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Bowflex Selecttech 220 Dumbells
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to or from the base, do so in a vertical motion, perpendicular to the base. Try not to tilt the dumbbell or move it laterally (parallel to the base) until it is fully clear of the unselected weight plates.
Weight will increment in the following 8 steps:
Understanding and testing the locking mechanism function
The Bowflex SelectTech 220 features a locking mechanism designed to assure proper and complete selection of the weight plates as well as to ensure weight plate retention during the workout. It is important that you fully understand the function of this mechanism and periodically test it to ensure it is properly functioning.
3. With the handle removed from the base, grab one adjustment knob with your other hand and gently attempt to turn the knob, the knob should not rotate. A locking pin in the mechanism will have engaged the rotational assembly when the unit was withdrawn from the base. Perform this test with all adjustment knobs.
WA R NING
Do not use a great deal of force in an attempt to turn the locked adjustment knob. Excessive force may damage the locking mechanism.
The locking mechanism provides two key functions: 1. The mechanism will only allow the adjustment knobs to be rotated when the dumbbell handle is completely inserted and engaging the dumbbell base. 2. The mechanism is designed to lock the dumbbell handle to the base if either adjustment knob is not fully engaging the selected weight plates.
The locking mechanism serves two important purposes: 1. The mechanism will prevent deselecting (dropping) weight plates from the dumbbell when it is NOT in the dumbbell base. 2. The mechanism will prevent partial selection of the weight plates in which the plates are not fully supported and the locking pin is not fully engaged. Given the importance of this locking mechanism, it is critical that you understand how it operates and how to periodically test it to make sure it is functioning correctly.
Testing proper locking mechanism function
1. With the dumbbell handle set in the dumbbell base, turn both adjustment knobs to the number 2.5. You will know you have fully and correctly selected the number when you feel the adjustment knob settle into a notch (known as a detent). You will also hear a slight, but audible, clicking noise that corresponds with the detent locations for each number. 2. You should be able to withdraw the handle from the base leaving all the weight plates behind.
4. After confirming the proper function of the locking mechanism as described above, return and fully insert the dumbbell handle back into the base assembly. 5. With the handle back in the base, turn the adjustment knob on one side to a position that is in between two weight settings This represents an incomplete weight selection where the adjustment knob has not fully selected a weight and the knob is between the selection detents (clicks). 6. With the selection knob in this improper position, gently attempt to lift up on the handle to remove it from the base. You should find that the handle is locked to the base and cannot be removed with light pressure as it can normally. 7. Return the improperly selected adjustment knob to a full and proper weight selection and assure that the dumbbell handle can once again be removed. 8. Repeat this test for all adjustment knobs. 9. Assure the entire dumbbell handle assembly is properly tightened. Do this by setting the adjustment knobs to five pounds and removing the handle assembly from the base. Grab both adjustment knobs and very slightly push and pull the knobs toward and away from the handle grip. The knobs should not exhibit free play and all of the selection discs should feel tightly connected. 10. You have now tested the function of the locking mechanism. We suggest you repeat this test periodically (once a month) to confirm the proper function of the locking mechanism.
Do not intentionally engage the locking mechanism and attempt to lift the entire dumbbell via the grip. The dumbbell should only be lifted by using the lift handles molded into the base assembly.
If the dumbbell locking mechanism fails to perform in accordance with the test procedure above, do the following things: 1. Discontinue use of the product immediately until proper service can be provided. 2. Contact your Bowflex retailer or contact Nautilus, Inc. directly by phone at 1-800-605-3369 for service.
workouts, such as the biceps curl. The SelectTech 220 functions exactly the same way whether you have selected balanced or offset weights. The only exception is that when you are using offset weights, you must return the dumbbell to the base in the same orientation that you removed it. When you have offset weight selection the combination of weight plates selected will not be the same on both sides of the dumbbell. You must therefore make certain to return the dumbbell to the base in the same orientation in which it was removed, in order for the weight plates to settle back into the corresponding vacant slots in the dumbbell base.
