New Product Spotlight: Hyper X and VKR

Vicore's version of the Hyper Extension machine, also known as the Roman Chair

Vicore’s version of the Hyper Extension machine, also known as the Roman Chair


Vicore's version of the Vertical Knee Raise Machine.

Vicore’s version of the Vertical Knee Raise Machine.

What if you could take your tried and true pieces of equipment, and elevate them to the next level? That’s what Vicore has done with the its new Hyper X, it’s elevated version of the Hyper Extension Machine, and the VKR- its version of the Vertical Knee Raise Rack. Let’s take a closer look at both.

First up, the Hyper X. Anything that you used to do on your old Hyper Extension bench, now turns into a total body workout. The hard surfaces are removed, to make room for results. The Hyper X is a bench that moves, reacts and engages more of your body than any other equipment on the gym floor. With the Vicore Hyper X, you can strengthen your back, while boosting your balance and cranking up your coordination. The Vicore Body Link technology takes ergonomics to an entirely new level, eliminating pressure points experiences on lesser equipment in the thigh and hip flexor regions.

Next, let’s look at the VKR, the Vicore version of the Knee Raise Rack. It’s one of the best tools there is for your ab workout. Both the arm and back pads incorporate Vicore Body Link technology. The combination leaves your stabilizer muscles absolutely nowhere to hide, guaranteeing enhanced balance and a wrecked core. With the extra cushioning, it also gives your spine and arms the best ergonomics and comfort available.

Your favorite ab, back and upper body exercises will be at the same time, more comfortable, and more effective. You’ll be engaging more muscles because of the extra balance required, and do it in a way that supports and cushions your elbows and knees.

It’s a difference that has to be experienced. Come into MGL Fitness at 500 Pilgrim Way, between Ashland and Broadway in Green Bay, to try it out for yourself.

Get strong and blast fat with StairMaster’s latest machine


After 30 years in the gym- StairMaster has dropped a few sizes. Their new StepMill 3 has been redesigned from the ground up. Now, your favorite piece of gym cardio equipment easily fits under eight foot ceilings and standard doorways.

The new size means the traditional StairMaster toughness can now fit into all new settings- apartment buildings, medical offices, home gyms, hotels and spas.

It’s all the sweat, in a smaller size.

With StairMaster’s StepMill 3,  users can achieve one of the highest calorie burns per minute of any cardio machine.

What’s so great about the StairMaster is it’s ability to give you a great workout in whatever time you have available. That’s because lifting your weight uses the largest muscle groups in your lower body- the back, the glutes, thighs and calves- making every minute of your workout count.

You’ll work hard,  without being hard on your body.

Climbing one mile per hour on StepMill 3 is as effective as running 7mph on a flat treadmill.

Challenge yourself and keep your routines fresh with over 25 pre-programmed motivating workouts.

You don’t need a big machine to get big results. See the new StairMaster for yourself. Stop into MGL Fitness on 500A Pilgrim Way in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We’re your One Stop Fitness Shop – and the new StepMill 3 could be your one-stop fitness machine!




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Taking your exercise outdoors


Ready to take your exercise outdoors? The first warm weekend of spring has finally arrived in northeastern Wisconsin, and many of us can’t wait to take our routine outside. There are a number of good reasons to do so.

* Exercising outside reduces stress:  according to a report published in Environmental science and technology, 71 percent of people feel less stressed after a thirty minute walk.

* Exercising outside is more enjoyable:  the change of scenery keeps you involved longer, and makes the activity more fun.  Being outside also means you’re more likely to exercise with friends or among other people, that can add to the enjoyment.

* Exercising outside helps your body:  breathing in fresh air increases the oxygen to your brain and blood cells. That results in better mental clarity, and greater energy to the body.

* Exercising outside exposes you to sunshine – spending 30 minutes in sunlight can give you nearly a day’s supply of vitamin D through skin exposure. But be careful, we all know that too much can raise the risk of skin cancer, not to mention a painful burn.

