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The LifeCycle GX Spin Bike: what makes it so good?

Let's start with a quick history of Life Fitness. Four or so years ago they used to sell the Lemond spin cycles under their banner, then they switched to Keiser spin bikes.  Then 2 years ago, after taking the best elements from the Lemond cycle and the best from the Keiser, they created the Life cycle GX. From Lemond they took the heavy duty cranks.  These transfer your pedal stroke power into the bike and the specialty heavy duty forged cranks are much more substantial on the Life...

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It's Too Cold for Cardio

It's Too Cold for Cardio Let's be honest, it's cold, dark, icy and kind of scary.  I prefer to run, or ride a bike outside when the sun is shining but when the weather it like this Cardio = an indoors activity. The recent sub zero temperatures that have replaced our typically mild winters and taken over the Lower Mainland haven't been ideal for outdoor cardio. Not to mention we only have about 8 hours of daylight this time of year. Add in the typical work day and you...

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From fitness fact to fitness fiction: some fitness questions answered

  We recently had the pleasure of sponsoring News1130’s Tweet up at Sandbar where I learned a few interesting things about people. I thought I would put together this list of Fitness Facts and Fallacies based on some of those conversations.   1. Some people think that if they have an acceptable waistline, they do not need to exercise. - Fallacy Many of you already know that this is incorrect. Fitness isn’t just about appearance although that certainly...

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Keep it Old School with Kettlebell Workouts

  Change up your strength training routine and try out a kettlebell . A kettlebell is an ancient Russian exercise tool that is increasing in popularity for fitness enthusiasts. Shaped like a cannonball, it’s a cast iron weight with a handle. The kettlebell allows for ballistic movements and swinging motions you can’t do with traditional weights. Not only are the moves functional, but the dynamic nature of the swinging motion will increase your heart rate and burn some...

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Training Tip: Add Treadmill Incline Training to Your Workout Routine

There is nothing like the thrill and challenge of climbing a mountain. And although incline training on a treadmill may not be quite the same experience as hiking up a mountain trail, you can still get great results (sans the mountain air). Use these tips from Life Fitness to add variety and intensity to your workout with incline training.   Incline Training on a Treadmill Most treadmills are equipped with the incline feature and can reach grades of 10-15 percent. You can manually...

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Fitness Question: Are you over training?

While most people strive to find time for a regular fitness routine, there are a small percentage of people who tend to overtrain their bodies. How can you tell if you're overtraining? Life Fitness  and Fitness Town shares a few telltale signs here. Over training can happen when you are working your body so hard that it doesn't have a chance to recover in time for your next workout.   Sign: You have hit a plateau. If you work out regularly but suddenly aren't...

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Fit Tip: You're Sick, should you exercise?

If you exercise consistently, you may eventually run into the problem of becoming sick and not knowing if you should continue your workout regimen. Here, Fitness Town and Life Fitness shares a few tips to try out. Do a neck-check. The standard to follow is called the 'neck-check.' If your symptoms are above the neck, like a runny nose or sore throat, then you're okay to exercise. Always listen to your body and take the intensity of your workout down a bit if your regular pace feels too...

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Treadmills vs Elliptical Trainers

In the battle of cardio machines, gym-goers are loyal to their favorite cardio equipment. Whether you're a treadmill lover or an elliptical enthusiast, follow these tips from the experts at Fitness Town to make the most of what your favorite cardio machine has to offer. TREADMILLS •    Outdoor experience. If you're a dedicated runner or even a novice jogger interested in re-creating the outdoor running experience, treadmill programs like the hill option can...

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Top 5 Fitness Mistakes people make

Are your workouts helping or hurting? Whether you are a fitness novice or a regular enthusiast, you may be making easy to fix blunders when it comes to your routine that are undermining your potential and your progress. Here are five common mistakes to recognize and avoid: 1.  Overdoing it. If you can barely walk the next day, you won’t be able to exercise. A little soreness and stiffness is fine but if your workouts are sending you straight to the medicine cabinet or...

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Fitness Basics Everyone Should Know

  The hardest part of any new routine is getting started! But, once you get going, you may be surprised at how easy it is to maintain a routine. Here are a few basics from the exercise expert at Fitness Town and Life Fitness that you should know:   1. Assess your fitness level: You might have a general idea about your current fitness level, but there are a few things you can assess now, to measure against as you progress later. Try measuring these...

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