Fitness / / March 29, 2016
home trainer: choose, compare, buy
Fashion for a healthy lifestyle makes you wonder: what is more profitable - to go to a fitness club or equip a home gym?
For people employed in which every minute counts, the second option is preferable.However, before buying a home trainer , sensibly evaluate their strength of will and seriousness of purpose.If this is you have enough, then we'll help you choose.
So you've decided to give part of the apartment or house at the gym.To begin to answer a few questions.This will determine what will be your home fitness.
What is the goal you are pursuing: lose weight, gain muscle mass, or perhaps both?
How many times per week and how many hours a day do you plan to train? Refer to weekly, see the schedule for the last month - how much free time you leave work, meeting friends, shopping trips, etc.
How many people will be engaged in? Pay attention to the weight of the potential "competitors" - this is useful when selecting home treadmills .
How many square meters you are willing to pay for a gym? important to understand if you can afford a stationary home trainer or need to buy a folding?How much money you are willing to devote to the gym?
Where to buy a home trainer
Having considered the above, you can go to the store.Moreover, it is desirable to pre-consult with a fitness trainer or even ask them to accompany you, the coach is much better the most advanced sellers know all the advantages and disadvantages of sports equipment.
To determine suits you or that home trainer , is not enough to evaluate its appearance: work out right in the store a few minutes, first on one, then on another and compare experiences.The simulator - not a dress or pants, take in and tuck it will not be possible for the figure.But this does not mean that the purchase fitness - equipment internet - stores are not worth it - just before you make an order for a specific model, do not be lazy to go to a regular store and try it out for yourself.Buying over the Internet will cost about 20% less.
With regard to television infomercials, the situation is not so clear with them.Through this sales channel usually actively selling simulators for the press and other relatively simple devices.The quality of the equipment presented here leaves much to be desired, and sometimes just advertising deceives buyers.
For example, a movie about simulators for the press promises something like "5 minutes a day and minus 10 cm waist."Although in reality no miostimulyatory or tumblers or ultra-compact cardio (such as stepper size of a shoe box), or other "miracle - the device" will not make your waist thinner, if you'll spend more calories than you consume, iediet and lots of movement.
special harm from such instruments will not be: the same myostimulation used in physiotherapy and massage improves circulation.But if you are aiming for significant results, the range of "store on the couch" - not your option.
Terms home exercise equipment choice
to wisely spend the money on buying a home treadmill , need to know that they are of three kinds: for intensive commercial use (health clubs), for non-intensive commercial use (insmall office gyms), and for the house.
Professional trainers , of course, are more durable and perfect.For example, a commercial treadmill with an engine capacity of 3-4 horsepower can continuously operate in the active mode at least a year.And it is justified, because the club on her claim dozens of visitors per day.
Treadmill has a capacity of 1.5-2, 75 hpand consumes energy as much as an electric kettle.But is the house you will exploit it for days on end?Therefore, on the home treadmill power could and should be saved.But due to the security it should not do.The market
fitness - equipment operates a strict system of international certification.Only compliance ensures the effectiveness of training and safety.In addition, for the home exerciser important versatility, the relative compactness, ease of transportation.
Slim and endurance
With what begins home fitness - room?Of course, with cardio equipment.Out of the land of people who would not have to train the main muscle in our body - the heart.This applies to both young and old.Moreover, such employment not only strengthen the cardiovascular system, but also burn excess fat.
most common among home cardio simulators.This is because it is relatively inexpensive and takes up little space.
bikes are divided into belt, drum and magnetic.In the belt load on the legs it depends on how much tension the belt that turns the wheel of a heavy flywheel.We create a shoe resistance brake pads that are pressed against the flywheel.The degree of belt tension and pressing pad can be changed.Electricity these Home Gyms not required.But it is necessary to include a magnetic socket as the load it is set electromagnets - they who control the operation of the flywheel.
For people with a weak spine and varicose invented horizontal bikes.They spine rests on the back, and the pedals are raised up to the level of the abdomen.Do you like lying on your back and twist the feet in front of him.
for cycling fans is the so-called spinbayk simulating road bike (steering wheel - on seat level, the back - horizontal).
Private view - ergometers, where the load is given in watts.Their main difference - they allow you to carry out various tests on physical fitness.Do you need a "scientific" unit houses - decide for yourself.Practice shows that the cheaper home cardio trainer , the less often it is used.Cheap equipment is inconvenient, boring workouts on it.Advantages simulator
- safest home trainer for people with more weight, with the knees and spine problems.
- relatively compact, requires 1-2 square meter.
- advanced models "are able to" take the time, speed, pulse, and also have a ready-made training programs, designed for different skill levels and for different purposes: warming up, fat burning, endurance development.
- This home trainer not lay down and do not push for a wardrobe.
- belt and shoes pretty quickly wear out, they must be replaced periodically.
- Belt "great" is less reliable: the strap can unexpectedly burst and block such surprises are not presented.
- strap and shoe trainers are not different smoothness, so may seem uncomfortable.
bikes Price: belt - from 6000 rub .;shoe - from 8000 rub .;Magnetic - 11000 rub .;horizontal - 15000 rub .;spinbayk - from 15000 rubles.
Home trainer: Treadmill
Lets in any weather engaged in the most natural forms of fitness - jogging and walking.
most primitive kind - mechanical path.The running belt is spanned by tightly contacting rollers, you iterate through your feet, thereby driving the rollers and the web.Cheap and cheerful, a socket is not needed and foldable track: work out, folded, and put them under the bed.
more advanced options - Magnetic mechanical or magnetic.Similar to the previous one, only the canvas moves easier or harder depending on the load level.It requires power supply, but also can be folded.
have electric motor pulls the fabric load governed speed and angle.In the simplest models all set manually.On a more serious workout program has built-in (similar to velosobratu - running up the hill, down the hill, across the plain, rough terrain, etc.).
power track depends on your weight.If you are under 80 kg, enough motor with a constant power of 1.5 hp(Note: constant power, not the peak, which is so fond of pointing in the brochures), if more than 80 kg - from 1.5 to 2.75 hpFor those who only going to walk quite a track at a speed of the belt up to 10 km / h.If you plan to run, you need speed at least 13, and preferably up to 16 km / h.
