What’s that, you say? Treadmills without motors, is that even possible? A resounding yes, yes, yes is the answer called to action by your feet.
Treadmills, the most used piece of exercise equipment in any gym is going old school. That’s right, what’s old is new again, and in this case you just need to look down below to your feet. Manual treadmills are showing up in edgy, high-end health clubs forgoing the digital, electronic connection we all rely on.
The newly resurrected, childlike conception of a treadmill looks to a hamster’s flywheel for inspiration. There is a concave surface instead of flat tread and one moves by their own power just like a hamster on a flywheel. Personal gravity becomes the accelerator and the brake as forward is go and backward is to stop or slow down. And all your personal gravity and effort adds up to burning more calories than traditional treadmills. Perfect for a diversion from the erg, short burst workouts or to rotate through the rest of your training.
According to the Wall Street Journal, up to 30% more calories can be burned on non motorized treadmills like the Woodway Curve of Waukesha, Wisconsin or the TrueForm Runner by Chapco. Star Trac plans to add a motorless treadmill with an incline to its lineup of treadmills sometime next year.
The digital displays are battery operated to keep track of progress, no need for an electric outlet with this baby. You can work out during a power outage or alone on a deserted island. And these treadmills take up less space and are quieter too. Then again, the original treadmills without borders, a.k.a. our own feet, take up no room at all.
“Ergometer is Greek for work meter.”
— Barry Strauss, Rower, Professor of History and Classics at Cornell University, Author of Rowing Against the Current: On Learning to Scull at Forty.
Grit Fitness Festival will be held today, January 21, 2017 at the Hampton Road Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia hosted by Crossfit Oyster Point. This is a Concept2 Non-Satellite event.
More Under Armour at Costco:
And while the Under Armour Ladies’ HeatGear Spandex are long gone, the Under Armour Ladies’ Fleece Pullovers are still in stock waiting in anticipation for bundling into after an early morning Spring Row.
And while I’m personally loyal to my my old and always reliable Concept2 D, these Rowers are available at Costco for your New Year’s resolutions or prepping for the CRASH-Bs on February 25, 2018.
Yes, Under Armour at Costco! Sorry guys, these are only for the ladies.
And Costco has rowers too:
There’s something for everyone on Cyber Monday. Rowers are all about comfort and efficiency, but we like something new too. Here’s a short list of places with spandex, dry wick, fleece, ergs and more for rowers and gifting:
For Under Armour, check the outlet HERE.
For Sperry check HERE.
Regatta Sport continues the Black Friday sale for Cyber Monday, for details check HERE.
Check out sale items and the Bargain Bin at JL Racing HERE.
For Costco check HERE.
For Dick’s Sporting Goods check HERE.
For Eastern Mountain Sports check HERE.
For Land’s End check HERE.
For L.L.Bean check HERE.
Sweaty Betty continues the Black Friday sale for Cyber Monday, for details check HERE.
Happy Labor Day!
Alright, alright, alright, practice if done well is not a labor of love. I get it. But practice does make execution better. Mind over water, mind over matter, working out the kinks, and all the other cliches associated with practice come true during race time. To be at your optimum performance there are no short cuts.
I can’t vouch for any rowing machine except for a Concept2, but some of these rowers are packed with Labor Day savings at differing price points. TopFitness recently reviewed the features and value in rowing machines. See if one makes a difference for you:
Concept2 has set the standard and innovation beyond trends for 40 years.
Costco carries a variety of rowing machines including Lifecore and the WaterRower made famous on House of Cards.
Dick’s Sporting Goods offers up to 46% savings on rowers. This cannot be combined with an additional $20 off $100 purchase for Labor Day.
Gronk Fitness offers 3 versions of WaterRowers thanks to Rob Gronkowski. Even if you’re not a big Pat’s fan like me, check out Gronk’s amazing blog to “get your mind right.”
NordicTrack offers the folding RW2000 Rower for $599 down from $1299.
Overstock currently carries 42 ergs some with special Labor Day savings just for today. Free shipping too when spending over $45.
And for other stuff you may need with Labor Day savings:
Eastern Mountain Sports offers up to 50% off with an additional 20% off one item (there may be exceptions) with the code Summer20.
Land’s End offers 30% off with code CELEBRATE and pin 4418.
LLBean offers 25% off a purchase of $50 today with free shipping.
REI‘s Labor Day sale offers up to 40% off clearance and favorites plus 30% off one regularly priced Arc’teryx item.
My favorite, Sweaty Betty offers 25% off and free shipping with code LABORDAY.