Unfortunately, you can’t target body fat in one area, but you can choose the best gym equipment to help with overall fat loss. The gym equipment you want to seek out is that which burns the most calories during your session.
by CHLOE ALEXANDER on
July 17, 2023
Since washboard stomachs are made in the kitchen and not the gym, you need to figure out the best machine that will be safe for you to use and incorporate the biggest calorie burn. Check out the top machines, pieces of equipment, and exercises to help you lose [belly] fat.
Top Gym Machines to help Burn Away the Fat
These machines are found in almost any gym and take up relatively the same amount of floor space if you choose to buy one for your home gym. Each one has the potential to work the whole body, but each machine has a focus on a specific large muscle group.
Some focus more on lower body muscles, and others on upper body muscles. Still, with each machine, you are burning calories, thus helping to lose that pesky belly fat we all strive to see disappear.
Keep in mind you can read about how many calories each machine burns, but unless you consider all the factors, you can’t know for sure unless you just get on the machine and work out. Intensity, time, resistance, current BMI, and muscle mass are all factors that vary with each person. So hop on, push go, and burn those calories, baby!
One of the most popular machines found in a gym, the go-to for many gym newbies who aren’t sure where to start. While it is a universal machine, it focuses on the lower body, working glutes, hamstrings, and calves.
Running and walking also help improve joint strength in the knees and ankles; however, if you already have bad joints or knee injuries, you may want to consider another option. There is a lot of impact on your knees, ankles, and feet.
Not only does the treadmill offer a multitude of cardio and resistance options, but it also provides these other overall health benefits of spending time on this effective fat-burning machine.
If you want a workout to hit both upper and lower body muscle groups, hop on this machine. You work out by both pushing AND pulling at the same time, so some coordination is needed.
This machine is great for burning about the same amount of calories as a treadmill, but it doesn’t impact your knees and feet as much. As a closed chain exercise, meaning your feet don’t leave the ground and break the connection, there is less pressure on your body.
3. Rowing Machine
Have you ever rowed a canoe or boat? If so, then you know how crazy one simple movement can do to your abs…and every other muscle in your body.
This movement forces you to push with your lower body and pull with your arms, back, and shoulder…all while clenching your abs automatically for added movement support.
By far my favorite for getting that burning ab feeling! It is easy on the joints, works virtually every muscle, and even helps improve grip strength.
4. Stationary Bikes and Stairclimbers
Both machines have your lower body in mind for a great cardio workout. The motion of your hips to move your legs allows you to use your core for stability and balance.
While they are both easier on most joints, there is a potential for those with hip mobility problems to feel more pain than pleasure with these options.
5. Smaller Gym Equipment to Banish the Belly Fat
There are so many other pieces of equipment that can get your heart rate up, burn off those late-night snack calories from last night, and help you lose overall body fat.
The truest way to lose fat anywhere on your body is the burn more calories than you put into your body. The equipment you add to your workout increases the resistance you have to push or pull within the movement. You can get in a great cardio workout with any of these or complete an amazing resistance-packed strength training session.
Since muscle burns more fat, the more muscle you gain, the more fat you lose AFTER your sweat session. Pick up one of these the next time you are at the gym, and your go-to machine is taken.
When people think belly fat, they think crunches, sit-ups, etc., and they are right…partially. You can do limitless moves without gym equipment that gets your heart rate up and burns those calories.
Try some of the ones listed below and add them to your workout routine for new and fun ways to help increase fat loss.
Flutter kicks- for your lower abdominals
Russian Twists- for your side obliques
Mountain Climbers- twist your knee to your opposite elbow for an all-out ab burner
Burpees- Does everyone hate them? Most likely. Are they aMAZing for an ab burner- ABSolutely!
Plank Variations- Hold tight for a solid burn; add hip dips for some increased side oblique action.
Tips to Stop the Fat Gain Before it Starts
I mentioned before that abs are made in the kitchen, right? Well, so many people attribute healthy bodies and losing body fat to working out instead of healthy eating. I thought I’d leave you with one super helpful workout and healthy eating move. This one is guaranteed to help eliminate fat from even getting to your belly. It works at parties, at home, and even at those workplace potlucks.
Check this out:
When someone offers you that super unhealthy treat you,
Take a deep breath, turn your head to the left, and pause for 1 second.
Then turn your head all the way to the right, pause, and hold for 1 second.
Repeat!!! Left, right, left, right…until that nasty unhealthy snack is out of sight!
Even though you can’t target fat loss to one area, you CAN lose belly fat by contracting your ab muscles while doing any workout. The listed equipment provides added resistance for even faster results.
I’m Chloe – a body confidence writer here at House of Peach! I help women to feel fabulous in the body they’re in and feel amazing in gym wear – regardless of their body shape and type. Unleash Your Peach.