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Choosing the Best Fitness Machine for You

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When choosing the best fitness machine for you and your needs, it is important to look at several factors. Look at how much space you have and what types of exercises you hope to do. There are three categories of exercises to take into consideration when choosing the best fitness machine for you. It depends on whether you wish to do cardio or aerobic exercises, strength training or abdominal/stretching exercises.

Each type of exercise warrants a different type of machine, and finding the best fit for you is easier when you have decided which type of exercise you would like to do. While you are exercising and working on your exercise machines, use to track your fitness goals and find useful information regarding more specific exercises to do on your equipment.

Physical Space and Budget

The first step to finding the best fitness machine is to consider how much space you have for your machine. The space that a single piece of equipment, like a treadmill or elliptical machine, will take up is about 30 square feet, however, the amount of space that a gym with multi-equipment stations will take up is approximately 50 to 200 square feet.

It is also important to consider how much you would like to spend on your machine. Fitness machines range in price from a few dollars to several hundred. Once you have decided how much space you need for your machine(s) and the budget you would like to stay within, you can get started choosing the best machine for you.

Cardio or Aerobic Machines

If you have decided that you would like to focus mainly on doing cardio exercises, the machines that are best for you would be those that get your heart rate up to its target peak. These machines include treadmills, exercise bikes, elliptical trainers and rowing machines. These machines do not take up much space by themselves, but they can also be used in conjunction with one another as well.

Strength Training Machines

If you wish to focus on strength training as your main workout, machines that would be the best fit for you include free weights (such as dumbbells or barbells) or small hand held weights. You may also want to consider leg presses and arm machines as well.

Abdominal/Stretching Machines

To focus your workout on just your abdominal muscles and stretching, try machines that offer a target range of motion (that provides an abdominal workout and stretching of the muscles). These machines include ab swings, sliders, exercise wheels, benches and sit-up bars. All of these machines would be the best fit for you if you are focusing on your abdominal muscles only.

Once you have established the amount of room that you have in your home to accommodate the machines that you would like to purchase, it is important to consider the type of exercise that you would like to focus on. Whether you would like to do more cardio or aerobic exercise, strength training or target your abdominals, with this information in hand, finding the best fitness machine for you will be much easier.

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