Plan a home gym?Get adjustable dumbbells with these 4 features

Adjustable dumbbells are the best way to get the much-needed exercise at home as it is both versatile and easy to store and you can use it anywhere and anytime that you want.

Since adjustable dumbbells would determine how efficient your training is going to be, it is important that you are careful when buying one.

Adjustable Dumbbells

Here are the 4 features which you should always look out for when deciding to buy an Adjustable Dumbbell.

Pay attention to the maximum weight

The first thing to determine is the purpose of buying the Adjustable Dumbbell. This would determine what should be the maximum weight of your dumbbell set.

If you are just looking for a casual exercise and something to just improve your workout routine or help you in losing weight, then you don’t need to go for a heavier set, you can just go for a smaller set but if you are looking to build muscle, then you would need to go for a heavier adjustable dumbbell which is made of good quality and is durable.

Easy adjusting mechanism

Another important factor to consider when buying an Adjustable Dumbbell is to make sure that it is easy to use and switch between different weights.

You don’t want a dumbbell which would take a lot of time to be adjusted and would interrupt in your intense training session.

It should be quick and easy to change weights and shouldn’t be made of plastic as they are quicker to break unexpectedly during a training session.

Here’s a quick demo of how it works

 

Good-quality material

One of the most important things to consider when buying an Adjustable Dumbbell is that it is made of durable material and won’t break anytime soon.

A good quality adjustable dumbbell is important to own because this would determine how long your dumbbells would last and how safe would they be for you.

You don’t want to end up buying a new set of dumbbell every year, so it would be better to invest in a good quality dumbbell in one go.

Stay away from plastic weights as they break down soon and can cause serious harm to your when you are working out, better to go for metal dumbbells as they are durable and safer than other materials.

Dumbbell stand

Another important feature to consider when buying an Adjustable Dumbbell is the Dumbbell stand or rack.

A stand or a rack will make it easier to store your dumbbells when not in use and will make your workout easier and quicker as you can just place your dumbbell on the rack and then pick up another one from the same rack instantly.

It would also save you from a lot of back pain as you won’t need to bend down every time to pick up your dumbbell anymore, it would be lying just in front of you the whole time, making it extremely convenient and useful for you when you are in the middle of a workout.

 

5 Rowing machine every fitness freak must check out

As people are becoming more aware and careful about their fitness and health, a whole new set of equipment have been introduced and become really popular among the masses.

One such equipment is an Indoor rowing machine. This machine provides you with a perfect opportunity to do your cardio at home and although a good rowing machine might not come cheap, it is worth the investment.

So if you are new to this equipment and don’t know where to start looking, we have a perfect list compiled for you of the best rowing machines for 2017.

Concept 2 Model D Indoor Machine with PM5

One of the top-notch models is this Concept2 model which is an air-resistance based rower. While Air rowing machine is considered to provide the most difficult workout, these models lack resistance adjustment but this model is the best air rowing model you could find in the market.

This model provides you with a performance monitor 5 which makes it easy to note down accurate training values of each row for comparison later on.

It also comes with an adjustable monitor arm, footrests, and ergonomic handles. Its two-piece storage and its caster wheels make it easier to handle and move around.

Although it is a little costly at about $1000 it is undoubtedly the best investment you could ever make on a rowing machine.

 

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050

While this model lies in the low range rowing machines at just $125, this model should no way be considered a low-quality machine which can’t provide you with adequate resistance for your cardio. This is the perfect model for all those lazy asses who don’t wish to get out of their house and want their own private gym at home.

One of its plus points is that it is really compact and easy to store which can prove to be really useful if you are a little short on the space. It also comes with a basic monitor which displays the stroke count, time and the calories burned.

Few drawbacks of this model are that there is a chance that your feet might slip out of the machine’s foot straps or you may not find the resistance high enough but this can easily be compensated for its low cost.

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050

Stamina Air Rower

A wind-resistance rowing machine which proves to be really effective at generating adequate wind-resistance for all levels of athletes and comes with a multipurpose monitor which displays all relevant information like your speed, calories burned, time and distance.

Although its seat has been found to be slightly uncomfortable, its large footplates more than makeup for this defect. It is easy to store and carry due to its built-in wheels and its floor protectors greatly help in avoiding any slip while this model is being transferred. At just $299, it is your best bet for affording a high-quality rowing machine.

Stamina Air Rower

Velocity Exercise CHR-2001 Magnetic Rower

Another high-quality machine which uses Magnetic resistance and comes up in the high end of the price scale at $600, this model is really one of the best models for all beginners and experienced rowers. Its DMC system allows you to adjust the resistance to your comfort and gives you a smooth intense workout as desired.

Another benefit of this model is its easily read LCD screen which helps you to keep a track of your exercise and provides you with a list of training programs which you could try.

