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  • #345924

    LadyNine
    Gazette Ambassador
    Pennsylvania

    With the New Year New You theme many of us have for fitness, I thought it’d be fun to see what workout equipment we have for home since many of us can’t access gyms.

    This thread is for workout equipment we’ve bought: rate it, tell us what you love/hate, and whether you use it.

    #345925

    LadyNine
    Gazette Ambassador
    Pennsylvania

    Item purchased: Weider Ultimate Body Works Bench

    Purchased from HSN or QVC, I forget which. It was pricey at around $200.

    Times used: Probably five

    Pros: It was fun to use

    Cons: You can only workout legs, and with no chart for exercises or program, I soon tired of the few I could think of. Also, I needed upper body, and no matter how you tried to do them on here, they just weren’t easy or intuitive. Also it allegedly folded up but it was heavy and hard to do, and it didn’t get any portability by folding.

    Status: Sold on CraigsList after I got tired of tripping over it.

    #345926

    LadyNine
    Gazette Ambassador
    Pennsylvania

    Item: BodyGym Deluxe Portable Resistance Band Home Gym with DVDs and Bag by Marie Osmond

    Purchased from QVC.

    Times used: Probably five

    Pros: The DVD is fun, the workout is good, it has a list of workouts on the bar and on a DVD

    Cons: I hurt hip flexor doing the twistie exercise so I quit, and then I didn’t like the smell of latex from when I used it

    Status: I still have it because I know it’s good. I am going to start using this again.

     

    #345927

    LadyNine
    Gazette Ambassador
    Pennsylvania

    Item: Xterra Fitness Folding Exercise Bike

    Purchased from: I forget

    Times used: Quite a bit

    Pros: Easy to store; I like biking; the padded seat is awesome; the resistance is decent

    Cons: The display there on the handlebars is barely holding on anymore because the plastic kind of bent so it’s floppy. I like to see the speed because I need to keep it up so I don’t go too slow. Also it’s in the basement and I’m a little lazy.

    Status: Still have it, and still will use it on occasion

    #345928

    LadyNine
    Gazette Ambassador
    Pennsylvania

    Stamina Compact Strider

    Purchased from: HSN

    Times used: A lot, almost daily

    Pros: It’s portable; my version has little pedals on the front to imitate a bike and you can use that under a desk; it’s fun

    Cons: Some find the stride motion too short to be comfortable. Also, I am LAZY and like cookies and Moose Munch and all kinds of other stuff I shouldn’t eat. The bands that attach to give you an arm workout broke in spectacular fashion.

    Status: It’s in my office, where it slips into the closet so I can easily put it away and pull it out. I use it a lot, but I should commit to more than 15 minutes at a time.

     

    #345935

    Michelle TVSQ
    Gazette Editor
    New York

    I love this type of topic especially at the start of the year :clap:

    I have the same one; here are my stats! :teehee:

    Purchased from: QVC

    Times used: I use the bar quite often by putting it behind my neck, draping my arms around it, and slowly twisting left and right in order to stretch out my tight upper body muscles caused my over using my phone / tablet / and laptop. Like this:

    Pros: Ease of use; it’s very intuitive plus there are stickers right on the bar showing exercise options. It’s also lightweight and portable; can be broken apart and dropped into a bag.

    Cons: None for me :ladywink:

    Status: The bar is frequently in use; but I would like to add the resistant band back on later today to do resistant exercises to tone my arms and strengthen back muscles. I haven’t needed them because my FITNATION bike has resistant bands on-board so I use those :teehee:

    Item: BodyGym Deluxe Portable Resistance Band Home Gym with DVDs and Bag by Marie Osmond

    Purchased from QVC.

    Times used: Probably five

    Pros: The DVD is fun, the workout is good, it has a list of workouts on the bar and on a DVD

    Cons: I hurt hip flexor doing the twistie exercise so I quit, and then I didn’t like the smell of latex from when I used it

    Status: I still have it because I know it’s good. I am going to start using this again.

    #345936

    Michelle TVSQ
    Gazette Editor
    New York

    Item: FITNATION Recumbent Flex Bike

    Purchased from: QVC.

    Times used: A lot!

    Pros: It takes very little space; mine sits in a corner of our living room near our TV to make cycling time pass by quicker. It’s super quiet! You won’t find a more comfortable bike seat than their’s; it’s large and cushion-y! The numbers on the stats monitor is large so it makes reading the numbers easy on the eyes. It’s an excellent bike especially on days when you just want an easy routine.

    Cons: It is lightweight so you must remain seated to ride this bike. No biking on it standing up for advanced riders.

    Status: I used it nearly every day in 2019, used it only a few times in 2020, got back on the horsie last night since it’s January and the perfect time to resume a healthy routine :ladywink:

    #345937

    Michelle TVSQ
    Gazette Editor
    New York

    Item: Proform 505 SPX

    Purchased from: Costco (I ordered the Proform and they sent me a NordicTrack of the exact same model. Yay fancy name LOL)

    Pros: It is super sturdy! You’ll feel like a pro spinning on this one! Whether you’re cycling sitting or standing, this baby’s metal is so heavy it will not rock! It’s quiet and smooth as well.

    Cons: The seat is super uncomfortable – just like if you go to SoulCycle, FlyWheel, or any outside spin classes because they don’t want you sitting for any length of time – so I use this bike when I feel fit and adventurous to ride standing up. Alternatively, you can switch out the seat with a comfy one which you can find on Amazon.

    Status: Purchased it in February 2020 but only used it maybe 3 times. This one takes consistency and perseverance because I like to use it with my Peloton streaming spin class subscriptions for $12.99 monthly. After a year off, I finally took baby steps on my FITNATION bike last night; once I feel comfortable, I’ll try to this again in say… 1 week’s time :teehee: I’ll report back on my status! :teehee:

    #345939

    LadyNine
    Gazette Ambassador
    Pennsylvania

    Here is another: SpinGym with Forbes Reilly.

     

    Purchased from: HSN

    Times used: Maybe 12

    Pros: It is fun once you get the hang of it, and it does work your muscles

    Cons: For me, it tightens muscles I don’t need tightened in the upper back, so I tend to avoid it.

    Status: It sits in my office, where I longingly look at it and wonder if I’ll ever use it again. It was fun when I used it for stress relief.

     

    #345940

    Michelle TVSQ
    Gazette Editor
    New York

    I have an addition too :teehee:

     

    Item: Teeter inversion table

    Purchased from: QVC or HSN

    Pros: It helps relieve back pain, stretches out back to relief compression in the backbone (tailbone?) from the daily weight of our body. We want to be healthy and flexible like its creator, Roger Teeter when we’re 80!

    Cons: Need space for it

    Status: We bought it in 2020 – and as desk job people we really need this! – but we don’t know where to situate it in our apartment :rotflmao: We’re currently thinking of converting our master bedroom’s Queen bed to a murphy wall bed to make better use of our space.

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