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Should You Get a Treadmill for Your Home? Pro’s and Con’s of a Home Gym

running machineEveryone has there preferred exercise routine. Some people like elliptical. Some people like stationary bikes. Others prefer getting their cardio through high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or more compound workouts like boxing or kick-boxing. Me, I like to stay old-fashioned and put in work on my treadmill. 30-40 minutes every other day is all I need to keep me satisfied. However I often get questions from friends and colleagues about whether they should get a treadmill in their house or simply stick to traveling to the gym.

The short answer is: No. You don’t need to get a treadmill for your home to have a full workout schedule. Many people (including myself in my earlier years) don’t have a home gym at all and simply rely on going to the gym a few times a week. There is no intrinsic need to have gym equipment at home, it can be bulky, expensive and sometimes hard to install and maintain. There is a reason gyms are so popular, they take a difficult process of home-exercise and make it simpler.

The longer answer is: Maybe. If you are really serious about your fitness, having at least some equipment in your house is an obvious requirement. How often have we skipped a day at the gym because we didn’t have time? The answer is pretty common across the board: very often. Time is the #1 cited reason for people missing workouts. My gym is a 20-30 minute drive from my house, that means an hour round trip. An hour is a long time to take out of your day. So for me having some equipment at home, include a treadmill, is necessary.

The longest answer is: Yes. You want to be fully prepared to be as fit and healthy as you can be. That means no excuses. There is no reason to skip a day, unless it is health related (when you are sick you should always rest). So if getting to the gym is going to be difficult, or if your gym closes early on the weekends, or if your car is in the shop, there shouldn’t be an excuse why you can’t put in a solid work out.

But How Do I Set Up a Treadmill?

It’s difficult, but luckily there are options. I am from New Jersey, and there are several companies that offer treadmill assembly in New Jersey and nearby New York. These guys are professionals and take the hard work out of your hands. I wouldn’t even attempt to put together a complex peice of machinery like an elliptical machine or treadmill, it could actually be quite dangerous.

How Do I Make Room?

This is a difficult part also. Most people opt to fit it wherever they can, include a basement or guest bedroom. The best implementations, however, are near windows, where you can simulate running in the open air.

There is no simple answer, but several models of treadmill actually have folding capabilities nowadays. This means that they can fit in smaller sections. You still need to make room for when it is fully unfolded.

This can be a problem for a lot of people, and it sometimes means they cannot have one in their homes. This is OK. Be practical, and if you can’t fit the equipment, don’t kill yourself trying to make it work.

So there you have it, 3 answers to the same question. It really comes down to some practical considerations, “Do I have room for gym equipment”, “How easy is it to get to my gym”, “Do I often make excuses to get out of traveling to the gym”. If you can answer those questions honestly, you will have a good answer as to how to go about setting up a home gym or cardio room in your house.

Beginner Tips on Using Weight Benches

Before you read any more, for those of you that are considering becoming a personal trainer to help improve other peoples fitness, you might want to consider taking a personal trainer course to be certified and trusted.

For those who are just new to the gym, you probably might need help on some of the equipment which you may have or never heard of. In this article, we will be talking about weight benches and how it’s being used by gym goers especially those who want to focus on their upper body strength.

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To start, weight benches are an ideal equipment to create a better strength-training workout. There are different types of benches wherein they come in different styles and designs so that they can provide a specific type of focus on the upper body. These benches usually come in flat and sometimes upright just like narrow chairs that has high, padded backs. There are also those that can be easily adjusted so that you can perform bench presses on an inclined or declined position.

If you want to get started on weight benches for your first time at the gym, here are some tips that we found on Fitness-Frog.com

Experiment on the bench’s angle particularly if you’re doing chest exercises – If you incline the bench for a few degrees then it will allow you to work on the muscle fibers of the upper chest. Just avoid attempting an inclined bench press on a high angle because doing so can put the joints on your shoulders at risk. If you put the position of the bench on a declined position, this will put focus on the lower area of your chest. You can try a slightly different angle each time when you work out to give a unique focus on your chest.

Use the bench for support – If you plan on doing bicep curls or overhead lifts, then a weight bench can help you out since it can be used for comfort during the workout. Achieving a workout position with the support of a bench can prevent cheating from occurring during your sets. It will definitely prevent your body from rocking back and forth while you build the momentum in lifting dumbbells. This support will simply allow you to put focus on the muscle power of your biceps instead of distributing the force and effort on the different parts. However, if the weight becomes too heavy then you’ll have to avoid relying too much on the bench to prevent your back from arching off against it.

Use these weight benches to lift weights ONLY – The main purpose of weight benches is to support your body in lifting weights and not as equipment for step aerobics. However, step benches can still be used as weight benches as long as the weights you’re lifting is not over 30 pounds.

Keep your feet flat on the floor – When lifting weights using a weight bench, you need to keep your feet flat on the ground at all times. The reason for this is that it will be used as a support to help you push the weights away from your body.

For beginners, avoid lifting your feet up on the air – It is recommended that your feet remains perfectly attached to the ground so that you will not be creating an unstable position for your body.

Hopefully, these tips are enough to keep you going on the different weight bench exercises that you can do at the gym. But if you plan on purchasing one for your home, you can look for it at http://www.fitness-frog.com/best-weight-bench-reviews-for-home-workouts/