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  1. Technogym and IBM Working Together

    Technogym and IBM Working Together

    Ever wanted your own coach like an elite sportsperson? Well that could now be a reality following an announcement from Technogym. Technogym, one of the world’s

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  2. The Art of Group Cycling

    The Art of Group Cycling

    Group Cycling is a really popular activity at most gyms and health clubs and you may even have your own indoor bike at home, but are you getting the most out of your workout?

    Here we examine some common spinning mistakes.

    The Position of your Bike

    Saddle Height

    The position of the bike is absolutely crucial, if it’s wrong you won’t get the full rotation space to work the muscle groups in your legs properly. To get the saddle height right, stand next to the bike with your leg lifted to 90 degrees. The saddle should be parallel with the top of your thigh.

    When you start pedalling you will know it is right if you have a slight bend in your knee when your foot is in the lowest part of the pedal stroke. If your knee is heavily bent your saddle is too high which will mean you are over working your quads and not working all the muscle groups in your legs.

    Handlebars

    The handlebars should be parallel with your saddle. You will initially think that this is too low but when you start the spinning workout any higher and they will get in the way.

    Only Using Your Legs

    Spinning is great for your legs but don’t forget your core. When you come up out of sitting position engage your core which will put less weight on your arms. This will ensure that you work through the whole leg and don’t get injured.

    Attitude

    If you are new to spinning and you are doing it in a class at the gym it can be a bit intimidating at first. Try to zone out from everyone and focus on what you are doing and what you want to achieve.  The golden rule is whatever happens don’t stop pedalling!

    Clothing

    No we aren’t talking fashion, but wearing clothes that are suitable for spinning. Shorts for example can cause real chaffing. If you have the choice always opt for clip in shoes than using your trainers. Clip in shoes will give you better momentum as the ride goes on.

    Next Generation of Bikes

    With the increase in popularity, more and more companies are catching on and designing new and improved bikes for the home market as well as the gym. See two of the best bikes we sell.

     two techno group cycles

    Technogym Group Cycle Connect

    In striking yellow or grey, the Technogym Group Cycle tracks your workout including pow

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  3. Life Fitness to Acquire ICG - Indoor Cycling Group

    Life Fitness to Acquire ICG - Indoor Cycling Group

    Life Fitness has announced that Brunswick Corporation, Life Fitness’ parent company, has agreed to buy Germany’s Indoor Cycling Group, a key provider of indoor cycling equipment. The agreement has yet to receive final approval from Germany’s competition authority but the deal is expected to be approved.

    Who Are Life Fitness?

    Life Fitness began 40 years ago when they produced the first electronic piece of fitness equipment, the LifeCycle exercise bike. Now they offer over 400 different products used around the world in both commercial and home gyms.

    The Life Fitness portfolio includes Mariner outboard engines, Life Fitness Hammer Strength and Cybex fitness equipment, to name just a few. The exercise bike development has continued with the introduction of the Lifecycle GX, biomechanically designed to create an amazing cycling workout. This bike has been built to last and boasts a bold rear flywheel design.

    So what does the purchase of ICG mean for Life Fitness?

    Life Fitness has had a relationship with ICG for the past 5 years as both companies work in the area of indoor cycling and clearly there has been mutual respect. As the Life Fitness President Chris Clawson

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  4. Self Powered Treadmills - The New Trend

    Self Powered Treadmills - The New Trend

    The UK country manager for SportsArt, Roger Eldergill, says “self-powered bikes and steppers have been around for a long time, but it’s the advent of self-powered treadmills that’s really exciting”. With NOHrD, Primal Strength and Woodway now launching self-powered treadmills it seems this piece of equipment will continue to increase in popularity.

    Sports Performance

    Technogym and Matrix do not only have the desire to be environmentally friendly but are both heavily interested in the sports performance capabilities, something that is clearly evident from the marketing of their new products. The users of this equipment can combine the four aspects of power, speed, stamina and agility training, at the same time.

    The SkillMill treadmill is being positioned as the ideal piece of equi

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  5. Leasing Your Gym Equipment

    Leasing Your Gym Equipment

    Leasing your gym equipment, at Gym Equipment we understand that setting up a gym is an expensive business. This is true whether you are setting up a commercial gym, a gym in your home or you are looking to establish a gym in your school, hospital or workplace. One option which can bring big financial benefits is to lease the equipment rather than purchase it outright.

    What is Leasing?

    Leasing is where you do not upfront buy the piece of gym equipment you want. Instead you ‘lease’ it from a leasing company by paying monthly payments towards its total cost.

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  6. What is Commercial Gym Equipment?

    What is Commercial Gym Equipment?

    How does commercial gym equipment differ from the models designed for the home?  The biggest difference is in the quality – commercial gym equipment

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  7. Types of Fitness Equipment - Quick Terminology Check

    Types of Fitness Equipment - Quick Terminology Check

    The choices available if you are looking for fitness equipment are simply huge.  Fitness equipment falls into three main categories – cardio, strength, and accessories – and the possibilities are huge for each.

    Cardio equipment tends to be the biggest, most expensive fitness equipment on the market.  The most popular options include treadmills, stationary bikes (upright and recumbent), cross trainers, rowers, steppers, and climbers.  Each has their advantages.

    Working Your Lower Body

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