If you are looking to buy an exercise machine for your home, or are looking to set up your own home gym and want to know which product(s) to buy, you have come to the right place because we shall be reviewing all of the best home fitness equipment on this website.
This includes the popular machines such as exercise bikes, treadmills, elliptical trainers and rowing machines, as well as strength training equipment such as benches, home gyms, pull-up bars, dumbbells and barbells.
Plus if you enjoy performing high intensity workouts at home that don’t require any equipment, we shall also be reviewing all of the best fitness DVDs because these are ideal if you want to lose weight and improve your overall fitness levels.
Here is a quick guide to all of these products, and why you should consider using them:
Exercise bikes are widely considered to be the most popular exercise machine, and it is easy to see why because they provide a low impact workout that is easy on the joints and very easy for anyone to use, whilst offering a range of health and fitness benefits.
Each 25-30 minute workout can burn upwards of 200 calories, so they are great for those people who want to lose weight, but they also offer a good cardiovascular workout that will help improve your overall fitness levels and help lower blood pressure, regulate blood sugar and prevent any heart problems.
If you would like to buy one of these machines, you can choose from a traditional upright bike, a recumbent bike or a spinning bike.
Another machine that offers a really good cardiovascular workout, and is also easy on the joints, is the rowing machine.
A rowing machine will also help you burn lots of calories (up to 13 per minute), which makes them ideal for weight loss, but unlike an exercise bike that primarily works your leg muscles, this machine will help to tone up and strengthen many different muscle groups, including your arms, shoulders, back and legs, as well as your core muscles.
The cheapest rowing machines will tend to use hydraulic resistance to vary the intensity, but you can also pay a little more for an indoor rower that uses magnetic, wind or water resistance.
Elliptical trainers are nowhere near as popular as rowing machines or exercise bikes, for example, but lots of people do still buy one of these machines that they can use at home instead of in the gym.
That’s because they offer a total body workout (working the arms, legs, shoulders, chest and back), whilst still offering quite a low impact form of exercise.
So they are great for toning up and improving overall fitness levels, and because you can burn around 400 calories in one 30-minute workout, they are also great for weight loss as well.
Treadmills can take up quite a lot of room in your home and can be quite expensive, but they are still worth adding to your home gym if possible because these also offer a range of health and fitness benefits.
These machines allow you to walk or run at your own pace, and will help tone up and strengthen your core abdominal muscles, as well as your calves, glutes, quadriceps and hamstrings.
Treadmills are a little tougher on your joints than some of the exercise machines listed above, so this is one of the slight drawbacks, but they can nevertheless help you burn lots of calories, lower cholesterol levels, improve your aerobic capacity and boost your general fitness levels.
Strength Training Equipment
Many people like to buy some kind of cardio machine for toning, fitness and weight loss purposes, but if you want to build muscle, then you will require some form of strength training equipment.
The quickest way to get started is to invest in a pair of dumbbells because you can perform a wide range of different muscle building exercises using these dumbbells, and you will start to see results fairly quickly.
Then later on you might want to think about investing in a weights bench and a barbell because this will enable you to perform the bench press, one of the most popular upper body exercises, and a range of other exercises.
Finally, if you are serious about building muscle, you might want to consider buying a professional multifunctional home gym because this will enable you to work your entire body and perform all of the same muscle building exercises that you can do at your local gym without having to set foot outside your front door.
Workout DVDs have really grown in popularity in recent years, and seem to be particularly popular around Christmas and the New Year, when you will often find new DVDs being released from various different celebrities.
With that being said, they can still be ideal if you want to lose weight and get in shape because these workouts will have been devised by a personal trainer, and will therefore be very effective, and they are generally fairly enjoyable because they are often performed to some high-tempo dance tracks.
If you have ever tried doing one of these workouts, you will know that they are very hard work, but as I say, they are very effective and you will get results from them if you perform them regularly and try to eat sensibly.
The major benefit of these DVDs is that you don’t generally need any exercise equipment (other than an exercise mat), so this is one of the cheapest ways to get fit.