Buy Cardio Exercise Equipment Treadmills Ellpticals from Ntaifitness

Cardio Exercise Equipment: Ntaifitness carries a full line of cardiovascular exercise equipment. From treadmills to ellipticals, exercise bikes, rowing machines and more. Wheter it’s for your home or you’re seeking a full line of hotel or corporate fitness equipment, you’ll find it here.

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Treadmills:Treadmills still reign as one of the top selling pieces of cardio exercise equipment. They offer a safe, natural exercise that most people prefer when performing their cardio workout.

Since there are many varieties and brands of treadmills on the market, there are some things to keep in mind when purchasing one.

Folding treadmill or non-folding treadmill? Generally speaking if there is abundant space, the non folding variety would be the better choice. Motor sizes should be based on the continuous duty HP rating not the peak HP. All of the treadmills we sell offer more than the required motor size to make them quiet and powerful. Programming is more of a personal choice. Most treadmills offer at least some basic programs or you can opt for those with heart rate control and user defined programmability. A treadmill mat is recommended in order to protect both the treadmill and the surface it sits on. We sell a great line of treadmills from manufacturers such as Body Solid, BH Fitness, Trackmaster and Fitnex.

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Ellipticals: The elliptical exercise machine offers an effective, quiet, low impact lower body workout. Though many of the ellipticals offer upper body resistance, the main focus is giving the user a great lower body workout targeting the quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings and even calf muscles. The elliptical trainers available at Ntaifitness all offer smooth magnetic resistance which is whisper quiet making it an ideal piece of exercise equipment to use while listening to music or watching TV. We carry ellipticals from manufacturers such as Body Solid, BH Fitness, Fitnex and Physiostep.

Exercise Bikes: Exercise bikes, like treadmills, offer a very natural and familiar form of exercise that most people enjoy performing. Though exercise bikes offer a non-weight bearing and low impact form of exercise, they still provide and excellent cardiovascular workout that really gets the heart rate elevated. Exercise bikes come in two styles: Recumbent exercise bikes and upright exercise bikes. If space is an issue, the upright exercise bike is probably the best piece of cardio exercise equipment to place in your home gym. Its small foot print and easy mobility make it a great choice. The recumbent exercise bike offers a more comfortable seating position, providing lots of back support along with a larger seat to sit on. Most of the exercise bikes we sell offer quiet, smooth magnetic resistance. Many of the bikes do are self powered and do not need to be plugged into an outlet. This provides the convenience of placing the exercise bike anywhere in your home gym. Like most pieces of exercise equipment, a mat is recommended to protect the surface where the bike is placed.

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Check out our exercise bikes from Monark, Body Solid, Fitnex, Bodycraft, Stamina Products and Aristo.

Rowing Machines: Though not as popular as treadmills, ellipticals or exercise bikes, rowing machines offer one of the best full body toning workouts along with an intense cardiovascular workout. Targeting most of the major muscle groups such as the legs, glutes, back and arms, rowing machines create an effective calorie burning workout that is quite different from most other exercise machines.

Two of the most common types of rowing machines are air rowers and piston rowers. The piston rowing machine uses shock absorber type cylinders to create resistance. Though less expensive than air rowers, they are not as smooth or fluid in their motion. The air rowing machine offers a smooth, fluid, realistic rowing movement not unlike rowing in a real crew shell.

Most of the rowers offer a small electronic computer that monitors time, distance, calories, strokes per minute etc. Some of the air rower models fold for easy storage and mobility. Ntaifitness carries rowing machines manufactured by Bodycraft, Stamina and First Degree Fitness just to name a few.

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Boxing & Martial Arts To some, the category of boxing may not seem like it fits in the cardiovascular workout category. However, a 30 minute workout on a heavy bag or speed bag will prove differently. Boxing can provide an excellent upper body and cardio workout. Our selection of Boxing and Martial Arts exercise equipment is top of the line. Choose from heavy bags that are free standing or bags that are suspended from a rack or the ceiling. Speed bags and double end bags offer an even greater challenge and variety in the workout. This exercise equipment makes a great addition to any home gym.

The Top 10 Best Hip Flexor Exercises

If you are an athlete, you need to be focusing on increasing the strength of your hip flexors. The function of the hip flexor is to raise the knee straight upward and flexing the hip.

Hip flexors, also known as Iliopsoas, are a group of muscles used to pull the knee upward. Weak hip flexors can impair coordination and even make walking or going upstairs difficult. There are several exercises you can do to strengthen the hip flexors, but always consult with a doctor before starting a new exercise regimen.

The hip flexors, which consist of five distinct muscles, are often a neglected muscle group. The hip flexors are a group of muscles in the front of the hip that act to lift the knee and bring the thigh towards the abdomen.

The major muscles making up the hip flexors that we will focus on are the iliacus and the psoas, or the iliopsoas and the rectus femoris. The rectus femoris is a “two joint muscle” because it crosses both the hip and knee joints.

As a group, the hip flexors have attachments on the lumbar spine, the pelvis, and the femur. In addition to their major function of flexing the hip, their attachment on the spine makes them an important part of the core muscles and spinal stabilizers.

