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What Exercise Equipment Burns the Most Calories?

If you’re looking for ways to improve your cardiovascular health, the fact is you’ll gain enormous health benefits whatever exercise equipment you choose, so you can base your decision on your personal preferences alone. But, if your fitness goals are different and you’re looking for the fastest way to get your belly in shape and blast your fat away, you would want to know how much calories you can burn by the end of your training session on each cardio-machine. Here is a short guide to get you started.

Burn Your Calories With Treadmill

One of the surest ways to burn your calories indoors is on a treadmill. Taking an hour-long high-intensity run can burn up to 1200 calories, and result in losing 2.5 pounds a week, over 6 days of training. To mimic the outdoor running, raise the incline for 1% before you start your exercise session. And if you’re still not in shape for serious running, a fast-paced walk can burn around 400 calories per hour, which still does a good job for your cause. However, keep on mind that training on a treadmill is a high-impact activity, and burning fat comes at a price of putting some extra strain on your joints.

Does an Elliptical Burns Calories?

With the average burning rate of 13 calories per minute, an elliptical trainer can bring you benefits similar to that of a treadmill, without having such a high impact on your joints. It’s a great option for those who want to deal with their excess weight issues or anyone who needs to stay in good shape while sparing their knees, ankles, and hips in the process. An elliptic can burn around 700 calories per hour of training, but only if you do it right. So make sure you’re pumping with your arms all the time too, just like you’re running, and along with more calories burned, get the reward of improved balance.

Blast Your Fat With a Rowing Machine

Training on a stationary rowing machine can burn up to 750 calories per hour, while giving your body a great aerobic and strengthening experience, with numerous health benefits. Being a low-impact activity, rowing-machine will do a great job of toning your body while being easy on your joints, so you don’t need to worry about getting them injured. It’s a well-known fact in the fitness community that 
rowing workout with HIIT burns calories fast so you can try rowing in intervals. To make the most out of this machine, make sure you’re exercising properly, using both your arms and legs for rowing.

Lose Your Weight With a Stairclimber

If you choose working out on a stairclimber machine, you can burn up to 550 calories per hour, as well as give your thigh, calf, and gluteal muscles a proper challenge and tone your core at the same time. This machine will put some stress on your joints, but not as much as a treadmill, so the chances of sustaining an injury are lower. To be able to fully enjoy the benefits of exercising on a stairclimber, forget about holding onto handles and pump your arms as if you’re taking a brisk walk.

How Many Calories Do I Burn While Cycling?

A stationary bike won’t get you benefits of a treadmill or a rowing machine, as you will burn around 500 calories per hour “only”, but it’s a great way to form an exercising habit, without the risk of getting yourself injured. Even though you won’t be using many muscle groups during your cycling session, stationary bike workouts will tone your legs perfectly, and it’s a great way to boost your endurance and performance if you combine it with some high-intensity interval training. Cycling helps your body release dopamine, so it will also improve your energy levels by 20%, and decrease fatigue by an impressive 65%, and you’ll finish your training feeling energized and refreshed.

Which One Should I Choose to Burn Fat?

When thinking about which exercise machine you should use to lose weight, make sure you’ve taken other factors except calories burned into consideration. Can you really picture yourself doing an hour-long run on a treadmill, to enjoy that 1000+ calories burned benefit? You should start with a machine you can see yourself practicing on regularly, without causing yourself pain or risking an injury. Challenge yourself gradually, making your workouts more effective with the addition of some high-intensity intervals to your regular sessions.

In order to choose the right exercise machine for your calorie-burning sessions, start with the one that suits your fitness level. Add some diversity to your training, by using other machines occasionally and working out your other muscle groups.

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Are Used Treadmills A Good Buy?

If you are in the market for a treadmill, you may be considering to purchase a used one. And you may be wondering if used treadmills would be a good buy vs. a new one?

Generally, the answer is YES. It does depend on the specific treadmill you buy. You will find some amazing used treadmills (we have a large selection here at Fitness
) and purchasing a used model can save you hundreds of dollars.

