Wednesday, December 21, 2011


From skiing to shoveling snow, there are many winter-friendly ways to stay fit this holiday season. 

Even sledding is more work than you think! Every time you take a ride down the hill, you most likely have to walk all the back to the top - you can burn more calories by pulling a few kids on the sled as you go up! Try sledding for 30 minutes, and you can burn as many calories as a two-mile run.

One of our top manufacturers, Life Fitness breaks down potential calorie burn* of trying these outdoor activities for 30 minutes:

Sledding for 30 minutes: 250 calories
Ice skating for 30 minutes: 230 calories
Cross-country skiing for 30 minutes: 300 calories
Down-hill skiing for 30 minutes: 210 calories
Snowboarding for 30 minutes: 250 calories
Walking the dog for 30 minutes: 125 calories
Shoveling snow for 30 minutes: 230 calories

And when getting outdoors isn't feasible, hop on your home treadmill or elliptical trainer and indulge yourself in a favorite music playlist while sweating off some of those extra holiday treats!

*approximations based on an average 145 lbs woman for a 30 minutes of activity

Fit Tips are provided by Life Fitness, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

26th Annual Fitness Wonderland Sale!

On December 9th, 10th, and 11th, Fitness Showcase will feature its 26th Annual Fitness Wonderland Sale at all 7 of our Midwest Locations. 

Our Fitness Wonderland Sale is the largest fitness equipment sales event of the year, where for 3 days only (Friday, Dec. 9th, from 10am - 7pm, Sat. Dec. 10th, from 9am - 6pm, and Sunday, Dec. 11th, from noon - 6pm) consumers who are in the market to purchase, or are interested in any type of in-home fitness equipment can take advantage of fantastic savings on the top of the line fitness products by manufacturers like True, Life Fitness, Cybex, and many others. As the exclusive True fitness equipment dealer in St. Louis and Springfield, we offer one of the largest selections of premium fitness equipment in the Midwest, with the lowest prices of the year on treadmills, ellipticals, stationary & recumbent bikes, arc trainers and more. Plus, we will be offering free financing for 12 months, or huge cash savings. With the holidays right around the corner, our Fitness Wonderland Sale is a great opportunity to purchase fitness equipment at a discount in order to lose the extra pounds that come from those wonderful holiday meals. Why wait till after the holidays to get started, when you can get ahead now? Buying fitness equipment for your family is a great gift towards a healthy future!

The number one New Year’s resolution people make is to lose weight and or to get fit.  Our early December fitness equipment sale at Fitness Showcase is perfect, because it allows those wanting to get a head start on their New Year’s resolutions and commence post-holiday weight loss, and do so successfully. Most fitness equipment retailers know that resolving to get or stay healthy is popular at the beginning of each year, so most tend to hike their prices around the holidays, but Fitness Showcase is doing just the opposite! 

During the Fitness Wonderland Sale, we will also be offering several great deals & freebies, such as a Free Inspire Abdominal Bar with any Inspire Home Gym Purchase, a Free Life Fitness Body Shape Kit when you purchase Life Fitness Cardio or Strength equipment, and up to $400 off the brand new True M (Motivation) series ellipticals & treadmills!

As a residential and commercial fitness equipment dealer, our only focus is on your Fitness! We combine top-of-the-line specialty home fitness equipment, with the personal touch that only a locally owned and operated enterprise can offer. With seven locations in the Midwest, including St. Louis, Springfield, and Kansas City, our well-informed staff has been serving residential and commercial customers for more than 25 years. Fitness Showcase carries everything you need to start the perfect home gym, including Cybex cardio machines, True and Life Fitness treadmills and ellipticals, stationary bikes, arc trainers, weight benches, free weights, and so much more!
“We have been very satisfied with the fitness equipment we purchased from Fitness Showcase. The workmanship, materials, and quality of each piece of equipment is exceptional. Our athletes are especially proud of the weight room that is furnished with Fitness Showcase’s products, and are enthused about working out with the equipment. Furthermore, the customer service provided by the staff has been first class.”
Ethan Hauck - Lee’s Summit West High School

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Eat Healthy & Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Did you know that the average holiday meal consists of no less than 3,000 - 3,500 calories? That may sound crazy, but if you think about how families and friends interact during the holiday season, it seems that everyone is always in the kitchen! Here are a few ways to eat healthier, make better decisions about what you put in your body, and stay on your fitness or weight loss goals during the season.

Watch Your Portions! Load your plate up with vegetables and lean turkey. Eat less of the high calorie foods like casseroles, breads and desserts. A serving is typically the size of a deck of cards or your iPhone. Also try putting your appetizers on a plate to see what you are eating, instead of continually grazing by the table.

Select real, fresh foods. Cranberries are full of antioxidants, but the canned kind are packed with sugar and calories. Sweet potatoes have a lot of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fiber, and you can add flavor such as cinnamon or nutmeg. Desserts made of baked apples or poached pears can be lighter options than typical desserts with candied nuts and chocolate. And don't forget the pumpkin – pumpkin is a low-fat, low-calorie food with potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.

Make a lower-carb stuffing by using more veggies like onions and celery, or even dried fruits. Use less bread and skip the sausage and butter. You can also add extra nutrients by choosing whole grain breads.

Space out your helpings. Take smaller portions and always remember you can have more the next day. Holidays are about spending time with friends and family, so make a conscious effort to take a break between bites and enjoy the conversation.

Start the holiday off by walking or running in a Turkey Trot race or just meeting some family members for a bit of holiday exercise. Try getting your metabolism elevated for the day by taking a walk outside or playing a game of flag football a few hours after the holiday feast.

Friday, October 7, 2011


If you abandon your strength-training program, will your muscles turn to fat? The answer is no: muscle doesn't turn to fat, but we do tend to lose muscle tissue and add fat as we age. 

The use it or lose it concept remains an important mantra when weight-training. If you're not actively replacing muscle after the age of 35, approximately 1/2 pound of unused muscle is lost per year.
As your activity levels decrease, fat cells gradually begin to replace the lean muscle tissue - the key word here is replace. The body contains more than 600 muscles that maneuver each and every move. When these muscles are neglected, your muscle definition deteriorates and your fat content increases. What does this mean?

Strength training should be part of your regular workout in order to maintain or gain muscle. It stimulates muscle cell growth and the production of enzymes that help use and store energy.

Your body is composed of lean mass and fat mass. While the goal is to achieve a higher level of lean mass than fat mass, both types do serve a purpose. 

Lean mass includes muscles, bones, organs and blood. Fat mass protects organs like the heart, liver and kidneys. It acts as insulation to keep us warm and helps regulate hormones. Men's lean mass should be at least 80 percent of total body composition, while women should shoot for 75 percent lean mass.

This Fit Tip was provided by Life Fitness, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide.