As anyone knows, you must have balance, my padawan, to achieve a well balanced body and mind. Even the biggest bodybuilders must spend copious amounts of time on cardiovascular machines to achieve their ripped and veiny muscley look. To get that look you have to spend time doing cardio. You have to burn fat. You can run, bike, use a stair stepper. In my past I used all three modes to shape my body….But then I got married…and that’s a story for another time.
If you are a sculptor, which you are in fact. Your body is like a block of marble. You want to carve out your body out of that marble block. First you cut away the chunks you don’t need or want until you get that basic shape you want…No! Don’t cut that part off. You need that part to see, listen, smell and think…Okay, were back, you want to do the fine detail work like with a hammer and chisel. Now be careful. You cant add material to places where there was nothing to add…ahem…But that might be my personal issue…
Anyways, That hammer and chisel can be called cardiovascular exercise. It can be running, biking, rowing, stair stepping even walking at a brisk pace. There are many things that can qualify as cardio. The important thing is that you work to get your heart rate up by moving your body for a period of at least half an hour. Now I’ve done runs for an hour or two and mountain biked for 8 hours with a lunch break in between. When I did this on a consistent basis along with my weightlifting regime I got pretty big and cut.
Cardiovascular exercise and diet is the way to get that final shape of a bodybuilder. Now I have toyed around with the thought of posing for a bodybuilding show, but I couldn’t take the wearing of bikini bottoms in front of a large group of strangers and doing a chest pose…
Which I did once in a club that was giving away tickets to a concert and my friends pushed me out to the middle of the stage. So I took my shirt off and was declared the winner instantly.
I got the tickets from a guy named Richard Blade. He was the DJ that night, and if you know who he is I just dated myself…Oh man…that was a hell of a night. I think I got so drunk that I challenged all the security guys to a fight. There was 17 against me and my friends wisely talked me down….
By the way. Drinking is not a good way to get cut and ripped. If there is one thing I learned, being a security guard was fun as I was security at a club for three years in college!!!
This was my lifestyle. I did this for years. But now I’m in my mid-fifties and things have slowed down a bit. But I try and live an active lifestyle to this day.
Anyways, on to the cardio equipment.
Bowflex Max Trainer M8
This is a pretty pricey unit but less expensive than the actual gym equipment like a dedicated treadmill or a dedicated elliptical or stair stepper machines.
And I if I must say. This has a kick ass display on it.
It’s small footprint and versatility make the Bowflex Max Trainer M8 a natural in any home gym. It’s just a fraction of a the size of a treadmill, elliptical and stair stepper machines.
By combining a low impact and full body workout, the Max 8 combines the calorie-burning power of a stepping machine along with the motion of an elliptical with to help you to burn major calories in your workouts.
Use the Bowflex JRNY app to enhance your workouts. It comes free or in a subscription based model. Use with your tablet, as it gauges your capabilities and helps design a custom workout just for you. It helps you reach your goals to completion.
Don’t get me wrong. There are models that are less expensive and that do not have the same bells and whistles as this one has. You are most welcome to comparison shop. That’s true for all the equipment I have showcased.
Schwinn Recumbent Bike 270
This piece of equipment is close to what you might use in the gym. Except this has much more. The Schwinn Recumbent 270 has Bluetooth connectivity with your Apple iPad and Kindle. It also syncs with the Schwinn Trainer App which connects you to your workout stats, personal coaches, cycling tracks all over the world among other things.
The Schwinn Trainer App also tracks your fitness journey and tracks your fitness goals and allows you to see your progress for each week.
The 270 also has 25 resistance levels to give you a wide range of intensity levels with 29 different programs to choose from. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, this bike should be able to give you all you can handle, baby!
Simply plug in into any standard electrical wall outlet and away you go…I still recommend that you read the entire owners manual to get to know everything about this bike, but hey! I understand…(wink, wink.)
NordicTrack T Series Treadmill 7.5s
The NordicTrack T Series Treadmill a solid pick for the home gym. A good looking rugged full size treadmill with the ability to fold up in to a smaller footprint for your home.
Comes with a personal trainer app for 1 year that can be renewed after your year is up. Your personal trainer app takes you anywhere in any kind of terrain you want.
You want to run on the beach? The screen will show you a beach that you can rum on. You want to run on a trail? The app will keep up with you as well.
It will follow the terrain that you choose in locales all over the world. Run up or downhill. The melding of a trainer with your treadmill will take your activity to a whole new level.
To use the personal trainer app a Bluetooth/WiFi connection is required.
I have chosen these three cardio machines to showcase because I believe that these are at or near gym quality. There are much cheaper cardio equipment available out these but I wanted to choose items with a reputation and have a customer support department to answer any questions or issues you may have. I you have gotten this far, thank you for reading…If not…PFFFtTT to you…Hahahaha…Just kidding…Not kidding.