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November 21, 2012
By CASEY JUNKINS - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - If someone you love is looking to lose a few pounds, you may be able to help them this holiday season with some new exercise equipment - or a full training program.

The MET-Rx 180, a complete workout program available at Vitamin World at the Ohio Valley Mall, incorporates video demonstrations of exercises to help beginners get started. The new package includes a fitness guide, a fitness tracker, a nutrition guide, resistance band, workout ball, body fat caliper, body measuring tape, and a wall poster. The program is designed to help users lose not just weight, but inches off their waists.

For those looking for exercise equipment and weights, Sears features much of the gear one may need. Dumbbells, barbells, benches, hand grippers, trampolines and other manuel devices are available. Computerized exercise bikes and treadmills are also on sale for those looking to get in shape at home.

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Dumbbells like this can help strengthen bicep muscles.

Other unique devices available include the Iron Gym and the Ab Rocket. The Iron Gym attaches to a door frame, so it does not require any special installation tools or work. The equipment is designed to help the user achieve a stronger back, tighter abdominal muscles, a larger chest and more powerful arms.

The AB Rocket, according to the product's website, is able to exercise upper, middle and lower abdominal muscles.

If one puts in the effort, a user can lose weight and inches around his or her waist.

Instead of buying exercise equipment, you could also purchase your loved one a membership in a local health and fitness club. The Howard Long Wellness Center near Wheeling Hospital offers bikes, treadmills, elliptical trainers, free weights, a full basketball court, an indoor swimming pool and more.

In addition to Howard Long, other local health clubs include the Centre Town Fitness in Center Wheeling, the Ohio University Eastern Campus Health and Education Center near St. Clairsville, and the YMCA of Wheeling in Elm Grove.