Example of offset weight selection workout
Performed traditionally, dumbbell curls strengthen the biceps, but do little for the forearm muscles that assist in supination and pronation of the wrist. Supination and pronation are terms describing a rotating motion of the wrist. For example, turning a doorknob and turning your key in your cars ignition are examples of supination and pronation. When using your right hand, turning a doorknob clockwise would be the supination direction, while counter-clockwise would be the pronation direction (directions are reversed for left-handed motion). Whether you are training for a specific sport, or just training to become stronger and improve activities of daily living, training your forearm muscles that are involved in supination and pronation can be beneficial. These dumbbells allow you to train differently than traditional dumbbells. By using different weight settings on either side of the dumbbells, you can use those supination/ pronation muscles during your curls. Using more weight on the thumb side of the dumbbell will improve pronation strength, while more weight on the little finger side will improve supination strength. Not only will you be strengthening your biceps, but also you can become stronger in activities involving rotation of the wrist! The following example of a Biceps Curl using offset weight is a good demonstration of the superior muscle development
Offset weight selection
As indicated above, proper selection for a given weight is accomplished by selecting that weight number on both ends of the dumbbell. For example: to select 20 lbs, one must dial both adjustment knobs on the dumbbell to the number 20. By selecting the same number on both sides of the dumbbell, you will replicate a common dumbbell, this is to say, a balanced dumbbell with equal weight on both sides. While this is the most common form of weight selection and will be used in the vast majority of workouts, the Bowflex SelectTech 220 dumbbell offers a useful and unique workout alternative known as offset weight selection. Offset weight selection involves using a different weight setting on one side of the dumbbell relative to the other. Doing so can be a powerful muscle development tool during certain
Side 1 Weight settings selected Weight Difference Weight Distribution Weight offset 10 lbs 5 lbs
Side lbs 10 lbs 10 lbs + 5 lbs
Total dumbbell weight 15 lbs 7.5 lbs
provided by the SelectTech 220. The dumbbell weight has been set to 10 lbs on one side and 20 lbs on the other. The total weight of the dumbbell is therefore 15 lbs. This 15 lb dumbbell has the weight distributed such that there are 5 lbs on one side and 10 lbs on the other for a total of 15 lbs. With the dumbbell weight configured as defined above, the user should grip the dumbbell with 10 lbs on the thumb side of the hand and the 20 lbs on the little finger side of the hand. Start the biceps curl with a neutral wrist and forearm position (palm facing leg). As the curl progresses from the start to finish position, the wrist should be rotated progressively outward (palm up). During this curl the user will be lifting the weight of the dumbbell (15 lbs) with the biceps but also lifting the offset weight of 5 lbs with wrist rotation (supination). Unlike a conventional dumbbell that is balanced end to end, this offset weight will require more muscle activation and therefore develop the forearm and wrist. Below you will find some helpful charts that will provide the total dumbbell weight for various combinations of weight
18.104.22.168.17.2.5 3.6.25 7.5 8.11.25 Indicates weight setting on adjustment knob 5 6.25 7.5 8.11.25 12.5 7.5 8.11.25 12.5 13.75
This is settings.just one example of the off-
set weight settings you may use. The weight combinations and totals are quite extensive given the adjustment options of the SelectTech 220.
10 11.25 12.5 13.75 15
15 16.25 17.5
Use the matrix above to quickly determine the offset weight selection total for your dumbbell
Bowflex SelectTech 220 maintenance:
The Bowflex SelectTech 220 is a very low maintenance product. However, there are steps that you should take to keep the product performing and looking its very best. 1. Should your SelectTech 220 handle assembly, plates or base become soiled you may clean them with a rag lightly dampened with warm water and a small amount of mild soap. Wipe dry with a separate rag. 2. The SelectTech 220 is internally lubricated and will not require further internal lubrication. The contact between weight plates and selection discs is not lubricated but has naturally low friction. This generally will not require any lubrication. Should you feel it necessary to lubricate the weight plates and/or selection discs, use only a silicon lubricant, preferably food grade.
