The Smith Machine: When and When Not To Use It

Throughout most major gyms in the country, you’re likely to find the Smith Machine, a piece of equipment that, if used correctly can be a great addition to your workout. Like any piece of fitness machinery though, if use incorrectly, you could injure yourself, so it’s important to get to know this piece of equipment and see if it’s right for you.

 

Getting into a solid workout routine can be a fun challenge and adding new equipment and new goals can keep working out fun and interesting, but adding something without knowing what you’re doing can be dangerous, so if you’ve never used the Smith Machine before, take a minute to figure out if it’s right for you. …read more

Consumer Report: Elliptical Machines and Treadmills

Getting fit can happen in a lot of different ways but nothing beats the standard old method a good run. Running is the gold standard for cardiovascular exercise and running is a great way to get in shape. Based on where you live and lifestyle limitations, going for a run outdoors isn’t always an option, so investing in a treadmill can be a solid move to help your overall health. Since treadmills can be costly, in the thousands of dollar range, getting a good one is important. Thanks to Consumer Reports, you can find the right treadmill for you and get on your way to getting fit. …read more

Take a look at the Waterrower Natural Series

unnamedAs the WaterRower concept and its WaterFlyWheel continue to redefine the cardio-craze, more and more people are interested in what sets them apart. In this article we’ll take a few minutes to dive into the specifics of the Natural Series, which is considered a good “starter” or “entry level” place for amateur rowers to begin. …read more

Waterrower Workouts

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Workout Tips

  • When rowing a pyramid piece, as you increase the stroke rate (SPM), you also want to make sure you’re keeping a steady amount of pressure, or intensity, behind each stroke.
  • If you feel like you’re getting burnt out quickly into the workout, decrease the SPM (i.e. if you’re rowing at a 28, drop it down to a 26 or 24). During the recovery portion of the stroke (point in the stroke where you’re sliding towards the tank), slow it down and take this time to breathe.
  • Don’t forget to keep good form to help avoid injuries!

FitDir Teams Up with Sixty Feet for a Human Cause

childrenHere at FitDir we live and breathe fitness/ human wellness, but we also love to give back in extra special ways to the world that has opened its arms to our business. Have you been exposed to the Sixty Feet story yet? When we heard it we were so moved that we donated a high-end treadmill especially for the efforts of these good Christian people and the Ugandan orphans they’re helping. …read more

When Does Fitness Become an Obsession?

In recent years CrossFit has gotten some bad press due to the injuries and obsession that some of their members experience. In fact, this type of thing is popping up in many other areas of modern fitness; from Zumba and metabolic conditioning classes to the fitness-based obstacle course culture (Mud Runner, Survival Race, etc.).

 

For many, the safe conventional notion of working out and the gym experience is simply not enough anymore. People can take things too far; without even knowing it just like most other addictions. In this article we’re going to look at four red flags that should cause you to step back a sec. …read more

Embrace Those That Seek to Derail Your Fitness Goals

New age philosophy claims that if you choose to experience wealth, first you must go through a period of destitution. If you choose a robust sex life, then first comes a lonely-streak. Basically, when you decide to change your life or better yourself in some way you must face friction that forces you to demonstrate that choice. What do you think?

 

In this article we’re going to explore the fitness angle for a fair amount of people out there. As soon as someone chooses to get in-shape and be healthy, people come out of the woodwork to try and counter their decisive actions. Here’s what to expect. …read more

3 Reasons the WaterRower is Better than Air Rowers

Suddenly, WaterRower rowing machines went from more private cardio machines kept in select training centers, rehabilitation clinics and gyms to a trend setter! Has Rowing really become the new Spinning? What’s the deal? If you don’t have one or haven’t used one yet you may be thinking, “Pfft, it’s all hype.” Well, in this article we’re going to explore the 3 reasons that the WaterRower is increasingly preferred over traditional air models.
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WaterRower Gets Featured on House of Cards: Starts a Rowing Craze

The numbers are in folks, a functional fitness revolution is now sweeping the modern world. I mean let’s be honest, rowers used to be few and far between. Many popular gyms had a couple stuffed off to the side of elliptical trainers. Now, rowing classes are taking off and becoming a phenomenon all by themselves. People dig rowing. Contemporary models like the WaterRower make it a much less daunting indoor activity to master. …read more

How to Determine the Best WaterRower for You

rs172_s_waterrower_23251Awesome, you’ve made the monumental choice to invest in a WaterRower and now just need to figure out which of their models best suits you. In this article we’re going to go over each and help you find the one that’s got your name written all over it. As you’ll see, making the decision isn’t going to be hard at all.

 

When all is said and done it comes down to these components: your budget, the aesthetics that speak to you and how many extra features you’re after. First, let’s take a gander at each of the seven models currently available.
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