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  • Healthy Living with Chronic Pain: Low-impact Exercise

    Definitions of chronic pain range anywhere from pain lasting longer than 3 months, 6 months, or a year. However, anyone with pain that has lasted longer than a few weeks understands how debilitating it can be. Chronic pain may limit a person's movements, reducing flexibility and strength leading to difficulty carrying out important or enjoyable activities.

    This post will focus on benefits of low-impact exercise for relief of chronic pain. MedLinePlus.gov defines chronic pain as pain that has lasted more than 12 weeks and often persists for longer. Where those with chronic pain often benefit from exercise, exercise should be limited or avoided with acute pain caused by an injury to allow the body to heal.

    This blog post is not intended to replace care by your primary provider. This post is to have you start thinking of how physical activity, specifically focused on low-impact exercise, can positively impact your health.

    Why move?

    Why should I exercise? I don’t want to. There is not enough time in the day. It hurts too much the next day. I hurt too much now.

    If these statements or replies sound familiar, you are not alone. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reports that only 1 in 3 adults get the recommended amount of physical activity each week and more than 80% do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

    However, the importance of movement within a healthy pain management plan cannot be over-emphasized. As outlined in Pain Management 101, exercise and physical activity is the “lotion” to promote smooth functioning. Small movements such as daily stretching can also strengthen muscles and increase functioning.  Continue reading

  • Parts and Service Department Q&A

    Have you ever had questions for the BODYCRAFT Parts and Service Department? Think you'll have questions in the future?  In this Q&A session with the Parts and Service Team we answer our top received questions. Please reference this post if you have or plan to purchase BODYCRAFT equipment!

    Q: What is covered under my warranty?

    A: Warranty coverage is dependent on the specific machine. You can find all of the warranty information for your machine on www.bodycraft.com

    Q: I bought this used, is it covered under warranty still?

    A: No, warranty only applies to original owner of equipment

    Q: Who installs BODYCRAFT equipment? 

    A: BODYCRAFT keeps a list of service providers, we train providers on proper installation and maintenance. We also have two trained service technicians on staff who can troubleshoot any issues via phone or FaceTime. You can contact BODYCRAFT via email to service@bodycraft.com. Please provide your zip code and we can find a service provider in your area

    Q: I need a part for my BODYCRAFT Fitness Equipment, what do I do?

    A: Please use the parts request link on our website to request parts. This is the most efficient way to ensure your request gets to the correct contact. A part number and serial number for your product is not required but helpful information. If you do not have this information please include a description and images of the part needed if possible. Continue reading

  • The Jones, Not Just Another Smith

    You may be wondering, what is a BODYCRAFT Jones Machine. How is it different from the traditional Smith Machine. Or thinking, I’ve used a Smith Machine for years, why change now. Stay tuned, this post will answer those thoughts and more.

    We will tell you why you should avoid a Smith Machine. We will inform you of an independent study completed on a Jones Machine vs. a Smith Machine. And finally, let you know the best way to use a Jones machine to its full advantage.

    To define a Smith Machine, it is an exercise piece similar to a power rack but the barbell is locked within the steel rails. This allows for only vertical or near- vertical motion. This makes any exercise on a Smith locked into a fixed plane, and does not allow for free weight or even free weight-type movement. Due to this main feature, the Smith often puts the body in unnatural positions. This can not only limit the benefits of the exercise, but may even cause injury. (More on this point later).

    What Makes the Jones Machine Different?

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  • How to Design the Perfect Home Gym

    What are the benefits to having a home gym?

    In today’s wellness-conscious world, there are more ways than ever to pursue healthy fitness. It can be hard, however, to fit exercise into a packed professional schedule. If you’re a busy homeowner, designing a garage or home gym might be the answer to that problem- and it is simpler than you might think. Continue reading

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