Sep 012010
 

Getting home weight lifting equipment can be a great investment in improving your health, strength, and appearance. The only problem comes when you start listening to marketing instead of your true needs. Not all home equipment is made equal and sometimes the lowest priced option could be your best choice.

The number one mistake made by many purchases of home weight lift equipment is buying undersized equipment. You go into the local sporting goods store, super store, and look at all the pretty machines. The sales person slides up beside you and starts talking about all the different exercises you can do on the equipment. It is all very impressive.

They probably made some mention of the machine having 100 or 150 pounds of resistance. It may sound like a lot today, but in just a few months it will sound like a tiny amount to you. You are gaining in strength and challenging the equipment. You head back to the store and discover there is no way to increase the amount of weight. You are now holding onto a piece of equipment you have outgrown and you must choose to either replace it, or let your progress stagnate.

When you head out to look at equipment first take a look at benches and accessories which work with standard weights. You will discover you may have a few less exercise positions, but you will be able to add weight easily. Make sure you ask about the weight limitations of the equipment and each accessory. Just because the bench can support 800 pounds does not mean the lat pulley system is rated to carry even 100 pounds. Ask before you buy, it is very important.

Your other choice is to look at a home gym setup which uses weight plates. Make sure you find out the total capacity again. These home gyms often give you all the positions of those pretty machines with flexible rods, or rubber resistance bands. Real weights are more effective at stressing muscles than pretend weight.

One thing which is easy to overlook in planning for your home weight lifting equipment is allowing enough room. You go into the store or look online and it says you need a 6 foot square for the equipment. This does not take into account your movement around the equipment or storage space for extra weights. Measure the area you can use for your home equipment and take your measurements along when you look at equipment.

There is one type of equipment you must avoid completely. If the equipment claims in can be folded up and stored out of your way, walk away. This is not saying the equipment cannot work, it is saying you will be less likely to use it everyday. Make the room, make the commitment, and get equipment which is ready for action at a moments notice. Equipment slid away under a bed or into a closet has a tendency to stay there and not be used consistently.

Home weight lifting equipment is an important investment. Make sure you buy keeping your goals and future strength in mind. Buy equipment you believe exceeds your potential gains for the next 3 years and you will be investing wisely.

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