Fitness Equipment Glossary

There are dozens and dozens of different type of fitness equipment out there so keeping track of them can be quite the task, even for an expert. The constantly influx of new type of innovations and equipment also do not help and can intimidate newcomers to the fitness world. We have compiled a list of the most common terms regarding fitness equipment and break them down to simple to understand, non-jargon explanations. We have also detailed which body part the equipment targets, if applicable. If words like ergometer, P80 console and smith machine baffle you, this list will be your friend. We have gathered up all the fitness equipment names that we could find and we are constantly adding to this list.

Ab Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: abdominals

An ab bench is a fitness bench that is generally at a decline, usually with padded leg rollers to hook your legs or foot around to perform a crunch or sit-up. There are also adjustable versions of these where you can perform different exercises on.

Adjustable Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

Similar to a flat bench, but they are adjustable to either become a flat bench, an incline bench or a decline bench.

AMT

An abbreviation for the Precor AMT (Adaptive Motion Trainer) which is an all-in-one elliptical machine. It is able to change strides and adapt to the user without any manual adjustments.

Arc Trainer

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus maximus, core (if it includes upper body: triceps, biceps, back)

A cardio machine created by Cybex that closely resembles an elliptical, but the independent floating pedal mechanism further reduces impact on your lower joints.

Assisted Chin Dip

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: triceps, deltoids, pectorals, abdominals, biceps

An assisted chin dip machine is a tower with two protruding rods. Some machines will have the user either kneel or stand on a weighted platform. The user starts with their arms at a 90 degree angle and extends their arms to perform the exercise.

Crosstrainer

See entry for elliptical.

Curl Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

Also sometimes called a preacher curl. This bench resembles a seat with a padded section in front. The user places their arm over the padded section of the bench and can perform curls with proper form.

Cybex

One of the leading manufacturers of fitness equipment. They mainly specialize in producing strength equipment with over 150 unique pieces. Cybex is also known for their innovative Arc Trainer cardio machines.

Decline Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

A weight bench where the user’s legs are higher than their head. It is used for bench presses that target the lower portion of the chest.

Elliptical

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus maximus, core (if it includes upper body: triceps, biceps, back)

An elliptical is a stationary cardio machine that simulates running or climbing. Users stand on pedals which allows for a low impact workout. Some elliptical also have movable arms which will also allow for an additional upper body workout. Also sometimes referred to as an elliptical crosstrainer or a crosstrainer.

Ergometer – This is quite the confusing term. Sometimes an ergometer can refer to the device inside your exercise machine that tracks your statistics like heart rate, calories burned, distance run, etc. An ergometer can also be referring to an indoor rowing machine. See rowing machine for further definitions on the term used in that context.

Flat Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

A flat bench is designed for users to lie flat on top of. It is designed to support users while they are performing bench presses.

FreeMotion Fitness

A fitness equipment manufacturer that produces both strength and cardio equipment. They are best known for their FreeMotion Functional Trainer, which uses pulleys and cables to allow a more dynamic range of motion.

Functional Trainer

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: Entire body

Functional trainers are all-in-one fitness machines that usually look like one large tower. Many of them utilize cables or pulleys in order to accommodate a wide variety of different exercises. Functional trainers target upper body, lower body and the core. The type of exercise varies depending on the model.

Hoist Fitness

Hoist Fitness is a San Diego based company that produces strength-training and indoor cycling products for commercial and home markets.

Incline Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

A weight bench where the user’s head is higher than their legs. Generally used in bench presses and curls.

Incline Press

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: pectorals (upper chest), deltoids, triceps

The incline press machine is a weight machine that consists of a seat with two handles located in front of the user that are attached to weights. The user extends their arms and slowly brings them back to starting position to complete a repetition.

Indoor Cycle

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: hamstring, quadriceps, calves, gluteus maximus, abdominals, tibilais anterior, core

An indoor cycle is a stationary bike that is similar to an upright bike, but is generally smaller and uses a weighted flywheel. It is commonly used in indoor cycling classes where riders ride the indoor cycle in a group in a group, following an instructor and music.

LeMond Fitness

LeMond Fitness, powered by Hoist Fitness, is a fitness company formed by Greg LeMond that specializes in creating stationary cycles.

Life Fitness

Life Fitness is one of the largest and most respected fitness equipment manufacturers. They manufacture every type of equipment including cardio and strength machines.

Matrix Fitness

Matrix Fitness is a commercial grade fitness equipment manufacturer. They are known for their industrial design and contemporary look.

Olympic Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

Olympic benches are slightly larger than standard benches and are generally made of composite steel for maximum durability. Olympic benches are also more padded since they’re designed to be able to withstand larger weight loads and heavier lifters.

P80 Console – Precor’s newest consoles for their cardio fitness equipment. It has a 15″ LCD capacitive touchscreen. It is also iPod/iPhone compatible.

P30 Console – Precor’s older style console. Includes large LED display and motion controls.

