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Tips On Buying Exercise Equipment

Aug 17, 2007
When purchasing exercise equipment there are many factors that you need to keep in mind when making your purchases. How much money do you want to spend on equipment? What kind of equipment do you need. Is there room in the space that you have for the equipment that you want? Most importantly though, you have to ask yourself what are your fitness goals.

I suggest that you start off with a few pieces of versatile equipment that have multiple uses, as well as being very affordable. I recommend you begin with a physio-ball and a variety of dumbbells. Dumbbells and a physio-ball will enable you to do numerous exercises that work a wide variety of muscle groups. In addition to their versatility, I recommend these pieces of equipment because they are available to consumers at a reasonable price. If you are looking to purchase equipment, these items are far more reasonably priced than commercial equipment machinery.

Commercial exercise machinery is often very expensive, and limits the number of exercise types and muscle groups one can exercise. Although commercial machines are durable and well built pieces of exercise equipment, they often promote poor form when exercising, and can prevent the body from aligning itself properly when exercising. In reality, you may think a commercial exercise machine is the better method for home training when in fact it could be doing you more harm than good. You also need to ask yourself, does the commercial machine cater to your own height and weight proportions? Does the machine move smoothly, without any jerking movements? Also, does the machine come with any sort of warranty from the manufacturer?

In deciding whether or not to purchase commercial or consumer exercise equipment, you need to ask yourself how committed you are to using the equipment. Are you simply making a New Years Resolution that will possibly fail after a few weeks, or are you making a lifestyle commitment to change your health, that will continue with you for the rest of your life. If you are planning on purchasing expensive equipment, you had better plan on using it for a while, and not letting it become a clothing dryer for hung items, in your spare bedroom or collecting dust in your garage while you continue to make payments on it.

In addition to exercise equipment for pumping iron, you need to consider what type of cardio equipment you need to keep around in order to take care of your body's cardiovascular needs. Again, a commercial treadmill for example is usually the best overall for conditioning, but, you need to ask yourself how committed are you, how much are you willing to spend, and do you have the space for the equipment.

If you still have questions on what to buy for your home, get a free pass at your local gym. Go and try out their equipment. Use the treadmills, and stair-steppers and other cardio equipment. Use their weight machines to see what you like and what works for you. Collaborate with your personal trainer to determine what is the best equipment to meet your needs. Your personal trainer will not only tailor your sessions with him/her for your needs, but he/she will recommend specifically what equipment you need in between sessions with him/her in order to better reach your fitness goals. If you follow these tips, you should be able to find what you are looking for in quality exercise equipment.
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