Trying to reach your fitness goals but don’t know where to start? You’ve tried – workout classes, gym memberships, at-home gyms and more. Many of these fitness programs have 1 thing in common: exercise equipment.
Whether you are new to exercise equipment or pro, it’s always ideal to go back to the basics. Use our overview and tips below to start using cardio and strength equipment in a way that fits your needs.*
Cardio Equipment – Cardiovascular Health
Cross-Country Ski Machine
If you are looking for a full body workout (while going easy on the knees) this machine might be for you.
BFM Tip: On some ski machines, you have to move one ski forward to make the other move back. On others, the skis move independently. Check out all types available and try both.1
This is also a great impact free equipment that gives you a full body melt down!
BFM Tip: A cross between a ski machine and stair-stepper, It may feel weird, but you’ll get use to it. Try the machine out at varying speeds and grades to make sure it feels stable.1
Stair-stepper machines imitates the motion of climbing flights of stairs and offer a low-impact workout.
BFM Tip: While categorized as low-impact, this motion can be hard on the knees. Look for machines that provide independent foot action and are equipped with handrails and large stair platforms.1
An exercise bike is easy to use and provides a great cardio workout. This has low impact on the knees.
BFM Tip: Look for a model with a comfortable, adjustable seat and toe clips.1
A total body workout, exercising the back, arms and legs simultaneously.
BFM Tip: The rowing motion may initially feel unusual, and some even find it hard on the back. Take this slow to see how it works.1
As new equipment is developed and gyms expand, it can be hard to choose between different types of strength equipment. American College of Sports Medicine offers a basic overview of commonly used strength equipment ranging from free weights and kettlebells to total-trainer and weight machine systems.2
*Always consult a physician before starting a new exercise program.
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