Power Rack

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

A power rack is a machine with four vertical bars and two movable horizontal bars used to catch barbells. Many power racks also come with additional horizontal bars to perform chin ups and pull ups on in addition to barbell exercises. They are usually wide enough for a person to easily fit inside, along with a fitness bench.

Preacher Curl

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

See entry for curl bench.

Precor

Precor is a worldwide leader in the home/commercial exercise equipment due to their emphasis on superior quality, creative innovation and overall performance. They specialize in both strength equipment and cardio and are probably most well known for their innovative AMT (Adaptive Motion Trainer).

Recumbent Bike

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: hamstring, quadriceps, calves, gluteus maximus, abdominals, tibilais anterior

A recumbent bike is an exercise bike that places its user in a reclining position with the pedals out in front of them. The recumbent bike is great for users with back problems because there is

less pressure on the lower back due to the laid-back position.

Smith Machine

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, back

A smith machine is a machine usually consisting of a vertical steel rails that is used in weight training. It is primarily used with a barbell and as a self-spotting machine. There are slots on the smith machine that you can hook a barbell onto with only a twist of a wrist. There are also usually safeties which can be placed at a minimum height to catch the barbell and prevent injuries. Smith Machines usually only also vertical movement and are primarily used for squats.

StairMaster

A fitness company established in 1983 and known for their stair climbing fitness equipment. Their most famous products include the stepper and stepmill.

Star Trac

Star Trac has been manufacturing exercise equipment for both home and commercial use since 1979. Their main specialties are their Pro Treadmill lines, their complete lines of selectorized strength equipment and much more.

Stepmill

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, hip flexors, calves

A stepmill resembles an escalator in the sense that it is an endless set of rotating steps. These steps are attached to a belt that revolves with every step. Stepmills are meant to exactly simulate stair climbing and uses your own body weight as resistance, which can increase the amount of calories burned.

Stepper

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, hip flexors, calves

Steppers are machines that have two side by side pedals that you pump up and down to simulate stair climbing. Since steppers rely less on bodyweight, they are more effective for lighter individuals who may not have enough mass to properly move the stepmills. Generally, steppers allow you to adjust resistance level to adjust intensity and difficulty of the workout.

Upright Bike

Category: Cardio

Body Parts Targeted: hamstring, quadriceps, calves, gluteus maximus, abdominals, tibilais anterior, core

An upright bike is an exercise bike where the user sits in an upright position, similar to a road bicycle, with the pedals almost directly below the seat. The upright position helps to simulate real road bike riding and engages the core more than a recumbent bike.

Weight Bench

Category: Strength

Body Parts Targeted: N/A

A weight bench (sometimes called a fitness bench) is a padded board supported by legs and its primary purpose is for weightlifters to sit or lie down on. There are various types of weight benches, including an incline bench, a decline bench, an ab bench, a preacher curl/curl bench and an Olympic bench.

 

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Choosing the Right Breathing Air System

When working in high-risk environments, workers may be in need of breathing air systems to ensure their health and safety. Today, there are a number of different systems on the market with a variety of applications, all depending on the specific needs of the user in his or her work environment.

Breathing air systems are required in many of the modern world’s major industries, including the petrochemical, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, mining, tunnelling and energy industries. Here, the various kinds of respiratory protective equipment are considered essential tools that save lives.

The type of breathing apparatus chosen depends on a number of factors. With the undertaking of an accurate risk assessment of the environment,along with the demands of the job in hand, an appropriate choice may be made from a selection of breathing air systems.

First of all is the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). This particular type of equipment is worn by first responders and emergency services professionals such as fire fighters, and also by industrial workers who hare exposed to highly toxic environments that directly and seriously endanger human health.

Another of the most commonly used breathing air systems is that of the Airline Breathing Apparatus. This breathing equipment provides a supply of air to the wearer via a medium or high pressure hose that is connected to a stationary source of breathable air.

The supply of air is delivered to the wearer either continuously or intermittently, depending on the needs of the user. Some manufacturers of this kind of equipment offer the wearer a back up supply of breathable air with the addition of a compressed air cylinder to the original airline system. This is intended to protect the wearer if their main supply is disrupted.

Another option when choosing from a range of breathing air systems is the Air Purifying Respirator. These use cartridges or canisters to remove particles and contaminants from the air in the particular work environment, and are commonly used where the environment presents no immediate and severe danger to human health.

These kinds of breathing air systems can rely on the user’s inhalation to draw air through the filters in place, or use a blower to ‘suck in’ ambient air to meet the wearer’s breathing requirements. These are often used in the pharmaceutical and automotive industries.

Escape respirators are breathing air systems that are specially designed to, as the name suggests, escape from hazardous environments in a short duration of time, normally spanning from 5 to 15 minutes. These can be ideal for helping users escape from dangerous situations such as fires.They are also often used with the airline system as a ‘back up’ air supply in emergencies.

The final type of apparatus in the range of breathing air systems is the Chemical Oxygen Self Rescuer. This is an escape device that is used to help the user remove him or herself from situations where toxic gases and particles are present or where there is oxygen deficiency.

