What’s the best exercise equipment for you?
Choosing what exercise equipment is best for your home gym takes a bit of work on your part in figuring out what your goals are. <Place Holder for Article On This> The nice thing is that much of what you get can be multi purpose. Sure, a rowing machine is generally considered cardio but I haven’t rowed consistently for 10 years but if you could see my shoulders, legs and arms, you’ll know it also develops quite a bit of muscle and apparently, at least for me, muscle that lasts.
Kettle bells are absolutely considered a piece of strength training equipment due to the extra resistance they add but if you decrease the weight you use, increase the speed and decrease the rest between reps you’re looking more at power. Science nerds will know this as Work/Elapsed Time = Power, where work = resistance, which we know builds strength, and elapsed time = speed. Training power absolutely increases strength but because you’re integrating speed, it also increases your cardiovascular capacity so it’s like a two for one. Sounds sweet and efficient, huh? Yup, but ONLY if that’s your goal.
The way we’ve organized the site is in general terms used by society at large. If someone said “treadmill” would you think “oh yes, I can crank the incline and do sprints to build more fast twitch muscles in the lower half of my body”? Probably not so we call it “cardio” but know it can ALSO be used to train POWER, which includes strength.
Once you’ve determined your goals, select the category that best matches what you’re seeking to be taken to that category.
With these guides you’ll be one step closer to achieving your movement and activity goals.