The importance of reviews when buying gym equipment online.

Purchasing gym equipment online can be a tedious task sifting through all the unfamiliar brands and categories, especially when you are a beginner, with varying prices and uncanny gym equipment. Customer reviews come to your rescue with reliable reviews from previous customers. Mirafit reviews provide a platform for gym enthusiasts to leave reliable feedback.

Do reviews dictate your purchase behaviour?

Yes! Online reviews play a major role in consumer buying behaviour. For example, if two dumbbells were on sale, the one has 300+ reviews, while the cheaper option has no reviews. Your instincts would choose the former; it has credibility and trust. In addition, reviews indicate whether the company’s values resonate with ethics and environmental awareness. Hence, reading reviews will influence your decisions, steer you in the right direction, and offset potential bad purchases.

Where to start

If you are new to working with equipment, you should start with the basics, determining what level of equipment suits you based on your level of experience.

Amateur equipment

Here are three essential basics to start with to begin your journey. The barbell is a simple long iron bar on which weight plates are placed. The barbell allows you to perform basic exercises such as squats, bench presses and deadlifts. The dumbbell is a miniature barbell held in each hand; it is a simple but versatile gym tool. Some basic exercises using dumbbells are bicep curl, shoulder press and lunges. Finally, the treadmill is your go-to cardio gym equipment. Simple to use for your running or walking needs and can be placed just about anywhere on a flat surface.

Advanced equipment

For the more advanced audience, cable pulley machines are an asset for gym enthusiasts looking for an upgrade. The cable pulley machine has a variety of exercises you can incorporate into your workout plan. Looking to up the tempo, adding a bench into the mix gives you gym fanatics a more advanced approach to working out. A workout bench allows you to aim for a pacific muscle group you wish to exercise for with various gym exercises to choose from. Finally, gymnastic rings are underrated as they offer endless training possibilities and health benefits. Exercising with gymnastic rings increases coordination, decreases injury prevention, muscle and fitness building and many more benefits.

Choosing equipment based on your goals

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Theragun Wave Roller.

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Part percussive device, part foam roller, the Wave is good for general workout recovery or muscle relaxation. For more affordable Theragun products designed to pinpoint specific areas, the Solo for $59 ($20 off) or Duo for $79 ($20 off) might be better options. Read more about them here.

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When it comes to price, the SKG F5 is a fantastic massage device that delivers heat as well as percussive therapy. There are three attachments and three intensity levels. It goes on sale all the time, but we have not seen it sell for less than this.

The Elite D9 has arguably too many intensity levels and attachments, but for those interested in truly customizing muscle therapy day to day, it may be the best choice. This price is the best WIRED has tracked since last April.

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Stop slouching! Did that make you sit up straight? Well, this device (8/10, WIRED Recommends) might actually help improve your posture. It sticks to your back via an adhesive strip (or a necklace) and it vibrates when your back reaches a specific angle you calibrate in the companion app (kind of like a shock band, minus the shocking part). WIRED reviewer Medea Giordano says it’s the only device that’s made her think about her posture even when she’s not wearing it.

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Capable of delivering up to 12 measurements about your body, the Eufy Smart Scale C1 appears in our best smart scales guide. You need to use the EufyLife app and connect your phone via Bluetooth is you want more than a simple weight readout, but it’s easy to set up. It also boasts an elegant design and works swiftly compared to other scales we tested.

Bikes and Bike Accessories

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Propella 7-Speed (V4) Electric Bike

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The Propella is my favorite budget ebike of all those I’ve tested at WIRED. The components are quality, the bike weighs a svelte 37 pounds—that’s light for an ebike—and its looks don’t scream “ebike.” Associate reviews editor Parker Hall awarded it an 8/10 and a WIRED Recommends award in his review of the

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Welcoming every body: UF Trans Health + Wellness Initiative partners with RecSports to provide students with ‘Gym 101’

The gym can be intimidating at first, especially for queer students confronted with gendered spaces. So UF’s Trans Health + Wellness Initiative tries to make it easier.

“Everyone has a right to be in fitness spaces,” UF applied physiology and kinesiology third-year and THWI president Dahlia Wrubluski said.

THWI hopes to provide queer students with the tools they might need to start their fitness journey free from stigma and social barriers. On Oct. 4, the club hosted a meeting in collaboration with RecSports to provide students with an introduction to gym facilities and exercise techniques. 

THWI started last Spring and has hosted events promoting open conversations about what health and wellness mean to the transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming communities.

Wrubluski said THWI’s main purpose is to “deprioritize looks in fitness” and create a space where students can break down the unspoken cis-normative nature of fitness culture and feel comfortable engaging in physical activity.    

UF English freshman Miles Wasser, who identifies as non-binary, explained that the gym environment heavily relies on gender roles and often alienates those who fall outside of the gender binary.

“It really does not feel welcoming to anyone is isn’t cis-presenting,” Wasser said. “It’s not just focusing on aspects of your body and how you’re moving, it’s also analyzing ‘am I moving in a way that looks more masculine or feminine?’”

THWI hopes to assist queer students in their fitness activities by educating about gym resources and creating safe spaces where they can exercise with a sense of safety and confidence.

“I realized there was a need for trans-inclusive health that goes beyond reproductive and hormonal health and focuses on holistic preventative health, and exercise, fitness and wellness are some of the things that are central to preventative health,” Wrubluski said.

The meeting was surrounded by a sense of community within the attendees. The close-knit group met in Little Hall and had an open conversation about why fitness matters in the queer community. 

“What we tried to do was put together a presentation that would be inclusive enough to be able to accommodate any needs and hopefully break down barriers,” Cory Bennett, RecSport’s fitness programs assistant director, said. 

The meeting covered “Gym 101,” which included basic gym etiquette, general body mechanics and how to overcome the initial anxiety of going into a gym space for the first time. 

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