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It turns out that vampire bats are able to run much better than other bats, more than four miler per hour it turns out. Researchers at University of Toronto Mississauga are studying the evolutionary adaptability of flying mammals to escape predators on the ground.
Don’t believe it? Here’s the actual video: Vampire Bats on a Treadmill
In May, venerable retailer Sports Authority announced that it will close all 463 of its U.S. stores in a bankruptcy liquidation. It seems that it lost the competition with Dick’s Sporting Goods, which had better in-store presentation and technology. Increasing competition from ecommerce in general also negatively affected its sales. Sports Authority was a major seller of ProForm and other brand treadmills.
The full title is The Ultimate Treadmill Workout: Run Right, Hurt Less, and Burn More with Treadmill Interval Training. There are lots of pages for you to write in your goals and actual results, as well as explanations along the way. However, the book is more than that and more than advocacy for a particular kind of workout. It goes into great detail about running technique, inclines, cushioning, and other topics specific to treadmills, but rarely written about in book form. Here’s how to order:
Treadmill World’s seventh annual report on the latest happenings in the industry is now available free at State of the Treadmill Industry
Yep, Penguins on a Treadmill. See it here. Dr Astrid Willener (of the Biodiversity Forum Switzerland at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Switzerland) concluded that waddling side to side helps the penguins for falling over.
Thought you’d seen every use for a treadmill?
We’ve shown you wolves and bats on treadmills and have been searching the world for you for more treadmill action for you. Here it is folks:
Check this out. A wolf treadmill in Austria.
The Wolf Sciences Center wanted to explore cooperation and coordination between dogs and humans, as well as the differences in how dogs and wolfs can be trained. That required a very big treadmill that could fit multiple animals an humans. Wolves run in packs, so, apparently, the Center is training them to run in a pack on their treadmill.
Want to run with the wolves without getting bitten? Try the Wolf Sciences Center in Ernstbrunn, Austria. They sponsor Howl Nights too.
Here’s a short video that may convince you not to buy a treadmill:
To keep your muscles healthy, especially your heart muscle:
Keep watching. It gets better as it goes along:
There was big news recently about the death of high tech CEO David Goldberg. Reports are that he was found next to his hotel treadmill with head trauma and died after loss of blood. Of course, it sounds like he fell off the treadmill and hit his head. However, readers of detective novels will consider the facts: seemingly healthy high-powered exec working out alone found dead with no witnesses.
There must be more to it. It sounds a bit like Harry Reid’s rubber band jumping out at him to break his ribs and knock out his eye. Did Goldberg have a heart attack? Was the treadmill still running when he was found? Did he use the safety key? Was he using a smartphone or other device while using the treadmill? Was the tech exec killed by tech? Who is investigating? Do you believe that the Mexican police will do a thorough investigation and report the results without being swayed by big money interests?
Ohio State University has developed a treadmill that adjusts its speed to how fast you are running, instead of you running to the speed you preset on the treadmill. It seems that sonar actually detects whether you are moving more to the front or back of the belt and adjust the belt speed accordingly. Researchers say the effect is that running on the treadmill feels a lot more like running outside. In the article published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers say that also found that tests of VO2Max, a measure of aerobic capacity, also were more accurate on this new kind of treadmill than the traditional kind. Commercial applications are still years away.
Well, it’s all over for the original seller of treadmills online, Smooth Fitness. The company has been dissolved and liquidated, so there is no one to honor the warranties on its products bought before late last year. You can still buy parts for those models from Treadmill Doctor. The Smooth website is now run by ICON Health & Fitness and sells new models labeled Smooth and made by ICON.
Just when you thought people had done everything possible with treadmills, a major art exhibit proves you wrong.
These are eleven moving treadmills, each with its belt painted in a different style. The brands of the treadmills are unknown, as are many other things. The artist is Brent Birnbaum.
