• Introducing Jacobs Ladder

    Podium 4 Sport are delighted to announce that we are now the Exclusive Distributor for the full range of Jacobs Ladder products within the UK and Ireland.

    Jacobs Ladder is installed in minutes, self-powered and simple to use. It is considered by those who use it to be one of, if not the best aerobic / anaerobic machines available on the market today. It is also self-paced which means that the faster you go, the faster it goes and similarly the slower you go the slower it goes. It is used in a wide variety of market sectors such as the army and police forces, universities, CrossFit gyms, personal training studios and commercial leisure facilities.

    Jacobs Ladder was designed with physiological benefits in mind such as increasing heart rate quickly, it offers a natural climbing position which reduces stress on the back and hips, it has a very low impact on the joints and the long and dynamic climbing stroke ensures a full range of motion.

    The change in direction of cardio training from long and steady to short and intense means that Jacobs Ladder is a perfect complement to what the market is demanding. Therefore it is a perfect addition to the range of products offered by Podium 4 Sport.” says David Flynn, Senior Key Account Manager for Podium 4 Sport.

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  • Podium 4 Sport gains ISO 9001: 2015 Certification

    We are happy to announce that Podium 4 Sport has been awarded with the new ISO 9001: 2015 standard following a recent surveillance audit.

    The updated ISO 9001: 2015 is the best practice management framework and supports our commitment to providing a high level of customer satisfaction. To satisfy the rigours of an independent external audit Podium 4 Sport had to demonstrate having an effective quality management system in operation.

    After receiving confirmation of the certification, Podium 4 Sport Commercial Director Paul Stevenson said, “I am delighted with the business’ ISO 9001:2015 Certification. It further supports our commitment to providing our clients with an unrivalled level of service. This accreditation will enhance our company profile going forward and should also allow us to score well in future bids for large projects.”

    There is advantage in using suppliers accredited with ISO 9001:2015 in helping ensure consistent and good quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits.

    Well done to all involved!

  • Podium 4 Sport supporting Action Cancer

    Action Cancer’s brand new fundraising initiative ‘Just One Thing’ has the support of three leading local businesses.

    Action Cancer is delighted to launch a brand new fundraising initiative asking local sporting clubs and societies to do ‘just one thing’ to support the charity. The new campaign is sponsored by Podium 4 Sport, Linwoods and Clandeboye Yoghurt who each plan to do ‘just one thing’ of their own.

    Recent international research highlights that 11 different types of cancers are attributed to lifestyle choices therefore this timely campaign is encouraging local sporting clubs to actively engage their local communities, families and friends to get together, do something active, and raise vital funds for Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity.

    Rebecca Dalzell, Schools and Societies Fundraising Officer for Action Cancer commented, “We are asking local sporting clubs to do just one thing during their season in support of Action Cancer’s services. Anything from a friendly match, to a sponsored run or walk, or simply a bucket collection at the start of a game. It goes a long way to helping local families who have been affected by cancer.”

    Action Cancer were thrilled when they received the backing of three local businesses for the campaign. Rebecca continued, “To have the support of local organisations who each have a focus on encouraging a healthy diet and/or lifestyle is tremendous and really helps to boost the campaign. Linwoods, Clandeboye Yoghurt and Podium 4 Sport are businesses which see true value in encouraging a healthy lifestyle and to have them back the campaign to such an extent is just brilliant.”

    If your local sporting club or society can do Just One Thing to round up your season or to kick start next season, get in touch with Rebecca on rdalzell@actioncancer.org, phone 028 9080 3343 or for further information, text JOT to 66777 (standard message rate).

  • Guide: Top 5 Gym Equipment Essentials

    Guide: Top 5 Gym Equipment Essentials

    Choosing the correct Gym Equipment is essential, whether you are running a professional gym or training from home. One of the main advantages of this equipment is allowing the user to have an exercise program that can be followed regardless of the weather.

    We have created a quick guide to some of our Top 5 Gym Equipment Essentials.

