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When the sun shines, should we be thinking about winter?

If you are considering the purchase of a new piece of fitness equipment, be it the only piece you will want or another addition to an established home gym, then you will realise that quality equipment will come with a heavy price tag. Be it a Treadmill, an Elliptical Cross Trainer or a new Vibration Plate, this can be a major investment for most of us.

Now you may think there is little you can do about that. You can search and study, looking for the best deals and best specifications. Of course, this is very advisable, as the more information you have, the more informed your buying decision will be. However, have you ever considered what time of year you should be buying your equipment?

It may sound obvious, but during the year, as winter draws closer, most people will feel more confined to indoors, and less likely to indulge outdoor fitness activities. This will tempt them towards the purchase of equipment. Likewise, after Christmas, as the New Year’s resolutions kick in, more people want to get fit and will again look at possible purchase. This means a heavy increase in demand during the winter months. So the buying of fitness equipment is very seasons, and the summer will always see a slowdown in sales for the retailer.

So, for the smart, forward thinking buyer, the summer months are always the ones where the best deals and lowest offers will be around. You really can save compared to winter prices. You can see a great example of this on the Orbus Leisure web site, where summer sale prices are at their lowest ever levels.

So, the sun may (or may not!) be shining, but there has never been a better time to look forward to winter!


Orbus Leisure Pro Wave Vibration Plate – Now In Stock

The Orbus Leisure Pro Wave Vibration Plate is now in stock and available for immediate purchase and this new model is certainly making waves in the fitness industry, thanks to its impressive specifications, its effective workout capabilities and its affordable price tag.

Vibration plates are becoming common place in health clubs and gyms in the UK but commercial quality models designed for home use have been prohibitively expensive… until now. Just take a look at the specifications of the Pro wave Vibration Plate and see how much “bang you will get for your Buck”!

Four Intensity Levels

The Pro Wave is supplies with four intensity levels, which means you can get so much more out of your workout. When you use a vibration plate at high speeds you are effectively toning muscles and sculpting your physique. Lower speeds are ideal for massage and can aid weight loss. The intensity settings on the Pro Wave are 35, 40, 45 and 50hz.

Time Settings

A workout on the vibration plate is much shorter than on any other piece of fitness equipment. You can time your routines to 30, 60 and 90 seconds on the Pro Wave.

Exercise Straps

To ensure your whole body gets a good workout the Pro Wave is supplied with exercise straps. You can use these to exercise both your arms and your legs.

Wall Chart

If you have never used a vibration plate before you may wonder how on earth you would go about exercising on it. Our handy wall chart will help. Not only does it illustrate a number of routines but you can also chart your progress.

Just have a look at the comparison table below to see exactly how the Orbus Pro Wave Vibration Plate compares with other models of the same class. Why pay more? Order the Pro Wave from Orbus Leisure today!




Considerations When Buying Fitness Equipment

Fitness equipment can be a great way to boost your overall fitness levels, increase your muscle tone and get a much faster and more targeted result.  It can be quite tricky to decide which machine to buy when you are faced with such a variety of different options.

Set Your Goals

Have some definitive goals and work backwards from there.  If the end-result is to lose weight, you will want to look at fitness machines that encourage a great deal of cardiovascular movement.  Burning fat can be a lot easier if you get your heart rate up high and keep it there.  Running machines can be excellent for this purpose.  If you are happy with your weight, but just want to focus on getting the best possible tone and shape, you might want to consider an elliptical cross trainer.

Be Safety Conscious

If you want to work out in a safe way, you need to warm up so that you can ensure that you can work out without risk.  One of the most common ways that people experience injury when exercising on machines is failing to warm up correctly.  There are a lot of really good warm-up DVD’s that you can use to put your body through the paces so that you can avoid tearing muscles or placing undue strain on your body.  You should also consider finding a very good fitness instructor, who will be able to teach you how to use the equipment properly.

Options to Choose

An elliptical cross-trainer creates a very similar motion to skiing.  This type of machine provides a full body work out and ensures that your arms and legs are working simultaneously.  A treadmill running machine provides outstanding cardiovascular results.  If you want to increase your upper body strength, a rowing machine works well.  The local gym can be a good place to start experimenting with different types of fitness equipment.


