Thursday, November 10, 2005

9. WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED

The equipment that you require really depends on your goal. If your goal is to simply lose weight all you may need are some shorts and some good walking/running shoes. If you are shooting to be Mr/Ms Olympia you are going to need a bit more and might be better off joining a health club. As with diet, the key to equipment is that it supports your exercise program in a way that you can stick with it.

Also, by way of warning, do not believe everything you see on TV. It might sound great to think that you can lose weight and tone your entire body by doing a certain exercise, but it probably isn't true. If you want to gain overall body tone, you will need to exercise your entire body.

I'm going to touch on a couple of the items I am using, a good running shoe and heart rate monitor. I just joined 24 Hour Fitness and have access to all of their cardio and strength equipment.

If you would rather work out at home, you can do a lot of strength training with something as simple as a set of dumbells (+$20), free weights and a bench (+$150) or a home gym such as a Soloflex machine (+$2,000) or a Bowflex machine (+$800). On the cardio side, you can walk or run for free, or you can purchase an eliptical machine (+$200) or a treadmill (+$200). Please add your comments if you have a home gym and let us know how it has worked for you.

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