Tag: Fitness

There’s one thing I can’t stand about the fitness industry:

It’s full of bitches. (Ironically, I’m now going off on a bitch – ha! Hey, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!)

Anyway, there’s a ton of different forms of exercise you can do. Literally tons.

First off, you’ve got weight training in the gym. Then that can be broken down further into many “mini-categories”. For example, you’ve got bodybuilding style training, you’ve got Olympic lifting (no prizes for guessing that’s the thing they do in the… *drumroll*… Olympics!). You’ve also got powerlifting, too, as well as strong-man type training. Oh, and how could I forget CrossFit, too?!

And if you want to go even more in-depth, you can break these 4 categories down even further.

Anyway, we’ll move on from weight lifting. Let’s look at some other types of exercise…

So you’ve also got cardio training, which, just like weight training, can obviously be broken down further. You’ve got running, cycling, rowing, circuit training. Literally too many options for me to even think about, let alone actually write down.

Then you’ve got playing a sport.

And there’s also things like yoga and pilates.

So the point is this: There’s literally a TON of ways you can exercise.

But the one thing I hate about the fitness industry, is that so many people talk down upon on every other form of exercise that isn’t their own. They say it’s “wrong”. They say their way is the best way by a mile.

Do you know what I say to these people?

Shut up!.

Blunt? Yes.

But do they deserve it? Again, yep. Look, the Western world has got overweight. It doesn’t need me to tell you that. So surely we should be encouraging everyone to do any form of exercise, no matter what it is?

But to some people, seeing people exercise in a way that’s different to their own actually annoys them! Pathetic isn’t it. I mean, the amount of people who train in the gym bodybuilding style who look down on crossfitters is unbelievable.

See, I’ve never done CrossFit in my life. Is it perfect? No. There’s a much higher risk of injury (especially for beginners) as opposed to most other forms of training.

But, having said that, does it look fun? Yep!

Does it get people breathing hard and sweating? Yep!

And does it get people great fitness results, whilst helping tone them up? Again, absolutely!

So why so many people speak crap about it is beyond me.

Anyway, to wrap this up, I want to say this:

Do a form of exercise you ENJOY.

That’s literally it, my friend.

Don’t let Bob down the gym, Steve next door, or even me tell you what form of exercise you should be doing.

Just do something you’re gonna stick to.

‘Course, if you want to be a bodybuilder, then you’re gonna have to get in the gym and start lifting weights. Going out for long-distance runs ain’t gonna get you there!

But if you just want to tone up, lose weight, and get fitter so you’ve got more energy and you look and feel better, then just do something you enjoy.

Simple.

Source by Tom Andrews

This Australian fitness model is known for her great biceps and her winning personality.

Since 7 she has been actively involved in gymnastics and retired from the sport at the ripe old age of 15.

Gina has Competed up to the Olympic Level in gymnastics, played for a top field hockey team until she was about 14, was a popular Australian Swimsuit Calendar model in 1994. Gina has also competed in numerous IFBB-NPC Bodybuilding Shows back in Australia

Gina entered the fitness model scene with a chance meeting of a Miss Australia bodybuilding champion, Which prompted her to Join a gym in 1992. This 5 ½ inch Aussie (she’s a native of Perth) began her stellar 13 year rise to the top of the fitness game in her native land

She is a highly sought after fitness trainer in Perth and in the USA. Her physique comes from a strict diet of “chook” which is Australian for chicken and a lot of grilled fish. Her training weight is usually 48 kilos and below and off-season she weighs about 52-54 kilos

Her advice for would-be fitness models is to try to eat clean (boiled, grilled, steamed foods) five days a week and to cheat a little on the weekends. Cardio should be a big part of your routine to really get that ripped look.

Gina advises that “you shouldn’t take too many supplements, “as they could damage your liver” she takes glutamine and a fat burner before working out and lots of whey protein – “nothing special in the way of supplements”

“If you really want that lean fitness model look, limit your fat to 25 grams per day nd cut out a lot of carbs, just doing those two things will carve your physique up in no time at all” One look at her abs and you know she knows what she is talking about.

Source by Erie Capipe

I recently was given the opportunity to interview Rob Schwartz, a Team USA Strength & Conditioning Coach for Acrobat & Combat Sports. Rob currently works with Olympic athletes competing in gymnastics, boxing, tae kwon do, judo, fencing, wrestling, synchronized swimming and diving. I wanted to pick his brain and gain some insight into how sports fitness technologies (heart rate, calorie intake, calories burned, sleep monitoring, distance and time tracking, VO2 recording, total vertical gained, etc.) are being utilized in Olympic athlete training and how Mr. Schwartz foresees consumer adoption of similar technologies in the future.

