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Perfect Buys For Your Home Gym: Best Overall Exercise Equipment For Beginners

The first thing to consider when buying any type of exercise equipment is what kind of fitness level do you have?

If your fitness level is at beginner or less then it’s better to choose something else. However if you are a seasoned exerciser then choosing the right piece of home gym equipment can make all the difference in your life.

If you are just starting out with exercising then you might want to start off with a basic set of exercises such as squats, push ups, sit ups etc. These simple exercises will build up your strength and stamina which will help you improve your health later on. You don’t need expensive machines or complicated routines to achieve these goals.

However if you are already a regular exerciser then you may prefer to spend some extra money on high quality equipment like free weights, weight machines and treadmills. These types of devices are designed specifically for building muscle mass and burning fat. They provide you with continuous feedback so that you can continually work towards your fitness goals. Most of them come equipped with various sensors that allow users to monitor their progress over time.

You may choose to buy one of the many weight machines available:

Free Weights

These types of exercise machines includes dumbbells, barbells and weight plates. They are an essential tool for people looking to improve their strength training at home. You can achieve a full body workout using free weights by performing exercises like bench presses, curls, shoulder presses, squats etc. Some people prefer to use these types of equipment because they believe that free weights allow you to target specific muscles, build muscle mass and burn fat better than any other form of equipment.

The only disadvantage of this type of equipment is that it requires a large amount of floor or table space. It can also be dangerous to others if not used properly. For instance dropping a weight on your foot can cause serious injury.

Horizontal/Vertical Leg Press Machine

These types of equipment are great for targeting the large muscles in your legs. When used regularly they can help you achieve a lean set of legs which is an enviable trait among most people. The types of exercises you perform on this machine focuses mostly on the quadriceps and hamstrings. It is commonly used by athletes looking to improve their performance and people looking to rehabilitate an injury.

One thing that most people overlook when using this equipment is back safety. Make sure you always use proper form on this machine or else you may strain your back. If you are a beginner you should probably start off with lighter weights until your legs become stronger.

Recline/Curl Equipment

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This type of equipment is made up of cylindrical weights which can be found in a variety of weight capacities. They are designed to allow you to perform bicep curls, tricep curls and various other exercises for your upper body. Some examples include: bench press, shoulder press, seated rows etc.

This kind of equipment is a great choice if you are on a tight budget. As with most types of equipment however you should always remember to follow proper safety precautions. Always remember to lift with your legs and lower the weight under control.

Seated Leg Extension Machine

This machine targets the quadriceps muscles in your legs and is a great tool for people who are looking to tone their legs. It also helps people who are suffering from various knee problems as it allows them to exercise without placing too much pressure on their knees. You can perform a wide range of exercises with this machine which makes it quite versatile.

One thing to remember with this machine is to never lock your knees at the bottom of any exercise. Doing this can cause damage to the knee joint. Also some people find that seated leg extension machines cause discomfort in the back of their knees. If this occurs you should stop using this machine immediately.

Safety Tips

Always remember to use all equipment properly.

Warm up and stretch before beginning.

Begin with lighter weights and learn the proper technique before increasing weight.

Don’t wear loose clothing, they could get caught in the machinery.

Try to perform each rep in a controlled manner, rapid reps or failure to complete full range of motion can cause injury.

If you’re unsure about a machine, find an instructor to show you how it works.

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Always wipe the machine down with a disinfecting wipe after use.

Don’t listen to music or talk on your phone while working out.

Keep your ears open in case you need to respond to an instructor.

Never wear jewelry while using the equipment.

For your safety, some pieces of equipment are off limits if you are not a qualified operator.

Taking care of your health is just like taking care of your car or home; it requires routine maintenance and monitoring. With a bit of effort and regular exercise, you will experience many long years of productive living.

Always remember to drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout. It is important to stay well hydrated when working out.

Fitness is not just about exercising, it is also about what you put into your body. Proper nutrition is key to success so try and eat healthy foods that coincide with the goals you have set for yourself. For example, if you are trying to gain muscle, then eat more meat and lift heavier weights. If you are trying to lose weight, then eat leaner meats and drink more water.

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Warming up is just as important as stretching afterwards. This will prepare your body for the activity at hand and reduce your chance of injury.

