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Fitness Gadgets are a Must According to Fitness for Dummies

April 6th, 2009 by Warren

If you read and liked the original book “Fitness for Dummies,” co authored by Suzanne Schlosberg and Liz Neporent which was first published in 1999, you’re going to love the new edition.  It is a fantastic step by step book for novices (“dummies”) who want to become fit. As both the authors are fitness freaks, they have firsthand experience in which exercises are best for you.  They not only tell you about the type of exercises you should undertake but also tell you what fitness gadgets are useful and why you should use them.

The book is well researched and is written in an easy to understand language with tons of information regarding the exercises suited for you.  Whether you are a University of Iowa Hawkeye Football Team member or a layman, you can find something useful in the pages of this book.  Basic exercises for strengthening or building up flexibility or developing cardiovascular strength are all dealt with in detail.

Interestingly, they prefer exercise bikes and do not really care for the treadmill.  In addition, they have listed 100 reasons for you to break a sweat in this new edition, which you will find particularly useful.

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Some Low Cost Fitness Gadgets to Help With Your Workout

March 19th, 2009 by Warren

When it comes to buying fitness gadgets the first thing that comes to mind is that many of them are very expensive.

Well, while perusing some fitness publications, we’ve found a small sampling of fitness gadgets that won’t break the bank and can easily fit your workout routine:

  • The Gymboss Interval Timer  is useful for circuit workouts or interval trainings in which you can program the unit to beep or make a sound so that you can switch over to next exercise.  This is a pager-sized device that saves you from constantly staring at your watch during exercise.  You can buy Gymboss at their website for about $20 USD (
  • Nike + Sport Kit is a unit that fits in your shoe and wirelessly connects with your iPod nano (1G, 2G, 3G) and tracks your running time, distance, pace, and calories burned.  An you can enjoy your favorite music too.  About $35 USD.
  • Tanita PD- 724 3- Axes Pedometer – a keychain-sized unit which keeps a complete record of distance covered, calories burned and total time spent in covering distances.  About $35 USD.
  • NuMetrex Apparel is a shirt, tank top, or sports bra that has in built heart rate sensors and sends data to the cardio machine or watch.  Ranges from $99-149 USD depending on clothing style.
  • The Woody Bag is a crosstrainer bag in which the sand shifts when lifted up, providing strength training, endurance, and conditioning all in one unit.   $60-120 USD depending on weight and size of bag.
  • Garmin Forerunner 50 is a sport watch computer that measures heart rate, as well as pace, time, distance, calories burned and other information that you need to know during workouts. About $100 USD.

So you see – there are fitness gadgets that are low in cost but high in value.  Your workout doesn’t have to be a wallet-buster anymore!

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Huge Gift for Carver-Hawkeye Arena

November 9th, 2008 by Art

We cover a lot of sports, sports technology, and sports gadget news, but we do have a soft spot in our hearts for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes here at Kinnick North.

We just heard today that Dale and Marilyn Howard of Iowa Falls, Iowa have committed to a $5 million gift to the University of Iowa Foundation to support the athletic program at the University.

Most of the gift will go toward planned upgrades to the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.  The remainder will support projects for the University of Iowa Hawkeye Football program.

Go Hawkeyes!!!

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WiiFit – Exercise for Gamers?

April 23rd, 2008 by Art

Young gamers have earned a reputation as glazed-eyed couch potatoes, shunning the outdoors and any physical activities in order to stay in front of their video games, aiming for the ever elusive high score, victory over rival clans, or discovering the secret keys to the supreme kingdom.

Well, once again, here comes the Nintendo Wii to the rescue with the WiiFit, scheduled for release on May 19.

The WiiFit is a medium sized balance board that is pressure sensitive that allows various exercise options, under the eye of a virtual trainer.  Using the Wiifit, one can do workouts like pushups, yoga, and even virtual hula hoops.  One can also become a sports persona, for example a Soccer Goalie blocking shots with your head, do some dance step routines.

The WiiFit has a suggested retail of $89.99.

Check out a video of the WiiFit in action:

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A Workout Armband for Your iPhone From Belkin

April 20th, 2008 by Art

Ok, so you’re completely addicted to your iPhone and can’t go anywhere without it.

So what happens when you want to go for a run?

What to do? What to do?

Belkin has one answer, the Sport Armband for the iPhone.  Hey, the iPod folks have an armband, why not the iPhone people?

Belkin’s Sport Armband is made of breathable, machine-washable material.  It also includes a small pocket suitable for keys or your earbuds.  The armband has full screen protection, but you still don’t want to take a spill and land on the arm that has your iPhone strapped to it.

Frankly, the iPhone is a bit bulky to be strapped to your arm, but if you need constant phone connectivity to the outside world, even during workout time, this product will give it to you.

The Sport Armband has a suggested retail of $29.99.

 iPhone Workout Armband by Belkin

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