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Home Gyms - Buying Guide

1. What is a home gym?
2. Is a home gym workout better than an aerobic workout on an elliptical trainer or treadmill?
3. What are the disadvantages of a home gym?
4. What muscles does a home gym work??
5. How do I use a home gym?
6. What should I look for in buying a home gym?


What is a home gym?
A home gym refers to gym set up in the comfort of home. It can be a series of dumbbells, barbells and benches or a one-piece machine.

A one-piece home gym may use either weights or bands to create resistance for strength training through various exercises that work the major muscles of the body

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Is a a home gym workout better than an aerobic workout on an elliptical trainer or treadmill?
A home gym is not a piece of aerobic equipment like a treadmill, bike or elliptical but rather a tool for strength training. Strength training is an important part of your exercise routine along with aerobic or cardio. While aerobic exercise benefits the heart and facilitates weight loose, strength training allows to gain strength, build muscle and reshape the body. Strength training, like any form of exercise, also raises your heart rate and allows you to burn calories ensuring weight loss. Strength training is the type of exercise required to build and maintain muscle. Regular strength training can help prevent muscle loss, arthritis and osteoporosis.

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What are the disadvantages of a home gym?
Depending on the type of exerciser you are, a home gym may be the perfect tool for you. But keep in mind that there is no one size fits all with exercise equipment. The following are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing home gyms:
  • Home gyms can be expensive and take up space.
  • A home gym may limit the amount of weight you can lift. For most people this not a problem, but if you are a serious athlete or bodybuilder you will want to look carefully at your options.
  • Many people like the social interaction of a health club or gym. With a home gym, while you get the convenience of anytime workout in the convenience of home, you are working out by yourself.
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What muscles does a home gym work?
Strength training with a home gym is a total body workout. You can perform exercises for:
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Biceps
  • Triceps
  • Calves
  • Quadriceps
  • Hamstrings
  • Hip Flexors
  • Glutes.
You can also do exercises to strengthen your mid section and core muscles:
  • Abs
  • Oblique
  • Core (stabilizing) muscles
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How do I use a home gym?
Review The Instructions & Supplied Material
First read the instructions that come with your gym before performing any exercises. This allows you to become familiar with the settings, operations and safety features of your equipment.
Many home gyms come with instructional printed materials and videos. Take the time to review these materials paying attention to the exercises you choose to perform.

Perform Seat Adjustment
Adjust the seat or bench to the proper fit for you before beginning an exercise. If you are unsure how to do this, consult the instructions for help.

Getting Started
If you have experience strength training in a gym the exercises on a home gym will seem familiar to you. Start with a lower weight than you are used to until you are comfortable with the equipment’s movements.
With any strength training exercise, the goal is to complete a series of sets of repetitions (reps). Most people try to perform a series of 2-3 sets of 10 reps. When you are able to complete these with ease it is time to increase the weight or resistance.

Ensure Correct Stance
Good form is crucial in strength training, both for maximum gain and to reduce the risk of injury. Pay attention to your stance, where your feet are placed (for most exercises shoulder width apart) and the grip you are using on bars and handles.

Record Your Workout
It is a good idea to keep a record of your workouts, this helps you chart your progress and remember what exercise you have performed already.

Be Safe
If you are unfamiliar with an exercise or are working with a particularly heavy amount of weight seek the assistance of a more experienced friend or family member to “spot” you making sure you complete the exercise safely.

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What should I look for in buying a home gym?
A home gym is an investment and the strength training equipment is only one part of your exercise routine. Although you do not need any special equipment to perform aerobic exercise, walking is an example, if you are planning a home gym consider how you will plan to get your aerobic fitness

Space and cost are considerations for many people when choosing home exercise equipment.
  • Consider your budget and needs? Are you looking for a multi-station gym or can you perform your exercises with an adjustable weight bench and dumbbells?
  • Look for solid construction: Home gyms should be solid and well built from steel and by nature heavy pieces of equipment. Choose a gym from a respected manufacturer with a good reputation.
  • Consider Safety: If you have children at home, consider a machine with added safety features. A sealed weight stack will help protect little hands and fingers from injury.
  • Maintenance Requirements: What are the maintenance requirements of your gym? Does it come with warranty? All machines at eFITology carry a warranty.
  • Experience Level: What is your experience level with weight training? Resistance machines may be a better option for beginners while experienced people will probably benefit from a more versatile weight based machine.
  • Maximum Weight: How much weight will you be lifting? Both types of machines have weight limitations with a maximum amount of weight that can be added. Free weight based machines are generally able hold as much weight as you can lift.
  • Number of Exercises: Consider the number of exercises you are able to perform with the machine. Can you work out all the muscles of your body adequately or will you need to purchase additional equipment?
  • Need Consultancy? Remember, we provide FREE consultancy at eFITology to help you select the right home gym for your budget, space and fitness goals.
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