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Fitness Equipment

Working out is even more convenient and cost-effective when you make it part of your home – just invest in fitness equipment to exercise whenever you want. And to make it even easier, we offer free delivery on all our large fitness equipment, plus a 3-year guarantee on parts and labour.

Plus, if you play a particular sport, search for specific accessories on our equipment by sport page.

Types of exercise

Choose from our broad range of fitness accessories according to your workout needs.

Build up, tone and strengthen your muscles (strength training), lose weight (cardiovascular with a bit of low-impact strength training), complement training for the marathon (cardiovascular, strength and flexibility) or improve your overall level of fitness (a bit of cardiovascular, strength and flexibility).

Cardiovascular

 

Cardiovascular exercise involves raising your heart rate (cardio) and pumping blood around your body (vascular), making your heart and lungs stronger.

If you want to...

  • Lose weight,burn calories and increase your metabolic rate
  • Train for a marathon
  • Improve your overall level of fitness
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Decrease stress levels


Then consider the following equipment:

In order to find out if you’re getting the most out of your cardio training, use a heart rate monitor while you exercise.

Strength

Weight and strength training involves exercising with resistance to increase muscle mass and strength – but it isn’t all about bigger muscles. Using lighter weights with more repetitions, for example lifting 1kg 20 times rather than 10kg twice, increases your metabolism and encourages fat loss without forming bulky muscle.

If you want to...

  • Lose weight while increasing muscle mass and tone
  • Improve coordination, muscle control and mobility
  • Support bones and joints
  • Improve your metabolic rate
  • Decrease your risk of injury


Then consider the following equipment:

Flexibility

To get the most out of your fitness programme and avoid injury, it’s vital to include flexibility training into your workout.

If you want to...

  • Reduce the risk of back pain and muscle damage
  • Improve your posture
  • Relax more
  • Tone and strengthen your muscles
  • Ease yourself into a fitness routine


Then consider the following equipment:

Fitness machines

Treadmills

Versatile and easy to use, treadmills are a classic fitness essential and one of the most popular pieces of cardiovascular equipment. They can be used for a light walking session to training for a gruelling marathon, – regardless of the weather. Many even fold up for space-saving storage.

Features

  • Elevation / Incline: Create resistance and increase the intensity of your workout by adjusting the level of elevation. Most treadmills have a maximum level of elevation of 10-15%
  • Belt size: It’s important to make sure that the belt size suits your stride length
  • Folding: A lot of treadmills are designed to fold up to make storage easier – they’re taller when folded, so make sure your ceiling is high enough
  • Console: Most models are fitted with either a LCD or LED console to update you on your workout progress and fitness statistics. Heart rate tracking allow you to monitor your effort level and train more safely, plus you can track speed, time, distance, calories burnt and energy used
  • Preset programs: Assist your workout routine with programming options, from basic cardio and fat burning to workouts which simulate outside terrain

Cross Trainers

Cross trainers are low impact, making workouts less stressful on your joints. They also burn more calories in less time and offer total body conditioning, helping to control weight, build lean muscle and reduce fat. Ease of use, smoothness of motion and adjustable footplates help to make your workout more comfortable.

Features

  • Stride length: This is generally between 16”-19”. Taller people should opt for a larger stride length
  • Folding: Many cross trainers are designed to fold up to make storage easier – they’re taller when folded, so make sure your ceiling is high enough
  • Console: Most models are fitted with either a LCD or LED console to update you on your workout progress and fitness statistics. Heart rate tracking allow you to monitor your effort level and train more safely, plus you can track speed, time, distance, calories burnt and energy used
  • Programmes: Choose one to work your upper and lower body together, or focus your efforts on one at a time. A number of resistance levels allow you to exercise at different intensities

Exercise Bikes

Exercise bikes allow you to do a cardiovascular workout while putting less strain on your back, knees and leg joints. This works to improve your stamina and promotes great lower body conditioning. They also require little practice to use, making them an ideal starting point for your exercise routine.


Types of exercise bike

  • Upright: These most closely mimic outdoor bicycles and are mounted and dismounted in a similar manner.
  • Recumbent: The seat is positioned parallel to the ground with the pedals in the front of the user, while a back support offers comfort – ideal if you have back or knee problems.
  • Semi-recumbent: An inclined seat between that of an upright and recumbent, making it easier to dismount.


