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

Krazy about Kettlebells

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Maybe it is 4-Hour Body becoming a bestseller, touting the benefits of kettlebell workouts. Kettlebells are becoming the new staples in gyms, right along with dumbbells and plates. While this surge of popular interest has been unprecedented, kettlebells have been around a while.

The modern version seems to have originated 350 years ago in Russia as counterweights to measure goods. Since they were fun to swing around, they became weight-lifting tools and finally, modern kettlebell-lifting became Soviet Union’s national sport, in 1948.

However, many cultures around the world have used weights with handles since long ago: Shaolin monks with stone padlocks, Scottish tribes in their hurling contests, Indians with their ishi sashi clubs. These early predecessors and kettlebells work to extend the center of balance, allowing the users to mimic many real-world activities involving swinging, like shoveling, farm work, picking up your child, etc.

Today, the US Secret Service, FBI Counter Assault team, and many military training programs around the world use the holistic, explosive exercises that high-repetition ballistic kettlebell workouts provide. The benefits of this workout includes a full-body conditioning, anaerobic and aerobic exercise improving mobility, range of motion, and strength, particularly in lower back, legs and shoulders.

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.

Kettlebells – The Latest Craze in Strength Training

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If you haven’t yet heard of kettlebells in relation to strength training, you may have been a bit out of touch with what is happening in fitness training recently. Kettlebell training as a way to lose weight and gain strength has literally exploded over the past few years.

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Basic Kettlebell Circuit Video

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Here is a great demonstration of a basic kettlebell circuit. This circuit can be used as a strength workout or a cardio conditioning workout. Simply change the weight of the kettlebell to reduce the load and decrease rest time to focus on cardio conditioning.

Click here to shop for kettlebells online or visit your local HealthStyles retail store.

American Council on Exercise (ACE) Study Reveals Kettlebells Provide Powerful Workout in Short Amount of Time

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SAN DIEGO (Feb 9, 2010) — The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s leading authority on fitness and one of the largest fitness certification, education and training organizations in the world, today announced key findings from an exclusive study on the benefits of kettlebell workouts conducted with the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, through its exercise and health program. Results concluded that kettlebells provide a much higher-intensity workout than standard weight-training routines and offer superior results in a short amount of time.

“The use of kettlebells has grown immensely over the past few years, as they can offer a great bang for your buck when it comes to time spent exercising and quality of results,” says ACE’s Chief Science Officer Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D. “A person can easily burn several hundred calories in a brief period of time using these iron orbs, which makes them appealing to those looking for time-efficient results. Kettlebell-themed workouts and kettlebell-only gyms are popping up everywhere in order to cater to the high demand of this growing fitness trend.”

The study tested men and women between the ages of 29-46 years old and was led by John Porcari, Ph.D., and Chad Schnettler, M.S., both research experts at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse Exercise and Health Program. After establishing a baseline, the subjects continuously performed kettlebell snatches, quick lifts over the head, to a certain rhythm during a 20-minute period. After carefully measuring oxygen consumption and blood lactate, this study confirmed the average study participant burned approximately 20 calories per minute during a typical kettlebell workout. This equates to an astounding 400 calories during a 20-minute workout. In terms of calorie burning, these results are equivalent to running a six-minute mile pace, or cross-country skiing uphill at a fast pace.

Researchers credit the brisk calorie burning to the fact that the kettlebell snatch workout is a total-body movement performed in an interval-training fashion. Study participants were observed to achieve exercise heart rate that ranged from approximately 86 to 99 percent of maximum heart rate and 67 to 91 percent of maximum oxygen uptake, suggesting that the use of kettlebells provides a much higher-intensity workout than standard weightlifting.

“Overall, kettlebell use can produce remarkable results, which is what virtually all fitness enthusiasts look to get from their workouts,” Bryant continues. “Kettlebells not only offer resistance training benefits, they also will ultimately help people burn calories, lose weight, and enhance their functional performance capabilities.”

A complete summary of the study can be found on ACE’s newly created “Get Fit” Web site, designed to inform, inspire, educate and motivate people to become fit and lead a healthier, more active lifestyle, located at http://www.acefitness.org/getfit/research.aspx. Right click this link and choose “Save Target As” to download a PDF copy of the full research study.

About American Council on Exercise The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s premier certification, education and training organization, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. ACE sponsors university-based exercise science research and is the world’s largest nonprofit fitness certifying organization. For more information on ACE and its programs, call (800) 825-3636 or log onto the ACE Web site at www.acefitness.org.

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

Spring Training: Find Your Inner Athlete

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The snow has melted and the warm weather and sunshine calls us outdoors for spring training. It’s time to start building your endurance and overall joint strength in order to stay injury free during a summer filled with hiking, running, biking and power walks.

Phenom athletes like Lance Armstrong and Olympic marathon champion Constantina Dita employ all of the tricks of the trade when it comes to training for their sport. I know some of you don’t consider yourself an “athlete”, but I encourage you to change your thinking and find your inner athlete. By doing so, you will build a better and stronger body and find optimal health.

Here are 5 Tips to help you get started: Continue reading