Another advantage of this rower is that it is easy to store because of its easily foldable feature and with its large polyurethane molded saddle and anodized aluminum profile in association with rectangular tubing support make it a really stable and comfortable rowing machine.

Velocity Exercise CHR-2001 Magnetic Rower

Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine SF-RW 1205

One of the most budgeted rowing machines, this is easily a safe bet for all those newbies who are trying rowing machines for the first time. A sturdy rowing machine which provides you with a variety of features at its low price and allows you a chance to set your resistance at 12 levels which are completely ideal for a beginner and an experienced rower alike.

Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine

It provides you with a comfortable, smooth exercise experience with its adjustable foot straps and pivoting foot plates and displays basic information on the screen for you to take note which includes time, count, total count, calories burned, etc. Due to its lightweight feature, it is easy to store and move. At just $70, this is truly a value for money deal and a good investment for serious rowers.

5 Thoughts every fitness freak should ignore

Ever felt intimidated working out with the bigger and stronger guys at the gym? Well, you’re not alone. When I first hit the gym from the hard-hitting exercises to maintaining the right diet etc. it all seemed like a struggle and at times even torturous but if you’re determined to succeed then don’t give up just yet.

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Take a few deep breaths and keep out negative thoughts like the ones I have mentioned below.

I am not strong enough

Well truthfully talking, nobody was born strong enough and if you’re going to get there you need to believe you can do it. The problem with negative thoughts is that the more you believe in them or let them take over there’s a chance you’ll be right.

So let go all the doubts and keep in mind that everyone’s been a newbie once. Yes, it’s going to be weird, at times even awkward but only then will you progress and get stronger.

Remember perfection comes only with practice.

Are they staring at me?

Trust me the new guy is never the center of attraction so get over it and that is irrespective of whether you hit the gym or sign up for yoga, Pilates, etc. Every person in there is bad at something and there to learn and grow just like you.

Also paying more attention to people around rather than your workout will only result in incorrect poses or poor form. Focus on yourself, you’re doing it for you.

Cardio is such a time waste

A common misconception among most newbie gym freaks is that cardio is no good as compared to the hard hitting weight and machine workouts but a good cardio routine combined together with that can be a game changer.

If you’re bored of the normal walking, running or jogging try something new such as rowing or hit the trails. Adventure sports such as kayaking, rock climbing or trekking are good workouts too.

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I am never going to get that strong

If you’re not going to believe it you’re never going to achieve it. While half the battle is at the gym the other important half is in the mind. Yes, there are going to be super fit people everywhere but not to bog you down but to act as motivation.

They have spent years in the gym kicking ass so any comparison with them is foolish and unfair. Don’t give up even before you’ve just begun. You’ll never find out what could have been.

Let’s watch some TV while working out

If you were in for the TV my advice would stay home. While music and TV can help concentrate and make it more enjoyable if you’re running or doing light cardio, if you’re in the weight room then it’s best to focus on only the exercise. Make each rep and set count.

5 Fitness tips to help you achieve your goals faster

You’ll be surprised as to how powerful your mind can be. Get your head right and you could flourish, get it wrong and you’ll never make it to heights you thought you would and where it all begins is with the goals you set and this exactly why you need to have sensible and realistic goals but that’s not all.

set goal, make plan, work, stick to it, reach goal - a success concept presented with colorful sticky notes

Accomplishing them is a whole different thing and here are few tips to help you achieve them faster and efficiently.

Do something you want to

If your heart not in it you’re more likely to not put the effort required either so if you’re serious about accomplishing your fitness goals opt for an exercise form you prefer. Whether it is yoga, the gym, dance classes or a trek out with friends, do what you love.

This, in turn, will keep you motivated since it matters to you and brings about the changes your routine, mindset, diet etc. need.

Write down the things you need to change

Like I mentioned above a lot of things will need a change but the problem is we spend too much time worrying about what else we can do but sometimes doing less is exactly what the mind and body need.

So what should you reduce or change? Give it a thought. Is it your diet, sleep or are you pushing yourself too much? Understand your habits and eliminate what’s not needed.

Control what you can

Once you’re done deciding on the goals it’s time to act on it. Keep in mind that not everything is under your control and not everything might go to plan but as long as you can control something focus on it and don’t let go.

Things in your control are your confidence, willpower, and attitude. Get help and get your technique, diet right, and rest as much as you can to recover quickly.

Check results regularly

To know how far you’ve come and whether your exercise routine is having the desired effect or not it’s important to evaluate the results on a regular basis.

In case the results aren’t as you’d expect either you need to break down your long-term goals into smaller, shorter goals or change your workout routine by switching to new workouts, increasing weights, sets or reps etc. Get in touch with your trainer and talk it out with him/her and always track your results using either a fitness app or by simply writing it down. If you have a good rowing machine (if not, concept 2 is our top recommendation) then you can easily track your cardio data.

