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: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: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: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: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: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: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: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: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 Home Depot, The Sandbag Store and ACE Hardware are some stores that sell sandbags, according to the companies' websites. The Home Depot and ACE Hardware sell sandbags in their physical stores and online, while The Sandbag Store offers sandbags for sale exclusively online. These retailers sell various types of sandbags, including tube bags, mini bags and bulk bags; some also sell bags and sand separately.
A:The AB King Pro is an abdominal exercise machine that targets all the major abdominal muscles and allows for a 200-degree range of motion. The use of this machine is simple, requiring basic setup that depends on your ability level. Before starting a workout, you should determine the number of sets and repetitions that you will be performing. These will be increased as you become more advanced. Unlike other muscle groups, you can exercise these muscles on a daily basis.
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:According to a study by the American Council on Exercise, ab rollers do work. However, compared to other abdominal muscle workouts, the ab roller is the least effective method of achieving a flat tummy.
A:The Body Action System is a stationary target structure that allows users to build muscle strength and get a cardiovascular workout by delivering kicks and punches based on mixed martial arts moves. Body Action System workouts may put stress on leg and arm joints and are not recommended for everyone.
A:The weight of the EZ curl bar depends on its type. According to SkinnyBulkUp.com, EZ curl bars have two variants: Standard EZ curl bar and Olympic EZ curl bar. The former weighs 10 pounds, while the latter approximately weighs 25 pounds.
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:It is possible to patch a trampoline, although only in certain circumstances. Holes that are greater than 1 inch in diameter are not repairable in most cases, and having too many holes in one trampoline mat threatens the overall integrity of the mat. Previous repairs also disqualify some mats.
A:A waist trimmer belt initially provides the visual illusion of weight loss through fat compression, and it causes sweating, which does translate to minor weight loss through water loss. However, this weight loss is not permanent; these belts do not work, according to Dietspotlight.com.
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 top wristband-style heart rate monitors as of 2015 include the FitBit Surge, the Basis Peak and the Mio Fuse, according to PC Magazine. Each of these devices combines a sports watch and a wristband-style fitness tracker, and each offers a built-in heart rate monitor.