Are You a Clown?

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un

Dennis Rodman has always grabbed attention. It is a similar type of attention that the guy in the circus that juggled the rubber chickens always received. Since ‘birds of a feather flock together’ Dennis has teamed up with Kim Jong Un, the dictator of North Korea who according to one former US CIA agent, doesn’t have the ability to run a taco stand.

In the fitness industry, it is always easy to spot those who are the clowns. The clowns always start the movements that end up being fads and the remainder of the industry plugs along and experiences the type of growth that would be expected from an actual business.

Who are the clowns? In the present day, it is easy to spot. First, an infomercial is the first sign that you are a clown…not always, but almost always. Second, you either have a product or program that is merciless or is far too easy. Think Crossfit or P90X. These come and go and they DO work if you follow the program. The problem is in some cases, the exercise is so strenuous that people have either been injured or the workout is so gimmicky that you quickly tire and put the program on the shelf.

The equipment world is no stranger to fads and gimmicks. Remember the Shake Weight or the HealthRider? Who can forget the products where you were going to put on a belt and through electric stimulation you had the promise of melting all the belly fat away?

The way that ALL these products and programs are beneficial is that they get people interested in doing something! The fitness flame has been sparked. The danger is that the uninformed will think that ALL fitness products or programs are the same and they clearly are not.

If you haven’t exercised since the earth’s crust was still cooling, that’s OK. The problem is when you don’t start moving once you understand the problem. If you are doing nothing, 1 minute a day of brisk walking followed by slowly increasing the time and intensity is a great thing to do. If you haven’t done any strength training, a minimal workout is better than nothing.

For those who have vitriol concerning my classification of the above products and programs as gimmicks and fads, remember Dancing to the Oldies? Billy Blanks was once a big deal and the NordicTrack had people falling and nearly cracking their skulls. Did people get benefits from these things? Absolutely, but many also had the products and programs in the sarcophagus region of their home never to be seen again!

An interesting aside was a middle-age friend of mine who decided to get a NordicTrack when they were hot back in the early 90’s. He was so excited and called me up when it came in. I went over to see him trying to mount what many call a torture device and once he got his balance, he tried to use it and it ended with him on the floor and, in his attempt to get his balance by throwing his leg violently backward, he literally threw the ski through the sheetrock wall!

The interesting point of all of this is that didn’t discourage him. He decided that he needed desperately to exercise and he sold the NordicTrack and bought a good quality treadmill that easily got him into the best shape of his adult life. Maybe that’s why NordicTrack’s biggest selling products today are treadmills and ellipticals.

Fads and gimmicks come and go but clowns are forever. Who is going to be the next Richard Simmons or the next Thigh Master? Who knows but one thing for sure, the world will never have a shortage of circus acts like Dennis Rodman or guys like Kim Jong Un who should be flipping burgers at Burger King! Maybe that needs to be the next big fitness fad…Dennis and Kim Jong Un in “Flipping to the Oldies!”

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un

A Punch In the Mouth

The Fastest Way from Point A to Point B and Other Observations

U.S. Capitol

I’m generally an optimist. With that said, you must admit that our schools have a long way to go so society on the whole is able to do simple arithmetic and use a bit of common sense. Two problems have recently surfaced in our world; one local and one national that made me wonder why someone isn’t able to use a calculator and if our leaders have the sense it takes to come out of the rain.

For the national issue, we have the children that are entering the country from Latin America. Although we are unable to take care of our homeless and veterans along with many other challenges, we have big hearts and want the best for the kids. The problem is where do we draw the line? The proposal I heard yesterday said that $3.7 billion is needed to care for the people and provide better security. The government says there are 52,000 children that need help which means we will be spending over $71,000 per child.

I’m thinking of gathering my three kids and driving to Mexico and then crossing back on foot and claiming we are poor refugees looking for asylum. I’m not greedy so I don’t need anything personally but $213,000 for my three would really come in handy.

