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Kyle P. May, MS, PhD, is a human health sciences expert with over 2 decades of experience in health services leadership positions. Dr. May received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, his master of science degree (focus on exercise science) from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, and his doctorate in public policy (emphasis on health policy) from George Mason University in Virginia. He has served as the lead and contributing author to numerous peer-reviewed published articles across multiple subject areas.  
He has been an invited speaker to universities and national scientific meetings to present his academic and industry-related work. In addition, the Triangle Business Journal formally recognized him for his business aptitude with the 40 Under 40 Leadership Award in 2011.  

 

Sesame Mirin Kale Chips (Vegan)

SesameMirinKaleChips2Everyone craves a salty snack from time to time. You don't have to eat unhealthy snacks...  put down the potatoe chips and try this simple recipe for awesome healthy kale chips! It's super easy and great for you!

 

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Baked Corned Beef Brisket with Brown Sugar glaze

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March includes one of my favorite Holidays... St. Patrick's Day! Paddy's Day is rich in tradition, but it doesn't have to include boiled meat and potatoes. Here is a recipe for baking a corned beef brisket with a mustard and brown sugar glaze. It's like CANDY...   and sooo  easy to do! 

 

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Top 10 IRISH Bands

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March is the month for all things Irish...   Ireland has produced some of the worlds most popular musicians. Here are ten of the most popular bands to hail from Ireland!

 

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LOW-CAL Savory Schrimp Scampi

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Ready in less than 20! This savory low cal shrimp dish is indulgent. This can be the main course of a meal portioned with sides...   or as an entertaining hors d'oeuvre. 

 

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Simple HEALTHY Guacamole

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It's May... Spring - Fiesta - Cinco De Mayo!....   Avacados are incredibly healthy for you and you can make an awesome guacamole without using any fattening sour cream, or other ingredients that just aren't necessary for an extremely FRESH guac with outstanding FLAVOR!!!  This is simple, easy, and a staple for any southwestern summer get together.

 

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Grilled Yucatan Chicken Skewers

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Summer time is officially here and that means time to grill!  When I think of grilling…  The first thing that comes to mind is a big steak, or burgers and the like. Here is a light healthy, but savory dish That is made for entertaining guests of just grilling them up for a main dish in a meal.

 

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Grilled Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

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This dazzling grilled dish will wow your friends and family at your July 4th or any cookout this summer...   It's lean and healthy, You can do all the hard work ahead of time, and most of all...  It looks MUCH harder to prepare than it actually is! 

 

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Spark Up the Romance with a Couples Workout!

FitCoupleAs we all know, February is the month for boxes of chocolates and rich romantic dinners. Grab your partner and prepare for that Valentine's candy, or work off that rich Italian Valentine's Day dinner. The more you exercise, the more confidence you have, the better you feel...  the sexier you feel!  

 

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15 Minute Treadmill Workout

tread asleepTired of monotonously walking/running along on your treadmill?  Try this workout to beat the boredom!  Interval cardio workouts have become all the rage over the past few years. Not only can this type of training deliver great results, but changing up your pace and exertion helps to make for a much more interesting and focused workout. 

 

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ENTER TO WIN 4 free entries to the Texas Tri Series  &  $765 of rental equipment for training!  

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER (ends April 3rd)

fleeing-facebookAustin Fitness Rentals is participating in sponsorship with the Texas Tri Series. We are providing 4 Free entries to the Texas Tri Series in addition to $765 worth of rental fitness equipment for training!

 

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Cinco De Mayo (a history)

cinco merican traditionTo many, Cinco De Mayo is just a good excuse to have a margarita and some Mexican cuisine....  Some think it's Mexico's Independence Day....  Others think it's just a made up Holiday by American alcohol companies to sell more product...  All are kind-a right! Here's a brief history of the Holiday and how it has become one of the largest growing Holidays on the calendar....

 

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Cycling for Health and Fitness!!!

blade outdoorCycling is low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Regular cycling has many physical and mental health benefits. It is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems such as stroke, heart attack, some cancers, depression, diabetes, obesity and arthritis...

 

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Benefits of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

flying on treadmillThe benefits of short, high-intensity training sessions are all about your post-recovery state. If you’re working harder you’re going to have a slightly elevated heart and metabolic rate, meaning you’re burning more calories over the recovery period as well as when you’re actually training. 

 

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Congrats to our June Facebook Contest Winners!!!

Winners road signCongratulations to the Winner and Runner Up in our June Facebook contest...  A chance to win FREE entries into the COUPLE'S TRIATHLON on July 12th......    And the WINNERs are......

