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September 27th, 2007

Kettler has added 4 new machines to their selection of cross trainers that include the MONDEO ST CROSS TRAINER, the CTR 3 CROSS TRAINER, the VITO EXT CROSS TRAINER and the NORDIC TRAINER.

Earlier this month we featured the all new Nordic Trainer, but today we have a look at the Mondeo ST Cross Trainer.

kettler-mondeo-st.jpgThe MONDEO ST is a good all-round cross trainer that works all major muscle groups. It is fitted with high quality double ball bearings and the rear disk joints have quality pendulum ball bearings which ensure a smooth action. It has a 15 stage resistance setup which is generated by a motorised magnetic-brake system.

The display console is a high resolution LCD with twin display. The graphic display shows load profile while the digital display provides details of load stage, stride rate, speed, distance covered per session, total distance covered, energy consumption, pulse rate, exercising pulse rate with percentage display of set upper limit, recovery pulse rate with general fitness mark between 1 and 6.

You can get your average values at end of training session for pulse rate, speed, and stride rate. There are many different pre-exercise settings which can easily be entered on the sweat-proof foil keypad.

The computer can automatically set an exercising pulse range depending on training target and performance level (fit/fat/manual). It will display your heart rate as a percentage display of current pulse rate with reference to your maximum pulse rate. Pulse measurement is by hand sensors or ear clip. Cardio pulse set is available as optional accessory

There are 8 different training programs to choose from including pulse-rate controlled training.

RRP £550

The outdoor sport in your living-room

September 6th, 2007

Kettler have just launched their new range of cardio machines that includes the Nordic Trainer.

kettler-nordic-trainer.jpgIf you’re into cross-country skiing and want to get fit for the winter, then why not consider the Nordic Trainer.

It combines tried and tested cross-country training technique known as “extended motion” with a rope-pull system, thereby effectively exercising all the body’s muscle groups.

It’s not just a great workout for skiing but it also gives you a great cardio workout and also works your upper and lower body at the same time.

With cushioned steps and freely swinging arms you can train just as effectively as when running. The main advantage of the Nordic Trainer is that you will be using considerably more muscles and avoid unnecessary strain on the joints.

The long flat elliptical movement avoids the jarring impact of running when your foot hits the ground. The rope-pull system also helps to tone the muscles of your arms and torso.

Not surprisingly, the calorie consumption and oxygen absorption are up to 50% higher than during normal walking. Regular exercise with the Nordic Trainer will surely help you to drop those excess pounds and get a great workout.

Elliptical trainer buyers guide

August 5th, 2007

Buying an elliptical trainer can be a daunting experience. With so many different brands 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’ll meet your needs.

Why do I want an elliptical trainer?
You may have already decide that you want to get fit and that you want an elliptical trainer, but, just pause for a second and write down your reasons.

Remember, the machine will occupy a reasonable amount of space and will remain in the garage, bedroom or lounge for a long time each day without it being used. Therefore, you want to make sure that you will use it, that it will fit in comfortably with your surroundings and you like the look of it. Getting the right machine could save you a gym membership.

How will I use the machine?
Depending on how you’re going to use the trainer will depend on the type you should buy. If you’re going to use the machine at a low intensity a few times a week then you could buy a cheaper machine with a less powerful motor. However, if you’re looking to do some rigorous workouts then you’ll need to spend at the higher end of the market.

How much do I want to spend?
The amount of money you have available to spend and how you’re going to use the machine will influence the type of elliptical 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. Read more »

What is an elliptical trainer?

July 27th, 2007

The Elliptical Trainer is basically an indoor cross country ski machine that can help you improve your cardiovascular fitness. It’s also great for shaping and toning the muscles in your legs, arms and chest. Not surprisingly it’s one of the most popular pieces of fitness equipment used in the gym or at home.


The Elliptical Trainer can help you to get the maximum benefit from your cardiovascular session within the time you have available. It’s a low impact machine which means that there is less stress placed on your joints when exercising. Read more »

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