Gym Equipment Names and Pictures

Starting an exercise routine is intimidating when you first begin. Walking into the gym and seeing fifty plus different machines with no idea which one does what can be quite daunting. You may be scared that you might use a machine wrong or may fail because you put too much weight on. With this handy guide we will walk you through exactly what the most popular exercise equipment does. This list of gym equipment will cover 95% of the exercise equipment you will see at your gym.








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Squat Station

Name of Machine:Squat Rack/Power Rack/Squat Station
Description:The mecca of strength training. This station may be a bit advanced for a beginner but is imperative to any serious strength training routing
Muscles Used:Everything!
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Average Cost:The cheap end starts around 150$ but does not include anything but the rack. The average full squat rack with a pull up bar and safety nets built in will cost you around 500$-1500$
Where to Buy:Walmart and Amazon for the cheaper, lower end brands. Rogue Fitness for the higher end, higher quality.
Recommended Product:Rogue 4
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine
Video Demonstration of Usage:
Notes:The squat rack can be used for a lot of exercises. I only included the squat exercise video here, but I suggest further research by looking into the 5x5 Strength gaining routine at Strong Lifts



Barbells

Name of Machine:Barbells
Description:Great for strength training. This is a necessary purchase when buying a squat station
Muscles Used:Everything!
barbells
Average Cost:150$-400$ - More if you purchase more weight
Where to Buy:Rogue Fitness sets the standard for Olympic barbells
Recommended Product:Rogue Bar 2.0
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:
Notes:Barbells are a great addition to any workout and should be included in all types of exercise routines.



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Bench Press

Name of Machine:Bench Press
Description:The quintessential chest building exercise.
Muscles Used:Chest, Shoulders, Biceps, Triceps, Lats, and Upper back
benchpress
Average Cost:This can range in price from 200$-800$ and more depending on the weight you purchase with it
Where to Buy:Rogue Fitness, Amazon, Walmart are all recommended
Recommended Product:Valor Athletics Olympic Bench (With Spotter)
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:
Notes:With proper form, the bench press is an important part of upper body muscle building

Incline Bench Press

Name of Machine:Incline Bench Press
Description:The incline bench press is another great workout for chest growth.
Muscles Used:Upper chest, deltoids (shoulders), triceps
incline bench press
Average Cost:200$-1000$ depending on additional weights
Where to Buy:Rogue Fitness, Amazon, Walmart all have great deals on this piece of equipment
Recommended Product:Powerblock Adjustable Weight Bench
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:
Notes:Make sure you practice proper form as should injuries happen often with this workout

Glute Ham Developer

Name of Machine:Glute Ham Developer
Description:Glute Ham Developer is effective to strengthen glutes and lower back.
Muscles Used:Glutes and Lower Back
Glute Ham Developer
Average Cost:Upwards of 500$
Where to Buy:Rogue, Amazon
Recommended Product:Rogue Monster Swing Arm GHD
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:

Notes:Increases glute strength and endurance.



Power Tower

Name of Machine:Power Tower
Description:Power Tower is used to perform pull ups, sit ups, leg raises, dips , push ups and chin ups.
Muscles Used:Chest, Arms, Legs, Shoulders, Back
Power Tower
Average Cost:Around 150$
Where to Buy:Amazon
Recommended Product:Stamina 1690 Power Tower
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:


Reformer Pilates

Name of Machine:Reformer Pilates
Description:Reformer Pilates is used to improve flexibility, overall body strength and cardiovascular fitness.
Muscles Used:Overall body
Reformer Pilates
Average Cost:Above 300$
Where to Buy:Amazon
Recommended Product:Pilates Power Gym Plus
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:


Wall Ball

Name of Machine:Wall Ball
Description:Wall Ball can be used for a great cardio workout.
Muscles Used:Back, legs, shoulder and arms
Wall Ball
Average Cost:Upwards of 50$
Where to Buy:Rogue, Amazon
Recommended Product:Wall Ball
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:


Exercise Bikes

Name of Machine:Exercise Bikes
Description:The single most effective machine to stay fit, healthy, burn fat and a complete body workout. Specifically helps increasing stamina and strengthening leg muscles.
Muscles Used:Calf and Thighs
exercise machine
Average Cost:Upwards of 200$
Where to Buy:Amazon
Recommended Product:Sunny Health and Fitness Pro
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:

Notes:Increases your overall strength and endurance, it is low impact and is always accessible.

