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My Top 10 Go-To Fitness Accessories for Living an Active Lifestyle as a Mom

 

On a short getaway to San Diego!
My babies!

As a full-time mom to three little ones (4 years old, 2.5 years old, and 3 months old) it’s not always easy to carve out time for exercise and it’s also far too easy to make excuses for myself!  So, I’ve written up my Top Ten Go-To Fitness Products that either help me stay motivated; help me stay on top of my fitness goals; or make it easy to exercise even if I have to do it with all my kids.  I’ve included a “Why I love this” description and a link that will take you to Amazon where you can find more reviews and current prices.  So, keep reading below for what makes working out with toddlers easier for THIS mom.

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The Top 5 Rowing Machines of 2017

Why You Should Row & The Best Rowers of 2017

When people head into a gym, they immediately gravitate to the treadmill.  Or elliptical.  Or maybe the free weights.  But they rarely head over to the most underused AND undervalued piece of equipment in the gym: the rowing machine.  Maybe it’s because they feel intimidated by it.  Or maybe they feel like it’s uneffective.  But the fact of the matter is, the rower is one of THE most effective exercises machines that you could use.  About the same price as a good quality treadmill, the rower is a way more efficient and worthwhile machine to consider for your home gym.

If you don’t have much time you’ll find a short list below of the Top 5 Rowing Machines of 2017.  I include a brief description on why each machine is a good rower and a link that will take you to Amazon for the current price and more reviews.  If you have more time and want more information, keep on reading for some more information, workouts, how-to videos, some helpful accessories and some fun facts about rowing and all that it does for your body!

The TOP 5 Rowing Machines of 2017

  • Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5:
    The Concept2 Brand is considered to be the Gold Standard of Rowers.  Used by professionals for its similarity to  the real thing, the Concept2 Model E provides a smooth low impact and total body workout with minimal noise and set up.  It easily separates into two pieces for storage and has a 500 lb. user capacity.  It includes a monitor that provides accurate data for each stroke of your workout. There is also a Model D which caters to a slightly different audience.  Check here for my review on the Concept2 Model D and here for my review and comparison of the differences between the Concept2 Model D and the Concept2 Model E Rowers.
  • Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower This Magnetic Rowing machine allows you to program different workouts as well as adjust resistance and workout time with the touch of a button.  It  comes with 12 programs and a fitness monitor that tracks distance, time, calories, watts and strokes per minute.   This is a perfect rower for someone on a moderate budget who wants a great machine for their home gym.

 

 

 

 

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The Top Five TRX Strap Kits in 2017

TRX Straps: My New Favorite Gym Addition in 2017

TRX Straps

Are you traveling and need a solution for working out on a budget?  Or can’t afford a big set of weights but want to do strength training?  Looking for a good core workout?  TRX straps are your answer!  Inexpensive and yet SO effective, these handy straps are light, easily slipped into your suitcase or used in your home and take literal seconds to set up.

If you are short on time, see below for a list of the top 5 TRX Strap Kits in 2017. I’ve included a short description and the links will take you straight to Amazon where you can find the current prices and sales. If you would like to see a more detailed review, you’ll find a comprehensive review a little further down, complete with pros and cons, how-to videos and workouts.

 

 

The TOP 5 TRX Strap Kits in 2017

TRX Tactical Kit: This kit is perfect for those who want an army style workout!  It comes with every single thing you need to work your whole body in shape: including three ditigal bootcamp workouts and access to the TRX Force Super App.  It also has a one year 100% purchase satisfaction, which means if you don’t love it you can return it for a full refund!

 

 

TRX PRO Suspension Training Home Gym: This TRX kit is similiar to the Tactical Kit except that it’s geared more towards home users.  It includes an 8 week workout program, 5 video workouts specific to different parts of the body, one total body workout, and 2 extra workout videos.  It also has a 100% satisfaction guarantee for one year, making this a great option to try out!

 

TRX Suspension Training Home Gym:  This TRX kit is similiar to the Pro Kit except that it has slightly less extras included. It also includes a one year 100% purchase satisfaction guarantee and comes with six digital home workouts and a comprehensive guide on using your TRX straps to their full advantage.

 

 

Fit Active Sports Suspension Body Trainer Straps:  This product is perfect for someone who wants a travel friendly kit.  Geared for people on the go, this product is lighter and easier to transport but JUST as high quality as the more expensive TRX strap kits.

