Building Your At-Home Gym

December 1, 2020

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What Machine is Best?  

Some people have made the decision to reopen their gym memberships, or even start new gym memberships as they prefer these environments over their at-home workout spaces. But others may not be as fortunate enough to live in an area near a gym, or may have just had their favorite spot temporarily shut-down due to stricter COVID-19 guidelines. If you find yourself in this situation and are looking to start building your at-home gym, here is a resource guide to learn more about different types of machines to decide which is best for you.  

Let’s start with the general types of cardio machines:  

  • Rowers: Rowing machines are great if you are looking for something that will be low impact on your ankles, knees, and hips. But because they are low impact, your upper body is going to pull the extra work. So if you have a history of shoulder or back problems, it might be best to avoid this one. Rowers are a great way to warm up your whole body and get a great start to an upper body workout. Using this light weight (and sometimes foldable) machine can help you burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time too.  

  • Stationary Bikes: Although these mainly work your lower body, stationary bikes are great if you are getting back into a workout routine, or are recovering from an injury. They are less impactful than running or using other stand-up machines, and you can still get a great workout. Even better, you can read a book or watch some TV while you use it and not have to worry about your balance as you are seated.  

  • Ellipticals: You can find at least one elliptical in almost every gym, and that is because they are a crowd favorite. Ellipticals work the arms, core, and lower body as they require a lot of balance and help you get some great mobility throughout the whole body. The most important thing to remember though is that they have a higher impact on your lower body than the stationary bike and rower.  

Some specifics to consider:  

Although picking a new exercise machine may seem pretty straight forward, there are a lot of things to consider. Remember, you’re not picking the best, you are picking the best for you. Before you buy the machine of your choosing, think of things like past injuries you may still be recovering from, your heart health, age, and what your health goals are. The most important thing to do above all else, is to consult your physician to see what condition you are in and whether you should avoid certain types of exercises or not. 

Hopefully this can provide some guidance if you are trying to build your at-home gym. If you are thinking of opening or reopening a gym membership, check out this blog! As always, stay safe and be well.  

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