Best Fitness Machines for Losing Weight

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Think of when you first walk into a gym: fitness machines scatter the area. Bikes, treadmills, elliptical machines, weights, and more are separated into their own sections, and here you stand. Do you head to a treadmill?  Do you concentrate on cardiovascular exercises, or focus more on strength training?  Your workout depends entirely on what your fitness goals are.  Every piece of equipment targets a certain muscle group in your body, but some machines may work up more of a sweat than others. And if you need to lose weight, choosing the right fitness equipment can be a complicated decision.  Should you pick a calorie-burning monster, or stick to something else?  Here’s what you can expect out of your workout by using these common weight loss equipments.

1.    Treadmills

As one of the most versatile machines in the industry, fitness experts say this machine can burn about 100 calories per mile with a brisk walk.  According to Harvard Health Publications, 220 calories can be burned in 30 minutes by walking, while jogging or running can burn more than 1,000 calories.  No matter what the pace, treadmills can be adjusted so that different intensities and speeds meet the needs of anyone’s workout.  Raising the incline also provides the chance to burn more fat tissue.  Balance is improved, and joint impact is reduced since the treadmill is moving under you.  But if the machine feels unpleasant, choose another machine.

2.    Elliptical Machines

With an elliptical machine, less stress is placed on joints, but relatively, you burn the same amount of calories as you would on a treadmill.  Harvard Health Publications wrote a 185-pound person burned more than 400 calories in 30 minutes using an elliptical trainer because it targets muscles in the arms, legs, shoulders, and glutes.  And unlike many other machines, it actually works your entire body.  Muscle strength and endurance is improved as well as fat burning. However, if you are a beginner, using your arms is not recommended.

3.    Stationary Bikes

Experts agree that stationary bikes provide the least amount of stress on joints.  The important factor to remember is the bike must be fitted to your body size.  On average, cycling burns up to 600 calories per hour, although adding magnetic resistance helps intensify your workout and shed more pounds.  Cycling also provides strength training by working the glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, adductors, and calves.

4.    Stair Climbers

Stair climbers are excellent for those that need to get in shape.  It provides cardiovascular benefits as well as strength training by specifically targeting the glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves.  According to Harvard Health Publications, you can burn more than 250 calories in 30 minutes, making it a high-intensity machine.  Even after your workout has ended, your body will continue to burn calories for hours.

5.    Rowing Machines

Rowing machines are an excellent source for cardiovascular exercise and strength training.  Not only does it burn fat, it increases muscle strength in your quads, abdominal muscles, and legs.  Naturally, building muscle depends on how you hold the handles.  But as an advanced fitness machine, it requires your entire body to push itself, which is why it burns more calories than most aerobic exercises.

Although these machines are noted for their exceptional ability to burn fat, it is important to include exercises that will not injure your body or health.  A nutrient-rich diet should also be used in combination with exercise to achieve weight-loss goals.


Harold Pilkington writes on fitness, health, wellness, and nutrition. He has taken a special interest in weight loss as of late; to learn more about weight loss in the Houston area be sure to visit

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