Best Yoga Mats of 2014

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Another portion of reviews we prepared for you is about best yoga mats available in the market. Yoga is Indian philosophy that teaches people both mental and physical exercises. It counts more than 5000 years and even though it is very related to religion, it is also wide known term for amateur sportsmen. We believe that yoga is a great way to reach harmony and is great attachment to daily workout routine or, for those who have some critical injuries, even the main choice. We would like to go through five best yoga mats that we tried ourselves and can recommend with confidence.

5. Yes4All Premium Yoga Mat

Yes for All – great name for a start of our yoga mat reviews. This light weight, very portable and useful mat fits not only for Yoga but also Pilates and various stretching exercises. Some of our friends say that they even used it as a cushion under their sleeping bag while camping. Really interesting choice but for a price like this you can buy even two mats for every occasion.

Black NPR Yoga Mat 68x24x1/2″ – ²YI81Z (Misc.)


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 4. Gaiam Print Yoga Mat

We know that people who are doing Yoga are special – and they are especially creative. That’s why we decided to add some colors and fantasy to this list with Gaiam Print Yoga Mats. Maybe it is not the most expensive or competitive in quality but it will definitely will brighten your day or make you more noticeable in sports hall.  This is great choice for those who like changing Yoga mats at least once a year and wants to be different. This Yoga mat is great for home or studio work out, it is 3 millimeter thick and works great for cushioning the body to reach poses you need. Price is another lovely thing about this Yoga mat. Go and choose the texture or words you like most. 

Gaiam Print Yoga Mat, Gray Peony Prosperity, 3/4mm (Sports)


List Price: $23.49 USD
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3. Monster Fitness Premium Yoga Mat Bronze medalist

Another great tool that is really worth 3rd place in our top list of best Yoga mats. This great exercise friend will help you to improve your functional fitness routines, make sure your body holds the best possible position and you reach your Yoga goals.  What we would really like to mention is that this large and comfortable mat is very breathable, smooth and flexible. It is also designed to be portable and is real star comparing to other mats – you will definitely be noticed if you choose pink or red mat. Both colors and prices will fit for all Yoga enthusiasts.

2. ProSource Premium Yoga Mat Runner-Up

Enough of colorful fancy things? OK, let’s move to more professional stuff that comes from ProSource. Their premium series is one of the best choices we ever done and we get lots of good reviews from our colleagues. This mat will be adored by those who are tired of cushion-less mats that sticks more than cushions. This extra thick mat is made using special “Comfort Foam” technology, stands 1|2 inch off the ground and is much thicker than most Yoga mats you can find in review sites. We can share one little secret – this yoga mat works especially great in restorative exercises. What else? Non-slippery, moisture resistant surface, carrying case and wide range of colors. Just choose yours and start understanding secrets of Yoga.

1. Manduka eKO Lite 2.0 Yoga Mat Top Selection 

And the winner is… Manduka eKO Lite Yoga Mat from 2nd series. Don’t let this playful name to trick you. We are talking about most professional Yoga mat in this list and this is for the following reasons:  (1) newly created wet | grip surface to avoid any possible slippery, (2) rubber that is very natural, does not cause any allergies and is almost 100 percent latex-free, (3) it PVC-less and created only from ecological materials, (4) no toxins that are often found in other Yoga mats and also (5) scent-free. If this set of features is not enough, take a look at the picture – this is not usual one-color mat but nicely designed exercise tool that you will be proud of. Our personal Yoga favorite!

Manduka eKO Lite 2.0 Wet-Grip Natural Tree Rubber Yoga Mat, 3mm, Moss (Sports)


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Which one you chose? Let us know in the comments and add your favorite pose of Yoga, we are looking forward to try it out on one of those great Yoga mats reviewed above. 

Best running treadmills of 2014

gymBack to running. This time we will talk about real running machines, not the way to track your running outdoor. This article should interest those who have some spare place at home and are not into running around their neighborhood or those who does not have a nice weather 365 days a year. Yep, running treadmill is something that you need to consider if you want to keep yourself fit, always have ability to work out, do you cardio exercises and.. stay at home. In this running treadmills reviews we will go through five top choices for both manual and motorized running vehicles.

5. Exerpeutic 100XL Manual Treadmill

Let’s start with something simple and affordable for everyone. You could say that cheapest product in this category is the worst but that’s not the case – this tool is really recommended by many home runners and is really great thing to start and test if you’re really into doing running at home or buying such product is just a wast of money.