Let’s face it – a majority of home gym equipment spend more time idle than in use. So, just because a treadmill is technically “used” does not mean that it has alot of miles on it.

Which Treadmill Is Best For Home Use?

The first thing to consider when looking for a treadmill for your home gym is the space. How much space can you dedicate to this piece of equipment?

  • Do you have the space for a non-folding treadmill?
  • Or do you need a folding treadmill to save space?

Once you’ve decided on the space issue, the next step is what features are you looking for in your treadmill?

  • Are you going to walk or run (running means you need to make sure you have a durable, high quality product that can withstand the pounding)
  • The surface area of the treadmill needs to fit your stride. Tall individuals will need a larger deck area than someone who is shorter.
  • The type of motor is also to be considered. Again, a good, durable motor will give you the best bang for your buck because the treadmill will last longer.
  • Extra features such as heart rate monitors, videos, Wi-Fi enabled, etc. should all be considered as well. You may decide that having some of these is worth the cost of buying a new treadmill. Of course, you could find a used treadmill with some or all of the extra features you like.

If you want to compare a large number of treadmills, give us a call at 770-712-5392 and come visit our showroom. You can try out any of our new and used treadmills to find the best fit at the best price for your home gym.

How Much Does A Decent Treadmill Cost?

When you begin shopping for used treadmills (even new ones) you will find a large variety of prices.
They vary depending on the features and the quality of the product.

The range of prices can be from approximately…

$220.00 to $7000.00

Obviously, a $220.00 treadmill is of the lowest quality unless of course you can find a good, quality
treadmill at a yardsale for such an amazing bargain!

Is A Treadmill A Good Investment?

The beauty of a treadmill as a piece of exercise equipment is that it can be used by a large age group. From teenagers to healthy octogenarians, treadmills are an excellent form of home exercise.

If you compare the cost of a gym membership to the cost of owning a treadmill then yes, the investment
in this piece of equipment is well worth it. As long as you use it and if you aren’t missing out on other exercises that a gym would provide.

What Should I Look For In A Used Treadmill?

Once you’ve taken into account the factors I mentioned earlier about which treadmills are best for home
use, the next list of things to look for in a used treadmill are…

  • a newer model – if possible you want to purchase a more recent model
  • a good brand name – you can find many reviews online
  • if there’s one available – ask for a service record or any background information on the treadmill
  • take a test run – does it shake? do the electronics work? is the belt worn or does it look as if it
    has seen better days? is the motor too loud?


In the end, a used treadmill can be just as good as a new one – if you are diligent and do your research
to find the best one that is a good fit for you.

If you have any questions about treadmills or any other piece of exercise equipment – give us a call
today at Fitness Rush – we can help. Call 770-712-5392.

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How To Buy Used Gym Equipment

Used elliptical bike

One of the very best ways you can build up your commercial or home gym is by buying equipment second hand. Especially if you are on a tight budget. And when you consider that you can purchased a used product from a variety of places such as brick and mortar stores, online, garage sales, thrift stores, etc. it’s just too easy to pass up such a great deal.

But, how do you know that what you are buying is of good quality? After all, it won’t be much of a “deal” if it ends up breaking down in 2 months.

So here’s our guide on how to properly buy used gym equipment.

1. If you are buying from a retailer – you may hear them use any of the following phrases:

  • Reconditioned
  • Floor model
  • Remanufactured
  • Pre-owned

Know that there are no set rules governing this lingo and every store owner can use each phrase to mean something specific to them. So, before you buy anything, ask for a written document (or at least a detailed explanation) of what each one of these words mean to that specific business.

2. Know that there is a difference between used exercise equipment for the home and those for a commercial gym. Generally, the type of machines that go into gyms are much more durable and can withstand the many hours of usage.

If for example you are looking to purchase a used elliptical machine for your home gym, make sure that you educate yourself on the manufacturer’s detailed description and reviews to make sure you’re not paying more for an elliptical that is intended for high volume use.

3. Ask about a warranty. Is there one? How much longer is it for? Read over the details of that warranty. It’s a small chance that a used piece of gym equipment will include a warranty but it’s worth asking for it.

