Congratulations! If you’re reading this article, it means you’ve made one of the best investments you can make - home exercise equipment! Starting a new fitness journey is always incredibly exciting, but if you’re new to fitness it can be a bit daunting. In this article, I’ve collected all of the information you’ll need to get started with your new home exercise equipment – from cycle bikes, rowers, mini steppers, and more – find everything you need below to get started.
1. Cycle Bikes
If you’ve just purchased a cycle bike, welcome to the masses of people plugging in and riding from home during the pandemic. You won’t regret your decision. Cycling is fast-paced, effective, and a total blast! For those of you who are new to cycling, this Beginner’s Guide to Cycling has all the information you need to get started on your journey.
Even if you’ve regularly taken classes at the gym or studio in the past, having a cycle bike at home will require a little more detail and maintenance. Completing regular maintenance and care checks on your cycle bike will ensure your cycle bike lives a long and happy life. For example, if you have a bike with felt or leather pad resistance, you’ll need to regularly lubricate the brake pads. Check out our quick guides for lubricating felt brake pads, or leather brake pads. Or check out this guide for routine maintenance.
Finally, hop on your bike and get started with some workouts! This Beginner Cycle Bike Workout is a great place to start. This 10 Minute HIIT Cycle Bike Workout is also a great way to sneak a quick but solid workout into your day, and accessible for riders of all levels. Be sure to subscribe to the Sunny Health & Fitness YouTube Channel for more great workouts, and check out the Cycling Workout Collection!
2. Rowing Machine
Rowing a great way to increase your fitness level. Not only is it an incredible cardiovascular workout, if done properly it works approximately 86% of the muscles in your body. Rowing is one of the more technical forms of cardiovascular exercise, as your upper body, lower body, and core are all heavily involved. If you’re new to rowing, check out our Beginner’s Guide to Rowing.
Get started with this 10 Minute Rowing Drills for Beginners Workout, designed to help you ease your way into rowing and learn the ropes. Or hop straight in with this 10 Minute Rowing Pyramid Intervals Workout. If you’re not sure where to start, be sure to check out the Rowing Machine Workouts Playlist on the Sunny Health & Fitness YouTube Channel.
A treadmill is an awesome piece of home exercise equipment to add to your home gym. Perhaps, the thing I love most about treadmills is most people already know how to use them, seeing as most of us walk so regularly to get from point A to point B throughout the day. For those of you interested in getting into more depth and detail with a walking and/or running plan, you may enjoy this Beginners Guide to Running, as well as this Strength Routine for Walkers and Runners.
What may come as unexpected to new treadmill owners is that treadmills actually require regular lubrication and maintenance. Be sure to check out our General Maintenance & Care Guide for Treadmills which will help you take the best care of your treadmill, so it lasts you for years to come.
Ellipticals are a great way to get a low impact full body cardiovascular workout! They’re awesome for beginners as the form is pretty simple, and the machine provides ample support for your joints. Ellipticals are also great for intermediate and advanced exercisers as you can easily adjust the intensity of your workout by increasing the resistance, speed, or by using one of our cardio climbers which include incline as well as horizontal climb and present a bit more challenge for your lower body muscles and core.
While many of our ellipticals come with pre-programmed workouts, you may enjoy mixing it up with some of our trainer-led workouts. These workouts are designed to keep you on your toes, and really challenge your fitness level to help you become fitter and stronger throughout your fitness journey. You can find our elliptical workouts on our Elliptical Training Playlist on the Sunny Health & Fitness YouTube Channel.
5. Mini Steppers
Mini steppers are by far one of my favorite pieces of home exercise equipment you can purchase for your home gym. While they may be small, they sure are mighty! Work your entire body, achieve an intense cardiovascular burn, and tone and tighten muscles in your glutes, thighs, and calves with each step on your mini stepper. If you’ve chosen a mini stepper with resistance bands, even better, as this will open up your options with each workout. Resistance bands are great for targeting your upper body and core!
Hop into some fun workouts right away with our Mini Stepper & Step Machine Workout Playlist, and be sure to subscribe to the Sunny Health & Fitness YouTube channel, as we’re also coming out with new workouts.
Last (but definitely not least), the NO. 077 Row-N-Ride®. This machine is a fan favorite and great for adding in some strength training into your regular routine. Get a great full body workout, focused on strengthening your glutes, hamstrings, quads, calves, back, shoulders, biceps, triceps, chest, and more! When used for extended periods of time, this machine can also be great for weight loss and building your fitness when you complete HIIT or circuit training style workouts on it!
To learn more about the Row-N-Ride, you may find these articles helpful: To make sure your machine is properly set up for you, use our Row-N-Ride Fit Guide. Learn how to properly use your machine with our article Proper Exercise Form for the NO. 077 Row-n-Ride®. And finally, learn how to get the most out of your workouts with these guides: How to Target Glutes with the Row-N-Ride, How to Target Core & Upper Body with the Row-N-Ride.
Be sure to check out the Row-N-Ride Workout Playlist that has a ton of amazing workouts for using this machine at home. If you enjoyed those workouts, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for all of the latest workout releases to take your at-home workout to the next level.
I hope this article helps you get started with your new home exercise equipment at home. If you have any questions about your new product that weren’t addressed here, be sure to leave a comment below, or reach out to us on any of our social media channels, and we’d be happy to help you get started on your new fitness journey!