A Guide to Finding the Best Fitness Equipment

Depending on your fitness goals, there are many great fitness machines that you can use to help you to achieve personal fitness.  Fitness equipment has helped endless people to tone up and lose weight, and many people find home gym equipment to be a very useful addition to their workout routine.

Budget is a very important factor to consider when shopping for fitness equipment.  Not all brands are created equally, and usually, the more that you spend the high quality you will receive.  This is not always the case though.  Once you have an idea of what you have to spend, you can research the different types of fitness options available in your price bracket.

Space is another important factor to consider when deciding on the best fitness equipment.  Fitness equipment does require a fair bit of space.  Also, it is important to keep your machine in an area that is not accessible by others to avoid accidental injury.

How often do you workout?  If you only intend to workout out once or twice a week, it may be more cost effective for you to exercise at your local gym.  If you plan to embark on an extensive fitness regime, however, it could be a good idea for you to invest in some home gym equipment.

Diet is an extremely important factor to consider when buying fitness equipment.  All of the exercise in the world won’t help you to lose weight if you don’t eat right.  Embark on your fitness regime with a clear set of weight loss goals in place and consider diet.  Combining an excellent diet, with regular exercise on a good quality fitness machine can produce excellent results for people who are dedicated to achieving a honed and healthy physique.


Buying a Treadmill? A Point to Consider…

Are you shopping around for a treadmill right now? Running is such a popular activity and a treadmill is the perfect antidote to cold, dark nights pounding the streets. You can run safely in your own home, varying your workout as you go. But before you make your final decision there is one specific feature we feel you need to look out for in order to ensure you buy the best treadmill for your money…Shock Absorption

Running is a fun activity, but it can be damaging to your joints because a level of shock is transferred through your ankles, knees and hips each time your feet hit the floor. Running on hard tarmac can be really stressful to your joints, so if you are swapping the streets for a treadmill you need to make sure you purchase a model which offers a level of shock absorption.  At the low end of the price scale, many treadmills will offer no shock absorption whatsoever. Basically, you will be running on a belt wrapped around a solid platform, with no suspension or give. Whilst you may think you are saving yourself some cash, but with these lower end models you will receive a poor quality workout and possibly an injury. And if you are injured your treadmill is of no use anyway!

Look to the big brands, such as BH Fitness treadmills, when making your purchase. They are more likely to offer treadmills with cushioning underneath the belt. Not only should such suspension offer you a more comfortable run, but you will also be reducing the likelihood of injury. And if the experience is a good one you are more likely to want to repeat the training routine, which will see you reach and maintain your health and fitness goals with certain success.


Buying a Vibration Plate

The vibration plate is one of the easiest and most effective ways to give your whole body a great workout, but, when you are spending hundreds of pounds buying one you need to make sure you are getting the best model for your budget. So, what should you look for before buying a vibration plate?

1.      Strength – your vibration plate needs to be strong enough to endure repeated workouts. Think about how you will use it; you will stand on it, sit on it, step up to it and perhaps even jump on it. Looks for a model that is constructed, in the main, from steel as this should offer you a good deal of strength.

2.      Size of Plate – the plate should be big enough for you to stand comfortably, feet apart and in line with your hips. You should have room around to move, to raise your legs and perform simple stretches and squats. A plate that is too small will have a huge negative impact on your workout.

3.      Brand – some of the leading brands are now entering the vibration plate market. Choose brands you can trust and look for those offering a good warranty in case anything goes wrong.

4.      Features – try and buy a model with as many features as you can afford. Look for a variety of speed settings, as these can alter your results dramatically. Slow speeds are good for weight loss, whilst fast speeds are ideal for cardio and muscle building. Also look out for features like arm straps, where you can challenge your arms whilst exercising the rest of your body.

If you are still unsure about which vibration plate is right for you then contact a retailer trained in whole body vibration training. Orbus Leisure are the experts when it comes to vibration plates and have a friendly team just a phone call away.


Buying a Cross Trainer

If you are considering buying a cross trainer then there are a few things you need to consider before making your final choice…


Naturally, you will need to consider your finances and opt for a model that fits your budget. However, if your budget is at the bottom end of the price scale you should have a think about quality; more often than not you pay for what you get. In our experience, cross trainers aimed at the sub £100 price bracket are generally poor quality and offer an inferior workout. Look to spend just a little bit more and you will find the risk of buying a poor quality product is reduced.


