Jan 07

Price Matching at Maine Fitness

If you find a better price anywhere on anything we carry, we will beat or match it. Just give us a call, and bring us the proof, and we’ll match or beat the price, and beat the service.

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Jun 28

Vision Fitness S7100 Suspension Elliptical – Now on the floor!

Create your own Vision

We configured our S7100 Suspension Elliptical™ trainer frame so that you could choose the console that meets your specific needs. Not only do you get an innovative, high-quality, award-winning elliptical trainer at an exceptional price, but you get the perfect fitness product for you!

S7100 Deluxe Console

  • blue backlit LCD screen
  • 9 programs, including SPRINT 8®
  • scrolling message bar
  • 20 levels of resistance
  • telemetric & contact heart rate

S7100 Premier Console

  • advanced full-color LCD screen
  • 4 background scenes & 10 personal photos with slideshow
  • 26 programs, including SPRINT 8®
  • USB port for easy workout tracking
  • telemetric & contact heart rate
  • DVD-compatible A/V ports

S7100 Frame

The S7100 is our new, entry-level Suspension Elliptical™ trainer and is loaded with great features. It uses an ECB magnetic resistance system with a 23-lb. flywheel and a supersilent Quiet-Glide™ drive to create a durable machine that offers smooth resistance changes. The PerfectStride™ motion, two-inch pedal spacing, and 20 to 21.5-inch stride length provide the most comfortable and ergonomic stride motion you can get on an elliptical trainer. It also comes with 20 levels of incline ranging from 18-37% to add variety to your workouts. This model comes standard with heavy gauge steel construction.

S7200HRT Console

The S7200HRT features 20 innovative programs, including SPRINT 8®, four HRT®, four custom user, three goal, and four variable stride-based body-sculpting programs. Like the S7100 Premier, it is equipped with a telemetric chest strap to conveniently monitor your heart rate; however, as an added bonus on the S7200HRT, you get multiple feedback windows on its Quick-Set™ LED display, one of which is dedicated to heart rate feedback.

S7200HRT Frame

The S7200HRT is our highly-acclaimed, top-of-the-line model, featuring the PerfectStride™ motion in a larger, extra-heavy gauge steel frame. It offers our ECB-Plus™ magnetic resistance system and a larger 24-lb. flywheel for smooth resistance changes. You can choose from 24 resistance and incline levels (incline ranges from a diverse 13 to 39%). The pedal spacing is less than two inches for proper hip alignment, and the stride varies from 20 to 23 inches to keep you in the proper ergonomic position, regardless of incline level.

 

 

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PerfectStride™

Improved Biomechanics & Ergonomics

Vision Fitness performed a significant amount of research on biomechanics and ergonomics, aimed at developing the most natural and correct full-body movement, when designing our Suspension Elliptical™ trainers and ultimately developed the PerfectStride™ motion. PerfectStride™ starts with correct foot positioning. Vision Fitness analyzed users at every incline angle and pedaling direction to make sure that the footplate would properly adjust with the change in stride. Some companies’ incline trainers fail to maintain a natural foot position by pushing the toes upward sharply at certain points in the elliptical path. The S7100 and S7200HRT avoid this by ensuring that the footplate experiences minimal change throughout the stride at all levels of incline. A key design feature is that the footplates pivot, providing a flat, stable, and comfortable surface for users to apply force.

PerfectStride Path

The second component of PerfectStride™ is an ideal elliptical motion. Our Suspension Elliptical™ trainers have the most natural elliptical foot path on the market. The shape of the ellipse creates a smooth and easy transition from the top of the ellipse, where the muscles are relatively inactive, to the bottom of the ellipse, where the muscles are activated to propel the user through the cycle. Our removal of the downward and forward force requirement, as found on traditional elliptical trainers, results in a workout that places greater emphasis on the muscles that extend the leg (the Gluteus, Hamstrings, and Quads). As a result, you get a more effective workout than with other cross-trainers.

PerfectStride Ergonomic

Next, PerfectStride™ incorporates optimal stride adjustments. As the incline angle changes, the stride length adjusts to keep your motion natural and fluid at the new angle. Our adjustable stride helps you achieve a proper range of motion, keeping you in an optimal workout position.

