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We’ll happily assume that, because you are reading this, that you have embarked, or are about to embark on your fitness journey. Congratulations! As the Lao Tzu saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles, begins with one step; and you’ve taken it. Be proud of yourself!

Whether you’ve started at your makeshift home gym, garage gym, a gym in your back yard even; or  whether you’ve signed up for the local public gym and/or Crossfit, whatever the starting point may be, you’re in for a fun adventure. We recommend using the GymVentures fitness index for beginners above, it will help you navigate the valuable health and fitness information with ease.

Picturing and understanding the various gym equipment types:

The most overwhelming aspect of beginning your fitness journey is that you feel as if the knowledge on how to go about it the right way is out of your reach, or beyond you. This gym equipment guide was put together to increase your knowledge and decrease your anxiety.


It’s likely that as a beginner, or even as a frequent visitor, every time you’ve visited the gym, the amount and types of workout machines in the place made your head hurt. With this gym machines guide as your resource, however, you will be well prepared to take on the most popular machines out there and try out some new exercise routines.

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Because we’ve been in your shoes before, and because we know how hard it is to navigate the immensely saturated health and fitness supplements and home gym equipment industries, we’ve added this section where from time to time we review products and/or services available in the market.

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The Different Types of Home Gym and Public GymVentures Available


Let’s look at some of the different types of options available to us upon starting our journey through fitness. Keep in mind however that the journey does not begin and end at any one of these venues below; rather it is the exact opposite, your fitness journey will eventually take you through it all, from your gym inside the house, to your backyard, the local park, the local gym, and beyond.

Home Gym
They say home is where the heart is, perhaps they should add a gym to that statement as well. A home gym is a great addition to any residence.An affordable home gym can be just as good, if not even better, than you local workout place.

The common misconception people have is that you have to go to a an actual public gym to get results, when in actuality, you can get them from the comfort of your home, perhaps in an even quicker manner.

Ready to start? Here’s how: Top 10 Home Gym Equipment Essentials for 2016

Public Gym
The most popular kind of gym venture, the public gym. You know the drill, walk in, sign the contract, snap a photo, and you’re good to go. Some offer no contractual agreements, which can work out in your favor if you are just testing the waters, or plan on building your own gym at home.

Things to consider when choosing a public gym are: location, hours, members, the staff, equipment, and also keep an eye out for any fees.

Thinking of joining? Check out your options: Gym Finder – Find a Local Gym Near You and Get in Shape

Garage Gym
Just like the name says, this type of gym venture is located right inside your garage. Besides, these spaces shouldn’t be just for cars anyway! If you can get away with parking on the street or in the drive way, building a garage gym is the perfect idea to go with. It maximizes your utilization of your garage space.

Think about it, all that space, to just park a car for 8 hours a day or so? Doesn’t make sense to us either. Plus a garage gym is a type of home gym, but it saves you space inside the house for other types of uses and preserves the inside of the house from any potential gym damage.

Need inspiration? Watch this awesome video: Garage Gym Ideas – Street Parking by Rogue Fitness

Outdoor Gym
Our absolute favorite, though it all depends on the weather. Outdoor gyms can be the best types of places to workout at, there is just something special about not being enclosed while you’re breaking a sweat and pushing your body to the limit.

These types of gym ventures are also typically the hardest to form a consistent routine around, mainly due to the weather; but if you’re in a tropical place, there is nothing stopping you. Many urban parks have the basics, but lately, they are becoming more and more specifically designed with fitness as the main focus. Awesome!

Best of all? They’re absolutely FREE! Examples: World’s Most Famous Outdoor Gyms 

It has taken the nation by storm. It seems to be everywhere you look, commercials, magazines, internet forums, and all your friends are talking about it. Heck, they even have Crossfit Games on ESPN. So what is Crossfit? A polarizing topic as of late, it seems.

People either love it or absolutely hate it. Crossfit, in their own words, is the “sport of fitness.” In short, they focus on extremely varied, but very intense functional movements and challenging workouts.

The goal of Crossfit is to maximize each of these in a persons body: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy.

You can learn more about Crossfit by visiting their (dated looking) website.

Health and fitness resources for the home gym and beyond:

Heallth and Fitness Resources for Home Gyms Garage Gyms and Public Fitness


It doesn’t matter who you are or what your starting point is, we all need help along the way. Whether you’re in your home gym and trying to seek out new exercise routines by surfing the fitness blogs on the web, or whether you’re in a public gym reaching out to a veteran gym goer, having resources available at your disposal in fulfilling your next bodybuilding goal goes a really long way.

You wouldn’t try and treat your serious injury without consulting a doctor, in the same manner, you should not expect quality and consistent fitness results without seeking out quality resources.

Below are some of the resource types we think you’ll appreciate as you venture through your fitness journey in the gym and beyond.

Personal Trainers
Personal trainers are like instruction manuals, a good personal trainer will help you build the body you’re after. They provide you with exercise prescription and how-to instruction; setting goals for you and providing you feedback on performance along the way, all the while keeping you motivated.

Having a personal trainer is great because you’re tapping into an expert resource and saving you countless hours of searching through fitness sites.

Need a personal trainer? Here’s a tool to find one: Find a Personal Trainer

Home Workout Programs
If you have built yourself a home gym, or even if you’ve just cleared up space and now there is room to do a proper workout, home workout programs are a great way to get in shape. Not only do they save time because you don’t have to drive anywhere, they are usually intense and if done right provide superior results.

