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July 24th, 2007

Polar Electro have unveiled their most innovative and advanced heart rate monitor to date. Combining the latest running measurement technology with their pioneering heart rate monitoring expertise, the elite-level RS800sd is the flagship of Polar’s latest generation of running computers.

Polar consulted thousands of athletes and coaches from around the world during its development, ensuring that the wrist unit is both stylish and functional, and provides the perfect combination of features to set a new standard for endurance athletes and runners.

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Link between maternal employment and childhood obesity

July 23rd, 2007

A study carried out by researchers at the University College London Institute of Child Health (ICH) demonstrates a possible link between the length of maternal working hours and a rise in childhood obesity.

Researchers at the ICH Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology have studied 13,113 children and their families in the Millennium Cohort Study, born in the United Kingdom between 2000 and 2002, and followed since birth.

The children were 14 per cent more likely to be overweight or obese at age three if their mothers had been employed since their birth. In high-earning families (annual income £33,000 or more), children were 10 per cent more likely to be overweight or obese for each extra 10 hours a week their mother worked. Their partner’s employment was not related to early childhood obesity.

This suggests that long hours of maternal employment rather than lack of money may reduce children’s access to healthy foods and physical activity. More needs to be learned about the factors linking maternal employment and childhood obesity. For example, little is known about diet or physical activity in children with and without working mothers.

Professor Tim Cole at ICH, an author on the paper, said: “We need to identify risk factors for obesity in young children to help inform policy. Maternal employment is just one of many risk factors for obesity in children, but these results demonstrate that working parents need additional support, such as more opportunities to work flexible hours.”

Source: UCL Institute of Child Health


What is a rowing machine?

July 23rd, 2007

The Rowing Machine is an indoor piece of equipment that simulates the rowing action of a watercraft.


The rower is very popular in gyms and can be purchased for home use. You can use the rowing machine to get a great cardiovascular workout. Read more »

Revolutionary new cycle computer from Polar

July 23rd, 2007

Polar have unveiled its pioneering new cycling system, the Polar CS600. It’s been developed to meet the demands of serious performance-based riders. This new system allows cyclists and their coaches to plan their training, measure and record their performance and comprehensively analyse the results to help push themselves to their limits and beyond.


It took 4 years in development and the CS600 delivers accurate information on the body’s performance, cycling technique and environmental data. It surely provides the most complete overview of cycling performance - combining time, speed, and distance, altitude, inclination and cadence measurements.

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HI-TEC Powers Padraig to Major win

July 22nd, 2007

Irish professional golfer and HI-TEC sponsored player Padraig Harrington certainly proved that power does come from your feet by becoming the first European to win the British Open in 8 years.


Harrington, powered by his HI-TEC CDT Super Power shoes, beat Sergio Garcia by one stroke in a four-hole play-off. The 35 year old Dubliner, who won the Irish Championship via a play-off last week, clinched the 136th Open Championship at Carnoustie after one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the Open.

Harrington has been working alongside leading footwear brand HI-TEC for 11 years and was instrumental in the design and development of the groundbreaking CDT Power concept, proven to be the world’s first game improvement golf shoe technology.

What is a heart rate monitor?

July 22nd, 2007

Heart rate monitors (HRM’s) are devices that can measure and display your heart rate in real time.


HRM’s comprise a watch like receiver and a chest strap. The chest strap is worn next to your skin and has two electrodes which send a signal to the watch. The watch records the information and displays your current heart rate. There are also strapless HRM’s which provide heart rate information on demand when you press the sensors on the unit. Read more »

Rowing machine buyers guide

July 21st, 2007

Buying a rowing machine can be a daunting experience. With so many different brands and rowers to choose from it’s difficult to know which is the right one for you. However, if you follow a few guidelines then you should be able to narrow your choice and select a machine that will meet your needs.

How much do I want to spend?
The amount of money you have available to spend and how you’re going to it will influence the type of rower you should buy. As a rule of thumb, the more you have to spend the better the build quality, the more functions you get and aftercare service.

How much space have I got?
Rowing machines occupy a reasonable amount of space. Therefore measure the amount of space you have available and compare this with the dimensions of the rower you’re thinking of buying.

If space is an issue then consider a folding machine. These have improved dramatically in recent years. The more reputable brands are of solid construction, and have excellent functionality. Read more »

Jonny chooses Johnson

July 21st, 2007

jonny.jpgSporting greats never compromise when it comes to fitness. That’s why rugby genius Jonny Wilkinson selected fitness equipment from the Johnson group to be installed in his specialised home gyms. Read more »

How hard am I working out?

July 18th, 2007

The Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) is a scale of how hard you feel you are working when you exercise. The scale relates to the responses experienced during exercise and is based on the correlation between perceived exertion, heart rate and oxygen consumption.

Physical symptom


Heart rate training zone

At rest


Non exercise heart rates

Low level activity


Non exercise heart rates

Light exertion


Non exercise heart rates

Slightly more involved activity, breathing is normal.


Non exercise heart rates

Breathing through the nose, conversation is possible in paragraph statements.


50% of maximum heart rate

Change from breathing through the nose to through the mouth.


60% of maximum heart rate

Breathing becomes more difficult, slightly out of breath, conversation is possible in sentences.


70% of maximum heart rate

Breathing is heavy; conversation is possible in short sentences.


80% of maximum heart rate

Sweating, conversation possible in one word answers.


90% of maximum heart rate

Maximum effort, hard to maintain for long, unable to hold a conversation.


Maximum heart rate

Bench pec-flye

July 16th, 2007

This is an excellent exercise for working the muscles of your chest.

Bench pec flye


  • Rest your back on a bench with your feet flat on the floor.
  • Hold a dumbbell weight in each hand with your palms facing the wall opposite.
  • Raise the weights above your chest such that your arms are slightly bent.
  • Slowly extend your arms away from the vertical position until your hands are at shoulder level.
  • Use your chest muscles to raise the weights until your arms are back at the start position.
  • Repeat the exercise for the required number of repetitions in your programme.

Muscles worked

  • pectorals
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