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Fit Tip: Lose the Excuses



What excuse keeps you from exercising? It’s amazing how these rationalizations invade our thoughts and hold us back. But it’s time to recognize excuses for what they really are … excuses! Now here’s what to do to lose ‘em:

Excuse #1: “I Don’t Have Time to Exercise”

We all have hectic lives and busy schedules, but you only have one body and it needs to be treated well! Ask yourself this: How much television do I watch? If you have time for a 30-minute show, you have time for a 30-minute sweat session. If you don’t have 30 consecutive minutes available, fit in three 10-minute bouts of physical activity. A calorie burned is a calorie burned, no matter the time! And keep in mind that there will be days where you just can’t fit in the 10 minutes, due to a big work presentation or family concerns. Don’t use it as an excuse to stop exercising – just pledge to find time the next day to get moving again.

Excuse #2: “Exercise is Boring”

Nobody ever said the only way to exercise is to do something you dread. The exercise that burns the most calories is the one you like the best! Did you hear that running burns the most calories? Well, only if you like to run. Get the point? Do what you enjoy doing: take a dance class, go for a bike ride, walk with a friend or pop in a fitness DVD. If you like it, you’ll keep doing it – and that’s how you burn the most calories.

Excuse #3: “I’m Too Overweight to Exercise at the Gym”

Many people are afraid to hit the gym because they’re worried they will be judged, either for exercise ability or body type. However, you’ll find people of all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels at most gyms. And remember, most other gym goers will be far too focused on their own bodies to pay any attention to someone else’s. If you are still wary about joining the gym, there are plenty of other options. Take a walk through your neighborhood with a friend, bike around the park with your kids, or exercise in your own basement. With just a few pieces of equipment or a DVD, you can get in an excellent workout.

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When To Buy Organic Produce

When to Buy Organic Product


People always say, “I can’t buy organic – it’s too expensive!” However, there is a good reason for shelling out the extra cash for organic food: it’s without chemicals, fertilizers and added hormones, and thus is a much better fit for our bodies.

If you want to purchase organic but your wallet says otherwise, consider starting with organic fruits and vegetables.

The Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” are the 12 worst offenders for pesticides, and it’s worth the investment to find an organic alternative. Conversely, the “Clean Fifteen” are the least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, so you can save your cash and skip the splurge. Check out the list below, and go organic when it counts!

Dirty Dozen:



Cherry Tomatoes



Hot Peppers

Nectarines (imported)





Sweet Bell Peppers

Clean Fifteen:





Sweet Corn









Sweet Peas (frozen)

Sweet Potatoes

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Modify Your Meal Habits


Modify Your Meal Habits

You work out hard in the gym and get in those 10,000 steps a day, but the scale still isn’t budging. What gives? It’s time to take a long, hard look at your meal habits and see what needs to be modified.

Here are three simple fixes to get you back on track:

Make Breakfast King. There’s an old saying that goes, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” To maintain a healthy weight, your first meal should always be the largest. Studies have shown that those who eat a good early breakfast weigh less than those who skip it. Think of breakfast as the “on” switch for your body – it’ll get your metabolism moving and provide the necessary energy boost!

Stop Skipping Meals. People trying to lose weight often think that skipping a meal is a fitness shortcut. Less food, fewer calories and big weight loss, right? Wrong! When you skip a meal, you are sabotaging your body. No food to digest slows down your metabolism, and your body will break down its next meal slower and store the food as fat. Plus, skipping a meal causes your blood sugar to drop, which leads to feeling sluggish and tired. Yikes. For weight loss success, eat throughout the day!

Nix Nighttime Nibbling. Mindless late night munching can pack on the pounds and fast! After dinner it’s okay to have some sort of treat – you’re human after all – but after that, no more. If you are consciously aware of that creep to your cupboards come 9 PM, use strategies to stop the snacking. While you’re watching TV at night, get out of the kitchen, chew gum or brush your teeth. And when temptation really hits hard, drink decaffeinated tea or a glass of water, and then decide if you’re still hungry.Meal Habits

Focus on these three meal modifications next week and see how your body changes. Odds are the results will be positive!

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Fun Runs and Obstacle Courses

This year is flying by and Summer will be here before we know it! Along with sunshine, flowers and a few April Showers, Spring and Summer bring loads of fun runs, obstacle courses and good old friendly competition. Staying on your path to fitness and health does not have to be hard or tedious work. Obstacle course races have been gaining popularity across the country in recent years, joining friends together to motivate each other, train together and reach fun fitness goals together. Training for these events combines multiple known motivators for making healthy decisions: working towards a goal and working out with friends.

