Once you have decided to start a fitness program, the first step is to select the type of training you want: home-based or gym based. Home gyms are growing in popularity over membership gymnasiums. Home gyms are quite convenient in that the trainee can workout anytime he or she wants: they can workout early in the morning or late at night or anytime they are conveniently free. Also, the trainee does not have to wait for particular equipment to be free since they are the only ones working out at home. Privacy is also assured for trainees who may wish to workout privately or who may feel undermined by the presence of other well-built trainees.
GYM Fitness Equipment
The type of equipment to purchase usually depends on the type and end of your training you want. There are three main ends to fitness training: weigh loss, cardiovascular fitness and bodybuilding.
To help you, the trainee, lose weight, the following equipment may be found helpful: thermal suits, waist trimmer, support belts, yoga mats, yoga products and so on. These products and equipment can be successfully utilized to help you lose weight
To help you in bodybuilding, the following equipment can be used: abdominal machines, abdominal straps, crunch machines, abdominal boards, and rockers; weight lifting equipment include dumbbells and free weight sets as well as the various benches. Also included among these are lat machines, gym racks, inversion tables, calf machines, leg press machines, chest toners and arm equipment.
Cardio training is used for both body fitness and weight loss. Cardio exercises include: running, walking, jogging, cycling, various vertical exercises, rowing, step aerobics, swimming and sporting activities. To simulate some of these activities in your home gym, the following equipment can be used: treadmills, elliptical trainers, trampolines and rebounders, exercise bikes and tricycles, rowing machines and steppers.
Treadmills are the most popular of the cardio equipment. They are used to simulate cardio workouts such as running, jogging and walking. Treadmills range in prices from about $1000 to $3000. The price usually depends on the features embedded and the kind of motor. Most treadmills motors have speeds of at least 10 mph and can be purchased from a good sporting goods store.
Another common cardio machine is the elliptical trainer. Elliptical trainers are used for good cardiovascular training without damage or aching to the trainee’s joints. Elliptical trainers range from $200 to $5000. The leading retailers of elliptical trainers are Precor, Sole and ProForm. Stores that sell elliptical equipment include sporting good stores, mass merchants like Wal-Mart, fitness specialty stores and online sporting goods stores.
The factor that limits the size and shape of the home gym are many but can be limited to the following:
Money: the variety in equipment, the quality, and type of the equipment will depend on the amount of money available for the purposes of starting the gym
Space: the type of equipment will usually depend on the amount of space available in the house – the more space, the better the equipment to be placed in the house.
Type of exercise: This limits the type of equipment to be purchased