Q. Living in Denver and have previously toured the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, I remember the amount of gadgets and devices monitoring and tracking athlete progression in training. Could you explain the type of fitness technologies that are currently being utilized by your athlete's and how big of a role they play in your daily workout preparation?

A. For daily training activities we mostly utilize video feedback, both in the weightroom and the practice setting. In Strength and Conditioning we are always trying to gauge our athlete's state of preparedness, so we measure power outputs using Tendo units and force plates; this gives us feedback on how intensely we can train each athlete on a given day. At pre-determined times of the year the Sports Dietician tests athletes blood lactate levels during "live" practices to evaluate the physiological demands they face in competition. We've even had some Wrestler's get their blood lactate tested immediately following actual matches. We are currently developing an app for athlete's phones to monitor nutritional, psychological, training and recovery status. This is a short list; we have many other modes of technology we use as well.

Q. It seems as if Olympians have been using technology in their training programs long before the recent consumer craze, would you say that many of today's fitness gadgets are a result from what has been tested and proven in the Olympic arena?

A. Not that I am aware of, when training world class athletes for Olympic competition we simply don't have the time to field test technologies that have not been tested and proven in the field. We will receive some emerging technology from companies such as Nike and Samsung, but are confident when they hit our desk they have been proven effective.

Q. Do you believe emerging fitness and health applications and gadgets will improve our nation's health outcomes and help citizens become more informed and active participants in their personal health?

A. I hope so; it mainly depends on the person and their goals. If the consumer is serious about getting in shape, I suggest they do their research and ensure they are purchasing equipment from reputable companies that are proven in the market.

Q. One last question, any basic tips for those looking to begin personal strength and conditioning training?

A. I would start by joining your local 24 hour fitness and getting some personal training sessions. There is nothing better than an experienced trainer to provide feedback and steps for improvement. It is not suggested to surf the Internet for training advice or tips as there is no professional feedback and the information you are receiving may not be credible or suitable for your personal goals.

I am also a firm believer in video feedback for athletes, as with a current world champion boxer that I train when the fight is over the first thing we do on our plane flight home is review video on our smart phone and begin preparation for the next fight.

To learn more about the United States Olympic Training Center or to plan a tour visit them at TeamUSA.org and possibly rub elbows with America's premier Olympic athletes and coaches.

Source by Chris M Roussy

With the growing scope in career opportunities, there are varied professions one can opt for depending on their area of interest. Being certified for personal training is something several students find interest in and keeping their interest in mind, universities tend to add such degree course in their curriculum. There are several health enthusiasts who like to keep themselves fit and are aware of all aspects of being fit and staying healthy. They can always opt to start a business of their own where they can set up a gym and teach people but having professional knowledge of it can attract more people to learn from them. A certified degree on personal training and can help people to pursue varied professions with lucrative returns. A few professions could be as follows –

• Personal Trainer – For those who are sportspersons, playing and pursuing the game well is something that requires to be fit as well as having a healthy body. Hiring a personal trainer for sportspersons can be helpful as the trainer has sufficient knowledge on the types of exercise one should perform while being a pro at a sport. Apart from the exercises, the trainer has knowledge on the diet the sports person should follow. A personal trainer can be hired for individuals having a setup of their own where they intend to gain personal attention from their trainers in building their body and leading a healthy lifestyle.

• Group fitness instructor – People those who have obtained a certified degree on personal training can also become an instructor for a group. Working at a gym as an instructor, being a trainer in fitness clubs, working in educational institutions and instructing children on exercise and general health, etc. can be a great career option. It is lucrative for them as well as helps to spread awareness to the world.

• Sports Coach – A degree on personal training can help a person to become a fitness coach for sports teams. Being a sports coach for football teams, cricket teams, etc. can help teams to have members who are physically fit to be a part of their team. Performing health screenings for athletes and testing their endurance skills is something that forms a part of their tasks that they are appointed for. Helping the athletes to perform resistive training and cardiovascular exercises can help them gain better health levels to perform during the games.

• Corrective exercise instructor – While a person recovers from an injury or illness, there is a requirement of corrective exercises that would bring back their body to the original self. People having degrees on personal training have the necessary information on such corrective healing through exercises. One can pursue it as a career and become a specialized corrective exercise instructor. Medical centers and hospitals are always in need of such instructors that could help their patients recover well.