The exhibit is at Denny Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located on the Lower East Side of New York City. No word on how long the exhibit will last, so, if you want to see these colorful, moving treadmills, don’t delay!
On November 22 and 23, 2014, Oxford Fitness will host a new kind of treadmill race in Chile. The race will feature ten runners at once on a giant treadmill. The speed will increase gradually until only one remains! Top speed is about 9 mph. It is not clear what happens if someone in front falls down and takes out everyone behind.
Have you seen the Crossfit Game on ESPN? Now that’s super fitness.
A recent Businessweek article examines the Crossfit phenomenon and the accusations that the activity is too dangerous for the casual fitness trainee. Crossfit has grown extremely fast and the reasons for its popularity are much discussed. You can read the article at http://buswk.co/1oIzOTr. But if you don’t want to look like one of the super beings in the competition, don’t want to get hurt, and don’t want to join a cult, why not just buy a treadmill?
The original Internet-only treadmill brand and company, Smooth Fitness, has shut down most of their operations pending a sale of the company. The company is no longer taking new orders and, according to customers, not providing warranty service.
The business was bought in late 2012 by the private equity firm Larsen McColl, but, according the Smooth President Rich Hebert, Larsen McColl has chosen not to invest more money in the company, despite its being profitable. Hebert says that Smooth is not filing for bankruptcy and is entertaining offers from qualified buyers.
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Check it out here folks – 2014 Treadmill Industry Report.
See Homer’s lates workout below. To see his original workout, scroll down on the home page.
They seem to be all over the place. They claim to be the #1 brand of exercise equipment for the past twenty years, both in units sold and dollars. Yet many online reviews of their treadmills are negative. Their parent company, ICON Health & Fitness, has been rated an “F” by the Better Business Bureau. What gives?
ProForm is the leading brand of ICON. ICON’s predecessor company started selling exercise equipment in the 1980s, as interest in fitness boomed, and started the ProForm brand. In 1988, ProForm was sold to Joe Weider’s company, the manufacturer of sports nutrition products and publisher of fitness magazines. In 1994, when Weider was retiring and selling his publishing empire, he sold the exercise equipment business to the private equity firm of Bain Capital, run by Mitt Romney.
So there has been some big and smart money behind the ProForm brand, as well as good timing. It appears the rest of the industry in trying to catch up, taking pot shots when it can, and imitating when it can’t. It also appears that ProForm has grown to the point where the BBB is not important. In the same way that General Motors and General Electric choose not to become members of the BBB, ProForm and ICON just don’t seem to need it. One thing is certain: ProForm’s prices and quality have improved greatly over the past few years, so the older reviews may no longer be meaningful.
If you’ve been to a commercial gym lately, you have probably noticed people rolling around on big rubber balls. Perhaps you’ve wondered exactly why they were doing this.
Balance balls are also known as stability balls, fitness balls, physio balls, and several other things. Their stated advantage over using stable platforms for movement is that they improve your balance and coordination, as well improved your posture and flexibility. The muscles involved in such activity are in large part those of the abdominals and back. Thus, balls are primarily used when conditioning these “core” muscles.
The theory is that, by forcing you to balance, the unstable surface forces you to recruit more and different muscles and more muscle cells. This in turn, is said to make you less susceptible to injury by making muscles less likely to tear.
These claims all make sense, though their proponents offer no proof for them. What is more interesting is how and when these claims are made. How many people go to a gym with the intention of improving their balance and strengthening their core? Are people losing their balance, falling down, and getting injured when not at the gym? It seems like the vast majority go to get in shape, lose weight, or get bigger muscles. How do they end up trying to improve their balance and strengthen their core?
The answer, of course, is personal trainers. They need to sell their expertise. Like when the trainer is constantly touching or holding the trainee or their weights, the less the trainee can do by themselves, the more valuable the trainer’s service becomes. Use of the balls is it sold as part of a package that implies you need a personal trainer because you can’t do it yourself. But do you really want to be dependent on a big ball for your fitness?
