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Fitness Equipment: The Good, Bad, The Ugly

Posted by Jordan Allmark in Fitness

 

The fitness industry is complete with many twists and turns to cheap schemes and inefficient equipment. Most of the players in the industry are only in it for one thing; they are there to get as much money as possible.

That’s why we see so many products for fitness appear out-of-nowhere. They are cheaply manufactured, cheaply advertised, yet expensively sold to folk like us. They will use any excuse to sell it to you, like “it’s water-resistant so it’s perfect for running in the rain” and “it’s flexible to aid your lower back pain”, and then they decide to pop in a few big words to fool you in to believing that they completely understand their product, their customers and the issues that they face, for example “This product rehabilitates the erector spinal’s inhibitory state, making way for the blood to efficientally flow through and enhance your lower back ability to correctly…” (I think I have made my point clear by now).

So, on a more positive and honest note, this post will focus on giving you the quickest (and correct) tips and tricks on Fitness Equipment; Where to buy the best, reasons not to buy others, and the advantages & disadvantages of purchasing your own at-home equipment!

Shameful schemes to make you feel bad, guilty or forced to buy

Gyms. They are the home of many bodybuilders and fitness fanatics, athletes and, let’s face it, young teenagers. But they are also home to many folk who feel ashamed to look at themselves; Not everybody can look into a mirror, flex their biceps, dance their pectorals (chest muscles) and walk away thinking “I’d feel jealous of that sexy beast, too”. Most people need easing in. They need reminding that the gym is a place for everyone. They don’t need to be reminded of their appearance, their current mindframe and their crippling fear.

So, rule number 1: Do Not Buy From Anybody (or Business) That Uses Wordplay or Imagery That Attempts To Attacks Your Feelings/Insecurities.

I say this bluntly because you should feel excited to own some new dumbbells, barbells, or even a running machine. You should not feel forced to buy any equipment (especially from the business/people that use those shameful schemes). Exercise is a necessary act in order to maintain your health (physically, emotionally, mentally and internally), but it must be taken up by one’s own will; being forced to exercise does more harm than good – Look at this study from the University College of London, and please feel free to leave your own thoughts and opinions in the comments:

In a study released by the University College London found that people who experience discrimination or negative interactions based on their weight tend to gain weight, with the study’s lead author, Sarah Jackson, revealing in a statement that “people who experience discrimination report comfort eating.” She continued, “Weight discrimination has also been shown to make people feel less confident about taking part in physical activity, so they tend to avoid it.”

RULE NUMBER 1

  • Do not buy from anybody (or business) that uses wordplay or imagery that attempts to attack your feelings/insecurities.

The positive and negative war on ‘at-home’ Fitness Equipment

When all is said and done, the real question still lingers on… What are the Positives and Negatives on purchasing your own at-home fitness equipment? Well, I’ll break the ice of suspension right now; there are only a few disadvantages for purchasing ‘at-home’ equipment (because everything needs an imperfection). Let’s get them out of the way:

The Disadvantages:

  • Self-maintenance
  • Can be quite expensive in the beginning
  • May not have the necessary space
  • May feel less motivated to push yourself (As the biggest guy at the gym isn’t there to make you feel like you have to)

So, not many of them spring to mind. I personally have my own ‘at-home’ equipment and these are the problems that I usually face, and what many others in my position do too. Another issue (If you do not have a shed or a shelter to workout in) is that the equipment can get damp and/or dirty, and in the Winter they get significantly cold to-the-touch. Also, when it rains, then depending on your mood it may be the most depressing workout EVER, or the most breezey session in your entire life span! 

Please feel free to comment below of any other disadvantages that I may have missed.

 

However, the decision to own some fitness equipment does come with enough advantages to shift anybody’s perception on if owning some equipment is the right move or not (*Pssst… It Is Definetely Worth It!*).

The Advantages:

  • You save money in the long-run (Travel to the gym etc.)
  • Boasting power of owning your own “gym at home”
  • You feel more comfortable in the environment
  • No need to rush
  • Your preferences can be met (Certain equipment brands, certain music choice, exercising butt-naked etc.)
  • Your family and friends can join in, cost-free (unless you decide otherwise and begin charging them)
  • You can workout at anytime for as long as you wish (A+ result in my most humble opinion!)
  • *And Much More (Varies with everybody)…*

And again, you can freely comment on what I have missed and what your opinion is on my list!

Overall, I recommend atleast buying ‘some’ equipment to store at home (Just in-case you don’t make it/feel like going to the gym one day. You always have those 5kg dumbbells in the shed, so pop out a few Allmark Fitness ‘5 Minute Dumbbell Workout’ videos)!

RULE NUMBER 2

  • Atleast think about getting one bit of gear for at-home use (For that rainy day when you cannot be bothered to travel to the gym).

Where to shop  |  What to avoid

Don’t overspend on gear. Don’t underspend on it, either. You need to find that ‘sweet spot’ where the cost is neither too high to be borderline robbery or too low to be near useless.

To make this final rule short and simple, I will just hand over a quick ‘top 5’ list on the best places for you to get your gear from (strictly in the UK). Along with this, I’ll give you a mini list on what to avoid when purchasing your equipment (not everybody is as honest as we are, so you are bound to find a seller which tries to take you for a fool and sell you a beat-up running machine that only goes backwards and can’t even handle a weight heavier than a small Jack Russell).

Where To Shop:

What To Avoid:

  • Treadmills (Don’t forget about the outdoors…)
  • Abdominal machines (Or machines in general)
  • Dirty and overused electronic equipment
  • Equipment that is WAY too inexpensive (or WAY too expensive)
  • Weights that are WAY too heavy for you (There is most likely nobody nearby to help you out if there are any problems)
  • Trends (Will you be using it in a month? Everybody is different – Stick with what works for you)

RULE NUMBER 3

  • Be very careful with where you buy from, what you are buying, who is selling it and if it’s even worth your time!

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