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How to Use and Choose a Home Gym

Jul 10, 2008
Home gyms combine a number of pieces of equipment for various strength training exercises. They have different configurations that offer exercises for legs, arms, chest, and back. You will usually be able to do a seated bench press, flys, a pulldown or row, leg extensions and curls. Some have a leg press. Some have pulley systems that allow a variety of exercises. Often there is a biceps attachment and you can do pushdowns for your triceps. You may be surprised at how many exercises you can do on a home gym! If you're looking for extreme intensity with your home gym, try doing your exercises slowly to make them harder.

Here's a safety tip: Be careful! Pay attention to what you're doing. Practice proper techniques and use same precautions you would with anything that has moving parts or heavy objects. And remember - always consult a physician or healthcare provider before beginning an exercise program.

Shopping for a home gym can be very intimidating! There are so many different brands, models and styles it can be next to impossible to choose the right one for your home. For most people, buying a home gym is a major investment. It's also a good investment for those who have decided to make a conscious effort to be fit and healthy. That is why it is important to put together a checklist that identifies attributes that are most important for you and your workout. Here is some information that should help you out:

There are endless options when it comes to choosing the right fitness equipment for your home gym. But the choices for weight training equipment basically fall into a few categories: portable, free weight, multi-gyms, and total gyms. Aerobic exercise equipment such as treadmills, rowers and stationary bikes are always options for a great cardio workout, but for now we are going to concentrate on strength training equipment.

Portable Equipment - Includes everything from dumbbells to workout benches, stability balls, steps, mats, ab machines and more. If you can pick it up and move it, it fits in this category. The main advantage of portable workout equipment is that you can fold it up (if necessary) and put it away when you're through with it. Some equipment, like stability balls and mats, is even compact enough to be taken along on a trip which makes portable equipment a popular choice for home gym equipment.

Free Weight Accessories - This includes adjustable benches, power racks, barbells, dumbbells and plates (also called round weights). While some of these things may be portable, they are all categorized as heavy duty equipment that often times are part of a larger assembly. If the space you require for your home gym is small, free weight accessories are probably your best bet. You'll be able to get a great strength training workout in with equipment that will test you to the max.

Multi-Gyms - There are several different types of multi-gyms available for home use. The first type is based on steel or composite bands and cords that create resistance. The second type is based on stacked weights, uses a cable and pulley mechanism and allows you to select the desired weight. The third type includes round weights that are manually fitted to barbell extensions. All of these are great options for a home gym. What you choose will depend upon the type of workout you're trying to achieve and the amount of space you have in your home.

Total Gyms - A total gym uses an adjustable bench and a sliding seat platform that increases resistance based on your own body weight. While the total gym may require more space, it will allow you to incorporate more strength training exercises into your workout.
To help you decide which option to choose when it comes to home exercise equipment, you should consider what your goals and level of commitment are. The best way to decide on equipment is to test it out before you buy it. It could save you from wasting a lot of money!
About the Author
Bob Lachinet is the owner of Fitness 4 Home Superstore, a specialty fitness equipment dealer recently named the #1 choice for home fitness equipment in Arizona by BestFitnessDealers.com! Check out the "How to Use a Home Gym Video" by visiting How to use a home gym video.
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