Surprising results of academic studies compare using an elliptical machine to walking. See them at Ellipticals Compared to Walking.
Check out the new video about the Horizon T101 Treadmill:
If you’ve seen a treadmill in a store, or even tried it, maybe you’ve tried to find it online so you could check for a better price. If so, it is likely you’ve been disappointed. Why is this?
In many cases, it is because the manufacturers know you may do this. Therefore, they have different model numbers in the stores than online! Sometimes the models in the store and online are almost identical, with only the model name and number different.
Probably the best way to avoid this roadblock is to find a brand and model you like in the store. Then go online and find the same brand of treadmill that has similar features to that in a store. If it’s selling online for about the same price as the model you liked in the store, the chances of you liking the model online are very high. If you get free shipping and can save the sales tax, that may be your best bet.
If you’ve been looking around online for videos about treadmills, you have probably run across the one with the four men jumping around on six treadmills. It’s called “Here it Goes Again.” It has gotten over twenty million views on youtube since 2006.The was actually one of the things that woke people up to the enormous influence of youtube.
Haven’t seen it? Watch it here:
It’s only three minutes long and doesn’t seem to promote anything other than the sheer joy of dancing on treadmill. So why did it catch on so wildly?
Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be because the world loves treadmills. It seems to be more about an attitude and style of music.
The band is called OK Go. Formed in 1999, the band put the song on their second album, Now 23. The video was released as a way to promote that album. According to the band, the video was shot over 12 days and required 17 takes. As if the dancing part weren’t difficult enough, they tried singing at the same time, but it was too difficult to get it right. They ended up lip-synching it.
It seems that people shared the link many times, to the point that it got the attention of the video industry. It won the Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video in 2007. The single from the album made Billboard’s Hot 100, debuting at number 38.
The band hasn’t been able to match this success however. They produced a video with a similar style, but no treadmills, call This Too Shall Pass that has been almost as successful as their treadmill dance. But, really, once you’ve seen a treadmill dance, why would you want to go back?
You’ve heard of watching TV while running on a treadmill, using your computer while running on a treadmill, and any number of other things designed to make you more productive, and less bored, while getting in shape. Consider a different tack; what about, instead of trying to get more done, simply trying to enjoy it more? What a concept!
Let’s suppose you like a drink once in a while. When you are drinking, you are probably not getting much accomplished other than enjoying yourself, right? Why would you have to accomplish anything? That would detract from the experience, right? Why should running on a treadmill be any different? Suppose further that you actually loosen up a bit after you’ve had your drink. For many people, that means doing things they would otherwise not do, such as approaching attractive strangers or jumping up and down on top of cars. Now, of course, no one is suggesting actually expressing yourself, but you can channel that loosened-up energy into your exercise program! That’s right, drink and get fit!
Alcohol in appropriate doses has actually been shown to extend lifespan, though that fact is always quickly hushed by strong warnings against overindulging. The good thing about mixing drinking and treadmills is that it is impossible to overindulge. The correct dose makes the runner feel enthusiastic and energetic. An overdose induces dizziness and vomiting. Even getting to that point, though, is unlikely. A small dose before exercise, say one drink, gives most people sufficient get up and go to get up and keep going. It is difficult to actually drink continually while running. The jarring of running just makes it too much effort to find your mouth and transfer the juice. If you are running, for, say, half an hour, by the time you are done, you will likely be “coming down” from the first drink, and feel so good otherwise, that you are unlikely to even want another one. How many other things can you do while drinking that are both fun and good exercise? It is legal, moral, and healthy.
You Got a Problem with That?
Afraid this might make you an alcoholic? Try wine tasting while running on your treadmill. Wine tasters are immune from criticism. The extra aeration of the wine in your mouth caused by your deep breathing will enhance your perception of the flavors in the wine. This can result in development of superior wine tasting skills. For example, you may develop the ability describe a wine as “bouncy,” that is, hitting the roof of your mouth. Or perhaps the wine is “salty,” as perspiration wets your lips.
