When it comes to weight loss, there is no substitute for a well-balanced diet and exercise routine that you will enjoy doing consistently. If you lose focus on one, the other will suffer. I won’t recommend any particular diets, but as a personal trainer, I can offer you ideas on some of the best at home weight loss equipment.
The items listed below may not be your preferred modality of training and that is ok. Find something that you like to do and you’ll get results over time.
Best At Home Weight Loss Equipment
Just because you work out at home doesn’t mean that you should work out any differently than people who go to the gym. There is a direct correlation between muscle mass and metabolism, which is why people with more muscle tend to stay leaner while not sticking to the best diets. The best way for you to start putting on some muscle is to get stronger. You can do this by performing the basic compound movements, bench press, squats, overhead press, rows, and deadlifts, although I don’t necessarily recommend deadlifts for everyone.
If you have space in a basement or garage, you should invest in a power rack. A decent rack may cost you a little money but it’s cheaper than paying for a gym membership with annual fees year after year. Instead of watching the scale every day, you can start focusing on getting stronger. A good resistance training routine with a steady diet equals results – every single time.
Don’t be fooled by programs that have you jumping around and boxing into thin air. While those programs may be great for cardiovascular fitness and work initially for sedentary individuals who have a lot of weight, but they’re not the best option for losing weight, keeping it off, and sculpting a body for most people. If resistance training is done right, you can build muscle and lose fat at the same time. Resistance training is THE number one option for losing weight, burning fat, building muscle, and it will be even more important as you age. If you don’t have room for a power rack, that is ok, there are other options.
There are much better ways to lose weight and body fat than walking on a Treadmill it’s fitting to put it on this list since we’re talking about at home weight loss. For individuals carrying a lot of weight and who have had a sedentary lifestyle, the most important thing for you is to get moving and stick with a well-balanced diet.
Initially, you can lose a decent amount of weight by walking on a Treadmill just 30 minutes a day. However, like all other modalities of training, your body will adapt to it and the returns will be slim. Also, I see many people using the Treadmill incorrectly for fat loss. If you just get on a Treadmill and walk or run then you’ll just get better at walking and running.
To effectively use the treadmill for fat loss, you need to elevate your heart rate to its fat-burning zone and keep it there for at least 20-30 minutes. To find your fat-burning zone, subtract your age from 220 to get your V02 max. Then take that number and multiply it by 0.6 to get the low end of your fat-burning zone. Stay in this range until your body adapts to it and then you can increase it to 0.7 and so on. Almost everyone who has joined a gym and given 2 “free” personal training sessions has heard this but they never do it.
After my days as a Personal Trainer, I worked for a great company that sold home and commercial gym equipment. I had the opportunity to assemble some great equipment to put in the showroom and I can tell you that the best treadmills go in this order:
Spirit Treadmills: Great foldable treadmills that are on the cheaper end but very durable. The XT models have most of the same features but have a different weight capacity so choose the model you need based on the number. Most people will be fine with the XT185 model as it has a 275lb weight capacity, but get the XT385 if you require more weight stability. Higher models may have more features in the consoles, more horsepower, etc.
True Fitness Treadmills: A little more pricey but they are durable and a lot of fun. They put a lot of effort into ergonomics and their soft technology will take away the pounding that your joints will suffer over time. Some of their consoles even have virtual programs that allow you to simulate running in different countries. Most people will be fine with the M30 or M50.
Landice Treadmills: Even more pricey but it’s good old American steel with a lifetime warranty. If you want a treadmill that is going to be in the family down through the generations, buy Landice. The warranty is transferrable to family members and if there is ever a problem, they just take care of it. The L7 and L8 are just fine for most people.
The problem with treadmills is the impact they have on your joints and you can’t get all of your muscle groups involved to maximize calorie expenditure. Rowing machines offer you a low impact full-body workout. Additionally, they don’t take up much space and very easy to store. Not only are they great for cardio but they help build strength and endurance.
The best rowers right now are water rowers which are easy to assemble and maintain. As the name suggests, the resistance or drag is generated by the water. The faster the rowing, the more strength, and endurance will be required. It’s probably the most enjoyable at home weight loss machine.
The Versa Climber is a hell of a thing. At first glance, it doesn’t look like much but your full attention is required on this machine. It’s an upper-body climber and a lower-body stepper built into one compact machine.
Most cardio equipment targets the lower body with minimal activation of the upper body, however, the Versa Climber targets every muscle you know of and the ones you don’t. There is a very low impact on your joints and it burns more calories than traditional cardio machines. It’ll be challenging for most people to do this exercise for 15 seconds without having to stop. With that said, it’ll deliver results if you stick with it. I still recommend weight training
Kettlebells are another way to get cardio and resistance training at the same time. With that said, I don’t recommend anyone start using them without some sort of training. There are hundreds of informational videos on Youtube that cover Kettlebell usage and programs. They take up very little space and you don’t have to worry about maintenance, just handle them with care.
Kettlebells can get pricey if you’re trying to buy a lot of them so I recommend getting adjustable ones like the REP Fitness Adjustable Kettlebell or the Hyperwear Soft Adjustable Kettlebell if you’re worried about your floors.
This went on a little longer than I intended but I’ve offered you some great options for at home weight loss equipment. You can work out at home with the same energy and determination that you would in a gym. Depending on how much space you have, something on this list will help you get to your fitness goals as long as you stick to it.