 

 

Athlete’s Life Heavy Duty Pro Resistance Suspension Trainer Workout Straps: This is a great option for those who want to give Suspension Training a try but aren’t ready to invest a lot of money in it.  These are just as effective, and easy to use but are much more economical and more friendly to your budget.

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The WaterRower: The Ultimate Indoor Rowing Experience

What Is a WaterRower?

Quite simply, a WaterRower is an indoor rowing machine that uses water (typically in a small/medium sturdy container) to provide resistance instead of using air or magnetic resistance typically used by other rowing machines.  Because it uses water as resistance it is often boasted of mimicking the feel of a real boat and provides a smooth, natural, rowing feel.  

Average Cost of a WaterRower:

Because of the quality and craftsmanship of WaterRowers,  they are not inexpensive machines.  However, people who use them believe (and I think this as well) that they are well worth the investment.  You’re not only paying for a better and more accurate rowing experience, but you’re also paying for the fact that these machines will practically last forever.  When you weigh that against a cheaper machine that might break down after a few years use, you end up spending less money overall.

That being said, every machine I discuss below typically fall somewhere in the $800 – $3000 range (depending on the machine and current sales).  If you aren’t looking for a indoor rower in this price range, consider checking out the Stamina Air Rower or Stamina Trac Glider which fall into a significantly lower price bracket and are still well-reviewed, good rowers.  Otherwise, keep reading or head on over to Amazon now to see some well-reviewed rowers.

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Is the Stamina Body Trac Glider the Best Rowing Machine under $200?

The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050: Product Review

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 (image will take you to Amazon)

Are you someone who wants to build up a home gym but your budget is limited?  Or maybe you are interested in giving rowing a try but don’t want to commit to the cost of a machine like the Concept 2 rower .  In either of these cases, checking out the Stamina Body Trac Glider could be well worth your time!  Continue reading for more information on this low-cost, effective rowing machine or go straight to Amazon here for the current price.

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Concept 2 Model E vs. Concept 2 Model D: Which is better?

If you’re looking for a high quality rower, chances are pretty good that you’re are thinking about getting a Concept 2 Indoor Rower.  In looking around, you may have noticed that they have a Model D and Model E and that although the Model E is approximately 20% more in price than the Model D, there otherwise doesn’t seem to be much difference.

That’s what this article is for: to save YOU your valuable time in researching and give you a clear article on the differences between the two models so that you can make an informed decision before you purchase.

To go straight to current prices on Amazon, check below or keep reading for more information:

Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rower

Concept 2 Model E Indoor Rower

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Equipment under $500: Is the Stamina Air Rower the Best?

Stamina Air Rower (1402 ATS) Product Review:

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The Stamina Air Rower (1402 ATS) is one of the most well-reviewed indoor rowers that you could buy within a $500 budget.  This makes it a great choice for those who want to enter in the world of indoor rowing but are operating within a smaller price range.  If you don’t have a lot of time right now, head on over to Amazon here for more information and the current price.  Otherwise keep reading for more information on this machine.

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Best Treadmills under $500: Review of the Weslo Cadence g 5.9!

Weslo Cadence g 5.9 Treadmill Review

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Are You Looking for a Way to Stay Fit But:

  • You have a limited budget.
  • You don’t have the time or means to get to the gym.
  • You have a small home and need a easy, cheap, space-saving solution that will allow you to get the job done.
  • You need a way to exercise, no matter the time of day, weather, or child-care logistics.

If any of these describe you and your needs, then the Weslo Cadence g 5.9 Treadmill just might be for you!  Continue for a full, comprehensive review on its pros and cons. Or go straight to Amazon for more information and prices.

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Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine Review

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For those of you who are looking for a way to cross-train; actively prevent injury; in need of some physical rehabilitation or simply want to invest in one machine that will work their entire body at once… read on to take a serious look at the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine.

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Proform 2000 Treadmill: Everything you need to know!

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Known either as the Proform 2000 or the Proform Pro 2000, (which you can find here on Amazon) this spectacular treadmill delivers in every area.  It is has been widely reviewed as the best in it’s price range.  It’s range of options make it a great choice for the serious runner or person who wants to make a great investment in their health and wellness.

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