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: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: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: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: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: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: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: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:An elliptical machine targets certain muscle groups, including the hamstrings, the gluteus maximus and quadriceps, according to Smooth Fitness and Health. The machine also targets core muscles to maintain posture and balance in the body. According to the Nest, these core muscles include the abdominal muscles and the external vastus lateralis muscles of the hip.
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:As of 2015, NordicTrack posts online product manuals at its website, NordicTrack.com. To view a manual, click on the Support icon near the top of the home page, select Parts & Manuals, and enter the model number of your machine.
A:As of 2015, the average cost of the Versa Climber ranges from $2,000 for the Consumer model to $4,700 for the Sport and $5,300 for the most expensive Sport Rehab model. The Consumer model is the most cost effective unit for home use.
A:Focus T25 is a video workout program that appears to work for many people. It alternates intense cardio and strength training workouts. Each workout is 25 minutes long, plus warm-up and cool-down, and the program requires participants to exercise five days a week with a double workout on Fridays.
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.
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:A Powerball gyroscope is a gyroscopic exercise device that exercises the wrist, building strength in the forearm, wrist, fingers and grip. It is sometimes used in physical therapy for rehabilitating broken wrists and injuries due to repetitive strain or carpal tunnel syndrome.
A:The Fitbit Charge, released in late 2014, adds an average of five steps per 100 steps taken, according to Matt Swider of Tech Radar. Using the popular goal of 10,000 steps per day, the Fitbit gives in an inaccurate reading of 10,500 steps. This inaccuracy is common among Fitbit devices.
A:Buy the Perfect Pullup unit online directly from the manufacturer, Perfect Fitness, by visiting PerfectOnline.com. The Perfect Pullup is also available for purchase through a number of online retailers, including Amazon.com and Walmart.com.
A:The top-rated electric road bikes for 2014 and 2015 include the Haibike XDURO Superrace and the Easy Motion Neo Race. Consumers who prefer electric mountain bikes or electric city bikes may consider the Haibike XDURO FS RX 27.5? or the Kalkhoff Tasman Tour C8 Premium.