Strength Training Equipment – Which Is Best For You

While there are many kinds of strength training equipment designed for various muscle groups, all equipment used for strength training falls into one of two categories: free weights or machines. Your goals, fitness, and experience, will all play factors into what style of strength training is going to benefit you best.

You will find people out there who will swear till they are blue in the face about the merits of one over the other. However, not everyone has the same needs or goals. What may suit your neighbor may not be the ideal for you.

Strength Training Machine Advantages:
* Safer and easier for those just starting out.
* Less likely for the user to incur injury from incorrect motion.
* Can be be more effective when isolating specific muscle groups.

Strength Training Machine Disadvantages:
* Most machines can only perform one range of muscle exercise.
* Most machines are built for standard heights only.

Free Weights Advantages:

* Less expensive, can be more portable, better for those who are space challenged.
* Can be better for building up particular muscles needed for sports movements.
* More suited for the long term regular user.
* Will allow for more muscle mass.

Free Weights Disadvantages:
* Your technique needs to be precise to be effective.
* Poor technique can easily lead to injury.
* Training alone can be dangerous for the inexperienced.
* Requires better coordination.

Strength Training Equipment:
* Weight benches are the building block of a home gym. This is one area where you should go for quality, and ensure it has all the adjustable features you are needing.
* Dumbbells are versatile and can be used for many workouts. The variety to select from is astounding.
* Leg Press machines are an excellent option for anyone who hates doing squats.
* Lat machines are great for back work, and also for curls, low rows, and tricep exercises.
* Smith machines do away with the need for a spotter if you are training alone. This can literally, be a real life saver.
* Squat rack is another piece of equipment that with time you can build on for your home gym. Dip handles and lat rowers can be added on for extra versatility.
* Squat machines are great for those who hate doing squats. These are perfect for the home gym as you do not need a spotter.
* Barbell sets allow you to work out in a different way and to also lift heavier weights than those of your dumbbells. Barbells provide you with a huge amount of options for working out all those muscle groups. Be sure to purchase a set adequate for your needs.

Budget Fitness – Home Gym Exercise Equipment For About $100 Dollars

There are plenty of reasons to put off getting with the fitness program, but a popular excuse is lack of funds. If you really are keen to get fit we are going to show you how you can put together really effective home gym exercise equipment for under $100.

We should all know that every effective fitness campaign has three components: cardio, strength, and flexibility. No matter how hard up you are for cash, there are plenty of inexpensive, and in some cases free, options that you can go for.

*Footwear. Having appropriate footwear may well be your most expensive item. Your exercise shoes should be well supporting, and shock absorbing. Make sure that your shoes are comfortable and well suited for walking, jogging, or running. Cost: $60 approx when on sale.

Cardio Fitness

Depending on your budget there are several options for you to chose from.
*A brisk walk, jog, or run around the local park is free, and perfect for burning calories, and is the best aerobic exercise. Cost: free.
*Jump ropes can be an excellent way to get your heart going if the weather is too nasty for outdoors. This is a high impact exercise so make sure you wear your shoes. Cost: $20 if you scout around on the net, or free if you borrow your child’s.
*Mini trampolines can be another great option for low impact exercise or jogging in bad weather. Cost:$30 which included an instructional DVD and a set of fitness bands.
*Pedometers can be a fun way to relieve the boredom of your walk or jog. Just how far have you traveled and how many calories have you burned? Definitely not essential but can be fun. Cost: $15

Toning and Strength Training

*Fitness bands can be used for many muscle groups and are great for both strength and toning. Many bands are sold in kits with DVDs or books to allow you to maximize your workout. Otherwise hit your local library for some free educational inspiration. Cost: $3-7 per band or kits from $13.
*Dumbbells are great for incorporating arm and leg resistance to your workout. Dumbbell sets are more cost effective as you can increase the weight as you become stronger. Cost: $35 for a 20 pound set, and $45 for a 32 pound set.
*Chin-up bars give you the opportunity to exercise many parts of your body. Not only chin ups but pull ups, and hanging knee raises, leg raises and body twists. Cost: $15 for a fully convertible chin up/sit up bar to suit any door width.

Flexibilty

*Stability balls are great for stretches, working on your core muscles and balance work. Cost: $18 for a ball alone, or $25 with an instructional DVD for stretches, workouts and exercises.
*Yoga mats are great for doing all your floor exercises, stretches, and any yoga or pilates that you may wish to add to the mix. A mat will also provide a more stable surface for a stability ball. Cost: $10 for a mat or $17 for a mat and instructional DVD.

Grand Total:
No Frills: Shoes, bands, dumbbells, and yoga mat comes in at $103.
If you already own a pair of shoes then you could lash out and purchase a chin up bar, stability ball, and the jump rope for the other $40.

Mini trampolines and pedometers are by no means essential for your fitness campaign and have only been mentioned as alternatives for those who might already own some of the other equipment.

*Library. Never underestimate your local library. This can be a great place to source both instructional books and DVDs on how to get fit. Cost: free.

Your home gym exercise equipment need not cost the earth. There are great bargains around for the savvy shopper. A shortage of funds need not stop you from exercising at home. For those with no cash to spare at all, grab a book from your local library instructing you in how to use your own body weight for strength and resistance work. Stick with walking, jogging or running. All you need to purchase is your runners.

*Costings were correct as of time of publication. Coco found the best prices online through the bigger retail outlets.