Workout Equipment List
Not all workout equipment is created equal. Workout equipment varies in price, durability, and how they are used. Each piece of equipment will train different parts of your body. It’s important that you pick the best equipment for your workouts that align with your fitness goals. Below is a list of workout equipment, what they are used for, and how much they cost.
An ab coaster is a machine designed to work your abs in very specific ways. As opposed to other ab machines, the ab coaster works your abs from bottom to top with the help of a pendulum-like swing. To use this machine, a lifter will put their knees on a seat that is attached to the pendulum, while simultaneously holding on to bars at the top. From there, the lifter will move their knees up and down along the pendulum until they have finished their sets. This piece of equipment cost about $100 to $200.
Ab Crunch Machine
An ab crunch machine is used to work out one’s upper abdominal muscles by providing an easy way for a lifter to expand and contract his core. Performing this ab crunch movement has two steps. First the lifter must sit in the machine and slide their feet/ankles underneath the padded steps found below the machine, while also holding onto the bars on the top half of the machine. From there, all the lifter must do is bring their knees to their chest in an upright crunch motion. This machine costs about $500 to $1,000.
Ab Roller Wheel
An ab roller wheel is a small piece of gym equipment that is used to workout one’s lower back and abdominal muscles. The design of an ab roller is fairly simple. There is a small central wheel with small handles on each side. To properly use the ab roller, a lifter will start by sitting on their knees in an upright position with the roller on the ground. From there, they will roll forward and backward as much as they deem appropriate. This piece of equipment costs about $10 to $20.
An abdominal bench is used to complete abdominal movements like crunches and situps from a declining position. To use this machine, the lifter must first put their feet underneath the padded bars and lay back on the bench. From there, the lifter is free to crunch, twist, or bend in any number of ways. The lifter may adjust the steepness of the bench slightly, but in all cases, the bench will remain declined. This piece of equipment costs around $50 to $150.
A stability ball is a fairly large, elastic ball used in a number of bodyweight and core stabilization exercises. Stability balls are usually 22 to 32 inches in diameter and they compress and decompress because of the elastic covering. Two common exercises that can incorporate the use of a stability ball would be planks and pushups. Stability balls are fairly cheap, costing $10 to $30.
When used in the context of weight lifting equipment, accessories are anything that supplements or enhances an exercise. Common accessories include ropes, pulldown bars, bands, and hex bars. These are often used in conjunction with cables exercises, allowing for optimal resistance training. Common exercises that utilize these accessories include tricep pushdowns and lat pulldowns. Because accessories encompass a wide variety of equipment, the cost of any single piece can be anywhere from $20 to $150.
Battle ropes are thick velvet ropes usually about 20 to 40 feet in length. To use battle ropes, the lifter must wrap the rope around a large object to provide optimal resistance. Although the exact movement patterns vary, all battle rope exercises revolve around holding one side of the rope in each hand and swinging the ropes one way or another, working the forearms, shoulders, and back. Battle ropes are found in most gyms, but will cost around $50 to $100 if purchased independently.
Weight lifting blocks provide a stable area for the barbell to rest on before the performance of a weight lifting movement. Blocks of this kind are adjustable in that they can be 2 ft tall or 5 ft tall depending on the lifter’s needs. Many Olympic lifts, like the clean and jerk, require a block for the weight to rest on because the weight is being lifted over their head. If a barbell rack were to be used, then it would likely get in the way, so many train using blocks instead. In any case, they cost around $300 to $600.
A climbing rope is a long, velvet rope of many different sizes that is used to train grip and upper body strength. The rope will be attached to a clip on the ceiling in order to force the athlete to fight against gravity. The athlete can train using this piece of equipment by attempting to climb as far as possible up the rope or by simply trying to hold on for as long as possible. The ropes themselves only cost $10 to $50, but the implementation costs may be higher.
Energy bars are high-calorie snacks aimed at giving people energy for a short period of time. Because working out requires a large amount of energy and focus, energy bars are a popular pre- and post-workout snack because they are high in protein and calories. Granola bars, cliff bars, and RX bars are three popular types of energy bars. Depending on the type of bar, a pack can cost anywhere from $10 to $30.
Hand Grip Exerciser
A handgrip exercise is a small device that aims to strengthen a lifter’s grip and forearm strength. The operation of a hand grip exerciser is quite simple. There are two foam pads sticking out in a “V” shape connected to a metal coil. The lifter will continually squeeze their hands together, activating the small muscles in the wrist and forearm area. The hand grip exerciser is quite inexpensive, costing around $2 to $10, but more sophisticated metal versions can cost upwards of $50.
