Hot gift ideas: snowboards, clothing, exercise equipment

Fitness Q & A

Health & Fitness

December 14, 2003|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,Special to the Sun

What are the hot exercise gifts for the holidays?

Bill Law and Chris Stallings of Princeton Sports in Baltimore tell us Palmer Honeypro snowboards are selling like crazy in their store. Also, many Princeton Sports customers are asking for Under Armour brand clothing. The company, founded by former University of Maryland football player Kevin Plank, has six lines: heat gear, turf gear, loose gear, all-season gear, cold gear and performance grey.

At the Sports Authority in Glen Burnie, three of the hot sellers are the Pro Form 765 Interactive Treadmill, with built-in CD player; Jackie Chan's Cable Flex; and the Ab Swing, according to sales associate Mike Powers.

Of course, these gifts are just a sampling. The sky is the limit when it comes to the number of choices out there, so remember to try creative fitness gifts, too. A gift certificate for yoga classes or a subscription to a health magazine is unlikely to be shoved in the back of the closet in the new year.

What does the term 1RM mean, and how do I find out what mine is?

Your 1RM (which stands for "one repetition maximum") is the heaviest weight you can lift a single time with proper form.

Why bother knowing your 1RM? Serious weight lifters use it to determine a target weight for lifting. It is common practice to lift at 50 percent of one's 1RM when doing average sets of 10-12 repetitions. While 1RM calculations are far from an exact science, knowing yours can help ensure you are lifting enough weight and at the same time prevent you from overdoing it.

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