A good cross trainer will require a little more space than for example and exercise bike. Remember that the shape of a cross trainer changes as you stride, meaning you need sufficient room around it. Commerical quality cross trainers, like the Fuel Fitness EL335 Elliptical Cross Trainer also tend to be heavy, so make sure the floor surface can withhold the weight.

The Fuel Fitness EL335 Elliptical Cross Trainer - Commercial Quality Fitness Equipment

Added Features

Always look for added features because these can help you to maximise your workout. Good added features include heart rate monitors, on board computer and pre programmed exercise routines. If you can mix up your workout and monitor your progress you are far more likely to reach your health and weight loss goals and stay motivated.

Buying a cross trainer for hope use is a great idea for anyone wanting to get in shape and stay fit. A cross trainer delivers an effective cardio workout and can be used by people of all ages and fitness levels.


Cross Trainers and How To Use Them

If you have bought a cross trainer you need to start a regular exercise programme that will show results. It is important to understand exactly how a cross trainer works to be able to achieve the best results and maintain them. Cross trainers work on the principle of a low impact workout that covers all areas of the body in some easy to use machine. The cross trainer has been designed to minimise the impact on all of the joints of the body by ensuring that you do not lose contact with the foot pedals at any time. Your foot stays flat on the pedals and using the arms levers as resistance you will start to stride in an elliptical manner. This has been designed to copy the movements of a cross-country skier so that all of the major muscle groups are exercised at the same time.

Using your cross trainer correctly is the key:

  • Always keep your feet flat on the foot pedals. You do not have to lift your feet off the pedal at any time during your exercise routine.
  • Try not to rotate or swivel your waist to mimic the movement of your feet. A cross trainer will show the best results if you face forward all of the time. Stand as straight as possible and let the machine guide your movements.
  • The arm levers are there for a reason. Use the arm levers to provide the maximum amount of resistance as this will improve the quality of your workout.
  • Have a varied programme. You can use your cross trainer to provide a full selection of different exercise routines depending on your fitness level as well as the type of exercise you want to do.
  • You can vary the programmes so that you do some cardio exercise by using the sprint programme and then do a steadier hill climb setting if you want to tone and shape your body.

You will find a wide choice of cross trainers on the market. Cheap cross trainers are ideal if you are on a tight budget and want to get fit at home. To keep from getting bored you can always plug in your MP3 player and listen to music while you are exercising. The great thing about having a piece of home exercise equipment is that you can exercise while watching television or a DVD. You do not have to trek to the gym and you can warm up and cool down in the comfort f your own home. A cross trainer gives you the flexibility that you have been looking for.


Choosing the Right Fitness Equipment

Orbus Leisure have a great range of home fitness equipment, but if you are unsure about which piece of aerobic apparatus is right for you read out quick guide:

Elliptical Cross Trainers

These are low impact machines which are suitable for all abilities. They place less stress and strain on your joints and workout the whole body, improving cardio vascular fitness and stamina over time. An elliptical cross trainer allows you to burn muscle and shed weight faster than other pieces of gym equipment. For this reason they are incredibly popular.

Exercise Bikes

Cycling is a great cardio exercise and if you want to tone your lower body then an exercise bike is ideal. There are two main types of exercise bike; upright and recumbent. An upright closely resembles a traditional bicycle whereas a recumbent has the pedals positioned in front of the user.  Like a cross trainer, an exercise bike offers a low impact workout.

Treadmills (Running Machines)

A treadmill has long been one of the most popular pieces of fitness equipment, both for home use and in a commercial gym setting. The user can use the treadmill to walk, jog, run and sprint so you can train whatever the weather. If space is tight opt for a folding treadmill.

Rowing Machines

Rowing machines offer a challenging yet rewarding workout. The user will exercise the legs, torso, abs, arms and back and over time will improve suppleness and posture. Because the motion is rhythmical and flowing the exercise is low impact, reducing stress on your joints.

We hope this brief overview helps you to decide which piece of gym equipment is right for you. However, if you are still unsure just give us a call – we are the experts in home fitness and our friendly advisors will be able to help you choose the product that is right for you.


Are Vibration Plate Trainers Better than Aerobics?

Vibration exercise, favoured by Sports Stars to Pop Icons, is better than aerobics or swimming at fighting the flab, a study has found.