 

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Blue Goji Joins AFR at Jack's Generic Tri!

bg logoBlue Goji team joins Austin Fitness Rentals booth at Jack's Generic Triathlon last weekend to promote their fitness gaming systems!  This new motion propeled game system makes 30 minutes of cardio workout seem like 5!!!

 

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The Buzz About Rowing - Here are the Basics

guy rower blur hardwoodIf you take the time to learn rowing technique, it’s one of the best exercises you can do for cardio. The low-to-the-ground, long machine engages your legs, back, core and arms, delivering an intense full-body cardio experience... 

 

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How to Hydrate Before, During, and After a Workout

dude water on headProper hydration is vital to your athletic performance and health. To perform your best, learn how to drink enough before, during and after your workouts... 

 

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Back To School Fitness

family exerciseIt’s back-to-school season, and busy parents everywhere are running around, preparing to manage new routines. What are you doing to improve your health and the quality (and quantity) of your life? 

 

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Better and Worse Halloween Candy

halloween bucketHalloween is just around the corner and that spells candy galore! Even if you don't go trick-or-treating, the reality is that most of us won't have the discipline — or desire — to abstain from guilty pleasures. But not all candy is created equal! 

 

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Burning Off the Candy Calories!!!

burn-caloriesThose bags of Halloween treats don't have to taunt you; sweat off a few fun-size indulgences on your next workout. Check out just how many of your favorite fun-size candies you're burning off at your next workout!.....

 

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Tips to Transition into Fall Workouts

fall into fitnessDays get shorter, temperatures dip, and the leaves fall from the trees. Fall brings many changes, but that doesn't mean your workouts have to suffer. Instead of letting these autumnal changes bring upon excuses for exercising, look for the opportunity in each of them to renew and revamp your workout routine. 

 

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Strategies To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

toe soxAvoiding holiday weight gain may sound as feasible as Santa fitting down billions of chimneys on Christmas Eve, but we promise there are logical strategies to stay on track. Many of us experience weight gain during the festive winter months, but packing on a few pounds between now and the New Year is far from inevitable... 

 

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Inspirational Quotes

inspiration-signSometimes we all can use a little inspiration to help us keep our fitness goals in mind.  We have to take care of our body afterall...  where else are we gonna live? 

 

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Annual Survey Reveals #1 Fitness Trend in 2016

man climb green arrowAnnual survey reveals top fitness trends for 2016. Nearly 3000 exercise pros predict what you’ll see in fitness next year... 

 

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10 Tips to Fitness Resolution Success

New-Years-ResolutionsChances are at some time in your life you’ve made a New Year’s resolution — and then broken it. This year, stop the cycle of resolving to make change and then not following through.... 

 

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Man Dances on Treadmill - January Viral Video

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Man dancing on Treadmill at the gym video. nuff said... 

 

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The Great Spin Bike Dilema

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Our equipment expert, Mark, servicing spin bikes for a deadline....   Will he make it?!? 

 

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Lululemon Athletica Inc. and fitness guru, David Garza, to bring a unique experience to Austin! 

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Lululemon Athletica Inc. has collaborated with triathlete, master cycle instructor and fitness guru, David Garza, to bring a unique experience to Austin!  They have created a pop-up storefront and fitness area at the Midway Food Truck park on Loop 360 using repurposed shipping containers..

 

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April's Featured Workout!

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This workout is sure to deliver results....?!? 

 

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How NOT to use a Rower!

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This workout is sure NOT to deliver results....?!? 

 

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How WATER Can Help You Lose Weight!

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This video begins to explain how staying properly hydrated can improve your metabolism helping to encourage weight loss and sustain a healthy body! 

 

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Workout Tips For Beginners!

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Here are a few helpful tips to those just beginning a workout routine... 

 

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Workout of the Future!?

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The balance it takes to stay up on one of these might be quite a workout for one's core... 

 

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Blue Goji Teams with Austin Fitness Rentals at H&G Bike Affair!

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New Goji Play available as an addition to your equipment rental!!! We set up at the Hops and Grain Bike Affair to showcase the Goji Play games on various bikes... 

 

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Hops and Grain Bike Affair 4 Saturday 10-10-2015

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Austin Fitness Rentals will be attending the upcomming Hops and Grain Bike Affair 4 to showcase Goji Play available as an addition to your equipment rental!!! We will have the games up and running on various bikes... Come by and try them out!!!

 

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AFR Delivers to Texas Tribune Festival

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The annual Texas Tribune Festival brings together some of the biggest names in politics to explore the state’s and nation’s most pressing issues...

