All About Horizon Fitness Elliptical Trainers

Horizon Fitness is fully owned by Johnson Health Tech., a Chinese manufacturer that has been in business for over 25 years. They also are the majority stockholders in Vision Fitness, Matrix Fitness, and AFG. Horizon Fitness elliptical trainers are manufactured in Johnson’s factory in China, the same factory as the Vision elliptical trainers. They compete head-to-head with lower priced Vision and Icon elliptical trainers. The Importance of Horizon Fitness Elliptical Trainers Horizon Fitness manufactures nine different elliptical trainers that are almost the same design. These trainers are rated at the low end of the quality scale, and are referred to as cheap by some people because of the cheap particle-brake drive systems which are disguised by Horizon’s referring to them as “ECB.” Horizon Fitness elliptical trainers are sold in the United States by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sears, and The Sports Authority. A big problem is in the design of the trainers is cheap rollers that roll on tracks along the ground and collect dirt over time, resulting in a bumpy and uneven ride. The mechanical braking system is known to have frequent problems and requires replacement of cheap components. This problem also wastes the user’s time and money. On the positive side, most Horizon Fitness elliptical trainers have some nice amenities built in, like fans and iPod docking stations. Horizon Fitness Elliptical Trainer – E1200 This trainer is priced at around $2,600. Granted, this is one of the best elliptical trainers Horizon Fitness makes, but comparing apples to apples with competitive machines, they are way out of their price range here. The best things about this trainer is that it comes with 16 different resistance levels, 16 different fitness programs, no-slip foot pad, and two amber LED windows with long alpha numeric display. Thankfully, it comes with a lifetime warranty… Read more »

Best 5 Blackberry Apps for Fitness

Blackberry is one of the most reliable Smartphones which has a loyal following from business men. Blackberry World has a plenty of apps for fitness, sports, business, kids and social networking. Fitness apps for Blackberry are mostly in the paid section but all of them are worth downloading. Fitness and sports applications will make sure you keep your body in shape and stay fit always. Here is a comprehensive list of what seems to me to be the best blackberry apps in the business section. Brio Calorie Tracker Keeping count of calorie intake is must for any person. This app helps you with this task and is designed to help you maintain a record of daily caloric intake for a healthier life. There is a desktop synchronization feature which backs up and restores your calorie history and records. Calorie County by Fat Secret Knowing calorie count in each food item you consume is important. Calorie Country app gives full nutrition information, to plan and keep track of your diet, a way to record calories you burn, and to journal your progress. You also will have access to an online account so that all the information is in sync. Total Fitness for Blackberry 1 The app is a huge database of 5,000 food items containing nutritional information. The fitness app has over 60 weight-training exercises. Track your body weight, body fat, blood pressure, pulse and body measurements and gauge your body tone. Diet Fitness Diary The app keeps a good measure of the amount of calories one has burned and amount of calories one has consumed. The app gives tips to trainers to The app is available for download at $7.99. FoodGauge All food is not made equally. Here is an app which reminds you of that with its unique rating… Read more »

Allegri: Milan Will Difficulty in Big Three

Allenatore AC Milan, Massimiliano Allegri predicting Serie A season 2013/2014 will be tough. In fact not denied opportunities Rossoneri Allegri again perched in the top three will be very difficult. Allegri prediction is not without reason. Rival Milan clubs are now clean up by bringing in new players. Inter Milan, Juventus, Fiorentina and Napoli strengthen the ranks in the transfer market this summer. Last season Milan managed to finish third after a stumbling start to the season. Milan is under Juventus and Napoli to make sure to appear in the Champions League. “Every year is different but Juventus still the favorites in my opinion. They bring in quality players sorts [Carlos] Tevez, [Fernando] Llorente and [Angelo] Ogbonna,” said Allegri reported by Soccerway. Therefore, Allegri confident competition in the top three will be tight this season. “It would be more difficult for Milan than last season because Juve and also six other teams will fight for the top three,” said Allegri. “Inter Milan became stronger with the arrival of [Walter] Mazzarri and they will play once a week. Romans brought [Kevin] Strootman, a player with vast experience, although still young,” said Allegri. “So also with Napoli, Lazio and Fiorentina will be increasingly difficult to be conquered so the competition will be tougher,” he continued. For Allegri, this season will be the fourth season after being appointed coach of the Rossoneri in the summer of 2010.