There are certainly limitations to the idea of mixing treadmills with recreational drugs. Anyone who has tried marijuana knows that smoking it will actually cause something to occur in your brain to prevent you from exercising. The same could be said of many other psychoactive drugs. Certainly, amphetamines (speed) could enhance your workouts, but the physical and legal aftereffects are just too severe to even consider this option.
Alcohol is the performance-enhancing drug of choice for the home treadmill user. Lest your family or friends look askance at your newly-smiley outlook, most treadmills now come equipped with cup holders that are perfect for holding and disguising your new best friend. It will be just your little secret.
Consumer Reports just named the ProForm PRO 2000 Treadmill a “Best Buy.”
If you’ve thinking about buying a treadmill for the first time, there are several things to know that will help you. Don’t worry; it’s not complicated!
In fact, running or walking on a treadmill is actually easier than running or walking on a steady surface. Because the surface is moving you forward, you don’t have to lean forward like to have to do slightly when running outside. Because you don’t have to lean forward, you are actually performing less work. Sounds insignificant, sure, but it adds up. Using a treadmill can also be easier than running on a hard surface because the treadmill provide cushioning. Because you can set your own pace and goals on a treadmill, there is no need to keep going to reach your physical destination or to show anyone else what you are doing.
You Don’t Have to Think!
The secret to the ease and superiority of treadmill use is in their built-in programs. Virtually all treadmills can read your heart rate through sensors on the handles and display it to you on the console. This feature allows you to set and meet heart rate and fitness goals with far more accuracy than randomly running outside.
Of course, there is a danger in over-thinking treadmill workouts. It is actually quite easy just to get on and start. You can start the belt very slowly and turn up the speed as you feel comfortable. Most treadmills also come equipped with “keys” that you can attach to your wrist and console. If you ever felt like you had to stop for some reason, just moving your wrist away will bring to belt to a comfortable and safe stop.
The Fifth Annual State of the Treadmill Industry has been released. View it here for free: State of the Treadmill Industry 2013
Watch this short video to see how it’s done:
Don’t have a lot of time for using your treadmill? Try raising the incline of the belt platform. This will dramatically increase the difficulty of both walking and running, This increase in the “intensity” of the exercise will burn more calories in a given amount of time than walking or running on a flat surface.
How Fast Should I Go with the Incline Up?
You don’t have to run or even walk fast. Studies show that walking slowly on an incline tends to burn fat, instead of simply consuming short term energy. Studies also show that this slow walking on an incline elevates your heart rate at least as much running without an incline. Using a treadmill with built-in programs that adjust the incline automatically can avoid having to do the calculations yourself and can keep your workouts interesting.
These exercise bikes are purportedly in the exercise room on the Titanic in 1912. We all know that we will all die no matter how good shape we are in. This photo reminds us that it may be soon than we think! Note that the clock says 9:10. Presumably this photo was not taken on the day of the sinking, which occurred in the early morning hours.
Or is the “clock” actually a stopwatch-like exercise timer? Either way, when your time is up, neither your low cholesterol, your stylish garb, nor your grim expression will another minute add!
Of course, treadmills are a better way to cheat death. Just see the cartoon below.
1934 – Treadmill belts of wood slats get replaced by fabric. Heels not yet replaced by sneakers. Incline and other angles look good.
NASA has confirmed that it will dispose of the treadmill that has been used in space for over ten years. The treadmill is scheduled to disintegrate in July 2013, as it re-enters the earth’s atmosphere inside a Russian cargo freighter filled with other technology that has “runs its course.” The treadmill was mounted on a gyroscope to reduce vibration transmitted to the space station. Astronauts were held down on the tread belt by bungee cords. The old treadmill is being replaced by a newer Russian model