November 28, 2012 / Category: Fitness Community

Environmental sustainability has become a key factor in consumer purchasing decisions. From light bulbs to lettuce and computers to cars, the desire to live greener influences where people eat, buy their homes and work, so why not where they work out?

Life Fitness’s new Green To Go certification program ensures that an exercise facility’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint doesn’t go unnoticed by today’s growing audience of green-minded exercisers by awarding any client who purchases at least 90 percent of their cardio equipment from our energy-efficient line of products with a plaque to display in their facility. 

Jessica Campbell

July 11, 2012 / Category: Fun Side of Fitness

Today, the treadmill is the most popular piece of fitness equipment, found in homes and health clubs around the world. But where did this great cardiovascular machine come from?

Ancient Roman Tread Mill Crane

The “tread mill” also known as the “tread wheel” was first introduced in the height of the Roman Empire, around the late first century AD. When the Romans found they had a need to lift heavier weight, they incorporated the treadmill, replacing the winch in their cranes. The men would walk within the wheel itself and because the treadmill had a larger diameter, they were able to lift double the weight with half the crew. 

Reconstruction of the Roman Polyspastos Crane

Tom Higgins

May 30, 2012 / Category: Fitness Advisor

Ever see those people at the gym who are walking on such a steep incline that they hang on for dear life, and wonder why?

Recent studies by the University of Colorado found that when using a 9 degree treadmill incline, hamstrings displayed 635 percent of the muscular activity of level walking and, it increases your glute activity - up by 345 percent. 

Scott D