Our Horizon T101 Treadmill Review

Our Horizon T101 Treadmill Review

Horizon is known for its quality treadmills offered at decent prices, so I decided to try out the T101. I’d heard a lot about it and I’ve put on a few pounds over the last few months, so I figured it’s time to get back on the routine! Here’s my review of the Horizon T101 Treadmill.

The Horizon T101 is known for being flexible without being overly complicated. If you’ve looked at treadmills before, you know that some require a degree in physics or the equivalent just to get going. The T101 has customization settings and a nice, simple display. It’s really easy to use.

Adjustable features include speed and incline. The speed can be run up to 10 mph, which is a rigorous run. If you’re like me, you’re just fine with a 6 mph jog, but if you want to challenge yourself, you can step on the accelerator. The slope is also adjustable up to 10%.

The best and most unique feature is its 9 programming options. These are sort of parameters that you can use to create the workout you want. They give you lots of options but it’s still really simple. Three of these are time, duration and how many calories you want to burn. There are also 3 workouts to choose from depending on your exercise goal – manual mode, weight loss, and interval training.

Why The T101 Rocks

Of course, the flexibility of the workout options is the main selling point for me. It’s easy to create your own workout and you can make it as easy or difficult for yourself as you’d like to. This allows you to inch it up a notch whenever you want to challenge yourself.

This treadmill has easy to use controls and great interface, the display is clear and accurate and displays the stuff you want it too, in general, very impressed

Jim, Amazon.com

The Horizon T101 is also built tough for its price. You don’t see treadmills with this kind of quality at under $1,000. Most of the cheaper ones feel flimsy, like they’re going to fall apart under you while you’re running on them. The T101 definitely doesn’t.

When I work out, I like listening to music. I’m not so much into watching TV while I’m on the treadmill. The Horizon T101 comes with speakers that are MP3 compatible, and that’s another thing I like about it.

A Couple Of Warnings

I just want to be honest here, so here are a few things to expect. Setting up the Horizon T101 is no walk in the park. You can do it yourself but this thing is heavy, and I’d recommend having somebody help you. Also, read the manual carefully. This isn’t something you just pop out of the box and put together by intuition. The assembly is a little bit tricky.

It even has different work out levels so you wont get too bored,, I have mine in front of a flat screen tv and the time flies by..

You wont regret buying this Treadmill at all!!!

Louann, Amazon.com

Another thing is that, although it folds up nicely to conserve space, it still takes up a bit of room. Don’t expect it to totally disappear when you fold it up! This isn’t one of those tiny cheapo treadmills that fits under the bed, so make sure you’ve got some space for it.

The Horizon T101 is a solidly built, high quality treadmill at a very low price. It’s easy to use while still offering you lots of flexibility in your workouts. Turn it on, hop aboard and watch TV while you shed the pounds!


What is Zumba?

What is Zumba?

With a slogan of “ditch the workout, join the party,” Zumba is a Latin dance-based fitness movement that has salsa-d and mambo-d its way across the world. Since it was officially launched in 2001, Zumba dancing has inspired more than 10 million people in almost 100,000 different locations in more than 110 countries with its great music, great moves and great energy.

Created by Alberto Perez, who is better known as “Beto,” in the mid-1990s, Zumba was a “happy accident.” A fitness instructor in his native Columbia, Beto forgot the music for his traditional aerobics class one day, so he pulled a few tapes out of his backpack and improvised using the salsa and merengue music he grew up with. It was an instant hit. Beto brought the class and idea to Miami in 2001, where he met entrepreneurs Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion, and the three Albertos launched Zumba Fitness. In the name of fun and fitness, Zumba dancing spread like wildfire from there.

By 2005, a Zumba Academy which trained and licensed thousands of new Zumba dancing instructors was launched, and that was followed shortly by Zumbawear, Zumba CDs and one of the best-selling DVD series ever. In 2010, Zumba Fitness became the first branded fitness program to launch a video game on all three of the major gaming platforms: PS3, Wii and Xbox 360.

Part of Zumba’s popularity is that anyone can do it – no matter your age, gender, background, location or fitness level, Zumba is for you. Even better, you can do Zumba completely in the comfort of your own home (with DVDs and video games on Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360) or in group dance classes across the world. Zumba dance classes are typically offered at fitness centers, health clubs, dance centers, schools, community centers – and even in night clubs! Zumba continues to grow in popularity and prevalence.

Zumba dancing is great exercise for your entire body; in a typical Zumba dancing session, you will work your legs, your core (abs and lower back) and your upper body – you will probably even work the muscles of your face as you can’t help but smile! During a Zumba class, you will feel your heart beat and your muscles shake – you can work to your level, as hard or as mellow as you need your class to be. Depending on your size, body composition and fitness level, you can burn anywhere from 400 to 800 calories in a typical Zumba class.

