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    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 7th Mar 18, 9:53 AM
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    Home gym equipment for a small space
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    • 7th Mar 18, 9:53 AM
    Home gym equipment for a small space 7th Mar 18 at 9:53 AM
    I need to do more exercise, I have gone from an active job with brisk long walks every day to a driving based job and only gentle strolls.

    I can't join a gym because I don't want to leave my elderly (hence the change from brisk to gentle walks!) dogs alone any more than I have to in order to work and maintain some semblance of a social life!

    So, can anybody recommend some decent quality equipment that can be folded, rolled, packed up and left in a corner of the spare room out of the way when not being used, but that is still reasonable quality and doesn't cost the earth? I've had a look at some foldaway treadmills but its very hard to gauge if the cheaper end will just fall apart and the premium end is very pricey indeed! Would love to hear personal experiences.

    All I currently have is a yoga mat which fits the bill in terms of space but doesn't do much for my cardiovascular fitness!
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    • Katapolt
    • By Katapolt 7th Mar 18, 12:34 PM
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    If you want to improve your cardio health all you need is yourself! Look up HIIT routines, they dont have to take long at all, get the heart rate up and will do exactly what you need.

    You don't actually need any equipment at all, but if you really want to id recommend a small kettlebell, and some resistance bands for strength exercises.
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    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 7th Mar 18, 12:59 PM
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    If you want to improve your cardio health all you need is yourself! Look up HIIT routines, they dont have to take long at all, get the heart rate up and will do exactly what you need.

    You don't actually need any equipment at all, but if you really want to id recommend a small kettlebell, and some resistance bands for strength exercises.
    Originally posted by Katapolt
    Yeah but I know what I'm like and having a treadmill or similar that I can do a brisk walk or a slow jog on while also watching a film will mean I actually use it!

    I much prefer getting my exercise from real world activity/sport etc. as opposed to indoor gym routine because I get bored easily but its not an option at the moment sadly.

    Thanks though, you are right just not what I need!
    • House Martin
    • By House Martin 7th Mar 18, 6:38 PM
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    What about step aerobics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6cg54UoO-A
    I have a treadmill , a cycle turbo trainer, some dumb bells but none of these actually simulate hill walking up steep hills very well in preparation for my usual summer Munroe bag effort up in Scotland, ( Suilven and others are the target this year ).
    Maybe a simple piece of equipment like the woman is using in this Youtube vid is enough, and certainly would nt take up much space. I m going to give it a try myself
    The Turbo trainer is very compact too but would have to bring in the bike to lock the back wheel onto. Rollers are not as compact as a turbo trainer
    i think walking on the flat is nt enough but adding some gravity to the walk is a big difference.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 7th Mar 18, 7:46 PM
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    a rebounder, I have a bellicon. The legs come off and it can slide under a bed. Read the reviews. Expensive when you can get cheaper but it is a fantastic strong build
    https://www.ukjuicers.com/bellicon-rebounders?gclid=Cj0KCQiAuP7UBRDiARIsAFpxiRJyCh060 UjxgqM5ah9hd78TKqrQNRcUPq5eQ__kAyl0VMyYdv27OoEaAkf tEALw_wcB
    • YORKSHIRELASS
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 7th Mar 18, 8:01 PM
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    We have a Confidence Pro spinning bike bought from Tesco for about 100. Ok it's not professional standard but very good for the money. Can't be folded away but doesn't take up a huge amount of floor space. Also have kettlebells, dumbbells and my husband's favourite resistance bands.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 7th Mar 18, 8:08 PM
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    It sounds like you used to exercise by walking the dogs quickly ... and now they can't manage it. What about building/buying a small trolley for them to sit in ... and you can walk as fast as your like and push/pull them round with you?

    You can get, for example, bicycle dog trailers. Wouldn't need to be large as they're not in it for long ....

    Thinking "small" you could even use a regular metal cage tied on top of a couple of wide skateboards ... pulled with a bit of rope.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 07-03-2018 at 8:11 PM.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 7th Mar 18, 8:57 PM
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    We have an air resistance rowing machine that folds up easily.
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    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 7th Mar 18, 9:04 PM
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    It sounds like you used to exercise by walking the dogs quickly ... and now they can't manage it. What about building/buying a small trolley for them to sit in ... and you can walk as fast as your like and push/pull them round with you?
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    The dogs still need some exercise and time out sniffing and socialising even if they can't cover the ground they used to!
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 7th Mar 18, 9:06 PM
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    I have a 300 fold-up treadmill. I love it, don't get me wrong, I've used it almost every day since 2001 (can't run on it, only walk and jog) and it's holding up well ... but there's no way I'd be folding and unfolding it.
    It's too awkward, heavy and a pain to set up again. Mine only gets folded up when I move house.
    Originally posted by Quizzical Squirrel
    Ah really? See I did wonder about this, lots say they fold away but look pretty bulky and I did wonder just how realistic it was!

