Investing in the right Gym fitness equipment to use in your home is a convenient, cost-effective and time-saving solution that enables you to exercise whenever you want. Workout at home with the latest exercise equipment, including treadmills, home gyms, ellipticals and more.
Do you want to:
- Build up, tone and strengthen your muscles (strength training)
- Lose weight (cardiovascular with a bit of low-impact strength training)
- Complement you training for the marathon (cardiovascular, strength and flexibility)
- Improve your overall level of fitness (a bit of cardiovascular, strength and flexibility)
Once you know what you want to achieve, then it becomes easier to choose the right equipment. To help you choose the right training tools, we give you a brief explanation of the three main types of training:
And tell you which equipment is best suited for each type of exercise. However, it’s important to note that if you want to achieve any of these fitness goals, then you need to make sure you have a balanced diet.
A broad range of different types of exercise equipment are available online ( http://goo.gl/8cqCiv ) , including
- Free weights such as dumbbells, kettle bells, barbells
- Resistance bands
- Weight machines
- Flexion machines such as Bowflex
When strength training, not only should the weights used be considered, but also the space available, one's diet, and clothing should also be taken into account.
Cardiovascular exercise involves raising your heart rate (cardio) and pumping blood around your body (vascular), making your heart and lungs stronger. The benefits of this form of exercise are:
- Increased metabolic rate
- Burns calories
- Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
- Decreases stress levels
In order to find out if you’re getting the most out of your cardio training you need to monitor your heart rate while you exercise (see section Heart Rate Monitors for more information).
Our range of cardiovascular fitness equipment includes:
- Treadmills -
- Elliptical trainers
- Rowing machines
- Exercise bikes
Weight and strength training is when you exercise with resistance to increase muscle mass and strength. However, strength training isn’t all about building big muscles; using lighter weights with more repetitions (eg. lift 1kg 20 times, instead of 10kg 10 times) will increase your metabolism and encourage fat loss without making you look like a body builder! However, if you do want larger muscles and increase strength, then you need to use heavier weights with lower repetitions. The benefits of this form of training are:
- Helps support bones and joints
- Improves coordination, muscle control and mobility
- Increases muscle mass and tone
- Improved metabolic rate
- Decreased risk of injury
Our range of strength training equipment includes:
- Multi gyms
- Resistance training
To get the most out of your fitness programme and avoid injury it’s vital to include some flexibility training before and after your workout. Reasons for doing flexibility training:
- Reduces the risk of back pain and muscle damage
- Improves your posture
- Helps you to relax
- Tones and strengthens your muscles
- Easy way to get into shape
Our range of flexibility training equipment includes:
- Yoga & Pilates
- Vibration platforms
- Gym accessories
There are basically two types of equipment that you will find in the gym - free weights and machines. Free weights are the most basic form of bodybuilding equipment. The reason they are called "free weights" is because there are no attached pulleys, cables, pins, or weight stacks. They consist of barbells, dumbbells, and weight plates.
The barbell is a long iron bar that is between 4 and 7 feet long on which weight plates and placed. Barbell exercises are performed by holding the barbell with both hands.
At the top of the list are Olympic barbells. They are 7 feet long and weigh 45 lbs. These are heavy-duty bars that can handle huge weight loads of over 800 lbs. Some Olympic bars can handle weight loads of over 1000 lbs. Because they are so big they are used mostly for heavy basic exercises such as bench press, squats, and dead lifts.
There are smaller versions of the Olympic barbell that are between 4-6 feet long. These bars are generally used for smaller exercises such as barbell curls, shoulder presses, bent rows, etc...
Many gyms also have a barbell rack that has an assortment of fixed weight barbells. They usually have barbells that are from 20 - 100 lbs. in increments of 5-10 lbs. (i.e. a 20 lb. bar, 30 lb. bar, 40 lb. bar, etc...).
Besides Olympic barbells, there are standard barbells. These are the types of barbells that you will see for sale in most department stores. They are 1 inch thick and usually 5-6 feet long. These are ideal for a home gym setting.
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A dumbbell is a short barbell, usually 10 - 15 inches long. Dumbbell exercises are performed with a dumbbell in each hand. Most gyms have a dumbbell rack that has an assortment of fixed weight dumbbells. They usually have dumbbells from 5 lbs. - 100+ lbs. in increments of 5 lbs. (i.e. 5 lb. dumbbells, 10 lb. dumbbells, 15 lb. dumbbells, etc...).
There are also adjustable dumbbells that have small collars that clip on the ends of the dumbbells to hold the weight plates. While they are not a convenient as a rack of fixed weight dumbbells, they are much cheaper and take up less space. They are ideal for a home gym setting.
Weight plates range from 2.5 lbs. to 100 lbs. They are usually iron, however, many home gyms have plastic weight plates. Many people are familiar with the York Plastic Barbell Set. While this is ok for someone who is just starting out, the thickness of the plastic weight plates limit the amount of weight that can be placed on the barbell and dumbbells.
All weight plates found in commercial gyms are made of iron. There are two types of iron weight plates - Olympic plates for the Olympic barbells and standard weight plates for the 1 inch thick standard size barbells.
EZ Curl Bar
The EZ curl bar is designed for working the biceps and triceps. It is a shorter then a barbell and has angled hand placements. This is good for working the muscles from different angles and reducing the stress that a straight barbell can place on the wrists.
This is an oval shaped bar that has two parallel hand placements. Even though it is called a tricep bar, you can use it to work other bodyparts besides the triceps. Similar to the EZ curl bar you can use it to work the muscles from different angles and it can reduce the stress that a straight barbell can place on the wrists.
The most common piece of equipment in any gym is the bench. There are three types of benches - flat, incline, and decline. Some benches are adjustable (i.e. they can be adjusted to either flat, incline, or decline). Some benches have racks on one end for holding a barbell, while other benches do not have any racks. The benches that do not have any racks are generally used for dumbbell exercises.
Hyper Extension Bench
This bench is used for working the lower back, hamstring, and glute muscles. Some gyms have a hyper extension bench that can also be used for sit ups to work the abdominals.
Boxing is a great way of toning your body and letting off steam at the same time. It is one of many other sports which equivalent to strength training as it also require good upper body strength: rugby, cricket, rowing, etc. Focusing on upper body conditioning, working the arms, abs, chest and shoulders, it also includes some lower body exercises in the kick boxing area and increases your overall fitness levels. Various sports equipments are now easily availaible online. ( http://goo.gl/n42gmT )
are excellent for muscle toning. They can enhance muscle definition and stimulate muscle development in areas which are not frequently used with other exercise apparatus.
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Whether you want to target a certain area of your body or make your workout more enjoyable with some music, then your best bet is to invest in some smaller equipment.
Exercise mats are ideal for warming up or cooling down during your workout. Stretching helps to keep your muscles and ligaments flexible, avoid strains and injuries and releases tension
Medicine balls target the core muscles, which helps you to strengthen your other muscle groups.
Trampolines create a fun form of exercise and can be easily stored away after use.
Exercise balls can help you to tone up your whole body, improve core stability, posture and balance.
Resistance bands are designed to give you a full-body work out and can help you to lose weight, as well as build muscle.