There are a number of different options for getting exercise outdoors: walking, running, participating in sports, engaging in yard work.

If you are looking for something a little different this season, check out the ElliptiGo. Part elliptical machine, part bicycle, it mimics the motion of running without the impact, and allows you to get out of the gym.  Anderson Cooper recently tried one out on his show when checking out the newest fitness trends for 2013.  We imagine he would have had even more fun exercising with the machine outdoors!

Want to try out the sensation for yourself? Try one out at MGL Fitness, 500 Pilgrim Way in Green Bay, just off Ashland Avenue. Or give us a call at 800-335-2770. Hope to see you

Top Fitness Trends 2013



Join the Race! 15 Local Races You Don’t Want to Miss

One of the best ways to get into shape is to sign up for a race or some type of organized sporting event. Well, now’s the time to look at your calendar and start picking out races to participate in. With spring well under way and summer creeping up fast, there are lots of fun races to choose from. Here is a list of some of our favorite local races!

Running Races

  1. Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K
  2. Cellcom Marathon and Half Marathon
  3. Bellin 10K Run
  4. Fox Cities Marathon and Half Marathon – Appleton
  5. Door County Fall 50
  6. Noodleini Run/Walk – De Pere
  7. Oshkosh Half Marathon and 5K

Bike Races

  1. Ganther Race the Lake – Fond du Lac
  2. Titletown Bike Tour – Green Bay

Triathlons & Duathlons

  1. Door County Triathlon
  2. Scheels High Cliff Triathlon – Appleton
  3. Green Bay Triathlon and Youth Triathlon
  4. Paper Discovery Duathlon – Appleton
  5. Green Bay Duathlon
  6. Oshkosh Triathlon
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Gearing up for a Race? 3 Tips for Rounding Out the Home Stretch

The spring and summer months are prime time racing season, especially in Wisconsin. As we inch closer to the two big ones in Green Bay, the Cellcom Marathon and Half Marathon, and the Bellin 10K Run, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure we are in top shape for the big day. As race day approaches, follow these three tips to help you round out the home stretch of your training regimen.

1. Taper

Whether your goal is to win the whole thing or just beat your personal record, it’s important that you don’t overdo it in the month leading up to the race. According to an article in Runner’s World, you should start decreasing your mileage and intensity during the three weeks leading up to the race. Rest assured, your fitness level won’t deteriorate in three week’s time. On the contrary, that resting period gives your muscles a chance to repair themselves after being run through the gauntlet for the past few months.

So how much should you cut back during your taper? Everyone has a different theory, but a good rule of thumb is to reduce your total mileage by 20% each week, starting three weeks prior to the race.

2. Choose Your Shoes

Especially if you’re training for a longer race such as a marathon or half marathon, chances are your shoes are pretty beat up from all of the miles you logged in the past couple of months of training. Three weeks prior to the race is a good time to pick up a new pair of running shoes. This gives you time to break them in and identify and correct any potential problems with the shoes before the race.

3. Stay Healthy

The sniffles is the last thing you want going into race day: That, or an agitated knee, sore hip, or throbbing shins. Do your best to stay healthy during that home stretch before the race. Although some things are beyond your control, there are a few precautions you can take. For starters, don’t do anything you wouldn’t normally do. What I mean by that is, if rock climbing isn’t something you do regularly, now is not the time to give it a try.

Also, with tapering come some wonderful added health benefits. According to Runner’s World, tapering helps restore muscle glycogen, enzymes, antioxidants, and hormones to their normal levels. This greatly improves your immune system function, which helps reduce your chances of getting sick before the race.

For some people the temptation is there to use these last three weeks to make a little more progress in your training. Resist the temptation! Your body will thank you for it when you go into the race feeling well-rested and healthy.

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The Case Against Infomercial Exercise



It’s so tempting! You’re flipping around the dial, watching late-night TV, and the ad catches your eye. Exercise programs that promise nothing but fun and results, with loads of happy and muscular models touting the benefit. Before and after shots that are nothing short of miraculous. Equipment that stores under the bed or in the closet  but rivals gym quality. Earnest TV stars and fitness celebrities who urge you to trust them and buy!

