What are the Different Types of Home Gym Machines?

B. Miller

There are many different types of home gym machines that may be purchased or rented, and then used in one's own house. These include aerobic machines such as treadmills, ellipticals, or stationary bicycles. Strength training machines such as rowing machines are available as well, in addition to weight lifting machines that make it easier to increase or decrease the weight, and exercise different parts of the body as needed.

A treadmill is a good addition to a home gym.
A treadmill is a good addition to a home gym.

Home gym machines can be quite pricey, but experts generally recommend spending a little more to get higher quality items. The adage, "You get what you pay for," tends to apply in this category of products. Though it may be tempting to spend less for certain home gym machines, they typically will carry a shorter warranty and will not last as long. This means they can be expensive to repair or even eventually replace.

Aerobic home gym machines are some of the most popular. Treadmills in particular are excellent choices because they allow users to walk or jog. If one plans to jog regularly or run at higher speeds on a treadmill, however, it will be absolutely necessary to purchase a more expensive one. Inexpensive treadmills are suitable for walking, but will quickly break or burn out when used at higher speeds and with greater impact. Elliptical machines can be a good choice for people who want a lower impact exercise, and stationary bicycles are another great way to get in shape and to train for actual bike riding outdoors.

Strength training machines are also convenient home gym machines. These often feature a system of pulleys and weights, so that the amount of weight being used can be quickly adjusted, and the machine can easily be used by different people with varying levels of physical ability. One strength training machine may be able to exercise the entire body, particularly focusing on the larger muscle groups in the arms, legs, and chest.

Home gym machines can be a great option for people who do not want to, or cannot, join a gym, or people who can't exercise outside. They are safer options for people who live in high-crime areas, for example. It is best to maximize the use of home gym machines in order to get the most value out of them; for this reason, it might be a good idea to rent a machine first before making an expensive purchase.

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