Outfitting A Home Gym
You should want to get the utmost out of your fitness routines, so you must consider equipping a home gym. Since it can become a large investment, you’ll want to do it in stages, making the correct choices at every step.
Most people will first think about getting a treadmill. That is a very good choice. They provide excellent cardiovascular benefits, help strengthen and tone several muscle groups and can burn calories at a high rate. But, because of the cost, this might not be the piece of gear to start with first.
An aerobic rider is a good choice to start with, even though that piece of equipment is not absolutely necessary. It has real benefits for those just starting out and a used one can be purchased for less than $50.
To build muscle and enhance coordination and joint stability, a good set of weights is important. To save money, it’s possible to start small with a few neoprene dumbbell sets of varying weights. But soon, you’ll want to advance to an interchangeable outfit, especially the type with plates or discs that can be used either on dumbbells or barbells.
If you have the budget (and interest) you might take the plunge and go for a weight machine or home gym. That investment is better made after you’ve used one at the public gym at least a few times, though. Once you decide to go for it, make sure to get one with at least a few stations. You don’t want your interest to wane out of lack of variety after only a few weeks or months.
A good weight machine costs in the least a few hundred dollars, probably closer to $1,000 or more. That’s a substantial investment, but a good machine will work for you and keep your interest for years. You can build strength in every muscle group and a good one will have enough variety to perform a few dozen different exercises. Some will even include a rowing machine as part of the unit.
An elliptical trainer is another favorite, even though they too can be expensive. They provide not only first class cardio benefits, but enable a whole range of exercises. The focus is on leg development, but with a decent pair of handles you can also work back muscles, deltoids, pecs, biceps and more.
One alternative, or addition, is Nordic ski machines. They may seem like a specialty item, since they’re designed to simulate cross-country skiing and you may not be interested in that. But the types of motion used are similar to that employed in using an elliptical trainer. Emphasis is on leg development, but with simulated pole motion you can get a range of back and arm exercises too.
The most important aspect of outfitting a home gym, though, isn’t the dollars you spend or the gear you get. Those aren’t unimportant, but they’re not the key. The key is to get quality gear that you will enjoy using.
According to numerous official studies the major reason most people stop working out is lost motivation. That can be brought on by injury, lack of variety or other factors. A proper home gym plan will keep you using that equipment you spent so much research time investigating and money buying.