Thursday, April 22, 2010

Exercise equipment: how do I choose?


How to find the right equipment for fitness and health...

Choosing exercise equipment is an important but tricky process. The convenience of having good equipment at home makes a huge difference for many people trying to lose weight and get fit. But, unfortunately, the majority of exercise equipment purchases go bad. People choose the wrong equipment and it simply doesn't get used. There are a lot of $2000 "clothes hangers" sitting in homes all over the world.

The key to choosing good exercise equipment is doing research and using your own personal experience to figure out what equipment you'll actually use on a regular basis. Here are a few proven tips for finding great exercise equipment for your home (and saving some money in the process):


  • Decide what your primary fitness goals are: weight loss, muscle building, heart health, flexibility, etc. This will help you focus your search.
    Decide how much money you want to spend. The dollar range ($1000-$2000 for instance) will help you focus your search even more, saving you time and frustration.

  • Figure out how much space in your home you have to work with. There are pieces for just about any situation (ie folding treadmills, folding gyms, etc.)

  • Go to a large gym and try out the various pieces of equipment, including cardio machines, weight machines, and free weights. Keep the weights very light - you just want to get a 'feel' for each piece of equipment so you can figure out which ones you like the best. Make a list of your top 5 pieces.

  • If possible, visit a local fitness equipment store and see what they have to offer. Often times you can try out those "infomercial gyms" you see on TV all the time. If they have the equipment you like, ask if they're running any deals now or in the near future. Never buy exercise equipment at normal "retail" prices unless money isn't an issue.

  • Never make an "impulse buy" at a sporting goods or fitness equipment store. Ignore pressure from salespeople - they'll often tell you anything to get you to buy, even if they know it's the wrong piece of equipment for you.

  • Never buy equipment over the phone, no matter how great the commercial you just saw made the product seem!

  • Never feel like you have to spend a ton of money to get into shape.

  • No matter what, choose equipment that you enjoy using. Many of the cheaper products (ie infomercial cardio equipment) seem like a good deal at first but you'll soon tire of strange, annoying movements and/or flimsy, unstable-feeling materials and construction.

  • Good exercise equipment should give you years of enjoyable workouts and great fitness results. Make sure you take the time to find the perfect equipment for you and you won't regret it later. Good luck!

Here are some tips for getting the most out of the exercise equipment AFTER you buy it:



  • Shame yourself into a workout: "I spent money on this thing. I'd better get on it."

  • Create an affirmation: "I will move my body for 30 minutes every day."

  • Set up a space that's inviting and entertaining, with a television set or sound system to offer diversion.

  • Tell yourself you can only watch a favorite TV show or movie while exercising.

For more on purchasing exercise equipment or to understand a particular product better, log onto http://www.f1-recreation.com/ to speak to our Fitness Specialists.

**This article was adapted from - http://www.fitfaq.com/

For more information on the latest Life Fitness equipment, click here.

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