Source by Natasha Unger Nandi

Golf fitness exercises and training can be very beneficial for the mature golfer. There is no doubt the aging process affects the body and in turn adversely effects the golf swing. The aging process decreases mobility, limits flexibility, negates strength, and lowers power outputs. All which are crucial components in the execution of the golf swing.

The good news is there is help: certain steps can be taken to alleviate these symptoms of the aging process. For example, modifications in equipment can help, changes on the mechanics of your swing can be of great assistance, and the implementation of a golf fitness program can be of immense assistance as well. These three steps can assist in returning your swing to a level previously achieved or even improve your game to a level higher than ever before. In order for this to occur, the mature player must remember it is a combination of all three of these parameters; equipment, swing mechanics, and golf fitness training working seamlessly together.

Looking at the golf fitness side of game improvement in your fifties, a few important statistics may provide some relatively to the importance of golf exercises for game improvement. First and foremost, research indicates after the age of 25, the body looses muscle mass at approximately 1% a year. This decreases both the strength and power outputs of the neuromuscular system. If nothing is done to improve both the strength and power outputs of the body by the time an individual is 50 years old they will have lost 25% of their muscle mass.

Why is this statistic important relative to the game of golf?

In order to execute each phase of the golf swing efficiently, the neuromuscular system must have certain levels of strength. This allows the golfer to maintain a fixed spine angle, execute the postural position required in the swing, and generate speed. Basically, a loss of strength equates to the loss of stability in the golf swing affecting every phase of the swing from taking away to finish.

A second component of the aging process relative to the golf swing is mobility and flexibility. Mobility is a combination of both joint range of motion and flexibility. Joint range of motion concerns itself with the actual articular structure of the joint (i.e. skeletal structures), and flexibility has to do with extensibility of muscle tissue surrounding the joint.

The aging process decreases the extensibility of muscular tissues thus causing tightness in the muscular system and decreased mobility in the joint system. Both of these conditions are detrimental to the golf swing. The mechanics of the swing requires mobility within the joint system and flexibility within the muscular system. This allows for the requirement of drawing the club through a large range motion to be met by the body. If mobility is limited and “tightness” exists within the muscular system compensations within the swing will occur in an attempt to execute the mechanics of the golf swing correctly.

It is unfortunate the aging process results in the aforementioned negative affects on the golf swing, but as stated previously, steps can be taken to address such situations and prevent decreased performances on the golf course. These steps on the “physical side” of the equation are contained within a golf fitness program.

A golf fitness program for the mature player will address the negative affects of the aging process through the development of the required levels of mobility, flexibility, stability, strength, and power required to execute the mechanics of the golf swing correctly.

Dissection of this formula for performance improvement through golf fitness training for the mature player breaks down the process into the development of “five physical pillars” within the body. The pillars are as follows: flexibility, balance, strength, endurance, and power. The cohesive development of these physical parameters creates the opportunity of developing sound swing mechanics.

To improve performance, remove physical years from the body, and prevent injury in your game, it is necessary to develop the “five physical pillars” of the swing. Additionally, the golfer must address them on order: beginning with flexibility, moving onto balance, and completing the sequence with power training. Following this suggested progression allows for the proper …

Try These 6 Workouts To Mix Up Your Routine

Head to a group fitness class to keep your workout routine interesting, challenging and fun. You’ll get the best of both worlds – an fun workout with the structure and guidance necessary from a qualified instructor. There are so many options out there now for group classes. Choose from aerial yoga and rebounding to underwater spinning, cardio circuits, pilates reformer classes and so much more.

You’ll usually find a pretty comprehensive schedule at most gyms. Fitness has evolved so much so for the most part, most gyms have a large selection of classes. If you don’t find what you’re looking for at your gym, there are also great group classes offered at smaller studios and boutique fitness centers that might be worth checking out too. We offer a few of the classes below at our fitness vacation too which provides variety in the daily line up. Either way, if you’re looking for something different and feeling like you need a change in your normal line up, check out these classes.

HULA HOOPING CLASS

You probably thought hula hooping was either a thing of the past or something you only did as a kid. Think again! Hula hooping classes have become a fantastic way to move your body in a whole different way. Set to music, you’ll move and groove to your instructor’s choreography.

