Fitness experts recommend that a person engage in two types of workout activities: one for endurance and cardiovascular training, to get his heart pumping and to improve his blood circulation and stamina; and another for weight and muscle training, to increase his strength and develop his muscle tone. Both of these exercises done for at least 30 minutes on alternate days will work towards a more holistic and effective exercise regimen, and will effectively bring about endurance, overall better health and weight loss.
Many people engage in endurance and cardiovascular training through aerobic activities such as jogging and cycling. Weight training could also be viably done without equipment; some examples of common weight training routines include doing push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups. However, having workout machines enables you to target specific areas of your body for enhancement. That's why many fitness trainers recommend workout machines. Also, though weight training could be done simply with barbells and weights, weight machines are deemed to be safer since there is less danger of dropping the weights on your body - once you release the weights included in the weight machine, they work to drop safely back in place. Plus they're easier to use.
If you decide to buy a muscle machine or a weight machine, it's essential that what you buy is one that you are comfortable using, and one that you specifically need. (Though that may have sounded like an obvious tip, it's a common enough tendency for many people to simply buy any type of complicated-looking weight machine without knowing what they're for, exactly. This is not a very smart move.)
That being said, before you buy a weight machine for your home, it's important that you do some initial research first. Some information to look into includes the different weight machine brands available, their offered models, and what these models target and what machine routines could be done with them.
One recommended technique that would work is to first choose the particular target areas that you want to work, and the machine routines that you need to undertake. Once you've determined this, you can narrow down your search to the different brand names that offer the machines that you need.
One type of common exercise machine includes the lateral pull down and back machines. This type of machine has cables attached to adjustable weights, which you pull down to work your arm and stretch your back muscles, while you are sitting down. Some brands that manufacture this workout machine include BodyCraft, Body Solid and Star Trec.
Another type is the cable crossover machine. As the name implies, it is made of intercrossing cables with weight attachments. You pull on these cables to strengthen your upper and lower arms and shoulders.
Commercial leg machines, leg presses and calf machines help strengthen your hip, leg and calf areas. Most models have you seated, and your feet bring up the weights found at the bottom area of the machine. Some brands and models include the Body Solid leg extension/leg curl machine, and Powertec Compact Leg Sled.
To learn more about the different available machines, such as weight presses, crossbows, etc, here are some sites you could check out: universalweightmachine.com, bigfitness.com and livingincomfort.com.
Just remember the keys to choosing the best weight machine brands and models for you - make sure that you do ample research to find out which ones would truly work your target areas, and subscribe to reputable brands only. But most of all, use it! It’s how much you apply yourself to exercising and working out that make all the difference. Good luck!