Holiday Fitness Gift Guide

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Welcome to the HealthStyles Exercise Equipment Gift Guide!

We have a huge variety of accessories in all price ranges, for fitness enthusiasts of all ages and types!

Whether you are trying to add some strength training to your cardiovascular workout, replicate some of your CrossFit exercises at home, do some serious core training, or create your own Tabata interval workout, we have the best selection of quality accessories in the Denver Metro area and the state of Colorado!

Visit your local HealthStyles Retail store in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, or Glenwood Springs for the best holiday gift ideas.

Gifts Under $25


Resistance Bands

$10.95 – $24.99

Cast Iron Kettlebell 10lb
5lb – 10lb Kettlebells

$8.50 – $23


Jump Ropes

Only $8.99

The Great Balance and Stability Handbook (Paperback)
Fitness Handbooks

Only $9.95

Spri Yoga Block Purple 4in x 6in x 9in
Yoga Blocks

$9.99

Foam Roller - Full - 12 x 6
Foam Rollers

$12.99 – $24.99


Push Up Bars

$14.99 – $16


FitBall Balance Disc

Only $21.95

Gifts Under $50


Medicine Balls

$22.95 – $49.95

Rage Swivel Jump Rope
Rage R1 Swivel Jump Rope

$29.95


Pull Up Bars

$29 – $40

LifeLineUSA TNT Cable System
Heavy Resistance Bands

$29.99 – $49.99

Rage Bumper Plates
10lb – 25lb Rage Bumper Plates

$29.99 – $49.99

Cast Iron Kettlebell 25lb
15lb – 25lb Kettlebells

$25.50 – $47.00


Exercise Balls

$36.99 – $39.99

Acu-Hoop 3 pound
Weighted Hula Hoops

$29.00 – $49.99

Gifts Under $100

Cast Iron Kettlebell 10lb
30lb – 45lb Kettlebells

$51 – $97

Rage Soft Medicine Balls
Rage Soft Medicine Balls

$84.99 – $94.99

Rage Slam Balls
Rage Slam Balls

$39.99 – $99.99

Rage Gymnastics Rings
Rage Plastic Gymnastics Rings

$69.95


10lb – 30lb Dumbbells

$59 – $96

Rage R2 Pull-Up Bar
Rage Home Pull-up Bar

$99.99

Rage Steel Plyo Boxes
Rage Steel Plyo Boxes 12″ – 24″

$69.99 – $99.99

FitBall Deluxe Balance Board
Balance Boards

$67.95 – $99.95

Other Great Gift Ideas

TRX Home Suspension Training Kit
TRX Home Suspension Training Kit

$199.95

Bosu Home Balance Trainer
BOSU Home Balance Trainer

$109.99


Inversion Tables

Starting at $159

PowerBlock Sport 2.4 Dumbbell Set 3-24lbs
PowerBlock Dumbbells

Starting at $149

TAG 10 in 1 Trainer
TAG 10 in 1 Trainer

$399

Rage Conditioning Rope
Rage Conditioning Ropes

Starting at $138


Weight Benches
Ab/Back Benches
VKR Dip Stations
Vision Fitness V-Series Indoor Cycle
Exercise Bikes

Crunches Alone Do Not Make a Six Pack

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Somewhere far, far away, there is a magical gym where there’s never a wait for a cardio machine at 6:30pm, the boot camp instructor never raises his voice above a whisper, and jiggling upper arms instantly tighten up after just one biceps curl. This mythical place is called Imaginary Fitness Land, and it, like spot-training to burn fat, does not exist.

Welcome to the real world, where workout results take time, energy, and variety, and where our body’s ability to eliminate fat, and which specific areas it will eliminate fat from, are influenced by age, genetics, hormones, and some other factors beyond our control.

Luckily, we can control the fat-melting effectiveness of a cardio workout, so keep this real-world advice from Life Fitness in mind to maximize your results.

Two’s company. Combine fat-reducing cardio exercise with a consistent strength training program to tone and sculpt your muscles. Although spot-training won’t work for burning fat, spot-sculpting will tighten and tone the areas where you want to show off your results. Focus on a specific group of muscles during your strength training routines.

Add instability. Use the BOSU ball, balance disk, or wobble board to throw off your balance and force your core muscles to work overtime. With a strong core, you’ll be able to take on more challenging workouts, and achieve success faster.

Pilates, please. Heralded as the secret behind tons of toned tummies, a Pilates mat workout provides an effective ab routine when you want to add some necessary variety to your exercise program. Pilates utilizes very focused and specific movements, so find an instructor to get you started.

Intensify. Interval training is a great way to incorporate high-intensity exercise into your workouts. Start with 30 seconds of jogging followed by 2-3 minute of walking, then repeat for 30 minutes. Once you can complete the program with ease, lengthen the jogging intervals. Your increased intensity and elevated heart rate will result in more calories burned and a smaller waist line.

