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Best Exercise Equipment for a Home Gym

Fitness equipment choices for your home gym

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Updated February 11, 2014

If you are looking for the best exercise equipment choices to design a home gym or just looking for one quality exercise product here are some of the better selections. Most of these items are quite expensive, but if you are on a tight budget, you still can get a great workout.

Inexpensive and Budget Fitness Equipment Ideas

Jump Ropes

Home Exercise Jump Rope
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Jumping rope is a high-intensity cardiovascular workout that requires balance, strength and agility. You can use it nearly anytime and anywhere as a complete workout or for quick intervals between weight training sets or circuit training stations. Pack one in your suitcase and you never will miss another workout due to your travel schedule.

Also See - How To Use a Jump Rope

Kettlebells

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Kettlebells are cast iron hand weights that help[ you get back to basic training by developing functional, whole body fitness. Lifting and controlling a kettlebell engages multiple muscle groups at once. They are a great addition to any home gym.

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Rowing Machines

Home Exercise Rowing Machine
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Rowing Machines are good if you want one piece of equipment that provides a whole body workout. Rowing uses both the upper and lower body for aerobic exercise. Proper technique on a rowing machine is important in order to avoid back strain.

Also See - How To Use a Rowing Machine

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Spin Exercise Bicycles

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Stationary bikes are widely used for exercising at home. They offer a non-impact cardiovascular workout and are great for the overweight or sedentary person just starting to exercise. They primarily use the muscles of the legs and buttocks. Bikes come in a variety of price ranges. Generally speaking a high caliber bike will cost $500 to $1000.

Also See - How To Use a Stationary (Spin) Bike

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Elliptical Trainers

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Elliptical trainers offer a comfortable, non-impact exercise activity that almost anyone can do. The movement is horizontally oval. You can adjust the intensity or keep the movement easy for the very sedentary. It is currently the moist popular item in health clubs and you may want to try out several models before selecting one.

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Home Treadmills

Home Exercise Treadmill
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Treadmills are a popular piece of aerobic equipment for home use. Treadmills let you walk or run indoors regardless of the time of day or weather. When purchasing look for a solid, smooth action, a steady pace, wide belt, safety shut off, and incline settings. Quality models range from $1000 and up. Make sure any treadmill you consider is built to withstand a substantial load , as running on a treadmill creates a great deal of force. Be sure to check the warranty and customer service.

Also See - How To Use the Treadmill | Before You Buy a Home Treadmill

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Free Weights

Barbell Squats
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Including free weights in your home gym isn't for everyone, but free weights and a solid weight rack allow you do one of the most important exercises for strength - the full squat. Multi-station gyms may be a good substitute for many people, but if you have the experience and space free weights are the way to go.

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Balance Balls and Trainers

Balance equipment is an excellent, inexpensive addition to any home gym. Balance exercises will improve your core strength, agility and coordination in all sports and greatly reduce your risk of injury.

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Stair Climbers | Step Machines

Step machines use primarily the lower body in an aerobic capacity. Finding a high quality step machine can be expensive, however. Steppers give a good workout aerobically, strengthen and build the lower body muscles, and are low impact

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Recumbent Cycles

Recumbent cycles give more support to the lower back and minimize the stress on the knees compared with an upright bicycle. Recumbents provide a cardiovascular workout that uses the muscles of the gluteus, quadriceps and hamstrings.

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