On a local level, our Memphis government recently announced that they had unilaterally changed the agreement with police and fire employees on health insurance and now retirees were seeing an increase of 100% (essentially out of luck) and active members were going to have their premiums increase by 24%. All of this would save $26 million.

We were told that this was done so property taxes would not have to be increased. As a Memphis property owner I appreciate the sentiment but my property is not worth much if I get murdered or my building burns to the ground.

What I reject is the frame in which people present problems to us. There are always going to be problems but I simply don’t accept that we have only the choices that are presented to us. Can you help people in need without spending $71,000 per person and assuming the obligation of raising a child to adulthood? Also, where do you draw the line? Years ago I saw Angelina Jolie adopt a needy child but even at some point her mansion will fill up. I don’t want the people who have protected our city to be thrown to the curb but that doesn’t mean we have to accept a tax hike and in the grand scheme of things, $26 million is not an insurmountable number. I would prefer not to have to buy an old battle tank to get to work.

I certainly don’t have all the answers but I’m wondering if we have put a bunch of idiots in charge. I have a sinking feeling that the higher ups aren’t idiots but they assume we are. What in the world does this have to do with fitness and exercise equipment? It has quite a bit in common actually!

The truth of the matter is many times we have the “expert” tell us that we have to make a radical change and everything is black and white. “You’ve been a VERY bad boy” so you must become a vegan overnight and move from being sedentary to a Crossfit phenom. The truth of the matter is that it took you a long time to assume the shape of a gourd so if you get started, you won’t look like Jillian Michaels this evening. Start to move and make one good choice with your eating habits.

S – L – O – W – L – Y increase your activity, even if it is only 1 minute a day and make one more good dietary choice. Before you know it, you will be doing better. Don’t worry about weight. If you do this properly, your fitness level will get better and if it doesn’t, see a doctor. I was doing everything right in my quest to lose 100 lbs and when it didn’t get better, the endocrinologist figured out I had a thyroid problem. Once that was fixed, the weight came off but I first had to get the diet and exercise right.

You can do it but you can’t accept the framing of the argument that anyone else has. Don’t let anyone else tell you that you can’t make it just like I’m not going to take the politicians telling us we have to shoot children crossing the border or giving them the Life of Riley.

The reason I tell you that you can do it is because it is breakfast time and I have the choice of a fat-laden, gorgeous, tasty, 800 calorie blueberry muffin or a 90 calorie Cliff bar and a banana. I will be making the right choice. You can too and it most certainly won’t involve telling the police officer that makes sure you sleep safe at night that you appreciate the help but you won’t lift a finger to help him.

Where Do You Invest?

Where do You Invest?

On a trip to Denver a few months ago, I met a man named Alex Mandossian. He was giving a presentation at Ken McArthur’s conference trying to help those of us with the sales skills of a ham sandwich get a little bit better in our presentations. He really had the sales stuff down cold so I listened intently.

The day before, he had done an introductory talk trying to get us to determine the verb that best described us. My verb was a shocker to most attendees. We had to write our verb on our name tag and most attendees had written something typical like “I encourage,” “I love,” or something similar. My verb was “I criticize.”

For the readers of Treadmill Doctor that will come as no surprise (I’m a treadmill critic) but when the lady with the name tag that reads, “I HUG” comes up to you and then turns the other way when she comprehends what your tags says, it makes you think for a minute or two.

In Alex’s wonderful presentation he was trying to get us to buy additional training products to be a better sales presenter and he did a great job of framing it as an “investment.” It got me thinking about where I invest.

Where do you invest? Do you have a 401k, some mutual funds, maybe a side business? Do you have a plan to invest in your family? Most importantly, nothing else makes a difference if you don’t invest in yourself. What does the best family and all the money in the world do for you if you are bedridden and unable to enjoy life?

Alex did such a good job that I wanted to give him a little thank you so I pulled out my personal checkbook from my briefcase and wrote him a check with “thank you” written in the “For” line. He asked what that was for and I told him to read the “for” line. I guess he felt he needed to report on how he used the money so about a week later, he texted me and said that he spent the gift on extra personal training.