Arsenal win for Wenger on Japanese return

Giroud sent the visitors on their way after just three minutes at a packed Toyota Stadium before Japanese midfielder Ryo Miyaichi got his debut Arsenal goal from the penalty spot. England’s Theo Walcott added a third after half-time before Kisho Yano gave Nagoya reason to cheer with a consolation strike 18 minutes from the end. “Of course it was a special event with almost a full crowd,” Wenger said afterwards. “I think especially in the first half we played with great fluency, created many chances and the game was very interesting. “In the second half, we were capable of maintaining the pace but we lost a bit of cohesion. Above all it was a very interesting game.” Arsenal had scored 14 goals in their games against the Indonesian Dream Team and Vietnam and there was no let-up in front of a record 42,919 fans — many of them red-shirted — in Toyota. With the action barely underway, Tomas Rosicky supplied the cross as Giroud climbed for a header which he buried past Nagoya goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki. Wenger deployed Miyaichi from the start and when Marcus Tulio Tanaka handled in the box, the promising youngster buried the spot-kick on 26 minutes for his first Arsenal goal and a 2-0 lead. Walcott was denied by the ‘keeper’s legs as Arsenal pressed for a third, while Yoshizumi Ogawa nearly reduced the arrears but scuffed his shot harmlessly. Arsenal resumed their assault after the break but Nagoya came close when their Australia striker Josh Kennedy volleyed over an empty goal under pressure from two defenders. Walcott repeatedly threatened for Arsenal and he stole in for their third goal — after a sumptuous pass from 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem — with a lifted shot over Nagoya ‘keeper Narazaki. The night was Arsenal’s but Nagoya were rewarded… Read more »

Kids Fitness Equipment

Thinking about fitness equipment makes one conjure up the images of grown-ups sweating it out on treadmills! We can’t really make ourselves believe that even kids need to have fitness equipment tailored to help them develop a healthy and fitter lifestyle. Consider this, the lifestyle of today’s children has undergone huge transformation considering the time that they spend watching TV, chatting with their friends online or playing videogames. It is unfortunate to note that gadgets have replaced outdoor play, exposing them to the risks of childhood obesity, sometimes diabetes and even heart related ailments as inactive kids also tend to eat unhealthy foods. Parents agree that nothing can really replace or even come close to the benefits of playing outdoors and physical activities for kids. So, what are they to do? How to make your child more physically active? Well, we’d say, try investing in fitness equipment for kids. These days, there are many manufacturers engaged in production of fitness equipment exclusively for kids. These manufacturers understand the issues involved in designing kids’ fitness equipment and take into account not only proper quality and safety standards but also built in elements of fun to engage the kids effectively. This helps in keeping parents from worrying about their kids’ safety while using the fitness equipment but also ensures that the kids have fun and make the fitness equipment a part of their everyday life. Parents must thoroughly evaluate before buying kids fitness equipment. They must ensure that the particular kids’ fitness equipment they want to buy has specifically been designed for children and that enough safety measures were taken while designing the fitness equipment for kids so that they are safer to use. Kids’ fitness equipment should offer more balance for the kids as they tend to move spontaneously from one… Read more »

Revisiting the Chris Wondolowski argument, now in a bigger and better context

The book on Chris Wondolowski has usually read like this: sensational striker in league play who may be stretched to make an impact internationally. It’s really not an awful thing to pin on someone; nobody is accusing the man of drowning kittens here. Taylor Twellman and Jason Kries were other examples of terrific strikers in Major League Soccer who probably reached their top level in league soccer. Only, with Wondolowski, a few fans and a selected bunch from the chattering class got caught up in the moment and lost some larger context recently. The Earthquakes’ forward did hit six goals in three matches – but the quality of competition was league level. Given international caliber service and backed by international level teammates, Wondolowski is certainly capable of doing the business against overmatched regional small fries. But it always looked like typical sports overreaction, this flawed tendency to make big, sweeping judgments from every match. (Or, in this case, the false bottom of a short series of them.) So a week ago, some people were already handing him a ticket to Brazil. Very prematurely so. I wrote as much six days ago. Now here we are today with two more samples to study. Wondolowski went 77 minutes last week against Costa Rica and then 60 on Sunday against El Salvador. Total goals: zero. (MORE: What we learned about the United States vs. El Salvador) He wasn’t awful, not by any stretch. “Wondo” is just not the difference maker that Landon Donovan is. He’s not the athlete that Eddie Johnson is. He doesn’t have the ability to create on his own the way some others in the U.S. player pool can. Wondolowski’s game gets somewhat limited at international level. Here’s what MLSSoccer.com’s player ratings had to say: “One simple assist pass aside, Wondo was often… Read more »