Once you have completed your workout, remember to always stretch before your muscles become stiff. Stretching also helps your body recover.

In order to maximize results from your workout, have a plan and stick with it. The last thing you want to do is workout randomly without any structure.

Setting goals are a great way of keeping yourself motivated. Whether it is to lose 10 pounds, run a 5K or bench press your body weight, setting goals will give you something to strive for and keep you interested in your routine.

FAQ

Is it better to work out with someone or by yourself?

This is up to you. Some people work better in a group environment while others prefer solitude. Working out with someone can be beneficial as you have someone to talk to which can take your mind off the pain. On the other hand, if you don’t get on with the person then it could actually have a negative impact on your workout. Ultimately it is up to you and which environment you work best in.

How often should I workout?

Again, this is up to you and how much time you have available. Many people workout just 3 times a week but some people workout every day, its up to you. As a general rule however, most experts recommend working all the major muscle groups twice a week and the minor ones once.

How long should each workout be?

This is dependent on how much time you have available. Aim for at least 30 minutes to an hour. Shorter workouts of 15-20 minutes can be just as effective if you are really pressed for time and can’t spare an hour.

What happens if I get bored?

Don’t! The whole point of getting a gym membership is so that you don’t get bored by doing the same exercises over and over again.

Remember, the whole point of a gym is variety, so to prevent yourself from getting bored, you should try a different activity or machine at least every other workout. This will also ensure that you don’t get stuck in a rut with your workouts either.

What is the best time to workout?

This is really up to you and your schedule but most people prefer to workout in the morning before work or school or in the evening just because it is convenient. However, some people actually find that the best time to workout is either first thing in the morning or late at night just because it helps them focus and get into the zone.

What should I wear to the gym?

The choice is completely up to you. Some people prefer to go to the gym in their running shoes and exercise clothing while others prefer to go semi-formal and wear loose clothing such as old baggy t-shirts and cargo shorts.

Personally, I prefer the former as I find that wearing baggy clothing is just an invitation for your neighbors to ask you if you’ve lost weight or offer to spot you.

What are some good exercises to get a six pack?

The best way to get a six pack is through losing body fat. In fact, if you are really skinny, then you probably won’t have a visible six pack even if you do have ab muscles. That being said, you can do certain exercises to target and tone your abdominal muscles.

Sit-Ups: This is one of the best exercises to not only strengthen your abdominals but also your back and core muscles in general. Just make sure not to perform this exercise too rigorously as it can strain your back.

Crunches: This is another good exercise that can be used to tone your abdominals. It is similar to the sit-up but is usually done in a; lying down position with your legs bent in front of you, with your hands either behind your head or crossed over it.

Swimming: Swimming is a great exercise all rounder, but abdominal strengthening is one of its main benefits.

What type of cardio is the best?

Long story short: all of them. However, some types of cardio are better for fat burning and toning. Long distance running and biking are great methods for this, as is swimming.

How long should my cardio be?

This entirely depends on your current state and goals but generally, most people should perform 1 hour of cardio at least 3 times a week to start with. You can increase or decrease the duration based on how you feel.

How long should I wait between sets when I’m lifting weights?

There is no set rule on this and it ultimately comes down to personal preference. Some people like to keep on going until they can’t perform another rep while others take a short breather before starting the next set.

What’s better, running outside or on a treadmill?

Well, there are benefits and drawbacks to both. Running outside is obviously more natural but can be less convenient in bad weather conditions. Treadmills are generally more accommodating to your schedule but they can cause you to develop bad form which could lead to injury. Ultimately, it’s up to you and your preferences.

When should I increase the weight/resistance?

Once you can perform more than 12 reps with perfect form. The muscle shouldn’t feel sore the next day, if it does, then you’ve likely overworked that area and should decrease the resistance.

When should I take a rest day?

You should take a rest day after every session in which your muscles feel very sore or tired. Your muscles need time to repair and grow so don’t worry about losing any ground because of missed training days.

What’s better, a barbell or dumbbells?

This all comes down to personal preference. Barbells are good for overall strengthening of many areas but can strain your back, while dumbbells allow you to focus on each individual limb. This means you can work on weak areas providing you have the stamina and endurance to perform each lift.

What should I eat in order to maximize my workouts?