1. Do not use any solvents, harsh detergents, chemicals or bleach on this product doing so may damage the materials, resulting in degradation of the products performance or strength. 2. Do not attempt to disassemble the dumbbell handle or base assembly. These items are not designed to be user serviced. Doing so will void the manufacturers warranty. Contact your Bowflex retailer or Nautilus, Inc. directly for service.
Problem Dumbbell handle does not fully insert into base when no plates are selected (handle has no plates attached). Solution 1. Make certain that both adjustment knobs are set directly to the number 2.5. 2. Make certain that all of the weight plates have the selection tongue facing away from the dumbbell grip. If one or more of these are backwards (selection tongue facing inward toward grip), the handle can get blocked, and the plates may wedge into the handle.
Dumbbell handle does not fully insert into base when plates are selected (handle has plates attached).
1. Check to see if you have selected different weights on each side of the dumbbell (for example one adjustment knob is set to 2.5 and the other is set to 5). If this is the case, you must replace the dumbbell in the base with the same orientation in which was withdrawn. This is to allow the plates to settle back into the correct and vacant openings in the base. 2. Verify that the plates not selected (those plates remaining in the dumbbell base) are in their correct spots and have not been moved to a different support slot. This may be blocking the dumbbell from fitting back into the base. 3. See solution #2 from problem above.
Adjustment knob will not turn while handle is in base.
1. Check to assure that the dumbbell handle is fully depressed into the dumbbell base. If not fully depressed, the locking mechanism will not be released and may be keeping the adjustment knobs from rotating. 2. Check to see if any weight plates have been put into the base assembly backwards with the support tongue facing the grip of the dumbbell handle. All weight plates must have the selection tongue facing away from the grip of the dumbbell handle. 3. Check to see if there is any dirt, debris or other obstruction in the dumbbell base. You may need to remove the weight plates from the base to accomplish this check. Remember to put each weight plate back in its appropriate location with the selection tongue facing away from the dumbbell grip.
Workout 15 Weight Flat Fly Flat Chest Press Seated Overhead Press Lying Triceps Extension Overhead Triceps Extension Single Arm Row Rear Delt Row Standing Curl Scott Curl Workout 16 Weight Wide Squat Reverse Lunge Calf Raise Reverse Crunch Lying Trunk Rotation Workout 17 Weight Flat Fly Flat Chest Press Lateral Raise Lying Triceps Extension Overhead Triceps Extension Single Arm Row Rear Delt Row Standing Curl Scott Curl Workout 18 Weight Stiff-Leg Dead Lift Wide Squat Calf Raise Ab Crunch Lying Trunk Rotation
Quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings and adductors
Keep the knees pointed in the same direction as the toes. Keep the head and neck in line with the trunk. Pay close attention to all alignment and stabilization issues on every part of each and repetition.
Grab the dumbbell with both hands and stand with you feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Slightly rotate your hips outward, feet and knees should be lined up in that outward position as well. Stabilize your torso by lifting your chest, tightening your abs and maintaining a slight arch in your lower back.
Under control, slowly squat down by sticking the hips back as the knees start to bend. Keep the chest up and the and back flat as the hips continue to move backward. Lower to approximately 90 degrees at the knees, unless otherwise determined. Return to the starting position. Do not lockout the knees at the top of the squat.
Gastrocnemius and soleus
Do not change your hip or knee position during the exercise. Rise up as high as you can, maintaining your balance, on the balls of your feet.
Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart, feet facing straight forward. Hold the dumbbells at your sides with your palms facing in. Keep your chest lifted, abs tight and a slight curve in your lower back.
Slowly rise up on the balls of your feet, lifting your heels as high as you can off the floor. Slowly return to the starting position, keeping tension on the calf muscles.
Place feet in a position so that when you lunge down, your front foot is directly under your knee and your back leg lines up under your hip. Keep your head and chest lifted, with a slight arch in the lower back during the movement. Do only one side to fatigue, then switch to the other side.
Stand with one foot forward and one foot backward in a position so when you move to the bottom of the lunge, you front foot is under your knee and you back knee is directly under you hip. Hold the dumbbells at your sides with your palms facing inward. Keep the chest lifted, abs tight and a slight arch in the lower back.
