With so many body fitness machines available today, it may be difficult to decide which is best for you. Depending on your fitness goals, and whether or not you want an upper, lower, or total body workout, will help you decide which machine would be most suitable for you to invest in.
Upper Body Workout
Upper body training machines are generally focused on strength training, as opposed to the cardiovascular training of lower body machines. Either available in components to work individual muscles like a lat machine, pec machine, or bicep/tricep machine, or packaged in a total upper body gym, these machines are designed to increase muscle tone and strengthen your upper body. On these type of machines, you would typically do several sets made up of 10 to 15 repetitions, as opposed to a timed exercise on cardiovascular equipment.
Lower Body Workout
Stair Climbers are extremely effective if you are interested in targeting your legs, buttocks, and thighs. These large muscles are responsible for a large portion of the calories that you burn over the course of a day and also for a great deal of your overall body strength. Stair climbers come in a variety of prices, styles, and with varying features such as the ability to track your heart rate and the number of feet that you climbed during your workout.
The treadmill is the most popular of fitness equipment; is easy to use and provides a great cardiovascular workout. Using a treadmill, you are able to walk, run, or jog. Generally a treadmill will have a number of pre-set programs and levels of intensity that you can choose from. The cushioned running surface on a treadmill creates less impact on the knees, ankles, and back than running on pavement, a track, or a trail (resulting in fewer injuries).
Stationary Bikes are also popular for a lower body workout. The familiar motion of biking makes a stationary bike simple to use. Coming in three styles – upright, semi-recumbent, and recumbent – biking is a great cardiovascular workout. There are many options and features, but all stationary bikes will provide a good lower body workout.
Total Body Workout
Elliptical Trainers are low-impact, total body trainers that allow you to burn the same amount of calories as if you were running, but without the risk of injury to the back, hips, ankles or knees (as your feet never leave the pedals). Because it is low-impact, these types of trainers are recommended for older people or those recovering from a joint injury. When using an elliptical trainer, the feet mimic walking or running, while the arms mimic cross country skiing. By using both your upper and lower body simultaneously, your heart rate climbs quicker and less time is required to achieve results.
Rowing Machines create an intense total body workout that involves pushing and pulling, working your calves, thighs, arms, shoulders, and back. Rowing machines are low-impact so it is generally safe and will not cause injury to the joints. It is a cardiovascular workout without causing a lot of unnecessary strain on the joints as many other exercises do. Rowing machines typically come with features such as rowing function, speed, time, calories burn, and distance.