Matrix Rowing Machine – Review

by on March 15th, 2017

The Conclusion

The Matrix Rowing Machine performs at the highest level in the fitness equipment industry. Unlike the WaterRower and other machines that use water for resistance, this machine utilizes a brushed aluminum flywheel with 10 magnetic resistance settings. The resistance settings has a expansive range, from very easy to heavy resistance, to allow users to challenge themselves in different ways throughout their fitness journey.

The machine is very smooth and quiet, which is important for me as I will be using it within my home. The footprint is very small as you easily can tilt the machine up for movement and storage purposes.

The seat is a great size and is very comfortable, making users more likely to complete longer workouts. The handle is smooth and comfortable to grip. It’s very easy for me to get my feet in and secure in the claps. The only issue was removing my feet, at times the back heel cup would catch my shoe and get caught.

The console is intuitive and features different training programs to get the most out of your workout. It displays the basic aspects of your workout including time, distance, strokes per minute, heart rate, calories, and more. I was able to focus on my workout and see my progress at a glance.

I enjoy using this machine and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great rower that will stand the test of time, and continue to present a challenge with each workout!

Matrix Fitness Rowing Machine

Matrix Fitness Rowing Machine Rated & Reviewed

Thanksgiving Fitness Challenge – #NetflixandCardio

by on November 24th, 2016

Thanksgiving Fitness Challenge

Thanksgiving Challenge

How to Win:
1. Exercise.
2. Post Picture (to any of the following: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
3. Tag Leisure Fitness in a picture during or after your workout.
4. Use hashtag #netflixandcardio

Champions:
We will pick our 3 favorite pictures and send you the prize!

PRIZE:
Leisure Fitness Gear (Training Shirt, Hat)

#netflixandcardio #leisurefitness

GoFit Combat Rope

by on September 19th, 2016

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GoFit Combat Rope takes your workout to an ultimate level of strength and endurance training. This durable polyester/polypropylene rope uses natural functional movements to ensure great core conditioning and provide a super cardio conditioning workout without the stress of joint impact. This challenging workout will increase your aerobic and anaerobic capacity and functional core strength. Grip color may vary (red or black)

Specs: 40’ length x 1.5” Diameter, Includes: 1 Combat Rope, 1 Training Manual


Precor EFX 883 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer

by on April 26th, 2016

Precor EFX 883 Elliptical Fitness CrossTrainer

The Precor EFX 883 Elliptical’s fixed handlebars focus your workout on the large muscles in your legs and glutes.

KEY FEATURES

  • Console: P80 15″ Touchscreen/TV/iPad Console
  • Upper Body Handlebars: Fixed
  • Workout Programs: 22
  • Resistance Levels: 20
  • CrossRamp®: Automatic 13-40°
  • Step Up Height: 8″ Stride
  • Polar® Wireless SmartRate® & Contact Sensors
  • Dimensions: 80″ L x 32″ W x 72.5″ H


COMMERCIAL WARRANTY

  • Frame: 7 Years
  • Parts & Electronics: 2 Years
  • Battery, Wear Items, & Labor 1 Year
  • High Wear Console Items 90 Days


HOME WARRANTY

  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Parts & Electronics: 10 Years
  • Battery, Wear Items, & Labor 1 Year
  • High Wear Console Items 90 Days


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🔥 Burn Calories without Impact

by on October 20th, 2015

Precor EFX Elliptical - Burn Calories without Impact

The Precor EFX 222 Elliptical (as seen in the image above) is an excellent choice for anyone looking to achieve a great cardiovascular workout, burn calories, enjoy the ability to work your upper and lower body, target different muscle groups in your legs, and complete all of these objectives without impact.

Six Reasons Why Dean Karnazes is a fan of the elliptical:
1. Less Joint Impact with just as much Fitness.
2. Ability to Fix Weak Quadriceps.
3. Targeting of Nortoriously Weak Muscles in Runners & Cyclists.
4. Ability to Maximize Training Effect by Increasing Stride Length.
5. Upper Body & Core Muscle Utilization.
6. Elliptical Trainers Take Up LESS Space.

Full Selection of Precor EFX Ellipticals at LeisureFitness.com & in a local Leisure Fitness Store near you.

Benefits of Walking | Treadmill Desks to Try Before You Buy at Leisure Fitness

by on May 12th, 2015

LifeSpan Treadmill Desks Available at Leisure Fitness
The Benefits of WalkingWalking Toward a Healthier You

There are countless physical activities out there, but walking has the lowest dropout rate of them all!