4. Once you found what you are looking for, research the exact model online.

  • read reviews – you want to know how well it works, how long it lasts, any specific problems or “cons” about it, etc.
  • check for any recalls from the manufacturer
  • how much does it cost brand new
  • you can type in the exact model number into Google to get most of this information

5. If you are buying it from a retailer, check the price with other used exercise equipment retailers. It’s a smart move to compare costs and services. Most reputable retailers will have already checked it for any problems and can help you make the decision as to which machine would work best for your needs.

6. If you are buying it from an individual you will have to be more proactive by asking the
following questions.

  • How long have you had it?
  • Where did you get it from?
  • How much did you pay for it?
  • When did you buy it?
  • Why are you selling it?
  • How much have you used it?
  • What do you like about it?
  • What do you hate about it?
  • Are there any missing parts?
  • How much maintenance does it require?
  • Did you replace it with something else?

7. No matter who or where you are buying your used exercise equipment from, you should of course, inspect it and test it. And that means test all the features it has.

Inspect it for any wear and tear. Knowing if you have to replace a band or electronic board, etc. beforehand will help you to know if you are getting a good price and what amount of work you may have to put into it before you can use it as intended.

Why Buy Used Gym Equipment?

There are two main reasons why you should consider buying used exercise equipment instead of new.

1) The most common reason is the cost. Used gym equipment will save you money which may give you the opportunity to purchase accessories or another exercise machine.

2) Most used fitness equipment are in very good condition so you’re not losing out on the quality of the product.

Where To Buy Used Exercise Equipment

These days, there are a variety of places that you could look at to purchase that used treadmill or power rack that you want.

  • Retailers like FitnessRush
  • Yard sales
  • Online classifieds like Craig’s list
  • Local gyms that are either closing down or upgrading
  • Online apps such as Letgo, OfferUp, Poshmark and many more.

All in all, buying used gym equipment can be a financially smart way to build up your home or commercial gym.

If you have any questions about exercise equipment (new or used) contact Fitness Rush in Buford, Ga. today at 770-712-5392. We offer free shipping on all of our products.

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Do Power Racks Need To Be Bolted To The Floor?

Power racks are one of the most versatile pieces of exercise equipment available for both commercial and home gyms.

If you are serious about your workout routine and you want to reap the most that you can from your workout – then a power rack is what you should be using.

If you are considering putting one in your home gym – you may be wondering if you need to have it bolted to the floor?

The short answer is – most power racks SHOULD be permanently secured to the ground. The reason is so that the unit does not move while it’s being used. Although power racks are very heavy and usually quite tall – the movement of the heavy weights will tend to shift the rack inch by inch away from it’s original spot.

The second reason that it should be bolted to the ground is so greatly reduce any possibility of the equipment falling over on someone.

How Much Do Power Racks Weight?

The overall weight, of course depends on how many pounds of weight plates are on the rack. But to give you an idea, a power rack like the
Body-Solid Series 7 Smith Gym System weights 793 lbs. You can add up to 400 lbs of Olympic plates bringing the total to 1,193 lbs. This seems like a huge amount of weight and you would think that it would not move at all – but it does. So, bolting the unit to the ground is the best and safest practice.

Power Rack That Doesn’t Need To Be Bolted

Although I personally do not recommend leaving a power rack unsecured – we have had several customers who purchased the
Body-Solid Pro Power Rack GPR378 and have installed it without bolting it down. They report no problems with the unit inching away from it’s original spot.

Safety Issues

As far as the safety issues go – bolting down the rack is the best and safest way to ensure that it will not topple over. Especially if you use the rack for pull ups and other similar exercises.

If your workout includes (or will include) an exercise like Scrape The Rack – then you can pretty much be guaranteed that the unit will shift and move from it’s intended position on the ground.

Also, as you get stronger and add more accessories to your power rack you may shift the center of gravity of the unit as you store these on the rack. If it’s not bolted down, it can easily fall over and hopefully not on you.

Overall, my professional recommendation is to always bolt down your power rack.