Fitness hoops are usually weighted which gives you a little resistance and makes this class more challenging than the regular hooping you might have done years ago. You’ll have to stabilize to maintain control and balance all while getting your heart rate up!

According to the American Council On Exercise, you can burn up to 600 calories per hour with this full body workout. Plus, you’ll improve flexibility and balance we well as strengthen the muscles in your back, abs, arms and legs. Some gyms even fuse hooping in other classes like Pilates and yoga.

GLIDING

Gliding discs make any workout more challenging. Generally, gliding discs are placed under hands or feet depending on the movement cranking up the intensity level in a non impact kind of way. You’ll have to exert more to maintain balance, stability and control while going through movements like lunges, squats, skaters, plank moves, mountain climbers, shuffles and so much more. Sound like fun?

You can try gliding at a local gym or studio. Some classes are all gliding – 50 minutes of upper body, lower body and core work. Some studios may also fuse gliding, like hula, into other fitness classes to mix things up. Either way, the moves are fun and effective. Pro Tip: If you glide at home, you can always use paper plates on carpet or towels on hard wood floors. Be careful of slipping though. Test out a few moves before you get started with a full on workout.

BODYWEIGHT TABATA

Bodyweight tabata is one of our guest’s favorite classes at the retreat. This class can be done anywhere but we do it on the beach so the views and the atmosphere make it a whole different ballgame. This fitness class is challenging! Most of the movements are moves that many people have done before – push ups, planks, dips, squats, lunges, power jacks, forearm get ups, fast feet and more. Doesn’t sound complicated or hard, right? It’s the format and the tempo that change everything for this workout though.

If you’re not familiar with Tabata, the format is 20 seconds of intense work followed by 10 seconds of rest 8 times. For example, we would do 20 seconds of push ups x 10 seconds of rest 8 times which is equal to about 4 minutes. 20 seconds of work might not sound like a lot but when you repeat it over and over and over again, it taxes muscles in a really great way. You’ll sure to feel the burn with this workout!

Don’t worry, you don’t have to join us for a fitness vacation just to try out this class. There are plenty of gyms and studios that offer it too. Be on the look out for Tabata or even a HIIT class that uses bodyweight …

Any Wii fanatic knows just how popular My Fitness Coach for the Wii is. In fact, even though it’s more of a workout program than a traditional video game, it once ranked as the best selling video game on Amazon.

While its popularity is high, My Fitness Coach may not be for everyone. Here are 10 facts that you should know before buying this Wii personal trainer program:

1. My Fitness Coach does not use the Wii Balance Board. Instead, the program relies on the honor system. Your Wii personal trainer, Maya, will have you go through a quick set of exercises including jumping jacks, push-ups, lunges, and crunches to assess what kind of shape you’re in. You will be asked to enter your name, gender, weight, height, date of birth as well as some measurements  including waist, chest, thigh, bicep and neck circumferences. The benefit of not using the balance board is that you get to incorporate a wide variety of exercises into your workouts that could never be possible with the balance board. Maya will also ask you if you have a heart monitor, stability balls, step benches and/or hand weights. If you have them, Maya will incorporate them into your workouts.

2. My Fitness Coach feels more like an aerobics DVD than a video game. The main difference here is that the program will change your routine depending on your progress and keep your workouts challenging and fresh. How many times have you stopped using workout DVD’s because you grew tired of the same thing over and over? Your Wii personal trainer will check in with you multiple times during your workout to see how you’re doing. The only time you use the controller is to respond to her queries. Maya will then adjust future workouts based on your responses.

3. My Fitness Coach contains six areas of focus. They are: weight loss, cardio, upper body strength, core body strength, lower body strength and flexibility. Based on the info you provide, Maya will suggest the area she feels needs the most focus. However, you have the ability to choose which area you feel needs the most attention.

4. My Fitness Coach contains nearly 500 workouts. In order to provide you with an extremely well rounded and productive workout experience, your Wii personal trainer will be able to choose from nearly 500 workouts to get the job done. You can also be certain that no two workouts will ever be quite the same.

5. Choose from multiple workout locations and styles of music. Another issue with with workout DVD’s other than routines becoming stale is the fact that you’re looking at the same video shot in the same location day after day. Whether it’s shot in an aerobics studio or on a California beach, one gets tired of seeing the same thing over and over. Not so with My Fitness Coach. Are you in the mood for an urban environment or a dojo? How about a desert oasis? Different locations help keep your workout experience fresh and enjoyable. You can also choose from seven different types of music including 80’s, Hip Hop, Latin and Dance.