It’s the simplest positive change you can make to effectively improve your heart health.

Research has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you:

  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Improve blood lipid profile
  • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes

There really are so many benefits for such a simple activity!

Learn More About Treadmill Desks & Try one at a Leisure Fitness Store before you buy!

Topic of the Month August 2014: Exercise and Gene Expression

by on August 7th, 2014

Doctor Paul KennedyThis is not a science fiction article or wild speculation about the positive effects of exercise on “gene expression” in the human body. Many people blame their genetics concerning their weight and, more importantly, their ability to lose weight or become more fit. But an article published online in the February 22, 2014 journal “Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics” discusses a direct link between regular exercise and positive metabolic changes at the molecular level. The study stands as another example of the fact that human beings are designed to move and exercise and, as a result, they can maintain and/or improve their cardiovascular health with respect to improvements in certain genetic markers. Although all of the participants lost weight as a result of the year-long study, weight loss was not the only focus in terms of dramatic changes at the molecular level.

All participants in the cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention study had two or more risk factors for CVD. These factors included high blood pressure, high total cholesterol levels, diabetes or a family history of heart disease. The group was matched and compared to a control group of the same average age (60 yrs.). The experimental group was entered into a one year long lifestyle change program that included a very low fat vegetarian diet, 180 minutes of moderate exercise per week (about 30 minutes per day), a stress management protocol (counseling) and weekly group support sessions. The results were spectacular. Hypertension was reduced from 41% to 17%, obesity dropped from 60% to 37% and dyslipidemia (unhealthy levels of fat or cholesterol in the blood) fell from54% to 37%. There was also a 7% drop in blood pressure and a 38% improvement in fitness levels due, in large part, to the daily exercise program.

But here’s the real game changer, a genetic profile for each participant was taken at the beginning of the study and at the end of the study. After analyzing about 22,000 genes, 143 genes showed a significant change in the way they expressed themselves especially with respect to cardiovascular risk makers for the exercise group. Much of the “change” seemed to be involved in the body’s immune response as well as other known changes involving improved vascular flexibility which reduces blood pressure and inflammation. What this means is that the body can, over time, produce meaning sustainable changes to the cardiovascular system as a response to genetic changes. Indeed, the changes in genetic markers appeared to increase more rapidly from the third month to the twelfth month of the study. This indicates that exercise needs to be sustainable over a reasonable time frame in order to obtain optimal results and that time frame is a several months and not just a few days or weeks. This is also why exercise programs need to be established at reasonable and moderate levels at the start and gradually increase in intensity over time to a point that is sustainable and, therefore, more likely to produce regular adherence. The idea is to exercise the body—not torture it!

Ultimately, the study showed that the expression of genetic changes fostered by regular exercise and dietary common sense appear to work at the genetic level to prevent to heart and circulatory issues such as atherosclerosis (fat adhering to the lining of the arteries), medial arteriosclerosis (hardening of the major arteries), arteriolar sclerosis (hardening of the smaller, peripheral arteries), and endothelial responses necessary to improve or maintain arterial flexibility.

Therefore, the more we exercise and eat right, the greater are the chances that our bodies become “wired” to maintain and support a healthy heart and circulatory system. After all, to do so is in our genes!

I’m Dr. Paul Kennedy and that’s the “Be Fit, Stay Fit” Topic of the Week. Good luck with YOUR fitness and wellness program. I KNOW you can do it!

Arterial Stiffness

by on February 2nd, 2011

Doctor Paul Kennedy

In my seminar series, I present information concerning the justification for including regular exercise as a means of staying healthy and even feeling younger. I offer examples of many positive effects of exercise that might not be considered by the average person that just wants to be more healthy and fit. One of the improvements that result from regular exercise is arterial flexibility which is, of course, the polar opposite of arterial stiffness. Arterial stiffness occurs as we age but this same stiffness is ameliorated(improved) to a large degree in those who involve themselves in some form of exercise.  The “stiffening” of arteries (especially the larger ones that are involved in blood flow directly to the heart and lungs) are a critical

and predictive factor in eventual heart disease, stroke and a marked reduction in the ability to lead an active lifestyle.