Themed Run Photo Credit: Patrick Hui

There are countless runs and obstacle courses to sign up for, including Zombie runs, costume themed runs, mud runs and color paint runs. The most important part of these runs and courses is getting ready. Preparing in a smart way and listening to your body is vital when training for any event. To prevent injury and muscle strains, you should always train and prepare for strenuous workouts like obstacle courses and long runs. Some of the best training partners are heart rate and activity monitors, like Polar products, that combine daily activity data and allow you to train based on how your own body works. Some suggested training schedules include strength training with weights and resistance bands, combined with cardio workouts on treadmills and ellipticals. In fact, ProForm has designed a treadmill inspired by the Boston Marathon , designed to help you train for a marathon. Many of these runs and obstacle races have suggested training pages as well, based on your current activity level and starting point.

There are countless runs and races across the country to sign up for. Prices vary and many have philanthropic causes benefiting from the registration costs. Below are links to some of the most popular races for different areas across the country, also keep in mind that many areas have local events as well. So this month, get a group of friends together, sign up for some runs and start training!

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Octane Fitness Q37 Elliptical – A Total Body Workout

Octane Fitness Q37 Elliptical Cross Trainer

Octane Fitness has been one of the leading elliptical manufacturers in the industry as the only fitness company dedicated solely to developing and building ellipticals. Being able to focus on this specific type of machine has led to the development of some of the fitness industry’s most effective and recommended elliptical cross trainers. In fact, the Octane Q37 gained fame when it was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things!

The Octane Q37 is a great upper and lower body workout. Not only is the Q37 Elliptical Cross Trainer designed with ergonomically correct body positioning, it also has multiple workout variations to keep your workout smooth and pain-free. With converging path handlebars, you can tone and strengthen your entire upper body while you workout your lower body. When you need to cool down or reduce stress from an intense total body workout, the Q37 also has stationary handlebars.

The Octane Fitness Q37 has two different console options: Q37c or the Q37ci.

The Q37ci Elliptical is an upgraded version of the Q37c, with upgrades including a larger screen, a Polar Heart Rate strap, wireless heart rate monitoring with 4 heart rate training programs, 4 cross circuit workout programs, customized workout boosters, and a pair of resistance bands and 2 workout videos. Because of the cross-circuit training and the limitless variations of workouts on the Q37 elliptical, full-body workouts never get boring or repetitive!

Optional Cross Circuit PRO Kit

The Q37 elliptical offers the option of  adding a Cross Circuit Kit or a Cross Circuit PRO Kit to add to the strength training portion of your workout. The Cross Circuit Kit adds side-steps, 3-powerbands with ranging resistance, a powerband instruction guide, and 1-set of extendable handle grips.

The optional Cross Crcuit PRO Kit includes weight stands with side platforms and 2 32lb Powerblock adjustable weights (see our previous blog about Powerblock dumbbells). Powerblock dumbbells are revolutionary in that they adjust to the desired weight in 4 lb increments to fit your weight training needs. For a fraction of the price of a conventional dumbbell set, and the space requirement of one pair of dumbbells, your Octane Q37 Elliptical with optional Cross Circuit PRO Kit can meet your cardio and strength training needs!

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PowerBlock: The Smarter Way to Strength Train

The benefits of cardio workouts are indisputable. Not only is cardio great for the heart, but it helps improve blood circulation, boosts your metabolism, and promotes a healthy hormonal profile among other things. Because cardiovascular exercises have all these great benefits and burn a significant amount of calories, the benefits and importance of weight training are often overlooked. According to the Mayo Clinic, strength training can boost your metabolism, help build strong bones, increase stamina and can even help control chronic conditions such as obesity and heart disease. Oftentimes, strength training is left out of personal fitness programs because of the inconvenience of purchasing and storing multiple dumbbells, kettlebells or weight plates. Specialty fitness equipment designers, Greg Olson and Carl Towley, saw the inconvenience and impracticality of having to buy and store multiple weights as an opportunity. Together, these two friends created and tested “selectorized dumbbells” for two years before introducing them to the fitness industry.

Just one set of PowerBlock dumbbells can replace up to 55 pairs of old fashioned dumbbells for a fraction of the price and storage space. PowerBlock has also released their line of kettle bells, barbells, stands, benches and PowerBlock accessories. With over 20 years of designing, refining, and changing the world of strength training, it’s no wonder PowerBlock weights have made it into countless homes and gyms across the country.