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Top 4 Must Have Home Gym Accessories

As an active fitness consultant with 30 plus years in the exercise industry and avid exercise enthusiast I am often asked what is the primary exercise equipment to consider for effective exercise results.

When you desire to increase your flexibility, strength, and endurance, you really want to think about all the ways you move daily.

Our quest for success involves being happy and our happiness certainly depends on our health. When we exercise consistently and correctly our bodies increase circulation while we are working out. This in turn promotes outstanding wellness rewards.

In order to enjoy your exercise you don’t need to go all out each training session and as a matter of fact if you do take your every workout session to the max you will quickly get tired and frustrated.

Wellness is to be enjoyed and will be more productive during and after each exercise session if you plan your workout time in advance to optimize your daily objectives.

Your Home Gym Essentials

 An important part of your exercise routine plan is to have the optimum exercise equipment in your workout space. 

From over 30 years of experience I have learned there are 4 essential home gym accessories. 

1) Workout Bench

YORK ST Flat-To-Incline Bench

  • One is a sturdy workout bench that preferably can adjust easily from flat to incline to decline positions.
  • This type bench is typically called an FID bench defined as flat, incline, decline.
  • Your FID exercise bench from the decline position will allow you to use the bench as an adjustable abdominal board or for dumbbell workouts.
  • You can also use your FID bench as a workout bench inside a power rack or smith machine.
  • Most FID benches have wheels which allows them to be moved very easy by anyone.
  • A good sturdy FID bench has several options to chose the most comfortable angle for your particular exercise routine from decline to military position which is almost a straight up seated position.
  • From the military position you can workout shoulders or perform bicep routines plus more since your back will be comfortable and allow you proper alignment.
  • Each FID bench will allow traditional flat bench workouts, and incline bench exercises for upper chest, shoulders, and triceps.
  • A quality FID bench is a must for correct exercise routines and opportunities for any level athlete or person wanting to be and stay stronger.

2) Rubber Coated Dumbbells

Body Solid Rubber Coated Dumbbells

  • To get the most out of your exercise routine a nice set of rubber coated dumbbells are essential.
  • Rubber coated dumbbells are going to look and stay nicer even after years of workouts.
  • Rubber coated dumbbells are the most used dumbbells by Personal Trainers, Physical Therapists, and Gym owners, across the USA.
  • The dumbbell sets in most of the workout spaces include 5 to 50 pounds, or 75 pounds, and some up to 100 pounds plus.
  • Traditionally the rubber dumbbells from 5 to 50 pounds are most effective and the go to for almost anyone wanting to workout smarter.
  • With a nice set of rubber dumbbells you can workout all muscle groups in several different ways.
  • Grab a set of rubber coated 20 pound dumbbells and begin lunging or performing squats for wonderful lower body fitness.
  • You can always begin with less and move up, just grab the rubber dumbbell that is most comfortable and move better.
  • There are tons of exercise options with rubber coated dumbbells alone and when you want to turn up your results perform dumbbell exercise on your fid workout bench.

3) Dumbbell Rack

  • Organization in your workout room or garage gym is paramount if you want to enjoy quick exercise routines without wondering where your dumbbells are located or if they are all there.
  • A well built dumbbell rack which is 2 tier will hold most 5 to 50 pound rubber coated dumbbell sets.
  • Generally this dumbbell rack is about 4 foot wide so the rack takes minimal space for organized dumbbell sets and you will thank yourself for racking your dumbbells each time you workout.

