Finding the Best Home Gym: The Two Types of Training

Finding the Best Home Gym: The Two Types of Training

While many people agree that regular physical exercise is a necessity, not everyone has the funds or the time to go to commercial gyms. The best thing that they could do is to build a home gym. A home gym is an arrangement of fitness equipment at home. A home gym could be as simple as a yoga mat and an exercise ball, a workout mat and a set of free weights, or a sophisticated one-piece exercise machine that can train different parts of the body. The best home gym set-up is the one that the user can maximize to its full potential.

Having a gym set-up at home encourages the user to exercise regularly. After all, having a strong and fit body is not just about looking good in clothes or about having a good body image. Regular physical exercise has numerous health benefits. These benefits include less chance of contracting illnesses or diseases; more flexible bones; stronger muscles; good posture; a better sense of balance; and improved body strength and stamina. With regular physical exercise, you can participate and enjoy physical activities more often and for longer periods.

Before setting up a home gym, it is important to know the basics of a good work out. A good work out has two major parts: Aerobic Training and Strength Training.

Aerobic training is a set of low-intensity physical activity designed to increase the amount of oxygen in the body and to promote cardiovascular activity. The term ‘aerobic’ actually means “living in air”. Aerobic or Cardiovascular Training entails increasing the heart-rate for a certain period of time. This type of training is good for the heart, for building endurance, and for burning calories. Outdoor aerobic activities include jogging and brisk walking. Some examples of popular indoor exercise machines which give good aerobic training are treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationary bicycles, rowers, step machines, and vibration platforms.

Strength Training helps toughen the bones and muscles and increases muscle mass. Strength Training exercises usually involve having to move heavy or immovable objects. Weight Training or Resistance Training, designed to reduce fat and to build-up muscles, is one popular example of strength training. Strength Training can help the user become flexible and supple. This type of training also helps sculpt the body. Some examples of strengthening exercises are chin-ups and push-ups. Exercise equipment such as free weights, barbells, dumbbells, resistance machines, and weight machines give good strengthening training.

Get started with these machines:

Hoist HF Opt 4000 1 Leg Extension/Leg Curl
Life Fitness Signature Series Ab Crunch Bench

The best home gym set-up has the exercise equipment or the exercise materials for the two types of training. However, the kind of home gym usually depends on the exercise needs or goals of the user. For instance, users who just want to lose weight usually opt for exercise or exercise machines which give cardiovascular training. Exercise machines such as manual treadmills can provide a good cardiovascular work-out.

Sports players, however, require a more serious type of work-out which often involves all three types of training. These users could choose a series of fitness equipment or a one-piece multi-station home gym. Fortunately, most fitness store websites have tons of helpful information regarding exercise machines for each type of training so any user can find the best home gym set-up.

If you have questions about your exercise goals or if you need help setting up your home gym, visit one of our following locations:

Metairie – (504) 887-0880
Baton Rouge – (225) 928-5751
Kenner – (504) 466-3966
Shreveport – (318) 861-1107
Jackson, MS – (601) 956-5681

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