Lastly, PerfectStride™ ensures proper posture. Our neutral footplate position throughout the entire stride results in proper alignment between the knee and hip joints and allows the user to have ideal upright posture at all times. Maintaining an upright posture is important because it removes emphasis from the low back muscles and places it on the leg muscles, where it belongs. It’s easy to see why we call it PerfectStride™.

 

Benefits of our Variable Stride

More Variety
Research shows that variety in your exercise routine increases the likelihood that you’ll stick to it. More importantly, variety keeps muscles “confused,” minimizing the “plateau effect” that occurs when you do the same motion over and over again and, thus, producing greater results. Whether you are looking for weight loss, muscle gain, or cardiovascular improvement, consistent yet diverse workouts will help you achieve your goals more quickly and more easily. Our Suspension Elliptical™ trainers allow forward and backward pedaling; changes in resistance, speed and incline (which automatically adjusts stride length); various positions for your hands; and a multitude of programming options.

Ability to Increase Intensity
By increasing the incline level, you increase the exercise intensity. This allows you to achieve a higher level of aerobic fitness and, thus, burn more calories than you would if no incline were available. As your fitness level increases, you can continue to adjust resistance and incline to increase the intensity with which your muscles are worked.

Muscle-Targeting Workouts
To determine how our variable stride physiologically affects users, we performed studies using sEMG (surface electromyography) to measure the connection between changes in leg muscle activity and changes in the stride length and incline angle. An increase in the electrical activity detected through sEMG indicates increased activity of the muscle being monitored.

Results of the sEMG:
In the forward direction, exercise at full incline resulted in a significant increase in muscle activity when compared to forward exercise at level 1. At higher inclines, users burn more calories as a result of a greater amount of their muscle mass being active. Different combinations of direction (pedaling forward or backward) and incline angle emphasize different muscle groups. Refer to the chart below.

 

Targeting Specific Muscles

Do you have specific areas of your body that you’d like to see more toned? Do you want more shapely or more muscular legs? You can specifically target the muscles you want to work most by following this chart:

Versatile

For a workout with ultimate variety and versatility, the S7200HRT features 24 levels of incline with variable stride and forward/backward pedaling capability. You’ll find 20 levels of incline on the S7100. Our adjustable stride allows you to simulate hills, increase intensity, and target different muscle groups with the touch of a button. As the incline angle increases, the stride length varies, keeping you in a comfortable, ergonomic position at all times. Vision Fitness uses pivoting (or articulating) footplates to keep the user’s knee and hip joints aligned, regardless of the height or length of their stride. Your comfort is of the utmost importance.

S7200HRT Console

Our cross-trainers feature both a variable-stride system and upper-body action. The dual-action arms are designed to keep you in a proper upright position and provide smooth upper-body movement. The multi-position hand grips fit any user, allow different muscle emphasis, and add variety to your workout. Additionally, multiple hand positions allows you to adjust your grip to help avoid the fatigue that could ultimately stop your workout.

 

Smooth

S7200HRT Cutaway

Suspension Elliptical™ trainers are exceptionally smooth and comfortable, due to their unique suspension feature. There is no rolling resistance and, as a result, much less friction, which may create problems and noise over time. User comfort was considered foremost in every phase of design and development of our Suspension Elliptical™ trainers. For this very reason, we feature footplates that are only two inches apart or less. The narrow pedal spacing keeps your hips aligned properly during your workout, and the roomy, cushioned footplates allow you to vary your stance as needed so that you are always comfortable. Additionally, the footplates pivot to ensure proper alignment between the knee and hip joints, giving you a smooth, natural motion at all incline angles.

Q-Factor
Spacing is no more than two inches between
our footplates for proper hip alignment.

 

Vision Fitness pioneered the friction-free magnetic resistance system with no wearing parts for maximum performance and durability. When the resistance and incline levels are changed on the console (even in the middle of a workout), the transitions are smooth, gradual, and fluid. Vision Fitness is so confident in this system that we offer a Lifetime warranty for home use on the magnetic brake.