Slowly lower your body bending at both knees, simultaneously keeping the front knee in line with the toes. Move down and stop just before the back knee is going to touch the floor. Reverse the motion and come back up to the starting position.
Stiff-leg Dead Lift
Hamstrings, glutes and spinal erectors
Your torso should move from standing vertical to leaning forward at the hips without rounding your spine during any part of the movement. Keep the knees slightly bent. Only move as far as you can correctly. It is critical that you keep the chest lifted and do not allow your spine to round at any time during the movement.
Stand with your feet approximately shoulder width apart Hold the dumbbells down in front of your thighs with your palms facing back. Stand with a very slight bend at the knees. Keep the chest lifted, abs tight and a very slight arch in your lower back.
Maintaining your knee position, slowly bend forward at the hips moving your butt backward. Stop as your hamstrings begin to get taut and before your back begins to round. Concentrate on tensing your hamstrings to pull you back up to the starting position.
Place feet in a position so that when you lunge back, your front foot is directly under your knee and your back leg lines up under your hip. Keep your head and chest lifted, with a slight arch in the lower back during the movement. Do only one side to fatigue and then switch to the other side.
Stand with your feet together. Hold the dumbbells at your sides with your palms facing inward. Keep the chest lifted, abs tight and a slight arch in the lower back.
Initiate the movement by tightening your glutes and slowly pivoting your leg from your hip. Move your entire leg backward, keeping your knee steady at a 90 degree angle. Slowly move your leg as far as you can, without allowing any movement at the waist, knee or lower back. Slowly return to start position.
Flat Chest Press
Pectoralis major, deltoids and triceps
Maintain a 60-90 degree angle between your upper arms and torso at the start of the motion, and a 90 degree angle from your torso at the top. Keep knees bent so your feet are positioned flat on the floor directly under your knees. Do not let your elbows travel behind your shoulders when you are lowering the dumbbells. Keep shoulder blades pinched together and maintain good spinal alignment.
Pectoralis major and deltoid
Inclined 45 degrees
Slowly move the dumbbells forward, then upward, keeping your arms stable at the elbow. Move the dumbbells toward each other directly over the center of your upper chest. Keep the tension on the chest throughout the movement. Slowly return to the starting position. 17
Decline Chest Press
Maintain a 60-90 degree angle between your upper arms and torso at the start of the motion, and 90 degree angle from your torso at the top. Keep knees bent so your feet are positioned flat on the floor directly under your knees. Do not let your elbows travel behind your shoulders when you are lowering the dumbbells. Keep shoulder blades pinched together and maintain good spinal alignment. Keep your arms directly in line with the dumbbell over your wrists and elbows.
Biceps and other elbow exors
Keep elbows at your sides. Keep your wrists straight. Keep your trunk muscles tight and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.
Hold the dumbbells with your hands facing forward. Stand with your upper arms by your sides, lift your chest, tighten your abdominals and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.
Curl the dumbbells forward, then upward, and then toward your shoulders while keeping your elbows at your sides and your upper arms completely still. Slowly lower to the starting position by performing the same arcing motion.
Do not rock the upper body while bending the elbow. Keep your wrist straight. Keep your chest lifted, trunk muscles tight and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.
Sit on the bench sideways and place your feet flat on the floor slightly wider than shoulder width. Grab the dumbbell and rest the back of your upper arm against the inside of your leg just above the knee. The arm holding the dumbbell should be slightly bent maintaining tension on the biceps. Maintain a good spinal alignment.
Curl the forearm toward the upper arm, keeping your upper arm and shoulder blade completely still. Slowly return to the starting position without relaxing the biceps.
Incline Bench Curls
Keep tension on the biceps throughout the movement, dont allow the arm to go to full extension. Keep your wrist straight. Keep your chest lifted, trunk muscles tight and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back.
Grab the dumbbells and sit on the inclined bench and place your feet flat on the floor directly under your knees. Hold the dumbbell with a slight bend at the elbow maintaining tension on the biceps. Maintain a good spinal alignment with the chest lifted and the abs tight.