My immediate thought was when I normally give cash gifts, it is used to go to grab a bite to eat, or maybe used for something that they have been saving to buy but Alex used it to “invest” in himself. Why don’t you do the same?

Which One Will Survive?

Mark Cuban, Donald Trump OR Michael Vick’s Dog in a Cage Match

Trump Tower

Picture this! We collectively get an old style professional wrestling squared cage and put Mark Cuban, Donald Trump, and one of Michael Vick’s champion pit bulls in the cage and let them fight to the death. Which one do you think will emerge victorious? My guess will probably not surprise you but my reason might.

A few weeks ago I was sitting at a conference and Mark Cuban was one of the keynotes. I’ve always had a quiet admiration for the guy but also wondered why I always have a visceral reaction when I hear Mark speak. This was the conference that Mark made his now infamous “if I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I’ll move to the other side of the street” comment. I thought at the time, “you really shouldn’t have said that” and by the end of the day, the news feeds had taken his quote totally out of context resulting in a severe berating for his poor choice of words.

A couple of weeks later, I was in Chicago for another conference (are you seeing a pattern here?) and as the cab was crossing the Chicago River I couldn’t believe my eyes. Donald Trump was having a monster sign installed on the Trump Tower spelling out his last name

“T – R – U – M – P“

The workers had just installed the “M” and I found myself wishing they would have started with the P and worked in the other direction so I could get an appropriate photo with my cell phone. It’s his building but people have always admired the beauty of the Trump Tower in Chicago and to me, putting TRUMP on the building is akin to drawing a mustache on the Mona Lisa. He is another person that creates a visceral reaction and it has nothing to do with his politics.

It dawned on me that the guys creating this visceral reaction within me are the ones that have a total lack of humility. I admire their accomplishments and maybe their lack of humility is the reason they are so accomplished but for the love of God, give us a break!

What does this have to do with the aforementioned “Cage Match”? Regardless of reason, let us assume my dream cage match has materialized. Which one would win? The pit bull right?! Probably, but my guess is, because the two other know-it-alls would each have it totally figured out and wouldn’t have the humility to admit they don’t have all the answers and work together. The dog would kill each one individually and the world would be a happier place!

What does this have to do with the fitness business? We all have to remember that we don’t have all the answers. We must keep humility at the forefront of our minds because an adjustment to our diet, a change in our routine, or the addition of a new type of exercise could take us to the next level. Routine can be comforting but remember to keep humble and look at everything with an open mind.

Do I Love My Customers?

Why Companies Lose the Love

5 Star Customer Service

I was sitting at the Misfit Conference last week listening to David Baeza speak and he really hit the nail on the head. When I asked, “why is it so common for love to leave a business?” David replied with “As soon as the only goal is revenue, you can kiss the culture goodbye.” I could tell by his succinct answer that he has his finger on the pulse of that problem.

I’m sitting in Chick-Fil-A having some #grilledlove and it dawns on me that even though Chick-Fil-A has explosive growth and massive size, they still love their customers. If you don’t agree with their politics, you probably still love the company. I remember when I was a boy and went to see my Grandma in the hills of Northwest Arkansas. She regularly took me to the local Wal-Mart. She loved the place and so did I because I was getting a new toy. Back then everyone talked about how they loved Wal-Mart. Then Sam died and the love left the store. Wal-Mart has never been the same since.

This revelation made me realize how much I love my customers. They have made it possible for nearly 40 people at our company to earn a good living and for our company to consistently solve problems to keep people moving! A customer wrote me a few years ago and asked why we charge a restocking fee and I told him because my customers shouldn’t have to subsidize those who return a part due to buyer error. Everyone should pull their own weight. If we waived the restocking fee, other customers would have to pay higher prices due to all the costs we incur associated with returning a product. Reasonable people understand this.

