I aim to cover a wide range of both new and older home gym equipment including treadmills, elliptical trainers / cross trainers, exercise bikes, rowing machines, home gyms / strength training and more.
I aim to include information about features, differences between similar machines and other useful advice to help you decide on which is the best gym equipment for your needs and your budget!
Working out in the comfort of your own home is convenient, saves money on gym fees, and will help you reach your fitness goals. Here are some useful fitness tips on how many calories you could burn with a sample of different types of exercise machines (based on working out for 30 minutes):
Fitness tips - how many calories* you could burn working out for 30 minutes on the following exercise machines:
APPROX. CALORIES BURNED
FOR 30 MINUTES EXERCISE
Between 252 - 420
Between 207 - 345
*Dependent on intensity of workout
As you would expect, different types of exercise burns different amount of calories and also the intensity of the exercise will affect exactly how many calories you burn.
|Treadmill for running, jogging|
or walking exercise
Typically, the more expensive the machine, the better it will be built for longer-lasting durability (but that's not always the case!) and the more features it will have on it such as more workout programs, resistance levels and extras such as built-in speakers, cooling fan and more. Having said that, some lower-priced machines can be terrific value for money and this is where my reviews come in handy to help you ween out the best from the worst!
|Elliptical Trainer / cross trainer|
works upper & lower body
Some exercise machines are designed to work either your lower or upper body in isolation while other machines are designed to give you a total body workout. Elliptical or cross trainers are ideal for giving you a total body workout in a low-impact way - they have moving footplates and moving handlebars, offering an action similar to skiing.
|Air / fan Bike|
works upper & lower body
For a more laid-back feel to exercise, try a recumbent bike. Recumbent bikes work your legs and generally have a larger seat with backrest for support - ideal for people new to exercise or those who are recovering from an old injury and have been advised to exercise in a low-impact way.
If you love running, jogging or walking, then treadmills are for you - you can run to your heart's content without ever having to worry about the weather outside! Beside build quality, differences in treadmills could include variety of different workout programs, adjustable inclines that add intensity and more.
|Water Rower rowing machine|
works all major muscle groups
But if you're looking for some serious strength training, then consider a home gym set-up with cages, weights, benches and more, depending on how much space you have to set up in your home!
|Home Gym for strength training|
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