We all want a good deal and buying a piece of fitness equipment is no exception. But with all the choices out there what is a good buy? One consideration, besides price, is ”what do you want to accomplish?”. Specifically weight loss, muscle building, stronger core, etc. I realize that’s quite a bit to digest so let’s deal with overall body workouts today. There are a plethora of different of different choices out there and even more infomercials trying to convince you to buy their product. So in order to cut through some of that noise we have researched and narrowed it down to three types of equipment that we feel give you the best overall body workout and come in at a reasonable price point.
Stamina Air Rowing Machine
A rowing machine gives you a really good cardio workout. Hitting all the major muscle groups in the body which is a really effective way to shed some extra pounds. And by changing-up the intensity of the workouts you can vary your workout for many years.
Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym
The Bowflex will give you an good overall muscle strengthening workout. The more muscle you develop the more the body burns fat to feed that muscle, even when at rest. So, adding more muscle is a good way to lean-up the body. In addition to the physical aspects, obviously one the most appealing factors of the Bowflex is the dearth of space it takes in your room. For all of the things you can accomplish with this device compared to how many free weights it would take and the space to house them is amazing.
Sunny Health and Fitness Pro Upright Exercise Bike
A spin style bike is a good piece of cardio equipment. Cycling is a very good way to burn fat for the beginner and advanced person alike. A good cycling session (40 to 60 mins) is a great way to challenge the many of the body’s big muscles and rev-up the metabolism. Again this is a good way to burn fat and as your level of fitness improves you can kick-up the level of the workouts.
Lastly, remember that although this is constructive, it’s also supposed to be enjoyable. Well, as much as sweating and pushing your body can be. So make so. Create an environment that is conducive to a positive workout. The apparatus’ we’ve mentioned will provide you with what we feel will be the most “bang for your buck”, and although they may seem a little pricey consider it an up front cost rather than the monthly membership dues that over time will far surpass the the total cost of the equipment plus any upkeep. And remember that although this is constructive, it’s also supposed to be enjoyable. Well, as much as sweating and pushing your body can be. So make so. Create an environment that is conducive to a positive workout and you will immediately notice the difference in both your consistency and hence, your results.
- Schedule it in your calendar – If you know it’s coming, just like scheduling an important call, you’ll make sure you don’t have distractions and can focus on what you are there to do. Even if it’s just a 30 minute workout. You’ll get twice as much done.
- Play some music, put on something in the background, enjoy the “me time” and you’ll be surprised how much better and fast the time goes by.
- Have goals. Time your cardio, then try to improve on it either going longer of faster. Obviously keep track of your weights, know how much you’re curling, pressing, etc. then try to improve in small but consistent increments.
We will talk about other products in upcoming articles, so stay tuned.