Welcome to FitRated.com, a website dedicated to providing consumer-friendly resources on fitness equipment, gear, and services. Online and offline, our team members are passionate about helping others reach their fitness goals. With so many options available, reaching a wise decision can feel overwhelming — but when the variety is organized and reviewed in a clear way, choosing can be pretty easy. We provide overviews of the general types of cardio trainers, the leading brands, and hundreds of specific products for use at home and in commercial facilities.
Meet The Team
From construction foreman, to automotive technician, to journalist and senior editor at a diverse array of publications, Justin’s career trajectory has been diverse to say the least. In his latest move to FitRated, this background combines with his personal passion for fitness to help bring the FitRated readership a thoughtful curation of every facet of the category. Though he has not worked professionally in the fitness realm, the combination of his personal knowledge and a discerning eye for quality in product construction, engineering, and market positioning makes him the ideal candidate to manage and direct our ever-growing content base. Whether it’s deciphering which new rowing machine is worth your hard-earned buck, or debating the value of the latest trends sweeping the fitness world, rest assured that these topics are being dissected thoroughly.
Bodybuilder and Nutritionist
A lifelong athlete who began lifting weights for football in high school, Brian is a 7-time national qualifier in NPC men’s bodybuilding competitions, as well as an occasional powerlifter and all around fitness enthusiast. After an award-winning writing career in newspapers and magazines, he purchased a small farm in rural Indiana and quickly converted one of the barns into a gym complete with commercial fitness equipment purchased online as well direct from area gym owners. His love of fitness and competition has led him to certifications in nutrition as well as exercise. Brian brings to FitRated readers a user’s experience in a wide range of exercise equipment suited for commercial gyms or the garage. With more than 30 years personal experience in facilities of all levels with lifters aged teens to senior citizens, he’ll help you find the best product for the price. When not lifting in his barn gym to hard rock and country music, Brian enjoys hiking with his dogs and experimenting with the raising of various fruits and vegetables in his garden. He also writes on the topics of nutrition and agriculture as a consultative editor.
Courtney is the head instructor and manager of a popular Toronto-based spin studio called SPOKEHAUS, located in Cityplace. She began spinning in 2013 and her passion grew quickly from a rider in a local gym to becoming spin certified and now teaching 8 high intensity classes every week. Her love of music and fitness has come to be her dream job of inspiring clients daily and helping people achieve their goals. Courtney loves to play a range of music in her classes from hip hop to EDM to remixes and even country creating one fun, sweaty environment. When she’s not on the bike she is likely outdoors hiking, camping, traveling or walking dogs (her second job outside of the studio!). As an experienced cyclist and trainer, she has tried many different bikes both inside and out!
Shannon is a Fitness Instructor at GoodLife Fitness Clubs, as well as a High School Physical and Health Education Teacher in Toronto, Canada.
Her journey as a fitness instructor began in 2005 when she took her Can Fit Pro FIS (Fitness Instructor Specialist) as part of her BPHE at Queen’s University. She started teaching step, bootcamp, and muscular conditioning classes at the Physical Education Centre and fell in love! Soon after, she took the Can Fit Pro Personal Trainer Specialist (PTS) course and began training clients part-time.
Shannon loves travel and has worked as a high school teacher in Nunavut, Colombia, England, Ontario, and British Columbia. Her passion is to inspire others, especially her high school students, to believe in themselves, and push past their perceived limitations.
While Shannon loves working out in the gym, she prefers being active in the outdoors and is always in the process of planning a new hiking or cycling adventure.
Personal Trainer & Counselor, Recreation Therapist
Coming from a multi-dimensional fitness background, Nakisa’s journey began as a competitive inline figure skater and snowboarder. At the age of 15, she secured 2nd place for Iran’s NationalJunior skating team. After moving to Canada and studying Kinesiology at York University, as well as further certifications at Centennial College, her passion for fitness led her to pursue work as a Personal Trainer, manager, and fitness counselor at various fitness facilities, as well as working as a Recreation Therapist.
From meditation retreats to avidly reading any literature pertaining to nutrition, healthy mind & body, Nakisa is consistently seeking out further self-development. What started off as a passion has now turned into an obsession to support and help those who are in need whether it’s patients, or people who are pursuing their own fitness journey at any level.
NASM-Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist
Jessica is a NASM-certified personal trainer and nutrition coach who also holds an MBA with a focus in internet marketing. When she’s not working with clients, she’s often found at her local YMCA where she works with seniors in the Silver Sneakers group as well as the younger crowd doing high intensity interval training.
Her fitness journey began when she was able to quit smoking using the neurological responses associated with exercise as a form of nicotine replacement. Jessica, who is also a certified tobacco treatment specialist through the University of Kentucky, is in the process of developing her own fitness program to help others in smoking cessation.
From teens to older adults, Jessica is experienced in addressing the unique fitness factors associated with all age groups, and some of her proudest moments are shared with her clients when they meet their goals. You can often spot her around town training for competitions like marathons and triathlons.
Contributor and Senior Updates Editor
Mel is our Senior Updates Editor who also writes product reviews and roundups for FitRated, specializing in women’s athleisure. Having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) minoring in Exercise and Sport Science, she learned about the important connection between physical exercise and mental health.
When Mel isn’t going to a reformer pilates, HIIT or hot yoga class, she spends her time researching the latest fitness brands, watching numerous athleisure clothing hauls and polishing her writing craft.
Nicki Karimpour, PHD
Contributor and Health Advisor
Dr. Nicki Karimipour is a communications expert and experienced researcher. She obtained her master’s degree and Ph.D. in Health Communications from the University of Florida. She has previous experience in writing and editing for both print and online publications, and almost a decade of experience in teaching health writing, public health, and public relations at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is based in Los Angeles, California and currently works at the University of Southern California as a director of communications and clinical research. Follow her on Twitter: @NickiKPhD
Who We Serve
FitRated aims to help each fitness equipment shopper quickly find their personal best value. Commercial and residential shoppers can benefit here; we profile fitness equipment with commercial, light commercial and residential warranties. We apply our industry experience, leading edge technology and a top-notch editorial team to help ease anyone’s research about exercise bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, rowers and other training equipment.
Our product reviews and general shoppers’ guides are especially useful to readers in North America, but many of the featured brands have global distribution.
Our Scientific Approach
Useful fitness equipment reviews are the heart of our website. We leverage advanced technology to physically evaluate treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes and other fitness equipment featured in our in-depth product reviews. We learn about many of the cardio trainers and multi-gyms from the ground up; our team members tour factories and meet with manufacturers to gain expert knowledge. FitRated also uses a proprietary comparison tool to translate our test results into useful data for our readers. This helps us produce comparison charts that show specs for five top products in many categories, such as the chart “The Five Best Treadmills for Home Use.”
Beyond the Numbers
The FitRated team strives to share shopping insights based on our real-life experience with the fitness industry’s diverse brands and innovations. The main FitRated team has more than 30 years of industry experience, and all our team members are active exercisers with interests ranging from yoga to running to Crossfit. Sometimes our contributors share their favorite workouts and other fitness news on the FitRated blog; our original blogger kicked things off with tips reflecting the expertise she gained as a certified personal trainer and bachelor of exercise science. Our team members also share reviews of fitness equipment sales for holidays such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Before signing off, we’ll add that we’re happy to give personalized guidance as you plan a gym for your home or commercial gym. Feel free to ask us questions about any of the products featured at FitRated.com or make related queries. You can get in touch with us through the Contact Us page.
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