6. Your Wii personal trainer works around your schedule. No one understands the importance of commitment more than Maya. She will suggest a workout schedule for you based on your goals, but in the end you decide your schedule. After all, many of us lead busy lives and have hectic schedules. You can choose what days of the week to work out on as well as the duration of each workout. For example, on Tuesday you can workout for 15 minutes and then go for a more intense 45 minute session on Thursday.

7. My Fitness Coach has a group exercise mode. You can create up to four profiles on My Fitness Coach, so it makes sense to allow multiple people to work out at the same time. Your Wii personal trainer thankfully allows this. Just be sure to have a massive space available if you plan to work out with two or three other people.

8. You will sweat. The workouts designed by your Wii …

There is a famous saying that every person is an author of his own health, this is true because if you do not keep yourself healthy you are surely going to hit the spot with various diseases coming your way. This is why many of us join gyms to keep ourselves fit, but joining a gym without an instructor is like a disaster because there is no one to guide you or to help you out with the necessary exercise your body needs or the diet you should follow.

This gap is filled in by Fitness trainers who are also known as Personal Trainers. These professionals are people who help others stay fit through exercise and diet regulation. They help people reach a certain level of fitness which is suitable for their bodies and therefore play a very important role by guiding people.

Many people are fascinated by this field and therefore seek to pursue a career in it, often gym owners and former students also become personal trainers, for those of you who hold interest in this field you can get an online fitness trainer certification easily now form the best colleges and institutes near you. An overview of the fitness training program is given to you below giving you the opportunity to become a certified fitness trainer in no time.

Online Fitness Trainer Certification

The online certificate program concentrates on the anatomical, nutrition and fitness areas. The main goal of the online fitness trainer certification program is not only to teach the necessary exercise science but also help develop good communication and relationship with clients.

Courses Included

The Online fitness trainer certificate program covers programs which study basic anatomy, exercise, nutrition, physiology etc business and leadership topics may also be discussed. Few of the courses are given below:

  • Injury prevention
  • Applied kinesiology
  • Fitness regimen development
  • Equipment identification and usage
  • Weight lifting techniques
  • Exercise for special populations
  • Pre- and post-exercise ways
  • Fitness assessment

Career Outlook

After receiving your online fitness trainer certification you can seek employment at different places such as gyms, community health centers, fitness clubs etc. According to the US department of labor the personal training field has grown to have a 29% growth in terms of the recent development seen in this area of education. Certified online fitness trainers on average earn about $27588-$38950 and usually work a multiple places as most fitness centers run on part-time basis.

Recommended Schools

It is important that you attend a qualified and accredited school to get your online fitness trainer certification. Few of the recommended schools which offer flexible, affordable and accredited certificate and courses:

  • DeVry University
  • Penn Foster College
  • Ashworth College

Source by Glen Baptist

Suppose you know a little about working out and partake in the odd training session. But what if you recently felt a compelling urge to get serious about your physical exercise program and really "shape up". How would take it to the next level?

Well, since we are talking about Health-Related Fitness, we need to bear in mind that it is a physical condition which consists of 5 integral components, relating to "good health." These include:

  • Cardiovascular Fitness
  • Body Composition
  • Muscular Strength
  • Muscular Endurance
  • Flexibility

A glimpse at these components will easily tell you that you will need to devise or obtain a workout program which mainly allows for aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Simply put, that means training to enhance the capacity of your heart-lung function and the major muscles of the body. Training would also extend to adequately address biomechanical functions in terms of improving overall mobility of the joints and the tone of connective tissue. Finally, body composition is an important indicator and predictor of health and / or the risk of illness – depending on whether you lead an active or a sedentary lifestyle. Through the requisite workout routines and nutrition plan, one's body composition will reflect a desirable ratio.

In short, it is desirable to augment lean body mass by optimizing muscle condition while lowering the level of body fat via a proper nutrition plan and aerobic exercise.

Now that we have a framework idea of ​​what is entailed to enhance our physical condition and improve our health, we could jump right in and start working out, right? In a manner of speaking yes, but having made the commitment to get "stuck in" and transform our bodies, does not automatically mean we are going to reach our objective. We need a game plan.

