My best equipment purchase has been my new Nordic Track Recumbent bike. I have been here for almost 6 months and I have used this recumbent bike on most days of every week. I like doing my fitness minutes at home. This bike is better than my old stationery bikes that I did not like to use. The bike can be set to an easy beginner's level and other levels are available so when I progressed enough to be ready for them, I have been trying Levels 2 and 3. This bike is especially good so one can work indoors to stay fit in severely cold or hot weather, especially when it is so uncomfortable going outdoors to exercise or to travel to where you want to exercise.
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Best: iPod shuffle; heart rate watch; New Balance; custom orthotics made by a podiatrist. Seriously, those orthotics SAVED my feet and ankles. Also, "Body for Life". I don't use that exact plan anymore, but I learned a whole lot about pyramid training.
Worst: Several different personal trainers. I've had five or six trainers over the years, and only two of them were people I could actually connect with, who listened to me. But even the bad trainers had something to teach me. Also, Adidas running shoes.
I bought a really nice gym quality treadmill about 8 years ago. I sleep in a running bra and with my little Ipod Shuffle clipped to me and every morning crawl out of bed and run barefoot in whatever else I happen to have on. I own a couple of ratty pairs of running shorts that I may put on when I do run outside, but lack of gear is more motivating to me than too much stuff. When I get out of bed I don't have to look for anything.
I run every day before work and one weekend day, and am grateful each time that I saved and bought a nice treadmill instead of making an impulse purchase.
Worst purchase - all in one "gym" that was too big to use! Once it was assembled, there was no room left to access each side. Assembling and disassembling it were the only exercises it was good for.
It gets wicked hot in KY in the spring/summer months, and you won't find me outside in the winter, so I broke down and bought a LifeFitness elliptical trainer and I LOVE it. If its too hot to walk outside or if I dont' make it to the gym, I can always head downstairs for a few minutes and get in some cardio. Don't skimp and get a cheap one-- you'll never use it. If you can afford it, get a good one from a trusted brand. Even the cheaper models they make are easily 100 times better than what you might find on tv or at Wal-mart.
Best: My elliptical! Also resistance bands and stability ball. And yesterday I got the "HeavyWeight Yoga 2" DVD (by Abby Lentz), which I think will also become a favorite.
Worst: A ridiculous statonary "cycle" consisting of just pedals on a stand. Never could find a chair the right height to create a good angle to use it, and it wobbled. It was never good for anything except placing on a table for hand pedaling. Okay for upper arms, but not what I had in mind.
Best - Polar F4 watch/heart rate monitor, good shoes, good treadmill and elliptical (replaced my old step machine, which was also great), large Swiss ball, free weights, yoga mat
Worst - some odd contraption that you sat on like a bike and then pulled and pushed with your arms and legs alternately - the resistance was from your own weight. Got it from my husband as a gift years ago... Eek.
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A walk belt was my best purchase
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Best are a terrific sorts bra, resistance bands, and a body ball!
Worst, any gadget on an infomercial, ask me how I know LOL
Really useful thread. It's so nice to know that I'm not the only one who is adverse to gimmicky exercise equipment and gyms! I'm currently addicted to my pedometer. One time I left it behind and felt naked all day.
Best: going to an orthodontist and getting fitted for shoe inserts to support my weak arches. This was a blessing. Also best: free weights, and MUSIC to dance to.
Worst: gyms. As much as I like going for the expensive, well-built elliptical, I like the freedom of walk/jogging around the neighborhood everyday and using my free weights. I'll have to re-think come winter. But there's the dancing!
The best (until lately) my treadmill. After a series of incline malfunctions, its started making a constant grindy whine. Just waiting for the other shoe to fall. But it has been my go to for daily exercise. Speaking of shoes, Sketchers Shape Ups because these feel good even after 6 non stop miles. Worst would be the cheap pedometer that never counted steps unless I was standing still. It ended up in a cornfield. (Yes, I threw it. I know, my bad. I looked for it to give it a proper burial, but no luck).
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Best: my yoga mat, 2lb, 5lb, and 10lb weights. And workout clothes. They help me feel sexy even when I'm lumpy, and they help me get in the zone for working out.
Another good purchase: A 4gig thumb drive so I can copy my downloaded yoga classes to it and put them on my PS3 to exercise in the living room with the TV instead of my computer room!
Worst: exercise bike (used) - had the handles that move back and forth when you pedal. I hated it. It wasn't the kind I like, so I ended up never using it. If and when I ever do purchase one, it will be one I enjoy riding.
BTW, this is a great thread! Good idea!
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Worst: Treadmill--my knees don't like it at all, and I currently use it as a clothes rack.
