The state-of-the art touch screen/high definition monitor allows you to work out along with pre-loaded customized spinning classes. The eSpinner program can create over one million possible ride variations so you will not get bored!
The addition of the iPod dock gives you the option to “Ride to My Media.” This feature allows you to create workouts to your own favourite songs. This alone gives it a leg up on spin class. There is always that one person in the class complaining about the music. Well, this bike is for you!
For the technical folks out there…. This bike it built on the proven NXT bike design platform, the Star Trac eSpinner features a weighted 43-lb flywheel that simulates the feel of riding a real bike outdoors. It has the Smart Release™ braking system to provide safe, dependable performance, and other high-end features such as easy pop pin adjustments on the seat and handlebar posts, an ergonomic saddle with anatomical cutout, SPD™ compatible dual-sided pedals, and more.
If our five star review didn’t grab you, watch the video below or come visit us at Dwell gym and try for yourself!
Contact us at Dwell Gym in Leslieville. We’d love for you to join our ever growing family!
276 Carlaw Ave unit #101
(Just North of Queen street in the Heart of Leslieville)
Gym: 416 465-6200
Eleni: 416 457-7813
Balance. It is a word so prevalent now a days and it’s surfacing everywhere for a reason! Balance is key in our emotional, mental and also physical states. Training the body physically to optimize balance can help across all aspects of your training and day to day lives. Improving stability and agility is not just for athletes. Lets explore the physical side of balance and a few quick tips and tricks to get you on track to creating the stable base we all desire in our workouts and everyday encounters.
BENEFITS OF BALANCE TRAINING!
1. Burn Fat!
Alright, who doesn’t want to burn fat? If that is you? Then feel free to venture off this blog! (I don’t think we speak the same language.) It is a simple fact. The more muscles you can recruit during an exercise the more calories you are going to burn! By incorporating exercises that focus on core strength and proprioception we can improve balance and increase our caloric burn during our workouts!
2. Improve Agility
Agility isn’t just for short burst athletes. Agility is something that we require daily to avoid obstacles quickly and safely. Having good agility prepares us for all sorts of scenarios both inside and outside of the gym.
3. Prevent Injuries
Injuries come in two forms. Acute injuries and chronic injuries. By improving your balance we can help to decrease the risk of both!
ACUTE INJURIES – Acute injuries are defined as sudden and traumatic events generally brought on when we lose our balance and fall or by a lack of stability to counter an excessive amount of force.
CHRONIC INJURIES – Chronic injuries or over-use injuries are often slow in onset and tend to stem from an imbalance within the body. This can be seen as a muscle imbalance from one side of the body to the other or a deficiency in stability causing repetitive incorrect form.
SO…… Lets get balanced!!!
Find below a few great examples of exercises to improve balance!
The single leg bench raise – Seated on a bench, place one foot close to the bench and have the other leg extended. With your back straight, rise to standing position. If this poses to much difficulty, place the heel of your extended leg on the ground. WATCH VIDEO
TRX single arm row – Start with your feet together in a solid planked position. From the pulled in position lower down slowly resisting any rotational forces at the shoulders and hips. Pull up slowly and repeat. If need be place feet wider apart until you become more stable. WATCH VIDEO
Single leg kettlebell dead lift – The kettlebell should be on the same side as the grounded leg. Preform a deadlift extending the contralateral leg behind you. WATCH VIDEO
Kneeling superman with a Bosu Ball – In a table position on all fours with both knees on the Bosu Ball extend one leg behind you and the opposite arm straight out infront. Hold this position by mainting an engaged core and then switch to the other side. For added difficulty, place your grounded hand on a weighted ball. WATCH VIDEO
Meal planning can be a huge timesaver, stress reliever and money saver if done properly. Here are a few tips to help you in your meal planning adventures. You will be shocked at the amount of time meal planning will free up for you during the week. If you aren’t stressed about meals during the week it can actually bring the joy back into cooking!
1. Seven Nights? Lets be realistic!
3-4 nights a week doing a meal from scratch is realistic. Don’t set expectations and make a meal plan that you can’t stick too. This will only discourage you and get you off track.
2. Start a master recipe list!
Make a list of your tried, tested and true recipes. Have it somewhere handy, like your smart phone so when it comes time to meal plan you can be quick and efficient! Try out 1 or 2 new recipes each week and fill the other days in with your staples!
3. Maximize your weekend!
Pick one day on the weekend to shop and prep. You can either prep meals in full that reheat well, or partially prep your ingredients to save time during the week. Cooking like this when you are not rushed can actually be quite enjoyable. Throw on your favourite tunes and rock out while you chop!
4. The freezer is your friend!
Double up recipes and freeze individual portions. You will thank yourself later for this! Having quick grab and goes are always handy especially for lunches at the office/school. Come lunchtime your home cooked goodness will be partially thawed and just require a quick reheat!
5. Overlap Ingredients!
Plan meals that utilize similar ingredients. This will help to reduce waste and keep costs down. This is especially important if you live alone or are just 2 people.
6. The Twofer!
Look for recipe ideas that allow you to use one days leftovers in the next days meal! (Example, roast a chicken one day and then do chicken fajitas the next day!) This will keep your work efforts down and also help to reduce waste!
7. The classic Leftover Night!
This was a thing in my house! Does it still happen? Line up the entire weeks leftovers on the counter and allow everyone to serve themselves buffet style! Everyone ultimately gets what they want and you get a night off from cooking!
So, we have heard lots about the magic of lemon water… But does it actually promote weight loss? Well, not directly. Slamming a lemon water after your Big Mac isn’t going to do the trick, but there are some huge benefits to fortifying your water with the refreshing citrus!
How about replacing your first coffee in the morning or your after dinner latte with a hot water and lemon? This will reduce caloric intake and also staying hydrated is an important part of a healthy diet as it keeps the metabolism humming. Lemon is known to promote digestion, loosening toxins in your digestive tract that can cause indigestion.
In the short term, drinking water with lemon can also reduce bloating. It acts as a mild and natural diuretic.
And… It doesn’t stop there! Drinking lemon water is actually quite good for your skin as well! The antioxidants in lemon juice help to decrease blemishes and wrinkles (so they say, but it can’t hurt right…?).
I like to think of lemons as one of our super foods. It is high in potassium, making it very good for heart health and has a high concentration of vitamin C making it a natural immune booster. As an added bonus it also helps to freshen breath by fighting gingivitis. (A little side note for you – hold off brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water, or brush before hand as the ascorbic acid can erode tooth enamel.)
So all in all, as mentioned early, a glass of lemon water isn’t your magic weapon to weight loss, but I do believe it is one of the simplest and healthiest choices you can make in lifestyle!