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 continue to review all of the best home fitness equipment on this website.
This includes the popular cardio 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 also review many of the most popular fitness DVDs that are being released each year because these are ideal if you want to lose weight and improve your overall fitness level.
You can find reviews of all of these products and see which ones we most recommend by clicking on one of the drop-down menus at the top of this page.
However 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 are very easy for anyone to use, whilst offering a range of health and fitness benefits.
Each 25-30 minute workout can burn upwards of 250 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 an indoor cycling / spin 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 can be a little tougher on your joints than some of the exercise machines listed above if they don’t have a well-cushioned running track, 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 multi-functional 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.
Exercises And Workouts
This website features lots of product reviews, but it is not purely a review site. We also have a growing list of articles that have lots of different exercises and workouts for you to try.
For example, we have included some of the most effective 30-day challenges that will help you get in shape in a short space of time, and have a range of workouts that will tone up and strengthen various different parts of your body, including your abs, arms, chest, back and legs, for example.
We also have a number of HIIT workouts that will help you burn fat and lose weight, and explain how to get the most out of your home exercise equipment.
Plus we also have some articles that cover many different aspects of gym life if you are someone who likes to go to the gym on a regular basis.
All of these articles can be found here, and there are links in the sidebar that have the 10 latest articles (and the 10 latest product reviews) that have been posted to this website.
In recent weeks we have been discussing the importance of a display console on an exercise bike, and examined whether or not you actually need one on an upright bike or an indoor cycling bike.
We have also taken a close look at the French press, one of the most effective triceps exercises, to highlight how you can perform this move with correct form and prevent getting injured, and have featured a workout challenge from Jeff Cavaliere that will help you to develop your abs in just 22 days.
Plus we have also looked at lower back pain in sport, and discovered which sports are the most problematic thanks to a very useful infographic that we have recently found online, and have discussed some cardio exercises that you do to keep fit if you happen to break a bone.
Our list of the top elliptical machines that you can buy for your home has recently been updated, and now includes a seated recumbent elliptical that is absolutely perfect for older people with mobility issues who want to stay fit and active in their later years, and a really good mid-range model from AFG Sport that has 43 workout programs, 20 incline settings and 20 levels of resistance.
If you like to stay active and improve your fitness whilst doing some work, you may be interested to know that a new updated version of the FitDesk – the FitDesk FDX 3.0 – has recently gone on sale…. a full review can be found here ….
The Keiser M3i Indoor Cycle now includes a complimentary customer appreciation bundle, which means that you get a floor mat, a polar heart rate monitor, a media tray, a sweat towel and stretch pads included free of charge when you purchase this gym-standard exercise bike…. more details can be found here ….