Guide: Top 5 Gym Equipment Essentials
Choosing the correct Gym Equipment is essential, whether you are running a professional gym or training from home. One of the main advantages of this equipment is allowing the user to have an exercise program that can be followed regardless of the weather.
We have created a quick guide to some of our Top 5 Gym Equipment Essentials.
Considered one of the “classics” of the Gym Equipment world is the treadmill / running machine.
The surfaces of the machines provide lower impact training when compared to outdoor running.
Depending on the Treadmill you can set your machine into various programs for pace, incline, rest and length.
2. Exercise Bikes
The exercise bike uses the largest muscle groups in the lower body, the exercise bike is an effective machine for a total body workout.
Not only is it incredibly effective for increasing cardio fitness, but it's also easy on the knees and joints.
3. Rowing Machines
Rowing machines are built with a long frame that sits low to the ground. They provide resistance through one of three mechanisms magnets, water or air.
They provide an excellent cardiovascular workout, increasing total body strengthening and endurance. They have low impact on joints when used correctly.
An added benefit of the rowing machine is you can train yourself individually, no need for a partner and you can set your own pace.
Weight lifting is guaranteed to give a better physique.
There are different types of weights such as dumb bells, barbells and weight plates also accessories such as benches and machines.
These are all available in different sizes so whatever your ability you will find the one to suit you.
5. Gym & Fitness Accessories
Your gym equipment accessories are often the simplest of tool to help you train however they are often overlooked for the bigger and more impressive looking machines.
There are many items that fall into this area such as skipping ropes, resistance trainers and swiss balls to fat, heart and blood pressure monitors.
Here is a small list of items that might interest you or your users that are not mentioned above;
• Resistance Bands
• Foam Rollers
• Plyo Boxes
• Fitness/Aerobic Steps
• Ab Cradles
• Power Wheel
Guide: What is Fitness Equipment?
According to Wikipedia Fitness Equipment is describes as “Exercise equipment is any apparatus or device used during physical activity to enhance the strength or conditioning effects of that exercise by providing either fixed or adjustable amounts of resistance, or to otherwise enhance the experience or outcome of an exercise routine.”
Fitness and exercise is the daily must to keep us healthy and mobile. Through the years we have used and developed different products to help us achieve our goals. Many people prefer to visit an actual gym but there is a growing trend to have your gym equipment to hand at home.
Cardio; This is fitness slang for cardiovascular activity; it may be one of the most important types of physical activity to partake in. In a session you are giving your heart, lungs and circulatory system in addition to any other muscle groups that you use a good workout.
There is a mass array of gym equipment available such as treadmills, exercise bikes, elliptical trainer, rowing machines etc.
All having different functions and effects on muscle groups within the body.
Lifting weights has been very popular throughout the years and the effects can be seen in a larger toned muscle mass. The gym equipment[link] usually found in this category are;
Kettle bells: Kettle bells help to build balance, power and muscle. By using different techniques this gym equipment can define your core making it stronger.
Dumbbells also are great for strengthening core and building up muscle mass. By adding light dumbbells to your routine you can effectively burn more calories.
Typically barbells are seen as the most popular weight lifting equipment. Barbells are straight metals bars that hold the weight plates. There are two types of barbells standard and Olympic; the main difference is the weight they can hold.
Strength and Conditioning
Strength and conditioning involves any activity used to enhance performance. These activities include, but are not limited to running, jumping, agility, core and endurance training.
Here we will take a look at the gym equipment available to obtain this.
Resistance Bands these allow you to work out all of the same muscle groups you would be able to exercise using free weights or specialized machines at the gym.
The resistance is constant, which forces you to use more muscle groups, and helps to improve your coordination and balance as you build strength.
Free weight benches are very versatile with home training. There are many to choose from and can help with abdominal workouts and to work different muscles groups when pressing, or lifting, weight.
There is a variety of balance training equipment such as wobble boards, cushions, combo boards and balance stands. Using the correct one can give you improved co-ordination, strengthens joints within the body and can reduce the effect of injury.
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