Headphones are popular for weightlifters in the sense that they get them focused and feeling good while lifting weight. Although they provide no physical help while performing in the gym, they offer quite a bit of psychological help, allowing lifters to reach their maximum intensity. High quality headphones cost $300 to $400 while lower quality ones can be as cheap as $5.
Jump rope is a piece of gym equipment used for lower body, cardio, and stabilization training. By jumping over the thin, plastic rope several times, the athlete is forced to both tighten their core and utilize their calf, hamstring, and quad muscles. Jump ropes are fairly cheap, costing only $10 to $50.
Protein shakes are high protein drinks used to refuel the muscles after a workout. All lifters should aim to consume 20 to 50 grams of protein within an hour of the workout’s completion in order to refuel the body and protein shakes are essential in completing this task. Some protein shake brands include Orgain, Transformation, and Iconic. An individual protein shake will only cost a few dollars, but most times they are sold in packages or 12 or 20.
Water bottles are helpful in ensuring that a lifter is properly hydrated during a workout or competition. They come in all shapes and sizes, but most house about 12 to 18 fluid ounces of water. There is no need to bring a size any bigger this, given there plenty of water fountains located within large training facilities. Smaller water bottles can cost anywhere from $5 to $10.
Workout shorts are the most common piece of clothing that lifters wear on their lower body when working out. There are several different brands of workout shorts, such as Nike, Adidas, and Shark Fitness, all of which produce workout shorts in large amounts. Workout shorts are generally made of thin, elastic material that allows both men and women free and comfortable clothing to wear while working out. Workout shorts cost $20 to $60 depending on material quality.
Yoga mats are large, rectangular pads that lifters may sit or lay on when performing any exercises on a hard or rough surface. Although yoga classes do require yoga mats, they are not the only places where yoga mats can be found. Most gyms house mats of this kind in warm-up areas in order to provide this soft surface for the lifter to exercise on. They can cost anywhere from $10 to $40.
An agility ladder is a piece of equipment made for speed and agility training. They are approximately 20 ft in length with small plastic tubes that mark off boxes every 2-3 feet, allowing them to look like a flattened ladder on the ground. Agility ladders are common among athletes to train quick twitch muscles in a number of fast feet drills. There are dozens of different drills that utilize a ladder of this type, but all involve moving through the surface as fast as possible. The cost of a single agility ladder is approximately $15 to $35.
Cones are small plastic triangular prisms that are used as markers for a wide variety of drills. These are very common in football and basketball training, as they easily denote specific places that the players should go to properly complete the drill. Cones are not very expensive, only costing about $5 to $10 per pack of 8.
A dragging sled is a piece of metal or hard plastic with a small tube facing upward in the center that allows weight to be added. In addition, a thin nylon rope of about 5 to 10 feet is attached to the sled with a belt that is then wrapped around the athlete’s waist. From there, the athlete can perform a number of running and agility movements, from sprints to lateral side hops. A dragging sled costs around $40 to $100.
Jump boxes are fairly large rectangular prism-like boxes, used as a surface to jump on and off of while training. Jump boxes vary in height, as they can be as tall as 6 ft and low low as 1 ft. The material can also change, with most being made of some type of wood. Depending on the exact size of the box, jump boxes can be bought in the range of $100 to $200.
Plyo boxes are fairly large rectangular prism-like boxes, used as a place to jump on and off of while training. Jump boxes vary in height, as they can be as tall as 7 ft and low low as 1 ft. As opposed to jump boxes, the material in plyo boxes is usually a softer foam-like surface instead of the hard, wood surface found in jump boxes. Depending on the size, jump boxes can be bought for $100 to $200.
Ankle weights are small, weighted pads that can be attached to an athlete's ankles before conducting a number of speed and ability exercises. Most ankle weights are 2 to 10 pounds and attach around the athlete's ankle by velcro. Similar to running with a weighted vest, the goal of using ankle weights is to train the body to be more explosive when being weighed down in order to increase the speed of the athlete once the weights are taken off. The cost of ankle weights is around $10 to $50.
A balance board comes in two parts: the wooden plank and the cylindrical tube. To use a balance board, the athlete must first place the tube underneath the board, perpendicular to each other. From there, the athlete must attempt to stand on the board and keep their balance. The board will bounce back and forth once weight is placed on either side, making it an excellent test of concentration and skill. Balance boards can cost $100 to $200 dollars depending on quality.
Gymnastics rings are used to train stability and balance throughout the entire body when used properly. Generally, gymnastics rings are made of plastic and they are attached to nylon rope that hangs onto a bar well above the athlete/gymnast. A number of movements can be completed using gymnastics rings, such as pull ups and lateral holds, but all require a significant amount of strength. They cost around $30 to $80 if purchased individually.