On a totally different topic, I love the music of The Smiths and Morrissey. I’ve never seen Morrissey in concert so I decided to go to his show in Atlanta. I was headed to down there in my car listening to a podcast and remembered that I forgot my tickets. I called StubHub (where I bought my tickets) and asked if they could help. The lady was very helpful and then said, “Oh! Did you not get the email this morning stating the concert has been cancelled?” I hadn’t but she quickly informed me that StubHub was issuing a full refund and they appreciated my business.

The next task was to cancel my hotel room because I wasn’t going to complete the trip to Atlanta. I logged on and the app told me I couldn’t cancel because the hotel requires 24 hours notice. That was fine with me and since I had used loyalty points to book the room, I figured I was out the points but still called #Hilton and #EmbassySuites to let them know that they would have another room they could rent because I wasn’t coming.

After getting transferred 4 times the rep finally told me that if I didn’t show, I would either lose the points OR at their option, they could bill my credit card the full list rate for the room. I responded with “I was trying to be nice and let you know you could rent a room and take my points (even though I didn’t like it) but if you charge my card there would be hell to pay.” The point being what kind of a$$ comes up with a policy like that!?! Then I remembered David’s talk and answered my own question…someone who has lost the love and makes a policy that puts revenue above customer service.

You won’t make everyone happy and there are always people who will try to make your life hell but the majority of people are good and try to do what is right. Maybe one of these days we can all get together and stop doing business with the companies that hate their customers and do more business with those that love their customers.

I’m going to get back to my chicken sandwich and try to figure out how to love my customers and employees even more. Neither I nor our company is perfect but at least we have our priorities straight.

7 Secrets Fitness Companies Don’t Want You To Know

Unused treadmill

1. Warranties are a game, pure and simple! Most people don’t know that warranties are non-transferable in the fitness industry so if you are buying a used piece of equipment, most likely you won’t have a warranty … even if the machine is only a month old! One great exception to this rule is that extended warranties are typically transferable, for a small registration fee.   Due to the warranty structure of the fitness world, fitness equipment products are one of the few places where extended warranties actually make sense for a consumer.

The latest hyperbole is “lifetime” motor warranties. The secret is that motors fail due to defects in material and workmanship very quickly. The reason that motors fail in the long pull is due to worn brushes, worn bearings and the like. In other words, when you motor fails in 10 years, it is due to wear and tear, not defects.  Nearly all warranties won’t cover failures due to wear and tear.

2. Infomercial actors didn’t get their bodies from what they are selling! There may be an outlier out there but I’m not aware of it. The wonderful marketers in the fitness business want you to associate the pictures of ripped abs, beautiful physiques, and the objects of desire that they show in their commercials with their product, but let’s get real…the bodies you see on TV and magazines are the result of great genes and a workout schedule that you wouldn’t believe.

As a former competitive Division One NCAA athlete I can tell you that to become and remain competitive, it requires workouts that are no less than two hours and that is a light day. Most days include three to four hours of workouts to achieve a chiseled body.

3. There is no accepted standard for rating treadmill motors. That’s right, factories can call the motors in their fitness equipment anything they want and they do! I was around when the fitness business was in its infancy, and remember that the first treadmills had a motor that was physically enormous and had a label that showed it was 1 HP or 1.5 HP.

NEWS FLASH! DC Motor design has not advanced dramatically since the early 1980’s and today’s motors can be 1/2 the size of those in the early days.  In some cases, the motors are much, much smaller. It is hard to find a motor these days less than with a label claiming 3 HP. Since it is impossible for a DC motor on a 110VAC 15 amp outlet to achieve anywhere near 3 HP, guess who is getting tricked?

4. You don’t have to look like a Greek god to be healthy. The extremist may go overboard and workout 24/7 but you don’t have to do that to be healthy. A well-kept secret is that too much exercise can be as unhealthy as too little. I once knew an athlete that had such low body fat that the medical staff believed he was hurting his kidneys, since your kidneys float in fat. He had employed diet and exercise to such an extreme that he was actually hurting himself.