The Fitness Outlet is proud to carry PowerBlock products online and in stores. For more information or questions about these or any of our products please call us at 1-866-883-4863 or visit us at

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The NEW Keiser M3x Indoor Cycle

The New Keiser M3x Indoor Cycle is the newest of the Keiser M Series Indoor Cycles. Since the ’70s, Keiser has been on the cutting edge of exercise science and the development of resistance design for exercise equipment. For the past ten years, Keiser has been perfecting their indoor cycles. All those years of hard work have lead to the new Keiser M3x Indoor Cycle. Because of the hardwork and research that has gone into their cycles, Keiser has been a leader in the cycling world and has been called the system choice by trainers and facilities worldwide.

Trixter Patented X-bars

The Keiser M3x is the product of a merger between Keiser’s award winning M3 Indoor Fitness Cycle with Trixter’s popular patented X-bars. This new indoor cycle has the durability and smooth ride of the M Series Indoor Cycles, partnered with the pivoting  Trixter X-bars with 7 levels of resistance. This partnership creates a ride that imitates that of mountain biking or hill climbing by giving riders an upper body pump movement for core, torso and arm benefits.  As Keiser Vice President Darrin Pelkey explains, “The Keiser M3X tension handlebars are another great way of offering more value to group instructors and participants”.

The Keiser M3x Indoor Cycle is not only equipped with the newest Fore and Aft Adjustable Handlebars, Backlit M Series Display, and factory calibrated resistance system, but was also made to last. The M3x was created of corrosive resistant materials with durability in mind, making it nearly maintenance free! The computer gives instant information about your workout with average ride calculations as well as total distance for the bike.

The Keiser M Series Indoor Cycles are known for their durability, but most notably for their advanced patented resistance system, created by an eddy current. The resistance in an M Series bike is created by two opposing magnets passing over the conducting flywheel; the closer the magnets are to the flywheel, the more resistance experienced by the rider.

 photo M3Xeddysystem_zpsa58383e0.pngAt full resistance the flywheel is in most contact with the magnetic field. When you reduce the amount of contact to the field (move the magnets away) the resistance then decreases.

Leader in Indoor Cycle Developmen

The new Keiser M3x Indoor Cycle is durable, dependable, virtually maintenance free, and keeps workouts fun and challenging for users of all levels.  The Keiser M3x is a great new addition to the Keiser M Series Indoor Cycles and The Fitness Outlet is one of the first in the industry to carry them. Visit for more information or call one of our fitness experts at (866) 883-4863.

The New Polar Loop

The NEW Polar Loop

Stylish • Informative • Highly Accurate

With the emergence of highly sought-after activity trackers released by companies like Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike, the digital fitness monitoring experts at Polar finally released an activity tracker that is not only highly accurate, but also offers features that similar activity trackers have lacked – at a competitive price.

The Polar Loop is the product of over 30 years of fitness assessment and heart rate research. Since the 70′s, Polar has been perfecting the digital heart rate monitoring world with countless technological and software innovations.  Polar has put fitness monitoring and assessment in the hands of athletes and non-athletes alike, while making the information easy to read and easy to understand. Their research and innovations have helped users understand their bodies and train in a smarter, more effective way for years.

The Polar Loop is a stylish new bracelet that tracks the user’s daily activity, gives instant motivational feedback,  monitors sleep patterns, and reminds users when they have been still for too long. Every step, every jump, every daily activity is tracked and reported to motivate the user to make healthier choices and create daily personalized activity goals.

Combined with Polar Flow, Polar’s free online tracking software, the Polar Loop provides easy to read and extremely accurate activity readouts, goal progress, and an inactivity alert among other information about your daily choices. Polar Flow also comes in an iPhone App that automatically syncs via Bluetooth® Smart, to keep that information readily available on your phone.

Being able to track all of this information each day, and having it at your fingertips is meant to highlight the importance of every step and every movement throughout your day. As Herb Baer, Polar USA President, explains, “Polar Loop brings our expertise and insights beyond time spent exercising, providing a complete and accurate picture of all daily activity and underlining the importance of every movement made throughout the day—from running, cycling and weight training to cooking, taking the stairs and walking the dog.”

Meant to be worn 24 hours a day, the Polar Loop is waterproof, stylish, and custom-fit. The best part of this specific activity tracker that sets it aside from its competing trackers, is the incorporation of heart rate monitoring. With the use of their H6 Heart Rate Sensor (not included but highly recommended for its obvious benefits), other Polar features become available like their EnergyPointer and Smart Coaching software, creating an even more complete activity and fitness overview. The Polar Loop is the first activity tracker to incorporate heart rate monitoring as an option.

We are excited to carry the new Polar Loop at The Fitness Outlet and to help our clients reach their fitness goals for the New Year. We will soon be offering the Polar Loop as a FREE gift with the purchase of any Precor, Landice, True or Life Fitness treadmill or elliptical for a limited time. For more information or to order your Polar Loop, visit or call one of our fitness experts at (866)883-4863 today.




