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How is Commercial Fitness Equipment better than General Fitness Equipment?
By: Matt Clarkson

Commercial gym equipment is used in “commercial gyms” and training centers. Commercial gym equipment is ‘heavy duty’ and can take a lot more weight and usage compared to general gym equipment used in private homes.

Commercial gym equipment is quite a bit more expensive as well due to the ‘heavy duty’ aspect of the materials used. In some parts of the world, it’s actually illegal to use general home-style gym equipment in commercial businesses set up such as gyms, and personal training studios.

Some examples of commercial gym equipment found in gyms and personal training centers are equipment like Smith Squat machines, leg presses, bench press machines, chin-up machines, leg-extension machines…. just to mention a couple!!

Some commercial gym equipment may have many more features than the general home gym equipment; it’s longer lasting, and can take a lot more weight loaded onto it. It’s definitely more expensive…but at the end of the day you only get what you pay for.

If you’re thinking of getting commercial gym equipment for your home gym, make sure you think you are going to get the use from it. On the whole, commercial gym equipment is still the best value for money and you will less likely have problems with it.

Used fitness equipment is a great option if you can find it! If you’re either setting up a home gym or even a commercial gym, whether the equipment is new or used is of small relevance if the used fitness equipment is in a good, safe working order.

Used Fitness Equipment is also much cheaper than brand new. You can paint it and bring it up to scratch looking almost brand new! If you are using the used fitness equipment for commercial use, its a must that you have it serviced by a professional and make sure it is in perfect working order before you let anyone use it!

All in all, used fitness equipment is definitely the way to go if you want to save money, and still have the best equipment on the market!

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The Power of Stretching    - Dave Snape

 

Your muscles ache from a good stretch. This is quite
normal and is part of the process. Stretching has
seemingly been with us and particularly with athletes
since the beginning of time.

A very key point to good stretching is to hold the
stretch for at least seventeen seconds. This is a
pearl of wisdom gleaned from a ballet teacher a few
years back. She said that any stretch under 17
seconds was just not effective.

The 17 second rule is exceeded in the high intensity
Bikram's yoga where stretches are held for about 30
seconds. Don't forget the high level of heat that is
used in Bikram's to extract that last little bit of
stretch out of your muscles. An interesting twist that
is not necessary to gain benefits from stretching. But,
it can't hurt, right?

So what kind of benefits can you expect from
stretching? That's an easy one. Have you ever seen the
movie, Blood Sport? Did you know that Frank Dux could
truly stretch his body to the extreme. The actor that
played him was quite elastic as well.


Great elasticity is also something you might see in
well trained Spetsnaz (Russian) agents. They often work
out with Russian kettlebells too. They are for superior
strength gains and the ability to withstand ballistic
shocks.

Why are stretching and flexibility considered important
to these people? Stretching gives one the ability to
have explosive power available at one's fingertips
without the need to warm up. Of course most of us are
not martial artists or agents. But, you'll be happy to
know there are plenty of other benefits.

Let me give you an example. After learning to sit in
the full lotus position for long periods of time, my
ankles became very flexible. One day I was walking
along and my left foot fell into a pothole. This mishap
pushed my ankle sideways to about 90 degrees from it's
normal position.

Amazingly, this didn't even hurt, not one bit. If my
ankle hadn't been so flexible, I may have suffered a
sprained ankle. At the very least, it would have hurt
for days.

Key point: stretching helps you to avoid injuries.
Not only that but if you do have a muscle, tendon or
ligament injury it should heal faster, theoretically
speaking.

Stretching actually grows the ligaments, tendons and
muscles being stretched. They really grow longer over
time.

Check with your physician before undertaking any type
of exercise, including stretching.

Here is some good instructional material on stretching:
http://tinyurl.com/6c6kq
 

Dave Snape

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