 

 

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AFR at Trail of Lights Fun Run 2015

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Come join Austin Fitness Rentals with Blue Goji at the Trail of Lights Fun Run December 5th!  Try Goji Play games on various pieces of fitness equipment available for install right in your home!…. 

 

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Trail of Lights 2015 Fun Run Expo

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Austin Fitness Rentals set up equipment with Blue Goji games at the Trail of Lights at Zilker park in Austin this last weekend. The equipment and gaming options were a hit with the Fun Run participants... 

 

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12 Days of Fitness

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We've found the ultimate holiday season workout... 

 

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The Struggle for Fitness is REAL!

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This couple's struggle with cravings and fitness is REAL...  very witty and talented. 

 

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HOW TO - Elliptical

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Beginning tips to get the most results from your elliptical workout... 

 

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Win the Free Week Rental Contest!

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AFR is launching a friendly competition among our renters with prizes awarded monthly. Simply log onto MAP MY FITNESS and join our group to participate.  Log your workouts accordingly. At the end of the month, the most time logged will win a free week for their current rental.

 

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Tips For Drinking Low Calorie

thumb low cal drinksPure alcohol is very high in calories.  For instance Everclear has 226 calories per 1.5 oz and is 190 proof (95%) alcohol, the rest basically is water.  Technically Everclear is the lowest calorie alcohol if you compare it to the alcohol percentage. Calories vary from drink to drink but the key to getting the most bang for your buck is picking drinks with the best Calorie from Alcohol ratio.

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Festive Irish Drinks

Irish-Yoga-336x283St. Patrick's Day may have a reputation for over indulgence...  but we can celebrate St. Paddy's with quality, not quantity! Here, we have a beginner's guide of sorts to Irish drinks....

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Delicious & Healthy Italian Vegetable Soup Recipe

thumb italian-veg-soupThis easy to make recipe for Italian Vegatable Soup is sooo Good you won't believe it's healthy. 

 

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Simple Margarita recipe (no processed ingredients)

Margarita---Key-LimeOnly 3 ingredients and nothing fake, neon green, or full of sugary chemicals in sight. They're tart and sweet enough, but not too sweet, and go down incredibly easy. I use freshly squeezed lime juice and recommend doing so. Agave is sold in nearly all grocery stores and big box retailers, although I've used honey in a pinch.... 

 

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The Patriot Cocktail

patriot jacopo falleni 580Celebrate this 4th of July with The Patriot. When you honor America today, I hope you’ll party responsibly and raise a glass to all the freedoms and opportunities that make America the greatest country in the world. I also hope you’ll keep your hot foods hot, cold foods cold, wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. 

 

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"Lighter" Fried Chicken

OvenFried Chicken watermelonWith a crunchy outside and succulent inside, there’s no doubt that this classic dish is an American favorite. But it's loaded with calories and saturated fat. Here's how to make fried chicken lighter without sacrificing that wonderful crunch... 

 

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Traditional Fajitas

fajitas-food-lab-platterLabor Day is here!  For many this means back yard parties and grilling food with friends. A great way to feed several people with minimal effort is to grill up some fajitas!  Here are some tips to serving up killer traditional fajitas… 

 

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Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup

up close bowl wideWith temperatures beginning to drop here in central Texas, a hearty soup can really hit the spot. This slow cooker recipe for chicken, kale, and quinoa is out of this world and incredibly healthy…  You won’t believe how easy!!!...

 

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Lemon Dill Chicken

lemon dill chickenFresh lemon and dill create a quick Greek-inspired pan sauce for simple sautéed chicken breasts... 

 

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Avocado Humus

avocado humusThe creamy and decadent taste of this Middle Eastern dip has become a healthy kitchen staple in the homes of millions of Americans. This superfood is not only heart-healthy, it delivers a myriad of benefits for the mind, body, and soul... 

 

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Kale & Corn Stuffed Chicken

FNK Healthy-Spicy-Kale-and-Corn-Stuffed-Chicken-Breasts s4x3.jpg.rend.sni18colSuperfood kale and sweet corn create a duo rich in vitamin A. The pepper jack cheese adds tons of spice while binding the stuffing for the chicken. If spicy's not your thing, try Monterey Jack or Havarti cheese instead for creamy without the heat.... 

 

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Maple Salmon

platedThe flavor of maple infuses the fish for a rich yet light taste experience. The preparation is quick, and the salmon fillets need to marinate only for a half an hour before baking.... 

 

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Refer a Friend and Get a FREE Week - Program Details

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Love really complicated referral programs? We Don't!  
Here's the 3 steps to getting a Free Week for referring a friend.