This differs from the other breathing air systems by using the chemical reaction between Potassium Super oxide and exhaled air to generate oxygen which can then be used by the wearer of the equipment. Due to its non-reliance on items such as compressed air cylinders, this kind of system is lightweight and compact, making it ideal in certain situations which demand such features.

In conclusion, there are number of different breathing air systems available on the market today to meet a wide range of needs spanning a number of industries. The choice all depends on the hazards present in the environment, the duration of exposition to these environments, practical aspects of apparatus use and whether the breathing system is used for work or simply as an escape option.

 

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How Can We Increase The Safety Of Sports

Sports is a physical activity usually involving a competition and when there is competition the adrenaline of each player increases with time. Some sports are also played for fun, as a hobby and to build the relationship in a team. Nevertheless, in all physical activities the probability of getting injured is very high. Following safety measures will definitely reduce this probability and guarantee more fun. Knowing that you’re safe, no matter how much you get battered also relieves mental tension. The challenge, the adrenaline and thrill brings out the best in us and if combined with safety, it’ll take us all the way.

Protective gear is something every player needs to wear. It protects the body against internal damage, physical injuries and mental harm. Most of the sports like American football and boxing, involve a great amount of physical altercations. The team’s physical instructor makes sure that the boys are all geared up in every way possible lest there be an unavoidable circumstance. The gear is designed with heavy padding and protects the most vital parts of the human body like the groin and shoulders. Helmets are another important part of safety gear which protect the head, neck and face. Some players also put in extra pads to support themselves during combat, especially on the chest and thighs. There has been speculation about the over padding and the introduction of new gear being a hindrance during playing and restricting the joints and reducing movement. If with careful design where both safety and mobility is achieved, there is nothing like it.

Entering the battlefield without any protective gear can be a matter of pride for many but is also considered foolish. Certain sports like boxing may seem like a sport that does not require protective gear but you’re mistaken. Professional boxing require head gear, mouthguards and much more. Most boxers do not feel the need for protective gear as boxing is a game of strength and pride. But this is a misguided concept and safety gear not only allows you to enjoy the game but gives us the chance to enjoy it for a longer period.

Baseball is another sport where head gear is an absolute must. Imagine getting hit in the head with a fast moving ball coming at you with tremendous speed. It would be completely absurd not to wear any protective gear. Golf may seem like a perfectly safe sport but again getting hit by a ball travelling at high velocity especially when we do not know where the ball may land is not a pretty sight.

An effective way to increase the safety of sports is by educating the players. It is the fastest way of getting any information through to them. Some of the sports activities have a natural tendency to mould the player to become aware of his surroundings and escape harm. That does not guarantee safety and protective gear is again a must. Knee pads, shoulder pads, mouth guards, gloves and so on are some of the most important safety gear that one must have in every sport. All the sport events must make it compulsory for players to wear all the necessary gear or else they would not be eligible to participate. In the end what we want to achieve is adrenaline and fun which if blended with safety would give us the ultimate victory.

 

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Things to Remember While Establishing a Gym at Home

Don’t buy physical fitness accessories blindly

On fitness, the famed cartoonist and creator of Peanuts comic strip, Charles Schulz had commented: Our life is a ten-speed bike, and most of the gears we rarely use! To a great extent he was right since many in their quest for a healthy body, do buy assorted gadgets, but rarely use them. And reasons are aplenty for such a futile fancy prevailing in our society. One among them is the lack of awareness because of which a person blindly buys physical fitness accessories with no inkling about its end usage. Further, in many instances, when the gadget doesn’t work as per expectations, there is no proper after sales-service offered by the vendor.

Be extra particular while making the purchases

Hence, while intending to shop for gym accessories, utmost care is the need of the hour to ensure that quality products of a reputed maker are chosen and also the purchases are made from an authorized dealer. Over the last couple of years, there has been a gradual rise in the number of home gyms and corresponding fitness accessories. The resourceful health fads prefer high-end products in design as well as the functions. By and large, makers of quality gadgets for home gyms do focus on customer satisfaction in their innovative designs. It would be ideal to spell out the end-uses of a gadget – whether it is for ground exercises, light workouts like stretching, Pilates etc. or vigorous sessions of endurance on treadmills and barbells.

Just choose what you exactly need

Among the post-workout needs is the towel warmer that one uses either to dry the perspiring body or after a shower. If a person visits the neighbourhood gym for the workouts, it would be ideal to choose the one that has a sauna facility. At home too, one can indulge in a refreshing bath and then use the towel from a warmer. The towel warmers come in various models, size and functional specifications. So the preference should be the one that suits the essential needs and the credentials of the gadgets and accessories.

Going online is a great idea to serve your purpose

These days, almost all the reputed dealers are providing their customers with high quality gym accessories at an incredible pricing through their online stores. When you conduct an independent research about gym accessories sellers on the internet, you will find a huge rundown of choices to make. Online gym equipment sellers are able to provide cheaper things in the light of the fact that they have lighter liabilities than those who are running physical stores. They need lesser demanding infrastructure, reduced manpower and various other unnecessary things to run the showroom online.

 

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