Exerpeutic is known for wide range of running treadmills (you will notice that in this article) and they suggest some really good stuff. Their 100XL series comes with high capacity magnetic resistance and also a heart pulse system (which usually comes only with motor treadmills). It can hold up to 325 lbs weighted runner and very secure – tested in many scenarios so you can be sure that you or your friends will break it while reaching for a record.

 

Exerpeutic 100XL High Capacity Magnetic Resistance Manual Treadmill with Heart Pulse System (Sports)


List Price: $219.99 USD
New From: $207.14 USD In Stock
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4. Phoenix 98510 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill

Second manual treadmill we recommend is machine from Phoenix tagged as “Easy-Up”. And we can’t disagree that it is extremely easy to use and get used to.  Even though it is manual one, is comes with great one button screen that shows speed, time, distance and, of course, calories that are burnt during work out.

With flexible complexion it allows you to reach max. speed of walking or jogging – whatever you choose and control yourself. What else? it offer you a 41 – 13 inch belt and heavy duty flywheel together with storage position where you can put, for example, bottle of water (which is also included). This 1 year warranty product is 46,5x50x21,1 inch size. What you definitely like the most about it is the pricing. Check it out,

Phoenix 98510 Easy-Up Manual Treadmill (Sports)


List Price: $134.46 USD
New From: $132.49 USD In Stock
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 3. Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill Bronze medalist

Let’s move on and check out what motorized treadmills are on the market. As always, we are starting with something affordable to start with – Cadence G59 Motorized Treadmill.

This tool lets you to achieve best results in much faster way as it is coming together with six prepared work out programs. It also has two positions for inclining, great cushioning abilities which perfectly fits if you want to lose wight running or keeping your heart healthy and ready for cardio exercises. Another great advantage of this tool is that it is designed to keep your joints protected. This is really important if you’re planning to run on this treadmill daily. Or even twice a day which is recommended.

Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill (Sports)


List Price: $289.00 USD
New From: $287.00 USD In Stock
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2. LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk Runner-Up

OK, businessmen, now it’s your turn to get on track and run. Lifespan created this motorized running treadmill for those who are saving every single minute of their time but at the same time wants to have their body ready for challenges.

This treadmill has large and wide work surface that is big enough not only for your iPad but full computer equipment – monitor, keyboard and mouse. What’s more – you can adjust the height of your working – running table however you want so your back is in perfect position for both walking and working. Of course, being big enthusiasts of dedicated sportsmen we always recommend to concentrate only on running but we understand that there are people whose time is limited and very valuable. If you’re such one – this Lifespan running machine is just for you.

LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk (Sports)


List Price: $1,499.99 USD
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1. Exerpeutic 2000 Treadmill Top Selection 

2000th series of Exerpeutic comes with desk station which becomes quite a common choice for today’s home runners. Full name of this product is Exerpeutic 2000 Work Fit High Capacity Desk Station Treadmill. As you can understand, it is also created for busy runners but it is created more for running than LifeSpan tool which concentrates on walking and working.

This treadmill is perfect solution for those who wants to exploit all the time that they have – reading news on-line, replying to emails, watching your favorite show or even doing some work that is unfinished in the office. You can do all those things and also keep losing calories & weight. Surprise your colleagues with healthy look, stress-less attitude and great mood – it is all guaranteed if you do daily work outs on this motorized treadmill and do your favorite things at the same time. Go and try it out – price is another disadvantage comparing to to other similar running machines in the market.

Exerpeutic 2000 WorkFit High Capacity Desk Station Treadmill (Sports)


List Price: $789.80 USD
New From: $693.00 USD In Stock
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Do you have a treadmill at home? How often do you use it? What’s your favorite pace? Does it have a desk and do you need it? Please share your thoughts with other running enthusiasts.  

Best abs trainers of 2014

absWhen you talk about perfect body one of the first things that comes to your mind must be abs or if we would be very specific – muscles called rectus abdominis. Whatever it means we all know that this is main attribute of all professional swimmers, sprinters and football superstars such as Christiano Ronaldo or David Beckham.  Is it something that you can be proud of in your body? We are pretty sure that there is much space for improvements. We work on it daily and suggest you to do the same. There are many ways to build nice abs , all of them has advantages and disadvantages. That’s why we decided to go through some of the main options and compare best solutions. This time we will run down the countdown from number five to number one.