As I mention in my seminar series, we have a tendency to think of our arteries as simply tubes that carry oxygenated blood to the body but, in reality, they act more like smooth muscle tissue with an added bonus of secreting substances (such as nitric oxide) that keep our arteries more flexible and, therefore, more efficient and capable of delivering much needed oxygen to the cells.  Regular exercise can assist a great deal in keeping arteries more flexible which, in turn, improves circulation and the delivery of oxygen which, in turn, provides higher levels of energy. If there is one statement that I have received from individuals young and old who have started or re-started an exercise program it’s  “Gee Dr. Paul, I just feel like I have so much more energy!” Of course, as I have written before, “Oxygen equals Energy” and the more oxygen that we can circulate or send to our cells, the more energy that we seem to have. Even small improvements in oxygen delivery as a result of exercise can have a multiplicative effect on energy levels and improved body functions.

For those who have been inactive for a period of time—weeks, months or even years—do not despair. Studies have shown that even a regular exercise plan that is no more rigorous than brisk walking four to six times per week for about 30 to 40 minutes per day can show improvements in arterial stiffness within about three months. Of course, establishing and CONTINUING a program of regular exercise can and will make these improvements even better and will sustain them over time. Most individuals can participate in such a program but, as always, see your doctor before beginning any fitness program if you have been sedentary for an extended period of time. Additionally, start slowly and gradually increase the intensity of your level of exercise over time especially if you are over the age of 35, are overweight and/or obese or have a familial or personal history of cardiovascular disease.

In any case, the effects of even moderate forms of exercise such as walking are wide-reaching. Moreover, if an exercise program (of whatever type) is maintained over time, the benefits seem to multiply. For example, muscles become stronger (especially the muscle that we call the heart). The skeletal system is also challenged by regular exercise (such as walking and strength training) which prevents or reduces the loss of bone cells and related bone “integrity” or structure. Additional blood flow generated by exercise assists in the maintenance and improved performance of many other internal organs (such as the liver and kidneys) whose hormonal balance is critical to our general health. All of these factors, however, are related to arterial stiffness in that healthier and more flexible arteries are the delivery mechanism for the critical oxygen that allows our entire body to perform at peak levels and, therefore, reduce the incidence of a plethora of chronic diseases. The old saw is “If you don’t use it, you lose it!” and that goes for your arteries as well.  Improved arterial flexibility will improve (reduce) your resting AND exercise heart rate and will likely produce that little bit of additional energy that may have been missing in your life. Flexibility isn’t just for your joints!

I’m Dr. Paul Kennedy and that’s the “Be Fit, Stay Fit” Topic of the Month for February, 2011. Good luck with YOUR program. I KNOW you can do it!

Video: Upper Back and Shoulder Training with Dr. Paul Kennedy

by on January 27th, 2011

Doctor Paul KennedyPart 2 of strength training of the Upper Back Muscle using the “Quick Set System” – exercises include the chin-up/pull-up,and the assisted chin-up/pull-up.

Introduction to strength training of the Shoulder Muscle using the “Quick Set System” – exercises include the lateral raise (via the selectorize lateral raise machine, dumbbells, and rubber tubing), seated press (using a

selectorize seated press machine, dumbbells, and rubber tubing), the Barbell Loaded Leverage Seated Press, the upright row (using barbells and rubber tubing).

Upper Back and Shoulder training with Dr. Paul Kennedy

Video: “Quick Set” Strength Training: Chest (Part 2) Upper Back

by on January 17th, 2011

Doctor Paul Kennedy

Quick Set: Strength Training
Part 2 of strength training of the Chest Muscle using the “Quick Set System” – exercises include the chest press via barbell-loaded leverage machine, chest press via push-ups, and chest press via rubber straps.

Introduction to strength training of the Upper Back Muscle using the “Quick Set System” – exercises include the seated row on a selectorize machine, the pullover, lat pull-downs via a barbell-loaded leverage machine, lat pull-downs via a single station lat pull-down selectorize machine, single-arm bent rows via dumbbells and rubber straps.

Video: Quick Set and Strength Training: Chest (Part 1)

by on January 13th, 2011

Doctor Paul KennedyChest Training (VIDEO) – Introduction to strength training of the Chest

Muscle using the “Quick Set System” – exercises include the bent-arm fly via selectorize machine, bent-arm fly using dumbbells, incline bent-arm fly using dumbbells, and straight bench/chest-press.

