Jul 14

Rowing Machine And Stair Climber For Your Home Gym Equipment

Home Rowing MachineMany people own one or two fitness equipment in their homes so they can trained or at least perform cardio exercise whenever they like to. But, choosing the suitable exercise equipment for home is not as easy as it seem.

In most gyms, you have the freedom to use any fitness equipment that they provide in the gym. But, you will not have such luxury at your home since there are limitation on the training space and your budget. So, you have to be careful when choosing your home fitness equipment.

One of the fitness equipment that is less desirable to choose for the home fitness equipment is the rowing machine. But, this type of fitness machine is actually one of the most common fitness equipment that you can find in most gyms.

There are many advantage that make the rowing machine should also be consider as one of the options for home fitness equipment. Rowing movement is an excellent workout that is good for cardiovascular exercise.

This is because the resistance aspect from the movement gives as well as it use more muscles when exercising more than when exercising with a stationary bike or a treadmill. People will exercise more with natural movement with less time than when using different type of cardio equipment.

Other advantage of rowing machine is that this cardio machine has lower price compare to stationary bike or treadmill. This is because the rowing machine has less electronics parts and less popular compare to other cardio equipment.

A decent rowing equipment can become great investment for home fitness equipment since they are durable and do not require many moving parts and low maintenance. Therefore the owner does not need to spend too much on maintenance cost.

One of the biggest disadvantages with this equipment is that the rowing machine requires more space than other fitness equipment. But some latest models are fold able, so it can be store easily when it is not use.

Other great fitness machine that is often chosen as home fitness equipment is the stair climber. This fitness equipment could give great exercise, because the machine utilizes the body weight for resistance than other fitness equipment.

Since this fitness machine give very intense exercise, most people have difficulties using it for the first time, therefore many people lose their interest with the stair climber.

Although the stair climber is also less popular like the rowing machine, the price for this fitness equipment can more expensive than the rowing machine. This is because the stair climber has more electronics parts and moving parts compare to the rowing machine.

These two fitness machines are the less favorable fitness equipment that is chosen as home gym set. This is quite unfortunate actually, since those equipment provide excellent cardio exercise more than other cardio machines with reasonable price. So, why don’t you try to give it a try for your home fitness equipment.

Jun 10

Starting Position In Kneeboarding Sport

As a rookie at kneeboarding sport, you surely will find it difficult to play it for the first time. But, this boat towed game is really an exciting sport to play. For started you can use a kneeboard for practice.

With this board, you do not have to balance your weight with your leg just like water ski or wakeboard, since you will doing it in sitting position. The position will provide you with low center gravity, so you can balance your weight easier.

There are two basic positions when starting the kneeboarding sport which are; the abdomen start and the low buoyancy start.

The Abdomen StartThe Abdomen Start

This is the most basic position to start the kneeboarding sport. This position is also called the belly start. To do this position, you need to lying face down with your abdomen on the top of the board and facing forward to the board’s nose.

The board’s nose must sticking out of the water surface. Put one of your hand on the board’s side and the dominant hand is on the other side of the board while holding the rope tightly. When the boat begin to move to drag your body, you must pull the knees and put it to the knee pad on the board.

When you are doing this, you should not bend your back forward to maintain your weight on the rear of the board. This will prevent the front tip of the board from going down the water surface which can flip your body out of the board.

After you manage to balance out your body and the board, use the hand that is not holding the rope to strap the knees to the board. While strapping the knees, you need to maintain the arms extended and bent slightly instead making it straight. Therefore, you can adjust your balance quickly when your body bouncing on the water surface.

The Low Buoyancy StartThe Low Buoyancy Start

In this position, you already in sitting position on the board when waiting the boat to pull your body. With this, the board is slightly sink from the water surface. This position will let you strap your knees to secure position before you begin to kneeboarding.

You can whether strap your knees when you already in the water or before you entering the water on the swim platform, on the boat or on the shore. When you have secure the knee strap, jump in the water along with the board strapped to your knees.

This position is more suitable for beginner because it need less effort to balance the board as the boat start pulling your body. You must maintain the balance to prevent from flipping over the surface.

You can do this by moving the arm to the front and back when surfing across the water surface. You need to keep the position while balancing the board’s nose to pointing slightly out of the surface.

Just like in the abdomen start you need to maintain the arms extended and bent slightly instead making it straight.