4) Home Gym Body Workout Equipment

BodyCraft T3 Total Training Tower

  • The fourth item you should add to your workout space to complete your exercise endeavors is a well built exercise tool which allows you to exercise your back muscles plus more.
  • Your back is a muscle group which needs constant attention to insure you stay balanced and healthy.
  • The tool I have in my garage gym or home gym for back routines plus much more is the BodyCraft T3 Lifetree.
  • This choice is obvious when you compare all of the other options for back exercises.
  • I love a one stop workout tool which not only provides you great back routines and other exercise options no matter the level of your expertise.
  • The BodyCraft T3 is a favorite and natural go to because it also comes standard with 3 levels of resistance bands you can hook up on the T3 to learn to do chin-ups and dips which are super effective body weight exercises for great upper body and core engagement and strength.
  • I have yet to find a more versatile exercise tool than the BodyCraft T3 and I know you will smile as you exercise effectively on this compact and essential home gym accessory.
  • From the T3 you can also perform push-ups, assisted dips, or with your free bodyweight.
  • There is a ball included as well as straps to help you do hanging leg raises for supreme core workouts and activation.
  • The ball is a 45 centimeter ball which can be removed from the BodyCraft T3 for additional stability exercises.
  • There are several places designed into the BodyCraft T3 where you can attach your resistance bands which are included with the T3 for leg exercises, core exercise, or upper body exercise options.
  • You can workout your entire body from the T3 alone and engage your bodyweight exercises assisted or free form.

When you add the fid bench, rubber coated dumbbells and dumbbell rack, to the T3, you have an unbeatable home gym, garage gym, or additions to your existing workout space.

If you have any questions or need help about putting together an optimal home gym – call me, Walter Rush at Fitness Rush today. Number is
770-712-5392 or email me – I’ll be happy to help.

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What Machines Can You Use In The Gym For Abs?

When you go to the gym, you want to make the most of your workout time. And if you’re focusing on getting your Abs in shape, then you will want to use the machines that can help you reach your goal quickly and efficiently.

machines for abs

Here is our list of recommended machines that you can use in the gym to get your best Abs!

The Pull Up Bar

With a
pull up bar – you can perform a variety of exercises for every inch of your Abs.

Just to name a few:

  • Leg Raises
  • Knee Raises
  • Around The World
  • Toe to Bar
  • Windshield Wipers

Check out
our You Tube video on an excellent Ab exercise using the Pull Up Bar.

Ab Benches

No doubt that
Ab benches have been around as long as gyms have been around.

And just so you know, they are not just used for sit ups. Ab benches are an extremely valuable tool for working out your abs. The variety of exercises one can do include:

  • Reverse Crunch
  • Incline Leg Raise
  • Decline Sit Ups
  • Russian Twist
  • And so much more

In fact, you’ll find so many different exercises that you can do (not just for your abs) on an Ab bench. If you haven’t used one before, you’ll wonder why!

Stability Ball

It may seem like a simple exercise tool but it’s an excellent source of exercise for your Abs.

The types of exercises you can with a Stability ball are very similar to what you can do on an Ab bench. Crunches, leg raises, Russian Twist, etc.

Of course, you perform them on the floor on an exercise mat or carpeting.

Some gyms offer Stability Ball classes and of course, a simple search on You Tube will produce dozens if not hundreds of ab exercises using these great, versatile and very inexpensive exercise tools.

Check out our
Youtube video on how to do simple leg raises using a stability ball.

Roman Chairs

Roman Chair is again, another simple exercise machine that can produce amazing results when you’re working on your abs.

It’s one of the best pieces of exercise equipment available that can give you a slim waist and tone your muscles and strengthen your lower back, all at the same time.

The top 3 exercises you can do for your abs on a Roman Chair are:

  • Crunches
  • Hyperextensions (this also benefits your lower back)
  • Isometric Glute Holds

Roman Chairs are NOT for first time beginners – we recommend you get help from a personal trainer before you use this hard core piece of gym equipment. After all – there’s no point in injuring yourself while you’re trying to get in shape!

If you have any questions about exercise equipment for your home or gym, new or used, we have it all. Just give us a call at
770-712-5392 today. We offer Free Shipping and will match a lower price!

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Can You Put Gym Equipment Upstairs?

Many homes in Georgia (and other parts of the country) are two story houses and oftentimes the space that’s available for a home gym, is upstairs. But, gym equipment like a
Power Rack can be very heavy and you may be wondering if it’s safe to put gym equipment upstairs.

Read Our New Article On The Top 4 Must Have Home Gym Accessories

Or, what if you live in an apartment on the third floor? Can you create a home gym complete with equipment in that space, on that upper floor?