 

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Top 10 TV Shows To Make Workouts Fly By

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Contrary to what we would all like to think, most of us don’t look forward to spending time on workout equipment for one reason or another. Whether you’re at the gym or in your living room, chances are you have access to a TV. Battle boredom and resist the urge to cut your sweat session short by watching these recommended shows. They’re the ones that inspire us, entertain us, or at the very least distract us from the task at hand.

 

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What We're Listening to This month

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With so much entertainment at our fingertips, we have an endless amount of opportunity to audibly tailor our workout experience. Music playlists during a workout can offer a great deal of inspiration! Here is a list of suggested music to get you moving….  Some obvious, some obscure.   

 

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Green Is The New Black Green-6000-logoGreen-series-7000-logo

thumb 6000-TM-Console-CloseupGreen represents many benevolent attributes in modern culture: wealth, a lush healthy land, an amicable environment and the new exclusive eco-friendly Green Series fitness & cardio equipment we’ve recently received in our showroom ready for delivery! With both the light commercial 6000 and full commercial 7000 lines in stock, it caters to any business, health club or homeowner looking to have results delivered to their doorstep with half the energy...

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Top 10 Secrets for Loving your workout and sticking to your New Year's resolution

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Every New Year we commit (and sometimes recommit) to achieving goals we’ve always wanted to accomplish. Getting in shape is the most common goal set for the New Year. Most of us get excited and join the nearest gym to start the New Year only to have a couple weeks go by and lose the initial motivation. Life starts to take over and our fitness goals are put on the back burner.  Here are some tips to make this year’s resolution last and finally achieve your fitness goals.

 

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Bike To Work - March 23 2014 

thumb tall-bike-Austin-TXWhile the official Austin Bike To Work Day isn’t happening for a couple of months yet, Friday May 16, 2014 to be exact, there’s no time like the present to get in a little practice. If you’ve been in Austin longer than about 2 minutes you have experienced our traffic. While it certainly gets worse during such events as the just-ended SXSW, we have so many events here as well as 110 net new people arriving everyday...

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Track Your Calories For One Week - Mar 2 2014

thumb food-diaryIf you've read and followed the advice from the Jan 27 blog "Get To Know Your Resting Metabolic Rate" you know your caloric expenditure when at rest.  The idea behind this post is to expand what you know about your caloric needs by incorporating some additional detail.  

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iFit Live on FreeMotion i11.9s

thumb iFit-screen-captureAs you've seen in previous posts, I'm really excited about the FreeMotion i11.9 incline trainers. Beyond the excellent workout that you can get on an incline trainer, they also have another high tech feature that makes working out on these machines that much better!  In fact, one of our recent customers had this to say about a workout she completed on the i11.9 - "Best treadmill workout EVER. That was so much fun!" Yep, I heartily agree with that assessment. 

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Join or Start Your Company’s Wellness Program - February 16 2014

thumb health-happens-hereWhile this post isn’t necessarily local to Austin since its an encouragement for all readers everywhere to join their company’s Wellness Program (WP), I will highlight one local Austin-based company and its WP with which I’m personally involved. I cannot over-stress the importance of getting involved with your company’s WP. Beyond the obvious health benefits, there can also be some great financial benefits. The immediate and personalized help provided directly to you can truly be a life changing event. 

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Incline Training - If You Haven't Tried It, You Really Should

Canton-Ave-steepest-in-US SI really hope you had the chance to get out and enjoy this weekend's incredible weather after that city-closing winter blast we had on Friday. Not sure why Austin shut down for the day. We were all at the shop and had no trouble navigating the completely dry streets. One Austin Fitness Rentals pro did report seeing a snowflake at some point during the morning commute. Perhaps that was the snowpocalypse that caused all schools, city offices, and seemingly every other bureaucratically controlled organization to shutter for the day.    

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Happy Ground Hog Day 

thumb Pux-PhilFeb 2, 2014 and the world's favorite pudgy weather prognosticator has told us that we can expect 6 more weeks of winter. Every year on Groundhog Day I wonder (and then quickly forget after looking it up) how accurate the fuzzy little forecaster's predictions have been. I'll include the results of a quick Wiki search here, "Of these 117 predictions on record so far, Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an "early spring" 16 times (13.7%). As to his accuracy, according to the StormFax Weather Almanac and records kept since 1887, Phil's predictions have been correct 39% of the time." 

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Get To Know Your Resting Metabolic Rate

BMR-calculator This week's activity blog post isn't about getting to know Austin better as the earlier posts have been, its about getting to know your body better. I'll post a few of these from time to time and I hope that they'll be useful to you. 