 

 

Accessible

A versatile, high-end piece of fitness equipment can be intimidating. How does Vision Fitness make our Suspension Elliptical™ trainers accessible, inviting and engaging? First, we incorporate features that make them easy and comfortable to get on. The pedal arms, for instance, are suspended, which removes the need for wheels and tracks and, in turn, keeps the footplates low to the ground.

Suspension Elliptical
Suspension Step-up Height

Second, we provide comfortable rear hand grips. And, like our traditional elliptical trainers, our Suspension Elliptical™ trainers use a front-drive system that places the motor and components up front and out of the way. Together, our low step-up height, convenient hand grips, and front-drive system allow users to easily step up onto the machine and begin their workout.

To engage users once they are on the trainer, we added convenience features, such as an integrated reading rack to easily hold magazines and newspapers. The trainers also have multi-compartment accessory trays, which provide ample room to securely hold your water bottle, TV remote, MP3 player and cell phone.

Finally, the diverse program offering includes our exclusive 20-minute SPRINT 8® anaerobic program, programs that target specific muscle groups, custom workouts, and heart rate training routines*. You can experience a different workout each time you use your Suspension Elliptical™ trainer!

* Custom and HRT® programs are not available on the S7100 Deluxe.

 

 

Fitness Professor Review
November 2010
“Head of the Class”

S7200HRT Fitness Professor Head of the Class 2010S7200HRT
“With PerfectStride® technology, signature Vision software and a great overall design, it is one of the best ellipticals on the market and our Head of the Class winner for the third straight year!”

 

Los Angeles Times
February 2010

S7100 Los Angeles TimesS7100
“A smooth, natural, health-club-quality feeling at all speeds. Automatically changes its stride length (from 20 to 21.5 inches) as you speed up and has 20 levels of resistance, with an incline that ranges from 18% to 37%. It has heart-rate grips on the handles and foot pads that stay relatively level through the ellipse. Length is a compact 57 inches, with no hang-over like the LifeCore.”

Shape You
November 2009
“Top Gear of the Year”

S7100
“The S7100 is unique because of its PerfectStride™ system, which is exclusive to Vision Fitness. PerfectStride technology offers the ideal combination of biomechanical and ergonomic features…”

Elliptical Trainer Awards & Media

Vision Fitness® products are recognized with more “best buy” awards than any other fitness brand. Below is a list of these award-winning products:

T9200 Platform Treadmill - February 2011
X20 Elliptical Trainer - February 2010
T9250 Folding Treadmill - February 2010
T9200 Platform Treadmill - February 2010
T9200 Platform Treadmill - February 2008
T9200 Platform Treadmill - February 2007
R2250HRT Semi-Recumbent - Health Magazine, Jan./Feb. 2007
R2250HRT Semi-Recumbent - February 2007
E3200HRT Upright Bike - February 2007
T9500 Platform Treadmill - February 2006
T9200 Platform Treadmill - February 2006
E3200HRT Upright Bike - BBC Focus U.K., January 2006
E3100 Upright Bike - Men’s Fitness U.K., March 2005
X6100 Folding Elliptical Trainer - Health Magazine, Jan./Feb. 2005
T9200 Platform Treadmill - January 2005
X6200HRT Folding Elliptical Trainer - Which? Magazine U.K., August 2004
E3000 Upright Bike - February 2004
T9200 Platform Treadmill - January 2004
T9200 Platform Treadmill - May 2003
R2000 Semi-Recumbent - Consumers Guide
X6200 Folding Elliptical Trainer - Jan./Feb. 2001
R2200 Semi-Recumbent - Jan./Feb. 2001
X6200 Folding Elliptical Trainer - Sept./Oct. 1998
R2200 Semi-Recumbent - Sept./Oct. 1998
E4100 Dual-Action Upright - Sept./Oct. 1998
E3200 Upright Bike - Sept./Oct. 1998
E4100 Dual-Action Upright - Nov./Dec. 1997
R2200 Semi-Recumbent - Nov./Dec. 1997
R2200 Semi-Recumbent - Sept./Oct. 1995

Vision Fitness Retailer Testimonials

“Without question, the overall value of Vision Fitness, both in its initial quality and its long term reliability and product support, is among the highest in the industry.”

– Kenny, G&G Fitness

Click here to read more Vision Fitness retailer testimonials.