Now, it makes sense that you may not want to be doing dead lifts with 300 lb weights on an upper floor gym and if you happen to be in an apartment you need to consider your neighbor downstairs. No one wants to live under loud thumping from a treadmill or weights.

Having said all that, you CAN use gym equipment. BUT – we do want to recommend that you get an architect or structural engineer to give you the ultimate Go Ahead before you start adding significant weight to your upper floor.

Okay, let’s look at the requirements.

In the USA – residential buildings are required to support 30 pounds per square foot. That’s the industry standard. So, a simple way to calculate this is to consider a room that is 10 feet by 10 feet. That means it’s 100 square feet. That means that it can hold 3000 pounds of weight. (30 lbs per square foot).

Don’t forget to add your own weight to the equation. If you’re putting a 500 lb piece of equipment in a space and you weight 250 lbs then you are really putting 750 lbs on that floor space.

When considering how much weight a second or upper floor can bear the issue to consider is called a
“live load”. This is the weight of things like furniture, people and anything that the floor needs to support.

Local Building Codes dictate the specific weight that would be allowed on your upper floors and most local codes are based on International Residential Codes.

Power Racks On Second Floor

A squat rack or power rack or any heavy piece of exercise equipment on a second or upper floor is always a cause for concern, and rightly so.

The weight of the unit itself is not usually very much. For example, the
Body Solid Pro Power Rack is about 112 lbs (without the weights). If you added 200 or even 300 lbs of weights to the unit you would still be under the Live Load capacity.

Again, besides the issue of the weight itself, the second and very important factor to consider is if you have a neighbor living downstairs. No one wants to live under loud thumps from heavy weights or the continuous grinding and clacking of a treadmill or other piece of exercise equipment.

You can minimize this by using a
Protective Rubber Flooring product but it only minimizes the issue so be considerate of your neighbors.

Treadmills, Home Gyms and Ellipticals

The average weight of a treadmill is between 175lbs and 250 lbs. 

Elliptical machines are even less. They average between 100lbs and 150lbs. 

Home gyms vary because of the weights that are placed on them so – much like Power Racks – they need to be calculated on an individual basis.

In Conclusion

So yes, you can create a home gym on a second or upper floor but with caution and preparation.

  1. Get the total weights of the machine(s) and the weights that you will be adding to them (if you are) so that you have a number of the weight that you are adding to the space upstairs.
  2. Check with an architect or structural engineer to confirm that it’s safe to add that amount of weight on that floor space.
  3. Be considerate of your neighbor(s) downstairs (if you have any). You may even want to discuss it with them beforehand.
  4. Be safe.

If you have any questions concerning exercise machines or building your own home gym, give us a call at Fitness Rush at
770-712-5392. We’d love to help you.

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Essentials For Bodybuilding At Home

For those of us who prefer to work out at home, and are looking to start bodybuilding – there are a few essential tools that will give you the most benefit from your exercise routine.

Training at home is not for everyone. There are those who prefer the social aspects of a gym or simply don’t have the room in their home for a gym.

But, if you have the luxury of a home gym and you are looking to begin a bodybuilding routine, we can recommend the following tools and equipment.


One of the first things you want to equip your home gym with are
dumbbells. If you haven’t done any form of exercise at all and you want to start off slow, you can certainly use 10 pound dumbbells to begin your routine.

You’ll find, as you improve your strength that you can work your way up to 50 pound dumbbells.

They are best used for shoulder, chest and arm workouts.

Barbells and Weights

Another tool / equipment that you will want to have in your home gym is a
Barbell. Again, you can adjust the weight limits so that you can start off slow, and then increase as you get stronger and stronger.

Powerlifting is the most common exercise that you would use barbells for. But you can also use them for deadlift and bench press activities.

9 Different Types of Barbells

There are a total of 9 different types of barbells. Ranging from the classic types that we are all familiar with to specialty types for specific issues.

