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Sunday , 20 April 2014

Does your condo gym measure up? Personal trainer’s list of must-have fitness equipment

The fitness centre at James Cooper Mansion from Tridel. Personal trainer Mike Tangreda lists equipment a well-equipped condo gym should have.

How fit is your condo’s gym?

Mike Tangreda

With many Canadians opting for the convenience and luxury that the condominium lifestyle offers, health-conscious purchasers often take a close look at the condo’s gym facility. Therefore it should come as no surprise that the condo fitness facility is perhaps the most sought after and used amenity in each building.

As a certified personal in-home-trainer, I have been to a lot of great condo gyms and also to some that were not so good. Here are the recommended pieces of equipment that your condo facility should come equipped with.

Elliptical trainer

An elliptical trainer or cross-trainer is a stationary exercise machine used to simulate stair climbing, walking, or running without causing excessive pressure to the joints, hence decreasing the risk of impact injuries.  This is used for any of our clients who may be suffering from any sort of knee pain.

Recumbent Bike

The Recumbent bicycle places the rider in a laid-back reclining position. Most recumbent riders choose this type of design for ergonomic reasons; the rider’s weight is distributed comfortably over a larger area, supported by back and buttocks. 

A high quality treadmill

When you simply can’t walk or run outside, the treadmill is great for burning those extra calories.

Now that takes care of cardio, but what about resistance and functional training?

Here are my personal favorites for the condo gym.

Stability Ball: Personal trainers love the stability ball. It is great for the whole body and especially the core. You can perform hundreds of movements with the ball.

Free weights (up to 50lbs at least) are great for building muscle and strength.

Mats: because no one wants to exercise on a bare floor.

Universal machine with pulley system: great for building and toning muscle.

Mirrors, to see how your form looks (and to check out how good you look of course).

Step risers: Trainers love to work the legs and glutes with the step risers.

Body Bands are great for extra-moderate to light resistance training

While gym workouts can seem daunting at first, remember a personal trainer can help ease you through your condo’s gym and put you on a safe program geared for your ultimate success.

Until next time

Mike Tangreda

Certified Personal Trainer

Inhometrainer.ca

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I am Nicole Ryan, a contributing editor at Condo.ca—Canada's Condominium Magazine.

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