Cold Air Exercise

by on January 3rd, 2011

Doctor Paul KennedyEven though the weather outside can sometimes be challenging, winter can still be a great time to exercise outdoors. Of course, common sense is the key to prevention of injuries and conditions that can occur when exercising in cold weather—especially if the temperature is near or below freezing.  The first area of concern, of course, is the condition of the surface upon which the exercise will take place. Unless you’re participating in winter only activities such as skiing, skating and/or snowshoeing, it’s possible and even desirable to walk, run or exercise on surfaces that are as clear of debris as possible (such as snow and ice) and as free of other challenges such as potholes and other uneven surfaces that are more common in winter than in any other season. But the real issue is temperature control or, in other words, not letting the body’s core temperature get too low.

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Cold and Flu Season? Guess What?

by on December 1st, 2010

Doctor Paul Kennedy
Cold and flu season is approaching (in some areas it has already arrived) and the airwaves are full of ads for medication that will help to reduce your symptoms and other ads for flu shots are seemingly everywhere. Of course, taking steps to prevent colds and the flu are always a good idea but you should also know that there is a preventative “device” or “medicine” that is essentially FREE and can lead to a myriad of other health benefits as well. You regular readers of this column know where I’m going with this, right? You’ve known for years that exercise is medicine and, it turns out, in the case of colds and flu it not only preventative but palliative as well. In other words, with regular exercise it is possible to significantly reduce one’s risk of colds and flu (and not just during the cold and flu season) AND reduce the severity and/or length of the illness. So what is the connection between exercise and cold and flu prevention? It’s not as complicated as you think.

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Don’t Just Sit There And Die!

by on September 2nd, 2010

Doctor Paul Kennedy

We all know that a sedentary life-style is an invitation to the increased probability of many chronic diseases. It is also no secret that the ”television age” and, subsequently, the ”computer age” was an introduction to the ”DE-exercising”—if there is such a term– of America. But a recent review of data collected in Australia published in the professional journal ”Circulation” earlier this year was able to more accurately pinpoint the actual impact of non-active pursuits—such as extended hours of television watching and extended sitting times while at work—and the impact that it has on death rates! That’s right, death rates! Not just the incidence of chronic disease but death rates! The study was basically a verification of the results of a Canadian study completed in 2009 (”Circulation”, Jan. 2010;121:384-391) as well as similar research into the issue of the relationship between television viewing and prolonged sitting to increased rates of mortality—or death rates! Sorry about all of the exclamation points but we are literally ”sitting” ourselves to death!!

It is important to note that the Australian study referenced above included only television viewing time and not additional time spent in front of a computer surfing the web and/or playing video games in front of a television or computer screen. It should also be noted that the study did NOT find a significant correlation between television viewing time and cancer (although the results seemed to approach significant levels). As you might have guessed, the main disease consequence of prolonged television viewing centered on an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease. There were 8800 adults (over the age of 25) in the study and the time line of the study was, on average, about six and one-half years. In other words, the disease incidence for all of the participants was measured and/or collected for a six and one-half year time frame as was the level of television viewing. Results were also adjusted or ”controlled” for each participant during the length of the study as to their level or amount of voluntary activity/exercise, age, gender and waist circumference. The level of television viewing was studied for three different time frames: those that viewed television for less than two hours daily, those that viewed for two to four

hours daily and those that viewed for more than four hours daily.

The results after over six years showed that there was a ”dose response” related to the amount of television viewing. Not surprisingly, therefore, those participants that viewed the most television each day had a higher mortality (death) rate than those who watched the least. Also not surprisingly was that the main cause of death during that time period was related to increased incidence of cardiovascular disease as compared to other disease conditions such as cancer. It was also suggested in a related study (”Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise”, May 2010,42(5):879-885) and based on the results of the study, that a good disease ”prevention strategy” would be to reduce the length of sitting time as well as simply reducing television viewing time. In other words, get up and DO something—anything really—that will require the body to move rather than spending hours of uninterrupted time just sitting. Even a small amount of additional exercise, such as taking a break for a brisk walk or taking a few moments to get up from a seated position and move around in some way, WILL have an impact, however large or small, on the incidence of chronic disease and especially cardiovascular disease (diseases of the heart, lungs and circulatory system) brought on by what can only be called an ”ultra-sedentary” lifestyle. It should also be noted that even those in the study who did additional ”planned” exercise (in other words, they still worked out on a fairly regular basis) were not necessarily immune to the negative effects of ”extended” sitting times. It appears that part of the ”problem”, no matter how much regularly scheduled exercise we do, may be the amount of UNINTERRUPTED sitting time that we do.

