Home Gym Machines vs. Gym Memberships


Active Member
17 Jul 2011
Home gym machines are great for working out anytime. You don’t have to worry about when a class is or when a facility is open, because you have easy access to the equipment at home whenever you feel like getting in a quick workout. However, the amount of home gym machines on the market can be very overwhelming, so you will want to do your research before you buy anything. Over the long haul, purchasing a home gym machine will save you money because you won’t have to pay those high monthly gym membership fees, so you need to look at it as an investment for your future health to help justify the initial upfront cost. In addition to cost, another advantage to working out at home is that you don’t have to wait on someone else to get off the machine before you can train. It is available to you whenever you’re ready to use it.

There are many types of home gym machines that you can consider. Elliptical machines are great if you have problems with joint pain, because they help to keep the pressure on those joints to a minimum. They can be costly, but if you shop around and do your homework, they can be very economical.

Treadmills are probably the most popular of all home gym machines because of their ease of use, and the fact that they are readily available in just about any sporting good department of most stores. I recommend looking online before purchasing a treadmill in a store simply because many companies offer free shipping and have much lower prices than brick and mortar stores. With treadmills, you need to make sure to get one that is designed for what you plan to use it for. If you are an average walker just wanting to stay fit and healthy, then you don’t need to purchase an expensive machine that has a lot of extra features that you won’t use. However, if you are marathon runner that will be using it very often and need advance workout features such as heart rate monitors and workout training routines, then you want to make sure your purchase a treadmill that offers those features. Whatever you decide, be sure to do your research first.

Another leader in home gym machines is the stationary bikes. These are great for building leg strength, getting and keeping your cardiovascular health at an optimum level and for using when an injury prevents you from walking or running. Again, you must do your research to get the machine that is designed for what you are wanting. There are many that have levers to add arms to your workout as well, so don’t look a stationary cycle as being something that only works on your legs. You can get a good total body workout with a well designed cycling machine.

If you are looking to get into shape, but don’t want to go to a commercial gym to do it, then home gym machines make a great addition to any room in your home, and most types of home gym machines can be found in a design to fit whatever space you have available.

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