Females, who followed a sensible diet and used a Vibration Plate or Power Plate three times a week, lost almost twice as much weight as those who combines their diet with more conventional forms of exercise.

The machines were proven to be particularly effective at reducing dangerous fat from around the stomach, research has proved.

Vibration Plates look like something like large weighing scales with a central platform with vibrates. The user stands, sits, leans or does simple and gentle exercise on the platform. The theory is that the vibrations cause the muscles to contract and relax much more frequently than in a normal exercise scenario.

Researchers from the European Congress on Obesity tracked 61 overweight and obese women and men, who were given a variety of diet and exercise programs to follow for a period of six months. Those participants who used a Vibration Plate along with a low-calorie diet, lost on average 11 per cent of their original bodyweight, the researchers found. This compared with 6 per cent for those who dieted but did no exercise and 7 per cent for those who dieted and did conventional work-outs such as aerobics, running and cycling.

That is almost a 90% increase in effectiveness for someone looking to reduce their weight and improve their physique.


Getting the Most from your Rowing Machine Workout

The rowing machine is one of the best ways to achieve a good cardio vascular workout, but it is also one of the most physically demanding pieces of home gym equipment. Despite offering great results, many users find a rowing machine simply too physically demanding so avoid it all together.

To get the most from your rowing machine you need to follow some simple steps. Use it correctly and you will be amazed at the rapid change in your physique.

Pace Yourself

You should start your rowing routine slowly, to allow your muscles to warm up and avoid placing negative stress on your hips, knees, ankles and back. Start with a low resistance and row at a steady, comfortable pace. Even at this preliminary stage you can set yourself goals, so keep an eye on your strokes per minute.

Increase the Intensity

After a warn-up session of around 5-10 minutes you can start to up the pace. To challenge your body as your strength builds you can also try increasing the resistance. Again, set yourself goals and challenge your previous personal best.

Increase the Distance

Over time you will find that you are able to increase the distance you can row. Set targets and increase the distance in around 200 metre increments. Keep checking your strokes per minute and on the next session try and push yourself to increase this.

Warm Down

As important as a warm up, a warm down is crucial. Rowing is so physically intensive that if you simply stop and jump off your muscles will be incredible sore the next day (to the point that you risk injury).  So, reduce the intensity, reduce the pace and row slowly and steadily for at least ten minutes, decreasing the pace until you come to a natural stop.

The Orbus Leisure R-Elite Rowing Machine


A great alternative to Flabelos?

If you have been using a (WBV) whole body vibration plate at one of the major national gym chains in the UK, then the chances are that this has been either a Power Plate or a Flabelos branded unit. Power Plate are the biggest name in Tri Planer motion and likewise with Flabelos, who are the leading brand in the pivotal or oscillating market.

So, now you are looking to purchase your own unit for home use? Well, we suspect you may have been somewhat shocked by the price tags associated with these top end units. Both manufactures provide substantial products, but the costs can simply be prohibitive for most consumers.

If you are in this situation, and are looking for a pivotal (or oscillating) unit, then there is some great news just for you!

BH Fitness has recently introduced into the UK their BH Fitness VIB Pro Vibration Plate, which is exclusive to Orbus Leisure. It has a large platform, a stunning display and a fantastic ‘memory stick’ programming feature which is not only unique, but simple to use giving massive flexibility. This really pushed the VIB pro into the class leading bracket and what’s more, it come in at fraction of the price of the other leading units.

Shape Up with the BH Fitness Virbation Plate from Orbus Leisure

Before you look to make your purchase why don’t you check this exciting new product out…. you just might find the gym quality vibration plate is actually well within you grasp at a price you really can afford


Understanding the Elliptical Cross Trainer

The elliptical cross trainer is a relatively new addition to the world of fitness equipment, but has certainly been a huge worldwide sensation thanks to the enormous health benefits it can deliver. Unsurprisingly, an elliptical cross trainer follows an oval (or elliptical) movement that requires energy from the arms, legs and torso. However, unlink other forms of exercise, whilst this repetitive motion offers an intensive cardio workout it bears no negative impact on the joints or bones and so is suitable for all ages and abilities.

The elliptical motion is smooth and repetitive and does not jar the hip or knee bones like running or jogging can. The repetitive motion of the cross trainer forces forward and backward motion, causing a level of resistance to which the user must adapt to. Look for a cross trainer which allows you to reverse the motion whilst in operation as this helps to increase the variety of workouts possible.

