An exercise machine is any device used for exercise, intended primarily for use in improving strength, power, and flexibility. These range from basic spring-like units to computerized electromagnetic-mechanical rides to circulating-pools. Most exercise machines also include an exercise log or a heart rate monitor. Some machines are made to simulate activities in the gym, while others are meant mainly to help the home exerciser get in shape.
The most obvious distinction between exercise machines displayed at Fitnesshub and free weights is that they are intended for single-arm or single-foot exercises. They are also designed to increase strength, whereas free weights are designed for multiple-domain resistance training, i.e., muscular-fatigue development over a wide variety of exercise movements. Exercise machines are convenient for people who can't get in shape easily because they require minimal supervision. For example, a person at home can work out his/her upper arm with a push button and achieve good fitness results. A person at a gym has to ask the trainer what muscles he/she needs to focus on for that exercise, and then do the corresponding movement.
It's true that some exercise machines and free weights can't be used at a gym, but some can be used to greatly improve fitness and/or reduce the time it takes to reach your fitness goals. For example, elliptical machines, stair steppers, treadmills, and cross trainers are all effective workouts that you can do at home. Some of these have big electronic screens that show your fitness stats on a customized page. You can also compare your stats with those of other members of your gym so that you can determine if you're getting the best workout. Moreover, the privacy of doing your workout at home allows you to do your workout without interference from other members of the family or the gym staff.
There are also some gym machines that are not really meant as exercise machines, such as a leg machine. Leg machines are effective for burning calories and strengthening your legs. But you can use them to train your whole body. A back workout machine, for instance, can be used to tone your back muscles while a leg machine can be used to tone your ankles.
Before buying any gym machines, it helps to first take note of the pros and cons of each. When it comes to exercise machines, David Blaine (a famous YouTube personality) says, "The only machines that work are the ones you could take down." Because of this, if you have a costly machine you can't bring it with you if you're forced to leave the house. Also, some gym machines take time to assemble, which means you have to wait around for it. You'll also waste money if you have to pay someone else to install it for you.
One type of exercise machines you can buy is a recumbent bike. These are great for people who don't have problems with their back or stomach getting tired while they work out. The recumbent bike works by having a chair-like seat that looks just like a regular bike seat. Instead of pushing the pedals, you position your feet in the footrest and lean forward slightly to guide your bike through a large space.
Another kind of exercise machine you might want to consider is a rowing machine. Rowing machines help you strengthen your arm, leg and shoulder muscles. Unlike other equipment, rowing machines allow you to simulate the actual experience of rowing on water, so you can get the full cardiovascular workout without actually getting into the water.
One of the best pieces of cardio equipment for home use is the elliptical. Elliptical machines help you burn more calories by utilizing your entire body's motion. An elliptical exercise machine can provide up to an hour or more of high-impact aerobic exercise. A treadmill offers a low impact option, but it also provides a repetitive motion that is hard on your joints and legs. When you combine these two options, you're making exercising fun and getting the most benefit from your workouts.