Types of Fitness Equipment for Your Home Gym

Fitness equipment can generally be broken down into broad categories. Those categories are strength training equipment, aerobic training equipment, and a miscellaneous group of exercise equipment.

Strength Training Equipment

Several of the types of fitness equipment available for use can be classified based upon the type of exercise for which they were made. First is the strength training equipment. These consist of free weights and machines known as resistance machines.

Aerobic Exercise Equipment

The second classification is the aerobic fitness equipment which is mainly the endless-path machines. Examples of the endless path machines include stationary bikes, treadmills, elliptical trainers, aerobic riders, stair climbers, ski machines, and rowing machines. The action of pedaling. focuses the training in the legs when using the stationary bike. Treadmills, on the other hand, are an all body exercise as you may walk or run at various speeds. There are also some brands that can simulate slopes for a more intense workout.

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Stair Climbers

Stair climbers fall into the category of aerobic fitness equipment. The stair climbers imitate the act of going up a flight of stairs. This design  now incorporates changes that duplicate the pulling up action off the hands for a more through exercise.

Skiing and Rowing Machines

The skiing and rowing machines work equally the arms and legs simultaneously with the rowing machine additionally working the back muscles. The elliptical trainers are a hybrid between the stair climbers and the ski machines. The aerobic riders additionally exercise the arms and legs at the same time by the use of a synchronized pull and push motion.

Miscellaneous Fitness Equipment

There is also a miscellaneous group of fitness equipment. These include items such as heart rate monitors and exercise balls as well as many others. The heart rate monitors are used as a motivational tool in exercise as they monitor the heart rate and provide feedback to the individual exercising. The use of exercise balls has become very important in training such as flexibility training and for balance as well.

Strength Training Equipment

The most ordinary class of resistance equipment is one that uses gravity as a resistance source. This design is used principally in weight machines. Gravity, in combination with a straightforward design of pulleys, wheels and inclines, uses a portion of the weight of the user as the resistance transferred. Other types of resistance machines can use other forces in addition to gravity to provide resistance. These include friction, spring-loaded, fan-loaded or fluid-loaded machines. Another type of equipment belonging to the strength training equipment is the resistance bands and tubing, which are lightweight options for training at home and in the office.

Summary of Fitness Equipment

Overall, in summary, workout equipment is basically a catch phrase for a big collection of machinery that is used in fitness training. This equipment is also known as exercise equipment. These can contain simple stuff such as balls, track shoes, and skipping ropes as well as more complex pieces of equipment such as treadmills, weights, bicycles and more. Today, a large range of fitness equipment is available for sale with recent designs always being added owed to the high demand for equipment that is efficient in  muscle building and for weight loss. Browse our Shop The Best Home Gyms section to explore some of the many times of fitness equipment available for use in your home gym.

Best Home Gym Equipment (FOR ANY BUDGET!!)

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More and more, guys are turning to their own home gyms as their place to do all of their workouts. The biggest question however is, what is the best home gym equipment for me in order to get in a great workout at home?

In this video I cover the 4 essential home gym equipment pieces and provide you with options depending on your budget. In fact, you can turn any home gym into the ultimate home gym if you have the right exercise equipment.

It is important to note, that even the best home gym ideas can be impossible if either your space or budget doesn't allow for them! Would I love to have an indoor turf field to sprint on year round? Sure, but I don't have the room! Would I like to have an Olympic swimming pool? Yep but probably not the first item on my budget!

So, when I make my recommendations of my 4 favorite pieces of home gym equipment I do so with options to make sure that whatever your budget is, you can make a smart decision.

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Meantime, the recommendations in order are...

1. Utility Bench - You'll see that I picked mine up 20 years ago (and still use it today). You can probably find one of these benches in a tag sale for free, with the owner simply glad to get rid of it!

2. Doorway Pullup Bar - These range from 10 to 30 dollars depending on the brand. Just get a sturdy one that won't rip apart your door frame!

3. Resistance Band - Any sturdy well made resistance band will do. Get one with the handles on it if you find it easier to grip.

4. Dumbbells (preferably adjustable dumbbells) - Adjustable dumbbells give you the ultimate in home workout freedom. They allow for progressive overload while providing the best in home dumbbell workouts with the right home dumbbell exercises. If your budget is tight, simply head to Walmart and get two or three pairs that are far enough apart to accommodate your varied strength levels on different exercises.

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