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Things You Need Know About Fitness Equipment

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

More people are looking into home gym equipment nowadays. Busy schedules hinder the average adult from being able to workout in a gym or workout center.
Fitness equipment can be split into 2 basic areas, first there is aerobic or cardio fitness equipment which is designed to give you a fitness workout to burn off calories & loose weight. Secondly there is strength/muscular fitness equipment which is designed to tone, or increase in size, your bodies muscles.

Most fitness equipment that you would expect to find in your local gym or fitness centre can now be purchased for home use depending upon the space you have available & the type of fitness equipment you require.

For aerobic fitness equipment you should consider a treadmill, an exercise bike or a rowing machine.

Treadmills are popular because you can walk, jog or run on them making them an ideal piece of fitness equipment for the beginner right through to professional athletes, being suitable for all levels of fitness. Make sure you choose one with a wide belt that is long enough for your stride. If you jog or run a lot then you should consider a model with cushioning between the belt and treadmill bed to lesson the impact on your joints.

Basic models are powered by the user but you should choose one with a motor to vary the speed, the faster you like to run the higher the motor speed you should choose. New treadmills will set you back approximately $299 for a self powered one up to over $5000 for a motorised commercial style one.

Exercise bikes are a popular item of fitness equipment especially for home use, with numerous types available. Apart from the standard upright exercise bike some models now offer upper body work outs as well. The latest designs have recumbent seats which support your lower back & leave your hands & arms free to use weights for upper body exercise. Cost $229 or less to $2599.

Rowing Machines are a very useful piece of fitness equipment particularly for those with knee problems who feel they are not up to running or cycling because of their problem. They come in many different designs from lightweight foldaway to heavier more rigid designs. New equipment should set you back $239 to $1900.

Fitness equipment for strength/muscular work comes as individual pieces, such as dumbbells, weight benches, leg or abdominal equipment or for a total body workout you could try a home gym which should set you back between $399 to just under $4000 depending upon the space you have available and your budget.

For the best results you should choose at least one piece of fitness equipment from both the cardio fitness equipment & the strength fitness equipment, with a home gym being the recommended piece of equipment for the strength work. Make sure you choose fitness equipment that you know you will enjoy using & not something that will end up stuck in the garage.

Advantages of Getting the Fitness Center Membership

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

When coming to the fitness center, the membership cost often deters lots of people from signing up. It is because they worry that the monthly fee won’t be something that will fit into their budget. However, with the combination of helpful staff members, different types of equipment, and some level of accountability, you can meet your goals.

Most people don’t have a treadmill or a system of free weights in their homes. The cost of a gym membership includes unlimited use of everything inside. Imagine how much it would cost to purchase each one of these pieces of equipment on your own. Then, try to picture where you would store it all. Going to a gym gives you access to all sorts of equipment that can be used towards your physical goals.

Whether you opt for a personal trainer or you plan to work on transforming your body on your own, the staff at the fitness center can make a real difference. When you take a tour of the facility, a staff member will show you around and make sure that you understand everything that you receive with your gym membership. This is your first opportunity to get information about what options you have for working out at the gym. Many fitness centers have varied classes, such as aerobics, yoga, kickboxing etc., consider trying out each one. You may be surprised to learn that you can have fun while losing weight or getting into better shape. The staff members that teach or facilitate these classes often have certifications and special credentials that make them qualified to help you reach your goal.

When you have the choice between working out at home or getting other things done, the decision is not always easy. At home, there is no one to hold you accountable. You can easily find excuses and reasons for skipping exercises. Once you leave the house and head out to the fitness center, you know that you are going to make the effort and get in a workout. It helps to have some level of accountability, whether it is to your gym or a friend that is meeting you there.

Often the cost of the gym membership motivates people and keeps them coming in day after day. If you are automatically paying for your membership, it seems like a waste not to take advantage.