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Gear: Accessories and tech devices for your workout

  • Functional weight machines shake up routine

    Functional weight machines shake up routine

    Sure, you're fit. But are you functionally fit? The hottest trend in fitness today is "functional training," which means working out in a way that better prepares your body for real-life movements such as catching a pass, hitting a tennis ball or hoisting a couple of bags of groceries up the stairs.

  • Spinal decompression devices watch your back

    Spinal decompression devices watch your back

    Fitness stores sell a variety of spinal decompression/traction devices -- inversion tables and ankle boots that hang you upside down and stretch out your back -- on the promise that they help relieve back pain, enhance general back fitness, provide deep relaxation and maybe even slow age-related...

  • Kettlebells give workouts weight

    Kettlebells give workouts weight

    Five years ago, a serious man named Pavel Tsatsouline, a lean, muscular Russian who listed his former occupation as a physical trainer for Soviet special forces (which I assumed meant KGB), took me through a workout with an odd, low-tech device I'd never seen before called a kettlebell, a dense...

  • Folding bicycles travel well

    Folding bicycles travel well

    Reviewed: Birdy II Monocoque, SwissBike XO, Dahon Mu Uno, Abio Penza

  • Give exercise hoops a twirl

    Give exercise hoops a twirl

    Reviewed: Hoopalicious Storm Hooper, Hoopnotica Fitness TravelHoop, the Original Hula Hoop by Wham-O, Canyon Weighted Hula Hoop.

  • Goodbye chains, hello belt-drive bicycles

    Goodbye chains, hello belt-drive bicycles

    The 24 Hours of Adrenalin Solo World Championship is often a grueling showcase for the world's toughest bikes and riders, but the July event in Canmore, Canada, was something special.

  • Backpacking products for a better outing

    Backpacking products for a better outing

    When times get tough, people go hiking. That's the news from a CBS News/New York Times poll released a couple of weeks ago, which found that recession-wracked Americans are now getting by on less, doing more and valuing experiences over things. High on the list: inexpensive, exciting family-bonding...

  • New spinning bikes get supercharged

    New spinning bikes get supercharged

    Reviewed: RealRyder ABF8, StarTrac eSpinner, CycleOps Pro 300PT, Keiser M3

  • Yoga gear helps loosen up stiff bodies

    Yoga gear helps loosen up stiff bodies

    "I can't do that," said the 36-year-old woman to my right as I leaned down and touched my toes in a yoga class. "I'm a runner." Such limitations may seem ironic, but they're all too common among seemingly fit athletes: marathoners so tight that they can barely reach their shins, cyclists so fixed...

  • Pull on up to the pull-up

    Pull on up to the pull-up

    Big, burly bodybuilders generally don't do them. Neither do little old blue-haired ladies. Nor does anyone in between. That's because, as strength training goes, the pull-up, the king of the back exercises, is quite difficult. But the benefits of this rigorous, compound body-weight movement --...

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