Setting Up your Home Gym
If you are planning on setting up a gym at home, then you are probably thinking about the different types of equipment that is available and which pieces of equipment are going to be right for you. Two of the most popular types of work out machines at the moment are the cross trainer and the exercise bike. Each of these options has their pros and cons.
The Cross Trainer
The cross trainer actually looks a little like an exercise bike, but is has platforms to put your feet on, handlebars at the front and no saddle. It works by mimicking the movements of walking, running and even stair climbing. Here are the pros and cons that come with the cross trainer.
- Good for fast weight loss – If you are trying to lose weight, then you will know that there are certain machines that aren’t going to benefit you all that much. One of the good things about the cross trainer is that it works all of your muscles and allows you to burn a large amount of calories during your work outs. If you want to try to lose weight in a timely manner, then a cross trainer may be a good addition to your home gym.
- Not hard on the joints – Another problem that you will notice with a lot of fitness equipment is that it can be quite hard on the joints. If you have a pre-existing problem with your joints then this can be especially troublesome. It can also aggravate old injuries. The good thing about a cross trainer is that it is not hard on the joints at all, so it is suitable for everyone.
- Great for toning – A final point to consider is that the cross trainer is great for toning. You can not only tone your legs, but also your buttocks, hamstrings, biceps, triceps and back. The fact that you can do all of this with one machine during one work out makes the cross trainer superior to most other machines.
- Difficult to get intensity right – The only real drawback that comes with using a cross trainer is that it can be quite hard to get the intensity right. Obviously, you are not going to be able to run like you would on a treadmill, so speed is an issue. It can also be quite difficult to get the resistance level right. However, with a bit of fine tuning you can get a good work out.
The Exercise Bike
The exercise bike has been one of the most popular pieces of gym equipment for decades now. So many people have an exercise bike in their home gym. Like the cross trainer, it has its positives and negatives. Here are the pros and cons.
- Good for all abilities – One of the best things about using an exercise bike is that they are great for people of all fitness abilities. Whether you are just starting out, or you work out on a daily basis, an exercise bike will be suitable.
- Good for toning legs – Another good thing about the exercise bike is the fact that it can be a great tool, when it comes to toning the leg muscles. This is especially true if you vary the intensity of your work out and the resistance level.
- Only good for the legs – Although you can use the exercise bike to help you with weight loss, it is important to keep in mind that the only muscles that are going to get a real work out is the legs. None of your other muscles are going to benefit from the resistance of the pedals.
There are plenty of other pros and cons that come with both the cross trainer and the exercise bike. However, for most people, it would seem that the cross trainer comes out on top, when it comes to equipment for the home gym.
The great thing is that cross trainers are so popular these days that they are actually quite affordable, especially if you go for one of the many mid-range options. This is not to suggest that you shouldn’t buy an exercise bike, of course. However, for a full body work out and the best results in terms of muscle toning and weight loss, it would seem that a cross trainer is definitely the better option out of the two of them.