How many of you have called the toll-free number in an inspired ( or weak) moment? And how many of those promises did your late night purchase deliver?

The truth of it is,  you have very little chance of succeeding with equipment and fitness programs purchased this way.   No matter what you think you’re getting from seeing it on television, there are always a few surprises.  Gliders that don’t glide,  home gyms that turn out to be more difficult to operate than advertised,  equipment that seems a lot more shoddy in the light of day. 

Not only that, but in order to succeed at your fitness goals, your equipment has to fit YOU – your likes and dislikes, your fitness level, your budget, your space, and your schedule.   And the only way that can happen, is to see it, try it, and ask questions about it.  Chances are, if you could try out that home infomercial equipment before you bought it, you might opt for something else entirely. 

 Maybe you’d go for a Precor elliptical or treadmill, the standard in commercial gyms everywhere for it’s quality and durability. Or an Inspire home gym, top rated  for a solid body workout in a small space, or a Landice treadmill, voted #1 in  customer satisfaction by a leading running magazine.  We also have bikes and free weights and kettle bells and fitness balls, and yes, even some of the fitness products that you see advertised in those late-night infomercials!

So do yourself a favor and come on out to see us at MGL Fitness. We’d love to talk to you about the best way to reach your fitness goals, with equipment and products to fit your budget, lifestyle, and fitness personality.   Bring your gym shoes and kick the tires and try stuff out before you buy. We’d love to set you on the road to fitness. Then, rest easy, knowing that MGL Fitness stands behind its products and service – for more than 20 years serving customers in Green Bay and Appleton just like you.

And that’s something you just don’t get with a late night 800 number!





Making Your Dollar Count

Let’s face it, in this economy, your decision about where to spend your hard-earned dollar is more important than ever.  




If you’re visiting this website, you have more than a passing interest in your health – you know that investing in yourself now – with quality exercise equipment – will pay off mightily in both the short term and long term.  Cardio and strength exercise helps you live life to the fullest –   as a healthy, active person who is not hampered by illness brought on by inactivity and overweight. 



Your health is your most important asset.  We can  guide you to the best equipment that will help you reach your fitness goals. We pride ourselves on more than 20 years supporting the fitness goals of the community, and offer the very best fitness lines around– with expertise and service that surpasses the rest. 



But we offer you even more than that.  Your dollar spent here gives you the added satisfaction of knowing that you are doing your part to help support your local Green Bay and Appleton economy in these tough times. 



Did you know that each dollar you spend at a local independent business returns three times more money than one spent on a chain?  That’s money that continues to circulate locally – at other local businesses – which in turn stimulates our economy.  Most of the money spent at chain stores circulates elsewhere – out of the city, and mostly out of state.   


And if you need more reasons to buy local, try these:   


  • Local businesses  put less demand on city services than most big box stores, and generate more tax revenue per sales dollar, which in turn helps keep your taxes lower.
  • Local businesses are healthier for the environment. Our stores are people-sized. They consume less land, and fewer utilities.
  • Local businesses build character. What makes a city special? It’s the unique businesses and people that make up its character. Big box stores multiply their similarity across the country – making one city look very much like another. Buy shopping local,  you  stand up for the unique character of your community.

 So come on in and check us out.  Do something good for your body, and for your community.  And make those hard-earned dollars count. Hope to see you soon.    


Jones Bar Demo

Mike LeMere, Owner of MGL Fitness, demonstrates the features of the Bodycraft Fitness Jones Smith Machine. 

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Learn How to Burn Calories with your Precor Treadmill

No matter how well you keep to a diet plan,  there’s always an ice cream cone here, or piece of birthday cake there — those little indulgences we allow ourselves.  Mike LeMere, owner of MGL Fitness, shows you how to burn off a few extra calories — one of the many features on the Precor 935 treadmill.