There are all sorts of apparatus and tools you can use to help with your exercise activities. I find the chin-up bars to be a great addition and way to expand your at-home exercise routine. The exercise balls and of course aweight bench are almost essential pieces of equipment if you are using weights and want to get in a solid chest exercise. An indoor cycling trainer or a treadmill can be a great addition to your outdoor routine if you live in rough climates. Outdoor running is my preferred method, but there are times due to schedule, weather, etc. where indoor training becomes essential and the bike trainer provides a good aerobic workout. Lastly, it is always good to consider safety devices such as lights for biking, vests for running, etc.


  • Try to make sure you want and need the latest exercise device before you purchase the product.  Nothing worse than having unused equipment sitting around.
  • Look for products that have enough variability to suit your current and future needs when possible.  If you may want to do incline benching, don’t go with just a flat bench.
  • Get the devices and tools that fit your exercise routine and can make the experience more enjoyable.
  • If you buy such things as inflatable exercise balls, make sure it comes with a pump or factor that into the price if you don’t already own one.
  • Make sure your door frame can support a hanging chin-up bar.  If possible it may be better to go with the stand alone pieces of equipment.  Most also include dip and leg raise “stations” which also expand your routine options.


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