Straighten the elbow while keeping your upper arm completely still. When the arm is completely straight, slowly return to the starting position.
Lying Triceps Extension
Keep the upper arm motionless. Keep the wrists straight. Tighten your triceps throughout the exercise and control the motion all the way down. Keep the knees bend and the feet planted on the floor directly under your knees.
Lie back on the bench with your head supported on the bench. Grab the dumbbells and move your upper arm up to a position that your elbow is facing upward and your hands holding the dumbbells are just over your forehead. Raise your chest and pinch your shoulder blades together. Maintain a very slight arch in the lower back.
Keep the upper arms stationary while moving the hands in an arcing motion upward. Stop the motion slightly before locking out the elbows. Do not lock out the elbow! Slowly reverse the arcing motion back to the starting position.
Biceps, brachioradialis and brachialis
Keep the upper arms motionless and your wrists straight throughout the entire exercise. Keep the chest lifted, spine straight and a slight arch in the low back.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent. Grab the dumbbells with your palms facing inward toward each other. Stabilize the hips, knees and spine.
Curl the dumbbells forward, then upward, then in toward the shoulder, keeping the upper arm completely motionless. Keep the palms facing in without rotating the lower arm. Slowly move back to the starting position.
Single Arm Row Alternating Rows
Latissimus Dorsi, teres minor, posterior deltoid and biceps
Stabilize your body in position so the effort is focused on your lat as you lead the movement with extending your elbow upward. Keep the dumbbell lined up directly under your wrist and elbow when doing the movement. Keep your spine aligned, abs tight and a slight arch in your lower back. Do not let your spine rotate side to side, keep the shoulder at equal height during the movement.
Put one knee on the bench and place the other foot on the floor directly under your hip. Place free hand on the bench slightly in front of you in a position that allows you to stabilize your upper body. Allow the arm with the dumbbell to hang straight down, while maintaining control of your back and shoulder. Hold dumbbell in a neutral grip with your palm facing the bench.
Initiate the movement by pinching your shoulder blades back, while simultaneously moving your elbow backward, then upward. Continue moving the elbow up, slightly above the height of your trunk while keeping the forearm lined up under the elbow. While controlling the resistance, lower the arm back to the starting position letting the shoulder blade slide forward without slouching.
Standing Shoulder Press
Front deltoid, upper traps and triceps
Keep knees slightly bent. Keep abs tight and a good spinal alignment. Do not increase the arch in the lower back as you raise your arms. Keep your spine steady.
Grab the dumbbells and stand up straight. Keep your chest lifted, abs tight and a slight arch in the lower back. Raise the dumbbells to shoulder height, keeping your palms facing forward. Upper arms should be 90 degrees away from your torso and your elbows should be bent to 90 degrees, as shown.
Straighten your arms slowly over your head, focusing on moving your elbows up and inward toward your ears. Straighten your arms slowly over your head, focusing on moving your elbows up and inward toward your ears. Slowly return to the starting position, keeping tension on your front shoulder muscles through the entire motion.
Front and middle deltoids
Do not swing the arms upward or move the trunk during the motion. Maintain good spinal alignment.
Grab the dumbbells with the palms facing each other. Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Maintain an erect spinal alignment with the chest lifted, abs tight and a slight curve in the lower back.
Raise arms directly outward, then upward, to approximately shoulder height. Lift your hand and elbow at the same speed. Do turn or rotate your arms while raising them. Keep the side of your arm/elbow facing out/up throughout the movement. 25
Seated Overhead Press
Keep feet flat on the floor and directly under your knees. Keep abs tight and a good spinal alignment. Do not increase the arch in the lower back as you raise your arms. Keep you spine steady.
Grab the dumbbells and sit up straight. Keep your chest lifted, abs tight and a slight arch in the lower back. Raise the dumbbells the shoulder height, keeping your palms facing forward. Upper arms should be 90 degrees away from your torso and your elbows should be bent to 90 degrees as shown.