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Feb 08

V-Series Cycle

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The new V series spin style bike from Vision Fitness is here!

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Jan 10

Coasting your way to great abs!

Just because you see something on TV doesn’t mean it’s not good. One of our most popular items on the floor right now is the AbCoaster. We have the commercial version in the store, but the AbCoaster really works. It brings the effective exercise from knee raises and makes the motion easy for anyone to do. The AbCoaster does this by allowing you to glide on two rails, working your abs from the bottom to the top, unlike crunches, which mainly work your top abdominal muscles. Prices range from $250-1500 depending on the model you want and how heavy duty you want it. Come in and try out our AbCoaster today!

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Jan 10

The Perfect Pushup?

 

You may have seen pushup handles on television or in stores called the Perfect Pushups. In fact, we sell them too. Is this really the best equipment to achieve your fitness goals?

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Pushups have been used since mankind discovered we had muscles to develop our chests and shoulders. Did it really take a US Navy SEAL to discover the secret behind what pushups really were supposed to be?

 

Here’s the thing: Pushups are good. They help build muscles, endurance, flexibility, burn calories, and maintain your body weight. Pushup handles are good. They help take strain off your wrists. The Perfect Pushup handles are good. If you use them correctly. You have to be careful that they don’t turn on you when you’re not ready for them to. Keep them controlled, with slow, even movements, and they are a useful addition to any gym bag. Wear yourself down, lose control, and they can spin without warning, causing more damage to your wrists or shoulders.

 

Are they a good tool? Yes. If you use them properly. Are they for everyone? Definitely not. Use your head, and good equipment, and you can go far.

 

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Dec 28

Elliptical Machine Maintenance

It is important to regularly maintain your home elliptical machine.  With regular maintenance, you can expect many years of use. Wipe down the console, frame, and handlebars daily, and inspect for damage on a regular basis. You can use the attached form to keep track of regular maintenance, as well as your serial number and date of purchase.

In addition to regular maintenance, consider an equipment mat. This will help make cleaning easier, as well as absorbing some of the shock from use, especially on hard floors.

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Dec 02

Octane Fitness xRide

A treadmill isn’t right for everyone. We can’t all take the pounding on our joints, or don’t like the noise from the motor or belt, but also don’t want to give up the full body workout that it offers. Enter the xRide, the seated elliptical from Octane. It offers a full-body cardio workout, works your muscles more efficiently than a recumbent bike, and doesn’t force you to stand up for your workout. Here’s what the manufacturer says about it:

Get ready for the ride of your life with Octane’s xR6 Series seated elliptical cross trainers. Offering innovative, motivating programs and features, the Octane xR6 gives you an ‘alternative fuel’ to help you achieve your exercise goals. You’ll love its smooth elliptical motion and the invigorating push/pull action of the moving handlebars as you pedal and push your way to an exhilarating total-body workout experience.

All xR6 models include many program options and customizable interval programs that let you make your workout your own. The xR6e and xR6ce offer heart rate-controlled programs to help you better manage your training, plus the innovative 30:30 performance program that lets you test your fitness level and see your exercise efforts pay off in just a short period of time.

Challenge yourself even more with the unique workout boosters—Muscle Endurance, Chest Press and Leg Press—focusing on troublesome areas for optimal results and the best overall workout. You will feel the difference!

Built with exercisers’ needs in mind and backed by the award-winning service of Octane Fitness, the xR6 Series seated elliptical promises a great ride—and a great workout—every time!

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Nov 22

Heart Rate Training

If you’re not watching your heart rate while doing cardio, you may just be burning a few calories and not strengthening your heart.

Polar Heart Rate Monitor

Use a heart rate monitor with a chest strap to get the most accurate information while you workout. Many machines have a receiver that will display information from your chest strap while you use them so you can track your heart rate and adjust your workout level accordingly.

You can find many formulas online to calculate your personal target heart rate (what you should be working with while exercising) online, but most of them don’t take into account your resting heart rate. You could be a 35 year old male, and your friend can as well, and you should probably be aiming for two different heart rates while you workout. For example, a friend of mine has a resting heart rate of 40 bpm, and mine is 70 bpm. We should not be aiming for the same rate while we’re running. One difference is he has been running 10 miles/day for 20 years. I have not. His heart is in much better condition than mine is, and doesn’t have to beat as often to circulate his blood. Even though we’re the same age, we need to have different goals.