Let us consider for a moment how one would successfully voyage through unchartered waters. The answer is relatively simple, but there is a catch: only once you have chosen a destination and a time-frame, do you take out a map, plan your route, prepare your journey and set off. That metaphor applies similarly when it comes to transforming your body, so take heed of the following important points:

  • Know what your goal or objective is

(in this case visualizing your changed body in three months' time – if that is your intended program window). Without direction, merely training and presuming you will somehow succeed along the way will give the same results as I once had – precious little.

  • Carefully read through the training and nutrition principles of your chosen program
  • and familiarize yourself with the required fitness activities for the applicable duration. As I often reiterate, especially to individuals under my guidance, it is most useful to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the many topics associated with the health and physical fitness industry, by reading as widely as possible.

  • Decide whether you will train in your own home or in a fitness center
  • , as this will influence your weight workout techniques (related to muscular strength and endurance training). The aerobic exercise on the other hand, can be done in a gym or on the road, track or sports field. If you decide to do the weight-training at home, you will need to invest in some basic equipment like a set of adjustable dumbbells, a barbell, as well as a bench, etc. I would however recommend, if you are a beginner, to consider utilizing a fitness center (or gym) at first. That way you can eventually set up a home gym understanding more clearly the minimum apparatus requirements for effective training, along with the space required for this option.

  • The preparation part of the journey entails one small daily procedure. You may think of this as a drag or a banality – do not make that mistake. It is of utmost importance to plan your meals and workout routines ahead of time. A simple 10-minute procedure the day before is all it takes. You may eventually find, after completing your program, that you can make it up as you go along. While you could do this to an extent with your meals, it is far more difficult to ad-hoc the exercise
  • Fitness is a choice we make to live better, healthier lives. These days when too many people are leading sedentary lives and getting out of shape, getting fit has become a top priority for more and more people. But with so many choices, which total home fitness equipment should you get?

    Here are some tips to help you decide which gym equipment can give you a total work out and help you achieve your fitness goals:

    What do you really want?

    Sometimes the best home fitness machine that can give you a total workout is as simple as a stationary bicycle or a treadmill. Get the home fitness machine that will work best for your own unique requirement and that will address the specific fitness concerns that you may have. Whether you want to lose weight or build muscles, there are different total fitness gym machines that can perform the right combination of tasks to get you where you want to go.

    Measurable results

    Aim for something that is tangible. If the machine you’re looking at promises to tone your thighs, then it should provide enough resistance to do so and not just some vague promise that it will give you long, lean muscles if you keep using it.

    Try it for size

    Check out the fitness machine and see how the bars and handles will fit into your hands and if the extensions can accommodate you’re the length of your legs. Even the simple treadmill comes in lengths that put your body size into consideration.

    Consider comfort as one of your top requirements when choosing a home fitness machine. If there are too many demands on parts of your body like your back or knees, your fitness workout will have more negative repercussions than advantages.

    No quick and empty promises

    You’ve probably seen a lot of advertisements on TV and in the back of newspapers and magazines trumpeting the newest and best total fitness equipment that will surprise and satisfy you. The sad fact is, most of the time, the hype doesn’t equal the actual results.

    Stay away from total home fitness gym equipment that promise too much, too many for a too short period of time. There’s a good chance that these promises are empty or at best, temporary. If your home fitness equipment works, then it should do so gradually and permanently.

    Price

    The cost of a total fitness home gym machine can go as little as $800 and as high as over $3,000. Which one you choose will really depend on your budget and fitness goals. And while it may seem a small matter, the size of your available space at home will also figure in your choice. Some home gym machines are bulky and heavy and will need dedicated space if you want to use them efficiently.

    Use

    A total fitness home gym machine should accommodate the number of users you have in the house. It should also be easy to assemble and allow you to make quick changes in the resistance or weight if necessary. Some home gym machines even allow simultaneous users for different workout stations. This way, you can enjoy a fitness workout with other members of the family.

    For a total body workout, a home gym equipment as simple as a rowing machine will perform well. Choose the right resistance for your fitness level and it will work out your upper and lower arms, back, thighs and legs. It’s low impact and will not be too harsh on your knees.

    If you’re already reasonably fit and want to build muscles, you might want to try a universal gym like Tuff Stuff’s CFM-555 or BodyCraft Family Xpress home gym. These are the type of home fitness machines that offer a lot in terms of exercise variety. Plus, you get to build strength and muscles with the weight stack that comes with each set. Depending on the model, you can get a basic set with maximum 200-lb. weight stacks.

    A compact home gym like the 500HG from True may also be a good choice. It’s very affordable (price range starts at about $800) and offers a lot in terms of flexibility and exercise …

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