Walking into a mega-gym strikes fear into the hearts of many fitness newbies: the monolithic machines, the shiny weights, the mirrors lining every inch of the walls. But all equipment is not created equal. Make the most of your precious gym time (and get out of there as quickly as possible) by choosing the right equipment, exercises, and post-workout routine.

Elliptical or treadmill?

Trying to get the most bang for your cardio buck? Get off the elliptical and hop on to the treadmill. Optimal for a more inclusive full body workout, a treadmill offers more variety. Play with the incline and speed on a this machine and notice how quickly your workout can go from light-on-perspiration to full-on-sweat-monster. Heart rate variation is key for increasing cardiovascular endurance. Not only will you be working your heart, all the major muscle groups in your legs and hips will be challenged, too. Read more…

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