One of the most popular home workout solutions has to be the bowflex. With these machines you can do anything from 50 to 90 different exercises,targeting all the main muscle groups. There is quite an extensive range available and some of the highly sought models are the bowflex elite and the bowlfex power pro.
So what is all the fuss about?, I hear you thinking…why should i go for bowlfexs – power pro or elite? well, firstly the elite and power pro are the more popular of bowlfexs machines because of their pricing. The elite and power pro are mid low – mid in bowflexs range of home gym equipment. So as well as getting a good price, you get all of their advanced technology in the model you choose.
Bowflexs reputation is renowned and their secret is in the patented power rods that are featured on bowlexs models. These rods give you resistance, or weight in simpler terms, that fell as good as free weights but without the danger and common joint pain associated with free weights. These rods are so strong and resilient that bowlexs policy is that if you can wear them out they will replace them for free! Now thats confidence in your product.
The elite comes with 310lbs of resistance and can be upgraded to 410lbs. The elite model in bowflexs range will allow for some resistance to your small assistor and stabilizer muscles that a normal home gym will not. The elite is well designed as are all of bowflexs range and to change from one exercise to another is fairly easy.The elite model is safe, you can perform alot of different exercises, it allows for a good range of motion and does not take up alot of space.
The power pro is a little more expensive but not that much different from the elite, a few more exercise options and accessories but that is about it. The power pro is probably the most popular from bowflexs range and if you browse through links I have provided below, I am sure you will find what you are looking for.
Treadmills are an essential part of any gym, as they simulate two of the best kinds of exercise there are: walking and running. While you could just as well go for a walk or run outside, a treadmill allows you to do it in a comfortable, controlled environment, where you can exactly set the speed you want and how long you want to run for, and measure your performance against the last time. Because the treadmill knows all the conditions of your walk or run, it can even calculate things like how much energy you have used in calories.
You can also get treadmills to use in your home, which means that you can do things like watch TV while you use it, instead of having to brave the elements outside. It is an easy way to get a workout, as walking and running are things that we all know instinctively how to do, and are very unlikely to do incorrectly as can be the case with some more complicated exercises.
However, treadmills can also have downsides. They can take up a lot of space in your house or flat if you dont have a dedicated exercise room, and they are often very bulky to carry from one place to another, often making it impractical to have the treadmill where youd most like it to be. Cheap treadmills can also have very loud motors, making running on them for long periods of time unpleasant, and it can also often be boring to run on a treadmill for too long, as your surroundings dont change.
Finally, it is worth noting that running on a treadmill isnt really much good for training to run outside, for example in a marathon or some other sport. The treadmill cannot accurately simulate the resistance caused against your body by air rushing past you, as you are not actually moving. Training on a treadmill may also caused you to move your arms unrealistically, a habit that can be hard to break when running for real, and the soft surface of a treadmill is not a good simulation of a real track or field. Treadmills can make good exercise machines, but as training for running they leave much to be desired.
Many of us go through this at our local gym or fitness centre on a regular basis, we become increasingly frustrated as a group of trainees chat away their experiences of the day on a bench or on at a piece of equipment for fifteen minutes while you are waiting to use it. Or someone is standing directly in front of the barbell rack doing tiny lateral raises when you want to get at the really big weights. Or casuals using equipment favoured by the regulars and often looked at like pieces of personal furniture for their own use.
All this builds up stress especially between the months of January and April when the newcomers hit the gyms and fitness centres in an attempt to lose the weight gained over the Christmas and New Year period. In trying to realise their New Years resolutions they overcrowd the aerobics area and take over the weight room leaving weights lying around and causing queues for equipment. Regulars of the gym experience these problems and tempers start to flare in a phenomenon becoming known as “Gym Rage”
During this testing time, all gym-goers, both new and experienced and the employees of the fitness clubs know that the newcomers usually only last until April and after that their good intentions run out. To help you through this stressful time have a look at and follow some of the hints below:
Stand at the back of the aerobics class when you first start, as you will usually find the hard-core regulars will be down the front.
Their are no rules that govern how many members a gym can sign up, causing some fitness centres to become overcrowded with everybody wanting to use them in the morning and afternoon on their way to and from work. So try to plan your visit to the gym a little earlier than usual or later in the day or evening. There is only one effective way to beat the January to April rush and that is to workout out late at night after 7.00pm
Talking on your cell phone whilst you are working out, this will tie up a machine or piece of equipment for a long time causing problems. Its recommended that you turn off your cell phone whilst at the gym.