Unlike many traditional fitness classes, the focus in Zumba is truly on having fun. With a great soundtrack of international music, Zumba dancing incorporates a variety of exciting dance styles: belly dancing, calypso, cha cha cha, cumbia, flamenco, hip hop, mambo, merengue, Reggaeton, salsa, and more. Likewise, Zumba now offers several formats including a toning class, a pool-based class, Zumba for kids and for seniors.

In a typical Zumba class, you will join dozens (and maybe hundreds!) of others. You can wear special Zumba tops and pants, available on the zumba.com website or through Zumba instructors, or anything that is comfortable and allows you to move freely – a tank top and shorts, for example. You should also wear cross-training tennis shoes, which make it easy to move side to side and provide some traction.

All you need to bring is yourself, a bottle of water and a good attitude. You will do a brief warm-up and then dance, dance, dance for about an hour before cooling down and stretching. You can do Zumba every day or once a week, but once you start, don’t be surprised if you become a little addicted to your Zumba classes – ditch the workout, join the party!


The “Fat Burning” Zone

The “Fat Burning” Zone

The first misconception is that performing low intensity exercise will put you in the fat burning zone and is therefore the way to go if fat loss is your goal.

You see it all the time on treadmills and ellipticals labeled as the fat burning zone, literally.

The logic is, If I stay in this zone long enough, Ill reduce all my fat.

Its a good way to sell cardio equipment, but not necessarily the most efficient way to reach your fat loss goalsand heres why

First, lets define low-intensity exercise which is any exercise that requires less than 40% of your VO2 Max.

Okay, what does that mean?

Simply put, if you are able to exercise and speak comfortably, its considered low-intensity.

The Science Of Low Intensity Workouts

Now lets get into the science behind it all.

The metabolism of fat during exercise is a complicated process regulated by multiple hormones.

Generally speaking, as exercise intensity increases, our usage of fat for energy peaks and then actually decreases.

Much of the confusion regrading the optimal intensity to burn the maximum amount of fat comes from understanding and applying the non-protein caloric equivalents for respiratory quotient. Right about now, youre probably saying to yourself, what the hell is that? This basically tells us what percentage of fat and carbs our bodies are using for energy based on oxygen consumption.

The point of the matter is, we need to shift our mindset from trying to find and stay in the fat burning zone and focus on energy expenditure.

At the end of the day, a calorie is a calorie no matter where it comes from. Consistently burn more of them and the fat will begin to disappear.

Now if this looks like a different language to you, thats okay, well get to the point shortly.

At a respiratory quotient (RQ) of 0.83 (meaning relatively low-intensity exercise), the percentage of total calories from fat and carbohydrates are 56.2% and 43.8% respectively. So from this initial assessment, believers in this misconception would be correct BUT, this is only from a PERCENTAGE standpoint. The problem is, at lower intensities, the calories burned is ultimately lower as well meaning the total AMOUNT of fat burned is also lower.

Remember, in order to burn more fat you need to burn more calories, so does the percentage of where these calories are coming from, fat or carbs, really matter?

In order to burn a larger amount of fat, we need to burn more calories. In order to burn more calories, we need to work hard and to work harder means a higher intensity.


Destroying the Bad, Rebuilding the Good

In the beginning I started off the average 15 year old boy I was weighing in at 286lbs. I lived in a decent household we weren’t really rich, or poor just middle class. But most importantly I loved Xbox 360 A LOT more specifically all of the Call of Duty Games. It was a given I loved those games to death. I use to play Xbox 360 in the summer from two in the afternoon till six in the morning, and repeat the next day.

I never started off active, and I was never considered the athlete. My friends refereed to me as the fat kid “which I never minded because I knew it was true.”

All of these things I considered the normal, and I was never emotionally stricken by it externally, but on the inside my emotions raged, and I started to become very angry with myself. Girls were never fond of me, I couldn’t keep up with my friends when we took bike rides, I couldn’t complete any type of sport conditioning, and people gave no hope for me.

I will never remember all of the phrases people use to tell me in school. For example, “You’re never going to get a girlfriend”, “You are a piece of sh*t, go eat some more”, “Is your shirt too small, or are you just that fat?”

The thing that got to me the most is when people told me I had man boobs. This is what turned on the “Do WORK” switch in my mind. Almost instantly I decided it was time for me to change. No more bullsh*t. Xbox360 was not for me anymore. After I did the patience work I gained a lot of confidence back, and I started to transform into a well respected man weighing in at 175lbs then a chubby boy.

