House of Cards’ Breakout Star Might Be A Rowing Machine

While it’s probably not a great idea to emulate Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood from the Netflix hit House of Cards, some fans are interested in copying one trait of the antagonist’s personality: his habit of rowing with a WaterRower brand rowing machine.

 

The Machiavellian Underwood is capable of lying, deceit, and even murder, but fans are looking past that at his work habits and becoming inspired. …read more

60 Year Old Is Living Proof: Fitness Has No Age

If you take a fitness class with Ruth Hernandez, you’d likely think she was in her 20’s based on how much energy she has. She’s quick on her feet and has a clear passion for fitness, which makes believing that she’s in her 60’s all the difficult. According to Ruth, it’s all thanks to exercise.

 

Hernandez says she bounces up in the mornings, filled with energy, but it’s not just her body that is benefiting, it’s her mind and memory as well. …read more

The Least Likely Star To Emerge From House of Cards A Rowing Machine

The Netflix original series, House of Cards, staring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright is helping a new star emerge amidst the backdrop of scandal, intrigue, and politics that the show centers around.

 

The WaterRower, a rowing machine known for its wooden design and a donut-shaped water tank at the front of the machine, has gained fame through repeat appearances in the popular show as the main characters turn to the machine to work out their frustrations when their plans and schemes don’t work out. The show, about to start its fourth season features the WaterRower on a regular basis and the rowing machine even appears in the dreams of Frank Underwood, played by Spacey. …read more

Exercise Keeps Muscles, And You, Young

Want to secret to staying strong as you age? The research is in and the “secret” is out: superb fitness. A new study has found that elderly people who were elite athletes in their youth, or even later in life, and who have continued to compete as master athletes have healthier muscles, at the cellular level, than non-athletes.

 

Geoff Power, a professor in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences  at the University of Guelph, has found that elderly people, who competed as athletes in their younger years, whether it was in the youth or a bit later in life, tend to have healthier muscles the older they get. At the cellular level, their muscles are stronger than those elderly people who did compete as athletes at any point in their lives. …read more

How To Use a Smith Machine

Throughout most major gyms and home gyms across the country, you’re likely to find the Smith Machine, a piece of equipment that, if used correctly can be a great addition to your workout. Like any piece of fitness machinery though, if used incorrectly, you could injure yourself, so it’s important to get to know this piece of equipment and see if it’s right for you.

 

Getting into a solid workout routine can be a fun challenge and adding new equipment and new goals can keep working out fun and interesting, but adding something without knowing what you’re doing can be dangerous, so if you’ve never used the Smith Machine before, take a minute to figure out if it’s right for you. …read more

Consumer Report: Elliptical Machines and Treadmills

Getting fit can happen in a lot of different ways but nothing beats the standard old method a good run. Running is the gold standard for cardiovascular exercise and running is a great way to get in shape. Based on where you live and lifestyle limitations, going for a run outdoors isn’t always an option, so investing in a treadmill can be a solid move to help your overall health. Since treadmills can be costly, in the thousands of dollar range, getting a good one is important. Thanks to Consumer Reports, you can find the right treadmill for you and get on your way to getting fit. …read more

Take a look at the Waterrower Natural Series

unnamedAs the WaterRower concept and its WaterFlyWheel continue to redefine the cardio-craze, more and more people are interested in what sets them apart. In this article we’ll take a few minutes to dive into the specifics of the Natural Series, which is considered a good “starter” or “entry level” place for amateur rowers to begin. …read more

Waterrower Workouts

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Workout Tips

  • When rowing a pyramid piece, as you increase the stroke rate (SPM), you also want to make sure you’re keeping a steady amount of pressure, or intensity, behind each stroke.
  • If you feel like you’re getting burnt out quickly into the workout, decrease the SPM (i.e. if you’re rowing at a 28, drop it down to a 26 or 24). During the recovery portion of the stroke (point in the stroke where you’re sliding towards the tank), slow it down and take this time to breathe.
  • Don’t forget to keep good form to help avoid injuries!

FitDir Teams Up with Sixty Feet for a Human Cause

childrenHere at FitDir we live and breathe fitness/ human wellness, but we also love to give back in extra special ways to the world that has opened its arms to our business. Have you been exposed to the Sixty Feet story yet? When we heard it we were so moved that we donated a high-end treadmill especially for the efforts of these good Christian people and the Ugandan orphans they’re helping. …read more

When Does Fitness Become an Obsession?

In recent years CrossFit has gotten some bad press due to the injuries and obsession that some of their members experience. In fact, this type of thing is popping up in many other areas of modern fitness; from Zumba and metabolic conditioning classes to the fitness-based obstacle course culture (Mud Runner, Survival Race, etc.).

 

For many, the safe conventional notion of working out and the gym experience is simply not enough anymore. People can take things too far; without even knowing it just like most other addictions. In this article we’re going to look at four red flags that should cause you to step back a sec. …read more