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Which is Better - Cross Trainer or Treadmill?
As a personal trainer and gym owner, I often get asked the question "which is better, the treadmill or the cross trainer?"

The answer is not that simple. The first question I ask in response is, "what do you want to use it for? Or what are you trying to achieve?"

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Posted in Trainer's Tips By John Pemberton - The Workshop Gym - www.workshopgym.com
Rowing Machines
Great question!

Short answer: No. We are bad for our backs.

Rowing machines are great for building strong backs and improving our posture as well as being an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise.

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Posted in Trainer's Tips By John Pemberton - The Workshop Gym - www.workshopgym.com

Using Gym Equipment for Weight Loss

31/08/2016 9:42:54 am

Using Gym Equipment for Weight Loss

Traditionally, the general opinion within the fitness industry was, to burn fat you needed to do long steady cardio i.e. running, walking, cycling etc. There was also the theory that in order to 'tone up' you had to do high repetitions of a light weight. Cardio equipment and posters in the gym all showed you your target heart rate zone for fat burning of 60-65% of your theoretical maximum heart rate, and aerobic classes introduced very lightweight dumbbells for added toning.

This approach does work for some people, however, it is not the most effective or efficient way to go about changing your body shape.

Strength training in conjunction with some form of higher intensity cardio is proven to be the best approach for the majority of people.

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Posted in Trainer's Tips By John Pemberton - The Workshop Gym - www.workshopgym.com
Indoor v's Outdoor Training

Why should I buy a treadmill if I can just run outside?

Great question. To expand on that, why should we have any home based exercise equipment?

I live in an area where there are great trail runs practically right outside my door. I can go for a run in the lovely native bush of my neighbourhood and only spend 10% of my run on paved roads or footpaths. I can enjoy the scenery and the fresh air, spend time absorbing the sun's rays and the fabulous energies that nature radiates and I can challenge myself with hill climbs and natural obstacles.

Fantastic!

But, I don't.

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