Mini trampolines are exactly what they sound like. They are elastic trampolines, about 3 to 4 ft in diameter, that can be used in cardio, balance, and lower body exercises. Most people choose to use a mini trampoline while doing movements like the jumping jack or squat in order to add an element of balance into the exercise. Because the trampoline is an uneven surface, it trains the body to be more balanced and stable. Mini trampolines are about $300 to $500 when bought independently.
Sliders are thin, slippery pads used to supplement a number of core and balance movements. Common movements where sliders can be used to increase difficulty are the single leg deadlift and the mountain climber. For these movements, sliders add another layer of concentration and skill to the exercise. Sliders are not very expensive, costing around $10 to $30.
Wooden Balancing Board
A wooden balance board comes in two parts - the wooden plank and the cylindrical tube. To use a wooden balance board, the athlete must first place the tube underneath the board, perpendicular to each other. From there, the user must attempt to stand on the boars and keep his or her balance. The board will bounce back and forth once weight is placed on either side, making it an excellent test of concentration and skill. Other types of wooden balance boards are more “U” shaped and come without the cylindrical tube, but the same basic idea skill applies. Wooden balance boards can cost $100 to $250 dollars depending on quality.
Ez Curl Bar
An EZ curl bar is a variation of a barbell that is used to complete many different bicep curl and tricep press variations. As opposed to straight barbells, EZ curl bars are curved inward at the place lifters will grip the bar in order to relieve stress on the outer wrist. To perform a curl with this bar, the lifter must start with their arms straight down, gripping the bar and curve. From there, they will simply raise their arms up in front of them, activating the bicep muscle. EZ curl bars are found in most gyms, but would cost $30 to $50 if purchased independently.
A dipping station is a piece of machinery that allows lifters to perform dips at the optimal height. To perform a dip at a dip station, the lifter will first place their hands on the solid metal bars located on each side of their torso. From there, they will take their feet off the ground and press up, pushing their body weight vertically, utilizing the shoulder, tricep, and chest muscles. Dipping machines will cost $50 to $200.
Pull-up bars are long cylindrical bars that screw in between doors in order to provide a way for people to perform pull without the use of a full-scale pull-up station. To complete a pull-up using a pull-up bar, all the athlete must do is hang from the bar and pull themself all the way to the top, utilizing the back, bicep, and shoulder muscles. Pull-up bars are fairly cheap, costing $20 to $40.
Push Up Bars
Push up bars are curved metal or plastic bars that allow lifters to perform the pushup movement without putting excessive pressure on the wrists. Most pushups are performed by pressing up at the wrists with the arms perpendicular to the ground. By using push up bars, the stress that was once put on the wrist is placed onto the forearms, while still activating the same tricep, chest, and shoulder muscles. Push up bars are fairly cheap, costing $8 to $25.
A tricep bar is a piece of gym equipment that is used to perform an overhead press that isolates the tricep muscles. The tricep bar is shaped like a rectangle and the lifter should hold on the short sides, while performing the tricep extension movement. Specifically, lifters should hold the bar over their heads and behind their back and press upward as far as possible in order to contract the triceps completely. Tricep bars are found in virtually all gyms, costing around $40 to $100.
Barbell collars are small plastic or metal clamps used to prevent weight from falling off of a barbell. When performing exercises such as the bench press or squat, barbell clamps are essential in making sure the weight remains firmly on the bar in the event that you lose control. Barbell clamps can cost anywhere from $10 to $40 depending on the quality.
A barbell rack is a large stationary piece of architecture that is required when performing many exercises. Usually standing 8 to 12 ft tall, barbell racks allow a lifter the optimal place to pick up and place down the weight. Heavy exercises like the barbell squat and the barbell shoulder press would be nearly impossible if the lifter had to pick up the bar from the ground, which is why every large gym houses at least 2 of these structures. Barbell racks can cost anywhere from $300 to $500.
Barbells are aluminum bars used for a wide variety of weight lifting exercises. Standard barbells are 7.2 feet in length,1.1 inches in diameter, and 44 pounds. The most common exercises that require a barbell would be the bench press, squat, deadlift, curl, and shoulder press. Most barbell exercises utilize a barbell rack before and after performing the exercise although one is not required. Good quality barbells will cost around $100 to $200.
A bench press is a large piece of equipment that encompasses a lifting bench, small barbell rack, and barbell. The bench press system works together to allow the lifter to complete a number of pressing movements. Specifically, the lifter will lay down on the flat, incline, or decline bench, unrack the weight from the barbell rack and perform the movement using a barbell. Bench presses can cost anywhere from $100 to $500.
