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Hoist Fitness' V6 Personal Pulley Gym
By Catharine L. Kaufman

?If your body could be cited for false impersonation of food-muffin top, jelly belly, couch potato, cottage cheese thighs or chicken legs-then it's time to get off your apple bottom butt and take action.

Thanks to these fitness products from San Diego-based companies, you can return to your core values with rip-roaring workouts, helping to whip the local economy (and your body) into shape while you sweat.

Hoist Fitness' sleek, home version is the V6 Personal Pulley Gym, which provides an assortment of training exercises, "to build multiple muscle groups through smooth, rhythmic and continuous movements that support the body as it moves through life."

Get a whole-body workout with an adjustable-column, dual-weight stack (fully enclosed for library quietness) and two pulleys adjustable to 35 positions. With a
smaller footprint, the machine fits nicely into a corner. The V6 is available at Busy Body Home Fitness in Encinitas. Approximate cost: $2,899. hoistfitness.com

San Diego-based Full Swing Golf sells state-of-the-art simulators that replicate the experience of shooting an eagle or negotiating a sand trap at any one of 70 virtual courses, including the legendary St. Andrews, Pebble Beach and Torrey Pines.

All you need is a garage or spare room (20 feet deep by 10 feet wide) and plenty of green-a minimum of $20,000 for the portable version, and $50,000 for the standard simulator. The setups double as home theatres and gaming systems.

Visit Full Swing Golf 's simulator demo room in Rancho Bernardo and find out if you're up to par. fullswinggolf.com 

To look like Christie Brinkley or Chuck Norris (or like they did in the '80s), give the Total Gym incline trainer for home use a shot.

Total Gym is a simple concept that uses your own bodyweight as resistance to target and strengthen a specific muscle group or just get a quick, total-body workout.

Perform more than 250 exercise variations by balancing on the free-rolling glide-board while performing cable-pulley exercises on the Total Gym XLS home model (as seen on TV with Christie and Chuck) or professional models including the Total Gym Sport.

GRAVITY training classes on Total Gyms are performed weekly in fitness facilities around town, including The Sporting Club in La Jolla and Frog's Fitness in Solana Beach.

The Total Gym XLS (infomercial model) costs around $1,200; professional models range from $2,495 to $4,895.

Take Total Gym for a test drive at the Total Gym factory showroom in Miramar. totalgym.com

If balls ring your bell, then the BOSU Balance Training system is the way to go. BOSU (acronym for BOth Sides Up or BOth Sides Utilized) makes half- and full-size balls for your balance-training preferences.

The BOSU PRO Balance Trainer is a revolutionary fitness-training product that resembles a ball, cut in half and attached to a heavy-duty plastic disc. This iridescent blue dome bolsters balance and agility while giving kick-butt cardio conditioning.

Whether running in place (or jumping, kneeling or lunging) on the dome side, or doing pushups on the flat side, BOSU Balance Trainer coaxes your body to use both core and stabilizing muscles to build power and balance.

The multitasking Balance Trainer also hones skills for sports while amping up strength.

Weighted on one end, the Ballast Ball, unlike its stability ball cousins, lies stationary on the gym floor-no dangerous rolling thanks to its unconventional design, so you can perform "exercise progressions and dynamic drills" with stability and safety.

Many gyms around San Diego and across the nation stock BOSU balls and offer BOSU classes for their members.

Prices range from about $50 for the Ballast Ball to $150 for the BOSU PRO Balance Trainer.  bosufitness.com

Adding videos to your workoutweapon arsenal? BeachBody (headquartered just north, in Long Beach) offers a smorgasbord of fitness flavors.

For the certifiably crazed athlete, there's Insanity. All you need for this brand of perspiration pyrotechnics "is a DVD player and enough space for a puddle of sweat." Fitness expert Shaun T guides the insane through a series of explosive plyometric movements, intense cardio, core and ripped upperbody workouts meant to transform a body in 60 days-ludicrous!

Want to morph your backside into a gluteus minimus? Leandro Carvalho's Brazil Butt Lift is the video for you. Get tips from the "tush technician" himself, who's triangle training technique promises to reduce hips and saddlebags, and sculpt your bootie into a divine derriere-no ifs, ands or butts.

Or, if your lofty goal is to "get ripped in 90 days," then try P90X. The shopping list for this video workout includes a set of dumbbells or resistance bands, a pull up bar and an hour a day. This home fitness program truly raises the bar.

The videos range from $60 to $120. beachbody.com

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