Looking for the best exercise machine?
Want to see what makes a great “all around” piece of fitness equipment?
Everyone wants to exercise and be healthy but who want to waste their time on an inefficient piece of junk?
People want to work out on the best exercise machine that shows results fast!
The different options to choose from can be overwhelming and cause massive headaches when trying to decide.
You have treadmills, stair climbers, ellipticals, exercise bikes, rowing machines, etc.
All of them seem like they provide a great workout but which of these is considered the best exercise machine?
I don’t like wasting time exercising and I don’t want to waste your time here.
I will break down what makes the best all around exercise machine and then give you my #1 recommendation.
Qualifying as the “Best Exercise Machine”?
The “Best Exercise Machine” is completely subjective and it really depends on what a person is looking for when they exercise.
Exercise is such a broad word, it can mean either cardiovascular and/or muscle building.
The definition of exercise is “an activity requiring physical effort, carried out especially to sustain or improve health and fitness.”
In my opinion, the best all around exercise machine should have the following characteristics:
- Provides great cardiovascular exercise
- Builds muscles
- Total body workout
- Low impact (non-damaging to your body)
- Easy to use
By providing all of these criteria, the exercise machine would be extremely efficient and fit all types of users.
The machine would be providing multiple benefits at the same time, thus cutting down on the total time you must exercise.
When there is a piece of fitness equipment that can do all this, I’m always surprised everyone doesn’t already own one!
Below I go into more detail about the characteristics of a complete exercise machine.
Provides a Great Cardiovascular Workout
When I use an exercise machine, I want to be out of breath, sweating, and exhausted.
I want a machine that can be challenging, that gets my heart pumping… to the point I want to just quit exercising altogether!
However, I also want a machine that can work with me when I want to take it easy. So a machine with variable or adjustable resistance is a must.
A great exercise machine should allow me to workout in all the heart rate zones and be able to provide aerobic and anaerobic exercises.
Builds & Conditions Muscle
Not all exercise machines are created equal. Some provide a great cardio workout but do little as far as building muscle. Others build muscle but are not meant to provide muscular and vascular endurance.
If only there was a machine that could do it all!
Well I have heard of one machine. It’s said it can workout up to 84% of the total muscles in your body while boosting your heart rate to the max!
Provides a Total Body Workout
Working out is important and fun but it can take a long time.
I’m all about efficiency, so when it comes to working out I like to kill 10 birds with 1 stone! Ok, maybe not kill them but knock them out of the sky.
Gym sessions can take hours if you add up all the activities. Walking from weight machine to weight machine to getting on the treadmill. The only way to cut down on time is to combine all these activities into one.
That is why total body workouts are ideal for me. Working out your upper and lower body at the same time saves so much time, not to mention blasts calories.
Low Impact and No Stress on Joints
Many people, including myself, have some type of joint issues. Whether from old age or sports related injuries, these issues are extremely annoying! Not to mention painful!
Being able to exercise with low impact on these joints is ideal and can help save the joints for other activities.
For example, you don’t want to workout by jogging when you are going to play basketball the next day. Your knees can’t take that kind of abuse!
Keeping that in mind, my ideal ‘best exercise machine’ has to provide me with an intense workout without putting any stress on my joints (specifically my knees and ankles).
Easy to Use
I just want to workout and move on. I don’t want to move around and constantly switch and change things on the exercise machine.
Changing weights can be very annoying and using ten different machines is exhausting.
I want one machine that will do it all but doesn’t look like a a weird workout contraption.
So very low setup time and fitness equipment that doesn’t require a Phd. to use is very important to me.
What is the Best Exercise Machine?
Drumroll please……..and the moment we’ve all been waiting for!
Based on the criteria above, the best exercise machine is a rowing machine!
It provides an awesome cardiovascular workout, targets 84% of the muscle in your body, provides a total body pump, puts practically no stress on your joints, and it’s easy to use!
It really is a complete piece of exercise equipment. If I had to choose one piece of equipment to work out on the rest of my life, no doubt it would be the rowing machine!
Even Gerard Butler, the jacked dude from the movie ‘300’, said the rowing machine is what got him so ripped!
If you want to know more about rowing machines, check out these articles:
- Best Rowing Exercise Machine (details the best options to choose)
- Best Cardio Machine (compares elliptical, treadmill, stepper)
- Rowing Machine Benefits
- What Does A Rowing Machine Do For Your Body?
I hope you enjoyed my opinion on the best exercise machine. What do you think? Do you agree?
Let me know in the comment section below!