Earlier this month, Nautilus hosted a fitness event to introduce new home fitness equipment. Celebrity trainers Jen Galardi, Jay Blahnik and Gregg Cook took me through 1:1 demos of each piece of equipment - CoreBody Reformer® by Nautilus, Bowflex® SelectTech® Dumbbells,
Bowflex® UpperCut™, Schwinn® Airdyne® AD6, Schwinn® 520 Reclined Elliptical and the Peak Fit System™. Of all the demos, I am obsessed with CoreBody Reformer ($249.95), which also comes with four workouts on one DVD - Total Body Workout #1, Total Body Express, Core Essentials and Stretch & Renew.
Jen introduced me to foam-roll exercises, which would be great to do once I start running again this spring. CoreBody Reformer® combines yoga, pilates and dance. I loved trying out the scissor and leg stretches. It was challenging trying to keep my balance but was incredibly fun - I could have used CoreBody Reformer® all day!
Home fitness is really important to me since my schedule is always booked, and I need to be able to exercise on my own time, whether it's for 20 minutes or an hour. I would love to add CoreBody Reformer® to my spring training regimen, to help me get in shape for the next Rugged Maniac obstacle course in NY this June.
Jay took me through the Bowflex® SelectTech® Dumbbells, which contains 8 sets of weights ranging from 5 to 52.5 pounds on each side, in 5 pound increments.
Gregg demonstrates how to use the Bowflex® BodyTower™, which features more than 18 exercises, complete with hand grips and sling straps. This is my favorite from Bowflex®, since it allows me to focus on upper body workouts.
I actually tried the Bowflex® UpperCut™, but needed some assistance in trying it out since I really didn't weigh enough to keep up with the resistance. It is great for assisting with push ups and is great for defining your back and abs and strengething your shoulders.
The Schwinn® 520 Reclined Elliptical (left) combines a seat position with an elliptical foot path. The harder you pedal on the Schwinn® Airdyne® AD6 (left), the harder the resistance. It has a unique RevMeter™ RPM gauge that's perfect for interval training.
From left: Rob Murdock (VP, General Manager Direct for Nautilus), Jay Blahnik, Jen Galardi and Gregg Cook during the lunch panel
- Kim Weling