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Like most things these days, keeping fit and healthy involves
cuttingedge technological advances that incorporate hi-tech features.
Elad Shaked, deputy sales manager of Energym, a company that specializes
in importing and marketing sports equipment, says, “Exercising is a
very serious matter because it deals with the health of the body.
Consequently, the equipment used must be designed to work the body and
the muscles without causing any damage.”
Modern fitness equipment
is a combination of mechanical devices and hi-tech developments that
monitor and regulate movement. As some forms of exercise can be rather
tedious, many fitness machines have entertainment components such as
video screens and audio equipment. Many of the modern fitness machines
are very expensive, so people use them in gyms and fitness centers. But
there is also equipment whose size and price are suitable for personal
use at home. Treadmills are among the most popular pieces of fitness
equipment. Running is considered one of the most efficient ways to burn
calories. Running in the countryside is an enjoyable way to do the deed;
but for urban dwellers, running or jogging on crowded streets is not so
pleasant. That’s where the treadmill comes in. There are simple models
that can cost NIS 2,000. Treadmills operate on the principle of a
conveyor belt. In a simple model suitable for the home, one can regulate
the speed. In more sophisticated models, one can regulate speed and
uphill inclination levels. They also have video screens, audio equipment
and Internet features. Such models can cost as much as NIS 50,000.
of the more sophisticated treadmills is the Runfit 87, which is
marketed by Energym. It is a virtual running machine that is equipped
with a powerful electric motor that can be kept going for long periods
of time. It can reach speeds of 22KMH and can simulate running uphill.
It is strong and sturdy and suitable for users that weigh up to 180
kilograms. This model comes with an LED video screen that displays rate
of speed, distance, pulse, calories burnt and uphill inclination.
Vario, manufactured by Technogym, is a kind of super treadmill. With it
one can perform a total workout for the lower part of the body. The
strong conveyer belt will keep one running for long periods of time. It
is also equipped with pedals that stimulate climbing stairs. Anyone who
lives in an apartment building with no elevator knows how physically
tiring climbing stairs can be. The Vario is large and expensive and, as
such, is suitable for large, well-equipped gyms.
Personal is a multipurpose fitness machine. It provides the means for a
complete workout, as one can do up to 200 different exercises with it.
The machine is based on the Fullgravity principle, which enables
unrestricted movement of the body. It includes a revolutionary system of
forces, gradually increasing the resistance level in total safety.
Small, compact and versatile, it is ideal for the home.
Eurosport Crossfit 88 is an elliptical machine that simulates a roller
ball situation with 16 different resistance levels. One of the most
advanced features is its self-generating system, as well as its
low-maintenance and space-saving design. Additionally, its advanced dual
heart rate sensors allow you to monitor your heart rate during your
workout without changing the position of the handle.
Gym XT is a suspension body weight trainer. Built for punishing physical
use, it is different from traditional suspension bodyweight trainers on
the market because it features a split design that allows users to
quickly and easily adjust the forces on the body by changing the width
of the system.
The Crossover is a very efficient piece of
equipment. It offers a new training experience thanks to a movement that
involves muscles that aren’t usually engaged by cardiovascular exercise
machines. It requires your center of mass to move, rotate and adapt
continuously on three planes. It is lateral total body training that
simultaneously works the legs and gluteus, in addition to the arms and
core stabilizer muscles. It gives the user a workout that moves every
part the body. The Jumper consists of large rubber balls that are used
for jumping exercises. These exercises improve balance and develop
muscles in most parts of the body.
Weight lifting equipment
develops the arm muscles. This type of equipment includes weight benches
where one can sit or lie on one’s back and raise weights. There are
also plate-loaded weights, which have plates that can be added or
removed to increase or decrease their amount of weight. They can be used
from a standing or prone position.