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July 25th, 2007

A multi-gym is a stand alone piece of equipment that allows you to perform various resistance exercises. It’s one of the most popular machines that you’ll find at the gym.

You can purchase a multi-gym for home use, although you will need a spare room or a garage to house it.


Most multi-gyms will allow you to exercise your chest, back, legs, arms and shoulders. Some ranges of multi-gyms, have “add-ons” available which can be purchased with the basic machine, or added later. Read more »

Polar unveil next generation running computer

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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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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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 »

Timex Debuts New Fitness Series of Heart Rate Monitors

July 11th, 2007

Timex®, launches a comprehensive line of Fitness Series Heart Rate Monitors (HRM) for 2007, which is available in stores now.

The Timex Fitness Series is made for the everyday fitness enthusiast. Designed for exercise devotees of every level, from novice to expert, the Fitness Series features large displays, easy-to-use instructions and only the most essential functions. The line is comprised of three models, Easy Trainer™, Personal Pacer™, and Zone Trainer™.

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Tour de France cyclists heart rates live online from Polar

July 7th, 2007

Want to know exactly how hard your favourite Tour de France riders are trying at any particular point in the race? Polar Electro UK is offering a unique chance to monitor riders’ efforts, not only during the Tour’s stay in the UK but once the race has crossed back over the English Channel.

Of the 21 teams in this year’s race, 11 are supported by Polar. The heart rate monitor manufacturer has developed an interactive new micro site,, designed to give fans exclusive insights into the physical demands that the Tour places on riders.

Visitors to the site will be able to see at first hand the effects that 3,395km of racing are having on some of sport’s most resilient competitors. Click here for full article

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