There are four steps in making right equipment-buying decisions:
1. Identify if it’s possible for you to make some sport efforts and determine your fitness needs:
• The equipment should be appropriate for your skills and suit your interests and fitness level. Your activities should be enjoyable and yet challenging enough to be able to move on and achieve progress. For example, you should be able to increase the resistance, incline or duration of a given piece of equipment.
• Every home gym should consist of basic components for both aerobic training and strength training along with a mat for stretching and abdominal work. Aerobic training such as jogging, stepping, or cycling, for example - burns fat, and strengthens the heart and lungs. Strength training uses free weights, elastic bands, or machines that resist your movement. It helps building muscles, strengthens bones and boosts your metabolism. Stretching makes up and keeps muscles and joints flexible and helps prevent injury and soreness.
• If the main idea is an aerobic workout, then the equipment's resistance should be low enough to maintain at least 20 minutes of smooth continuous motion. If the goal is muscle strengthening, then considerably more resistance is needed. For this goal, it's difficult to obtain muscle strengthening benefits and aerobic benefits from the same kind of the equipment. In most cases, machines that claim to do both are inadequate for strengthening beyond the initial level of sedentary beginners.