EZ Curl Bar

Name of Machine:EZ Curl Bar
Description:EZ Curl Bar is effective to strengthen arms and wrists.
Muscles Used:Arms, Biceps and Triceps
EZ Curl Bar
Average Cost:Upwards of 20$
Where to Buy:Amazon
Recommended Product:CAP Standard
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:

Notes:Increases arm strength and endurance.

Cables and Pulleys

Name of Machine:Cables and Pulleys
Description:Grips are attached to cables. A number of exercises can be performed with this
Muscles Used:Depends on exercise performed. Potential to hit every muscle
cables and pulleys
Average Cost:An entire cable and pulley set will cost upwards of 2000$
Where to Buy:Amazon
Recommended Product:PowerLine PCCO90X Cable Crossover
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:
Notes:A real toolbox of exercises. Do some research to find exercises that work for you



Dipping Bars

Name of Machine:Dipping Bars
Description:Lower your body and lift up
Muscles Used:Triceps and deltoids (shoulders)
dipping bars
Average Cost:150$-300$ - More if you purchase more weight
Where to Buy:Amazon
Recommended Product:Fuel Pureformance Deluxe Dip Station
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:
Notes:Again, practice good form as to avoid shoulder issues


Abdominal Bench

Name of Machine:Abdominal Bench
Description:Similar to the hyper extension bench but hits your abs
Muscles Used:Abs
abdominal bench
Average Cost:150$-300$ - More if you purchase more weight
Where to Buy:Amazon
Recommended Product:Powerblock Adjustable Weight Bench
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:
Notes:Careful not to increase weight too rapidly. Back problems are frequently caused by this workout. Not a problem if you practice proper form with appropriate weight

Dumb Bells

Name of Machine:Dumb Bells
Description:A handle with weight attached at the end. A staple of any exercise program
Muscles Used:Anything you want
Dumbbells
Average Cost:10$-100$ depending on weight
Where to Buy:Basically anywhere. Rogue Fitness and Amazon are best for online purchases
Recommended Product:Bowflex Adjustable dumbbells
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:
Notes:Beach body weights!

Pull Up Bar

Name of Machine:Pull Up/Chin Up Bar
Description:Pull yourself up so your chin is above the bar.
Muscles Used:Back, shoulders, abs, biceps
pull up bars
Average Cost:$18 - $30
Where to Buy:Amazon
Recommended Product:Iron Gym Extreme
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:
Notes:Fantastic upper body workout.

Kettle Bells

Name of Machine:Kettle Bell
Description:Tons of ways you can use the kettle bell
Muscles Used:Depends on the exercise
kettle bells
Average Cost:30$-100$ - More if you purchase more weight
Where to Buy:Rogue Fitness, Amazon
Recommended Product:GoFit Kettlebell
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:
Notes:Good for strength training and cardio. Get some training on how to use it to prevent injury



Foam Roller

Name of Machine:Foam Roller
Description:Not exactly an exercise but a good tool for reducing soreness and flexibility
Muscles Used:Everything
foam roller
Average Cost:10$-20$ - More if you purchase more weight
Where to Buy:Amazon
Recommended Product:Triggerpoint GRID Foam Roller
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:
Notes:This will make you a happy gym goer

Lat Pull Down Machine

Name of Machine:Lat Pull Down Machine
Description:Pull the bar towards your chest and squeeze your back
Muscles Used:Upper/lower back
lat pull down machine
Average Cost:A lat pull down machine will cost you between 250$-500$
Where to Buy:Amazon
Recommended Product:IronMan Triathlon X-Class
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:
Notes:This workout will give you wings!

Leg Extension Machine

Name of Machine:Leg Extension Machine
Description:Lift the weight with your quads. Squeeze at the top
Muscles Used:Quads
leg extension machine
Average Cost:300$ +
Where to Buy:Amazon
Recommended Product:Body-Solid GCEC340 Leg Extension Machine
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:
Notes:Great exercise for leg strength and injury rehabilitation

Rowing Machine

Name of Machine:Rowing Machine
Description:All-in-one exercise device that will give you a fantastic cardio workout, burn a ton of calories and provide a great back, shoulder and leg workout.
Muscles Used:Back, shoulder and legs.
rowing machine
Average Cost:Upwards of 400$
Where to Buy:Amazon
Recommended Product:Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rower
Must Read:Our in depth guide of this machine.
Video Demonstration of Usage:

Notes:Increases your overall strength and endurance, it is low impact and is always accessible.



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