    What kind have you got? Its sounds like its serving you well even if its not that easy to store!
    • richj
    • By richj 8th Mar 18, 7:08 AM
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    kettlebells would fill your requirements
    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 8th Mar 18, 5:14 PM
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    Whats your budget?

    I suggest a well fitted pair of running trainers and a few kettlebells or free weights would be your best bet.

    Dont be tempted to by any gym equipment from shopping channels, its usually gimmicks/junk.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 8th Mar 18, 9:14 PM
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    Whats your budget?

    I suggest a well fitted pair of running trainers and a few kettlebells or free weights would be your best bet.

    Dont be tempted to by any gym equipment from shopping channels, its usually gimmicks/junk.
    Originally posted by parking_question_chap
    I need cardio though, I do yoga for strength, balance and flexibility and I'm happy with that. Its my heart and lungs I'm worried about! Need to get them working harder!

    This is why I'd like a treadmill ideally but they just seem impractical, was really hoping for a recommendation for a good home cardio machine.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 8th Mar 18, 9:17 PM
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    We have an air resistance rowing machine that folds up easily.
    Originally posted by Gloomendoom
    You couldn't post a link could you? Rowing machine might well fit the bill!
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 8th Mar 18, 9:18 PM
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    It's a Greenmaster Easy-Up. Japanese model.
    It's been fabulous. I could not have asked for a better bargain. Maybe I just got lucky.

    Some people thought it was a foolish buy because it would only last a couple of years but 17 years later it's still running beautifully every day. If it dies tomorrow I will not begrudge it because it has exceeded all expectations and I would be sorry to see it go.
    But easy-up it is not!
    Originally posted by Quizzical Squirrel
    17 years? Is it too much to hope they are still being made? Off to google...
    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 9th Mar 18, 5:44 PM
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    Why are you thinking of buying a treadmill rather than going outside?

    Surely the dogs can last 30 minutes without you.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 9th Mar 18, 6:08 PM
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    You couldn't post a link could you? Rowing machine might well fit the bill!
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel

    It's like this one...

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/V-fit-AR1-Artemis-Rowing-Machine/dp/B000TQK6YK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520618607&sr=8-1&keywords=v-fit+rowing+machine

    We bought it on eBay about ten years ago. With gym equipment, it is always worth looking at secondhand stuff. People pay a fortune for it new, get fed up after a couple of months and flog it on eBay.

    We use it to supplement a couple of hundred KGs of free weight plates and a multi gym, squat rack etc. All bought cheaply secondhand.
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    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 9th Mar 18, 10:32 PM
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    Why are you thinking of buying a treadmill rather than going outside?

    Surely the dogs can last 30 minutes without you.
    Originally posted by parking_question_chap
    Helpful response, thanks!

    The answer is in the OP.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 9th Mar 18, 10:34 PM
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    It's like this one...

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/V-fit-AR1-Artemis-Rowing-Machine/dp/B000TQK6YK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520618607&sr=8-1&keywords=v-fit+rowing+machine

    We bought it on eBay about ten years ago. With gym equipment, it is always worth looking at secondhand stuff. People pay a fortune for it new, get fed up after a couple of months and flog it on eBay.

    We use it to supplement a couple of hundred KGs of free weight plates and a multi gym, squat rack etc. All bought cheaply secondhand.
    Originally posted by Gloomendoom

    Thanks, will have a look. I've been on ebay/gumtree and found a few nearly new treadmills nearby. Looks a like a lot of people buy them and never actually use them. Hopefully that won't be me in a few months!
    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 10th Mar 18, 11:43 AM
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    Helpful response, thanks!

    The answer is in the OP.
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    Erm, no it isnt.

    You said " I don't want to leave my elderly (hence the change from brisk to gentle walks!) dogs alone any more than I have to".

    If you are now housebound perhaps you should have said, rather then get high and mighty when people dare ask you a question when trying to help.

    A round trip to the gym can take a couple of hours. A run outside can take as little as twenty minutes.
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