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How to Start A Successful Exercise Routine with The Right Kind of Basic Workout Equipment

How to Start A Successful Exercise Routine with The Right Kind of Basic Workout Equipment

It is not easy to start an exercise program. Even the idea of starting the exercise program seems like a daunting idea. A trip to the local gym can do more harm than good, the proper gym can be very intimidating. The gyms are often filled with exercising machinery. All of the machinery can be very intimidating. The vocabulary used in the gym will also sound very foreign. So, if you are looking for starting a successful exercise program then being aware with the basic equipment of exercising will be very helpful. Being familiar with the workout equipment like The Good Gears is a good idea before the exercising program initiated.

Basic Gym Equipment

In the gym, you will be able to find two basic types of equipment. There are the free weights and the machines.

Free Weights

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    The most basic form of the body building equipment is the free weights. They are known as the free weights because they are not attached to the pulleys, cables or the weight stacks. They mostly consist of the dumbbells, weight plates, and the barbells.

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    The Barbell

    It is a long iron bar whose length is between 4 and 7 feets. The weights are placed on the long metal rod. The Barbell exercises are performed by holding the barbell using both hands.

    Dumbbells

    A dumbbell is like a short barbell. These rods are 10 to 15 inches long. The dumbbell exercises are performed by holding a dumbbell in each hand. Almost all of the gyms have dumbbell racks which weigh from 5 lbs. to 100+ lbs. There are some dumbbells which are adjustable. They have small collars and it clips on the ends of the dumbbells that hold the weight plates. They are not as convenient as the rack of the fixed dumbbells but they are a lot cheaper.

    Weight Plates

    The weight plates range between 2.5 lbs. to 100 lbs. They are mostly made up of iron but there are some gyms that have plastic plates.

    Curl Bar

    It is designed for working the biceps and the triceps. The length of the curl bar is shorter as compared to the barbell. It has angled hand placements. This is very good at working the muscles from the different angles. They can also reduce the stress that can be placed on the wrists.

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    Triceps Bar

    It is an oval shaped bar has two parallel hand placements. It may be known as the triceps bar but it can also be used to work other body parts except triceps.

    Benches

    The bench is one of the most common equipment in the gym. There are three types of benches. There are flat, incline, and decline benches. There are some benches that are adjustable. Some benches come with racks while others are just simple benches.

    Stability Ball

    Any exercise that is done on the bench can also be done on the stability ball. Exercises such as the bench press, dumbbells flyes, lateral raises, crunches, reverse crunches etc. can be done on the stability ball. This is a very useful and significant equipment as it increases the balance and strength of the body.

    Machines

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      The machines also allow you to perform an extensive variety of exercises. Some are designed for individual muscles while others have a multi-station which works for the whole body.

      Leg Press Machine

      With this machine, you can lift heavy loads safely and there is no worry about slipping or falling. Less stress is placed on the lower back and the knees in this machine.

      Hack Squat Machine

      This is the very good variant of the traditional barbell squat. This machine helps in developing the outer sweep of the thighs.

      Lat Pulldown Machine

      This is an excellent alternative of the chin-up. It has managed to get rid of the restrictions of the chin-up and it makes it an excellent alternative.

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      Cables and Pulleys

      Most of the gyms have an assortment of cables and pulleys. There is a weight stack connected to the long cable and there is a small handle or bar at the end. Exercises for the whole body can be performed by using them.

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      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

      Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

      Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

      In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

      And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

      Why is goal setting important?

      1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

      Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

      For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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      Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

      After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

      So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

      2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

      The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

      The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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      We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

      What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

      3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

      We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

      Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

      But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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      What you truly want and need

      Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

      Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

      Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

      When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

      Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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      Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

      Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

      Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

      The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

      It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

      Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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