Not yet registered? Create a OverBlog!

Create my blog

Top five pieces of workout equipment

With such a huge variety of workout equipment available, and the often over-stated benefits of rather gimmicky products, it can be difficult to get a sense of what equipment is the most effective for you. Below are the five top pieces of workout equipment for overall fitness.

Adjustable dumbells

Relatively cheap to pick up, adjustable dumbells are perfect for weight training, since you can add weight as you progress. Besides, they also provide a good cardio workout when used as part of circuit training. The huge amount of exercises which can be performed with various weights make these essential equipment, and a good start for a home gym.

Stability ball

Also known as a Swiss/Swedish ball, exercise ball or balance ball, this is primarily used as an alternative to doing exercises on the floor, for example push ups or sit ups. The instability of the ball requires the core muscles in the body (abdominal and back) to work a lot harder to maintain balance while doing an exercise, giving a much more thorough workout.


Kettlebells are primarily used in explosive exercises, where strength and flexibility are the main targets. The shape of the kettlebell means that it is best swung upwards for exercises, targeting the muscles across almost the whole body, and especially the core. Kettlebells can also be very effective as part of a cardio routine due to the demanding nature of its exercises. However, the use of kettlebells is not recommended for those with a weak back.

Rowing machine

The rowing machine is among the best gym equipment for cardiovascular workouts, as the resistance in the rowing movement requires most of the body to work against, and especially targets the back. Moderate sessions, around 15-20 minutes, provide an excellent cardio workout.


The treadmill is the archetypal gym machine, and most gyms will have more of these than any other type of machine due to its popularity. While it does not offer the additional strength or flexibility benefits associated with certain other cardio routines, running is one of the most effective methods of improving cardiovascular fitness. For the many people who do not like running outdoors, or cannot due to joint problems, the treadmill provides this ideal cardio workout.

Same category articles Sports equipment

The benefits of a pull-up workout

The benefits of a pull-up workout

The pull-up (pullup) has been a standard among exercises for some time. Along with the push-up, sit-ups, and other fundamental exercises, the pull-up deserves a place in anyone's workout routine.
Where to buy olympic weight sets

Where to buy olympic weight sets

Olympic weight sets are fast becoming a standard piece of equipment in most gyms. For those wanting to replicate the professional gym feel at home, Olympic weight sets are a great purchase to make. This article will look at the best places to purchase olympic weight sets.
All about: Equipment for strongman training

All about: Equipment for strongman training

There is more to strongman training than just dumbbells and countless repetitions. Proper equipment is needed, so that conditioning exercises done for strongman training work.
What to expect from Pike Place fish market

What to expect from Pike Place fish market

The Pike Place Fish Market is an open air fish market located in Seattle, Washington. Pike Place Market gets its name because it is positioned at the corner of Pike Street and Pike Place and obviously the word 'pike' is a play on the species of fish. The store is a popular tourist destination in Seattle, attracting up to 10,000 daily visitors, and is often billed as world-famous due to it's 'flying fish shows' and general street entertainment.