They have become more and more popular over the years, with ones such as Beachbody, P90X and Insanity sweeping the nation, and more and more peopleare opting to perform high intensity workouts inside the comfort of their homes.

Think you’re ready to start? Here are the top ten: Best Home Workout Programs

YoutTube Fitness
What’s the best way to get fit? For FREE, of course! Though that may not always be true, getting fit in an affordable way is certainly doable and honestly if your finance’s aren’t the strongest, then YouTube and outdoor gyms are the absolute way to go. We live in a day and age where if we were truly conscientious of our spending habits, we could be doing a lot of things in a more frugal way.

That rant out of the way, YouTube Fitness is just straight awesomeness on a screen. Learning by observing is probably the best way of doing it when it comes to fitness, just make sure what you’re observing is correct; lucky for you many professionals are on YouTube.

Not sure what to search for? Here’s a channel we’ve always enjoyed: Scooby’s Workshop –  Scooby Tells It Like Is

Health and Fitness Blogs
Another amazing, and FREE fitness resource, are health and fitness blogs. As you may have notice, perhaps through your friends sharing fitness articles from some of them on social media; there is definitely not a shortage of them.

The problem is choosing the right one to follow and grow with. In addition to GymVentures, we recommend focusing not just on one blog, but having multiple ones, each serving a purpose.

For example, have a favorite blog on fitness, another one for food and nutrition, then a healthy recipes blog, and one strictly for health. The great thing about GymVentures is that we try to bring most of these together for you in one place, but we are always more than happy to guide our visitors in the right direction and share the wealth that’s out there.

Holy crap you were right, there’s millions of ’em out there! Take a deep breath, and read: Greatist – Must Read Health & Fitness Blogs

Fitness Forums
We’ll let you in on a little secret here, fitness forums is where we got our start (@bodybuildingcom’s forum to be precise); and we haven’t looked back since. A true treasure trove of information, answers, and the feeling of belonging.

Fitness forums can be a heaven sent for people just embarking on their journey through fitness, especially if you have difficulties expressing yourself face-to-face, but are willing to learn. As mentioned, this is where we started our fitness journey, and we vouch that this health and fitness resource is definitely capable of guiding you through your home gym and beyond.

Enough already, just tell me where to look! Alright, here’s the scoop: Boost Oxygen’s – Top 7 Bodybuilding and Fitness Forums

Fitness Mobile Apps
You didn’t think we’d forget about the mobile apps aspect of fitness, did ya? Yup, there’s an app for it (just like for everything else, right?). Fitness tracking apps have come a long way, however, and not just design and user friendliness, but in functionality as well.

Count your calories, count your reps, recommend food and nutrition choices, keep track of your running and cardio, locate a personal trainer, etc. They really do it all nowadays folks!

An immensely powerful tool, when used correctly and habitually; fitness apps provide you with your very own personal statistician to keep track of your fitness goals and progress. Your entire life is on your phone nowadays anyway, so why not throw in your fitness routine in there as well? It will only help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Show me the money! You got it: Greatist’s List – The 49 Best Health and Fitness Apps

As with any other venture, you are only to go as far as the resources you’ve prepared, or acquired along the way, will carry you. Therefore, it is easy to see that, if one wishes to push the boundaries and test the limits on their way to achieving their health and fitness goals, being properly prepared is a significant half of the battle.

Understanding this, we’ve compiled some of the best health and fitness resources to serve as your guide and compass for when you are in need of information, inspiration, or just general direction.

Is there anything more important in life? Similarly, is there anything more difficult to understand.
Medical jargon often deters people away from actually sitting down and learning more about health.

Thankfully, there are online health destinations that are free of the difficult med-jargon and provide valuable information in a concise way. Putting health into context for those of us without medical degrees.

Ideally, we want our ventures to be guided by trusted knowledge; produced by editors and journalists committed to conveying not just the latest, but also accurate and trusted health information.

A few of our favorites:

If there is nothing more important than health, than exercising regularly is right in line with such a statement. This is because physical exercise improves and sustains health and wellness.

Whether your goal is to get stronger, bigger, more athletic, lose weight, or improve your health state in general; there are just too many exercises out there to tackle all at once and on you own.

Being that there are so many great benefits of exercising regularly, it is no wonder that there is a significant amount of information available on the topic. From helping with depression, boosting self-esteem, reducing and helping prevent diseases, it is truly an easy sell

A few of our favorites:

The truly knowledgeable people in the health and fitness industry will always stress the importance of eating right, whether it be to their clients or to their friends and loved ones.

This is in no way an exaggeration of the truth or them showing off. It is due to the fact that our bodies are chemical machines, and require proper fuel to run efficiently. Thus, the saying, “You are what you eat,” is not farfetched.

When it comes to nutrition, providing science-based consulting on dietary endeavors is key in an effort to help properly educate and inform others on the matter. Therefore, sifting through the gimmicks and sticking to the facts is essential.

A few of our favorites:

Supplements are an important aspect of health and wellness. In the modern day world, we often do not consume our suggested daily intakes of various vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.

Typically supplements are intended to be consumed via mouth in the form of a pill, powder, capsule, tablet, or liquid. The difficulty with finding the best dietary supplements is the magnitude of the available choices, as the industry has reached colossal levels.

The amount of scientific evidence in produced for a vast amount of supplements out there varies from brand to brand and ingredient to ingredient, making it all the more important to do proper research.

A few of our favorites: