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Types of Fitness Equipment and Their Benefits

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Getting in shape through an exercise regimen not only helps people lose weight, it helps them improve their physical fitness, endurance and muscle strength. There are several different types of machines available to use in a workout regimen. They exercise different muscle groups and, when combined, can improve total body fitness.


Rowing machines offer exercise to nearly every part of the body. The rowing motion strengthens muscles while giving the body a low-impact cardiovascular workout. The rower can improve endurance and flexibility while gliding along a rail. Those using the rowing machine can do a number of different exercises while simulating the rowing motion, or stand beside it and work other muscle groups, depending on how they want to concentrate their regimen.

Elliptical Machine

An elliptical trainer is low-impact fitness equipment that offers the same benefits of running and jogging without the wear and tear on knees, ankles and feet. The elliptical machine features cardiovascular exercise, fat burning and equal workouts for all limbs. Feet never need to leave the pedals, so it is helpful for those who wish to steer clear of wear and tear on the lower extremities.


Treadmills offer a safe indoor alternative to running and jogging on the street. Done in the comfort of home, the treadmill creates a variety of workouts, from walking to jogging to running. The treadmill user sets the speed of choice. A cardiovascular workout is as vigorous or mild as desired. A heart rate monitor is often available on treadmills, as is the measured virtual distance and speed. These machines help to build endurance for those who want to get in shape with fitness equipment.

Stationary Bike

Stationary bikes are part of an aerobic workout that helps to reduce stress and weight. This indoor machine allows for a workout in a safe environment that is protected from the elements. Cycling is effective for burning calories and working on physical conditioning. Depending on the set-up of the machine, exercise bikes feature different body positions. Some designs feature an upright position, while others are recumbent, racing style or with adjustable saddle and armrest positions.

When someone is seeking fitness equipment for a home workout, the options are many and varied. They should choose the type of machinery that will give them the type of workout they are seeking and be something they enjoy doing. When someone is able to get into the routine of a workout and enjoy the exercise, they are more likely to stay with it over the long term.… Read More


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Power Racks – Essential Home Gym Equipment

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A power rack is one of the most useful pieces of equipment for a home gym. If you have a good weight set and a good bench, the next thing you should consider is a good quality power rack. A power rack is a simple device that holds a barbell at any height you choose to start an exercise, and provides safety rails that catch the barbell at the end of the set. There is a link at the bottom of this article that will take you to some pictures of several different power racks.

The most important features of a power rack are safety and versatility. If you set it up properly, it enables you to perform many heavy exercises in relative safety. If you have ever bench pressed a heavy weight by yourself without a rack of some kind, you know what I mean! What do you do when you can not get that barbell off your chest? You either scream for help or shift the weight to one side and let it drop to the floor which not only can damage your equipment and the floor, but opens you up to the possibility of serious injury to your back, neck and shoulders. A properly used power rack prevents this by providing an adjustable height safety catch that allows you to simply lower the weight onto it and you can safely slide out from under the barbell with no risk or effort whatever!

Power racks are fully adjustable so you can set it up for safe military presses, bench presses (flat, incline or decline), squats, calf rises, cracks and any other movement where the barbell does not go to the floor at the end of the set. Many racks also have a chin up bar, adjustable dip bars, and an optional lat pull down attachment. I highly recommend the lat pulley attachment on the power rack versus a separate machine. I have used both and the rack is much more stable than most stand-alone lat machines, and the space savings is considerable.

I believe the power rack to be essential for someone who works out alone in a home gym. If you have a good set of weights and a good quality bench and are serious about your weight lifting or bodybuilding program, get a power rack next!

I personally own and use a Body Solid (Powerline) Power rack with a plate loading lat attachment, but Powertec and Yukon make quality racks as well. I am partial to Body Solid because I like all my equipment to look the same, and I have been please with every piece of body I have purchased over the years. … Read More

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Trikke For Aerobic Exercise – Get Your Workout Moving With Trikke Fun Outdoors

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You already know the numerous beneficial effects of aerobic exercise for your physical and mental health, and why aerobic exercise has always been and will always be a part of a balanced exercise regimen aimed to keep the body healthy and fit. However, traditionally aerobic exercise has customarily been performed indoors under the supervision of a live instructor or following the direction of a taped aerobics instructor while using various expensive exercise devices.

In a break from tradition, the introduction of the innovative Trikke cambering vehicle has now changed all that. Dubbed by many as the “health club on wheels,” this innovative Trikke scooter-like device with its patented 3CV cambering suspension technology offers an alternative way of performing aerobic exercise while traveling and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.

Aerobic exercises are aptly named (aero means air or oxygen) because they involve continuous or rhythmic low-intensity activities performed for extended periods of time to improve the body’s oxygen consumption. They are mainly aimed to build skeletal muscle endurance rather than strength, strengthen heart and respiratory muscles, and improve circulation and mental health. The repetitive arm thrust – alternative pushing and pulling on the handlebars, upper body twisting, coordinated shifting of body weight, and balancing performed in order to propel and accelerate the Trikke meet the requirements of an aerobic exercise; i.e., less vigorous activities performed in a continuous and rhythmic manner.

Working out on your Trikke will primarily condition and tone the core muscles, especially the obliques, as well as the thigh and leg muscles. Core muscles are the trunk and hip muscles that stabilize the spine, pelvis, and shoulder. Well-conditioned core muscles help you maintain good posture, reduce strain on your spine and protect the back. But perhaps the best reasons for improving your core strength is to improve body control and balance, and increase efficiency of movement. Since many of your muscles are being exercised while Trikke-ing, more glucose will be needed to provide the muscles with energy. Once dietary glucose is consumed, the body will start burning fat as its energy source, thereby resulting in weight loss. Riding your Trikke scooter offers all these benefits and more. The bonus is you don’t have to suffer the boredom of the gym or the monotony of repetitively watching your video instructor perform the same routines over and over again, anymore!

Boredom is a word that can never be synonymous with your Trikke scooter. In fact, first time riders of the Trikke, when interviewed, can’t stop gushing over how exciting and fun riding the Trikke is. Some even find it addicting, saying they can go for miles at very fast speed and burn calories without feeling too exhausted.

Trikke-ing also allows you to enjoy the fresh air and attain an overwhelming feeling of freedom. Being an outdoor sport, you can never run out of challenges with the Trikke. Upon mastering the coordination, one can proceed to practicing speed and then on to uphill climbing, which many people find difficult initially.… Read More