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|System||Targeted Body Area||Popular Exercises|
|Lower Body Gyms||Legs, hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, glutes||Leg curl, leg press|
|Total Body Gyms||Whole body||Bench press, leg curl, rowing|
|Upper Body Gyms||Arms, shoulders, back, abs, chest||Bench press, rowing, tricep curls|
|Power Towers & Dip Stations||Arms, shoulders, abs||Pull ups, pull downs|
|Power Racks & Squat Racks||Arms, legs, quadriceps, biceps, glutes||Squats, bench press|
|Core & Ab Gyms||Abs, chest||Crunches|
There are four common types of gym equipment: cardio, strength training, fitness accessories, yoga & pilates. Read on to find out more about each type.
Strength training involves using weights to tone and strengthen the entire body. Weight can be from your body, free weights, resistance weights, or weight machines. Pull-up bars, push-up stands, weight bars, and weight plates are just a few examples of other strength training equipment.
Home Gyms: These total body stations range in functionality and size; from total body to targeted system.
Dumbbells: A type of free weight that ranges from less than five to more than 60 pounds. Dumbbells usually come as a set of pairs of weights.
Weight Benches: These benches are available in a horizontal, inclined, or folded position, and the incline can be either fixed or adjustable. Features include racks or handles to hold weights or bars.
Ketttlebells: Kettlebells are metal balls with handles and range in weight from five to 60 or more pounds. Kettlebell workouts combine strength, cardio, and flexibility training through repetitive motions.
From BMI to heart rate monitors, fitness accessories help you to get the most out of your at-home workouts.
Balancers & Stability Balls: Made to promote balance, these are available as balls, blocks, boards, and more. They can be used in exercise and for stretching.
Fitness Mats: Fitness mats provide a non-slip surface for exercise and stretching. They also protect the floor from wear and tear and exercise equipment.
Yoga and Pilates both provide great exercise, but differ greatly in their practice. Yoga is predominantly about controlling breathing to gain relaxation, and relieve stress in the body and mind. Pilates involves concentrating breathing to specific muscles.
Pilates Machines: The Pilates machine—a gliding padded bench that rests on a carriage with wheels and springs—helps to achieve length and strength by pushing and pulling. The machine is versatile, because you can perform Pilates exercises by standing, sitting, or laying down.
Stretch Partners: Stretch partner equipment allows you to safely stretch the full body with proper form. This is supposed to replicate the deep stretches that you could achieve while stretching with an actual partner.
Foam Rollers: Formerly only used by professional athletes, foam rolling and self-myofascial release helps to release muscle tightness by deeply compressing muscles. Foam rollers are used very commonly for muscle mobility and recovery.
Yoga Mats: These specialized mats prevent hands and feet from slipping while doing yoga or Pilates. These range in color, thickness, material, texture, and stickiness.