When it comes to exercise equipment, there are a plethora of choices in front of, which can certainly seem overwhelming at times. First, however, you need to decide whether you want an exercise bike, rowing machine, elliptical trainer or treadmill. While step machines and strength training equipment such as dumbbells, home gyms and benches also exist, we’re not going to cover them in this article.
Rowing machines are our personally favorite, as they offer users a total body workout. In other words, if you aren’t just looking to tone your thighs or buttocks, but instead are looking to tone all of your muscles while losing weight, then nothing is better than rowing machines. One of the best models is the WaterRower A1 Stamina Avari Rower, or First Degree Fitness PACIFIC Challenge
Elliptical trainers, such as the Xterra Elliptical and Schwinn 240 – a review can be read at wxfitness.com, are gaining in popularity in recent years, but we still feel that there are better choices out there. While it’s true that if you’re looking to tone your buttocks or legs then an elliptical is the best option, however, there are a few things you need to be aware of. Some of these include complete parts that are more likely to break down and thus results in costly maintenance, and varying stride lengths, meaning taller people will have to pay more for a model they can comfortably use.
Treadmills are terrific pieces of exercise equipment, and certainly offer users a great way to stay in shape. They often come packed with a range of technological features, such as built-in workout programs to keep your workout interesting, along with speakers, fans, internet connectivity and more.
However, you usually have to pay at least $600 to get your hands on a well-constructed one (Avari Magnetic Treadmill), and they have a tendency to put too much strain on the joints. While this can be avoided, treadmills with effective cushioning systems like the Proform Power 995 tend to cost close to $1,000 and more (see wxFitness for more information).
Exercise bikes are the most popular pieces of exercise equipment, and for good reason to. You usually do not have to pay over the odds to get a decent quality one (this model from Exerpeutic, for example), you can sit down when working out, allowing you to watch T.V. and work out for longer periods of time, and they are also quiet, enabling you to work out at any time without disturbing others.
You need to take into account whether you prefer recumbent models or upright models. If you’re looking for the most comfortable workout experience, then you should undoubtedly purchase a recumbent model, as they are purposefully designed for this reason. On the other hand, if you want an exercise bike that can accurately replicate that true road bike feel than an upright model - Sunny SF-B1001 , Sunny SF-B1110 , Total Gym Cyclo Trainer, Kettler Axos Cycle R ProForm 210 CSX – is the way to go.