Home Exercise Equipment: what do you use and recommend?

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    Oct 29, 2011 2:11 PM GMT
    Cybex Arc Trainer----an elliptical with incline feature.......is our one piece we've grown to love over the past 2 years. The gym has everything of course but the gym isn't always convenient.

    I love having an indoor cardio choice when it's rainy or too cold......or when I want to watch something on tv while getting a workout.

    And many times, I've finished with a run outdoors once I've had a good warm-up on the elliptical.

    What do you use?
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    Oct 29, 2011 3:58 PM GMT
    PresentMind saidCybex Arc Trainer----an elliptical with incline feature.......is our one piece we've grown to love over the past 2 years. The gym has everything of course but the gym isn't always convenient.

    I love having an indoor cardio choice when it's rainy or too cold......or when I want to watch something on tv while getting a workout.

    And many times, I've finished with a run outdoors once I've had a good warm-up on the elliptical.

    What do you use?
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  • dancedancekj

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    Oct 29, 2011 4:04 PM GMT
    Kinetic bike indoor trainer + Old bike

    Power fitness exercise resistance bands
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:05 PM GMT
    Bow Flex
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
    Kettlebells.

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    Oct 29, 2011 5:23 PM GMT
    Thinking I would work out more often if I set up a complete gym with music, mirrored walls, a/c, fridge & t.v., I had a Bodycraft X4 installed. That system gives you a great, thorough work out, but I realized I missed the camaraderie of my buddies (and even acquaintances) at the gym.

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  • starboard5

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    Oct 29, 2011 5:27 PM GMT
    SelectTech dumbbells by Bowflex are handy...pricey, but handy.
    Also, a little off topic, but I recommend the Men's Health "Home Workout Bible," by Lou Schuler and Michael Mejia. Great resource.
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    Oct 29, 2011 8:25 PM GMT
    I always coveted a Bowflex Revolution machine for some reason.

    I finally sit in front of one at a retailer. I'm too tall and lanky for a lot of my exercises that I picked up at the gym. Those arms and cables need to have a double-length option.

    http://www.bowflexhomegyms.com/bowflex_home_gyms_us/homepage.jsp?adID=DEGG1SITEG

    The fun part is you will have little trouble finding one of these machines on CraigsList or Ebay.

    In the end, it was cheaper to move closer to the gym.

  • SurfInVa

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    Oct 29, 2011 8:55 PM GMT
    I use the Total Bodyworks 5000 by Weider. Pretty much just like the Total Gym, but also has built in adjustable tension straps that adds a lot more resistance at each level. It's WAY less expensive than the Total Gym and free shipping if you get it via Amazon like I did. It's perfect for a compact, at home, machine that gives you the full spectrum of exercises to hit every muscle group. Pic of it on my profile. Takes 5 seconds to slide it down to stow away if needed.

    I had a Total Gym years ago that I had to sell when I moved to a really small apt and when I moved to a new apt with more room, I looked into getting another one. Ran across this one, check the vid reviews on YouTube and decided to give it a try. I was impressed and recommend it.

    I also use an exercise ball for flexibility and even more ab work.
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    Oct 29, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
    starboard5 saidSelectTech dumbbells by Bowflex are handy...pricey, but handy.



    I can't imagine my li'l home gym without my SelecTechs!

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    Oct 29, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    My chin-up bar was the best fitness investment I ever made.
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    Oct 29, 2011 9:22 PM GMT
    Chin-up bar
    Kettle ball
    Swiss Ball
    Bosu
    Built a small collection of weight through the years: 10,15,25 and 30 lbs
    glide discs
    Battle Ropes
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    Oct 29, 2011 10:30 PM GMT
    KETTLEBELL

    JUMP ROPE

    BODY WEIGHT!!!
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    Oct 29, 2011 10:44 PM GMT
    I second the SelectTech dumbbells, They have a version that goes up to 90lbs thats great.

    I have a bench press with a 3-way safety rack so it can convert to squats as well
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    Oct 29, 2011 11:08 PM GMT
    gym_business saidChin-up bar
    Kettle ball
    Swiss Ball
    Bosu
    Built a small collection of weight through the years: 10,15,25 and 30 lbs
    glide discs
    Battle Ropes


    THIS sounds like a great selection for full body workouts........

    AND best of all , NOT EXPENSIVE
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    Oct 30, 2011 1:42 AM GMT
    TRX, Swiss ball, exercise mat, dumbbells, ab bench, adjustable weight bench.
    Wish I had a pullup bar.
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    Oct 30, 2011 1:51 AM GMT
    I have a Bowflex that I haven't used in a while. It's fine, but not as good as going to the gym.

    I have a stationary bike that I use once in a while.

    I wish I had a treadmill, but I would have to get rid of other things to make room for it. I can't really justify the expense when I have a gym just 10 minutes away.
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    Oct 30, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    PresentMind said
    gym_business saidChin-up bar
    Kettle ball
    Swiss Ball
    Bosu
    Built a small collection of weight through the years: 10,15,25 and 30 lbs
    glide discs
    Battle Ropes


    THIS sounds like a great selection for full body workouts........

    AND best of all , NOT EXPENSIVE


    Yepp... they are simple, space-efficient tools that still allow you get an amazing full body workout.
  • Antony123

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    Oct 30, 2011 2:18 AM GMT
    X-Box with Kinect camera and Two fitness games: UFC Personal Trainer for Strength and Core training and Your Shape Fitness Evolved for Cardio.
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    Oct 30, 2011 2:18 AM GMT
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    Pretty much anything you see on the home shopping network, or on an infomercial after 1AM would work great, for sure.