If you’re looking to lose weight or get fit but the thought of going to the gym fills you with dread then a good option is to buy fitness equipment for your home but how do you choose what is the best home exercise equipment for you?
Best home exercise equipment – Ask some questions!
Choosing the best home exercise equipment for your needs is very important and quite often makes the difference between not exercising properly, often enough or even giving up and not exercising at all.
There are many options available when it comes to home exercise equipment and to be honest.
When you start looking at fitness equipment for the home, your choice is often geared around your own strengths and weaknesses (fitness level), your size/weight and what piece of equipment actually interests you and that you know you will enjoy using!
Equipment these days doesn’t necessarily come cheap and it’s worth asking yourself a few more questions before you part with your hard earned cash.
How much can you (and do you!) want to spend?
What do you hope to gain from a new piece of fitness equipment? Are you looking for general fitness and weight loss or something more specific like building upper body strength?
How big is the fitness equipment or probably more importantly, how much space do you have available to store and use this equipment?
Is this equipment safe and suitable for my body type and needs? Some equipment comes with relatively low maximum user weight limits and it’s worth checking that your body type meets these guidelines. If it doesn’t don’t worry, it just means that another type of equipment is probably more suitable.
If your willing to spend a lot of money on the latest workout machine then you also probably need to ask yourself how much time will you actually spend on the equipment and is it worth spending that money in the first place? If your requirements are more geared towards ‘occasional use’ then you might not be able to justify the expense.
If you find the wide choice of what’s available in the fitness market a bit daunting then don’t worry, you’re not alone!
But, if you’ve asked yourself these questions and you check out the guide below to what is available and what is suitable for different people then hopefully you’ll be in a position to make a more informed decision on this very important investment.
Best home exercise equipment – Treadmills
One of the most popular types of home fitness equipment, Treadmills can be used by practically everyone and are suitable for all fitness levels and ability.
But is a treadmill the best home exercise equipment for you?
You can start off slow if you want (or need to) with a nice general walk or sprint hard and solid for 20 minutes, the choice is yours and most modern Treadmills have a good range of programs and features which give the user a lot of choice and variety.
Running outdoors is great but not everyone lives in a country which guarantees the sort of all-year-round weather which makes this possible. Also, you might live in an area which gives you other ‘concerns’ when you go out for a run, busy roads, etc.
This is where the Treadmill wins hands down.
What to look for when purchasing a Treadmill?
You can pick up basic Treadmills fairly cheaply but for some of the more advanced features, expect to pay anywhere from $1000 upwards.
RBR would advise that you try and make sure that your Treadmill has at least the following features, depending on your requirement of course:
- Smooth action – if possible try and use one in a gym or fitness store to see if you like the action and feel of the Treadmill.
- Wide belt – When the going gets a touch in your workout, you can find that you have more sideways movement then when you first started running. A wide-belt really helps.
- Safety shut-off – These come as standard on most Treadmills these days but it’s worth ensuring that yours has a safety shut-off that is easy to access in case you need to stop the Treadmill in a hurry.
- General build – Treadmills tend to take a lot of punishment and it’s worth paying that little bit more for a more sturdy model that will last you a lot longer than a cheaper type.
- HRM – If you’re just starting out with a Treadmill then a Heart Rate Monitor(HRM) might not seem important straight away but as you progress it might well become more important. They are also excellent when used in conjunction with weight loss programs on your Treadmill.
- Inclines – Do you want your Treadmill to have an inline function? As you develop your fitness you might want to vary your running and target different muscles, incline lets you do this. Check to see that your Treadmill has the capability.
- Programs – Some basic models of Treadmill will just have a couple of programs available but if you intend to use your fitness equipment frequently then you should consider looking for a model which has a good selection of programs and features.
There’s certainly a lot to consider where Treadmills are concerned and RBR would certainly recommend that you do a bit of research before making buying one.
If you want to check out a great Treadmills Comparison Guide then take a look at the:
Best home exercise equipment – Elliptical Trainers
Elliptical Trainers are becoming increasingly popular with a wide range of people and with very good reason, they offer a great workout with little to no impact on the body!
But is an elliptical trainer the best home exercise equipment for you?
They are great for people who are not able to use more impact based fitness equipment, like the treadmill, because they are prone to injury or just simply want a more relaxing fitness experience.
Using an Elliptical Trainer is a lot more comfortable than other equipment and you can moderate your exercise regime a lot easier, they are absolutely ideal for fitness beginners but also equally suitable for the more experienced.
There are many benefits with using an Elliptical Trainer. With no impact between the user and ground and the gentle suspended motion that these equipment give, you will find that your lower joints in particular are free of impact and you should be able to enjoy good workouts without the fear of injury.
Of course like any fitness equipment, budget normally dictates quality but it’s worth making sure that your Elliptical has some, if not all, of the following features:
- LCD Workout Display – make sure that its of a decent size which is going to be easy to read.
- HRM – Heart Rate Monitoring is very useful with Ellipticals and having this function increases fitness program options.
- Fitness Programs – Depending on your needs, make sure your chosen Elliptical has enough fitness programs for your workouts.
- Stride Length – Not a problem for us mere mortals but for the taller people out there this can definitely be a consideration! Do you need an Elliptical with a longer stride length?
- Extra Functions – Budget allowing, do you need (want!) a built-in sound system, large workout fans, charging USB ports, water bottle or iPad holders? Worth checking!
If you want to check out a great Elliptical Machines Comparison Guide then take a look at the:
Best home exercise equipment – Indoor Rowing Machines
Indoor rowing machines are another type of fitness equipment which offers very low impact exercising whilst working out most of the bodies muscle groups.
But is a rowing machine the best home exercise equipment for you?
People seem to either love rowing machines or choose to stay away from them but one thing is sure, those who do give them a chance tend to see results in their fitness levels, including weight loss and general conditioning, very fast.
From an RBR Fitness point of view, we can only see one big downside with Indoor Rowers and that’s the choice available, you really are spoilt for choice!
Let’s have a look at what’s available:
Don’t worry, you won’t get wet using one of these, water rowers are indoor rowers which use water as the resistance for your workout but this water is an integral part of the rowing machine itself.
They are normally priced a bit higher than other types of indoor rower but they do have the big advantage of giving a very convincing rowing experience.
Definitely worth a look if they fall within your budget.
Indoor Air Rowers use air as the resistance method and you will commonly see this in the form of a big fan attached to the rowing machine itself.
the Concept 2 range of air resistance indoor rowing machine for a long time now because of their build, functionality and great customer support service but there are of course many other makes available.
Things to consider when looking for an Indoor Rowing Machine:
- How much space do you have? Some indoor rowing machines do tend to be quite long and it’s worth checking machine dimensions and your available space before making a purchase.
- Functionality. Are you happy with basic workout information or want to you a Heart Rate Monitor to monitor your regime a bit more closely?
- Spares and Repair! We’ll mention the Concept range again just one more time, the spares support and troubleshooting help available is great and it’s not a bad idea to check out this level of support and use it as a guide and benchmark against other indoor rower companies! Bottom line, if you want to enjoy your rowing machine for a long time then you need to be able to maintain it, worth checking to see what support is available before making a purchase.
Hopefully this article gives you a good insight into what types of fitness equipment are available for your home and some of the things that you need to consider and look out for before making a purchase and finding the best home exercise equipment for you!