Choice abounds in all aspects of our lives, including different types of exercises, goals and fitness equipment. Let's take a look at a few things for you to consider in the realm of exercise.

Choice abounds in all aspects of our lives, including different types of exercises, goals and fitness equipment. Let's take a look at a few things for you to consider.


The elliptical versus the arc trainer. First off, let me say I run and haven't been on either machine in years; I will turn this over to The Mrs.


"I find the elliptical to be too easy; the arc trainer (made by Cybex) has a much larger range of motion and provides more difficult workout options," she says. So, maybe look at it progressively. When you feel like you beat the cross trainer consistently, graduate and matriculate.


Barbells and dumbbells battle for supremacy, and you win. Each has been around forever, and most things the industry has carted out since their introduction have been purely profit-based. With a barbell, you have the ability to perform all the major Olympic lifts (snatch, clean, jerk, etc.) and power lifts (squat, bench press and dead lift). With dumbbells, there are literally hundreds of exercises at your fingertips. This difference adds up to a win-win in my book.


The opposite of being on a diet is being off a diet. Makes sense, doesn't it? Honestly, major difference here, faithful readers. If you're not on a nutritional plan where structure and focusing on your goal are the foundation, then you're spinning out of control. When you're on a diet, you lose weight, and when you're off one...well, you get the idea.


Take a look at your fitness and nutrition plan and see if you can make some changes so you can take your same old routine and make a difference moving forward. Have a great week, gang!


Darin St. George is a personal fitness coach at Gold's Gym in Natick, Mass. Visit his website at www.TrainerX.com.