Maintain the positivity

To give it your 100% you need to stay motivated and that only happens if you’re positive. Let not a bad day at the gym spoil your entire week’s routine.

’ I can and I will’, should be your moto before and after your training.

Yes it’s tough but keep up the optimism from start to the end but no one said it’s impossible.

5 Things every CrossFitter will find in common

One of the newest trends that are soon catching up is Cross Fit and while it still has its doubters trust me it works and is also fun. If you haven’t yet tried it or heard of it there’s no doubt you’ll find it a bit annoying and odd but if you’re looking for a change to freshen things up and feel the cross fit is your thing then here are a few thing you’ll want to familiarize with.

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Loud Music

Until and unless you’re in a theater or a concert or out partying with friends I am sure even the thought of loud music makes you feel annoyed and irritated but for cross fitters, it’s a lifeline. The loud music helps drown out the sounds of their grunts and gasps and keeps the adrenaline going.

Since you lose yourself to the music you’ll focus less on your tiredness and pain. It will keep you motivated and push you to the limits.

Chalk

One indispensable thing for any cross fitter is chalk. Yes, that white powdery stuff you loved playing with as kids in high school. When your lifting heavy or doing exercises such as pull ups etc. you need better grip and rubbing a little chalk powder on your hands can do magic.

You can also use gloves too but while they do tend to help grip better the hands get sweaty and uncomfortable especially in the summer months so stick to chalk for now.

A gymnast covers his hands in chalk during a training session before the World Gymnastic Championships at the O2 Arena in London October 10, 2009. REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN SPORT GYMNASTICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Train like an athlete

Having a mind-set of an athlete isn’t exactly easy when you’re not preparing for a marathon or triathlon. Forget about the endorsements and the prize money the athletes bring in. Every time you step through the door you’re an athlete. It’s not even about the races or competitions.

You’re training for a fitter and better future so stick to it.

It’s a community like no other

Some of my near and dear friends are cross fitters. We are a community like no other. I have come across plenty of teams and groups etc. but none compare to the unity and motivation the cross fit team has given me over the years. There’s a sense of camaraderie you’ll revel in. So put aside your doubts and give it go.

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Your own skin

At a cross fit gym, you need to not be the most toned person and neither have 6 packs to flash around but what really matters is how well you train and for that having the right gear and clothes is of utmost importance.

Whether you’ve got a tummy or skinny legs don’t be afraid to pull your tee or pants if they start to weigh you down. Be comfortable in your own skin.

 Share with us your cross fit experience and how it has transformed your life in the comments below and inspire others as well.

5 Things I did to make my workouts super fun

Kicking off with your new workout routine is no doubt tough but even if you do start right there’s always a chance the excitement, motivation etc. fade away midway. As you tend to get stronger and better and your confidence improves you’ll always put in the extra effort but what if you plateau? Well instead of giving up just yet here’s what you need to do to make it fun and interesting again.

Switch to a new place

Sometimes all the mind and body needs to refresh is a change of surroundings. The treadmill, the same weight room etc. can all turn boring after a while but no I am suggesting you switch gyms and pay more.

Rather my suggestion would be to do your runs outside. Hit the trails if needed. Go on a trek or kayaking if you love adventure or simply try Pokémon Go.  You can even do your bodyweight workouts at Local Park with a group or friends.

Try new competitions

Ever heard of an obstacle race? In case you haven’t check out the video below. These races are super fun and trust me you’ll want to keep coming back for more. Over the years these races have become more popular than marathons, trail runs etc.

You can look for such races online and sign up for individual or even team races along with your friends and colleagues to make it more fun and yet have a great workout.

 

Find a gym buddy

If you’ve been working out alone far too long it does tend to get boring and monotonous. Finding a buddy at the gym or asking any of your close mates with similar goals to come along can certainly provide you a mental boost. A sense of competition develops that forces you to push beyond your limits plus having a helping hand by your side will make it easier to take it up a notch.

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Try a new workout

Well if working out outdoors or hitting the trails etc. aren’t your idea of a perfect workout and neither are you looking to switch gyms then you need to freshen things up at your current place itself. I am sure there are plenty of machines or workouts you haven’t yet given a try and switching to these can certainly help.

You can also switch to yoga or Pilates. The point is to keep up the challenge so your body continues to adapt and grow.

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Get your mind-set right

Have you been going to the gym only because you’ve paid for it? Looking to get your workout done ASAP? Well, the chances are you’re not trying hard enough.  If you really want your money’s worth put your game face on, get your mind-set right and nail it.

In case of any trouble getting in touch with your trainer, get your diet right, know the supplements you need and keep up the momentum.