  1. Deadlift Bar – These bars are characterized by a long shaft.
  2. Powerlifting Bar – These are generally used to accommodate more weight.
  3. Olympic Bar – Similar to powerlifting bars except they allow for more spin during a lift.
  4. Standard Bar – Most often used by weight lifting beginners.
  5. EZ Curl Bar – A bar that is curved where the hands grip to allow for a more pronated grip.
  6. Hex Bar – Shaped like a hexagon which helps to keep your back aligned which reduces stress on your back muscles.
  7. Swiss Bar – Another odd shaped barbell that reduces stress on shoulder joints.
  8. Log Bar – Most often used by professional body builders.
  9. Safety Squat Bar – The perfect barbell for reducing stress and strain on neck, upper back and shoulder muscles.

Power Racks

No doubt that the
Power Rack will be your very best piece of equipment in your home gym. After all, it provides you with an almost endless number of exercises for every part of your body all compacted into one compact station.

Power racks are truly the centerpiece of any well equipped home gym, especially for bodybuilding. Here are the top 7 benefits of using a Power Rack.

  1. Power racks allow you to train solo in a safe environment.
  2. You can adjust the safety pins to just below your full range of motion – just in case you miss a lift, the pins can then catch the weight.
  3. You can workout with heavier weights than you normally would be able to if you didn’t use a power rack.
  4. Of course, you can also use dumbbells instead of the Olympic bar for those upper body workouts.
  5. Power racks can easily be used as squat racks.
  6. These racks are excellent for heavy partials – helping you to build up your strength as you test heavier weights in your workout sessions.
  7. Power racks are also excellent for functional isometrics.

You want to make sure that the rack you choose will adjust to your needs as you change and improve your bodybuilding workout routine.


Finally, the last essential piece of equipment that we can recommend for your bodybuilding home gym is the bench. Now, there are multiple types of benches, from flat benches to Olympic benches and you can choose what fits your needs and your space.

Note that some Power Racks come complete with a bench so if space is an issue, you may want to consider getting an all-in-one piece of equipment.

These tools are the main components for your bodybuilding needs but of course, there are more. Depending on the space that you have for your home gym, you can add more gadgets and accessories.

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Benefits Of Using Rowing Machine Like Matrix Rower

One of the most recommended pieces of home exercise equipment by Personal Trainers and Physical Therapists is the Rowing Machine

rowing machine

Matrix Rower is a perfect example of a quiet exercise machine that can give you the serious results you look for in any piece of exercise equipment.

The reason is simple, it boils down to the fact that a rowing machine gives you an overall body workout AND at the same time is safe on your body.

9 Top Benefits Of Using A Rowing Machine

  1. Low Impact Cardiovascular Workouts – for anyone concerned about the physical problems related to high impact workouts – the use of a rowing machine can give them the cardio benefits with minimal stress on the body and joints.
  2. Ease of Use – there isn’t much instruction on how to use a rowing machine – it’s really quite easy and the chances of injuring yourself is extremely low.
  3. Inexpensive – in relation to many other pieces of exercise equipment – rowing machines are fairly inexpensive and can fit most any budget.  Perfect for any home gym.
  4. Great Upper Body Workouts – because you use all the muscles of your shoulders, arms, upper back and chest to perform a row, you get an upper body workout that will show up in lean, toned muscles.  Because you have to grip the handlebars tightly as you perform each row you will also be building up strength in your hands and wrists.
  5. Excellent Lower Body Workouts – there’s no doubt that your quads get a great workout on a rowing machine, but you will also be giving your glutes and calves a workout as well.  
  6. Weight Loss – well, this goes without saying really.  With all the exercise benefits of a rowing machine, weight loss is inevitable.  At least, as long as you don’t reward yourself with doughnuts afterwards!
  7. Stress Reduction – just like most any other exercise – the workouts from a rowing machine will help you to reduce your stress and anxiety.  
  8. Increases Muscle Strength and Endurance – exercising on a rowing machine IS an endurance exercise.  You are repeating your movements against a specific amount of weight for a length of time and that combination will increase your endurance and your upper and lower body muscle strength.   
  9. Adjustable To Your Goals – depending on the rowing machine that you purchase (use) – you can make adjustments so that the resistance is less or greater (as you need) and of course you can make adjustments as your workout improves.

The Only Problem With Rowing Machines?