Straighten your arms slowly over your head, focusing on moving your elbows up and inward toward your ears. Slowly return to the starting position, keeping tension on your front shoulder muscles through the entire motion.
Keep knees slightly bent. Keep abs tight and a good spinal alignment. Do not increase the arch in the lower back as you raise your arms. Keep you spine steady.
D. 6 oz. of Yoplait 99% fat free yogurt (180) 1 serving of medium-sized fruit (100) DINNER: 425-460 calories A. 3 oz. of chicken, turkey or fish (150) 1 medium-sized baked potato or 1 cup of cooked rice (preferably brown) (200) Side salad with 2 TBSP of low-fat dressing or 2 cups of broccoli (100) B. Frozen Microwave dinners of no more than 350 calories. You may choose from Healthy Choice, Lean Cuisine or Michelinas Authentico, for example. 1 slice of whole-grain bread (75) 1 serving of Champion Metabolol II drink (260) 1 cup of 1% milk (200)
D. 2 eggs, any style (160) 2 slices of whole-grain bread (150) 1 cup of orange juice (110) 1 TSP of butter or margarine (35) MORNING SNACK: 280-315 calories A. 1/2 serving of Champion Met Max (115) 1 cup of 1% milk (200) B. 1 Champion SnacBar (180) 1 serving of medium-sized fruit (100) 1 cup of 1% low-fat cottage cheese (180) 1 serving of medium-sized fruit (100)
D. 6 oz. of Yoplait 99% fat free yogurt (180) 1 serving of medium-sized fruit (100) LUNCH: 425-460 calories A. 2 slices of whole-grain bread (150) 3 oz. of turkey, ham, chicken or tuna fish (150) 1 TBSP of light mayonnaise (50) (lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles optional) 1 serving of medium-sized fruit (100) B. 3 oz. of boneless, skinless chicken breast (150) 1 cup of cooked rice (preferably brown) (200) 1 cup of broccoli (80) 1 serving of Champion Metabolol II drink (260) 1 cup of 1% milk (200)
D. 2 oz. spaghetti, American Beauty thin, uncooked (210) 3 oz. ground turkey, Louis Rich (140) 1/2 cup of tomato sauce (30) 1 cup of desired vegetables sauted with ground turkey (80) EVENING SNACK (optional): 180-315 calories A. 1/2 serving of Champion Met Max (115) 1 cup of 1% milk (200) B. 1 Champion SnacBar (180)
D. Frozen Microwave meal of no more than 350 calories. You may choose from Healthy Choice, Lean Cuisine or Michelinas Authentico, for example. 1 slice of whole-grain bread (75)
CREATINE SUPPLEMENT: On weight-training days, please take one serving before your workout and one serving after your workout. CREATINE CALORIES280 on workout days. BEVERAGES: Please follow the hydration program for your water intake. You may also have soft drinks, tea or coffee as long as its calorie and caffeine free. This would be in addition to your water. TOTAL CALORIES WILL DEPEND OPTION A, B, C OR D DURING THE DAY Workout days: LOW 2145 Off days: LOW 1865 ON WHETHER YOU CHOOSE
HIGH 2320 HIGH 2040
LIMITED WARRANTY FOR EXERCISE PRODUCTS
All Bowflex branded exercise products manufactured by Nautilus, Inc. are warranted to the purchaser to be free from defects in materials and workmanship. Warranty coverage valid to the original purchaser only and proof of purchase will be required. Any product sold or placed in an application not recommended by Nautilus, Inc. will void any warranty coverage set forth by Nautilus, Inc. warranty policies and procedures.
