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: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: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: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: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: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: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: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: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: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:The efficacy of abdominal sweat belts have yet to be verified by scientific studies. The manufacturers of these sweat belts claim that the band will heat fat cells, which makes it easier to lose stubborn fat; however, scientific researchers have not put the theory to the test.
A:By working out on an elliptical trainer for one hour, a person weighing 180 pounds burns 514 calories, according to Calories Burned HQ. To lose one pound, a person needs to burn 3,500 calories, says WebMD. Therefore, it would take about 7 hours of elliptical training to lose one pound.
A:The Ab Lounger allows you to exercise your abs while protecting your neck and back. This device can also double as a summertime lounge seat. It folds flat to store and is easy to carry, making it possible to exercise at the pool or beach.
A:Online shoppers can find Leslie Sansone's walking DVDs, downloads and accessories at WalkAtHome.com. Amazon.com also offers a wide range of Sansone's products, including out-of-print DVDs available from third-party sellers. Walmart and Target also sell Walk at Home DVDs on their websites as well as in their stores.
A:As of May 2015, the Fitbit Force, Charge and Surge models have been reported to cause rashes. Fitbit has acknowledged that the bands on these models may cause a rash and advise consumers to periodically take the device off to prevent it.
A:Using a fitness watch or wearable fitness tracker may help some people lose weight when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Fitness watches allow the wearer to track daily statistics such as his number of steps taken, calories consumed and sleep habits.
A:Some good neck traction devices are the Chisoft neck traction device and the Bonsai Wellness neck traction device, according to Amazon.com user reviews. Customers gave these devices at least 3.5 stars out of five.
A:Bowflex is a brand of home fitness equipment manufactured and marketed by Nautilus, a company long known for exercise machines used extensively in gyms. The home gyms for which Bowflex is best known work by means of Bowflex's Power Rod progressive resistance technology. Working with progressive resistance is like pulling back the string of a bow, where the resistance grows greater as the movement progresses, according to PEERtrainer.
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.