“/>Ollie Booth demonstrates the chassis trainer
Why do we need equipment? By looking at the weekly physical activity guidelines, it is easily accessible to get the cardio aspect off the equipment, go for a walk, run, or perhaps take an online exercise class. However, to cover the strengthening aspect, a bit of equipment is required to ensure the body stays balanced.
For general health, pain reduction, and fitness goals, it’s great to think in terms of movement patterns. For example, for everything we press (e.g., a push-up), we want to do the opposite movement, a row (e.g., an exercise band row). As you can see in this example, one exercise did not require equipment and the other.
Certain movement patterns such as squatting can easily be developed further. Take something heavy like a dining chair or your dog and hold it in front of you. Other movements require something more specific.
The review: With the above in m
And here are my three favorite home exercise equipment. I’ll walk you through the pros and cons of the different exercise options, space, and cost.
Dumbbells: Pretty obvious how they work, the heavier the dumbbell, the harder the exercise.
There are more expensive adjustable dumbbells out there, but looking at the cheaper fixed dumbbells here are the pros and cons.
With the right weight, you can effectively train all major movement patterns.
– If you want more weight options, storage space and cost are an issue.
– To be able to work out effectively, you need a lot of pairs of dumbbells.
Chassis trainer: Essentially, they are straps that you can anchor to a door or branch. You use your body weight for resistance, with the position of your body determining the difficulty.
– A wide variety of exercises are possible, including some unique ones.
– Require minimal storage space; acceptable price.
– Some key movement patterns that you cannot train and for the intermediate level who lack the lower body exercise options.
Resistance bands: There are many different types of bands, each with a great use, but to get the most out of a specific type, the tube ban.
ds take the top spot for me.
– The resistance can be easily adjusted and monitored.
– A wide variety of exercises especially if you want to get more specific with certain muscles.
– Require minimal storage space and are the cheapest of the three.
– A couple of movement patterns that you can’t really train with bands. That being said, these movements can generally only be done with body weight or parts that you likely have at home.
Try one of these options which gives you a wide choice at a relatively low cost. Once you get a feel for what your home workout is going to be like, you can start looking for something a little more specific kit.
If you need help putting together a home workout, or if you have any questions about which home exercise machine is best for you, you can find my contact information at www.olliebooth.com