A bumper plate is a type of barbell weight used when performing exercises like the deadlift and clean, where the weight will be dropped on the ground. Lifters are encouraged to use these weights because they are made of a softer, plastic material, whereas normal plates are made of cast-iron. Using bumper plates helps preserve the lifting surface, but still allows the lifter to load the necessary weight onto the barbell. A set of 15 to 20 bumper plates will cost $400 to $750.
Inclined Bench Press
An incline bench press utilizes the same basic set up as the regular bench press in that a barbell and barbell rack will be used to hold on to the weights. The only difference is in the type of bench. An inclined bench press setup uses an inclined bench while a regular bench press uses a flat bench. An entire inclined bench press set would cost around $200 to $500.
A bench in the context of weight lifting is a piece of supportive equipment that a lifter may use to lay down on or sit on during a specific exercise. There are two kinds of benches, a flat bench and an adjustable/Olympic bench. The flat bench cannot be adjusted to a higher incline, while the adjustable one can act as a flat bench or incline bench, based on what the lifter desires. The barbell bench press, incline dumbbell press, and decline barbell bench press all require a lifting bench. The cost of a bench is about $40 for a flat bench and $200 for an adjustable one.
A flat bench is one of two types of lifting benches used during any number of exercises. Flat benches provide a soft surface for the lifter to sit or lay on, allowing the lifter to complete the exercise comfortably. Unlike adjustable benches, flat benches cannot incline, so the exercise selection is slightly more limited. These benches cost around $40.
The hyperextension bench is a piece of equipment used to strengthen a lifter’s lower back and glute muscles through a specific, inclined movement pattern. An athlete can use the bench by first locking their feet under the lower padded bars and placing their hips/toros on the upper padded bars. For an optimal workout, they will then bend down at the waist and lift themselves back up using only their own power, focusing on the back and glutes. This type of bench is found in most gyms, but can be purchased independently for about $100 to $400.
Incline / Decline Bench
A decline bench is very similar to the hyperextension bench and Roman Chair in that the lifter will lock their feet in place on an inclined plane in order to perform a certain movement. Decline benches are most often used with push movement like the decline bench press, which requires the lifter to press up at a 50 to 80 degree angle as opposed to a right angle. An incline bench is just the opposite. Instead of pressing straight up, the bench is set at around a 135 degree angle, allowing for more upper chest activation when conducting incline presses.
An Olympic Bench is a term used to describe the official bench press used during official Olympic competition. The Olympic bench serves the same function as the flat bench with the only difference being that the size, weight, and material it is highly regulated based on the competition. Olympic benches are typically bought by the Olympic committee, costing around $200 to $500.
A preacher bench is a weight lifting structure mainly used to perform the preacher curl movement. The design of the preacher bench is fairly simple. To use the preacher bench to perform this movement, the lifter must first sit down on the seat within the machine, From there, the lifter must hold their arms over an upside down V shaped structure, putting their armpits on the peak of the padded surface. After that, the lifter should straighten their arms and curl, activating the biceps. The preacher curl bench costs around $100 to $300.
The Roman Chair
The Roman Chair is a piece of equipment used to strengthen the lower back and core muscles through a specific, inclined movement pattern. An athlete can use the roman chair by first locking in their feet under the lower padded bars and placing their hips/toros on the upper padded bars. For an optimal workout, they will then bend down at the waist and lift themselves back up using only their own power, focusing on the back and glutes. This type of bench is found in most gyms, but can be purchased independently for about $100 to $400.
A weight bench is a bench used to sit or lay down on while performing any number of exercises. Unlike a flat bench, most weight benches have adjustable inclines and more comfortable seating. Movements like the incline bench press and the dumbbell bench press can be done on a weight bench. A weight bench costs about $50 to $150.
Machines are pieces of equipment used to train any number of muscles. Machines are popular, especially with novice lifters, because they provide the correct movement path needed to work certain muscles. Instead of having to use dumbbells to perform a chest press or incline press, a new lifter can much easily perform a similar movement with the help of the corresponding machine. Machines can be virtually any price, but most are well above $200, stretching up to $4,000.
Air Resistance Exercise Bike
An air resistance bike is a piece of equipment that mimics the actions and muscle activation involved in riding a bike. The machine operates much like a bike itself, with small pedals for your feet, and handles up top to hold on to. Air resistance bikes allow the user to control the incline/decline of the ride in order to more accurately simulate a real bike ride. The cost of an air resistance bike is $400 to $1,000 depending on quality.
An elliptical machine is one of the most popular cardio machines used in gyms across the country. Standing about 5 ft tall, a lifter can use an elliptical by first standing in the foot-shaped pedals that are parallel to the ground. From there, the lifter should hold on to the handle located near their head, and move their feet forward and backward in a circular motion. This will provide a solid lower and upper body workout, burning calories along the way. This machine costs $1,500 to $2,000.