The trick to getting the fit, sculpted body you want is to be realistic. If you have overall body fat to lose, you aren’t going to see washboard abs without eliminating that excess insulation first.

Fit Tips are provided by Life Fitness, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide. For more information on Fit Tips and other fitness advice and expertise visit www.lifefitness.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lifefitness or join our Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/lifefitness.

Give the Gift of Fitness!

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Are you looking for ideas for unique Christmas gifts?

HealthStyles Exercise Equipment has some great gifts for fitness enthusiasts in all price ranges!

Whether your gift is for an avid runner, a Cross-Fit or P90X junkie, or a friend or loved on who is trying to firm up or lose weight, here are just a few of the many possible gifts you can put under the tree for those important people in your life.

The Secret to a Flat Stomach

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With spring just around the corner, everyone wants to have a flat stomach and even, better six-pack abs! The question is, how do I go about getting them? There is a lot of misinformation out there about this topic that can cause a lot of frustration. Many people think that they can get flat abs if they do enough abdominal exercises. This is based on the inaccurate premise that you can do an exercise for a certain area of the body, and get rid of fat there. A review of the headlines of any popular fitness magazine will help you understand what feeds that belief. Headlines like “Flat Abs in 2 Weeks” and “10 Quick Tips to Flatten Your Tummy” lead one to believe that spot reduction is not only possible, but easy! The real truth is that the only way to get flat abs is to lose body fat, and the only way to lose body fat is to:

  1. Do regular cardiovascular exercise to burn calories
  2. Have a healthy, low calorie diet
  3. Strength train your entire body, abdominal muscles included

There is also a certain amount of genetics involved in getting those “six pack abs” that we see in the movies or on TV, and for some people, no amount of commitment and diet can get them to that goal of abdominal perfection. That doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve the goal of strong abdominal muscles or a flatter stomach. Once you accept the above realities, and work toward the goal of lowering your overall body fat, there is a purpose to abdominal exercises as a part of your overall strength workout. We all know that strong abdominal muscles support your spine and play a large role in protecting your back. That alone should make the inclusion of specific abdominal exercises a part of your regular workout routine. There are hundreds (probably thousands) of articles written on the best abdominal workout. Here are several links to videos showing basic abdominal exercises:
Ab Exercises on a FitBall
Core Workout from ACE
2 Minute Ab Workout
Ab V-Ups with a BOSU Ball

Many abdominal exercises can be performed using an exercise mat lying on the floor. Some exercises are more effective and challenging utilizing some of the following basic fitness accessories:

  1. Exercise Balls – Fitballs are effective in stabilizing the back and encouraging proper posture during your workout. They add challenge to basic abdominal crunches. Note: There are 5 ball sizes based on your height.
  2. BOSU Ball – It’s like an exercise ball that’s been cut in half with a stable side and an unstable side. This makes it a more versatile piece of equipment than a fitball, and the exercises can be made more challenging as your balance and ability to perform more difficult exercises improves.
  3. Balance Disc – It is smaller than a Bosu or Fitball, but can be used in a similar fashion to add challenge to traditional abdominal exercises.
  4. Vertical Knee Raise – A VKR is a very effective piece of strength equipment used to do knee raises while your back is in a safe, supported position.
  5. Abdominal Bench or Board – Depending on whether the board is adjustable or not, you can add varying difficulty levels to abdominal exercises by increasing the angle at which you do traditional abdominal crunches.
  6. Ab Coaster – The Ab Coaster can help you get a lower abdominal workout, and help you simulate leg raises, which is a great stomach exercise. It allows you the same range of motion as traditional abdominal exercises, so that you’re working the same muscles, but you’re not having to support your own weight. Therefore, you are able to do many more reps correctly. Plate weight can be added to increase difficulty and the seat can be angled to each side to work the oblique abdominal muscles.

Fitness Accessories Expand Your Workout Routine

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The use of fitness accessories to expand and enhance your cardiovascular and strength routines have never been more popular than they are today as is obvious by the number of equipment manufacturers that are getting into the fitness accessory game. Life Fitness, one of the major cardiovascular equipment manufacturers, is set to roll out Body Shape Kits this fall, which combine many of the most popular accessories sold by HealthStyles Exercise Equipment, into one all inclusive kit. Octane Fitness will combine an elliptical workout with stretch bands in the programming and design of their new ellipticals to be introduced later this Fall, to create circuit training workouts that add strength training to the traditional cardio workout. Continue reading

Current Fitness Trends and Exercise Equipment Update – Staying on the Cutting Edge

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The HealthStyles Exercise Equipment Team recently had the opportunity to attend and participate in the National Health and Fitness Business Industry Expo in Denver, Colorado. The annual event featured all of the latest fitness trends and showcased the current and future exercise equipment products that have, or will soon be available to the consumer market.

The fitness industry trends that surfaced within the Expo centered on the following: Continue reading