From November 28th til December 3rd, The Fitness Outlet will be slashing prices on Precor Products as part of our Holiday Shape Up Sale*. The following products are getting significant discounts for a very limited time:

Precor EFX® 5.25 Elliptical , 5.31 Elliptical, 5.33 Elliptical, 5.37 Elliptical

Precor 9.31 Treadmill, 9.33 Treadmill, 9.35 Treadmill

Precor 240i StretchTrainer™

In honor of this Precor Holiday Shape Up Sale, we would like to highlight the Award Winning Precor EFX 5.31 Elliptical Crosstrainer.

The Precor EFX 5.31 Elliptical Crosstrainer has won the 2013 Best Buy Award from Treadmill Doctor.

According to the Treadmill Doctor Review Comments, ” the Precor EFX 5.31 is hard to beat;” and we agree. Precor has done an amazing job creating reliable, high quality cardio machines. The EFX 5.31 Elliptical Crosstrainer is the perfect example of Precor’s award winning design, unbeatable quality and reliability, all backed by one of the best warranties in the industry.

The EFX 5.31 is great for cardio and toning, with a smooth and natural stride for a low impact but effective workout. The patented motion of the Precor EFX series, reduces muscle and tendon stress.

Precor EFX® 5.31 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer

Precor has been revolutionizing the fitness world for years, having released the first elliptical crosstrainer ever in the early 90′s. Since then, Precor has been enhancing their designs to create some of the best elliptical crosstrainers in homes and gyms across the country.

Precor EFX 5.31 Elliptical Crosstrainer Video

For further information or to order your Precor fitness equipment, visit or call (866)883.4863 to speak to one of our fitness experts today!

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Muscle Isolation vs. Functional Fitness


A lot of people walk into the gym with certain body parts on their minds – they want to target the triceps, focus on the inner thighs or work their biceps to exhaustion. Isolating muscles definitely has its purpose and place, but in today’s world, it’s all about functional fitness! Haven’t heard of the latest gym buzzword? Let us explain.

What’s the big deal? The goal of functional fitness is to train movements, not just muscles. Sometimes called movement-based exercise, functional exercises work multiple muscle groups at a time in order to build a body capable of doing real-life activities. Why? Our bodies are meant to function both inside and outside of the gym. When you lift a suitcase into an overhead compartment, a lone bicep is not doing all the work. Muscles always team up to carry the load, and functional fitness will help your body do this better!

How am I benefitting? When you work multiple parts of your body simultaneously, you not only improve your overall strength but you burn more calories, reduce fat and increase your flexibility. And since many movement-based exercises test your balance – think squats on a BOSU ball – you’ll gain greater coordination and stability.

Where do I start? If you’re new to functional fitness, focus on these key words at the gym: push, pull, squat, hinge and lunge. Any exercise that involves one of these five motions is guaranteed to work more than one muscle at a time. For example, your quads will be challenged on a leg extension machine, but your quads plus your hamstrings, calves and glutes will be worked with a squat!

The Life Fitness team loves the concept of moving multiple muscles at once so much that we have developed a brand new functional fitness experience called SYNRGY BlueSky. Much like the indoor SYNRGY360, our new small group training unit looks like a playground apparatus, but will help you train smarter to better prepare your body for everyday life – and you’ll do it all in the outdoors. With a focus on small group stations and bodyweight training, look for SYNRGY BlueSky to kick off your functional fitness needs in the near future!

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Functional Fitness

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Fit Tip: Grab a Shovel


Grab A Shovel

It’s January. Your gym is packed. Don’t wait in line for a machine; get a workout in your driveway and pick up a shovel. It’s more economical than a snow blower, and shoveling is an intense cardio workout that exercises muscles in your legs, core, back, shoulders and arms. If you want to overachieve, you can extend the workout by shoveling the sidewalks or helping out your neighbors. How’s that for accessible? Here are some important ways you can use snow shoveling to make this workout work!

Burn up calories. Shoveling burns more calories than most exercisers realize. The exact amount depends on pace and intensity, but expect to burn around 250 calories for every 30 minutes of shoveling. If you experience lower temperatures, heavy snowfall, or the need to chop ice, you’ll burn even more calories as your body fights to stay warm and increases exertion. (Be safe, of course, and don’t shovel snow if you have a medical condition or you don’t normally exercise.)

Work different muscle groups. Shoveling snow is a high-intensity workout – especially if you shovel fast – and it works all of your major muscle groups. You will feel it the next day in your legs, core, back, shoulders and arms. Use a full range of motion and fire your core muscles as you bend and lift.