A fixie bike is a fixed-gear bike, aimed at enhancing the conditions that the rider can smoothly ride through. Fixie bikes generally have skinnier and lighter infrastructure allowing the bike to ride faster through all conditions. The lack of a geared system allows riders to use the bike in the winter time with less risk of falling or slipping. These bikes typically cost between $200 and $400.
The maxi climber is a machine that simulates the movement pattern of a vertical climb or step up. The machine stands about 6 to 7 ft tall, but the pedal and hand grips are entirely adjustable. To use it, the athlete must first get in position by standing on the pedals and holding on to the hand grip up top. From there, they simply push the hand grips up and down, which forces the lower body to move along with it in a climbing motion. This machine costs around $100 to $200.
Mini Exercise Bikes
Mini exercise bikes are smaller, household versions of large exercise bikes. Although both the mini and large exercise bike machines attempt to mimic the pattern of a bike, the mini version does not supply the handles on the upper half of the bike or the seat. Instead, users should sit on a surface of their own and use the mini bike through the pedals only. Mini exercise bikes cost about $50 to $150.
A recumbent bike is a type of cardio machine that mimics the movement patterns of a bike. It is very similar to the air resistance bike in that there are pedals and handles that are circular, using the lower and upper body. However, when using a recumbent bike, the athlete will sit more straight up, activating a higher percentage of the lower body and using less hand fluctuation to help the pedals circulate. Recumbent bikes can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500.
A rowing machine is a common piece of gym equipment that is used to increase cardiovascular endurance as well as back strength. To use the machine, a lifter will sit in the machine with their legs in front of them. After that, the user should push with their legs, moving along a straight path of 3 to 5 ft, while simultaneously pulling a straight bar with their arms. Rowing machines are fairly common in gyms and have a retail value of $600 to $1,750.
A spin bike is a slightly more interactive machine used to mimic the movement pattern of a bike. Similar to the recumbent bike, the spin bike uses both the upper and lower body. The spin bike has adjustable seat heights that force the athlete to ride at a more bent over position as opposed to the recumbent bike that allows the athlete to be more laid back. The spin bike costs about $400 to $2,000.
A stair climber is an extremely large machine that mimics the action of walking up stairs, while operating on a moving platform similar to a treadmill or escalator. The stair climber gives people the option to control the pace that the stairs will move, allowing people to personalize their workouts. Stair climbers are found in most gyms, costing around $2,000 to $3,000.
Stair steppers are similar to stair climbers in that they attempt to simulate the action of walking up stairs. However, stair steppers are much smaller and do not possess the same moving platform technology. Instead, they act much more like a steep elliptical with both the arms and legs working together to move the circuit. Stair steppers cost around $500 to $2,000.
A stationary bike is a piece of equipment that mimics the actions and muscle activation involved in riding a bike. The machine operates much like a bike itself, with small pedals for your feet, and handles up top to hold on to. Stationary bikes allow the user to control the incline/decline of the ride in order to more accurately simulate a real bike ride. These are popular in keeping professional athletes warmed up on the sidelines. The cost of a stationary bike is about $400 to $1,000.
The treadmill is the most popular piece of gym equipment usd to improve cardiovascular endurance. Treadmills are very customizable, allowing users to speed or or slow the moving platform however they please. They are found across all gyms, but can still be purchased independently at a price of $600 to $4,000.
Adjustable Dumbbell System
An adjustable dumbbell system (ADS) is a single dumbbell, about 12-18 inches wide, that gives the lifter the ability to rotate or change the weight in 2.5 pound increments. Although this may seem a bit confusing, they are actually quite easy to use. Before detaching the dumbbell, all the lifter must do is turn a knob and the machine automatically attaches the desired weight to both sides of the dumbbell. The total weight of the dumbbell can fluctuate between 10 and 50 pounds, so the lifter can complete a multitude of movements without having to purchase individual dumbbells. The cost of an ADS is approximately $200 to $300.
A dumbbell rack is a central place where all the dumbbells in a given training facility are stored. Lifters are free to take whichever weights they want from the dumbbell rack to perform an exercise. Because most dumbbell movements are completed with both arms, the dumbbells in the rack are stored in groups of two with the lightest weights on the left side and the heaviest on the right. A dumbbell rack costs around $100 to $200.
Dumbbells are medium-sized weights, 12 to 18 inches in length, used to perform a wide variety of unilateral training exercises. Dumbbells are generally stored on dumbbell racks and can weigh as high as 250 pounds. Most gyms store dumbbells starting at 5 pounds with sets every 5 pounds up to around 150. Common dumbbell exercises are the dumbbell chest press, incline dumbbell chest press, dumbbell chest fly, and bicep curl. Dumbbells always come in large sets, with lighter weights costing around $50 and heavy sets costing in the thousands.
