Joining a gym can be expensive. Not only that but you’re restricted to their opening hours, and gyms are often crowded with long line ups to use popular machines. If you purchase your own home gym equipment for weight loss, you can workout at a time that’s convenient for you. When you’re choosing your own home gym equipment you’ll need to select the best options for losing weight as well as design a workout program that will help you meet your fitness goals. Keep reading below to learn more about which cardio machines work best for weight loss.
Treadmills are one of the most common pieces of gym equipment. Pretty much every gym all over the world has treadmills. They’re versatile, good for weight loss, and can be used by everyone, regardless of their fitness level. Running is great for cardiovascular exercise, which is a very effective way to burn off calories. You can adjust the intensity of the treadmill by changing the speed, and the incline, meaning that you’ll use more energy, and make the exercise more difficult.
Treadmills have side rails, which you can use to stabilize your body, as you adjust to the settings, or if you have problems with your balance. These rails shouldn’t be used during the actual workout, as your body needs to bear its own weight so that you can burn more calories. Most treadmills also have a heart rate monitor, so you can see if you’re working out at the right intensity level for the most amount of weight loss.
An Elliptical will give you an aerobic workout but is suitable for people who also have knee, hip, or back problems. It’s a workout with a lower impact on your joints, so you’ll still lose weight, but without risking damage to already painful areas. Elliptical machines have a reverse pedal mode, which targets different muscle groups, and poles which allow you to exercise your arms and shoulders at the same time.
A rowing machine can seem a little bit more complicated, especially if you’re a beginner, but they are one of the best machines for giving you a complete body work out. It works your core muscles, as well as your arms, shoulders, chest, and legs. It’s also cardiovascular exercise, so it raises your heart rate and burns calories. You can adjust the intensity by increasing the resistance levels, and as your fitness level increases, you can increase the length of the workout as well. Rowing machines are common in-home gyms because they’re almost completely silent, comfortable and ergonomically designed.
A stationary exercise bike is one of the top calorie burning pieces of home gym equipment when used properly. It can burn over 500 calories in an hour. You can change the resistance levels to make your work out more intense. Many makes and models have a pre-programmed weight loss mode built into the console.
There are two styles of stationary exercise bike:
Recumbent – On this bike, you sit back against a backrest, and your legs are in front of you.
Upright – On this bike, you sit in an upright position, similar to how you would on an outdoor bike.
You’ll also need to make sure that you include some strength building exercise into your weight loss work out program. Muscle building helps boost your metabolism and helps your body burn more calories. There are several different ways to incorporate strength training into your work out, and several different pieces of equipment that you can add to your home gym, such as:
- Weight bench
- Pull up bar
Before you make any decisions about which pieces you want to purchase for your home gym, you should try them out, so you know you’ll be comfortable using them. You should also look for equipment that can be adjusted to match your increasing fitness level so that you can always challenge yourself with your workouts even after you reach your weight loss goals.
About the Author
Ann Kaknon has been in the fitness industry for over 10 years including work as a dietician, personal trainer, and athletic trainer. She now spends her time at home with her kids and writing about her fitness experiences on the side. If you want to contact her you can do so on her LinkedIn.