3 Of The Best Fitness Machines For Home Use
A lot of people around this time of year are wondering about the best fitness equipment for their homes. From treadmills to ellipticals to steppers, rowers, home weight machines – and everything in between – it can get confusing.
So what’s the best fitness equipment for home use?
Well, the good news is that this basically depends on you – your goals, workout style, budget and home space constraints. You’re in the drivers seat – so have some fun by looking at your options. Then you can choose the best fit for you.
So let’s talk about some of the best options. I’ll admit I’m partial to the treadmill, but I’ll put aside my biases for this post – except for my first choice of course and that is the:
#1 Incline Trainer
If you’re want to see fast results and you don’t have time to play around on a standard treadmill, you may want to consider the incline trainer. This is a form of high-incline treadmill.
Unlike regular treadmills where you can walk up to 15% incline, the incline trainer gives you inclines of up to 40%.
By using more leg muscles, this basically shreds calories. In fact, according to Nordictrack, you can burn up to 5 times the calories on their X9i incline trainer as you would on a regular treadmill.
Another machine that falls into this category is the Bowflex Treadclimber.
This also uses high incline walking to burn up to 3.5 times the calories of a treadmill.
The main difference is that there are 2 smaller treadmill belts that rise to meet your feet, instead of one.
The upside to working out on this fitness equipment is that you shed pounds very quickly.
The downside is that you don’t have a way to tone your arms. So if that’s an issue, you may want to invest in a $20 pair of handweights and get those arms pumping!
#2 Variable Motion Elliptical Trainer
This is an upgraded on your basic elliptical trainer. Instead of your feet travelling along a fixed elliptical path, this machine changes the path.
So you can do short stair-climbing motions, longer jogging actions or even long hurdling strides. This really adds challenge to your workout and keeps you out of the workout rut.
Plus, most of these trainers also come with moving arm bars to work and tone your upper body.
There are a number of different models on the market like the Nordictrack Freestrider or the Smooth Agile trainer. You can watch a video we did of the Freestrider and how it’s different from an elliptical trainer here.
But basically imagine these machines as an elliptical with a varying stride motion.
#3 Classic Ski Machine
Ahh, the good old cross-country ski machine.
It’s not fancy. It’s not infomercial material. There’s not a lot of bells and whistles. But it works.
The cross-country ski machine mimics the motion of outdoor cross country skiing and works your entire body – arms, legs and everything in between. In fact, you’ll probably discover new muscles you never knew you had on one of these babies.
If you’ve ever tried a ski machine, you’ll know just how fast you start to sweat! And sweating gets you results.
Another benefit to these machines is that they are super-affordable: around $700 compared to the Treadclimbers price of $2300+.
Yes folks, sometimes an oldie is still a goodie.
So those are 3 options for the best home fitness equipment currently on the market. They each have their benefits – all you need to do is pick the one that gets your heart pumping. Good luck and have fun!