When I first started looking into bodybuilding my first idle ever was the famous Arnold Schwarzenegger. Everybody knew him, and he was loved in almost every industry. He wasn’t overly cocky like most modern bodybuilders, and he was informational without pushing a brand name down your throat. He was almost like a mentor in my mind.

Currently my biggest bodybuilding inspiration would be Elliot Hulse. He’s a retired strongman (not a bodybuilding competitor), but he gives excellent information on how to better your life. He helps with all aspects of strength, and not just physical strength. The information he gives me makes me want to strive further than I already have made it. Another bodybuilding motivation is a great man would named Kai Greene. He is very inspirational, and he is very intelligent when it comes to his philosophy.

“The first steps are the hardest” is something I always used to tell myself. I started with my diet.

Your diet is the most important thing to handle before you even pick up a weight. If you can’t fuel your body then you can’t grow! My diet went from being anything fast food, or in a can, to anything natural, and things that actually needed to be prepared. I did a lot of research on food by myself, and I figured out what my body needed to work properly, and to perform to its maximum.

Supplementation never entered my mind until I found bodybuilding.com, but now they are not important to me whatsoever, and in all honesty the only supplements I take now are whey protein, and creatine.

After fixing my diet I started lifting weights which let me tell you was awesome the first few times. You could actually feel your muscles warm up, and feel the different movements after so many reps, but after awhile it starts to fade away. This led me into my research of muscle plateaus. When I was just beginning I started doing full body workouts which was good, because I burned off more calories this way. But, other than this I just started from the bottom, and worked up my way up the stairs of fitness.

My future goal is to hit around 200lbs in solid mass sitting around 10-12% body fat, and to do it NATURALLY. I have nothing against steroid use, and it is beneficial for a lot of athletes…but it’s just not for me.

My trial and errors go back super far, and it would be a whole story on its own. You can check out my other post on Bodybuilding.com Best Teen Transformation Contest: Rising from the Masses for more of that information.


Body Transformation: From Fatty to Fit

A military brat who claims Tampa, in the great state of Florida as home, I am a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, currently serving overseas in South Korea. Known to my Airmen as El Tee, my first station was in Alaska, where I had the great privilege of working with over 400 of the finest men and women who protect our country on a daily basis. Today, I work for the three-star General as well as the Commander of the Installation. I have been in the Air Force almost four years, and have had nothing but great experiences up to this point. Family, is the most important thing to me in the entire world.

Almost 3 years ago I found out that I had a bone cyst in my left humerus and was told that an operation was needed to remove over 75% of the bone, and would be replaced with a cadaver. Expected recovery time is minimum of 8 months. After waiting 4 months to have my surgery, my recovery process would begin. But I would soon realize that it would be more than just a physical recovery. Before the my surgery, I began to fall into a depression where I turned to alcohol as a means to cope. Mixing the alcohol, terrible diet habits and the inability to exercise at all – the pounds began to build up. Before I knew it, I had gained nearly 20 pounds. One day, I was getting ready for the shower and looked at myself in the mirror, I could hardly recognize myself. I had ballooned into a 220 pound mess. It was at this moment I knew that a change needed to happen.

My driving factor, at first, was to ensure that I looked presentable in my uniform. How was I going to hold my Airmen to a standard when I was in no way, shape or form, to tell them that they needed to make changes in their habits when I myself was not presentable. I found a nutritionist who had been doing this for some time, one who had been recommended to me. I slowly began to drops the pounds, even without the ability to exercise at all. All by staying consistent, and as he likes to say “Trusting the Process.”

My full transformation started about 10 months after my surgery…..

I was FINALLY cleared to exercise and started lifting again. I knew that I had to take the standard Air Force Physical Fitness test within 3 months and I was NOT going to fail. After training for my test, I kept after the weight training. I started to see great results from following a consistent diet and workout routine. A friend of mine, who was at one point overweight, had just competed and won his first physique competition. And so, my journey began to compete in my first show.

My training includes weight lifting, high sets with high reps, cardio a minimum of three times a week, and core training a minimum of four (for competition prep). This combined with eating a healthy, portion controlled, diet plan – results were fast on the way.

The supplement list I use is not huge, in fact, some would call it basic, but it is what my trainer recommended to me and it has worked. I take, as prescribed: Multi-Vitamin, Glutamine, Joint Supplement (choose your favorite brand), T-Boost, Aminos, NO2 Hemodilator, Protein, and ZMA.

I have just finished my first competition prep, and will be competing this summer in my first competition. This is only the beginning for me. Fitness is a part of my life and daily routine now. Going to the gym is my “me time.” I can focus on myself and becoming better than I was yesterday. Therapy, if you will. I am not sure where the sport will take me, I am just enjoying the journey, and trying to learn as much as I can along the way.