5. Ultrasport Sit-Up Bench with Dumbbells

Sit-up bench was the most popular choice for ab training for a long time and we can call it classic of the category. This is still used very often and you won’t find any gym without such thing. You will say that sit-up bench is a sit-up bench and there ain’t much what to discuss about it but here comes this Ultrasport sit-up bench with some additional features making it not just a simple sit-up bench.

What differs it from other products is additional elastic straps that creates much more space for different kind of exercises and also helps to avoid main problem of sit-up benches – hurting backbone or other back pains. Using it you can control the resistance with your hands and make sure you don’t hurt yourself. Also, with dumbbells added to the package you can go even further and train your chest and arms while working on abs.

This flexible bench will perfectly fit to your home fitness corner – you can easily pack it back with two adjustments and hide it under any part of furniture.  Have spacey house and want to have  a great tool for your classic work-out to form firm abdominal and back muscles – that’s a deal for you.

Ultrasport Sit-Up Bench with Dumbbells (Sports)


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 4. Black Mountain Products Dual Stability Ab Wheel Roller

Ab Wheel Rollers is something that we can call real trend in nowadays training world and you will notice that in this countdown. Most of the experts agree that this tool is one of the most effective way to train your abs.

This Black Mountain is a great choice for those don’t want to spend much money but want to have useful tool for daily workout. Gray, solid design won’t ruin interior either at home, either at office. It has all the basic functionality expected from this kind of products – smooth double wheel roller will help you to keep balance and do your exercises. By the way, you can count on lifetime warranty for each ab wheel roller.

Black Mountain Products Dual Stability Ab Wheel with Knee Mat (Sports)


List Price: $16.44 USD
New From: $11.08 USD In Stock
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 3. ProSource Abdominal Ab Exercise Mat Core Trainer  Bronze medalist

Not into sit-up benches or wheel rollers?  Want to take full control of your practice and use your fantasy while working out? Then you should try this Abdominal exercise mat core trainer coming from ProSource.

This tool allows you to create up to 10 (of course, there are no limits for real hard workers..) exercises both on your front and your back. Flexible and naturally curvy design will make sure your lower side of the back feels great will doing sit-ups or lift-ups. Also, you can trust high density foam that supports your body. Dimensions of this tool is 15x12x2.5 but the great thing is that this one-size product fits for all sizes. Enjoy!


 2. Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro Runner-Up

Name speaks for itself? Maybe, but it still the second place on our list.  Though we cannot disagree that this is a great product for real ab training enthusiast. This vendor really trusts its products and adds word Perfect to each of their products. And in most cases that makes sense. One of the examples – this ab carver that is created for those who take ab training seriously.

One of the most advantages of this tool is special kinetic engine that consists of carbon steel and helps you to charge your abdominal abs perfectly. Moreover, you will add your hands to this workout so it will be a double-effect. Another great thing about Perfect Fitness Ab Carver is is wheel which lets you to move to almost all sides – center, left, right and stabilizes your body. Leader in its market and great choice for both beginners and advanced sportsmen.

Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro Roller for Core Workouts (Sports)


List Price: $39.99 USD
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1. GoFit Extreme Ab Wheel + Foot/Hand Grips Top Selection 

And the winner is… Yes, it is GoFit ab wheel from Extreme series.  Ready for extreme work-out? No? Don’t be afraid, this tool works perfectly for both newcomers and professionals.

The reason we chose this product as a winner in this category is it’s duality – because of attached grips you will be able to use it for both your hands and foots. That definitely extends usage possibilities of this plastic / solid steel product (13-3/4 inch diam.). It also comes with soft gripping firm rubber to enjoy superior grip while doing exercises. Strong nylon straps is created to make sure your feets are places securely. Really helpful Gofit manual for training and examples is included in this package that may be your best choice to start reaching perfect look of abs.

Extreme Ab Wheel by GoFit (Sports)


List Price: $59.99 USD
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So, what is your choice? Share it in the comment area below.

 

Best GPS running watches of 2014

Everybody wants to stay in shape and running is one of the best solutions to achieve this goal. It is a great way to start or finish your day but it is always important to remember to do it in the right way. There are a lot of best practices and articles about the right way to run but you always have find the best solution for your body. One of the great tools to control your running is running watch that helps you in a lot of ways and can become a great running partner.

