Personally, I’m not a big fan of exercise(cardio) equipment, opting to use bodyweight exercises in Tabatas (High Intensity Interval Training)because I believe people become dependent “their (type of) machine.” But I do recognize that there are some great pieces of equipment out there so I thought I’d do a comparison of two of the fairly new and most effective machines, The Frog by Frog Fitness and The Treadclimber by Bowflex. Both are quality machines but are not without their strengths and weaknesses.
Frog Fitness is the creator of What they believe is the next big thing in fitness! “The Frog”. It provides the benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Strength Training simultaneously. The Frog, is designed to help athletes reach their peak performance potential in minimum time and it delivers! When you add that the human body is not used to performing high intensity training in the horizontal position, the additional stress adds a new dimension to even the most rigorous of workouts.
You move The Frog by performing frog-like movements that combine resistance training with HIIT aerobic exercises. It is a compound exercise extravaganza! The machine has four wheels on two axles,that are attached to resistance bands. In the basic Frog workout, you lie face down on the machine then stretch it out by straightening your arms, legs, and torso. You can also perform other workouts to work all different areas of your body.
It’s kind of like doing a horizontal military press and a squat simultaneously.
In summary, The Frog promises “a total body resistance trainer that works all major muscle groups in an incredibly short amount of time.” You can also perform lower body workouts, curls, squats, triceps extensions, and other types of upper body workouts.
If there are any real limitations on the Frog, I would say it would be space. You have to have space for the machine to roll around so if you are limited by weather or space, or the $1500 price tag, the Frog may not be for you. But if you have nice weather outside or plenty of space outside, or inside, it is an outstanding machine for overall body fitness.
The Bowflex Tread Climber claims that the combination of three movements in one trainer burns more calories than traditional fitness equipment, and that’s the major difference Bowflex was aiming for when designing what has now become their most popular product line.
This piece of equipment combines the forward motion of a treadmill, with the stepping motion of a stair climber, with a smooth elliptical type motion. What is the benefit?
It’s actually been proven that you can get a better workout than walking or jogging, in less time, without the joint impact of running. The mixture of the three motions prevents muscle fatigue so you feel less tired, which will help you keep making progress toward your fitness goals.
There actually is a study that showed why it makes you feel less tired, even though it burns more calories as a treadmill at the same speed is because it causes less of something called Blood Lactate, which is lactic acid buildup from a workout. That’s chemical that makes people feel exhausted after exercising, which can make it hard to stay motivated.
Since the Treadclimber causes 12% less lactic acid buildup than treadmills, and 38% less than ellipticals, that makes it easier to keep working out and getting results. That’s very important to me, because you don’t want to burn out, or become discouraged. You want to consistently make progress over time, and this unique design helps you do just that.
The Treadclimber is priced from $1500 to $2500 depending on the model. It can be used for interval training, however, it is for lower body exercise only. It also does not require much space to operate, unlike our friend The Frog.