Welcome to exercisegrid.com. In this post “Exercise Equipment for Beginners – Cardio Machines”, I’ll be talking about the 5 best cardio machines you can buy as a beginner. Ready to bring in a change to your personality? Well, let’s get started!!! The 5 main cardio machines have been listed below, make sure you read each one of them carefully if you’re completely new to this.
This page is specifically targeted to newbies and if your pretty advanced, there’s no harm in going through the content. I did a lot of research on these machines and wrote down the best possible points so that you can easily understand them without having to face any issues.
In this page, I’ll be talking about the health benefits these machines bring, which body parts each of them specifically target and I’m also going to give you a basic description of each equipment (weight, whether it’s easy to operate and move around etc.). The 5 cardio machines which I’ll be discussing below include Treadmills, Exercise bikes, Rowing machines, Elliptical trainers and Stair Climbers.
You might have heard of the word “Treadmill” a couple of times in your life. If you don’t know what a treadmill is or what it does, I’ll give you a short definition of it. A treadmill is a device used for exercise, consisting of a continuous moving belt on which to walk or run. Since you now know what a treadmill is, I’ll give you some additional information on it.
What does a treadmill to do your body?
To be honest, treadmill actually helps you to gain muscle mass in the muscles you use – like your legs, quadriceps (thighs) and buttocks. Running on an inclined surface will tone your glutes and hamstrings.
What are the health benefits of using a treadmill?
Let me tell you something, almost all the cardio machines definitely provide you with some fascinating health benefits. But, a treadmill is one of the best when you compare it with other machines. It keeps your heart younger and healthier, lowers your blood pressure (which in turn reduces your stress), helps you to burn a lot of calories and strengthens your legs.
Is it easy to move them around?
The weight or mass of a treadmill depends on the brand and the model. On an average, a treadmill can weigh anywhere between 150 – 300 pounds (68 kg – 136 kg). There are few treadmills that are much lighter in weight and you’ll find it in this website when you go through different pages.
Don’t worry about the weight, there are other ways to move it when you want to shift it to a new place or if you want to store it somewhere. There are many brands when it comes to treadmills, some treadmill manufactures do add wheels under it so it can be moved around the house/gym easily.
If you want to store it, I recommend going for smart treadmills which can be folded (no wonder why they are called “smart treadmills”).
Do you need to have any technical skills to operate this machine?
The answer is obviously a big fat “NO”, but there are some cases. You won’t be needing any special skills but there are few brands that have screens that resemble an iPad. In case you find it difficult to operate, you could probably contact that particular company and ask them for help. I’m 100% sure that you’ll be able to handle it with ease.
Many of you have been cycling since childhood. Nowadays, bicycles are much expensive compared to the exercise bikes at the gym. One main advantage of an exercise bike is that you can use it in your house and even in the aircraft (but they don’t allow it).
What impact it has on your body?
The answer is quite simple, cycling strengthens your legs, back, biceps and also your chest. Increasing the effort level when you cycle has a much greater impact on quadriceps (thighs), hamstrings and calf muscles.
What are the health benefits of cycling regularly?
The craziest benefit is that cycling increases your endurance and stamina (so you don’t feel tired or fatigue in later life). Like I said before, cycling improves the strength of your legs dramatically. Helps you to burn a lot of calories just like a treadmill. You don’t have to visit an orthopedic surgeon for your leg operations if you start cycling effectively and efficiently.
Will you have trouble moving it around?
Unfortunately, the answer might be a “YES”. There are a few exercise bikes which can be moved from place to place around your home easily but it depends on the brand you go for. To stay on the safe side, it’s better to place it somewhere your absolutely sure about. But luckily I’m here for you, right? I’d say leave it to me.
Is it easy to handle the controls?
Yes, it’s pretty simple to use the controls. You won’t be finding many settings in the display screen of an exercise bike. I’m 100% sure that you can take care of the technical aspect of it.
Have you ever seen rowing at the Olympics? If you haven’t, go to YouTube and watch it right now!!! I assume that you might’ve got the idea on how “rowing” works. Rowing can be done both on land and water but I’ll be focusing on the one which is done on land.
How it affects your body shape?
The reason why I personally like rowing so much is that it targets almost all the body parts. Rowing targets all your legs except for the calves. It’s the best cardio workout for the upper body. It toughens up your shoulders, back, and arms.
What are the shocking health advantages?
Boosts your heart rate and the blood flow because the whole body is being used for this workout. Burns calories and helps in weight loss. Now when I say “weight loss”, it doesn’t happen in a day or two. It takes a lot of hard work and patience but it’s definitely worth it.
Will you have trouble moving it around?
When it comes to rowing machines, I recommend you plan ahead smartly on where to put it in the first place. A rowing machine can weigh anywhere between 50 – 100 pounds (22 kg – 45 kg). The lighter ones are easy to move around but you will be needing an extra set of hands in order to move the heavier ones (in case you plan to buy the heavies ones).
What about the controls?
It’s not that hard to operate a rowing machine but might be complicated when you start your first workout on it. As you play around a bit with the options and start exploring it yourself, you’ll get the hang of it. In case you have a tough time operating it, do not hesitate to contact me.
Elliptical trainers are also called Cross trainers. Some of you might have heard about it and some of you might have not. To take a look at the proper definition, please visit the link below. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliptical_trainer
It has very similar effects and benefits like rowing but the only thing is that it has less impact on your heart. If you want to boost your heart rate, you could increase the effort level. It’s the best “full body” workout compared to the rest of the machines.
What’s the weight?
An elliptical trainer varies in weight. If you’re looking for a simple elliptical trainer, it might weigh between 100 – 150 pounds (45 kg – 70 kg). But if you’re looking for a professional elliptical trainer like the ones at the gym, it will lie between 200 – 400 pounds (90 kg – 180 kg).
It can be hard if one single person tries to move it but can be done with 2-3 more people. It’s better to ask the delivery people to move it for you as you might damage it.
Is it easy to operate?
Out of all the 5 cardio machines, an elliptical can be operated easily. The screen is pretty simple to play around with and control.
Now when I say “Stair Climber”, it doesn’t mean you have to ignore this and start climbing stairs. Wait till you hear the impact it has on your legs and the health benefits as well. It can be expensive but it’s better to buy a stair climber than to pay double the money and go to an orthopedic surgeon in the future.
What does it do to your weak legs?
Using stair climber regularly will strengthen your legs and it’ll convert it from clay to rock. This machine will target all the lower body muscles like glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves.
You might think it’s the easiest workout compared to all the other four mentioned above, but it’s not. The stair climber is the hardest workout machine compared to all the other four types of equipment. I forgot to tell you something, it also keeps your heart young. When I use the word “hardest”, you don’t have to freak out!!! The harder, the better.
I hope you’ve read all the sections carefully and might have understood some basic stuff on exercise equipment’s. If you have time or if you wanna read some more stuff, make sure to read my other blogs like Exercise Equipment for Seniors, NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill Reviews and ProForm Cardio HIIT Trainer Reviews – Burn Calories Faster.
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