As we all know by now, maintaining an adequate physical fitness level is essential for our health and quality of life. So many of the human body's aches, pains and ailments can be remedied through a consistent and challenging exercise program. But unfortunately, implementing this regular exercise isn't always easy or convenient.
For instance, if you travel frequently for work, finding a gym in every city you visit can be next to impossible. Having a gym membership can also be expensive, even for those who don't travel regularly. For busy moms and dads, finding the time to travel to and from the gym can also be a hurdle which ends up snafuing your workout plans entirely. That's why Journey Fitness Inc. has created the world's first truly portable universal gym with the journey gym. Keep reading to learn more!
The journey gym is the world’s first truly portable universal gym. It’s lightweight, compact and portable design allows people to workout whenever and wherever. It removes the most common barrier to maintaining fitness, which is lack of consistency, by allowing you to workout absolutely anywhere, including your home, your hotel room, your office or even on your back porch.
It is designed to be utilized in 5 minute intervals of alternating strength and cardiovascular exercises, known as circuit training. With the journey gym, you can easily fit in a workout whenever you have a spare moment, no matter where you are.
Studies show that a series of four 5 minute exercises in a day is as effective as one 20 minute workout. So, the journey gym is designed to allow for concise and effective exercise circuits to be completed between other daily tasks, projects and moments of your hectic day.
Most people find time to fit in work and interactions with others on their personal laptops regardless of how hectic their days are and now they can do the same with exercise with the journey gym. For this reason it is known as the "fitness laptop" and will revolutionize when and where people workout and how they get fit.
The patented journey gym utilizes a proprietary resistance system which allows for you to have between 5 and 150 lbs. of resistance providing a real strength training workout for your shoulders, arms, chest, back, abdominals, and legs. Then, through the use of retractable legs, the journey gym becomes a commercial grade stair stepper providing a true cardiovascular workout for your heart and lungs. By performing alternating strength and cardiovascular exercises in one minute intervals, again known as circuit training, the journey gym provides a revolutionary fitness solution for anyone at any level.
The journey gym comes complete with the following equipment concisely and compacting enclosed in a workout bench/stair stepper/travel case:
- 30 resistance bands (five on each side plus ten additional bands) for a customizable resistance system of 5 to 75 pounds per side.
- One set of adjustable handles so resistance only begins when you are in the correct position.
- Full set of legs which are used to raise the gym into a stair stepper for a full cardio workout.
- A workout DVD specifically designed for the gym with a 5 minute set up video, a 10 minute circuit tone workout and a 20 minute circuit strength workout.
- A free online community at www.journeygym.com where you are able to create exercise videos, track your activity and nutrition, and share your progress with friends and family.
Setting up the journey gym to use is quite simple and easy. Just open the case and insert the eight legs into the corresponding slots inside the case. Remove the handles from their slots and turn the journey gym case over so that the smooth stair stepper side is face up. Next, decide what exercise you'd like to do first. There are so many wonderful exercise staples that can be done effectively using the journey gym. Here's just a few standards that are perfect for working the shoulders, back, arms, legs, abdominals and chest:
- Shoulder Raises
- Back Row
- Bicep Curls
- Tricep Kickback
- Bench Press
- Side Bends
Once you've decided which exercise you'd like to start with, just position the exercise handles on the correct side of the bench (either the narrow or long side) The end loops of the resistance bands slide onto the carabiner clips of the exercise handles. It takes a little getting used to when sliding these clips on and off the exercise handles for the fit is rather tight and moving the resistance bands on and off the exercise handles isn't always the easiest thing to do.
One of the neatest features of the journey gym is the exercise handles themselves. These handles have a retractable cord so that you can quickly and easily adjust the length of the cord for the exact level of resistance you require. There is a push button on the handle which allows you to lengthen or shorten the handle in record speed. This feature means that transitioning between exercises happens as fast as possible.
My husband was kind enough to allow me to take pictures of him using the journey gym, though we've both worked out on it numerous times. I love using the included DVD workouts several times a day as I make the time to squeeze in a quick exercise session. My husband uses the journey gym more to follow his own routine that he's created to do while at the gym. Both he and I agree that this is one comprehensive gym which will effectively work all six major muscle groups while still allowing for both strength and cardio training.
What's more, the journey gym offers plenty of high-quality exercise resources on their website, such as a fitness goal tracker and community for connecting with other journey gym users. My favorite feature though is the training section which allows you to view over 90 different cardio and strength exercises and even allows you to create your very own custom workout video with your own custom music track. Now you never have to work out to the same, tired video again!
If you are searching for a way to consistently and affordably workout anytime, anywhere, then I highly recommend the journey gym from Journey Fitness Inc. This compact "gym in a box" will travel any place you have in mind and can be stored quickly and easily when not in use. The adjustable strength bands can offer several different levels of resistance and the journey gym incorporates cardio effectively too. Amp up your physical fitness and increase your quality of life with the journey gym!
Disclosure: I received the journey gym from Journey Fitness Inc. in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective.
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!