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 The Evolution of Austin Fitness Rentals 

thumb evolution-of-exerciseI've been asked more than a few times how I came up with the idea for Austin Fitness Rentals. While its a relatively long story that happened over the course of many years, perhaps I can briefly relate the salient points. I initially retired from the world of health sciences government contracting in 2006 to cofound an Internet business called CoKnown. While that was interesting from a technical perspective, it didn't allow me to fully utilize my passion for health and fitness. As a health sciences expert I wanted to find something that really spoke to me and allowed me to directly help people. After a final brief stint once again in the government contracting arena in 2010, I resolved to never again return to that profession and decided to buy or start a new business that met my goals.

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Walk, Run, Ride or Skip - the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail

thumb trail mapSurprisingly, there are many native and long-time Austinites that have yet to enjoy what is commonly referred to as the “town lake trail”. The Trail Foundation estimates this Austin jewel receives 1.5 million visitors per year and that number is expanding with Austin’s ever-increasing population.

 

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Elliptical Cross-Trainer, It Can Be The Perfect Machine For You - VIDEOS

elliptical videosHow are you doing on those New Year's resolutions? Did you make any? Did they involve exercise? About 38% of Americans made some type of resolution that had to do with a weight-loss goal. Various sources report that 12-14% of us make a resolution specifically about exercise. Since there are 314 million people in the US, that's anywhere from 38,000,000 to 44,000,000 people looking to exercise come January 1.  No wonder the gym gets crowded around this time of year! 

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Run Your Own Race

Cap 10K race numberThis blog post title has a double meaning, its intentional and important.  First, I’m highly encouraging you to find an organized event, any event, train for it and complete it this year.  If you’ve never done this before, you’ll be absolutely amazed by the experience. From the camaraderie you’ll find with your fellow fitness enthusiasts during the training to the intense and spectacular feeling ...

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Austin Free Week - How Many Calories Can You Burn? 

Austin-Free-Week-2014 thumbWe are just after the start of Austin Free Week. It runs from Jan 2 to the 11th. To those not in the know, Austin Free Week started with one club in 2003 and has since expanded to include over 20 venues and 300 bands in 10 days. Clearly, with this many venues and artists, its not possible in this blog post to list out all of the places and bands.  
 
 
 

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New Years Day Barton Springs Polar Bear Plunge & Swim

polar plunge   Depending on your inclination towards water, this may or may not be the thing for you. It’s a growing tradition in Austin to head on over to Barton Springs and jump into the 68 water on January 1st. As we are Texans, the 68 degree water is considered plenty chilly, particularly when the air temperature can be many degrees colder.

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HIIT Training On Commercial Grade Treadmill

thumb fire-running-manAs its almost Christmas, we’re having folks come in to the shop to talk to us about getting exercise equipment for their loved ones. One of the most common questions is, what’s the most effective workout? Unless the customer has something specific in mind and wants more detail on a particular workout routine, my usual response is to introduce the concept of HIIT.

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Showroom Location Found at 2136 Rutland Drive Suite C Austin 78758

showroom-outside-thumbAfter a very lengthy search of commercial property available for lease in Austin, we are thrilled to announce we found a location for opening our Austin Fitness Rentals showroom. Though our company formed at the beginning of August 2013, it took us a few months to find the exact spot we wanted to call home. To be more specific it took 6 months as I began looking at properties in April 2013.

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Commercial Versus Residential Exercise Equipment 

When I started this company I made the decision that we would carry only commercial, health-club-quality exercise equipment. This decision was based on a great deal of research and discussions with many experts in the fitness equipment industry. I spent close to 2 months researching all of the exercise equipment options and consulted with 9 experts who each had on average 21 years of experience selling, servicing and providing warranty support to over 20 different manufacturers.  

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What Are METs on a Treadmill?

exercising on treadmill   Modern treadmills provide a variety of information to users. Along with speed, percent grade, heart rate and distance, you will also see a display for METs. METs stands for metabolic equivalents. It is a measure of how much oxygen you are burning during treadmill use. By monitoring METs, as well as heart rate, speed and the other treadmill-provided information, you can determine how much harder you are working compared to rest.

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Our New Isuzu NPR 16 Foot Box Delivery Truck

Austin Fitness Rentals Delivery Truck   Austin Fitness Rentals delivers to business and residential customers within a 50 mile radius of our showroom at 2136 Rutland Drive off Burnet Road. Consequently we needed an excellent vehicle solution for our commercial fleet. Many options were considered but it came down to reliability, maneuverability, and capacity to safely move multiple pieces of high-value equipment...

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