Just as anything in life, moderation is the key unless you are training for a competition. 30 to 60 minutes of cardio and a light weight workout on ergonomically correct machines is enough to stay healthy. Move around during the day instead of sitting in a chair like a potato (otherwise, you will start to look like a potato). Eat a sensible diet instead of using a 1/2 gallon container of ice cream as a snack.

5. 20% of people use fitness products religiously. My guess is that 80% of the public that shops for fitness equipment actually has a clothes rack fetish. That would explain why only 1 in 5 machines that are bought are actually used with any consistency. I don’t like this stat and the factories don’t want you to know it.

Another fact that is not well known is that the cheaper the machine, the less likelihood that you will use it. Use rates on the cheapest machines are laughable. It would make sense though that the most serious people who use their machines are also willing to invest the most into it. So when you are on your elliptical and ready to quit, remember that not only are you getting into shape, you are also keeping your membership strong in a very select community.

6. Ellipticals have wear parts just like treadmills. I’ve heard of salespeople who try to sell an elliptical over a treadmill because they say there are no maintenance issues. I guess if we wanted to sell more elliptical parts we would agree with them but the fact is that some of the pressure points on an elliptical like ramps, wheels, shoulder joints, drive belts, etc. have more stress on them than on comparable parts of a treadmill.

7. Size matters but not in the way that you think! You people with dirty minds are going to be disappointed. The larger the physical motor, the better. The wider the drive belt, the more area that can distribute the surface tension if properly aligned. The larger the roller, the slower it turns in relative speed to a smaller roller. These are truisms. What isn’t known is that if you put junk bearings into the larger rollers, the smaller rollers with quality bearings will win; every time.

Where size starts to create problems is when a factory pairs a large motor with junk drive system parts. Its like pairing a V8 motor with a sorry transmission. Another area where size is a problem is walking belts on treadmills. You would think bigger is better and it might be to make sure you don’t step off the side but in reality, the larger the belt, the more wear it puts on drive system parts. You want to get as small a belt as you can safely use and no more.

Is Your Desk Chair Killing You?

Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic has been conducting studies over the past decade on the effect of being sedentary vs. being actively moving in your daily life. No surprise that those who are in motion on a regular basis are, in general, healthier.   The remarkable point that his studies make is, EVEN IF YOU EXERCISE, sitting at a desk all day is more dangerous than smoking.

His work builds upon a major longitudinal study highlighted by James Vlahos in the New York Times. This highlighted study written by Dr. Alpa Patel, demonstrated findings that determined if you sit in a chair for more than 6 hours per day, you have a DEATH RATE that can be up to 40% higher than a person who is active throughout the day.

You might ask, “are you telling me that I have to plunk down $4000 on an expensive treadmill desk?” NOT AT ALL!  What we suggest is that you take breaks regularly, at a minimum, to make sure that you keep moving. Of course a standing desk, treadmill desk, and the soon-to-come-to-the-market bike desk are great alternatives, BUT the main thing is to get moving and not use equipment or lack thereof as an excuse to not move around.

Now we come to our specialty- the equipment. As we pointed out in our Treadmill Reviews last fall, there are some treadmill designs on the desk market that are dangerous. For instance, the Exerpeutics WorkFit desk test model we had was built on an open-loop system.  That means they saved 25 cents by not using a speed sensor, therefore the machine can’t verify it’s own speed and correct if necessary.  Almost ALL treadmill machines have these sensors for your safety.  So if you are using and Exerpeutics WorkFit desk and if your treadmill malfunctions it is possible that you will soon look like George Jetson, screaming “let me off this crazy thing!”

What usually happens isn’t as entertaining as the Jetson’s. What normally happens is that people end up injured, burned, suffer broken bones, get a concussion, or possibly worse. So, we suggest that you are very careful about what equipment that you use. If you see a desk treadmill that you like, check our reviews and if we haven’t reviewed it yet, email us at tdoc@treadmilldoctor.com and we will try to help you the best we can.

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Is Crossfit Dangerous?