TIME PERIOD This product was designed, warranted, and intended for residential use only. Residential Environment: Parts (including handle assembly and base assembly): 2 years Weight Plates: 5 years Labor: 1 year from the date of original purchase THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER 1. Damage to the product resulting from a drop of greater than 12 inches in height. 2. Normal wear and tear. 3. Any damage, failure or loss caused by accident, misuse, neglect, abuse, improper assembly, improper maintenance, Acts of God (such as floods or power surges), or failure to follow instructions or warnings in Owners Manual. 4. Use of products in a manner or environment for which they were not designed. 5. Extended warranties: Nautilus, Inc. will not be responsible for any extended coverage terms offered by a distributor or service provider. LIMITATIONS The foregoing warranties are in lieu of and exclude all other warranties not expressly set forth herein, whether express or implied by operation of law or otherwise, including, but not limited to, warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Nautilus, Inc. shall in no event be liable for incidental or consequential losses, damages or expenses in connection with its exercise products. Nautilus, Inc. liability hereunder is expressly limited to the replacement of goods not complying with this warranty or, at Nautilus, Inc. election, to the repayment of an amount of the purchase price of the exercise product in question. Some states do not permit the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties or incidental or consequential damages, so the preceding limitations and exclusions may not apply to you. PROCEDURES Warranty service will be performed by the original retailer (seller) or an authorized Bowflex service provider. The original purchaser must provide proof of purchase. Service calls, assembly, transportation, and/or delivery expenses are the responsibility of the purchaser 1-800-605-3369. Nautilus, Inc. will have the option to repair or replace any exercise product(s), which require warranty service. 2. Nautilus, Inc. will replace any equipment frame that is structurally defective with a new frame or replace the unit with a unit of equal value. Nautilus, Inc. is not responsible for labor charges in replacing defective frames. 3. In the event a product cannot be repaired, Nautilus, Inc. will apply a limited credit reimbursement toward another Bowflex exercise product of equal or greater value. 4. Nautilus, Inc. is not responsible for dealer labor charges for component changeovers completed after the labor-related warranty period(s) stated herein. 5. If you elect to repair an exercise product or part yourself, using the services of someone other than an Authorized Bowflex Dealer, or use a replacement part not supplied by Nautilus, Inc., Nautilus, Inc. shall not be liable for any cost, damage, failure or loss caused by the use of such unauthorized service or parts. 6. See an authorized Bowflex distributor for more information or write to us at: Nautilus, Inc. World Headquarters 16400 SE Nautilus Drive Vancouver, WA 98683
The Buffalo News: Life: Gifts for the fitness fan
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The Buffalo News : Life
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
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Exercise experts offer unique gift ideas for the fitness fanatics on your list
Gifts for the fitness fan
By Jane Kwiatkowski / NEWS STAFF REPORTER Updated: 12/15/07 10:43 AM
2 Fit to be tied over what to get the exerciser on your holiday gift list? Dont sweat it. What better gift than one that fosters good health? And with New Years resolutions right around the corner, there may even be some couch potatoes who creep onto your fitness list. You dont need to know the difference between a stability ball and Bosu Ball (unless you intend to buy one for yourself, that is), nor is there a need to drive to your local fitness centers merchandise shop. Weve consulted some of our area fitness gurus aerobic, yoga, personal trainers as well as an editor from Womens Health, an executive from Harbinger exercise equipment and a designer of A4 athletic sportswear. We gave them one guideline: no infomercial gadgets! As you will see, they complied. What to wear? Many of you, it seems, have been dreaming of a Green Christmas, judging from the amount of organic clothing available this season for fitniks. A4, a Los Angeles-based company that has been manufacturing athletic wear for 37 years for companies including Converse, Wilson and the National Basketball Association has now launched several lines of its own, including an organic cotton collection. The ecofriendly athletic wear features soft fabrics created from certified organic cotton, grown without herbicides or