Don’t hog the machines; try not to go over the time limits set on the particular machine you are using. If there is a time limit please stick to it. The thing that annoys most people is the way people sit on a machine knocking out set after set. By performing one set to muscular failure and moving on will free up the machines for use by the next person.
Wipe the machines down after use, try not to leave your sweat on the piece of equipment you have just used, use a towel to separate yourself from the machine while you make use of it and wipe it down thoroughly after use.
Don’t drop the weights onto the ground and dont clang them loudly as this is very off-putting to the other members. Make sure you return the weights to there correct place on the racks when you’re finished with them even though you might have found them lying on the floor.
One thing you don’t want to do is constantly ask people if they’ve finished using a machine when they’re obviously still exercising on it. If anything the trainee will try to sit on it longer just to annoy you. Be patient; don’t interrupt them while they are lifting, wait until they finish their set first.
A gym isn’t a social club dont stand around in large groups chatting especially if you have a machine in use, do your talking in the locker room or at reception.
Dont leave your towel or other personal items lying around on a bench or piece of equipment if you are not using it. Leave your training space as clean as the way you found it. If the equipment is unattended for more than five minutes go ahead and use it, but be prepared to share also, let people work in with you if the difference in weight is not too large. Leave enough space around you so that other people can approach the weight rack and get the equipment they need.
Dont scream when you are going for that personal best lift, remember that the others around you are concentrating on their own work out to and don’t need to hear you screaming out for attention. Exhaling loudly as you contract the muscles during your set is fine.
Dont hog the water fountain, only take a few mouthfuls of water and then move away, dont fill up your huge water bottle with cold water and leave warm drinking water for the rest of the members.
Follow the gyms code of conduct usually seen on the walls of the gym or fitness centre, if trainees are not following the code report it to management dont take it into your own hands.
Many people get home gyms and find that they often end up in a corner or the empty bedroom with boxes of stuff piling up around them. Dont worry dear reader this is a common problem for many people. You neednt fear the home gym turning into just another item or set of items that you bought with out thinking.
You were thinking werent you. Of course you were. You purchased this home gym to improve your life, your health and to feel better about yourself. You just lost your motivation. Lack of motivation may seem like a big thing to you but its easy to get back.
One of the first steps is to remind yourself of why you purchased the treadmill, the exercise bike the weights, etc. Because you wanted to get in shape, just like Richard Simmons right. Well maybe not exactly like Richard Simmons. But his story is an inspirational one. How he lost all that weight and now hes a famous exercise guru. The same thing could happen to you. All you have to do is get back on that treadmill.
Secondly, sit down, do not pick up the remote. I know its tempting but ignore it for a few moments and decide when and how often you are going to use that home gym. Nothing says you have to spend hours at a time in there. Thats one of the perks of having a home gym. So you can jump on the rowing machine for that fifteen minutes between when you get home from work and the kids get home from school. Fifteen minutes a day and youve all ready made more use of your home gym than ever before.
Thirdly, once you come up with a schedule stick to it. A good way to get motivation to do this is to promise yourself a special treat for each time you use your gym, like a bubble bath.
This is a sure fire way to get the motivation to maintain your home gym routine. You can also look up home gym reviews to get an idea of which pieces of equipment will work well for you in your gym.
We all know how difficult in might be to make it to the gym after 9 long hours at work. I bet it has happened to you as well.
But what do you do when you don’t feel you have the energy to stop by the local gym on your way home? Or may be you don’t have the time for a workout at the gym. You can only use 20 – 30 min.
Whats the solution then? It could be only one – a full body workout at your home gym.
But first take this from me. If you don’t have a home gym set up already, don’t even think of missing a workout. Go to the local gym where you are a member. Missing a single workout can set a path for a habit. Vice versa, not missing a workout won’t let you think of such an option.
So, lets suppose that it’s one of these days when you can’t make it to the gym, and are planning on working out at home. That means you have a gym of some sort, already set up.
In this article I want to advise you on your choices for a full body routine. The workout you will pick however, will all depend on how your home gym is equipped.
For example you might have a home-gym machine. Or you might be a hardcore bodybuilder. Then you have free weights as your main equipment.
If you belong to the first group – you own a home gym machine – this is the part you should be reading.
The simplest home gym machines are equipped for at least several exercises such as: bench press, lat pull down, seated rows, biceps curls, triceps push-downs, leg extensions and standing hamstring curls.
Thats actually plenty. You can complete the whole body in a single session.