Use proper technique. As with all workouts, proper technique will help improve your workout and avoid strains and soreness. First off, make sure to squat and lift the snow with your legs, not your back. Second, avoid bending over at the hip flexors. Lastly, keep the shovel close to your body and walk to where you will dump the snow instead of over-extending, twisting or leaning to toss it.

Dress right. Layer, layer, layer. Skip the frostbite and retain the quality workout. Being too cold can be dangerous and will tighten up your muscles. Dress in winter layers, wear good boots with traction (snow and ice mixed can be treacherous) and cover up your hands, ears and head! Remember, being underdressed in the elements can result in injuries, so bundle up right and focus on your cardio and calorie burn!

Dig out from the snow this year and pave the way to a great winter workout – right outside your door!

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Choose the Right Gym

Choose the Right Gym

It’s almost the New Year…the time of year that many decide to join a gym, and we love that! Just remember, when it comes to choosing a gym to join, there is no one-size-fits-all. You have to weigh the pros and cons. You have to ask yourself the right questions: Geographically desirable? Do you value the same things? Are your goals aligned? If you’re on the hunt for the right gym, approach it like finding the perfect life partner … Consider your gym selection as your partner in health.

1.Do you have the same values? Evaluate what features are most important to you and then make sure the gym you select is a match. Want a menu of group fitness classes to select from? Maybe you want lots of circuit machines to challenge yourself. Maybe you want a big free weight area or an empty room where you can practice your yoga moves. Are you a swimmer? Then you need a pool. The gym you select should have what you care about most.

2.Going Solo or all in the family? If your kids are young, find a gym with quality childcare options. Check out what they have to offer, cost, and hours. Maybe your kids are old enough to use the gym … find a family friendly gym or one that offers a nice price point for the whole family to sign up. Some gyms may even have events for kids, spas, cafes for family dining, and other family friendly perks.

3.What’s your budget? What amenities do you want vs. what you can afford? Consider initial fees and monthly dues and find out what’s included in that price. Does it include a personal assessment of your fitness? Access to unlimited group fitness classes? Don’t forget to ask about discounts or special packages offered, especially around the holidays. Consider that you may not want to get locked into a long-term contract if it has early termination fees. On that note, see if the gym you are checking out has a free trial period.

4.Where is it located? Long distance relationships typically don’t work. Consider making your life easier by not having a long commute to the gym. Let’s face facts: People do what’s easy to do. If you gym is near your house or work, you’ll be more likely to show up and use that membership.

5.Want some personal attention? A lot of gyms have personal training packages or personal trainers who can give one-on-one attention. Learn about the programs offered.  Ask to make sure the personal trainers hold a certification(s) accredited by the NCCA. Be sure to check out what’s available before becoming a member.

Once you find your gym match, invest in your relationship by visiting your new partner in health regularly—at least three times a week.

Choose the Right Gym

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Don’t Fall for Gimmicks
Have you ever heard about a cool new gadget or magic supplement that’s going to put you on the fast track to fitness? You can already picture the sculpted bod you are going to show off and you are about to fall prey to a GIMMICK! It’s time for your friendly wake-up call: Your fabulous body awaits, but you won’t get to it by falling for gimmicks, it’s going to take (gasp) WORK!
Go Cardio. Here’s a secret you don’t hear about on infomercials—sweat means you’re burning calories. Get your heart rate up with a cardio workout. Power walk, jog, bicycle, take a group fitness class, hit the elliptical or put that treadmill on an incline to work up a glossy glow. Even if you start with just 30 minutes of cardio per day, you will burn calories, condition your heart and increase your energy.
Power Up. When you invest in your muscles, they invest in you. Building up your muscles is the way to a revved up metabolism—so you can burn more calories during the day, even when you’re at rest. Select two to three times a week to focus on your muscles with body weight exercises like planks and push-ups, squats and lunges. Or take a strength, high intensity interval training or athletic conditioning class. Use the circuit machines at the gym or lift free weights. Adding muscle-building to your cardio is the key to your results.

Move More. Don’t fall into the camp of dedicating one hour to your fitness and eight hours to sitting on your butt at your desk or couch. Standing up is so much better for your health than sitting down. Aim to get more movement throughout your day, even if you have a desk job.

Stick to it. There’s a great quote by legendary philosopher Jim Rohn that comes to mind, “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” A two-week plan won’t cut it here, you need a life plan. It’s what you do every day that adds up.

Though a magic pill will not solve your weight loss and fitness objectives, you’re the one who’s in control. With a little work, dedication and smart decisions, you’ll be well on your way to whatever you want to be.


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