Cable Crossover Machine
A cable crossover machine is a large piece of training equipment that can be used for a number of resistance-based exercises. Machines of this kind utilize an internal pulley system with two handles that poke out on opposite sides of the machine. The exact placement of these handles can be adjusted so the cables are close together or farther apart. Common exercises that require a cable crossover machine are cable chest flys, cable tricep extensions, and straight arm cable pushdowns. This is an extremely expensive machine, costing around $700 to $4000.
Cable Pulley Machine
A cable pulley machine is a broad term used to categorize a large number of machines that use an internal cable-pulley system. A cable crossover machine is a type of cable pulley machine, but there are many other variations that have much different architecture. In most cases, they stand 6 to 8 feet tall, with adjustable clips that allow the lifter to move the resistance path up or down. Common exercises that require a machine of this kind are the lat pulldown, tricep pushdown, or seated cable row. Cable pulley machines usually cost $1,000 to $2,000.
Cables / Pulleys
Cables and pulleys are elastic bands embedded in cable pulley machines that help athletes perform a wide range of exercises. The cables themselves are always part of the cable pulley machine and have value on their own, meaning they are not sold individually.
Calf Raise Machine (Seating / Standing)
A calf-raise machine is a fairly large piece of gym equipment used to train an athlete’s calf muscles. There are two types of calf raise machines: a standing version and a sitting version. To use the standing machine, the lifter will stand flat on their feet with their head in between two padded bars and will perform a calf raise from that position. For the sitting machine, they will perform the same calf raise movement, except the pads will press up against their quads from a seated position. This machine costs around $150 to $300.
Glute Ham Developer
The glute ham developer is a piece of gym equipment used to train the glutes and hamstrings together. To use it, the athlete will lay facing down with their quads on a padded bar with their feet strapped in place. They will then lean forward and pull themselves back up, activating their lower body along the way. The further you lean over, the more stress will be put on the glutes and hamstrings. Ths machine costs $300 to $400.
Leg Abduction / Adduction Machine
The leg abduction and adduction machines are both popular pieces of gym equipment used to train the glute and hip muscle. Leg abduction machine trains more of the outer hips by allowing the lifter to press out by the knees, and the leg adduction machine trains more of the inner hip by allowing the lifter to press their knees in. Both of these machines are good ways of developing hip and glute strength.
Leg / Hamstring Curl
The leg curl is a broad term used to describe the contraction and expansion of the hamstring muscles. While lying down on the ground or in the machine, a lifter can perform a leg curl by pulling their legs up through some sort of resistance, activating the hamstrings. The most common way to perform a leg curl is through a leg curl machine, which would cost around $1,000 to $2,500.
Leg Curl / Hamstring Machine
The leg curl machine is the most popular piece of machinery used to perform the leg curl movement. To use the leg curl machine, the lifter lays down in the machine face-down while placing their legs underneath the pads. Once selecting the correct among of weight, all they must do is pull up by the calves, moving the heels as close to the glutes as possible. This machine would cost around $1,000 to $2,500.
The leg extension is a broad term used to describe the contraction and expansion of the quadricep muscles when being pushed from a bent to locked out position. A lifter can perform a leg extension in a leg extension machine, which applies resistance, or outside of the machine without resistance. Most lifters choose to use the leg extension machine, which would cost around $1,000 to $3,000
Leg Extension Machine
A leg extension machine is a piece of gym equipment used to expand and contract the quadricep muscle by pushing the leg from a bent to locked out position through resistance. To use a leg extension machine, all the lifter must do is sit upright in the machine, place their leg underneath the padded bars, and press upward with their legs until they are straight. This machine would cost around $1,000 to $3,000 if purchased independently.
Leg Press Machine
The leg press machine is a piece of gym equipment used to train the entire lower body. There are two types of leg presses, the first of which allows the lifter to press against a resistant surface on a horizontal movement path. The other is an inclined leg press, which allows the lifter to have a more quad dominant workout by providing an inclined movement path. Leg press machines are typically found in gyms, but can be purchased independently at a price of around $500 to $1,750.
Resistance bands are elastic ropes used in a wide variety of warm up and weight lifting movements. The thickness of the bands vary, but most are 2 to 4 ft in length. A common exercise that uses a resistance band is an external rotation movement. To perform this movement, the lifter grabs onto the band, palm up, approximately shoulder width apart with elbows tight against their waist. From there, the lifter can rotate outward, activating the rotator cuff and front deltoid muscles. A set of multiple resistance bands costs $20 to $40.