Here are the top 10 best hip flexor exercises:

Hanging Leg Raises

  • Vertical crunch, hanging knee raises, captain’s chair hanging leg raises, Roman chair leg raises
  • Targets: Hip flexors, abs, obliques
  • Equipment: leg raises machine

To perform Hanging Leg Raises:

  1. Stand in the frame with your arms resting on the arms of the chair. Grab on to the handles of the chair, if it has them.
  2. Check that your arm position is firm (you need to be able to lift your bodyweight from the floor).
  3. Inhale as you engage your abdominal muscles to prepare for the leg lift.
  4. Lift your legs by bending at the knees. Go no higher than your waist.
  5. With an engaged core, exhale as you lower your legs in a controlled movement until you’re back in the starting position.
  6. Aim for 8 to 10 raises before resting (one set). Work up to 3 sets of 10 raises.

Hip adduction and abduction machines

People who have access to a gym may be able to find Hip adduction and abduction machines geared towards strengthening the hip flexors. Often seated, these machines focus on squeezing the legs together or pushing them apart.

If focusing on the legs, a person should not skip these machines at the gym, as they can help to strengthen the hip flexors.

Mountain climbers

Mountain climbers are a type of move that a person does from a plank-like position. Mountain climbers mimic the motion of climbing up rocks, which is where the name comes from.

To perform mountain climbers:

  1. Start in a regular plank with hands and feet placed shoulder-width apart.
  2. Keep the hands firmly planted on the ground and pull the right knee up to the chest on the same side of the body.
  3. Then, return to the starting position and repeat with the left leg.
  4. Start off with 5 to 10 repetitions and build up to about 20 to 30 over time.

Squats

Squats can work the muscles of the legs and engage the core at the same time. Squats have an added advantage of being very flexible, meaning a person can adjust the intensity to fit their changing fitness needs.

To perform a squat:

  1. Start in a standing position with feet slightly spread apart and arms to the side.
  2. Bend the knees and push the buttocks toward the back.
  3. Drop down until the legs are roughly parallel to the floor, keeping knees in line with the feet.
  4. Keep the abs tight and bring the arms up to chest level.
  5. Repeat 10 to 30 times depending on fitness level.
  6. As strength grows, people can add can jumps or weights for an extra challenge.

Dynamic stretching

Dynamic stretching (stretching while in motion), is the most efficient way to lengthen and strengthen the hip flexor muscles.

An exercise that you can do that will engage the core and all of the lower extremity muscles while focusing on the hip flexors is called the Single Leg Split Squat.

Remember that the rectus femoris crosses the hip and knee joint. This exercise involves both the hip and knee joint, making it an appropriate exercise to train the rectus femoris as well as the iliacus.

Lying Scissor Kicks

This workout can be done on the floor or on a workout bench. Start scissor kicks by lying flat on your back and placing your hands under your buttocks with your palms facing the floor.

With your legs starting together, vertically raise your right leg so the heel of your foot is about 18 inches off the ground. If you’re on the floor, raise your left heel about 2 inches off the ground.

Keep your knees slightly bent during the exercise. In the same motion as scissors, simultaneously change positions so your right leg lowers toward the ground and your left leg vertically raises. Continue to move your legs in a scissor-like motion. To increase the intensity of the exercise, use ankle weights.

Seated Leg Raises

If you’re using an exercise machine for seated leg raises, sit with your back firmly against the seat and place the padded lever over your ankles on the top portion of your feet. Grasp the side grips to keep your buttocks on the seat, but do not use the side grips to assist you during the workout.

Contract your hip flexors to raise the lever up and then lower the lever using slow and controlled motions. This exercise can also be done sitting on the edge of a bench holding a dumbbell between your feet. Grasp the sides of the bench to keep your buttocks from moving off the bench as you extend your knees to raise the dumbbell.

Forward Lunge

Lunges are an effective workout for your hip flexors. Start lunges by standing with your feet and your abdominal muscles contracted to stabilize your spine during the workout. Step forward about 24 inches with your right leg making sure your heel lands on the floor first and then shift your body weight to the remainder of your right foot.

Simultaneously bend your knees until your left knee moves about 2 inches from the floor and your left thigh is parallel to the floor. To return to your standing position, push off the ground with your right leg by contracting your thigh and buttocks muscles until you’re standing. The intensity of this exercise can be increased by using a barbell or dumbbells.

LEG LIFTS

Target Body Parts: abs, upper back, lower back, hip flexor, glutes, quadriceps
Lay down on your back on a mat or a towel on a flat surface. Keep your back firmly pressed down against the floor and push your palms down into the floor, by your hips to help stabilize your core.

Then with your legs straight and together, lift them up off the floor and bring them up above your head. As your feet reach up above your head, pick your hips up by pushing your hands into the floor and contracting your abs, this will enable you to push your legs up even higher towards the ceiling or sky.

Take care with this one if you have a history of back pain or issues, especially in your mid and upper back.

Standing Cable Hip Flexion

standing cable hip flexion is a alternative and exercise machine exercise that primarily targets the hip flexors and to a lesser degree also targets the groin and quads.

  1. Take the cable machine handle and place it on the lowest notch.
  2. Wrap the handle around your left leg and stand on your right leg.
  3. Lift your knee up to your waist. As you lift your knee upwards bend your leg.
  4. Lower your foot back down but don’t let it touch the ground.
  5. Repeat for the desired amount of repetitions and then switch legs.