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Today’s Top 3 Interest Free Offers

Following the announcement of the Interest Free offers launch on the web site, here are our top three 0% APR offers;

Orbus XT4000 Elliptical Cross Trainer.

Retailing at £599, discounted to £349, and now available from under £30 per month, over 12 months, this is one of the best value Cross Trainers on the web. With rave reviews and outstanding specification, this heavy duty, superior home use trainer is the must have pieces of equipment in any home gym.

Orbus Pro X9000 Treadmill

Retailing at £999, discounted to £549, and now available from under £42 per month, over 12 months this must be the ‘best buy’ running machine option available online today. It has such a gigantic spec and unrivalled build quality; why would you buy anything else? 

Horizon Oxford 4 Air Rowing Machine

At only £599 the Oxford 4 is one of the best recognised and best equipped rowers available anywhere in the world. Now available at under £45 per month, over 12 months we guarantee this is the best offer you will see anywhere on this iconic machine.


Burning Fat and Building Muscle

Did you know that despite being a seated aerobic activity, rowing is one of the most effective ways to burn through fat and build up muscle? By being seated any negative pressure upon the ankles, hips and knees is removed whilst the muscles throughout the body are exercised thoroughly as they expand and contract.

Rowing machines are suitable for all ages and abilities and many can be folded away compactly meaning they are perfect for use at home.

One of the key considerations when buying a rowing machine is the various types of resistance. Resistance helps you get the most from your workout routine so you need to make sure you buy a rower with a variety of resistance levels and settings.

rowing machines

There are different types of resistance to be on the lookout for:

Magnetic resistance – magnetic resistance is incredibly quiet and with some top end models it is almost silent. This means you do not have to endure a noisy workout as you pull back and forth.

Air resistance – as you generate pace you increase the resistance level. This means your workout becomes more challenging as you exercise.

Water – water rowers are less common and work in a similar way to air rowers, however, you can have more control over the resistance levels by adding or removing water from the tank.

Health and Fitness Benefits

Rowing delivers many health and fitness benefits including:

Strengthening your core area, including your abdomen and back. Many other pieces of fitness equipment do not target the back, but a strong back means good posture and a strong upper body.

A low impact workout, with little pressure placed on any of your joints, thus avoiding strain or injury.

A varied workout. The faster you row the higher the resistance.

A cardio workout, improving blood flow and your overall wellbeing

A relatively short workout time due to the sheer intensity of the workout.


A Brief Review of the Concept 2 Rowing Machine

Way back in the early 80s, the Concept 2 rowing workout machines made their introduction to the world. The snowfall in Vermont, where Concept 2 rowing machines are manufactured, compelled this company to start producing them in response to the harsh elements. So it makes sense that developing a high quality rowing machine for use indoors would be a terrific idea. Another great concern was the desire to create the very best using superior criteria for design and materials.

The options are pretty upfront, you can purchase the Model D or the Model E. However, the Model D rower can be bought with separate options depending on your needs. The performance monitors are named, PM3 or PM4, and they accompany each machine. The Model D comes with a PM3, although you can choose to have a PM4 at additional cost. The higher priced Model E always has the PM4 with it as the main monitor.

What is really helpful during exercising is you can use the performance monitors to keep an eye on your heart rate while working out. The way you can do that with the pulse is with an additional unobtrusive sensor that you strap across your chest area. This sensor is very low profile and made of rubber, and the strap that comes with it is like spandex and is very elastic. Once you begin rowing on this piece of home gym equipment you will hardly notice that it is there. There are no wires either since the info is sent out to the monitoring device.

The resistance to rowing is accomplished by making use of an intelligently designed flywheel that is very much like a manual fan. There are no safety issues with this because the flywheel is totally encased in a plastic assembly. The means by which you change the degree of difficulty with rowing is a mechanical, and manual, lever on the flywheel. If you are thinking this is something that will create noise, then that is not the case because it is very quiet. The flywheel rotates when you row, and it produces a soft air movement that is so quiet. However, I can tell you after many years of use that the sound of the moving flywheel is not at all distracting. Unless somebody in the other room is a very light sleeper, you won’t be disturbing other people.

You can watch how quickly you row, plus other information, from the PM3 or PM4 performance monitors. Just a few of the available rowing metrics include total rowing time, total distance rowed, 500 meter split times and number of rowing strokes per minute. Your approach will for the most part be based on by your current fitness level and general reason for using the rower. A lot of rowers who compete at the tertiary level use the Concept 2 to train, so they will by nature pay attention to particular data types.


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.


Want to Try a New Sport for 2011 – Part 4: Rowing

All month we are looking at new sports you can try this year. Today we are focusing on rowing; a super activity that is often overlooked.

Rowing is not some elitist activity reserved for the boat clubs of Oxford and Cambridge. You can enjoy this activity at a number of parks throughout the country and even if you only do it for fun a thirty minute rowing session can work wonders for your health and piece of mind.

Of course, the British weather does not always favour a trip out to the local boating lake, so you could consider using a rowing machine. Like any other home fitness equipment, a rowing machine can be used throughout the year and if used regularly it can deliver exceptional results.

A rowing machine is great for anyone looking to lose weight thanks to its huge calorie burning potential. When using a rower you are actually exercising large groups of muscles in both your upper and lower body in a stable and rythmic manner. As you build speed, this cardio workout really can blitz the fat on your thighs, stomach, arms and buttocks.

As a rowing machine offers you an all over body workout you are looking at a shorter exercise routine than an exercise bike. A good session will be between 15-25 minutes and if you are a beginner expect to come of the machine with shaky legs and red cheeks. You cannot really slack off on a rowing machine – the machine demands a lot from you and in turn delivers a great deal.

Rowing machines are affordable and make a great investment for anyone serious about getting in shape and losing some weight. Why not try one today!


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