Home Gym Equipment

Guide to the best home exercise equipment

Setting up a home gym requires a good range of home exercise equipment, whether it is to be used by one or two people or by the whole family. To ensure your home fitness equipment gets plenty of use, you should focus on who will be using the gym, and choose the best exercise equipment for each user's needs.

Heavy duty fitness equipment

An exercise bar can be free standing or wall mounted and is one of the best pieces of exercise equipment for anyone serious about toning the body and building muscles. Buy one that feels solid and can support a lot of weight.

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An exercise bicycle will probably be high on most people's exercise equipment rating.Your bike should come with several preset exercise programs, and it should monitor and display heartbeat, distance, time and speed. Some models even allow you to program in your personal data for a quick checkup before you start to cycle.

Ideally, your workout exercise equipment should include dumbbells, which can be used on a stepper, with a ball and in most workout routines. Dumbbells are easy to store, and you should buy them in various weights. Good dumbbells are made from cast iron and coated in neoprene. You can buy them in different colors. Prices may vary, but look for them on offer in stores selling discount exercise equipment.

Finally, a treadmill machine can be extremely heavy to move, so place this piece of home exercise equipment where you want it to stay. You can also buy a folding one so it's easily stored. A treadmill can be used for weight loss, endurance training, toning and muscle building.

Inexpensive home exercise equipment

Exercise mats are essential for Pilates or yoga exercises, and they come in a range of colors, sizes and thicknesses. A thicker mat offers better protection for the spine. You can buy some good eco-friendly mats, made from thermal plastic foam.

An exercise ball is one of the most effective pieces of fitness equipment you can buy. It's ideal for toning abdominal and lower back muscles, and for improving coordination and balance. You may need to buy balls in several sizes so that everyone can use them in a variety of exercises.

A pushup tool is a round plastic wheel with handles, which swivels as you do your pushups. It helps you to do pushups, using different muscles to maintain your balance.

Choosing the best exercise equipment for everyone is a surefire way to encourage exercise and avoid filling your gym with fitness equipment that gets too little use.

by Ruth Belena