Your circuit workout:
Crunches 2-3 x 15 – 30
Seated bench press 3 x 10 – 12
Lat pull-down 3 x 10 – 12
Front cable raises (machine behind you, lower pulley cable between your thighs) 3 x 10 – 12
Standing biceps cable curls (lower pulley cable, facing the machine) 3 x 10 – 12
Standing triceps push-downs (using the lat-pull down handle) 3 x 10 – 12
Leg extensions 3 x 12 – 15
Standing hamstring curls (facing the machine) 3 x 12 – 15
You have more options for replacing some of the exercises:
Replace seated bench press wide grip with seated bench press close grip.
Replace lat pull down with seated rows (facing the machine).
Replace standing biceps cable curls with lying cable curls (lie down on the floor on your back and place your feet on the rolling pads for support).
In case that you belong to the second group – you are a hardcore enthusiast or bodybuilder, the least equipment you have (I would guess) is an adjustable bench, a power rack, an olympic barbell set and a pair of dumbbells with adjustable weights.
For you I’d suggest two circuit routines. You can do only one of them or you can do two circuits, using both if you feel you have energy (and desire) to do that:
Workout One/Circuit One
Crunches 1-2 x 15 – 30
Flat bench press on the rack 2-3 x 12 – 15
Barbell rows 2-3 x 10 – 15
Seated dumbbell overhead presses 2-3 x 12 – 15
Barbell curls 2-3 x 8 – 12
Barbell lying triceps extensions 2-3 x 12 – 15
Squats 2-3 x 10 x 15
Stiff Leg Dead Lifts 2-3 x 10 – 12
Workout Two/Circuit Two
Reverse crunches 1-2 x 15 – 20
Dumbbell flys 2-3 x 10 – 12
One-arm dumbbell rows 2-3 x 10 – 12
Dumbbell lateral raises 2-3 x 10 – 12
Seated dumbbell curls 2-3 x 8 – 12
One-arm overhead triceps extensions 2-3 x 8 – 12
Lunges (holding a pair of dumbbells) 2-3 x 12 – 15
Note that the number of reps is slightly higher than what you would normally do should you have worked out at the gym. I did it this way intentionally. My advice is that you use 50 – 70% of your One Rep Max due to the fact that you don’t have a spotter. If you think you can go heavier please do, but at your own risk.
Thats it. Now that you finished your workout you deserve a nice, chilled protein shake. After all you are at home and can make it any way you want, right. And, yes, you should feel good because you didn’t miss your workout.
Making the decision of where you will go to exercise is a very important step in reaching your goals of fitness. A lot of factors will go into this decision, and each one should be evaluated well before you start exercising. Once you have made a decision on where you will go to exercise, you can move on to deciding how you plan to work out.
As you probably know, exercising at home has many advantages. The finance department is one of the best advantages. With the gas prices being what they are today, it is quite obvious that you’ll save money on fuel as well as wear and tear on your vehicle by choosing to exercise at home.
Memberships to a gym can often be quite expensive and may include other things that you don’t need such as child care or swimming pools. You also won’t need to be concerned about the latest trends of exercise gear as you most likely will be exercising by yourself at home.
Keep in mind that working out at home does require a bit of financial obligation. Even though you may plan to run, it is very important that you have high quality running shoes. This statment applies to any type of equipment that you may purchase to use at home. If you go out and buy cheap equipment, you’ll probably end up getting hurt or getting frustrated because you aren’t making any progress.
Along with the financial gains, exercising at home may also help those who don’t like to work out in public. If you are worried about how you look in gym clothes, it is very comforting to know that the only person who has to be with you when you exercise at home is you. Also, when you exercise at home, you don’t need to worry about time at all.
Those of you who are motivated by being with people you know or come to know while working out away from home, a gym may be a better idea than working out at home. At the gym, you’ll also more of a selection of equipment as well, far more than you’ll have at home.
If you need other services than just weights and equipment, the gym may have just what you need. If you plan to swim a triathlon, you’ll find the swimming pool at the gym to be just what you need to prepare yourself. Swimming is also a great exercise for your body and cardio, as it will work muscles in your body that you probably didn’t even know you had.
Gyms will also offer you classes that you may find very motivating. If you attend class on a regular basis, you may be motivated enough to continue so you don’t have to defend yourself when asked where you’ve been or what you have been doing. You can also meet new people in class, or just help others along if you choose.
All in all, making the choice of exercising at home or at the gym is a choice you should make based on your goals and personal preference. The most important decision you’ll need to make is to determine what type of environment you want to be in and how you want to accomplish the fitness goals in your life.
Once you have given it some thought and weighed out the pros and cons, you’ll have no problem making the choice. Always keep in mind that once you’ve made your choice, you can always switch if you aren’t happy with the choice you made.