Starting an exercise program can be a intimidating experience what machines or exercise equipment should you use. There are basically two types of equipment that you will find in the gym these are free weights and machines. We will look at these in further detail to help you make the choice thats right for you. No matter what piece of equipment you use, there are some key points to understand, for example, you will not see results from any piece of equipment unless you use the item regularly. Before you use any piece of equipment,. ensure you know how to use the equipment properly, this will reduce the chance of injury whilst ensuring you get maximum benefit from using the piece of equipment.

When most guys hear about the cardio workout they generally think of this as something you do to stay lean to help you show off your muscles from your workout, this type of cardio is fine however if you are wanting to lose fat this is where cardio training comes in its own.The most important thing to understand about cardio training is the intensity of the training the more intense your workout the more calories you will burn and therefore the more fat you will lose.

Cardio Equipment

Elliptical equipment

These types of machines are a great choice especially if you want to ensure you minimise the impacts on joints like the hips and knees. This type of equipment is classed as low impact for the reduction in the intensity of the workout so it will be less effective than using stairs or treadmills it will however be an effective means of burning calories by changing the settings for intensity speed and resistance.

running machine

The best way to burn fat on an elliptical

The best way in which to burn fat using the elliptical equipment can be achieved in two ways. First if you add a higher incline this will simulate stair climbing but with far less impact on joints. Secondly you could lower the incline and also increased the resistance and you could imitate the stepmill.


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Stair Climber

This piece of equipment is great for burning fat and calories however it is important to consider that if using this piece of equipment it can put a lot of stress on joints due to the intensity of the muscles used so it could be difficult to use if you had bad knees.

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The best way to burn fat on a stair climber

When working out on the stairclimber increase intensity of your workout for 30 seconds with a 1 minute recovery for 10 rounds this will increase your calories burnt.

Jumping Rope

This activity burns a lot of calories and is ideal for a cardio workout. Doing this type of workout will increase your shoulder strength as well as help with your footwork and coordination.

The best way to burn fat with a jump rope

Jump as fast as you are able for 1 minute and rest for 20 to 30 seconds until you can no longer do the workout over time this will become easier for you to achieve more sets.


This is the most common piece of equipment to be found in gyms however most users of this gym equipment don’t use it properly. If used correctly at high intensity you will burn off vast amounts of calories.

cycling equipment

How to burn fat with cycling

For best results do high intensity intervals for 2 to 3 minutes followed by a slower speed for about 1 minute repeating this process for as long as you can.


This is an ideal workout to work both the upper and lower body at the same time whilst also reducing the stress on your joints. Increasing the intensity of the row will burn even more calories.

rowing machine

The best way to burn calories on a rower

Technique is the most important part to a workout using the rowing machine, ensure your technique is correct during your workout. A good workout is 20 minutes in which you row 250 metres as fast as you can resting for 1 minute then repeating process for the duration.

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