One of the most sought-after pieces of fitness equipment, treadmills can easily simulate outdoors walking and running motions. Contrary to outdoors exercise, however, treadmills have the added advantage of allowing you to adopt a much quicker and steeper pace, ensuring maximum fat-blasting in a shorter amount of time. In fact, while a 30 minutes outdoors run can help a 140 pound person lose around 318 calories, a treadmill on elevated setting will provide a deficit of around 350 to 400 calories within the same amount of time. More importantly, this machine will help you experience various terrain types and slopes without even stepping out of your front door.
Treadmills also target the most popular problem areas including the hips, waist, abdomen and glutes. These machines include several features, with more advanced models displaying different inclination levels, heart rate monitors, preset programs, display console, water bottle holder, speed and the likes. Some machines also come with a special desk where athletes can rest a book or laptop, but these models generally tend to be more expensive. If you’re on a limited budget, you can even go for basic models that usually require manual inclination adjustments. Treadmills don’t usually require a lot of maintenance but it’s always a good idea to lube the belt a few times per week.
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Perfect for anyone who wants to indulge in a non-impact exercise, elliptical trainers take quite a deal of weight off your joints and knees, hence allowing athletes to enjoy a virtually pain-free, albeit extremely efficient training session. Simulating the motions induced by a treadmill, but with the added advantage of including your arms, torso and shoulders in the workout, elliptical trainers are particularly recommended to elderly and overweight or obese individuals. Because of its smooth movements, it is also used in rehab by people suffering from mild disabilities or varicose veins.
Contrary to popular belief, these machines provide a full-body workout with particular focus on the glutes, thighs, hips, arms, shoulders, torso and ankles. An excellent alternative to walking or jogging, ellipticals provide an extended plethora of features, including but not limited to, smooth-glide motions, handlebars, stationary handles, stride length, adjustable incline, reverse motion, heart rate monitors, preset programs and the likes. More expensive models also come with electric monitors which allows you to keep a close eye on fitness-relevant data like calories burned and time elapsed, among others. As far as maintenance goes, these machines usually need to be greased once a month to avoid any squeaky sound while enhancing a smooth glide.
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Guaranteed to help you burn around 300 to 900 calories per hour, rowing machines are the best mediums through which you can enjoy a safe and full-body workout at home. These machines combine cardiovascular, aerobic and strength training in one workout, which is why they’re often considered as being the most result-inducing equipment on the fitness market. Because of this particular combination of movements, rowing machines will also encourage your muscles to build up more resistance and stamina, allowing you to gradually increase the duration and intensity of your workouts.
Like most fitness machines, rowers come in a wide variety of price ranges according to the specific features which they present. Cheaper models, for example, only come with a simple display console. More expensive models can come with other motivating features such as racing options, resistance levels, lumbar support seat, audio prompts for team rowing and the likes. Some rowing machines are even equipped with water tanks to provide a more realistic sensation, a feature which outdoors avid users might enjoy. These pieces of fitness equipment also provide a full-body workout, while drawing all the major muscle groups such as the arms, shoulders, abdomen, thighs and calves in the motions.
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If you’re an avid fan of cycling, but suffer from lower back or knee problems, it’s not a bad idea to go for a recumbent bike instead. Indeed, contrary to regular upright bikes, these models take the weight off your joints, allowing you to adopt a comfortable recumbent position as you pedal your way to fitness. Contrary to what many people believe, these machines do not lessen the benefits: in fact, a recumbent bike allows you to lose up to 600 calories per hour, with the exact amount depending on factors such as your weight, fitness level and gender. Because it places your feet at approximately the same level as the rest of your body, this type of bike is quite suited to elderly people. In fact, it largely limits the risks of slipped discs or back strains. These machines have also been known to improve your cardiovascular and lung capacity.
As far as problem areas go, these models mainly target the hips, thighs, calves and waist. The features vary according to the price range, but most machines offer a display console to help you track the amount of calories burned, time, distance and, in some cases, heart rate as well as number of cycling motions. Users can also choose a resistance level that entirely suits their metabolisms and fitness levels.
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Indoor cycling bikes have steadily gained in popularity over the past few years, with various models, fitness trainers and celebrities acknowledging this particular piece of equipment as one of the primary factors behind their weight loss regimens. Indeed, indoor bikes mainly focus on the thighs and glues as well as the core muscles of your body. The one advantage that indoor bikes have over other types of bike is that it allows the user to stand up and pedal, which yields a full-body workout while drawing every muscle and joint of your body into the motions. Because of this, athletes can expect to lose up to 1000 calories per hour session.
As far as the features are concerned, most models come with very basic amenities such as water bottle holders, textured handlebars and in a few cases, display console. While some manufacturers provide customers with padded seats, the majority of models do not offer this option since indoor cycling rarely calls for sitting. The pedals, however, are especially designed to bear your full body weight and are quite reinforced, especially when compared to stationary or recumbent bikes. This piece of fitness equipment requires occasional maintenance of the pedals and flywheel. If properly cared for, it can easily last for life.
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Extremely popular for both professional and domestic use, upright bikes are globally acclaimed as being the best weight-loss companion for anyone who wants to slim down or simply tone up any problem areas. Indeed, this particular piece of equipment can very easily help you lose around 10 pounds in just a few weeks.
Guaranteeing a calorie deficit of 300 to 800 calories per hour, these machines normally come with weighted flywheels, thus drawing effort from most major muscle groups of your body. While these bikes are slightly less comfortable than recumbent ones, they are much cheaper and can easily be stowed away until further use. In fact, most of them can easily be folded up and stored under the bed or against the wall. More expensive and professional models are normally packed with features such as display console, padded ergonomic seats, textured handlebars, water bottle holders and even iPod or Mp3 docks in some cases. Users also have the luxury of selecting their own resistance settings and programs. Through this feature, you will even be able to make your choice from quite a few terrain types. Athletes can benefit from interactive rollaway convenience which makes it quite easy for you to move the machine to any desired room of the house.
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