Sunday, November 14, 2010

Your Home Exercise Equipment Options

There are several factors you must consider when acquiring exercise equipments. Among which is your budget, space, and fitness level. With these considerations in mind, you may resort to owning any of the following exercise equipment.

Treadmill is one of the most popular gym equipment that almost all fitness buffs have. It lets you walk, jog or run any time of the day or as long as you want. A good treadmill costs about $1,500 up to $3,500, depending on the manufacturer and its features. When buying one, check its load capacity, belt width, inclination settings, action smoothness, and its solid construction.

Elliptical trainer is a less impact exercise equipment that simulates running and walking. It is designed to decrease excessive pressure on the joints thus decreasing the chances of impact injuries. You have an option to change the level of intensity from high to low to suit your fitness levels. It is now becoming more popular. You can get an elliptical trainer from as low as $500 to as much as $4,000.

Rowing machines are excellent choice for a total body workout. It does not require wider space. The rowing machine simulates the body movement of watercraft rowing targeting both the upper and the lower body muscle groups.

Cross-country ski machine also provide a full body workout. It concentrates on shaping up both upper and lower body muscle groups. But it has a minor setback; it is quite hard to master its operation. Therefore, before getting one, you must try it out to see if it will really work for you.

Step machines or steppers are low impact exercise machines designed to improve cardiovascular endurance and build and strengthen lower body muscles. A good step machine may cost much so better buy the best one or seek other alternatives.

Stationary bike is almost exactly like that of a real bike but of course without the wheels. A stationary bike is good for beginners and it is a no-impact cardiovascular workout. A quality stationary bike costs between $500 and $1,000.

Recumbent machines are like stationary bikes but with the rider sitting in an inclined position. One of the advantages of a recumbent machine over a stationary bike is it provides the user with sufficient lower back support, thus minimizing the stress on the knees. It has the same effect with that of a stationary bike because it also targets muscles of the quadriceps, hamstrings, and gluteus.

Resistance equipment is often regarded as either free weights or multi-stations or home gyms. Both have upsides and downsides, and acquiring either of the two may require some major judgments. Free weights are affordable and require less space but it requires much caution and supervision because can cause injuries. On the other hand, multi-stations are more convenient to use but takes a lot of floor space and the price depends on the quality and functions.

“Options are good, but you must realize that it also presents responsibilities.”

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