Choosing The Best Home Gym Equipment – Here’s a guide for how choose to get what’s best for your needs.

Index:

What is the most popular fitness equipment to have at home?

How do I choose a treadmill that’s perfect for me?

Guidelines for safe treadmill use

Why choose an Elliptical Cross Trainer?

Why choose a Rower

Tips for correct use of the Rowing Machine

Why Choose an Exercycle – the different types of exercise bikes.

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When it comes down to it it’s always interesting to know what the most popular fitness equipment is for home. Here’s the short answer :

Treadmills!

Treadmills are the most popular, commanding about 55 percent of the home fitness equipment market!  Whether you want to walk, run, or jog the treadmill is a number one choice. This may mean they are amongst what some would consider the Best Home Gym Equipment. While this may be the case for some users there are many other options, as we discover below.

Ellipticals:

A workout on an elliptical exerciser is a good choice for those with joint problems or extra weight. Those machines can also help you improve balance. And they have one advantage that most treadmills don’t offer: the ability to work out in reverse, which stimulates the muscles differently.

Bikes:

There are two kinds of stationary bikes. The traditional upright type resembles a regular bicycle; a recumbent bike has back support. They provide similar workouts, though an upright might work your glutes better because you can fully extend your hips. Because body weight is supported, both types are options for people who have difficulty with balance or have lower-limb injuries. A recumbent might be more comfortable for those with back problems.”

Rowing Machines:

Rowing machines are always extremely popular as one of the best home gym equipment choices and appeal widely to all ages. 

How do I choose a treadmill that’s perfect for me?

There are a few basic things to consider when looking for a treadmill

You need to ask yourself firstly,  where are you going to put the treadmill because this is fundamental in understanding what sized treadmill  you can have?

Once you have the space sorted out the  next question is what  will your treadmill workout or usage be? – Do you want to you a walk, jog or run or do all three?

And  how tall are you or the heaviest user in the house?

These factors affect the size of the treadmill you will need.  Needless to say the taller the user and the heavier the user the larger the treadmill is needed.

Some treadmills have very small running/walking decks or mats.

A bigger treadmill is more suited for runners because of the stride of a runner.  Also take in to account how much mileage you as a runner might be wanting to do on a daily or weekly basis.  The treadmill has to be ale to cope with this.

Some of the more basic treadmills don’t have automatic incline which is useful to have and will be available with most better quality treadmills.  This allows you to change the intensity of the workout.

Look to see what programs and readouts the treadmill has.

Does it have easily adjustable and pre set speed options, program options and incline options? Some also come with heart rate monitor options.

Does the treadmill have MP3 input and speakers?  Does it have an inbuilt fan?

For home use you may need a treadmill that has foldable capacity so that when not in use you can still have the space.

Whatever your needs we are always happy to talk you through the different options so that you get the best treadmill for you based on our long experience with matching the best home gym equipment for individual needs.

Guidelines for treadmill use:

The treadmill is among the easiest cardio machines to use. Still, treadmill users are not immune to injury if the treadmill is not used correctly.

Here are some tips for safe usage:

  • Start slowly. Most treadmills have safety features that prevent them from starting out at breakneck speeds, but don’t take any chances. Always place one foot on either side of the belt as you turn on the machine, and step on the belt only after you determine that it’s moving at the slow set-up speed, usually between 1 and 2 miles per hour.
  • Don’t rely on the handrails. Holding on for balance when you learn how to use the machine is okay, but let go as soon as you feel comfortable. You move more naturally if you swing your arms freely. You’re working at too high a level if you have to imitate a water-skier — in other words, if you hold onto the front rails and lean back. This is a common phenomenon among people who incline the treadmill, and this position is bad news for your elbows and for the machine. Plus, you’re burning far fewer calories than the readout indicates. However, if you have balance issues, grasp the handrails lightly so that you feel steady and secure.
  • Look straight ahead. Your feet tend to follow your eyes, so if you focus on what’s in front of you, you usually walk straight ahead instead of veering off to the side. When you’re in the middle of a workout and someone calls your name, don’t turn around to answer. This piece of advice may seem obvious now, but wait until it happens to you.
  • Expect to feel disoriented. The first few times you use a treadmill you may feel dizzy when you step off. Your body is just wondering why the ground suddenly stopped moving. Don’t worry. Most people only experience this vertigo once or twice.
  • Never go barefoot. Always wear a good pair of walking or running shoes for your treadmill workout.
  • Don’t read while on the treadmill. You risk losing your balance and stumbling off the side or back.

