Monday, April 30, 2012

Is the exercise and health industry forgetting the obese?

If you are over 250 lbs. you have no doubt been frustrated by the lack of exercise equipment out there that can withstand your weight capacity. A quick research over many online sites offering exercise equipment shows on average the maximum weight capacity for many exercise equipment to be no more than 250 lbs. It seems pretty clear the health and fitness industry has forgotten those who really need the most help. With so many needing exercise help, it is befuddling and amazing that more companies that manufacture equipment haven't raised the bar a little and made exercise equipment for those needing it the most. Here is a list of some exercise equipment that may be able to help if you weigh more than 250 lbs.

Stamina 55-1610 InMotion E1000 Elliptical Trainer

This item is currently offered on and is reasonably priced at under $90.00 While it does not say in the description of this item what the weight capacity is, research of the online customer reviews turned up that a 280 lb customer was able to use this item. What is great about this particular piece of equipment is that it is small and easy to store in sharp contrast to many other elliptical type exercise equipment. If you live in a place with limited space this item may be a perfect fit. With over 500 customer reviews giving this item a solid 4 stars out of 5, I'd say it's worth checking out. Click on the image to purchase.

Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle


This item also doesn't state that it has a specific weight capacity, but here again, a customer review stated weighing 400 lbs. and used this item with no problems. The Marcy magnetic recumbent exercise bike has a few features that are worth taking into consideration. The bike offers eight levels of preset resistance, an adjustable tension knob that adjusts to your personal fitness level. It has a  large console display,tracks your speed, distance, time, and calories burned which is great for those of us on a schedule. The manufacturer states the bike is comfortable and supportive, with a recumbent step through frame for easy mounting, a great feature for those of us larger than 250 lbs. The bike also sports a dismountable and adjustable seat that accommodates different body types and sizes. The recumbent frame is great for those who find most upright bikes uncomfortable to sit on and also may be a great solution for those with other physical limitations. 267 customers gave this item a solid 4 stars out of 5 rating on Amazon and at only $149.00 and free shipping it sounds like a great item for the 250lb. and over people. If you are interested in this item click on the image to be brought to the Amazon page.

Ab-Doer Twist Abdominal Trainer



This machine has a maximum weight capacity at 300 lbs. so a little better for the larger folks. The manufacturers state that you can tone muscles and receive an effective aerobic workout from a seated position with the Ab-Doer Twist. The manufacturer also claims this item is easy to use, requiring the user to just sit down on the device and your body will automatically be positioned in an anatomically correct (and stable) position.
The machine allows you to move in a swivel like motion and in so doing, helps eliminate excess fat from your abdominal muscles and your obliques while also targeting other "metabolically active" muscles in your inner and outer thighs, hips, and buttocks. Wow that sounds like it covers most problem areas.
The manufacturer also claims that  The Ab-Doer Twist's state-of-the-art torsion flex technology activates a wide range of muscles groups. Because you're properly aligned and supported with this items design, you'll use these muscles effectively, with less stress and less pain. 63 customers gave this item a 3.5 star out of a possible 5 star rating. It's cost is $135.99 and may be ideal for those that have problems standing for a long period of time. If you think this may help you at your current weight, click the link and research this possible option for exercise.

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