Home equipment, what should I get?

When it comes to purchasing a home piece of exercise equipment, many things have to be addressed. There is the obvious “how much space do I have”, or “will I use this piece of equipment”. Let’s face it, you can find a treadmill on craigslist that is gently used for a decent price but you should still have concerns about that (I’ll address that in a later post).

When I talk with people about home equipment, I make sure they understand  there is no one perfect piece. You probably have that friend that loves the treadmill, uses it every day and burns so many calories!  Or, better yet, you were up late and watched that infomercial showing a hard-body using the latest, greatest piece of equipment.  What do you do?

If you don’t like to use the elliptical, you probably aren’t going to use one at home. The same holds true for a treadmill, bike etc.  You can burn calories on any piece of equipment, you just have to challenge yourself.  Infomercials sell because they make promises that most of the time are too good to be true but you don’t know that until you have made the purchase. Plus, with those infomercials, you don’t get to try the equipment out. That is really what it comes down to. You need to get on the equipment, see what is comfortable and what you will like.  If it doesn’t feel good when you are on it chances are you won’t use it very long.

Having equipment for your home is ideal but only if it is something that will be more than a clothes hanger!


Don’t be intimidated by spinning classes!

Throughout my 20+ years in the fitness industry, I was never much of a group fitness type of person.  I would periodically (and when I say periodically, I mean rarely) attend a GF class, usually at the request of an instructor to have a token guy there. Don’t get me wrong, they were challenging, just not my cup of tea.

The one class that intrigued me was spinning.  I have always enjoyed cycling and this took it to a new level!  The great thing about spinning is, even though it can be intimidating and seem impossible, this is probably the easiest class to adjust to whatever fitness level you are.  Many people I have talked to were unsure about this as they thought they had to be an elite fitness person to take a class.  Being able to instruct a good class and walk new people through is a great experience. When you have someone come to you and say they still weren’t sure if it was for them before class, but became a believer after makes an instructor feel great! I had that experience with a client who I encourage to try a class.  She was unsure but did it. Many months later she said that spinning helped her get over the weight loss hump and lose the last pounds she had been trying to lose for a long time!

Next time you feel bored with your cardio routine, check out a spinning class. You won’t regret it!

Until next time…