Why choose an Elliptical Cross Trainer for your workout?

The Elliptical machine is good for all ages and fitness levels (barring those who are injured. It has a very easy motion and can give people a sense of security, which can be particularly helpful to gym newbies who may be intimidated by other equipment. Bonus: you don’t need a manual to understand how to use it.

Advantages:

The elliptical machine is softer on the body in general—excellent for people with joint, knee, and lower back issues.

The gliding motions are low impact.

One study suggests exercising on an elliptical machine leads to similar fitness improvements as the treadmill or a stairmaster.

They key? Making sure you work as hard (read: keep that intensity up).

Why choose a rowing machine?

The  benefits are as follows:

Involvement of many muscle groups – Rowing uses upper body, lower body and core muscle groups, thereby creating a large demand for calories. In addition, muscles continue to burn extra calories for a while after you finish exercising. The more muscles you use in your exercise, the more muscles will continue to burn these extra calories.

Strength as well as cardiovascular exercise – In addition to being a terrific cardiovascular exercise, rowing will also build your strength. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so the more muscle you have, the better off you will be in terms of calorie-burning.

Smooth, impact-free exercise – The smooth rhythmic nature of the rowing motion, and the lack of pounding and impact, make rowing the kind of exercise that you can do for the rest of your life. If you have old injuries, or joint problems, rowing is an excellent choice of exercise. You can also do longer workouts with rowing than with some other forms of exercise which are harder on the body. The longer you work out at any given level of exertion, the more calories you will burn.

Tips for correct use of the rowing machine:

Here are some tips on using the rower with the correct rowing/stroke technique:

The first movement when using a rowing machine is called the “catch”

  • Firstly, seat yourself on the rowing machine adjusting the foot straps if needed. You are ready to go!
  • When rowing make sure your arms are straight; your head is neutral; and your shoulders are level and not hunched.
  • Your upper body should be leaning forward from the hips with the shoulders
  • In front of the hips.
  • Your shins need to be vertical, or as close to vertical as is comfortable for you.  The shins should not move beyond perpendicular.
  • Your heels may lift as needed.

The second part of the movement is the “drive”

  • Start the drive by pressing with your legs, and then swing the back through the vertical position before finally adding the arm pull.
  • The hands should move in a straight line to and from the flywheel.
  •  Your shoulders are to remain low and relaxed.

To finish the movement

  •  Your upper body is leaning back slightly, using good support from
  • The core muscles.
  •  The legs are extended and the handle is held lightly below your ribs.
  •  Your shoulders should be low with wrists and grip relaxed and the wrists should be flat.

Why Choose an Exercycle?

Which Exercycle to choose? – The different types of bikes.

Exercycles are the number one choice for many who are looking for the best home gym equipment and exercise for rehabilitation purposes as well as low impact workouts.

Riding provides a great workout. It works out your hamstrings, calves, hip flexors and quadriceps.  Plus has the added benefit of calorie burning. A half hour on a stationary bicycle helps up your daily calorie burn.

Upright exercycles,recumbent bikes and spin bikes:

The difference between upright stationary bikes and recumbent exercycles is that on a recumbent bike, your legs are primarily responsible for powering the machine, but on an upright bike, your core and upper body share the work load with your legs. This is an excellent way to regain or retain low impact fitness.  

The spin bike is used more to emulate a ride similar to what might be achieved in road riding.  Spin bikes have adjustable resistance and can be used to cycle through different routines mixing intensity/cadence and resistance –  cycling can  be in the form of intervals,  standing while cycling to simulate hill climbs, seated for endurance or hill climbing , endurance cycling and racing or sprinting to mention a few.  The position you sit or stand in is more akin to a road bike.

We hope this comprehensive guideline has helped you to work out what the Best Home Gym Equipment might be for you. If needing more help we are always happy to discuss options with you if you call us on 09 2813541.