Monthly Archives: February 2015

  • The Conquer Vertical Climber

    For a complete body, low impact, high intensity workout all in one machine, check out the Conquer Vertical Climber! From the same folks that offer a great line of inexpensive cycling trainers, Conquer has once again come up with an excellent exercise option with its new fitness climbing machine.

    Conquer Vertical Climber Conquer Vertical Climber

    A perfect addition to any home gym, this climber provides an awesome whole body workout and is offered on at an amazing price.

    Conquer Vertical Climber Conquer Vertical Climber, folded for storage

    Your own body weight provides all the resistance you need on this ingenious climbing machine. Use the adjustable height handles and exercise your upper and lower body, or rest your arms on the stationary handles and work your legs. The ergonomic grips are comfortable, non-slip and easy to clean.

    The climber is simple to assemble with the included tool and hardware. The base is wide and stable, with four non skid rubber feet. If space in your exercise area is an issue, the climber has a slim profile when opened, yet it easily folds for out of the way storage when not in use.

    Build strong core muscles and get a great cardio work out at the same time! The Conquer Vertical Climber will help you burn calories, tone muscles and have fun while keeping fit.

  • 4 Quick Tips for Winter Cycling

    No matter what the groundhog said (and why do we listen to a rodent’s weather predictions anyway?), much of the country will still be in winter’s grip for at least a few more weeks. For some of us, staying inside to ride or taking a spin class are good enough options.

    But if cabin fever has you antsy to get out there for a bike ride, here are four quick tips to help you succeed.

    Layer, layer, layer! It is important to dress for success in cold, wet or otherwise unpredictable conditions. Start with a thin, moisture-wicking base layer then add an insulating one. Top it off with a water resistant wind breaker. You can always take off a layer if you get too warm, but you don’t want to be 15 miles in and realize you’re unprepared for the day’s ride.

    Safety first! While the days are indeed getting longer, you still need to outfit your bike with proper lights so you are visible to other road traffic. Check weather conditions before you ride. File your “flight plan” so someone knows where you are headed. Cycle defensively and always wear your helmet.

    Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You may not feel as thirsty when the thermometer’s mercury is low. But it is just as crucial to maintain proper hydration during a ride in winter as it is in hot summer months. Take along a hydration backpack and drink lots of water.

    Take care of your bike! The thought of getting the hose and washing off your bike may not be appealing on a freezing February afternoon. Residual sand and salt from icy road treatments will eventually take a toll on your trusty steed, and it’s better to take care of cleaning it off right away. Look at it like this; you wouldn't wait three days to take your own shower after a training session, would you? Respect the machine, and it’ll take care of you.

    Think of the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel when you rise to the special challenges of cycling outdoors in the winter. Avoid the boredom of staring at your garage wall while sitting on a cycling trainer, outfit yourself and your bike correctly, and get out there for a ride.

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