Cardio Equipment

There is a wide variety of equipment to choose from under the cardio category. You can buy used, but, this is probably best reserved for very high end equipment that you cannot afford brand new. There are a lot of options in affordable, but, quality products that you can find online and even in stores.

Treadmills

Treadmills are probably the most popular machines to have at home. They can provide a wide range of intensity in workouts, and can allow you to run, walk and even sprint. Many models offer incline settings as well. Most will track progress, calories burned and heart rate and have programs in place to reach such targets. Some of the more sophisticated models offer cool features like pre-set routes, and large screens that show a type of virtual reality scenery as you run or walk.

Treadmill

Pros:

  •  Versatile.
  •  Good for all fitness levels.
  •  Great for heart health and fat burning.
  •  Grows with you as get more fit.
  •  Ideal for various fitness levels so suitable for multiple family members.

Cons:

  •  High impact workout.
  •  Bulky and needs space to house it.
  •  Does not offer a full body workout.
  •  The better models will be costly.

Elliptical Cross Trainers

Elliptical trainers are another good option and differ from treadmills in that they offer a low impact cardio workout. The machine mimics running movements, without a big impact on joints, such as, the knees.

Elliptical

Pros:

  •  Good for all fitness levels.
  •  Wide range of intensity levels.
  •  Grows with you as get more fit.
  •  Ideal for various fitness levels.
  •  Low impact workout.

Cons:

  •  Bulky and needs space to house it.
  •  The better models will be costly.

 

Steppers

Steppers are machines that imitate the climbing of stairs.
These offer an intense workout that can work multiple leg muscles. There are two types to choose from, stair climbers and stair steppers. The climber provides a full body workout because it includes an arm module. Steppers only engage the legs and do not have moveable arms.

Stepper

Various motions and settings can be used to train the quadriceps or the hamstrings and gluts in addition to thequadriceps, while at the same time quickly increasing the heart rate and providing a great cardio workout.

Pros:

  •  Ideal for beginner, intermediate and advanced fitness levels
  •  Full body workout on stair climber models that have moveable handles (mimics rock climbing)
  •  Wide range of workouts, with various intensity levels
  •  Grows with you as get more fit

Cons:

  •  Depending on the model, steppers can be bulky and will need space, but, less space. Than treadmills or even some exercise bikes.
  •  The better models will be costly.
  •  Not a full body workout on stair stepper models.
  •  Hard on the knees, so not a good option for those with knee conditions.

 

Stationary Bikes

There are two types of stationary bikes, upright and recumbent. Both provide a low impact workout. The upright bike offers the feel of a regular bike, while the recumbent models have a comfortable seat with chair-like seating that offers back support. The recumbent models are even more low impact due to the seat back design, and remove pressure off the leg, sand ankles.

Bikes

Bikes range from very simple and low cost models to very sophisticated, higher end varieties that have a lot more features.

Pros:

  •  Good for all fitness levels.
  •  Depending on the mode, you can get a wide range of workouts, with various intensity levels.
  •  Can grow with you as get more fit, again depends on the sophistication level of the model.
  •  There are smaller, more compact models to fit smaller spaces.

Cons:

  •  Some models can be bulky.
  •  The better models will be costly.
  •  Not a full body workout.

 

Rowing Machines

Rowing machines can really turn up the heat because they are a full body workout, but, with very little stress on the  leg joints and knees.

Rowing-Machine

Pros:

  •  Good for all fitness levels.
  •  Full body workout.
  •  Intense fat burning.
  •  Can grow with you as get more fit.
  •  Ideal for beginner, intermediate and advanced fitness levels
  •  Some models are compact, so they take up less space than other cardio equipment.

Cons:

  •  Sophisticated models can be costly

 

Other Cardio Options

If you want to skip the equipment you can always place a television and Blu Ray player in your home gym and use the multitude of workout programs on DVD to get your cardio and aerobic workouts. There are so many choices, including, aerobics, step aerobics, HIIT, Tabata and combo workouts, like Insanity and P90X.
There are also fitness jump ropes that can provide a great cardio charge to your exercise regimen.

Strength Training Equipment

There is a wide range of equipment under the strength training category. When you are setting up a home gym the type of equipment you choose should depend on your overall fitness goals.

HomeGym

For example, if you are a bodybuilder you will need a wider range of weights and equipment to meet these goals, likely you will want to choose a large set of free weights, and a good weight bench If you simply want to tone muscles, and build lean muscle mass, you can opt for a home gym unit that provides options to work various parts of the body in a machine format or get a set of free weights. It is also important to consider the space you have to work with. With you all you have to choose from in strength training equipment, there really is something for everyone.

 

Equipment options to consider:

  •  Home Gyms
  •  Benches
  •  Barbells and Weight Plates
  •  Dumbbells
  •  Kettlebells
  •  Medicine Balls
  •  Weight Bars
  •  Weight Racks
  •  Power Towers
  •  Pull Up Bars
  •  Push Up Bars
  •  Inversion Trainers
  •  Core and Ab Trainers
  •  Smith Machines
  •  Dip Stands
  •  Punching Bag and Gloves
  •  Wrist Weights
  •  Weight Vests
  •  Resistance Bands

 

Balance And Stability Equipment

Balance exercises are an important element of an overall fitness plan, and getting some balance equipment for your home gym is always a good idea. This type of equipment is very affordable, useful and allows one to perform a variety of exercises, including a plethora of core strengthening workouts that will serve your health in numerous ways.

balance-board

Equipment options to consider:

  •  Exercise Balls
  •  Balance Boards
  •  Bosu Balls
  •  Foam Rollers
  •  Swiss Balls

 

Other Equipment

  •  Floor Mats
  •  Plyometric Boxes
  •  Weight Training Gloves
  •  Cooler or Mini Fridge For Hydration
  •  Gym Towels
  •  Tracking gadgets