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3 Elliptical Machines to consider for your Home Gym

Yesterday I gave you three treadmills that you might want to include in your home gym. Today I have the popular alternative to treadmills: elliptical machines. While running can be hard on your knees and joints, elliptical machines can take off some of that pressure. Besides treadmills, this is likely the most popular piece of equipment that people have in their home gyms.

So let’s get to it:

1) Livestrong® LS10.0E Elliptical

At $999, the Livestrong LS10.0E is the most affordable of the three elliptical machines I have chosen to share with you. It has twenty resistance levels, 11 programs, and can support up to 325 pounds. Additionally it contains a lifetime warranty on the frame and brake, three years on parts and one year on labor. Built in is the ability to plug in a usb stick that will record your workout data. When you are done with your workout this data can be uploaded to the Livestrong website, which helps you track your progress.

2) Precor EFX 5.25 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer

The Precor EFX 5.25 elliptical crosstrainer has eight preset programs and sixteen resistance levels. This machine is higher in the price range at $2,999. It’s main selling point is Precor’s patented low-impacted EFX motion, which Precor claims makes workouts more comfortable with a lower level of perceived exertion. Warranties include lifetime on frame and welds, five years on parts and wear items, and one year on labor.

3) Precor EFX 5.33 Premium Series Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer

Last (but definitely not least) is the Precor EFX 5.33 Premium Series. At $4,499, this is the most expensive of the ellipticals that I featured today. Comparable to the first elliptical, the EFX 5.33 has ten programs and twenty resistance levels. The warranty is the best of the three, with lifetime on frame and welds, ten years on parts and wear items, and one year on labor. This model contains an adjustable ramp (15 to 30 degrees). Handlebars measure heart rate, as well as compatibility with wireless chest strap (sold seperately). The big question is whether this machine is wor the extra $1,500 over the EFX 5.25, and the nearly $3,500 over the LiveStrong LS10.0E.

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3 Treadmills to consider for your Home Gym

I’ve been training for a half marathon for the past two months. I spend a lot of time in running on the treadmill in the workout room at the office. I can’t help but think how nice it would be if I could just wake up, hop on the treadmill, and have my workout done within an hour of waking up. Unfortunately as of now I do not have my own treadmill, but you can bet it’s something I want in my house one day.

Today I have three treadmills that you might consider adding to your home gym.

First, at just under $1,000, is the LifeSpan TR 1200i folding treadmill. This treadmill has all the basics you’d expect such as an LCD screen and various programs and options to help you customize your run. One of the nice features is the ability to save your exercise data to a USB drive and in turn upload it to your online LifeSpan Fitness Club account. You can adjust the incline and speed right on the handlebars. There are 15 different incline levels. One drawback is that the maximum weight supported is 300 pounds.

Next, at just under $1,500, is the Smooth Fitness 7.35 folding treadmill. As you might expect, some of the specs are slightly better than the LifeSpan TR 1200i: 3.5-horsepower compared to 2.5; supports up to 350 pounds compared to 300; and a 20×62 inch surface compared to 20×56 inch. Also includes a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, 7-year warranty on parts and electronics, and a 2-year service warranty.

Finally, I would like to welcome you to the high end of the market with the Precor 9.33 Premium Series treadmill. At just under $4,500, this machine offers some of the most advanced technology in the field. The belt speed adjusts to foot speed and has a top of the line suspension system that helps minimize the impact on your joints. The Precor 9.33 has 16 different programs you can take advantage of, plus a wireless heart rate monitor. The running surface is 22×56, which is 2 inches wider than the previous two treadmills but the same length as the first.

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5 Essential Pieces of Equipment for a Home Gym

Everyone who works out has at one point or another thought it would be pretty nice having a gym in their house. No packing a gym bag, driving to the gym, changing, working out, showering, and driving back home. Instead you can just change and get started right away. Problem is, home gyms can be expensive and it’s hard to find the space.

Here are 5 essentials for any home gym. These take up minimal room and, with a little research and planning, allow you to do a countless number of exercises.

1) Dumbbells

Dumbbells can be used for a number of different lifts, are easy to store, and are great for new home gyms. The Cap barbell solid hex single dumbbell is a great choice, as you can choose only the dumbbells that you want rather than buying a full set. The weights range from 5 lb. for approximately $11 to 60 lbs. for approximately $61. The best part is that these are eligible for free super saver shipping on Amazon (the shipping costs would be huge without it, so take advantage!). Consider getting the Cap barbell dumbbell rack if you plan on buying 4 or more dumbbells.

2) Weight Bench

A weight bench is the perfect piece of equipment to complement dumbbells. You can do tons of lifts using a combination of the dumbbells and weight bench, and the bench doesn’t use a ton of space compared to other equipment. At just $78, the Weider Club utility bench is an affordable option for your first weight bench.

3) Exercise Ball

Using an exercise ball during your workouts makes a lot of sense if you are working out at home. You can work out a wide range of muscles, and it’s fairly easy to do once you learn the various exercises. Check out the eHow video series on the fitness ball and resistance band. If you don’t already have one, a good exercise ball is the GoFit 75cm professional stability ball.

4) Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are useful the same way that exercise balls are; they allow for maximum number of exercises with minimal equipment. The Black Mountain Products resistance band set are highly praised by reviewers, and besides the bands themselves includes a door anchor, ankle strap, exercise chart, and carrying case. At just $30, this is arguably the best value exercise-related product on the market.

5) Exercise Mat

Last but not least, the exercise mat. This is useful for floor exercises, yoga, pilates, etc. Below is the Harbinger 340100 durafoam exercise mat which costs $22.50 and should suffice for most people’s workouts.

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