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Hydraulic Fitness Equipment

May 11, 2008
In everyday life you may come across something that uses hydraulics. For example, a door in a stairwell will have a hydraulic tube at the top so that the door will close gradually. There are many types of fitness equipment that utilize hydraulics for a more controlled movement.

Resistance is always a part of working out and that is what aids you in building strength. You will notice that resistance is used in every kind of workout. In working out with free weights, gravity is your resistance and when rowing a boat the water becomes your resistance. It is no different for fitness equipment - the resistance comes from the hydraulics.

Hydraulic cylinders are used in exercise equipment to add resistance when you exert force. Weighted machines are harder to move when there is more weight. Hydraulic pieces of equipment are harder to move when you are moving the equipment with more force.

With so many benefits using hydraulic fitness equipment, people have fun working out. Being able to work out at your own pace rather than with other weight equipment is an important asset. The movement is smoother and you have more control. Not having really sore muscles is a good benefit for children, seniors and women. Also, there is no need to lift weights on or off a machine.

More and more gyms are switching over to using hydraulic exercise machines. This is because many different people with a variety of levels of fitness can exercise with the same equipment. Many gyms get a variety of machines that are specialized for a certain exercise such as leg extensions, arm curls, shoulder presses, hip adductors, rotary torsos and biceps, along with machines that specifically target certain muscle groups.

Consumers cannot find many models for home that incorporate the hydraulics in the exercise equipment. But there is a popular hydraulic machine ideally for the home and it is a rowing machine. However, the quality of a home rowing machine is less than a regular one.

Unfortunately, hydraulic fitness equipment has some limitations as well. Sometimes the motion is not as smooth as with other exercise equipment, especially with a pushing or pulling movement. More advanced athletes and body builders will experience the limitation when it comes to the resistance level of the hydraulics. For the average consumer, hydraulic fitness equipment is expensive and not many varieties of machines to choose from for the home.

Hydraulic fitness equipment is ideal for people that are beginning an exercise routine. There are many levels that you can work up to and it will continue to challenge you to set higher goals. Due to the fact that it is expensive to purchase a piece of hydraulic equipment for the home, it is best to join a gym or a fitness program. You can enjoy the variety of equipment that a gym has to offer.
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