Pretty much the only problem with rowing machines is the amount of floor space that they can take up.

They are not as compact as say a stationary bike but they will take up less space than some home gyms that offer alot of the same types of exercises and benefits.

The Matrix Rower

The Matrix Rower has been designed to be a serious, commercial rower with the added benefit of being one of the smoothest and quietest rowers on the market.

Top 10 Features Of The Matrix Rower

  • Seat lock offers enhanced stability when getting on or off the rower
  • Compact footprint offers easy placement virtually anywhere in your facility
  • Ergonomic contours of the seat makes intense training sessions more comfortable than ever
  • Clearly defined quick keys provide instant access to sprinting, distance rowing and high-intensity interval training programs
  • Adjustable, backlit console makes it easy to set your training goal and measure your results
  • Brushed aluminum flywheel with 10 precise magnetic resistance settings offers challenge to first-time users and experienced rowers alike
  • High-quality cord is paired with a long aluminum rail reinforced with stainless-steel strips to stand up to a steady stream of users in the busiest exercise environments
  • Can be tilted up to minimize footprint, and built-in wheels make it easy to roll the rower into storage or to a new place on your circuit training floor
  • Heel cups include quick release buckles that let users quickly get off the rower, ideal for circuit training
  • Long, reinforced handle includes a comfort-enhancing over-mold that allows both large and small users to comfortably pull stroke after stroke

If you have any questions about rowing machines or the Matrix Rower in particular, give FitnessRush a call at 770-712-5392 or email us today.

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Are Home Gyms Worth It?

Home Gyms can be expensive so you may be wondering if they are worth it.

For most – it boils down to cost and time.  You may pay less up front for a gym membership, but it will take up more of your time and if you stick with it (as you should) you will end up paying more at the gym than if you had your own equipment at home.

You may pay more for your own home gym equipment up front but you will save a lot of time and convenience and again, if you stick with it you will end up paying a lot less than if you joined a gym. 

So, you have to decide what your needs are before you can make a decision.  

4 Reasons To Own A Home Gym

So if you think you would do better with a home gym, there are several reasons why this would be a right fit.

  1. There’s nothing more convenient than walking into an area in your home and begin your exercise routine without hassle.  You may do it anytime of the day or night, there’s no commute time, no waiting in line for some equipment, no having to pack a bag or even wear workout clothes.  You can watch your own TV shows or listen to your favorite podcast and actually hear it.  So yes, it’s very convenient to own a home gym.
  2. If you are out of shape and slightly embarrassed about your physique – exercising at home will make it less awkward for you as you build your body up to something you’re proud of.
  3. You can crunch the numbers and compare the cost of a home gym to what you would spend at the gym.  Of course there are membership fees and personal trainer fees if you choose to have one.
  4. There are less chances of you contracting a cold or the flu since your equipment is in your home and used only by you and / or your family members.

If these 4 reasons are important to you than your decision is made – a home gym is in your future!

Our Recommendation For Your Home Gym

Bodycraft HFT Functional Trainer Home Gym at Fitness Rush

Bodycraft HFT Functional Trainer is the home gym that we recommend. 

It’s affordable, it gives you a full body workout, it’s compact and we load it up with all the accessories…

  • Mounted book filled with over 70 exercises
  • Long bar that attaches to both sides
  • Short bar that attaches to one side
  • Tricep Rope
  • Multi-grip Chin Bar
  • Nylon Strap that attaches to both sides for assisted chin-ups
  • Ankle Strap
  • 2 Single Handles

In addition – we ship it for FREE.

The Bodycraft HFT Functional Trainer allows you to strengthen and tone every part of your body for the way you want to live and move effectively. 

In short, it’s exercise made simple to help you become stronger from the first time you use it. 

You will be glad for your wise investment in your health.

If you have any questions about home gyms or just want to take a look at the ones we have in our showroom, contact us at Fitness Rush by calling 770-712-5392 or emailing us.

Our showroom is located at:

4295 Hamilton Mill Rd, Suite 200
Buford, GA 30518
Map and Directions

We are looking forward to helping you with your exercise needs.