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Single Station Exercise Machines: What to Look for and What to Avoid

written by: Caramel • edited by: Cheryl Gabbert • updated: 6/29/2011

This article talks of the many benefits of single station exercise machines and tips on what to look for in your purchases.

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    A Single -Station Exercise Machine Overview

    For the beginner or those who are seasoned in the fitness realm, when you desire to get on a fitness plan you can start with incorporating a comprehensive gym to suit your needs. You should have a goal of finding machines that will work well with one another in order to meet your fitness goals. Machines should be chosen that target the specific muscle groups you wish to train or strengthen. Single station machines are great to use, as many target specific muscle groups. These machines can be used to condition your body from bottom to top. You may want to start with basic styles for beginners, and depending on the needs you have, you may only need a few machines to satisfy your strength training and aerobic workout needs. The following are some tips on choosing single station exercise machines.

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    Selecting a Single Station Machine

    1. Start out by setting some fitness goals and determining what you are looking for in a particular machine. Machines have different purposes and designs, so knowing what you want is essential to your decision making process.
    2. When examining a specific machine, look for how easily you are able to maneuver it. Avoid machines that are too difficult to operate, because they will not get much use and this will hinder your fitness goals. Some very popular machines may be awkward and difficult to handle.
    3. Check out the machine's size to determine its placement for your home or office space. A space that is too small will cause a machine to be jammed or stuck and thus it will not get much use.
    4. The most important thing about the machine is its features. Examine whether it can be used several ways. Determine its levels of endurance and speed, and if their intensities can be altered. You should have some understanding of how to operate the fitness equipment. Avoid machines that only offer one alternative to working out because this can also leave you with a lessened desire to use it.
    5. Review and compare the price of the machine with other models. Machine prices are based on the features they offer. As you do comparison shopping, you can determine if what you are paying is worth the price.
    6. Check the warranty. Compare it with the durability and make of the product, then analyze how much you prepare to use it. This will help you determine if is worth investing in. It is important to note that machines of all makes and models break down occasionally.
    7. Remember, it is your responsibility to do the research. Retailers are in the business to make a sell and will point out all the good selling points on a particular machine. A great tool to try is to make a list of all the things you want in a machine, such as the muscle groups you want to work, the price you are willing to pay, etc. Additionally, write down the things you are not willing to compromise with, price, durability and so on.

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    Conclusion

    Getting fit and staying fit, believe it or not, may all come down to the particular fitness equipment you use. Choosing single station exercise machines is a very important process and should not be taken lightly. Take your time to research your fitness needs and take a few tips from the list above to help you get there.