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Since 2001, American Home Fitness has been providing quality and professional home fitness equipment. We pride ourselves on being a locally owned and operated business. When you walk into one of our showrooms, our fitness experts go out of their way to ensure that your shopping experience will be both satisfying and energizing. Our wide variety of equipment here is guaranteed to change your life for the better.
If you're a little short on commitment but want a beach body this summer, or at least to get in better shape, a home gym may be the answer. As we know at American Home Fitness, Michigan's leading supplier of quality home fitness equipment, exercise equipment in your home is harder to avoid than driving to a gym.
For those with a limited range of motion, or recovering from an injury, exercise machines can help with rehabilitation as they retain the normal range of muscle and joint movements without letting the exerciser go overboard or by putting extra stress on the injured area. In addition, a workout using equipment can reduce stress, relieve anxiety and lessen depression.
The Bosu Ball resembles an exercise ball that has been cut in half. Like an exercise ball, it is inflated, but with an attached platform. Bosu Balls are used for balance training and are great for the development of endurance, strength, and stability. When placed with the dome side up, the ball provides a bouncy surface perfect for challenging cardio and strength training exercises. Flip it so that the platform is up and it can be used to balance on for core work, lower body development or flexibility training.
The dumbbell, a type of free weight, is used in weight training. Dumbbells are smaller than the barbell, which has a weight, or multiple weights, on each end and a bar between that is lifted with two hands. Dumbbells are smaller, shorter and designed to be lifted in one hand. They allow for variety in workouts, can increase the effectiveness of a workout by adding resistance and can be easier on the joints than the barbell. Dumbbells are also great for home gyms because they take up less space, especially if you live in an apartment.
The kettlebell is a cast-iron or steel weight that looks like a bowling ball with a handle. It is used for cardiovascular and flexibility training, which helps improve overall strength and burns calories for weight loss. In particular, kettlebell use builds strength in the lower back, shoulders, and legs by working several muscle groups simultaneously. Exercises that use kettlebells can include squats, cleans, jerks and snatches. By purchasing a kettlebell set, you can progressively increase the amount of weight you use to work toward long-term fitness goals. Not only do kettlebells improve your range of motion by loosening joints (which reduces the risk of injury), but the American Council on Exercise says that using kettlebells can burn up to 20 calories per minute.
PowerBlocks are the newest version of the dumbbell, only compact and weight adjustable. The benefit to PowerBlocks is that they can replace an entire rack of fixed-weight dumbbells and only require about three square feet of room in which to be stored. The weight of adjustable-weight dumbbells can be changed by adding or removing individual plates. This also makes them less expensive than having to purchase an entire set of traditional dumbbells.
Weight benches primarily help to develop the upper body. The support of a weight bench helps to maintain proper form while lifting weights and increases how many repetitions can be completed and how fast. Because these benches offer support, you have a wider range of motion when working out, which exercises muscles from a different angle or muscles that don't usually get much of a workout. Many weight benches can also be arranged in different positions for alternatives to weight lifting, such as doing chin ups and crunches.
Another benefit of weight benches; many can be folded up so as to take up a minimum of space in your home gym, or be stored against the wall if you are using a garage or living room as a gym space.
A water rower is an indoor rowing machine that actually sits on a tank of water to provide resistance, as opposed to air or magnetic resistance used by "dry" rowers. The combination of water mass and drag creates resistance that gives a solid full-body workout. Regular rowing workouts help to build and tone muscles, strengthen cardiovascular function and increase stamina. Rowing machines are ideal for older people or those recovering from injuries because they place no strain on the back or joints.
Rowing also burns calories quickly, making it a great weight loss option. Thirty minutes of vigorous rowing can burn almost 400 calories for a 185 pound person. The action involved in rowing also improves lung, heart and circulation systems.
Any of the equipment above can make a good foundation for a home gym. If you are considering assembling a gym in your home, American Home Fitness is the place to start. We carry products from fitness industry's leaders including Precor, Octane, Hoist and True. Unlike large department stores, our fitness showrooms are filled with equipment that we encourage you to try. So jump on, give it a spin or a pull and compare models and manufacturers so you know exactly what you need to motivate you to work out more often and more efficiently. Go to our website at http://www.americanhomefitness.com/ for the showroom nearest you.