Whether you're looking to get into shape, or lose weight, in addition to a healthy diet, regular visits to the gym can help. There are so many machines and programs though, it's easy to wonder … which are the best gym workouts?

Treadmill.
One of the most popular workout machines at the gym is the treadmill. It gets your heart pumping, it gets air into your lungs and it does wonders for thighs and calves.

Elliptical machine.
Equally popular as a gym workout is the elliptical machine. This machine works similar to the treadmill, with the main difference that your feet move on pedals and as such never touch the ground. This makes the workout friendlier to your back and hips.

Rope jumping.
Not that you need a machine to get in shape. Exercising with a simple jump rope will get your cardiovascular system going too. Depending on your fitness level, start off with a relaxed five minute session. As you get fitter, pick up the pace by jumping higher and turning the rope twice as fast under your feet.

Working with weights.
Before you start working with weights, talk to a personal trainer at the gym. Left to your own devices, you might push yourself too hard, too soon. Weights put a strain on your muscles, need stabilization and need muscle challenge. Pushing yourself too hard could put a strain on your muscles, leading to injury.

Cycling Class.
A cycling class is just like riding a bike, only you do in indoors on a stationary bike. Cycling classes are geared towards cardiovascular exercise, but in the process leg muscles benefit too. A class generally lasts between 30 to 60 minutes, but a short program is recommended for beginners. Not everyone cycles at full tilt though. Older people, or people with joint problems like to cycle at a gentle pace.

Aerobics.
Aerobics is a combination of rhythmic exercise, strength training and stretching. If your physical condition leaves something to be desired, you may run out of steam during the class, but in due time you will build up cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and flexibility. This workout to music makes it all a little less painful though.

Go swimming.
If your gym has a swimming pool, swimming a few laps is excellent exercise. It builds endurance and gives all your muscles a workout. If it's been a while since you swam, you'll probably hurt in places you did not know you had muscles. But the main benefit of swimming is … no sweat.

Go boxing.
If you're considering boxing as a gym workout, you'll need the proper equipment: wrist wraps, boxing gloves, and a punching bag.

Boxing is an exceptional way to get your heart rate going. Some call it the best fitness exercise because just about all your muscles are getting a workout. In addition to fitness, boxing builds endurance, not to mention that going one on one with a punching bag is a great way to deal with your frustrations. It is recommended though that you train with an instructor who can advise you on proper technique and routine.

The best gym workouts can not succeed though without commitment and perseverance. Do not be too hard on yourself and do not expect miracles. To stay motivated keep an accurate log of your workouts, goals and results.