Which Product Is Right For You?
You know your end goal but figuring out how to get there can be hard. There is a massive range of products available in the market so we've put together a cheat sheet with information about our most popular categories to help you decide what's the right fit for you.
If you're buying for your own personal use think about the kind of activities you enjoy doing and the fitness improvements you're looking to achieve. Don’t be fooled by unrealistic claims and gimmicky features on machines, these features won't motivate you if you don’t enjoy the type of exercise. You want to buy something that you will use time and time again.
If you enjoy biking the obvious choice is an exercise bike. Also known as an exercycle, this piece of equipment will improve your cardio fitness, assist in weight loss and tone up your legs and butt without putting pressure on your joints.
- Very low impact
- Great for knee rehab
- Suitable for the elderly and pregnant women
- Easy on the lower back (please ask our experienced team about correct technique if this is something you struggle with)
- Helps tone and strengthen lower body
For further information on buying an exercise bike, take a look at our buying guide: Buying an Exercise Bike
Treadmills are versatile, the perfect piece of equipment if you enjoy walking or running. No matter your level of fitness, if you’re looking to improve your cardio fitness levels or lose weight, you can do so on a treadmill.
- Lower impact than running outdoors
- Balanced flat surface
- Controlled intensity - speed, time and incline
- Best of the cardiovascular equipment for burning calories
For further information on buying a treadmill, take a look at our buying guide: Buying a Treadmill
Elliptical Cross Trainers
Elliptical cross trainers are an alternative option if you enjoy walking or running but want lower impact. This piece of equipment offers a large range of motion, perfect if you want to tone up, lose weight and improve your cardio fitness levels.
- Lower impact on knees and joints
- Smooth elliptical motion
- Upper and lower body workout
- Great cardiovascular workout
- Full body tone
For further information on buying an elliptical cross trainer, take a look at our buying guide: Buying an Elliptical Cross Trainer
Rowing machines are great if you are looking to continue rowing training in all weathers but for non-rowers also provide a full body workout, assist with weight loss, all over toning and improve your cardio fitness levels.
- Low impact
- Full body workout
- Intense cardiovascular workout
- High calorie burner
- Uses core muscles (abs and back)
If you are unsure if a rowing machine is right for you, contact one of our friendly team to discuss your specific goals and requirements.
The Fitness Equipment’s Intended User
Give careful consideration to who is going to use the machine. Are you buying for use in your own home, gym or training studio? if there is a large number of people, you should consider a heavy duty or commercial grade machine. The weight of the intended user or users is also important to consider to as heavier users place more strain on various wear points and can cause lighter, cheaper products to wear out quicker.
Wear and Tear
Another critical consideration is the amount of use the machine is going to get. The more hours of use there is, the more important the requirement is for high quality components. The build strength of the product and the components are the major factors that determine the cost.
How the Pros Determine Product Suitability
Below is a guide that our manufacturers use when considering a products' suitability:
- Light domestic use – less than 4 hours per week, 1-2 users
- Heavy domestic use – 4-10 hours per week, 1-5 users
- Light commercial use – less than 4 hours per day, multiple users
- Heavy commercial use – 4-12 hours per day, multiple users
For more information on product suitability for your individual requirements, simply contact us and one of our fitness experts can assist you.