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.
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.
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.
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 choices. Another home fitness gym machine you might want to try is Gold’s Gym’s Power Flex, which offers a lot of resistance and can give you 65 ways of doing workouts.
There are dozens of other home fitness equipment in the market that offer total body workout. While cost savings is a powerful incentive to buy, find the best machine that can offer you the features that you need and are willing to use. Purchase fitness equipment for your home gym based on your own judgment and requirement and you’re likely to have a total workout that you’ll enjoy and benefit from.