Jackie Wright – Practical and Economical In-Home Exercise Equipment
October 8, 2009
Second in a two-part series
In last week’s column we highlighted the guidelines for purchasing exercise equipment for in-home use. This week, we will feature practical and economical in-home exercise equipment you may want to purchase for in-home use. As always, consult your physician prior to beginning any exercise program.
• Light Dumbbells – Purchasing light dumbbells (i.e. 1-12lb.) is a good place to begin building your dumbbell selection. If you can swing it financially, purchasing a stair-step increment of dumbbells of 1-12lbs. creates a good foundation for your in-home studio.
• Heavy Dumbbells – Heavy dumbbells (i.e. 12lbs. and up) may be purchased if you have been safely and effectively utilizing heavier weights during your current workouts. Build the selection gradually because you will reach a point where you cannot physically lift a heavier weight increment and you only want to purchase what you will frequently use.
• Barbells – Barbell sets can be purchased from very light to very heavy. The sets should include the barbell itself, a variety of plates and spring collars to secure the plates onto the barbells. A good place to begin would be to purchase a Body Pump barbell set which comes with 40lbs. of plates, a barbell and the spring collars. There also are other options such as Body Bars which are weighted bars without plates or spring collars, and there are fixed barbells which come with the plates fixed to the barbell. Both of these can be purchased in a variety of weight increments.
• Resistive Tubing – Resistive tubing comes in all shapes and sizes, each designed for different uses. Resistive tubing comes in colors to determine resistance levels; therefore, follow the manufacturer’s indication of the lightest to heaviest resistance. Purchase a variety of resistances so that you can perform each exercise safely and effectively.
• Stability Balls – A Stability ball is another inexpensive piece of equipment which has dozens of uses. The balls come in different sizes. Therefore, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding the right ball for your body size and use.
• Step or Bench – Step platforms and benches are excellent pieces of exercise equipment due to the versatility each provide. Not only can these be used to perform step aerobics, there are dozens of other cardio and weight training programs that utilize step platforms and benches.
Other exercise equipment purchases that would be great additions to your in-home studio (if the equipment is not accompanied by an instructional DVD, it is advisable to purchase one to ensure your safe and effective use of all in-home equipment): Kettlebells; Foam Rollers; Medicine Balls; Pilates Balls/Mini Balls/Fitness Circles; BOSU Balance Trainer; BOSU Ballast Ball; Inflatable Discs; Wobble Boards; Jump Ropes; Hula Hoops; Punching Bag/Gloves; TRX Suspension System; Stretching Straps; Yoga Blocks; Mats.
Where do you purchase this exercise equipment?
In the Denver area, check out HealthStyles Exercise Equipment or Sports Authority nationwide. You can also purchase this equipment on-line at http://www.powersystems.com or http://www.performbetter.com. Not all exercise equipment is created equal. Therefore, purchase from reputable exercise equipment suppliers.
Next week, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding health and fitness.
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC. located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She can be reached at her website at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NSFGL@comcast.net and her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com
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