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: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: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: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: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: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: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: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:According to the Versa Gripps official website, Versa Gripps are self-supporting grips that help combat muscle fatigue. They eliminate the need for hooks, gloves, and lifting straps in pulling and pushing exercises.
A:The Fitbit Flex is a digital wristband that tracks the wearer’s daily steps and monitors sleep quality. The device wirelessly syncs with computers and smartphones to provide data and analysis about the user's sleep and exercise habits. The device is water-resistant and has a five-day battery life.
A:FitnessRepairParts.com, Sportsmith and eReplacementParts.com are some suppliers of exercise bike parts. Many of the suppliers have parts for most major brands and models of stationary bicycles, including Schwinn, Bladez, Proform, Health Rider and Diamondback.
A:Replacement parts for the Gazelle Glider line of products are ordered directly from the manufacturer. Part requests are mailed to: Customer Service, c/o your Gazelle model, 177 Fitness Quest Plaza, Canton, OH 44750-1001.
A:The batteries in a Fitbit Flex are built into the product and thus not replaceable. The product’s manual contains instructions for charging and caring for the battery of a Fitbit Flex. The Fitbit website publishes the manual, as of 2015.
A:The Body by Jake line of fitness equipment consists of exercise machines, kits and pieces such as resistance bands, free weights and weight-training rings. Body by Jake machines include The Solution and the Cardio Cruiser. Kits include the Tower 200 Full-Body Exercise Gym, Tower Xpress and Crunch Core Kit.
A:A Fitbit base station charges the tracking device and allows it to sync recorded data to a computer loaded with Fitbit software. Fitbit devices track how many calories users burn, how many steps they walk and how many hours they sleep. Some devices also track heart-rate data.