like meat, people who eat a lot of meat will generally have a higher concentration of creatine in their muscles than say vegetarians or those whom don’t eat much meat.

It is also known that taking creatine in the body as an added substance, such as creatine supplements that bodybuilders take, enhances the strength of the muscles and improves recovery time when the muscle actually grows. This is the reason every competitive bodybuilder uses creatine when bulking and adding muscle mass.

When creatine as a supplement first came out there were many myths circulating about the safety of the substance, with stories of weights crashing down on people and alsorts of similar horror stories – while it isn’t known why stories like these were spread they have since been proven to be false and creatine is now considered by most to be a safe supplement, just like protein powder or any other common supplement used in bodybuilding.

Creatine will enhance any strength trainers workout session as it allows you to lift for longer, this means instead of burning out at 3 repetitions of a heavy weight, you could in fact lift for a longer period of time, say 10 seconds, along you to complete a full working set of 8 repetitions, which is regards as the best number of reps to promote muscle growth. Due to the fact you lifted heavier for an adequate number of repetitions, the muscles will now repair and grow larger than they would have been able to previously.

About the Author: Article by Frank Owen, visit his website http://www.creatineguide.co.uk for more information on creatine and how it can improve your physique

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