You want a home workout machine that gets the job done? That’s not entirely unrealistic, especially considering how much time people dedicate to their fitness routines these days. In fact, it stands to reason to think that ‘work out at your own pace’ is where most of us are heading given that, as far as our everyday lives go, we all work in sprinting mode. And while this might seem like good news, there is something inherently wrong with having too many options when it comes to getting into shape. If you want an effective, efficient and convenient way to get fit and lose weight, then why not just pick one of these (or several) machines for use at your home? We’ve compiled some suggestions below for those who may have already picked up a few or all three types of machines above and they’ll probably have some handy reviews on them online if you’re not sure which one specifically works best for you.
The top three pieces of equipment that should be considered:
1. Cross Trainers With Pull-Ups – A pull-up bar is usually used with this piece to hold a set of dumbbells or kettlebells for squatting and pushing up towards a bench. This can prove very useful especially when completing other exercises such as deadlifts or push-ups. However, for beginners and intermediate users, a cross trainer will do the trick thanks to its ability to provide a wide range of motion and offer resistance for a much more consistent amount of work. What’s more? These types of home workout machines tend to be easier to install than other models which means less expense for homeowners. When it comes to choosing one though, make sure that you consider a couple key differences: whether the unit has handles or grips and whether it has either an adjustable handrail or two fixed bars. Also, be aware that although these types of machines allow you to perform variations of various movements such as squats, push-ups and leg presses, they actually don’t offer complete mobility when performing them. So unless you have an injury or need full-body movement, I don’t recommend jumping straight into a bunch of bodyweight movements which, when combined with a pull-up bar, can leave you feeling tight and sore down the line.
2. Dumbbell Bench Press Machines– While these are often featured in home exercise videos and motivational books, the truth is that they are also generally relatively easy to find in shops and stores online or at Amazon’s website. They are fairly cheap (around £12/$14) which means you won’t have to break the bank just to give yourself a solid home workout and keep yourself accountable. For a starter, this will be a great option since it doesn’t involve any moving parts and therefore isn’t going to require you to make numerous trips to the gym every week. But if you want a more advanced workout routine, then I would suggest investing in one of the above three units as its functionality is far superior to others on this list. What’s more? If you have the money to do so, then I wouldn’t go for inexpensive models: instead, look for models in the range of £100 or more that can serve as inspiration for home workouts, depending on who your target audience and what kind of workout goals you have.
3. Medicine Balls For Pushing Bands – Just like in the first category on the list, it’s important to note that no matter what type of machine you buy, one thing is for sure. They all come equipped with medicine balls/kicks for each exercise type so you don’t have to buy more than one. As for the type of exercises performed using these medicine balls, they are usually pretty straightforward since they all basically consist of doing multiple reps of the same exercise performed with varying degrees of torque (repetition rate). Take medicine ball pulls (also called medicine ball lifts), for example; both the medicine ball itself and the exercise should be done using the same method. Once again, just like its counterparts on the list above (Cross Trainers), this should come with additional features like a handle or handrail/bars for extra versatility in performance. In terms of function, just remember that it’s worth checking if the manufacturer has made adjustments for specific exercise preferences. Otherwise, if you do feel you have an issue of your own, then check the user manual and read through the included instruction manual before placing your order.
So now you know more about the tools needed to achieve the perfect home workout, it’s safe to say that you’ll start to see the benefits in no time. After all, the right combination of cardio and strength training can be quite impressive and effective, so don’t wait too long before following this advice!