May 21

Basic Equipment For Kneeboarding Sport

Equipment For KneeboardingKneeboarding sport have many resemblance with surfing or water ski. Using a board, a rider will try to surf across the water surface and ride the wave. Only in kneeboarding, the rider will ride the board in sitting position. Kneeboarding sport is also known with its extreme maneuvers.

With kneeboarding, the athletes or riders will able to handle with boat’s high speed which is too fast to handle for any standup surfer. The high speed is required to make good maneuvers, and the speed will influence the maneuvers duration.

The boat speed is also determine by the kneeboarder weight. If the rider is heavier than the average person then the rider will have difficulties to maintain its maneuver duration, therefore the boat will has to go faster to compensate this condition.

There are some basic equipment that are used in kneeboarding activity to make sure that the rider able to perform their skill to the fullest and make great maneuvers such as;

Kneeboarding Board

Basically there are two types for the board which are; the kneeboarding board for slalom and board for making tricky maneuvers. Board for slalom is relatively smooth on the bottom of the board with sharp rails.

The slalom kneeboard’s design is focusing on the speed so the rider can surf as fast as they can. Meanwhile the trick kneeboards have many curvature or rocker on the board bottom side with sturdy and thick rail. This design will help the rider to make tricky maneuvers and movement.

The average size for kneeboarding boards are from5 feet to 6.5 feet. Compare to regular surfing board, kneeboarding board have rounder tip as its nose. The boards usually made from grassfire with polyurethane foam material as its core.

The Rubber Pad

To avoid the rider knees from getting injured by the board and slipping from the top of the board, the upper side of the board has a rubber pad installed for the rider knees. The rubber pad is also improve the rider grip to the board and help the rider to control the board easier.

The Fins

The fins more frequently used in slalom kneeboarding and consider not useful for the trick kneeboarding. Some boards are made retractable fins, therefore these boards can be used for whether for slalom and trick kneeboarding.

The fins made from various material such as Kevlar, the usual carbon fiber or even high grade material such as titanium alloy.

The Rope

The rope is used to pull the rider using a speed boat. e minimum length for kneeboarding rope is forty five feet. Any strong rope can be used in kneeboarding. It will be better if the rope is made with non-slip material and easy to grip by the rider.

One of the best type of rope for the knee boarding is the braided rope. This type of rope will allow the rider to make twist and turn maneuvers as they want. The rope is also easier to grip bby the rider

The Boat

The boat will pull the kneeboarders across the water surface and build the momentum for the kneeboarders to make their maneuver.

Apr 10

Exercise Myth IV

Early morning is the best time for work out training

Fact: there is no specific time that can be determine as best time to work out

The best time to work out is the time when you are actually working out. Although most people are prefer to exercise in the morning because it is easier to perform their exercise program. Any later than that some unexpected events might happen that can hinder them to perform their workout schedule.

Always perform cardio exercise first before doing strength exercise

Fact: it does not matter which exercise that should be perform first

Any exercise sequence is good, people just need to ensure that they perform both type of exercise for better result on the physical program.

Working out with empty stomach can burn more body fat and reduce weight faster

Fact: working out with empty stomach has no effect on the weight loss program’s result

In fact exercising with empty stomach could make people has no energy to perform the training schedule. So, even if people are training early in the morning as soon as they wake up, they should eating something light to build up more energy to work out.

Stretching prior to exercise can improve the training

Fact: stretching before the training can decrease the work out

Stretching before the real exercise will make some tissues and muscles to relax which will reduce the exercise performance and also increase the risk for getting injured.

If there is no sweat, then the exercise is not intense enough

Fact: each people are sweating differently, therefore people should not be bothered on how much sweat that they produced when exercising.

Muscle will become fat if you stop exercising

Fact: muscle has different substance than fat, so it cannot automatically turn to fat

When people stop exercising, their muscle cells will start to decrease causing the muscle become smaller. This will allow body to store more fat to fill the space from the decreased muscle.

Sauna can assist people to burn fat

Fact: sauna will make body to lose fluid because of the sweating

The weight that is lose is due to the loss of water from body not from the fat. The weight will be back in 24 hours from the water that you drink.

 

So, in conclusion after going through all of the exercise myths that have been described, make an improvement to habits, lifestyle, dedication and hard work on the exercise program is the best method to get best result in weight loss program.