    1. Treadmill
    Considered one of the “classics” of the Gym Equipment world is the treadmill / running machine.

    The surfaces of the machines provide lower impact training when compared to outdoor running.

    Depending on the Treadmill you can set your machine into various programs for pace, incline, rest and length.

    2. Exercise Bikes
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    The exercise bike uses the largest muscle groups in the lower body, the exercise bike is an effective machine for a total body workout.

    Not only is it incredibly effective for increasing cardio fitness, but it's also easy on the knees and joints.

    3. Rowing Machines
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    Rowing machines are built with a long frame that sits low to the ground. They provide resistance through one of three mechanisms magnets, water or air.

    They provide an excellent cardiovascular workout, increasing total body strengthening and endurance. They have low impact on joints when used correctly.

    An added benefit of the rowing machine is you can train yourself individually, no need for a partner and you can set your own pace.

    4. Weights
    Weight lifting is guaranteed to give a better physique.

    There are different types of weights such as dumb bells, barbells and weight plates also accessories such as benches and machines.

    These are all available in different sizes so whatever your ability you will find the one to suit you.

    5. Gym & Fitness Accessories
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    Your gym equipment accessories are often the simplest of tool to help you train however they are often overlooked for the bigger and more impressive looking machines.

    There are many items that fall into this area such as skipping ropes, resistance trainers and swiss balls to fat, heart and blood pressure monitors.

    Here is a small list of items that might interest you or your users that are not mentioned above;

    • Resistance Bands

    • Foam Rollers

    • Plyo Boxes

    • Fitness/Aerobic Steps

    • Ab Cradles

    • Power Wheel

  • Guide: What is Fitness Equipment

    Guide: What is Fitness Equipment?

    fitness-category-bannerAccording to Wikipedia Fitness Equipment is describes as “Exercise equipment is any apparatus or device used during physical activity to enhance the strength or conditioning effects of that exercise by providing either fixed or adjustable amounts of resistance, or to otherwise enhance the experience or outcome of an exercise routine.

    Fitness Equipment has evolved rapidly from just being found in your local Gym to Schools and at home. At Podium 4 Sport we have many areas that fall into the fitness equipment category.

    Fitness and exercise is the daily must to keep us healthy and mobile. Through the years we have used and developed different products to help us achieve our goals. Many people prefer to visit an actual gym but there is a growing trend to have your gym equipment to hand at home.

    Cardio Equipment

    Cardio; This is fitness slang for cardiovascular activity; it may be one of the most important types of physical activity to partake in. In a session you are giving your heart, lungs and circulatory system in addition to any other muscle groups that you use a good workout.

    There is a mass array of gym equipment available such as treadmills, exercise bikes, elliptical trainer, rowing machines etc.

    All having different functions and effects on muscle groups within the body.

    Lifting weights has been very popular throughout the years and the effects can be seen in a larger toned muscle mass. The gym equipment[link] usually found in this category are;

    Kettle bells: Kettle bells help to build balance, power and muscle. By using different techniques this gym equipment can define your core making it stronger.

    Dumbbells also are great for strengthening core and building up muscle mass. By adding light dumbbells to your routine you can effectively burn more calories.

    Typically barbells are seen as the most popular weight lifting equipment. Barbells are straight metals bars that hold the weight plates. There are two types of barbells standard and Olympic; the main difference is the weight they can hold.

    Strength and Conditioning
    Strength and conditioning involves any activity used to enhance performance. These activities include, but are not limited to running, jumping, agility, core and endurance training.

    Here we will take a look at the gym equipment available to obtain this.

    Resistance Bands these allow you to work out all of the same muscle groups you would be able to exercise using free weights or specialized machines at the gym.

    The resistance is constant, which forces you to use more muscle groups, and helps to improve your coordination and balance as you build strength.

    Free weight benches are very versatile with home training. There are many to choose from and can help with abdominal workouts and to work different muscles groups when pressing, or lifting, weight.

    There is a variety of balance training equipment such as wobble boards, cushions, combo boards and balance stands. Using the correct one can give you improved co-ordination, strengthens joints within the body and can reduce the effect of injury.

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