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Plus Size Exercise Equipment: What You Need to Know

Plus size exercise equipment is designed to meet the weight support needs of the larger body. Exercise machines are constructed with stronger supports and connections. Inflatable exercise equipment have thicker sides and stronger seams. Equipment that requires seating, such as cycles, have wider seats that are securely attached to the equipment’s frame. In general, lighter weight equipment can buckle and break, often causing injury.

Types of Plus Size Exercise Equipment

Fitness experts have identified several low impact, high-result pieces of exercise equipment for the larger exerciser. Here’s a list of some of the most frequently recommended:

  • Exercise Ball – Sitting on this big ball is great for balance and strengthening your core. Or, by laying face-down on the ball, you can elevate yourself off the floor while you lift arm weights.
  • Water Aerobics Fitness Equipment – Foam dumbells provide a waterproof way to carry your weight training into the water. Noodles provide buoyancy to your body while you stretch and move other parts of your body in the water.
  • Bike – Whether you choose a stationary exercise bike or an outside bicycle, be sure the bike is heavy duty construction with a comfortable, wide seat.
  • Exercise Machines – Whether you work out in a gym or your home, with or without a trainer, check out the treadmill for walking and the elliptical for stepping. Both are great for aerobic exercising.

Facts about Plus Size Exercise Equipment

  • Fitness equipment is designed for use up to a specific body weight. This ensures that the machine’s construction remains solid and functional. Exercise equipment such as treadmills or upright exercise bikes designed for gym use might have a weight limit of 350 pounds. Other gym equipment, such as recumbent bikes, are typically designed for higher weight limits such as up to 500 pounds. Equipment designed for home use typically has a lower weight limit than equipment in a gym such as a maximum weight of 250 pounds.
  • Exercise balls can hold from up to 200 to 500, depending on the construction of the ball.Typically, the larger the ball the larger the weight capacity.

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Before starting any exercise program, be sure to check with your doctor. Your doctor may suggest a variety of exercise including swimming, walking and exercise equipment.