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pesticides and using earth-friendly dyes. Some serious exercisers may scoff at wearing cotton for working out. The material has a reputation for soaking up perspiration and clinging to your skin leaving your skin wet and cold, and making you uncomfortable. Proponents, however, believe the environmental benefits reaped from organic cotton are worth it. People want all-natural fabric next to their skin when they are working out, said A4 designer Kristiina Ratio. People who buy organic want active sportswear that is 100 percent natural, and so far I havent been able to find wicking that is organic. Buying organic is a way of life, she said. As more people catch on to this, cotton with or without wicking is going to be popular. I personally work out in organic wear and play tennis and have never had an issue with moisture absorbency. What you get is affordable, form-fitting, cap-sleeved Tshirts, tanks, shortie shorts and pants in a rainbow of pastels. Go to www.A4.com. Additional organic exercise clothes can also be found at Lotus Organics (lotucorganics.com) and Good Humans (goodhumans.com). When it comes to runners and other athletes who want to stay dry but have the option of taking their act outside there are many options to choose from including Under Armor, Nike, North Face and Roadrunner available at most sporting goods stores or online. All keep body temperature consistent in heat and cold: Nike Cold Weather Full Length Pant: Warm, performance slim-fit pant with breathable Dri-FIT allows you to run unhindered for $64.99. Moonbeam 1/2 Zip Top: Zip up to keep out the wind at the start of your run, and unzip once youve warmed up. Features CoolMax with 3M reflectivity for $39.99. ( www.roadrunnersports.com) Under Armor Cold Gear Inferno quarter-zip jacket: Lightweight warmth without the bulk for $59.99. Under Armor Cold Gear Subzero mock turtle: Brushed double-sided fabric soothes skin for $49.99. North Face Denali Glove: Trail running gloves or coldweather backpacking, this 300- weight fleece glove offers affordable thermal warmth for $24.95. At-home equipment One thing to look at is an affordable piece of home exercise equipment not a $4,000 machine, but one 36-inch bar that does not take up a lot of space (and wont double as a clothes rack), according to Jenny Everett, Womens Health magazine senior editor. Versastick: A 36-inch bar with clips on each end, secured in a doorway will enable you to perform everything from shoulder presses to squats to biceps curls, said Everett. It comes with an instructional DVD containing more than 250 exercises. Its easy to throw under your bed if company comes over, plus the bar breaks down into two pieces for easy travel. With three resistance bands and DVD for $80. (versastick. com) Bowflex SelectTech 220 dumbbell set: Gone are the days when you have to have a million sets of hand weights (OK, so maybe we exaggerate). These hand weights go from 2.5 to 20 pounds in a spin of the dial for $149 without stand/$238 with stand. ( www.bowflexselecttech.com) Timex Ironman iControl: Accessorize your iPod with a Timex watch that transmits signals to your iPod so you can change songs and volume without breaking stride. Oh, and it also keeps time starting at $125. ( www.timex.com) Ballast Ball: The latest thing in stability balls from BOSU puts a sandlike weight inside the ball, keeping it stable when on the ground, but adding challenge when
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you lift, shake or roll it. Activate your core more for $60. ( www.bosufitness.com) Stocking stuffer: BagBalls Motion-activated deodorizer (in exotic scents) keeps gym bags from getting nasty for up to four months for $11.99. ( www.ballbag.com) SWIGZ: For serious trainers, dualhydration water bottle providing two chambers for both water and an endurance or energy supplement for $15. ( www.amazon.com) In the gym Exercise needs to be fun and you need to see results, said Michele Gaedke, vice president of product and marketing for Harbinger Fitness, a fitness accessories manufacturer. It shouldnt be painful. We all know if we hate it and it hurts, we wont do it for very long. And since exercise is not fun when you are sick, Harbinger suggests germ-fighting accessories for the gym. The first is fitness gloves expressly for the gym rat who works out four times weekly using a varietal approach combining cardio workouts with resistance-training and strength training: FlexFit 134 ($20): Designed specifically for womens hands with antimicrobial mesh. Bacteria and viruses like warm, moist conditions like the gyms humid climate. They linger on muchhandled gym equipment and in sweaty workout clothes and towels. We hate gym germs, said Gaedke. What we find is that a lot of people are not conscientious in cleaning up after themselves. These gloves protect the hands providing cushion and protecting them against germs. ($20. To find area outlets, visit where to buy at www.harbingerfitness.com.) Ribbed, Rolled Durafoam: Extra thick (5/8 inch vs. 3/8 inch) keeps you cushioned and comfortable with non-skid ridges on the underside to keep you safe. Having your own mat means you are not picking up anyone elses germs from a loaner mat at the gym. With integrated straps, for carrying to and from gym/studio. In red for $40. ( www.harbingerfitness.com). email@example.com
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