Benefits of Elliptical

What you should now before purchase an  elliptical

The elliptical is an excellent workout machine that not only targets various parts of the legs. It also the upper body and the core.  Are you determined to start losing weight and building muscle and a healthy body? Check out some of the benefits that this machine provides.  It would also be beneficial to look into elliptical reviews  in order to determine what particular brand would offer you features that you require.

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Elliptical service

–       Fixes Weaker Muscles

The machine helps to coordinate muscle interaction between the arms, legs, lower back and buttocks; it utilizes quadriceps function far more than other types of exercise machines, which is the ultimate goal.  Also, if you decide to incorporate backwards pedaling, it targets your quadriceps even further.

–       Works Your Upper Body Too

The elliptical clearly provides benefits for the upper body in addition to the legs. Even the basic posture that one must stand at to effectively use the machine works your core far more effectively than just running. If you are confident enough to use the machine without the railing, you can also further improve your balance and posture as you exercise on it.  Ultimately, an elliptical can target the shoulders, chest, biceps and triceps.  Its  provide an all-around workout for burning fat.

–       Helps Target Weak Muscles

Another aspect of ellipticals trainer that gets overlooked is that it helps to target particular muscle groups. That have been known for being “weaker” than other areas of the body.  The glutinous maximums and hip flexors are activated with an elliptical workout.  In fact, Bruce Lee often would focus his workouts on the extensors and rotators of the hip to improve fluidity of movement, kicking strength and a healthy body overall.

If you are looking for assembly and installation services in Maryland,  Washington, D.C., or Northern VA, get in touch. VIP Assembly offers professional elliptical assembly and installation services. Hire our experts to assemble your fitness equipment any day of the week.

Why should you hire a Pool Table Mover instead of a Mover that specializes in heavy things?

Unless you’ve hired a Pool Table Mover in the past, the majority of the public does not know that there’s such a thing as a Pool Table Moving Company. A pool table is more than just a heavy piece of furniture. It takes years of experience to properly breakdown, move, and install a pool table.

The most important part of retaining the value of your pool table is not only the original installation of the table, but the proper breakdown, move, and reassembly of your table.

Each individual pocket and rail must be removed and properly labeled. The labels ensure the rails and pockets go back onto the table exactly as they were installed.

Once the rails are removed, there should be about 500 staples that have to be individually and carefully removed to take the felt off the table. The slate screws are then removed, detaching the slate from the frame. Typically the slate will be in three pieces, sealed together at its seams with beeswax.

With the slate removed, the legs can now be taken off (and labeled) or left on, depending on your storage/moving space needs. The frame will almost always be left in one piece, as perfectly lined reassembly of the frame is almost impossible.

If you are moving a long distance, it would be ideal for the Moving Company that is moving the rest of your home to also move your pool table in its newly disassembled state. Any Professional Moving Companies that we have worked with have always required that the slate is crated. Slate may be extremely heavy, but it is also extremely fragile. Most movers will not take on the liability of moving anything this fragile in an unprotected state.

To ensure safety of the slate and the movers, we will build individual custom crates around each piece of your pool table slate. This way it can be easily and safely transported by your movers to your new location. We’ve been in this business for 12 years, and we have never witnessed any damage to slate that has been properly crated, no matter how far the move. The construction of the crates should also be in a manner that they can be kept and reused in future moves.

At this point the entire table is ready for moving. A Professional Moving Company can now wrap your table as they would any other item in your home.

If you are not moving a long distance, such as out of state, we will gladly move your table in our enclosed box trailer. The slate will not have to be crated. Our trailer is custom crafted to safely transport every part of your pool table as well as your accessories.

When your table reaches its new location, it can now be easily stored or immediately reassembled. Reassembly by the original pool table movers, or by a different pool table mover, should now be easily accomplished thanks to the proper markings during the previous breakdown.

In the end, pool is a game of precision. Playing on a table that is not properly installed, broken down, moved, and reassembled with extremely precise leveling can be very frustrating for the player.

Best Basics: 10 Good, Cheap Frames


Hanging art can easily find its way to the bottom of the to do list, especially when sourcing attractive, inexpensive frames that don’t look, well, cheap can be a challenge. We’re rounded up ten great options to get your art from lingering on the to do list to hanging the wall, without breaking the bank in the process.

