Trying New Things Week: Bowflex’s Awesome New Machine and Mmmm, SEAWEED!

Are you ready for an awesome workout?

That’s me on the Octane Fitness LateralX, an incredible cardio machine I got to use earlier this year while visiting Portland. I raved about it right here on the very blog, but it’s a commercial-grade machine, meaning if you don’t have it at your gym, you’re pretty much screwed. NOT ANYMORE.

Introducing the Bowflex LateralX!

I have no idea who that lady is, but she is FIT.

Oh, by the way, I’m posting all week about new products and foods. This is one of those posts. I’m doing a lot of experimenting, since I’m buckling down and getting fully back on track, and I want to share what I’ve been trying with you.

Octane and Bowflex are brands in the same company, so there’s been no corporate espionage here. Bowflex took Octane’s awesome LateralX gym machine, and made a home version that anyone can buy and put in their own basement or smack in the middle of their living room.

And here’s why it’s awesome: it’s a cardio machine that moves in three directions. Ellipticals and treadmills move in one direction (forward). LateralX moves you forward and backward, side to side, and you can move up and down if you switch from standing to squatting. And it’s no-impact and designed for users of all fitness levels. Check out the video:

I recently got to take part in a live press event, which is where I learned about the LateralX. My friends Tom and Kali at Bowflex invited me, via video conferencing, to learn about the machine and features. I took a screengrab during the conferencing, where I look sarcastically riveted (in the lower left corner), but I actually am legitimately riveted.

I don’t know if I was allowed to take screengrabs and post them. I hope Tom and Kali aren’t mad at me. Sorry!

I haven’t used the Bowflex version but I love the Octane version, and I have no reason to think the Bowflex one wouldn’t be great, either. This is what I said about the Octane version earlier this year:

This cardio machine changes everything… It works all the muscles I use during my stair races, and it feels smooth and comfortable, and man oh man, does it work your thighs! …Great calorie burn, great workout.

Learn more about the LateralX on the Bowflex website!

MOVING ON… I also wanted to share a tasty, low-calorie snack that I recently tried: Kim Nori, a type of seaweed snack.

Nori is a type of seaweed that’s commonly known as the wrapper on sushi rolls. In the past few years, nori seaweed snacks have popped up in supermarkets everywhere: little packs of thin, dried sheets of nori, sometimes flavored. They’re delicious, delicate, and super good for you, as nori is a great source of fiber, magnesium, and calcium. And they’re low in calories: about 30 calories a serving. And they taste good, too!

Kim Nori is like the sandwich cookie version of that snack. They took two sheets of nori, and sandwiched them together with a thin layer of slivered almonds in between. Delicious! Still light and airy, but a little more filling and crunchy.

That entire bag was 120 calories, with negligible amounts of fat, protein, sodium, and carbs. I found these at Big Lots, because who doesn’t love a bargain? I have no idea where else might have them.

Keep it up, David!

Stay tuned: More new finds in my next post! And check out my last post, featuring items from Sur La Table and Cost Plus World Market.

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One Response to Trying New Things Week: Bowflex’s Awesome New Machine and Mmmm, SEAWEED!

  1. lunchmuffin says:

    You wrote: “It works all the muscles I use during my stair races…”

    I was thinking that in the back of my mind while I read that but with much less stress on the Achilles if you choose to use it that way, which is perfect for you right now. Years ago when bodybuilding whenever one of us picked up a strain or tear we would always use the phrase: work the periphery. Meaning, work all around the injury without stressing the affected area too much. This allows you to continue working your lower body and keep your cardio good at the same time. Brilliant thinking on this one!

    p.s. I like modern exercise machine concepts but I have been totally intimidated by some of them. Even at the gym I wouldn’t even try them even everyone who was using them seemed happy. It is totally irrational. I might need psycho analysis or something.

    Keep it up!

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