Here is the formula you should use:

The formula differs for men and women, but only with the starting number; 220 for men and 226 for women. The following examples use a 35 year old with a resting heart rate of 70 beats per minute.

Men:
220 – Age = Maximum Heart Rate

Example: 220 – 35 = 185

Maximum Heart Rate – Resting Heart Rate = Maximum Heart Rate Reserve

Example: 185 – 70 = 115

Bottom of training heart rate range = Maximum Heart Rate Reserve * 50% + Resting Heart Rate

Example: 115 * .50 = 57.5 + 70 = 127.5

Top of training heart rate range = Maximum Heart Rate Reserve * 65% + Resting Heart Rate

Example: 115 * .65 = 74.75 + 70 = 144.75

Women:

226 – Age = Maximum Heart Rate

Example: 226 – 35 = 191

Maximum Heart Rate – Resting Heart Rate = Maximum Heart Rate Reserve

Example: 191 – 70 = 121

Bottom of training heart rate range = Maximum Heart Rate Reserve * 50% + Resting Heart Rate

Example: 121 * .50 = 60.5 + 70 = 130.5

Top of training heart rate range = Maximum Heart Rate Reserve * 65% + Resting Heart Rate

Example: 121 * .65 = 78.65 + 70 = 148.65

The Application:

Fat Burning – Beginner 50-65%     Intermediate 55-70%     Advanced 60-75%

Cardio Respiratory Conditioning – Beginner 50-65%     Intermediate 65-80%     Advanced 80-95%

  • To get your resting heart rate, take your pulse for a full 60 seconds when you are the most relaxed (i.e. just woke up in the morning on your own, no alarm clock, etc.)
  • When training in training heart rate range, go from bottom to top, hold for 10-20 seconds, and then go back down.
  • Use a talk test to see if the percentages used in the formula are getting you where you need to be.
    • Fat burn should be able to carry on a conversation with a little difficulty
    • Cardio Respiratory Conditioning should be able to barely carry on a conversation with difficulty. If necessary, adjust percentages accordingly.

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Nov 18

Teeter P3 Portable Back Stretcher

This year Teeter has released a portable back stretcher, a much cheaper and more portable alternative to traditional inversion. The P3 is a simple to use way to decompress your spine and relieve pressure. From their website:

Relieve Pain – Reduce Pressure – Improve Performance

 

Ideal compact stretching solution!

 

A few minutes a day with the Teeter Hang Ups P3 Back Stretcher can help target the source of your aches and facilitate better health in all of your weight-bearing joints.

 

Decompress with the P3 Back Stretcher to help relieve pain and reduce pressure.  User-controlled traction allows for the perfect stretch to:

 

  • Encourage realignment
  • Rehydrate vital nutrients within the disc
  • Reduce pressure on nerves
  • Enhance cartilage nutrition and joint lubrication
  • Apply reverse-loading  to the support structure that encases each joint – helping to increase ligament strength and improve flexibility and shock absorption

 

Designed for those who can’t live without their Teeter inversion table, and who need a portable decompression solution, the P3 Back Stretcher is a lightweight, effective way to decompress every weight-bearing joint from between the shoulder blades to the ankles.  The P3 Back Stretcher cleverly accommodates those who desire decompression but who want an alternative to traditional inversion equipment!

 

FEATURES

 

Convenient and Portable: Folds compactly for travel and storage – weighs just 5 lbs

 

Durable, High-Quality Construction: Aircraft-grade aluminum frame sets the P3 apart from other ordinary back care gadgets

 

Custom-Fit Features: Embossed height settings and simple push-button release, make finding your ideal fit a snap

 

Ergonomic Support: Contoured foot supports ensure comfort

 

100% pre-assembled

 

Bonus: Nylon travel bag and instructional DVD guide you through finding your ideal setting and help you maximize benefits

 

 

SPECS

Packaged dimensions
20″ x 11.5″ x 3.5″  (51 x 29 x 9 cm)
Packaged weight
5.5 lbs  (2.5 kgs)

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