Out of Africa to Tour champion, Froome completes journey

 PARIS (Reuters) – As softly-spoken off the bike as he is brutal on his machine, Chris Froome completed a long journey out of Africato claim his maiden Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday.  As much as kids from Kilburn, London, are not supposed to win the Tour, as 2012 champion Bradley Wiggins would say, kids from Kenya are not supposed to prevail on the French roads either.  “I’d like my performances here to help inspire a lot of youngsters, especially young Africans. They have to believe they can get out of Africa to make it to European teams,” the 28-year-old Froome said. This is exactly what Froome, born in Kenya of British descent and schooled in South Africa, did.  He started riding at 17 with local cycling coach David Kinjah in the highlands of Nairobi and in 2006, took part in the Under-23 world championships representing Kenya. It was hardly an auspicious beginning – crashing into a policeman on the first bend of the time trial event. Froome joined the Barloworld team in 2008 and rode his first Tour de France, finishing 84th and with little hope of one day winning the world’s greatest cycling race.  “The first time that I thought that ‘ok, realistically I could become a GC (general classification) rider to contend in grand Tours was during the 2011 Vuelta,” said Froome, who joined the well-oiledTeam Sky in 2010. “Up until then I was finding it difficult to keep my performances high for three weeks. The Vuelta 2011 gave me the confidence that I do belong to the group of riders who belong in front of the general classification.” Froome, first described by Sky principal Dave Brailsford as “a rough diamond, in need of shaping and polishing”, worked for team leader Wiggins at the Vuelta in 2011 and still managed to finish ahead of him. “When I… Read more »

Stock replacement candidate Vilanova at Barca

Surprising since this announcement indicates that the disease in serious condition. Now the question that arises is, who will replace him. Barcelona club president, Sandro Rosell, in announcing the departure of manager Vilanova estimate the new name will be known to most rapidly Barcelona next week. Barcelona’s board of directors is expected to have pocketed a number of names that are considered worthy to be able to train the Blaugrana. Assistant Vilanova name, Jordi Roura and Rubi, unfortunately not on the list because they are less experienced. Unlike Vilanova who participated in the success of Pep Guardiola’s Barca in the era when he became an assistant for five years, Roura and Ruby only had limited time in the Barca dressing room. So instead of the name of the person inside, then Barca will likely be looking for a manager from outside. However, they seem to be looking for people who are already familiar with the unique game style of Barca. With the new season which begins less than a month away, appoint managers who are not familiar with the club and game systems have been established and the hope the new manager can quickly adapt, it is a gamble. For this reason, the Tottenham fans can be a little bit relieved that Andre Villas-Boas – who called could be a surprising choice – may not be the primary target. The most obvious candidate to continue the glory of Barcelona is the Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, as one of the people who designed the game systems ‘tiki-taka’ when he was manager in 1988. However, Cruyff also known to have a less than warm relationship with club president Rosell, and there is a clear picture that it is impossible for the former midfielder is back and yet again to Cruyff who also seemed reluctant… Read more »

Competition Not Started, AS Monaco Already Reduced Two Points

French league club, AS Monaco, was given a reduction of three points (one point suspended) and are required to play one match behind closed doors after fans riot incident. This has been confirmed Professional Football League (LFP). The new club was punished induced promotion of their fans after a 2-1 win over Le Mans on May 17. The incident occurred after Claudio Ranieri’s squad won the Ligue 2. At that time, home fans invaded the pitch. A fan even hit the referee. “Behavior Monaco fans: use pyro, pitch invasion at the end of the game, and the brutal actions of his supporters told the referee ole,” the depiction of LFP related incidents. “With regard to the facts that are so serious that, Monaco penalized one match and a penalty sealed three points, including the points are postponed, for the Ligue 1 next season.” That means, Monaco will start next season with minus two points. This sanction inevitably be a blow for Monaco. The reason, they hope to compete with Paris Saint-Germain since Awwal competition for the league title.

Areas For Fitness Training Recommended By The Mayo Clinic

A report has been released by the Mayo Clinic that identifies five (5) areas that need to be targeted for a balanced fitness program. The areas identified in the report include 1) aerobic fitness, 2) muscular fitness, 3) stretching, 4) core stability and 5) balance training. Each item will be discussed below. 1. Aerobic Fitness: Aerobic fitness is often called cardiovascular fitness. Aerobic fitness is essential to weight loss and total fitness because it helps the lungs, heart and blood vessels move oxygen through the system more efficiently. Aerobic or cardiovasculr exercise should be done at least two and one half (2-1/2) hours each week for a moderate aerobic activity or at least seventy five (75) minutes for vigorous exercise. Aerobic exercises should be spread throughout the week. 2. Muscular Fitness: Muscular fitness exercise should be done at least two to three times during the week. Muscular exercises help with muscular fitness along with increasing bone strength. Muscular strength is necessary as we grow older. Equipment is not necessary to maintain muscular fitness if you have a fitness program that includes body strengthening exercises like push-ups, chin ups and squats along with others. 3. Stretching: Stretching is sometimes forgotten but it is critical for a well rounded program. All fitness coaches recommend that stretching be included in their fitness programs. All exercises make the muscles contract and flex so stretching of the muscles also needs to be included for a well rounded workout. Stretching is especially important for the later years to keep the body flexible to avoid a lot of the injuries that accompany old age. 4. Core Stability: Core muscles are those in the body and include the abdomen muscles, lower back and the pelvis area. They should be included in fitness programs because they are needed for… Read more »