A Newbie’s Guide to Cardio Gym Equipment

More and more people are joining gyms. There are a lot of reasons for the rise in gym memberships. Gyms are now cheaper to join than ever before. There are more of them that ever, too. We all want the perfect look – body image is an issue for almost everyone. We know more than we used to about the benefits of exercise and the impact of a poor diet. All this adds up to a flood of people joining their local gym. You might be one of them. You might also be out of your depth with all that equipment! It can be a little daunting for a newcomer. Here’s a quick guide to the most common cardio equipment available in gyms.

The treadmill

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The treadmill is the most recognisable piece of gym equipment there is. Chances are you’ve had a go on one. They are popular worldwide with fitness buffs. They’re cheap to buy, too, from places like Orbit Fitness. The treadmill has many positive points. They’re straightforward to use and operate. They come with a variety of settings and options. You can run uphill or downhill, fast or slow. It’s much more predictable than running down the street. They burn calories at a high rate. They aren’t without their disadvantages. The repetitive nature of them can be boring after a while. What’s more, they can cause stress to your back and joints. For weight loss, the treadmill is best.

The cross trainer

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Cross trainers do look silly. They are good machines, however. They work the upper body as well as the lower body, helping to tone your whole physique. They’re better for your joints than a treadmill. The drawbacks do exist. You can’t burn as many calories on a cross trainer as you can on a treadmill. They’re also quite stressful machines to operate. It’s easy to lose control of one. Take a look at Bill Murray in Lost in Translation. The cross trainer is best for all-round workouts and those with delicate joints.

The rowing machine

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Rowing machines simulate – you guessed it – rowing. They’re tough machines. They work you hard and test a lot of different body parts. They’re a lot like actual rowing boats, but without the water. The physique displayed by professional rowers is a good example of the results they can cause. Rowing machines can aggravate back injuries, which is a drawback for anyone with a weak spine.

The exercise bike

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For the casual athlete, the exercise bike is ideal. You can read while you exercise! Amazing, right? In all seriousness, that’s a positive feature. Exercise can be boring, but the bike frees you to do other things. The problem with them is that they only test the lower body. They’re also not as effective as other machines at burning calories. We’d recommend them as a starting point for new gym users.

There you are – your complete rundown to the most popular gym equipment. Now it’s up to you to decide what’s best for you. Have fun, and please try not to pull a muscle. We don’t want that on our conscience.