Home Fitness Exercise Equipment
Many people are opting out of the gym membership these days due to the economy, time constraints, and the annoyance of working out in a crowd. These same people know that the rewards of exercise are health, fitness, appearance, and energy. Setting up a home gym with carefully selected fitness equipment is one option that addresses the difficulties of exercising, while providing its benefits.
Where to Find Home Fitness Products
It's possible to find an endless selection of home fitness equipment at big box stores, in local specialty shops and online. Consumers will want to read reviews, do some internet research, and try out products first hand when possible. Then they should buy the best quality products they can afford in order to get safe, effective, long lasting equipment. What to buy will be determined by age and fitness level, space at home to use and store the equipment, and budget. Personal preferences, knowledge of what motivates them to exercise, and the time they have also figure into selecting the right pieces of equipment.
A simple set up for aerobics, Pilates or yoga involves a mat, sets of hand and ankle weights, exercise balls, bands and tubes, a step bench, and DVDs or books for set routines and instructions. These items are relatively inexpensive, take up very little space, and can be stored when not in use. Most of them cost under $50, although a good step bench will run from $120 to $200. For the experienced exerciser who has had some classes and knows how to get started, this is a good choice.
Cardio Workout Equipment
People looking for an efficient cardio workout at home may want to move up to larger equipment like treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical trainers, rowing machines and steppers or stairclimbers. These gym-quality machines require some space to use and may not store easily. They are also fairly expensive but should last a long time. Stationary bikes have been around awhile, but today, there are choices.
Buyers can find the traditional upright bike for around $600. Spinners are becoming more popular and start around $600. The recumbent bike is great for people with back, neck or even wrist problems. They are a little more expensive, with prices beginning at $800. Treadmills are another fairly common choice for home workouts. They range from fairly simple to high tech, with prices upwards from $1500.
Many people who began with treadmills have moved on to steppers and stairclimbers. These machines take up a little less space and cost a little less money, with prices ranging from minis for $120 to space savers at $200 to full size units for $700 and up. Rowing machines generally are in the $700 bracket as well. One of the newer options for home gyms is the elliptical trainer. Its advantages are a low impact workout with less risk of injury and no pressure on the joints but maybe some on the checkbook with prices starting around $1200.
Serious fitness enthusiasts will want to consider a home gym or a power rack system with a full set of dumbbells. Some home gyms are actually less expensive than a single piece of cardio equipment, but they also require a larger amount of space and aren't easily moved or stored after they are set up. Some manufacturers offer space saving models. While buyers can find home gyms for $500, the more effective sets will cost into the thousands. Bowflex and Nordic Track are the well-known names for home gyms but there are other makers to consider. Many good quality home gyms include lengthy warranties and payment plans. Power rack systems are the choice of weight lifters. They can be used safely without a spotter and are fairly reasonable at $500 to $900. They're not great to look at though and will need plenty of room.
P90X as an Alternative
I recognize that not everyone is looking to turn their home into a gym. For those seeking an alternative to heavy duty exercise equipment I recommend a circuit training workout program like P90X. There is some P90X equipment needed before you begin the program, however, it can all be easily stored in coat closet. Visit the P90X workout blog to learn more about this program.