Suspension trainers, also known as TRX bands, give athletes a way to practice assisted bodyweight movements like pull ups, pushups, or rows. The suspension trainer attaches ropes with adjustable handles to an elevated surface, allowing the athlete to perform any number of movements at an inclined angle. Suspension trainers cost around $20-$50, but require a proper elevated surface to strap on to.
Strength Training Equipment
Strength training is a healthy workout choice that anybody can do at their own pace. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, it is always important to know the many options of equipment and how they can help you.
Chest Press Machine
A chest press machine is a common piece of gym equipment aimed at mimicking the movement pattern of the bench press. To perform a machine press, the lifter will first sit down in the machine and place their hands on the bars located just below their pecs and shoulders. Once the lifter is ready, all they must do is press their hands forward, then control the weight back. These machines cost anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000.
Hammer Strength Machine
A hammer strength machine is a broad term used to describe a number of pushing and pulling machines that require weighted plates to be loaded on each side. Common applications of hammer strength machines are the chest press and seated row. In both these machines, the weight is located directly next to each handle that is being pushed or pulled: not through resistance or pulley systems. Hammer strength machines cost around $1,000 to $3,000.
Hip Abduction Machine
The hip abduction machine is a common piece to gym equipment used to train the outer hip and glute muscles. While sitting down in this machine, the lifter will first put their knees in between two pads. From there, all they have to do is push out with the knees as far as they can, activating the hip and glute muscles along the way. Hip abduction machines are found in most gyms, but independently cost upwards of $2,000 or $4,000.
Kettlebells are a type of weight configuration used in a wide variety of weight training exercises. Specifically, a kettlebell is made up of steel or cast iron and has a cylindrical body to go along with a semicircle on the top that the lifter holds on to. Common exercises that use kettlebells are kettlebell swings and single lead deadlifts. Kettlebells are found at most gyms, but can be purchased individually at a price of $30 to $70 depending on the weight.
Lat Pulldown Machine
The lat pulldown machine is a broad term used to describe the system involved in the performance of a number of pulldown movements. The lat pulldown machine involves a pulley system that allows the lifter to pull down on a bar from a high position with resistance, activating the latissimus dorsi and rhomboid muscles. The machine allows the lifter to use a number of different pull down bars other than the standard straight bar, like the neutral grip bar and the V bar. A machine of this type costs around $200 to $600.
Medicine balls are weighted exercise balls commonly used in a variety of strength and core stabilization exercises. These medicine balls come in many different sizes, weighing from 5 pounds to 40 pounds. Most people use medicine balls to throw or hold on to in order to make common movements harder, such as the medicine ball russian twist or the medicine ball crunch. Medicines balls are found in most gyms, costing $30 to $100 depending on the size of the set.
Pec Fly Machine
A pec fly machine is a piece of weight lifting machinery used to mimic the movement pattern of a pectoral fly. The pec fly machine requires the lifter to sit down and hold their arms horizontal with their shoulders on both sides of their body. They will then press their arms inward, squeezing their pecs and activating the chest and shoulder muscles. This machine is commonly found in gyms, but can be purchased independently for $400 to $1,000.
Pec Deck Machine
The pec deck machine is very similar to the pec fly machine in that it attempts to mimic the movements of a pectoral fly through an inward arm pull and chest squeeze. However, pec deck machines typically have the capability to act as rear delt machines by sitting on the machine the opposite way. This allows the user to push their arms back behind the,, activating the rear deltoids and smaller shoulder muscles. The pec deck machine costs around $400 to $1,500 if purchased independently.
A pilates machine is an all encompassing piece of workout equipment that allows the user to complete a wide variety of pilates movements within one machine. Movements include the pelvic curl and the single leg stretch. The architecture is fairly complicated, but there are a number of bands to go along with a sliding bench that aims to make the pilates workout easier and more enjoyable. Pilates machines are about $1,000 to $3,000.
A power tower is a large piece of equipment used for over a dozen different exercises. Using the power tower, a lifter could perform pull ups, leg raises, dips and virtually any banded exercise because of the internal pulley systems built within. Power towers are usually 7 to 9 ft all the way to the top, but have adjustable bars for the dip and pull up movements. They cost around $200 to $400 if purchased independently.
A punching bag is a large synthetic leather bag that provides a training area to practice boxing form and power. However, many people choose to use punching bags in order to simply burn calories and workout the full body, so the use of this piece of equipment is not limited to only boxers/fighters. Punching bags cost $50 to $300 when purchased independently.