Choosing home track, note the presence of the transport rollers, because the minimum weight of a good home treadmill striding - about 80 kg (and more often - more than 100).It is also important that the size of the roadway was about 50 cm in width and about 1.5 m in length.Then you'll feel as comfortable as if running on an alley in the park.Longer and wider canvas requires more space and greater engine power, that most negative for the home environment than a plus.Advantages treadmill
- Perhaps the most effective form of training.
- possible to combine two types of activities - jogging and walking.
- The works include deep muscle body responsible for balance and coordination.
- mechanical and magnetic track is not very easy to run.
- most comfortable - electric - take up much space.
- Running - not a safe practice.If you have too high weight, there are problems with your knees or spine, varicose veins, it is better to do walking.
Price on treadmills: mechanical - from 6000 rub .;Magnetic - from 7000 rub .;electric - from 11000 rubles.The most expensive models of treadmills and exercise bikes attached virtual coach.
The simulator integrated processor, which should be connected to the TV.appears on the screen - to choose from!- Sporty girl or athletic young man who will give the command, how much and how to run / drive, and will be cheering on the road.
Home trainer stepper
simulates climbing stairs, each step has to "push" down.
Mini-stepper - just pedal and step counter and time.Load it is not regulated, you actually step on the spot, and all.As a rule, it quickly becomes boring.In classic steppers create or load hydraulic cylinders (such as brakes in a car), or already known on the exercise bike magnetic flywheel.Such a unit is usually a computer training programs, sometimes even counter pulse.
Solid equipped with handrails, which you can rely to fatigue or for a change.Accordingly, such home trainer must be included in an electrical outlet.In a particularly clever models handrails converted into levers for hands: moving them, you can work out the muscles of the upper half of the body, which in all other cases a rest.Advantages simulator stepper
- Even stepper with adjustable load takes place less than all the other cardio machines.
- If you overdo it, there is a risk of damage to the knee joints.Do not persist with increasing resistance, better often pawed the ground, it is safer.
steppers Price: mini stepper - 1200 rubles .;conventional stepper - from 5000 rubles.
Cross Trainer, who is also an ellipsoid - hybrid stepper and swing.
Each leg stands on its own "floating" as swing, platform, hands hold the levers.You iterate through hands and feet, each foot is not just moving up and down like a stepper, or forward, both on the treadmill, and describes an oval (ellipse).
on the market are ellipsoids of two types: in one handle connected to the pedals in order to use both legs, and shoulder girdle, in other handrails are not connected with the pedals, which allows isolation work with individual muscle groups.
degree of load, as a rule, regulated, can also take the time, heart rate, calories burned, to be engaged by the built-in program.
simulator solid: weigh 80-100 kg and requires at least 2 square meter.There are folding model with wheels, so that the simulator can be folded and slide somewhere far away.In some cases, such as in front of a house party, it is convenient to do.But regularly to drag back and forth folded burglar unrealistic, although it does offer brochures make almost after each session.Advantages elliptical exerciser
- very effective and at the same time gentle exercise: does not load the knees as stepper, no impact load on the spine, as in running, muscles work more intensely than during walking.
- levers at the same time make it possible to work the shoulders, chest, arms and back without additional exercise.
- ellipsoid on wheels quite crawl during training.
- The heavier the flywheel, the more effective workout.However, the massive flywheel and lightweight frame compatible, so a good working ellipsoid heavy and cumbersome.
Price elliptical trainer: folding - from 5500 rub .;normal - from 12000 rubles.
Home trainer rider
trainer-jockey, something like scissors with the saddle.A bit like an exercise bike, because it has a steering wheel and seat.We only need to raise and lower his own body, what little help he unit.Advantages home exerciser rider
- load all the muscles of the legs, buttocks and back is very palpable, with respect to the joints unloaded.
- Suitable for people with knee problems and varicose veins.
- Small footprint - less than 1 sq.m.
- For all its benefits is one of the most boring simulators.
Price simulator : from 3000 rubles.
Rowing home trainer
may also be used as a power, that is, for the growth and strength of muscles.
Looks like a monorail with a seat.Front - block, which is spanned by rope with handles.These are your pens and "paddles".Feet rest on the special stops and work like this rower "squeeze" you back.This is possible because the seat moves along the monorail itself.The width and height of the simulator small - about 60 cm, but the length - almost 2 m, otherwise you will not be able to straighten the end of the leg.
By analogy with the exercise bike can be a belt or magnetic.But there is still a hydraulic load which is created by the cylinder with water.More expensive models are equipped with counters of time, distance and heart rate, have built-in workout programs.Advantages rowing machine
- Loads almost all muscles of the body, so good for those who fear that the legs become much stronger hand.
- unusual and therefore attractive training.
- If you have a lumbar spine problems, from the rowing you should not have.
- If incorrect technique of movement there is a risk to damage the back.
Price: simple - from 5000 rub .;convenient model - from 12000 rubles.
strength and power
Power Home Gyms help develop strength and increase muscle size, but get rid of excess Zhirkov - it's not for them.
Dumbbells, barbells, as well as equipment for use their own body weight (horizontal bar, parallel bars, wall bars) and Accessories (benches, racks).Although such equipment can not be called a home treadmill in its pure form, with them are most effective exercises to build body.