Is CrossFit dangerous? Just ask Kevin Ogar

Since its foundation in 2000, CrossFit’s popularity has exploded in the U.S. with thousands of privately owned gyms dedicated just for this hard-core fitness program. Every year, CrossFit Inc. holds CrossFit Games where a winner can walk away with as much as $275,000 and land lucrative sponsorship deals. This is what happened to Kevin Ogar while trying to perform a WOD at the 2014 OC Throwdown fitness competition in California.

So what happened to Kevin Ogar?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWJapBpKrQA

Kevin Ogar is a Denver CrossFit coach and was an athlete during the competition. In the video, Kevin was trying to perform the competition’s WOD 4 called ‘Touch and Go Snatch’ when the bar fell, bounced and struck him in the back.

Although Kevin is experienced at weight lifting, he was unable to get out of way in time when the bar fell. The accident severed his spinal cord and damaged his T11 and T12 vertebrae, leaving him paralyzed from the waist below.

Kevin Ogar
The worst thing is, Kevin is not insured and there’s no way he could cover his mounting medical bills on his own. The global CrossFit community has been raising money already to help in Kevin’s medical treatment and rehabilitation. As of now, there are 4,428 people that have donated a total of ~$330,000 on Fundly.com (https://fundly.com/kevin-ogar-s-recovery?ft_src=widget_campaign_card) and at the KevinOgar http://kevinogar.com/ site.

Although the event was not organized nor sanctioned by CrossFit Inc. according to Women’sHealth http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/crossfit-problems, whether it’s CrossFit or general weight lifting, everyone should use caution and make sure they are exercising in the safest way possible.

A safer alternative

People commonly ask us why do you use fitness machines when you can run outside, use free weights, or use one of the TV or fad exercise programs on the market. The reason I only lift using machines is because it forces me to use correct form and provides safety. The reason I use cardio machines is because there are redundant safety features built in and the environment is controlled. If there is a malfunction, there are safety systems in place to minimize injury.

Seeking to be fit in the shortest way possible is a misconception

Becoming fit requires resolve, time, and perseverance. You can’t just say that you want to lose weight in three months or develop a perfectly fit body in short order. While most have maintained an exercise regimen on treadmills and ellipticals and weight lifting machines, there are many that turned to high intensity programs like CrossFit and some people suffer the consequences. Keeping this in mind, we urge you to support Kevin Ogar and Treadmill Doctor has made a donation to help Kevin in his battle. Please do the same.

NAPA 8300 As a Treadmill Walking Belt Lubricant? Not Any More!

For over a decade now, factories have recommended that people use NAPA 8300 silicone spray under treadmill belts to reduce friction. This multi-purpose spray has amazingly served most consumers making it a very popular product for treadmills. However, we recently bought a can and noticed a little warning in the corner that said, “DANGER! EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE.” It made us wonder if NAPA had changed things up since the last time we bought it (we typically use our own lube).

We turned the can around and this is now what you can find in the cautions and warning label from a can of NAPA 8300:

CAUTION: May damage some plastics. May harm painted or waxed finishes. Always test in an inconspicuous area before use.

CONTAINS: 67-64-1 Acetone, 110-54-3 Hexane, 74-98-6 Propane, 107-83-5 Isohexane Isomers, 63148-62-9 Poly(dimethylsiloxane),  96-14-0-3 Methylpentane, 79-29-8-2, 3-Dimethylbutane, 110-82-7 Cyclohexane, 75-83-2 2, 2-Dimethylbutane

DANGER! EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE. Keep away from heat, sparks, and open flame. Vapors will accumulate readily and may ignite explosively. Keep area ventilated during use and until all vapors are gone.

DO NOT SMOKE- Extinguish all flames, pilot lights and heaters- Turn off stoves, electric tools and appliances, and anyother sources of ignition.

CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or heat from radiators, stoves, hot water tanks and other heat sources that may cause bursting. Do not puncture, incinerate, burn or store above 120F. Keep upright in a cool, dry place.  Do not discard empty can in trash compactor.

