According to the fitness and diet website Fit Day, medicine balls originated in ancient Persia, in what is now Iran. Medicine balls began as sand-filled bladders and were first used more than 3,000 years ago by Persian wrestlers to get in shape.
A:Dumbbells can be made from a large number of materials. Usually, they consist of cast iron, coated with rubber, neoprene or paint, according to Adamant Barbell. However, they can also be made with many other materials, including concrete.
A:According to the fitness and diet website Fit Day, medicine balls originated in ancient Persia, in what is now Iran. Medicine balls began as sand-filled bladders and were first used more than 3,000 years ago by Persian wrestlers to get in shape.
A:Several everyday objects can be substituted for a pull-up bar, including a door, a broom between two chairs, a table, stairs and trees, according to Nick Janvier of Fitness666. Techniques involve pulling doorknobs, grabbing edges of tables and pulling downwards on broomsticks.
A:Researchers at the Biomechanics Laboratory at San Diego University tested abdominal exercises and machines to see which ones worked the best, reports Nicole Nichols on Sparkpeople. The best abdominal-specific exercise machine among those tested was the Torso Track, and the second-best was the Ab Roller.
A:Prevention recommends using items like jump ropes, dumbbells, resistance bands, stability balls and yoga mats if equipment or tools are desired to supplement one's workout. WebMD states that effective workouts can be accomplished anywhere at anytime without the use of any equipment at all.
A:Place your treadmill somewhere convenient with a decent amount of room. Keep it in an open space with easy access, but not necessarily in the middle of the room or on a high-traffic path. A treadmill should be placed in a corner in the lower part of a house, so it can easily be reached without causing a disturbance in the center of the home.
A:Users under 5 foot 4 inches should use a stride length of about 16 to 18 inches, while those who measure taller (up to 6 foot 7 inches) should use a stride of 18 to 21 inches. Proper stride length on an elliptical is determined by the user's height.
A:Stairclimbing provides a cardiovascular workout that also strengthens every muscle of the lower body, including the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteal muscles and calves, according to StairMaster. Maintaining balance while stepping also forces the core muscles to work to stabilize the body, which provides additional fitness benefits.
A:Although there is no general consensus as to which abs machine on the market is considered the best, AskMen has found a handful of contenders. Machines that work great on the abs include: the Super Abs-7", AbEx exerciser, SB 550 Bench and conventional exercise wheel.
A:The Ab Rocket is an workout designed to firm up the upper abdominal muscles, lower abdominal muscles, and middle abdominal muscles. The device also features a back and head apparatus that supports the head and neck, as well as a rolling cushion. The rolling cushion gives a delicate massage during the workout. The product is sold as: the Ab Rocket, Ab Rocket Twister or Ab Rocket Twister Abdominal Trainer.
A:Showcase and The Vitamin Shoppe both sell Tommie Copper products in Canada. They offer this brand of compression wear in their retail locations and online stores. Both companies offer a wide range of Tommie Copper products, including sleeves, shirts and socks.
A:Common treadmill problems include speed changes, slipping belts, overheated belts, no display and a burning odor. The owner should fix the problem as soon as possible, before it causes more problems.
A:A stomach sweat belt is a belt that the user wears around his stomach that causes sweat, either by retaining heat on the stomach during exercise or through the belt's own heating mechanism, depending on the belt. This sweat speeds up weight loss and sometimes makes the user's abdominal muscles temporarily appear more defined. However, since the belt causes only water weight loss, the user gains it back when he rehydrates.
A:Hip Hop Abs is a series of abdominal fitness instructional DVDs and additional materials produced by fitness company Beachbody. The product includes four disks of workout routines, a nutrition guide, tape measure and a calendar for tracking progress. Online support features are also part of the package.
A:The Americans with Disabilities Act requires wheelchair ramps to have a one to 12 ramp-to-slope ratio maximum and flat 5-foot by 5-foot platforms at the ramp's top and bottom, as of March 2015. Wheelchair ramp requirements vary based on the area.
A:Reviews of the Joyus at-home elliptical trainer indicate that the product is easy to use, provides a good workout and is reasonably priced as compared to full-sized elliptical trainers. These reviews are available on Spright.com, TheBeautyWall.com and WomansDay.com.
A:The Maxi Climber Vertical Climber has largely positive reviews on Amazon.com. Most reviewers give the Maxi Climber five stars and cite its ease of assembly and effectiveness in attaining a thorough workout, which includes both strength training and cardiovascular exercise.