Pictured Above:

1. Gallery In A Box Frame Set – White, West Elm, $99
2. Astor Solid Wood Picture Frame- Silver, Wayfair, $18
3. Faux Bone Chevron Frame – Light Cream 4X6, Target, $13
4. Gallery Frame with Mat – Walnut 5×7, Target, $17
5.The Carpenter Collection- Walnut, Aaron Brothers, $23-27
6. Ribba Collection, IKEA, $2-$25
7. Green and Gold Fiona Frame, World Market, $15
8. Lee Gallery Frames, Pottery Barn, $39-129
9. Barn Wood Open Frame- 12″ x 16″, Hobby Lobby, $ .
10. Gallery Frames, Cb2, $20-$40

Indiana’s Letter-Perfect Bicycle Racks

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Suffice it to say that when the great graphic designer, Paul Rand, created a visual identity for the city of Columbus, Indiana, back in 1973, he wasn’t imagining how terrific his ‘dancing C’ would look as a public bicycle rack. But kudos to Columbus for its practical and symbolic application of the logotype—designed by Rand for the Columbus Area Visitors Center—to its recent C Bike Rack Program. Made available to local businesses in the four official brand colors for the City of Columbus, the racks hold two bikes (one on each side) and, as evidenced by these photos, look stellar from any angle.columbus.inc8450272-3278-4a0d-b035-576d3d8cf3f4Screen shot 2014-02-12 at 12.27.13 PMScreen shot 2014-02-12 at 12.26.34 PM

Image credits: Jonathan NesciDCAIGAColumbus Visitors CenterClark Maxwell

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Two Hours of Carpentry or Handyman Services

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You’re capable, but you wouldn’t call yourself handy. Luckily, VIP Assembly can take care of those less-desirable miscellany tasks that you’ve been putting off.

  • $150 ($250 value) for two hours of handyman work
  • They specialize in item assembly
  • They also deliver, move, install, relocate, and reconfigure furniture, exercise, and recreational equipment
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  • Schedule an appointment Monday – Saturday

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  • Appointments are required and subject to availability
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How to survive a trip to IKEA

At some point in your life you’ll need something to sit on. This realization could happen at college, after moving into a new home, or when the pitter of little feet threatens to patter your flooring.

Enter IKEA — Swedish for good luck putting this sit together — it’s the perfect shopping space for broke ass students, fawning young couples, growing families, and anyone on a budget who likes eating meatballs while swearing at Allen keys.




Heading to IKEA may sound like the perfect solution to life’s furniture frustrations. All those charming room installations and darling storage shelves are the things we all love to look at, mostly ’cause none of us live like this at home.



Pick a POÄNG: The perfect respite for frazzled IKEA shoppers.

But beyond the BILLY bookcases and those popular POÄNG chairs lies a dark secret: IKEA, the home of flat-box packaging and compressed particle board, is really a hellhole disguised as heaven.

To get out alive you’ll need a plan of attack. You’ll also need a shopping cart armed to defend against (or take down) any IKEA shopper who separates you from those GLIMMA tea lights. It’s called survival of the fittest, people. I think Darwin mentions IKEA (and GLIMMA tea lights) in chapter three of The Origin of Species. Go look it up.

Anyhoo, before taking a single step in Sweden Way, get real to the survival tactics of the Blue and Yellow. Get familiar with the wily money-parting ways of the Swedish. And learn how to enter (and exit) IKEA with your sanity, soul, and marriage still intact, all without resorting to pepper spray.

This is The Definitive 12-Step Guide to Surviving IKEA:

1. Measure thrice. Freak out once.

Before stepping outside your home, do yourself a solid and measure everything your prospective IKEA furniture is supposed to touch. Measure wall height, floor space, doorway girth, and the length of your dog’s tail. Heck, measure everything three times (using both imperial and metric systems) just to be certain your new PAX unit won’t graze the ceiling when fully erect. True story.



ikea user guide
Swedish Translation: A happy guy with a pencil will draw an ‘X’ over you.

