The gyms are becoming more and more decorated with clutter…er I mean equipment.
You don’t need equipment designed by Dr. Seuss to reach and achieve your fitness goals. You don’t need rows of equipment that don’t stop. You don’t need treadmills,ellipticals or a Ham-ikka-Schnim-ikka-Schnam-ikka-Schnopp.
Don’t be fooled by the quantity of equipment in the gym. Abundance of equipment has no correlation to outcome.
The machines don’t do the work. You do.
More equipment doesn’t equate in a better workout or training response.
All this strangely shape metal and the possibilities being toted by the gym sales staff can be alluring to a gym newbie.
The plethora of equipment is meant more for the gym owner than the gym goer.
This is ideal for gym managers because the members now require less interaction.
Less interaction means less demand on staff which means less staff and less expenses for management.
Typically a new member is given their complimentary session of about 6-8 exercises on various contraptions with variations of pushing, pulling, and twisting all while being seated.
This sit down circuit becomes mundane not only mentally but soon becomes a physical yawner as well.
The gym is almost running like an automated factory.
Working out at home or at the gym actually requires very little equipment (stronger exercisers are similar but just need more weight).
The first thing I recommend to my most of home clients is a set of dumbells or power blocks if space is a concern.
A great option are Power Blocks. They are very dynamic and don’t take up the space a full set of dumbells would occupy. They also last forever. How many times have you heard of someone breaking weights?
These fall under the heading of exercise balls, Swiss ball, physio balls. They originated back in the 70’s in a rehab setting with physiotherapists. I believe Paul Chek was the person who introduced them to the gym and exercise setting around the mid 90’s. One of the keys to buying a exercise ball is to make sure it is anti burst. I have only heard of one case of this style ball breaking but I have had balls for 14-15 years getting hours of use a day and they just wore thin before being retired.
The height of the ball is important mainly if sitting is part of the program. The 55cm or 65cm are the most commonly used.
Having an exercise ball and heavy enough dumbells will be enough for the majority of people who use resistance training in their program.
If after sometime you want to take the next step then a squat cage and/or multi-gym would be a great addition.
They start at around $700.00 and go up from there. These machines really expand the tool box of exercises.
If you are unsure of how to use them you can hire a trainer for a couple of sessions to get you on track. Some of the smaller dealerships will actually throw in free training with purchase of the equipment. They also accommodate most ceiling heights even though they may look big in the showroom.
I would consider both of the above items to be semi commercial so unless you compete in weightlifting these should hold up to your needs.
The above will cover your resistance training needs.
If the motivation is there then you are ready to go.
Happy Training :)