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Hectic work schedules and expensive health club memberships
have led to many persons going in for home based fitness equipment.
The range of fitness equipment available these days can be quite bewildering
to the buyer. Let us help solve some of your dilemmas and list out some
simple yet important tips for choosing physical fitness equipment.
Our section on bodybuilding fitness lists out some critical dos
Home fitness equipment
Before buying fitness equipment for the home, keep these tips in mind:
1. Identify your fitness needs. Your chosen activity and fitness level
is the deciding factor for buying home fitness equipment. The fitness
equipment should be suitable to you and still provide you with enough
challenge to increase your resistance and endurance.
2. Include a blend of activities when firming up on home gym equipment.
Aerobic training equipment helps in burning fat and strengthens your heart
and lungs at the same time. Strength training equipment uses machines,
free weights and bands to resist your movement so as to strengthen bones
and build muscle.
3. Your budget is another factor that decides the kind of fitness equipment
you want to invest in. An electric climber priced at $1500 will seem exorbitant
but instead you can go in for a good quality step bench with some aerobics
tapes for about $150. Comparison-shopping is a must when you go in for
fitness equipment. Look around for budget assembled equipment or ones
with less rigorous design. Even the used physical fitness equipment market
can be a good scouting ground. You may be able to pick a good piece that
is in good condition.
4. The space constraint in your home is also an important factor when
selecting home fitness equipment. Ensure that there is enough space for
your home gym equipment and future additions too. This is the basic guideline
for determining the space required for regular physical fitness equipment:
Check the safety features of the fitness equipment. There shouldn't be
any inherent safety violations such poor stability and sharp protrusions.
Presence of safety mechanisms such as safety switches on treadmills and
range-of-motion limiters on strength machines are an added plus. The moving
parts must mesh well as the welds should be clean and smooth.
The equipment must be easy to move and comfortable and easily detachable.
Don't get taken in by tall claims of turning a 'beer belly' into a 'six
pack stomach' in weeks. Celebrity endorsements and outrageous claims must
not be allowed to deceive you into buying fancy equipment that you may
not need. Before attempting any rigorous fitness schedules at home with
the newly acquired fitness equipment, it would be prudent to consult a
doctor regarding any injuries and medical conditions such as knee or joint
injuries and high blood pressure and lower back pain.
The ever-popular treadmill
The treadmill continues to be one of the most popular home fitness equipment.
It is undoubtedly makes for a good cardiovascular workout. Other home
fitness equipment that rank high on the home gym circuit are the rowing
machine, stair machine, stationary cycle and cross-country skiing machine.
Indoor cycles are also popular with home gym enthusiasts. This physical
fitness equipment is ideal for fitness testing, fat burning and overall
cardiovascular fitness. Steppers are not ideal for beginners or those
with low levels of fitness. Working out on steppers needs correct posture
and technique as well as an advanced physical fitness level. The multistation
home gym allows you to work on different muscle groups.
The treadmill offers different speed spectrums depending on the user needs.
Whether you are seeking a leisurely walk or a power walk; you can adjust
the treadmill to your convenience. Inclined treadmills help in adding
intensity to the workout and works out most of the large muscle groups
in the body. When buying a treadmill for home fitness equipment, keep
these factors in mind - sturdy handrails, AC/DC motors, alloy steel frames,
speed range, length of the walking surface and width of the belt. The
optional feature of the heart rate monitor is also found on many treadmills.
FTC guidelines on fitness equipment
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sued fraudulent marketers who advertise
for electronic abdominal exercise belts that claim to give you 'rock hard'
abs. The FTC advises consumers to ignore claims of quick-fix remedies.
It cautions against products that claim to burn off fat from a particular
area of the body, such as the hips or stomach or thighs. Get the details
on warrantees, guarantees and return policies before purchasing any fitness
equipment for the home gym. The FTC also advises consumers to check the
customer support services of different brands of equipment.
body building fitness
body building fitness involves strenuous exercises that must be undertaken
after medical advise and assessment of your physical fitness level. Weight
lifting is an important aspect of body building fitness. To begin with,
you need to define the body building muscles that need working upon. Based
on this, you can decide on the equipment that is required. bodybuilding
can be done at home; provided you have the equipment and more importantly
the motivation. Choose to fit in a daily schedule of body building workouts
and gradually increase the pace.
Dos and don'ts for a safe bodybuilding workout
· Drink adequate water during the workout and after.
· Choose clothes that allow free and safe movement along with a
good supportive pair of shoes.
· Be cautious when lifting and lowering weights. Do not attempt
loads that you cannot handle without difficulty.
· Ensure a good warm-up and stretch -out before a workout schedule
and a similar cool down after.
· Do not ignore any back pains, dizziness or sore muscles.
· Over training can lead to early burnout.
· Use gloves to avoid calluses and bruises and weight lifting belts
to minimize back injuries.