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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 March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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