Although extended television viewing time was shown to be directly related to health issues, the take home message is to get moving. If we add the negative effects of sedentary jobs, lack of “voluntary” activities (like a personal fitness program) as well as sitting in front of a television for hours on end, it should not be a shock to learn that we are slowly killing ourselves by doing, well… nothing! As I have preached for years and included in my book “Be Fit, Stay Fit—Why Your Workout Doesn’t Work… And How To Fix It”, regular exercise IS medicine! It is both preventative AND curative. If you have been inactive for any period of time, see your doctor and then get up and DO something. In other words, don’t just SIT there and die!

I’m Dr. Paul Kennedy and that’s the “Be Fit, Stay Fit” Topic of the Month” for September 2010.Good luck with YOUR program. I KNOW you can do it!

Women, Weight control and Disease

by on January 1st, 2009

It’s not easy starting out the New Year with an article concerning a disease such as cancer. Indeed, the real purpose of this article is not necessarily to show the link between keeping one’s weight under control and the prevention of this challenging (and possibly deadly) disease but the fact that so few women understand or refuse to accept the link between the two. Of course, this disease causality factor (being overweight and/or obese) for men is similar but a study completed over a year ago and appearing in the medical journal “Obstetrics and Gynecology” in the fall of 2008 showed that the message concerning weight management and disease is not getting through – at least not to the degree that it should. Here are some of the facts.

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It's Not Just Sets And Reps

by on October 1st, 2007

Probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of a ”weight workout” is the actual measurement of workload. And sets and reps are, many times, misleading in this regard. I have observed and literally thousands of strength training participants that claim they have just spent and hour or two working out when, in reality, they have probably spent less than three to five minutes. Much of the ”workout” in the typical fitness center is spent using lighter resistance that does little to challenge the muscle (when a ”set” actually does occur) and the rest is spent talking, listening to music, staring off into space or, more likely, into the mirror, wrapping their knees, meditating, checking out the opposite sex, getting a drink and, well…you get the idea.

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Guidelines for Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Women

by on May 14th, 2007

Just this year, the American Heart Association updated its guidelines for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in women. But the guidelines were really a look at long-term as well as short-term prevention. The leading cause of death in women is heart disease and stroke with heart disease accounting for 28% of all deaths and stroke (a related cardiovascular disease) accounting for about 8%. This means that, in combination, these two diseases account for well over one third of all non-accidental deaths ( FYI–cancer is the number two killer). But many women are confused about what methods will help to prevent heart disease. Let’s take a look at a synopsis of the new guidelines.

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Train The Brain — Part Two

by on February 19th, 2007

Previously, I have written about the relationship between exercise and what has become known as ”cognitive function” (see TOTW, ”Train The Brain” and ”The Brain’#39;s Revenge”). In those articles, I attempted to give the possible clues as to what actually might cause the positive connection between exercise, weight gain and brain function as we age—especially as we reach our ”golden years” and beyond. More recent evidence is beginning to show that this correlation between exercise and brain function is, perhaps, even stronger than we once thought. In other words, if one becomes more fit and attempts to stay that way throughout life, they really do ”think better” and seem to be able to focus and learn at a higher rate as they age.

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Giving The Gift Of Health And Fitness

by on December 18th, 2006

The greatest gift that we can give to ourselves, and to our families, is the gift of fitness. In other words, using exercise and better nutrition as a way of keeping ourselves healthy. But there are ways of nudging your friends and families along the road to better health during the holiday season (or birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions, for that matter) by giving gifts that are health and fitness related. Some are simple and inexpensive, some are a little extravagant but ALL will show your friends and loved ones that you care. Here are some examples of some of the gifts that I have given in the past and I think that there might be one (or more) that would work for you this Christmas and holiday season.

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C-Reactive Protein — Part Two

by on August 28th, 2006

I wrote over two years ago about C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and its use as a marker for cardiovascular disease. I also briefly mentioned the contribution that lifestyle can play in reducing the level of CRP naturally. Indeed, CRP blood levels continue to be accepted as an even better and more accurate indication of potential heart disease than cholesterol. The increased presence of CRP is, as you recall from my previous TOTW on the subject, a response to higher levels of inflammation in the body from a variety of causes. Fortunately, many of these ”causes” are preventable or controllable and this can result in lowered blood CRP. Let’s take a closer look as to how this can occur.

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