You should try to eat foods that are high in protein since this is the material that your muscles are made of. This means red meat, poultry and eggs are good for you but you should avoid fatty cuts of meats such as pork ribs or beef brisket. You may have to increase your food intake to do this however so don’t start guzzling down 5 pounds of meat at every sitting.

What should I eat in order to maximize my weight loss?

You should consume foods that have a low calorie count while still being nutritious. You should look into foods such as:

• Almonds, beans and other similar foods since they have a low calorie count for the volume you’re eating but contain lots of nutrients your body still needs.

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• Certain reduced-fat dairy products shouldn’t be avoided just because of their fat content.

Should I use equipment from the gym, such as the treadmill or exercise bike, or is it better to go running outside?

This again comes down to personal preference and you should use whatever you feel comfortable with. If you are not used to exercising then you should start out slow and use machines until your body gets used to it. However, exercise bikes and treadmills can cause injury if used incorrectly so make sure you read all safety instructions before using.

What’s the best way to get started with working out?

First, buy some comfortable clothes to exercise in since you don’t want to be worrying about your wardrobe while at the gym. Second, read all safety information for each piece of equipment you plan on using so that you don’t hurt yourself. After that, just give it a try! If it turns out exercising just isn’t for you then there’s no harm done since it was free.

How often should I work out each week in order to lose weight?

Ideally, you should work your body every day since your muscles grow throughout the day when you are just sitting around. However, since you’re busy with life and all that, 3-4 days a week is sufficient.

What are steroids and are they dangerous?

Anabolic steroids are a set of hormones that promote muscle growth. They also have lots of nasty side effects, such as:

Acne

Premature baldness

Decreased sexual desire

Gynecomastia (Male “bitch titties” )

) Mood swings

They are illegal to buy without a prescription and can only be acquired from an online pharmacy if you provide a script. However, they are available on the black market.

How do I find out which steroids are right for me?

There is a large variety of steroids so it is best that you experiment until you find one that works for you. You can start out with steroids such as Deca Durabolin or Sustanon and then switch to others once your body gets used to them. They can be taken in many different ways so be sure to read up on the subject before you start injecting yourself. If you’re a novice, don’t start out with injectables and go for pills or creams instead.

I’ve heard of steroids being used for lingerie models and movie stars before movies or premieres.

Is this true?

Yes, many actors have used steroids at some point in their careers since they need to look good on screen. However, they usually stop once they’ve established themselves as a respected actor since most don’t want to be typecast. This is one reason why you might not see many action stars past a certain age and instead see younger, more fit people.

Is it true that I can spot reduce fat by doing exercises that target that area of my body?

No, it is genetically impossible to lose fat from a specific part of your body no matter how hard you try. Lifting weights will make you look more defined, but you’ll still have the same trouble spots.

I’ve heard of steroids making you sterile, is this true?

It’s a myth that is spread around to keep you from using steroids. Your body naturally goes through a process called “smoothing” where it makes you sterile. How soon it does this is dependent on the person. Steroids can speed up this process, but you will become infertile anyway.

What are some good websites that you can order steroids from?

Everything from price to quality is all over the place with these sites so it is best that you look around before deciding on one. The bigger ones are:

Anabolic Innovations

BlackMarketGladiators

Universal Pharmacare

Is it legal to buy online? What if they are sent to my house?

It’s legal as long as you don’t live in the US. Most of these sites will ask for your address and if it’s within the US, they won’t do business with you. However, there are a few that will so it’s best that you look around if this is a concern. Also, some of these sites offer insurance in case your package is ever lost or seized by customs so that might be something to look into as well.

What site should I go with?

That’s beyond the scope of this Q&A. You should do your own research and see what people are saying about the different sites.

I live in the US, is it legal for me to buy online?

It’s borderline. Many of these websites will not ship to the US since it isn’t worth it for them due to the huge legal issues involved. It is still possible, and again, you’ll have to do your own research on which sites will risk shipping here.

Will I get in trouble if it is sent to my house?

It is possible, but not very likely. There are so many prescription drugs circulated throughout the US that they would have to devote a lot of resources in order to find a few illegal online orders. However, customs can always be tricky since they aren’t as limited in resources and can get away with things the police cannot. It is best to avoid having these packages sent to your house to limit any potential problems.

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