Didn’t Get Everything on Your Wishlist For Christmas? Buy it Now!

Didn’t Get Everything on Your Wishlist For Christmas? Buy it Now!

Christmas is over, the presents have all been opened (and maybe some returned), and you realize there are a few things missing from your fitness wish list. Fortunately, you can often find post-holiday sales going on and get the gear you wanted at discount prices. We can’t guarantee you’ll find the following items on sale, but if you didn’t get these things for Christmas, you’ll definitely want to add them to your shopping list. Powerlifting Shoes If you’re looking to improve your performance at the squat rack or bench, powerlifting shoes are a must-have. Designed with a raised heel, powerlifting shoes allow you to get a stronger grip on the floor and better depth of squat. They also help reduce strain on your ankles by adjusting the angle of your squat form. Powerlifting shoes can also help you with your bench press by providing your feet with more stability on the ground for transfer of power. Weight Lifting Belt For those who like to lift heavy, your very own weightlifting belt is a huge asset. When you have your own belt, you don’t need to use a generic gym-provided belt that doesn’t fit right or smells to high heaven. Having a weightlifting belt that fits properly can make all the difference on your next deadlifting PR. A good weightlifting belt will provide support to your core and help prevent hernias. TRX Slam Ball Workouts with TRX balls are becoming more popular by the day. Designed for athletic training, TRX ball workouts engage your core while providing cardio and power exercises. Simple and easy-to-use, TRX Slam Balls are a fast, fun...
Part 1: What’s Better, Free Weights or Machines?

Part 1: What’s Better, Free Weights or Machines?

When it comes to the best daily workout routine, there are as many opinions as there are equipment choices. On one hand, you have the gurus who will swear by using machines to get fit and build muscle, and on the other are weightlifters who will tell you free weights are the only way to go. With so many differing opinions, how do you decide what’s best for your own workout plan? Read on to find out the pros and cons of free weights, then next time, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of workout machines so that you can make the decision for yourself! Free Weights: Pros Most of the body builders that you see are going to be big proponents of using free weights. That’s because when you use free weights, the muscles in your body not only have to lift the weight of the bar and plates, they also need to constantly adjust for your balance. The muscles that get worked while adjusting for your balance are called stabilizer muscles, and will be different depending on the workout you’re currently performing. For example, when performing a bench press, your pectoral muscles are the main muscle being worked. However, during the exercise, your shoulders, abs, arms, and even your legs are working to stabilize your body to complete the bench press motion. That’s why big compound workouts like the bench press, dead lift, and squat are considered full body exercises. Working out with free weights provides other muscles an opportunity to strengthen themselves in ways that machines don’t allow for. Free Weights: Cons After hearing that working...

Floor Model Sale Through September 10

Want to get serious about your health goals this fall? Good news—from now until September 10, Balance Fitness is able to offer a sale on equipment to get you on the right track. Floor models of our equipment will be discounted with up to 40% savings at both showrooms—but once they’re gone, they’re gone. This is a once-a-year event, so don’t miss it! We’ll also be offering Labor Day specials all through the week. Stop by one of our two showroom locations and see what we can do to help you reach your fitness goals. Let’s make this season a great one for your health! San Mateo Showroom: 905 North Amphlett Blvd. Phone: 650-348-1259 Hours: Tuesday – Saturday (10:00 am – 6:00 pm) and Sunday (11:00 am – 4:00 pm) Santa Clara Showroom 3109 Stevens Creek Blvd. Phone: 408-244-3010 Hours: Monday – Saturday (10:00 am – 6:00 pm) Sunday (11:00 am – 4:00 pm)...

What To Expect When Hiring A Personal Trainer

So you finally decided to take the plunge and hire a personal trainer…we’re glad you took our advice! While you can’t go wrong with a personal trainer, there’s a few details you need to understand before you start your consultation and regular sessions with them. While this blog shouldn’t scare you, it should however, prepare you to take on each meeting with your personal trainer with an open mindset and an optimistic outlook. They’re Going To Ask A LOT Of Questions: The first session you have with your personal trainer will be the most informative session, for the both of you. In order for your trainer to customize your personal plan, they need to know everything in terms of health goals, fitness goals, and health and exercise history. Remember they want to personalize your workout and get to know who the person is they are helping. Throughout your sessions, they’re still going to ask you things such as how you’re feeling, how the workouts are going, if the meal plans are easy to follow along, and so on. Be sure to give them honest answers so they can tweak where necessary. A Fitness Test: This should happen after they get to know you. This fitness test allows the trainer to see where you currently are in your fitness journey so they can give you a plan that accommodates your current situation before they build to the hard stuff. The test will help both you and your trainer to come up with short term and long term fitness goals that are realistic and reachable. They Can Be Intimidating: Everyone is...

Buying Pre-Owned Gym Equipment

We all know buying gym equipment is expensive. It’s easy to understand why most people tend to check eBay or Play It Again Sports for pre-owned options before they buy something brand new. While buying pre-owned is not looked down upon, as gym equipment this day and age can last for years, it is smart to check out what you are purchasing and buy something that’s worth the price. Here’s some tips on buying pre-owned equipment so you can get yourself in the best shape of your life — for less! What to Buy It’s necessary to find and pick out what you like when it comes to fitness. If you like biking better than running, go for the bicycle rather than the treadmill. You may want both so you can ride the bike when you are watching your favorite show and you can run on the treadmill with your favorite music, or walk on it while reading your favorite book. Whatever it is you buy, be sure it works with your fitness goals, and it’s something you wouldn’t grow tired of quickly. Choose Quality Brands Always be sure to remember just because you are buying “used” equipment doesn’t mean you can’t buy good equipment. Used doesn’t have to mean generic. If you’re interested in purchasing a particular brand name machine or machines, go for it! Buying brand names may add a large extra cost to your purchase, but it can also save you money in the long run when it comes to repairs or maintenance costs in the future. Check Wear And Tear Another clue that will tell...

3 Tips to a Home Gym That Fits Your Space

One of the main reasons many people find it hard to regularly exercise is lack of time to visit the gym. With our busy work schedules, trying to spend time with family and friends, and still hoping to maybe catch a little bit of the newest shows on Netflix and Prime at the end of day, it can feel impossible to find the time to head all the way to the fitness center, work out, shower, and come all the way back. A home gym is a great solution! It will be easy to get in your workout right in the privacy and comfort of home. We have a few tips on how to design the perfect home gym to fit the space you have available to you. Have a Large Basement? You Can Build a Large Personal Gym! Turning your basement into a perfect home fitness center should involve two important decisions — flooring choice and what you do with the walls. We recommend rubber flooring to reduce impact on your already hard-at-work muscles and provide a more comfortable surface for stretches and weight training. If committing fully to rubber flooring seems like too big of an expense, rubber mats can be purchased cost-effectively to be laid down on top of existing floors. As far as the walls, color choice is key. Especially in a basement, any dark colors or darker neutrals can bring down what should be an ebullient, energetic mood. Go for light colors to help reflect light and brighten the room! Some clients choose to install large mirrors along the walls, which helps to create...