If you are looking for an overall body workout then an elliptical cross trainer makes great sense. They effectively work out the users arms, legs and torso whilst increasing heart rate, optimising the cardiovascular benefit, in fact the cross trainer is one of the few machines on the market to provide a full weight bearing, low impact workout.

In summary, the main benefits offered by a cross trainer are:

–                     Whole body cardio workout in one simple routine

–                     Low impact workout

–                     Easy to learn the routine, even from first use

–                     Fixed motion encourages correct workout

–                     Removes the need for other pieces of home gym equipment


Vibration Training Reduces Health Risk

Can Vibration Exercise Equipment reduce health risks as we get older?

Well, simply the answer appears to be “yes”. Doctors have revealed how regular Vibration Training  sessions could save many older people from broken bones and hip transplants.

As you get older, your bone density reduces meaning you become more susceptible to fractures and breaks. In fact, Osteoporosis, or brittle bone disease, affects three million people in the UK and there are approximately 230,000 osteoporosis related fractures every single year, with 70,000 being in the hip area.

This costs the National Health Service £2billion a year and is a leading cause of disability in the elderly.

Research has shown that regular Whole Body Vibration (WBV) sessions could actually increase bone density, reversing this trend. A recent study, published in the specialist journal Bone, by a team of doctors from the Medical College of Georgia in the United States, says that WBV could help over 50’s to resist bone density loss as they grow older.

Their trial found that bone density around the hip joint and in the leg bones consistently improved.


Vibration Plate Buying Guide

There are a number of things to consider when buying a Vibration Plate Trainer and Orbus Leisure are here to guide you through the selection process.

We work hard to make sure all our Vibration Plates are shown with a detailed product description so you have a clear and solid understanding of the benefits, functions, sizes and prices of each of our trainers.

In order to make the right purchase you need to be aware of the differences in quality, features and functions of the range of Vibration Plate Trainers available on the market. Orbus Leisure carefully sources all our fitness equipment from leading manufacturers so we can be sure we are supplying a quality product, regardless of the cost.

Things to Consider:

  • Design, Build Quality and Construction

Due to the nature of the product, your Vibration Plate Trainer needs to be robust, strong and stable. Low quality steel and excessive plastics feature on many inferior machines and ultimately lead to an unsatisfactory experience. All our Vibration Plate Trainers are constructed from high quality materials, high grade solid and tubular steel. Where products are delivered with some self assembly required, instructions and toolkit are always provided and self assembly is minimal.

  • Size of Plate

As the name suggest, the machine works by the user exercising whilst standing (or sitting, kneeling etc) on the vibrating plate. Therefore, the bigger the plate the more room there is to exercise in comfort.  You will also be able to perform a much more diverse range of exercises with a bigger plate. (However, please note a bigger plate requires a bigger motor, see below).

  • Motor Size

All our vibration plates are powered by an electric motor, and the more powerful the motor the more powerful the plate will be. If the machine has a powerful motor it will be capable of delivering stronger vibrations under heavier weight conditions and for a longer period of time. Motor speeds are quoted in watts (W) and can be found in each product’s individual description.

  • Frequency

Basic vibration plate trainers may operate at a single frequency; however, it is important to note that the more powerful the frequency the better the machine will perform.  With a varied frequency the plate is capable at vibrating at different speeds. Different speed settings deliver different health benefits, resulting in a more varied workout and better physical results.

  • Amplitude

The amplitude of the machine reflects the distance the plate travels whilst vibrating. It is typically measured in mm. As a rule of thumb, the higher the amplitude, the more intense the workout is going to be. All our Vibration Plates show amplitude data within the individual product description.

  • Size and weight

As with all home fitness equipment you should consider the size and weight of the item before committing to the purchase.  If space is limited then you could consider buying a compact Vibration Plate, which is supplied without arms and can be stored away (under a bed for example) when not in use.

  • Instructions and Exercise Guide

A Vibration Plate is a piece of gym equipment like no other. If you have not used this equipment in the past then you need to understand exactly what to do before starting your workout. We want you to get the most from your workout and therefore supply all our Vibration Plates with a user manual and exercise guide.

We hope this buying guide has answered all your questions, however, we are always here to help. If you have any further questions or queries please contact our customer helpline on 0845 300 8028.