Features

  • Programmes: Preset programs assist your workout routine, while a number of resistance levels allow you to exercise at different intensities
  • Quiet technology: Look out for models with permanent magnetic resistance pedalling motion (allowing for a quieter action) and electromagnetic braking systems at the higher end, making for virtually silent use
  • Console: Most models are fitted with either a LCD or LED console to update you on your workout progress and fitness statistics. Heart rate tracking allow you to monitor your effort level and train more safely, plus you can track speed, time, distance, calories burnt and energy used
  • Adjustable seats and handlebars: Cushioned seat pads and more robust frames help to ensure a comfortable workout

Rowing Machines

Rowing machines offer a seated aerobic workout suitable for a variety of people. Body weight is relieved from the ankles, knees and hips, allowing you to move limbs and joints through a full range of motion.

Rowing is beneficial for the back, improving suppleness and developing strong posture, while ensuring a low impact on joints. The main thing to look for when buying a rower is its type of resistance.

Types of resistance

  • Magnetic: Controlled by electromagnets, this type of resistance provides a smooth, almost silent motion. It also allows you to control the level of resistance.
  • Air: The resistance on these models is determined by your pace, which means that the resistance increases when your pace increases. This allows you a moderate level of control over your workout.
  • Water: Like air resistance rowers, the resistance level increases when your pace increases. The resistance and pressure levels can also be adjusted by adding or removing water in the tank.


Features

  • Workout fan: Some models arrive with a built-in fan to cool you as you row
  • Console: Most models are fitted with either a LCD or LED console to update you on your workout progress and fitness statistics. Heart rate tracking allow you to monitor your effort level and train more safely, plus you can track speed, time, distance, calories burnt and energy used

Multi Gyms

Multi gyms are larger in size, but offer options whether you want to tone up, condition, strengthen muscles or a combination of these. You can do variety of exercises using just one piece of equipment, for full-body workout.

Features

  • Versatile: Concentrate on certain muscles, including leg extension/curl, lateral pull-down, chest press and low pulley. A number of weights and workouts help to strengthen and build muscles, as well as condition major muscle groups
  • Foldable: Despite being a large piece of equipment, many parts fold for easy storage
  • Dual use: Some multi gyms allow two people to use them at the same time

Yoga & Pilates

Yoga and Pilates equipment offers everything from mats to blocks. These forms of exercise are designed to improve your physical as well as your mental health, though they differ slightly from one another.


Pilates

Focuses on building up your body’s core strength (abdominal, back and pelvic muscles) through a series of low repetition, low impact stretching and conditioning exercises.

  • Enables you to develop muscles without adding bulk
  • Increases your flexibility and agility while toning your muscles
  • Provides a total body workout
  • Helps you to understand how your body worksImproves your posture


Yoga

Generally translated as “union”, this is an ancient Indian practice that’s designed to balance the mind, body and spirit. It also focuses on the core strength, combining physical positions, breathing exercises and meditation that’s beneficial for all age groups.

  • Increases flexibility and tones muscles
  • Exercises the tendons and ligaments of the body
  • Massages all internal glands and organs
  • Ensures optimum blood supply to various parts of the body
  • Harmonises the mind with the body

Sports

Focus on your favourite activity and kit it out – swimming, running, football or even table tennis are covered in our equipment by sport.

Types of exercise

Alongside your workout, accessories can help you to determine your level of fitness and how you’re improving.
 

Heart rate monitors provide the best indicator of your personal fitness. They help you set realistic fitness targets, make your exercising more effective and provide immediate feedback.

Body fat scales give a better picture of your overall health and fitness. They measure weight, total body water percentage and body fat percentage.

Pedometers are compact units allowing you to record your number of steps, distance and calories while exercising – some models also include a radio.

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Guarantees and safety

 

Our guarantee

All of our large fitness equipment includes a 3-year guarantee on parts and labour.

 

Safety warning

Before starting a new exercise programme we recommend you consult your doctor or other professional medical advisor, particularly if you suffer from:

  • A heart condition
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Joint, muscular, or back problems
  • Any similar conditions

 

Or you are:

  • Pregnant
  • On any prescribed medication
  • Currently under the care of your doctor
  • Convalescing

 

This advice shouldn’t be treated as a substitute for medical advice. If you’re concerned about your health, ask your doctor or health care professional for more information.

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