Main advantage of it is that GPS running watch is collecting a lot of data about your performance like distance, average speed, running pace, rate of your heart and many other. This information is extremely important if you want to run without any injuries and avoid visiting podiatrist. But how to choose the right GPS running watch to use? You can find bunch of options in various price ranges and tools integrated and sometimes it is really hard to choose. That’s why we decided to compile an ultimate list of best offers that showed up in the market during 2014.


1. Garmin Forerunner 620  Top Selection 

New_620_01._V354920109_One of the biggest names in international GPS device marketi – Garmin – is very well known for understanding customers’ needs and providing best possible experience. And their 620 series GPS running model isn’t an exception. Let’s go through some of the main features it has.

First of all, it has a great high resolution screen with display that covers all most important parts of your running routine – including distance, heart rate changes and pace of your training.

Secondly, it can calculate how long for you it takes to fully recover and tells you at what pace your should finish your distance, change to walking pace and finally stop. That is very important as many people tend to stop running at the second when they reach their initial goal. This Garmin GPS running watch will help you to avoid it.

On top of it, this watch is completely “social” – meaning that it automatically uploads your results to social networks and your cloud based Garmin service where you can analyse your overall performance, daily goals, health state and much more information.

Also in the package:

  • Free plans for your training
  • Comparison of your body preferences over time: it will choose if it is your resting day or it is your training day
  • Extensive list of metrics that will surprise you
  • Pairing with different devices (let your friends or running partners to see your performance live)

2. Garmin Forerunner 310XT  Runner-Up

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Another great product coming from the same brand – Garmin. Don’t think that we are promoting this company but their products are really good and we appreciate them a lot. Seems like focusing on one particular business (GPS devices) helps them to get best of it and compete with Giants such as Nike, Adidas or Reebok. Let’s check out what 310 series can offer.

Definitely the best part of it is that this GPS watch is totally waterproof meaning that you can get as deep as 50 meters (are you planning to dive deeper?). This means that we are talking not only about running distances but also swimming in the lake, see or even pool. This feature is adorable if you your are biathlon enthusiast.  Get on your bike, track your speed, drop it off to run your 10 km distance and then jump into cold water for a finish – everything is tracked in one place and forwarded to your computer or friends waiting for your result.  What’s more cool about it:

  • Measuring basic metrics as pace, heart rate, distance as well as your position (run, bike,swim)
  • Battery is alive for at least twenty hours
  • Watch comes with one year warranty (if you will try to dive deeper than 50 m..)
  • Great display with all information needed in one place
  • USB stick included!

 3. TomTom Runner Cardio Bronze medalist

TomTom-Runner-Cardio-Enough of Garmin stuff – let’s have a look what else is on the market. TomTom is probably best known for you as GPS tools used in the cars but this is not the only place where they specialize. TomTom produce great quality GPS running watches that adopts experience gained in car GPS industry and introduces runners to some new exciting features.

Together with great design this Runner Cardio watch has integrated heart rate monitor that is combined with three unique running session modes. Back to design, what’s worth to mention is large full screen and single button control that easily guides you through the menu.


4. Nike+ Sport Watch GPS

Are you a brand addict? If answer is yes then you will probably will go with this selection. Nike is definitely the best known sporting brand in the world and this company of course has something to offer for joggers or professional runners. Check out the Nike SportWatch which is powered by GPS giant TomTom.

We can’t assure you about the quality of this choice (though we did not hear any big complaints) but what is really worth to mention is great distance and speed tracking information, calory burn count, map of your running session and special heart rate sensor. Also, together with this watch you are joining Nikeplus community where you can share almost everything related to your training. Got a passion for fashion? Then this Nike running watch should land on your hand.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom (Black) (Sports)


New From: $1,090.50 USD In Stock
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5. Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch

This one goes for all the ladies who enjoy running in style. Of course, it is not the most professional tool presented in this article but think about it as a nice stylish gadget that will color your daily routine. Don’t be boring with this Garmin running watch. It is really easy to use (though it lacks some functions) but more than enough for daily workout both for those who enjoy fast running and those who just walks by the park to lose unnecessary calories. 5 hours training regime + great GPS receiver are packed with some other basic options and it makes it a really great choice – especially for the price it is sold for!

Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch (Black/Silver) (Wireless Phone Accessory)


List Price: $129.99
New From: $195.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $179.00 USD In Stock


Ready to go? Devices described above will take care of your rhythm, pace, health and evens style during your training sessions.

If you have your favorite GPS running watch, please let us know by contacting us or post your thoughts in the comments section below.