If you’re reading this blog post, then you’ll no doubt fit into one of two categories (or possibly both). Either you’re seeking to increase your fitness, health and wellbeing through aerobic and/or anaerobic exercise, or, you’re looking to attain your dream physique by the same means.
Well, no matter why you’re here – you’re more welcome! I’m delighted you’ve joined me today because I’m writing this piece especially for people like yourselves.
To achieve your fitness goals, you must of course workout, which means you’ll either have to get yourself a gym membership or purchase equipment to use at home. In this article I will focus specifically on the latter because I’ve had lots of questions regarding this – and I know many people want to learn more about fitness equipment, where it can be bought, which equipment to purchase and questions of that nature. And to make this as easy to digest as possible, I’ll break it down into the following sections:
– Exercise bikes.
– Rowing machines.
– Weights machines.
If, once you’ve read this article, you find that your thirst for information about what types of fitness equipment is available online, I highly recommend visiting FitnessAbout.
Cardio Fitness Equipment
Treadmills: If the word ‘cardio’ is mentioned in conversation, I will hazard a guess that the first form of exercise most people would think of would be running or running on a treadmill. And this shouldn’t come as a surprise; treadmills are one of – if not the – most popular form of fitness and exercise equipment the world over. Why? Well, for several reasons.
– They are extremely easy to use. All you need to do is set your preferred pace (and incline if applicable) and start running. It really is that simple.
– Running indoors means you can avoid the weather. So, whether it’s pouring down with rain outside or the place where you reside is currently in the midst of a heatwave, you can still obtain your fitness fix from the comfort of your own home gym.
– They’re versatile. Even the most basic of treadmills can cater for a fitness freak who runs at great pace for long distances. However, if you’re just starting out and you want to take things slowly, you’ll be catered for also. Treadmills are great for everybody, regardless of fitness levels or ability.
Choosing which treadmill equipment to purchase can be a little confusing at first, as although they will all do pretty much the same things, the more expensive ones will come with ‘bells and whistles’ that may or may not be worth it depending on your current state of fitness and goals. Our top tip here is to set yourself a budget and have an idea of what you want from your treadmill, then proceed to speak to an expert about it (like the guys at FitnessAbout for example). Remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get yourself a reliable, well-performing treadmill.
Cross-trainers: Also known as elliptical trainers, cross trainers are one of the best ways to increase whole-body fitness. The primary reason why people opt for a cross-trainer as their main piece of fitness equipment is due to the fact that they very low impact, which results in less stress on your joints during usage. In addition to this, they involve all parts of the body (mainly your arms and legs), which – as we have stated above – is perfect for a full body workout. It is the combination of both the former and the latter that sway people towards cross trainers (and away from treadmills) when considering which pieces of fitness equipment to buy online.
With regards to purchasing advice the same goes for cross-trainers as it did for treadmills, i.e. decide upon a budget; know what you want from your elliptical trainer and then speak to an expert to decipher which might be the best option for you.
Exercise bikes: My personal favourite of all the fitness equipment available in today’s online market. Living in the UK (where it often rains!) I do struggle to get enough road time on my bike, so having an exercise bike in my study is a godsend for days when the rain is lashing down.
If you’re a keen cyclist or simply want to improve your stamina and leg strength and fitness, then an exercise bike will undoubtedly be the best option for you. The majority of the bikes on the market are upright ones, i.e. where you ride it as you would a regular bike, but there are recumbent options available for those who want the option or who are unable to ride a regular upright bike.
Setting up an exercise bike can be a little more complicated and time-consuming than a treadmill (for example), but the vast, vast majority can be constructed within 30 minutes.
When first starting out I advise beginning slowly, as riding an exercise bike is slightly different to riding a real bike, so take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with how it feels and to make adjustments you see fit (no pun intended!).
There are a wealth of exercise bikes available online, starting from very low prices and ascending all the way up to prices that you’d not believe! But, there is certainly a model for everyone, so carry out your research, and you’ll no doubt find a bike that is the perfect fit.
Rowing machines: The king of upper-body fitness. If you’ve ever seen rowing on TV, then you’ll know just how trim and shape rowers can be – and with enough time spent in your rowing machine (alongside a sensible diet), you could look the same. Like cross trainers, rowing machines are very low impact and are therefore an excellent choice for those who want to avoid stress on their joints.
When choosing a rowing machine it is essential to remember that a more expensive option will not necessarily improve your fitness or physique anymore so than a less expensive option, it will merely give your more choices. If you’re in the novice or intermediate category, it shouldn’t matter too much which machine you opt for, but once you start becoming advanced, then a higher level machine with more gadgets and features will certainly be needed if you are to get fitter, stronger and attain your fitness goals continually.
Weights machines: Weights machines are designed more for bodybuilding and increasing muscle mass as opposed to cardiovascular fitness, however they can be used for pretty much every fitness application.
Weight machine and equipment come in various forms; however the most common is the multigym, which is comprised of several machines in one. For example, a multi-gym I owed several years ago had a lat pull down, a bicep curl, a pec-deck and a leg curl. Probably not enough to a complete full-body workout, but certainly enough to put me through my paces several times per week. But you don’t have the purchase a multi-gym. If you have the budget and the room available, then you could have individual pieces of fitness equipment.
Where weight machines are concerned, the higher your budget, the greater the amount of equipment you’ll be able to purchase. Although a multi gym is fine for small spaces and for those that train a few times a week for fitness, if you’re serious about bodybuilding or increasing your levels of muscle mass, then several pieces of equipment will be required to do so.
…and there you have it, folks! Our guide to fitness equipment.
Don’t forget, to read more on fitness equipment that is available online, visit the website linked at the beginning of the article.
Thanks for reading!