VAPOR HARMFUL. Use with adequate ventilation. Avoid continuous breathing of vapor and spray mist. To avoid breathing vapors or spray mist, open windows and doors, or use other means to ensure fresh air entry during application and drying.  If you experience eye watering, headaches, or dizziness, increase fresh air or wear respiratory protection (NIOSH approved) or leave the area.  Overexposure may cause numbness in extremities which can persist for some period of time and may be permanent. Avoid contact with eyes and skin.  Wash hands after using.

FIRST AID: In case of eye contact, flush thoroughly with large amounts of water for 15 minutes and get medical attention.  For skin contact, wash thoroughly with soap and water.  In case of respiratory difficulty, provide fresh air and call physician.

DELAYED EFFECTS FROM LONG TERM OVEREXPOSURE. Contains solvents which can cause permanent brain and nervous system damage.  Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating and inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal.

WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.

A Little Bit About the First Listed Ingredient

67-64-1 Acetone is the first ingredient listed on the back of the NAPA 8300. 67-64-1 Acetone or Propanone actually has an ERG 127 label (Emergency Response Guide Number 127). It is one of those highly flammable liquids that will be easily ignited by heat, sparks or flames when exposed at a certain heat level. Also, inhalation or contact with the product sprayed with this material can irritate a user’s skin.

NAPA 8300 contains ingredients that can cause cancer according to the State of California, and is now highly flammable. We aren’t sure when NAPA made this change because as we said, we have been using our own liquid silicone for years but we know the public should know about this change because we know there are a plethora of manuals out there that recommend that people use NAPA 8300.

This is a major concern that consumers must know and cease to use NAPA 8300 for lubricating treadmill belts. Some factories several years ago started warning people not to use oxygen devices or tanks around treadmills because treadmills create heat and the DC motor can spark from the brushes and they didn’t want a fire. Do you really think you should be spraying a substance that has “DANGER, HIGHLY FLAMMABLE” printed right on the front?!?

That’s not to mention that you should never use any petroleum-based substances on treadmill belts so in case you missed the ingredients list, read it again. It is “chock full of nuts” so to speak.

An Alternative

What we recommend now is to transition to an alternative silicone which won’t harm the belt or your health. One solution is the Silicone Slip Coat Lube that can be found here.  The Silicone Slip Coat Lube is a water-soluble liquid silicone that can be sprayed under treadmill belts to properly lubricate the machine. In addition, this lube is actually a food-grade, water based, liquid silicone approved by the FDA for use in food processing equipment. This means that the silicone included in the contents of this lube is also used to lubricate food processing machines.

Benefits of Ellipticals for Fat Loss

The elliptical is an excellent workout machine that not only targets various parts of the legs, but also the upper body and the core.  If you are determined to start losing weight and building muscle and a healthy body, check out some of the benefits that this machine provides.  It would also be beneficial to look into elliptical reviews in order to determine what particular brand would offer you features that you require.

-       Fixes Weaker Muscles

The elliptical helps to coordinate muscle interaction between the arms, legs, lower back and buttocks; it utilizes quadriceps function far more than other types of exercise machines, which is the ultimate goal.  Also, if you decide to incorporate backwards pedaling on the elliptical, it targets your quadriceps even further.

-       Works Your Upper Body Too

The elliptical clearly provides benefits for the upper body in addition to the legs; even the basic posture that one must stand at to effectively use the machine works your core far more effectively than just running.  If you are confident enough to use the machine without the railing, you can also further improve your balance and posture as you exercise on it.  Ultimately, an elliptical can also target the shoulders, chest, biceps and triceps in order to provide an all-around workout for burning fat.

-       Helps Target Weak Muscles

Another aspect of elliptical trainer that gets overlooked is that it helps to target particular muscle groups that have been known for being “weaker” than other areas of the body.  In particular, the gluteus maximus and hip flexors are activated with an elliptical workout.  In fact, Bruce Lee often would focus his workouts on the extensors and rotators of the hip to improve fluidity of movement, kicking strength and a healthy body overall.