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The Different Types of Fitness Equipment

health fitnessIf you want to improve your workout and be in a better shape, there are various types of exercise equipment that you need to be familiar with. Exercise equipment is divided into two categories, depending on the type of exercise that is needed to be performed: strength training or cardio. Both of these exercises, together with stretching are essential to have a more balanced and effective fitness training routine.

Cardio or cardiovascular exercises help in increasing the heart rate and burn fat as a result of an increased heart rate. Some of the most popular cardio equipment are stationary bikes, elliptical trainers, stair climbers, and treadmills. Most of this kind of equipment is commonly found in the gym which includes a screen that displays the heart rate and gives options for customizing the workout. Other information that are displayed are amount of miles traveled and total calories burned. When using the machine, varying it regularly would help you to exercise more effectively. On the other hand, the equipment for strength training can be more varied. Weight machines, free weights, as well as resistance or balancing equipment are often used for strength training. This kind of training is helpful in building muscular strength and in maintaining the results of the cardiovascular exercises.

running womanFree weights vary in shapes, weights, and sizes. Round weights can be used on their own, or they can be placed on the end of the barbell. Medicine balls and handheld barbells can be the other options. Most people would prefer to have free weights than weight machines since you have to use muscles throughout the whole body to maintain balance while lifting them. However, weight machines are easier and safer to use and they allow you to lift in greater amounts. In addition, there is a stack of incremental weights that are attached to a pulley that can be lifted by pushing or pulling the other parts of the machine. This kind of exercise equipment is more user-friendly compared to free weights. You can choose the amount of weight that you would like to lift and adjust it to accommodate your body type.

There is some kind of strength training exercise equipment that does not include weights, however they allow you to use your own body weight for resistance. Some of them are chin up bars which work on the biceps and triceps, and crunch machines for the abdominals. Resistance and balance fitness equipment are also effective for strength training. This type of equipment can be used whether on its own or combined with free weights. Performing crunches on an inflatable exercise ball work the muscles throughout the body by forcing you to be in balance as you complete the exercise. Resistance equipment like elastic bands help build muscular strength without using weights.

Nowadays, the majority of gym provides a wide range of options for you to be able to customize your workout. Make sure that before you use any exercise equipment for the very first time, you understand how they work and how to use them in the most effective, yet safe way.

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