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  • You Can Cross Train with One Cardio Machine

    How can I cross train with only one cardiovascular machine?

    We all want to have a huge gym in our homes but sometimes the cost can get in the way. We are all so used to the fast and changing pace of our lives that getting on a treadmill can sound like the most mundane activity.

    However, don't look at your treadmill as a one stop cardio piece. It can be so much more.  When you think about any physical fitness activity, you should think "how many different ways can I work that same muscle?" Cross training (working a muscle in different ways) the same muscle decreases the chance of injury. Doing the same exercise over and over again can cause overuse and wear and tear of the muscles and joints. 

    Let's look at the BodyCraft treadmill and really think about how many cross training routines we can create. Remember, by adding movement to an exercise you are creating a balance component, engaging more muscle groups and increasing your heart rate. *Please remember to always use the safety strap when using the treadmill.* And try some of these combinations to get you started: Continue reading

  • Why Do We Train?

    Ask ten different people and you will get ten different answers.


    There are so many reasons to exercise. We do it for better health- to have more quality years with those we love. We do it to get stronger and improve appearance. Some of us do it for competition, while some might just like how stylish- and comfortable- gym clothes are.

    But deep down, I think it’s something bigger than all of those.

    Achieve what was perceived as impossible

    When we train, we set goals. Take running for example. Usually the first benchmark to determine your running fitness is a 5k. Then a 10k. Half marathon, followed by full marathon. Then the Iron Man. When you first set off, running for more than 5 minutes may seem impossible. But with consistent effort and commitment, you will eventually be able to hit that 5 minute mark, then a 5, 10k and so on.

    Seeing the progress you make is often times the biggest motivator to keep training, and it should be. Pushing your body to do something today that it was not able to do in the past is tangible proof that your training is working. And once you start to see these results, it becomes addictive.  Continue reading

  • 5 Exercises To Add to Your Routine for a SMART Workout

    What Exercises Should You Add To Your Routine? (Hint: They burn calories, work the entire body and build muscles at the same time)

    Image courtesy of  stockimages from FreeDigitalPhotos.netWe all need to exercise smart. Whether you have limited time or want to burn more calories quicker, exercising smarter is the goal. You want to make sure most of your exercises work the whole body (roughly 70%). The more muscle groups that are engaged- the higher your heart rate will be, the higher the calorie burn and the more overall strength you will gain.

    Below is a list of overall body exercises you can add to any workout program. You can add these to a strength training or a cardiovascular program. Continue reading

  • Feel the Burn with Rowing and Spinning for a Leaner Stronger You

    How to Burn Optimal Calories With a Spinning® Bike and a Rower

    Have you ever thought you could burn 1000 calories in an hour? Sounds impossible, right? But it is not. You can. And the secret is to combine the right cardiovascular exercises. If you pick two modes of cardio that use major muscle groups, you can achieve that 1000 calorie burn.

    One mode of cardio is spinning®/indoor cycling.  In a 40 minute spinning®/indoor cycling class, you can burn 400-600 calories.  During class, you are working your quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors and extensors and core. This is the whole lower half of your body. Keep your resistance at a 6 out of 10 or 60% during most of the 40 minutes. With this resistance you will always be on a hill even if you are sprinting or jogging. Continue reading

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