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Home Gym : What is it?

Home Gyms

A home gym is a single setup that allows you to do different exercises like bench presses, weight lifting, lat pull downs, military presses, and crunches. Home gums are multipurpose -- they simulate different gym exercises and training for a total body workout.

Different types of home gyms focus on different types of fitness goals. A home gym can be used for strength training, endurance training, cardiovascular exercises to strengthen the heart, and muscle building to increase muscle size and strength. Some people also use it to get an energy boost, counter stress, and burn calories to lose weight. Some experts say that getting a home gym is more practical and economical than spending on gym or fitness club memberships.                        

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Types of Home Gyms

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Kinds of Home Gyms include the following:

Traditional home gyms

A traditional home gym is a single steel frame with several stations for the different free weights and functions. It can be turned into a full-machine home gym for less experienced users. Traditional home gyms have free weights, machine weights, and pull-downs.



Power rod home gyms

A power rod home gym is made up of flexible rods with varying resistance connected to a cable and pulley system. The user can increase or decrease resistance by attaching the cables to the different rods. It is usually less expensive than a traditional home gym and requires less space. However, it is not as durable as a traditional home gym. Power rod home gyms are not suitable for serious athletes who need sturdier equipment and a wider range of weight resistance.



Gravity resistance home gyms

A gravity resistance home gym consists of a gliding bench or board and an adjustable metal frame. The user pulls on a cable and pulley system while lying down on the board in various positions to perform different exercises. The weight of the body creates the resistance. It is the lightest form of home gym and is also the least expensive. Gravity resistance home gyms are compact and foldable, making them easy to store.

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Choosing Home Gyms (Buying tips)

Ease of use: If you are a beginner, choose a simple home gym that is easy to use. A machine with a simple construction is more encouraging to use than one with many complicated features. Upgrade to more complex models when your fitness goals increase.

Space:  If you do not have a lot of space in your room, get a power rod home gym because it is smaller compared to the other types of home gyms.

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