Are you considering getting in shape this year? Has your excuse always been that you can’t find a gym that fits your needs? Maybe it takes too much time to work out. Maybe it is too expensive to join. Maybe you feel a little self-conscious around all those other people. Maybe it’s time to consider a home gym. Many people find that working out at home is less intimidating, more comfortable, and they can work out any time they choose. So what are the top five machines you should consider for your home gym? Here is a breakdown:
The treadmill is probably the most popular home gym machine. Treadmills provide a great cardiovascular workout. One reason they are so popular is that you can go at your own pace. One day you may feel like a brisk walk; the next day you may want to jog a few miles. Whatever your preference, there are treadmills that can simulate just about any kind of trail. You can walk up inclines, jog down hills, the features today are truly amazing.
The elliptical machine is similar to the treadmill in that it provides an excellent cardio workout. It is different, however, because its design allows for maximum comfort on your joints, especially your knees. Your feet never leave the surface of the footplates; they run in an elliptical motion. The handle bars also move alternate the feet.
Another popular home gym machine that provides an amazing cardio workout is the stationary exercise bike. The exercise bike has been around for years, but its popularity has recently increased since cycling classes became popular. Also, like treadmills, exercise bikes can be programmed to simulate going uphill, downhill, and with different resistance settings for a more intense workout.
The rowing machine is another good cardio machine. It provides a good workout for both the legs and the upper body, and puts very little strain on your back. Since rowing machines are smaller than most of the rest of these machines, they are a great choice if you do not have much room for a home gym.
The multi gym is a great piece of equipment to have in your home as well. It is a combination of weight benches and several different kinds of weight and resistance training exercises, all rolled into one. The multi gym is great for strength training and muscle building.
With all the different home gym machines to choose from, there is no reason you can’t get into shape from the privacy and comfort of your own home. Best of luck to you!
Using a treadmill has the advantage of an inside environment for an outside activity, but it’s easy to get weary of seeing the same scenery and doing the same workout day after day. The treadmill doesn’t have to seem like you’re going nowhere fast, or chasing that dangling carrot. There are plenty of ways to ramp up your treadmill workout to help you make the most of your time and results. When you feel it’s becoming too easy, it’s time to increase the intensity and change your method to train harder.
Increase your speed and shorten your time
Constantly make an effort to go more in depth with your training than you have before. It will prevent your body from adapting to the same method, increase your endurance, and strengthen you physically and mentally. Make a goal to reach a certain amount of miles in a certain amount of time, for example, a goal of running a mile in 10 minutes.
Train for a marathon
Training for a marathon is a good way to build endurance and make the workout fun by alternating your pace. To do this, start with a five-minute warm-up, then go into a two-minute jog or run. Slow it down again with a one-minute power walk, and then go back to a run. Once you’ve gotten this routine under your belt, continue to increase your time and speed. The alternation helps to keep you in tune with your workout.
Take advantage of interval training
Using the treadmill as a flat surface is okay to start, but when you think about it, it’s not the design of most trails or outside spaces. Changing your incline will make the treadmill more of a challenge. Alternate the incline to make your run as realistic as an outside trail. Updated treadmills have a variety of options for interval training that automatically adjusts the incline while you workout.
Use additional movement to tone your arms and increase intensity
The treadmill is so concentrated on the lower body, that it’s easy to forget about the upper body, especially the arms. Moving your arms at a faster pace or using boxing moves will increase the momentum of your legs, and change your focus from the timer to the exercise.
Take advantage of warm muscles
You’re not stuck on the treadmill just because you’re using it to exercise. Make use of your warm muscles and do sets of squats, jumping jacks, push-ups, or burpees every five to ten minutes. It’s also a good time to stretch.
The key to boosting your performance on the treadmill is continually setting goals to increase your intensity, speed, interval, and time.