If you’re in IKEA and some ‘Swedish Bedroom Specialist’ hands you a paper ruler to see if that sexy SULTAN mattress fits in your 300 square foot micronized Vancouver apartment, forget it — you’re already f-cked.

Measure ahead of time, and you won’t face the hell of re-flatpacking a partially assembled bed frame ’cause it just don’t fit. True story.

2. Enter without a list, die a slow death.

You will totally ignore this essential tip. I know this because it took me no less than 25 IKEA trips before I grew a Swedish brain, used the IKEA website, and created the perfect IKEA shopping list online. You’ll stay on budget, avoid getting lost in picking zones, and know when your child’s SNIGLAR is in stock.



Ikea Shopping List
Listed: IKEA product name on the left. Stock aisle on the right. Win.

The IKEA shopping list feature — appropriately named (in English) My Shopping List— is free to those who care about avoiding dehydration and mental breakdowns. Sort byPosition in self service area and you won’t die a slow death searching for the second (and third) boxes that will eventually build your BRIMNES wardrobe.

3. Go on Saturday. Never.

If you want your spouse to divorce you, by all means take a day trip to IKEA on Saturday. Your marriage won’t survive beyond the Market Hall — the perfect place to negotiate who gets custody of the kids on Christmas.



Ikea crowd

For everyone else, avoid IKEA like the bubonic plague on weekends. You don’t need the plague (or the hordes of crowds carrying the disease), so aim to shop early in the morning on weekdays, or Friday late at night.

4. Dump your kid in SMÅLAND.

Let your kid get pelted with plastic balls in SMÅLAND — a child-approved zone where youngins’ get acquainted with the antics of other angry IKEA children for one hour. Your spawn will love the pit of death, the frightening forest creatures (made of nylon), and the brilliant IKEA marketing designed to mold their brains into future Swedish shoppers.



ikea smaland

To qualify for SMÅLAND entrance, your child must be unwilling to hike through 500,000 square feet of retail *cough* utopia and measure up to the right height. Your child may also qualify for chicken pox if she comes into contact with a spotted kid named ‘George’. True story.

Anyhoo, since you only get an hour of child-free bliss, grab your GROGGY and run.

5. Hit the AS-IS department, first.

With your shopping list in hand, make a bee line to the budget zone called the AS-IS department — located in the basement, where the smartest of IKEA shoppers are never lost, and always found.



Ikea As Is

The AS-IS department often sells assembled floor models and flawed merchandise (sometimes only the unpacked box is damaged) at deep discounts. Avoiding the upper floors, Market Hall, and the self-serve zones is key to survival, and you’ll bank a few extra bucks if your bookcase or slip cover is sold with a discounting blemish. Head straight for the checkout. You win.

6. Avoid the path of most resistance.

Walk like a Scandinavian and you’ll end up following a maze of floor arrows designed to keep you lost in a sea of shoppers forever.



Ikea arrows

Make the rookie mistake by becoming entranced by these one-directional markers and you’ll get stuck behind every pregnant couple stopping to fawn over some swoon-worthy thing along the way. You’ll grow to hate these cute baby mooning, perhaps newlywed pairs, and either spontaneously combust or graciously gnaw on your IKEA pencil.

If you own a dental bite guard (or any protective mouth device) now is the time to insert it into your gob to prevent the onset of a pressure-induced migraine and molar wear. Also, pray that the pretty pregnant lady needs to take a pee break.

Avoid the lemmings and the herd mentality by printing an IKEA floorplan and marking the shortcuts, elevators, and bathroom zones where you can breathe easy and dash away from those determined to dawdle.

7. Replenish, but not at noon.

IKEA’s restaurant and cafe can be the perfect stop for the weary. Enjoy super-cheap salads, salmon, and of course IKEA’s world famous meatballs smothered in lingonberry sauce (only $5.99).



Ikea Swedish Meatballs

Choose to dine at noon and get whacked in the head by a pissed off kid who just learned that the Swedish Chef failed to stock chocolate milk today. You’ll curse his exhausted parents for not dumping the brat in SMÅLAND.

