Discover some of the top brands of fitness equipment
Choosing the right fitness equipment is tough – just like any product, there are numerous brands flooding fitness and department store shelves. You can get started by researching online or consulting personal trainers or gym staff.
If you're looking for a safe bet, going with a well-known brand usually means you'll get a good piece of equipment. Take a look at this brief brand guide before you start shopping.
You've probably heard these brand names before (and these are just a sample), but for those ready to build their home gyms, it pays to know what each one specializes in so you can decide if they're right for you:
- Keiser. Keiser touts itself as a brand used by personal trainers and professional athletes, but also by the average fitness enthusiast. One of their biggest selling points is their dedication to helping older adults achieve or continue to live active lifestyles.
- Life Fitness. Life Fitness boasts the invention of the first piece of exercise equipment, the Life Cycle, and now has a robust line of residential and commercial fitness equipment. Since then, they've been leading-edge innovators in producing equipment custom-designed for both in-home use and in gym settings.
- Nautilus. Nautilus is another well-known brand, and are also the company behind the famous Bowflex apparatus. Aside from that, they sell a variety of cardio and strength-training equipment, and also sell complete home gym setups, taking the work out of building your own home gym.
- Precor. Precor is a newer fitness brand, but is working its way up into one of the most well-known fitness brands. They specialize in "high-end" fitness equipment for fitness facilities, but also have equipment for home gyms, including their trademarked StretchTrainer, which can help you warm up and cool down before workouts.
Choosing the Right Equipment
Choosing the right fitness equipment requires more than just brand name knowledge. You'll need to review each brand's line of equipment to find pieces that work well for both your budget and your space.
If you don't have a lot of room in your home gym, be sure to look for pieces that serve dual purposes, such as single-stack or double-stack apparatuses. These pieces give you a variety of exercise options that can help you target all muscle groups.