Your Home Exercise Equipment
Here we will look at some of the basics when it comes your home exercise equipment
choices. Before looking at individual pieces of home exercise equipment, things like your budget, and the
space you have to setup and store your home work out equipment. Your home gym exercise program is
something you will want to make long term plans for. If you don't have the space to store and workout at home
with equipment, you might want to look at doing home workouts
The Elliptical Trainer:
The elliptical trainer is arguably the most popular pieces of work out equipment
for home. It offers one of the best at home exercise, that being a low impact fitness
The elliptical trainer provides a home exercise program which
simulates walking, and running, while at the same time helps protect your joints from excessive wear and tear due
to the low impact nature of the exercises.
Adjustments can be made to the elliptical trainer to allow for varied intensity
workouts, which allows you to adjust it for your present fitness level, but also allows for expanded levels of
exercise as your fitness level increases. This wide range of adjustment also allows for different
members of your household to use the machine with ease.
The price range for elliptical trainers usually falls between about $700 to as
much as $4,500, so it definitely pays to shop around.
When looking for the best at home exercise, many people will decide on the
treadmill. Long considered the number one choice for home gym equipment, the treadmill offers the user the
opportunity to mimic the motions of walking, running, and jogging, all while in the comfort of your home
This allows for the continuation of the home exercise program even during
occasional inclement weather. The treadmill is also great for those folks who happen to live in areas that
have the more extreme seasonal weather.
It might be the scorching heat of summer in places like Texas, or Arizona, or the
harsh cold of Michigan, or Montana, it doesn't really matter when you can continue your home exercise
routine in the safety of your own home.
Something to take into consideration is that the treadmill is not as forgiving on
the body joints, because it isn't low impact like the elliptical trainer.
Treadmill prices range from around $1,000 to $3,500 or more, all depending upon
the options and manufacturer you are looking for.
- You need to look for a machine which has a solid and heavy duty frame as its
- Make sure the Treadmill has a weight rating which will cover anyone in your
household who may want to use it now, or in the future.
- The wider the treadmill belt, the better. It is much easier to workout
when you are not worrying about stepping off the belt because it is to narrow.
- Speed is one adjustment you have on a treadmill, but another feature to look
for is a adjustable incline setting, and make sure the incline setting is fairly easy to adjust.
The Exercise Bike:
The exercise bike is popular among those looking for a cardio workout. It
allows the person to get their workout without having the high impact wear and tear on their body like jogging
Exercise bikes usually look somewhat like a regular bicycle but are designed to be
stationary. Another option for exercise bikes are the machines called recumbent machines.
A recumbent machine work pretty much the same as the regular stationary bike with
the exception that the rider is in a more inclined position. The different riding position allows for better
lower back support, and less stress on the knees.
A basic exercise bike can be found for around $200 to $1,000, but a machine which
has features that will simulate a ride over real roads, with automatic changes to the settings, which make it feel
like you are climbing a hill, or facing a headwind, costing several thousands of dollars.
Stair Stepper, or Step Machine
The stair stepper, or step machine is a machine which is designed to give a
workout similar to walking up and down stairs. The workout works on building up the muscles in the lower
body, as well as an excellent cardio exercise
routine. The stair stepper should have a way to adjust the resistance for different users.
The stair stepper should probably not be considered the best investment of money
if you are working on a limited budget, or limited space. Due to the design it is not nearly as versatile as
some of the other machines we have looked at, and would be better left for a future purchase.
Offer the chance to get pretty much a full body workout with one machine.
The rowing machine attempts to work the body in the same way as someone rowing a boat. The rowing machine
works on the upper body with the actual rowing motion, while the lower body is exercised with the pushing off
These rowing machines have one big advantage, they usually do not require a lot of
space to use, or just as importantly they can be stored in small places. These are the machines you might
have seen on TV being folded up and placed under a bed, or in the corner of a closet.
If your space is tight, or you can only afford to purchase one piece of home
exercise equipment, you really should take a hard look at the rowing machine.
Weight Resistance Equipment
The weight resistance equipment would include simple free weights, to the super
multi station home gyms.
Free weights while being the least expensive option, are also the most
dangerous, and should only be done with a partner, for spotting. Free weights would definitely be the easiest
to store, and do not require a lot of room to use.
The multi station home gyms are in a league of their own as far as how
much space they will require, and the prices may just give you sticker shock just like buying a car.
If you are considering making the investment in one of these do it all setups for
your home exercise equipment choices, be sure to do your homework, and don't rush into your