I'd like to have a recumbent exercise bike, I think; my sister and best friend each have one, and they love 'em. Also a regular bike; if it ever stops raining here, I'd like to do some biking this summer.
Best: A bike that actually fits my petite frame and has a low low gear so I can go up hills! The other best "thing" I've bought is various dance classes over the years.
Other stuff I like: exercise ball, decent shoes. I learned how to buy good shoes after going to a talk about hiking shoes. I buy walking shoes that have the sturdiest heel and arch areas. (that are hardest to squish out of shape)
Worst: set of weights. Awkward to store. I decided I prefer using my own weight or household items to weight train. I've never bought big bulky exercise equipment, but I know I would hate them because I don't like clutter in the house.
I just bought a pedometer so the jury's still out on that. I've considered buying a stand to convert my bike into a stationary bike, but I have a feeling I'd never use it because I wouldn't want to lug my bike up the stairs onto the first floor or exercise in the garage.
Best: Polar sport watch / heart rate monitor, good running shoes, good sports bra (water wicking), and good running shorts with a key pocket. These all contribute to a more comfortable, "aware" run. Also like my stability ball and 10 & 15 lb. free weights. The best by far, though, is my running buddy. He's a 15-pound super athlete named Jesse Dog.
Worst: Any yoga or pilates DVD I've ever purchased. It's just not my thing. I remember my parents owning a $300 coat rack / stair climber when I was in jr. high.
Wants: Heart rate monitor sport watch with GPS (moving to a new city and it would be great to know how far my runs are, etc.), lighter running shoes, Reebok SpeedPak weights (smaller living situation in my future but would love more weight!), resistance bands, another dog to keep my running buddy happier when I'm at work.
BEST: Wii EA Sports Active, Yoga Mat, 3lb dumbells, stability ball, Turbo Jam, Mizuno running shoes (went to a special shoe fitting place to get them, and they were cheaper than New Balances)
Worst: Carmen Electra strip tease (good concept, but not well executed), that Yoga video on demand that had twiggy on it... UGH!, Just my Size Yoga DVD (it's OK, but doesn't give you a good enough workout), Walmart Resistance band.
I'm not one for purchasing large equipment, but I have a gym membership for that and swimming. Good luck!
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Best that I was given (not bought): A little travel fitness set that included a beaded jump rope and an exercise band with handles. I got these for high school graduation from a friend's parent and actually still use them many years later.
Best I've bought: my hula hoop, stability ball, some heavy bands, free weights (3, 5, 8 and 10 so far), yoga mat
Worst so far: a silly gimicky jump rope that is made of plastic and counts rotations and "calories". It is really not smooth as a jump rope. Maybe a couple of fitness dvds and books that I don't use--but the jury is still out on those.
Best Free Weight set Left over DP Bench [still in plastic wrap] at local thrift store Edited to add: Another BEST is the Silver Sneakers membership that came free with my insurance. They offer swim exercise, ROM, Cardio, Yoga plus use of all the gym and I can go to any gym that offers it free. When the husband had cardiac rehab in Hershey, I simply went to the local gym and kept up my weight workouts for free. Love it. Great insurance which provides health support programs as well as taking care of me when I get sick and a great Silver Sneakers program. Can't beat it.
Worst? That %$@#$@# GOLDS GYM BARBELL that had to be assembled. AVOID THAT ONE. It uses pegs you have to pound in. I solved it by buying bolts but it was an annoying pain in the butt. Buy a Capp instead.
I tend to buy solid not gimmicks and my major complaints is the things like that assembly barbell.
That question make me laugh... Years ago before I became disabled... I purchased a low, low to the ground exercise bike... In order for me to use it I had to sit on the floor and somehow climb onto it without tipping the bike... Needless to say my darling husband who had put it together... had the task of taking it apart so it could be returned.
I have all kinds of fitness equipment, just not the big stuff. I just want to say that in my case, I don't use them enough in order for them to pay off!! I keep on telling meself, "maybe this one will do the trick." So, none of my equipment is effective if I don't use it. Thanks. Sisterkate2
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Best Sneakers Worst Sneakers
I have found that a good pair of activity appropriate shoes are invaluable. I have also found that a pair of bad or inappropriate shoes will sabotage a workout no matter how dedicated you are.
So what's the best & worse fitness equipment (big or small) purchase that you've made.
Worse is probably the Ab Roller, years ago bought this but never really used it. Best is probably my stability ball, I use it all the time. Others, exercise bike, resistance band & hand weights. I'm looking at Kettlebells & a medicine ball to get soon. I don't have money to go to the gym, so I'm making the most of what I have here. So what's yours?
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