Reverse Hyper Machine
The reverse hyper machine is a piece of equipment used to stimulate recovery in the lower back and spine area. To use the machine, the athlete should first lay flat on the machine while holding on to the bars. From there, the lifter will lower their legs in a swinging motion, providing relief to the back and glutes. The reverse hyper machine costs around $400 to $1,200.
A weight is a broad term used to describe an object that is meant to be lifted for the purpose of gaining muscle and increasing strength. Weights come in many forms, including dumbbells, barbells, plates, and kettlebells, all of which have a wide variety of accompanying exercises. Small dumbbell weights can be as low $5, whereas large barbell sets cost $300 or $500.
Stretching and Warm Up Equipment
An important part of exercising is stretching and warming up. These pieces of stretching and warmup equipment will help you prepare for your workout, and help reduce the risk of injury. Read on to learn more about each piece of equipment, and how they might be able to help you.
A foam roller is a popular warm up and recovery tool that is used to break down knots and stimulate blood flow. Foam rollers are soft, cylindrical tubes made up of a dense foam material that usually stretch 2 to 3 feet in length. Foam rollers are great at activating certain muscles prior to working out and providing relief after the fact. Depending on the material quality, foam rollers can cost as low as $20 or as high as $150.
An inversion table is a machine used to relieve stress by stretching out the lower back using the force of gravity. To get in an inversion table, an athlete must first strap themselves in by holding their feet between two pads on the bottom of the surface. Once strapped in, the athlete will slowly move back to an upside down position, allowing gravity to take over and stretch the spine. Inversion tables are not found in many gyms, but can be purchased independently for $50 to $150.
A stretching machine is a large piece of gym equipment that gives lifters a place to stretch virtually anywhere on their body. Shoulder and back stretches are most commonly used in stretching machines, given the ease at which a lifter can extend his or her arms in any given direction. These can cost $2,000 to $3,000.
A vibration plate is a warmup and activation machine used to strengthen blood flow to an area on the body. To use a vibration plate, the athlete must turn it on and stand/rest on the surface. At this time, the rectangular plate vibrates, challenging the athlete's core stability. Movements that are enhanced when using a vibration plate include the squat, lunge, and pushup. A vibration plate costs around $100 to $400.
Squats are a crucial part of any athlete's workout routine, as a major component of working out your legs. Read on to learn about the pieces of squat equipment, and how they might be able to take your physical fitness to the next level.
Hack Squat Machine
A hack squat machine is a piece of gym equipment used to train the lower body, targeting the quadriceps more so than the glutes and hamstrings. Unlike normal squats that take place on a flat surface, the hack squat machine is placed at an incline, attacking the muscles from a slightly different position. All someone must do to use this machine is lay down at the predetermined angle and squat down however deep they desire. Hack squat machines cost in the range of $900 to $2,000.
A power rack is a more advanced version of a squat or barbell rack. Instead of only providing an area for the weight to be racked and re-racked, power racks also provide safety racks on each side that are able to catch the barbell if the lifter fails to complete a given lift. Power racks are generally not used in weight lifting competition, but they do provide an extremely safe area for those who train alone. Power racks cost about $500 to $2,000.
The Smith Machine is a large piece of weight lifting machinery that has allowed lifters to perform a number of lower and upper body exercises, such as the squat, shoulder press, and bench press. As opposed to normal barbells and squat racks that allow free range of motion, the smith machine bar is locked in a specific vertical bar path, limiting the amount of strength and stabilization needed to move the weight. The smith machine costs around $2,000 to $4,000.
A squat rack is a form of barbell rack that is specifically designed to house a barbell before and after the weight is lifted. Before performing a squat in the squat rack, the lifter should adjust the height so they can properly unrack the weight without expelling too much energy. Squat racks cost $1,500 to $3,000 if purchased independently.
A squat station is a machine that mimics the back squat movement pattern in a more controlled environment. As opposed to the normal back squat, the squat station machine controls a lot more of the movement pattern, helping the lifter get into the right position under the bar. In addition, there is no worry of dropping the weight because the lifter may release the bar anytime without fear of injury. Squat stations are found in most gyms and cost around $500 to $2,000.
What equipment do you need to workout?
There are lots of different kinds of workout equipment. It all depends on your goals and what parts of your body you’re working out. The basic workout equipment you’ll need are a yoga mat, weights, towel, athletic clothing, and a water bottle.
What workout equipment should I buy?
If you’re looking to train your upper body, you’ll need weights or resistance machines. If you’re striving for a total body workout, you should get a barbell, squat rack, or kettlebells.
What is the best workout equipment for High Intensity Interval Training?
We recommend medicine balls, kettlebells, weights, jump ropes, agility ladders, and a cardio machine such as a stationary bike, treadmill, or rowing machine.