8. Don’t be a DOMBÅS.

College students tend to fall hard for IKEA products with ridiculous names. I once bunked with a dude (we had separate rooms, thank you) who bought the FARTFULL — a now discontinued children’s workbench — because the gassy product was named ‘fart full’. True story.



Ikea Dombas

On my last IKEA trip I noticed a horde of young (and dumb) bored men snickering over the DOMBÅS — a simple wardrobe. I think IKEA gives certain products dumb-ass names to entice certain dumb-ass demographics into buying, and bringing home, the dumb-assery. Maybe.

9. Beware of ‘Market Hall’.



Ikea Market Hall

Designed to part you from your pocketbook faster than a pissed off husband looking to launch in search of beer (or Ativan, or the bubonic plague) is IKEA’s Market Hall. Women love it here. Men coil in mortal horror.



Ikea flatware

She will pick five 8×10 RIBBA picture frames (they’re only $9.99 each), two BLOMSTER vases (perfect for the flowers he’ll never buy her), and one SNITSNIG saucepan with lid. She’ll then return half the haul, only to repick it five minutes later.

After being dragged mercilessly through the CHARMIG 20-piece flatware set display, past three RATIONELL bins, and through a wall alive with bamboo shoots, he’ll ask her to return everything minus the BLOMSTER vase, ’cause he likes the bamboo shoots — they’re cool.



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Save yourself. Save your relationship. Save your money. Avoid the Market Hall by sticking to your shopping list. But get the BUMERANG curved clothes hangers ($5.99/8 pack) — best deal on wooden hangers anywhere.

10. Get the hell out. Good luck.

The delicious cheese at the end of the IKEA maze is the 75-cent hot dogs and the frugal frozen yogurt cones. But you’ll have to make it through the self-serve zones and checkout lines before dining on your dollar foods.

If you sorted your Shopping List by Position in self service area (like I told you to), you’ll breeze through the sky-high stacks of boxes without blinking an eye. Kudos.



Ikea Self Serve

Ignore my sanity-saving tip and you’ll be forced to walk for miles in aisles of cardboard in search of The Lost Ark. Indiana Jones didn’t endure such pain.

Swedish sales clerks are of little help down in these dark cardboard alleys of hell since most only visit the basement on their breaks to dine on 75-cent hot dogs and tasty frozen yogurt.



Ikea lineup

Haul your loaded cart and wait in line with fellow frazzled shoppers for at least 45 minutes. Curse the kids just freed from SMÅLAND. Stare at the IKEA staff scarfing down 75-cent hot dogs. Curse all the seniors licking frozen yogurt cones.

11. Don’t bring your Smart Car.

Blocking the loading dock with your Smart Car and attempting to Jenga the smallest of boxes on board will get you pelted with meatballs by irate IKEA shoppers. The yogurt-licking seniors will join in for good measure since you’ve boxed in their getaway tour bus and they won’t make it home in time for Jeopardy!, or Bridge.

You’ll want to die. You’ll never eat red meat (or lingonberry sauce, or frozen yogurt) again. IKEA flat-packed boxes and mini-mobiles don’t mix. Ever. Trust me. I swear on my Smart Car.



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So before beating it to IKEA in your commuter car to avoid the bubonic-infested crowds, calculate the package size of the particle board you wish to purchase, and drive an appropriately sized vehicle to haul your sbuildingit home. Heck, bring a U-Haul just to be safe. IKEA should rent U-Hauls to over-zealous shoppers. Seriously.

12. Some assembly required.

Husbands and other full-grown men will want to be heroes by building and raising all flat-packed furniture into usable three-dimensional home furnishings. All men will be mistaken. The only humans able to decipher IKEA’s DIY pictorial assembly guides are children, and you probably forgot yours in SMÅLAND during the mad dash to exit the showroom.



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Morning: Carl starts ‘reading’ the IKEA bed building instructions.



Evening (next day): Carl found the missing bolt. He was sitting on it.

It will take at least 10 hours to build that PAX storage unit, and all you’ll have to show for it is some blue covered doors hanging on an ill-secured hinge. True story.



ikea PAX

You will come unhinged. You will curse in Swedish. And you will return again in the future (mostly) to buy something to sit on. Face it people — shopping at IKEA is awesome.








by Kerry K. Taylor  images: