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Home Cardio machine....Recommendations?

lee_44106

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Looking to acquire one.

I have used the Cybex Arc-Trainer at the gym......not bad.

I can't get used to the weird stride/movement of the Precor AMT (Adaptive Motion Trainer)
 

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Elliptical. I've used the AMT which I think is pretty good (took a 20 minute "run" to get used to it).
 

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i have this same question too. sorry if it is derailing a bit, but im moving soon (hopefully) to a location that doesnt have a gym nearby or anything. (newly developing area). so for the next year or so i will need to invest in a stairmaster in the garage. any stairmaster that won't break down and is a high quality commercial grade? like used at the 24 fitness and so forth? how much? thanks.
 

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If money isn't an issue, I say get a commercial grade treadmill. IMO it's the most versatile cardio machine there is. You can do sprints, intervals, turn up the incline to 15% and power walk (according to the machine it burns more calories than running), and you can play video games while walking on it. On the other hand if you just want to sit around and get some exercise in, a bike is a good option as you can pedal and watch tv or whatever.
 

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Originally Posted by sho'nuff
i have this same question too. sorry if it is derailing a bit, but im moving soon (hopefully) to a location that doesnt have a gym nearby or anything. (newly developing area). so for the next year or so i will need to invest in a stairmaster in the garage. any stairmaster that won't break down and is a high quality commercial grade? like used at the 24 fitness and so forth? how much? thanks.

You should open a franchise of snap fitness or something along those lines and make straight cash, homie. (Randy Moss reference, ftw)
 

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Versaclimber
 

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Originally Posted by Kajak
Erg.

Originally Posted by rjmaiorano
ERG. Concept II.

+1. Great workout, and C2s are durable, high quality machines - much better than what you'd find in an elliptical/treadmill at the same cost.
 

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Just a side note, the ones i know that have bought one of these home cardio devices did stop using them after a short while, mainly everyone found it boring and starting either at a center or running/biking outside.. Just a thought
 

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bike rollers: you can use your own road bike. it takes concentration, but eventually you can watch tv and roll at the same time. I bought my rollers for $140 off nashbar, it only takes up 3x5 feet of space, and is actually pretty quiet (my wife can barely hear the rollers in the next room).
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD
bike rollers: you can use your own road bike. it takes concentration, but eventually you can watch tv and roll at the same time. I bought my rollers for $140 off nashbar, it only takes up 3x5 feet of space, and is actually pretty quiet (my wife can barely hear the rollers in the next room).

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Good call on the bike rollers. Used to use them occasionally... They require a pretty good amount of concentration the first few weeks. But you get used to it after a while. Good option if you already have a road bike.
 

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Originally Posted by rjmaiorano
Good call on the bike rollers. Used to use them occasionally... They require a pretty good amount of concentration the first few weeks. But you get used to it after a while. Good option if you already have a road bike.

its a good excuse to get a nice road bike too.


at least you can break out the rollers if you already have a road bike and you don't want to ride outside if its too cold/hot/dark/late/early.

from there you can set up a heart rate and cadence meter and it will be a low impact calorie burning machine. the always keeping the balance thing is similar to using swiss balls for crunches, benches, ect... you have to constantly use the core muscles to keep balance even when you're rolling good.
 

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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD
its a good excuse to get a nice road bike too.


at least you can break out the rollers if you already have a road bike and you don't want to ride outside if its too cold/hot/dark/late/early.

from there you can set up a heart rate and cadence meter and it will be a low impact calorie burning machine. the always keeping the balance thing is similar to using swiss balls for crunches, benches, ect... you have to constantly use the core muscles to keep balance even when you're rolling good.


Yea rollers have tons of advantages. When I used to ride a ton, I found them to be extremely helpful in finding tiny nuances that could improve or detract from technique. I learned a lot about using my shoulders to properly come in and out of turns.
 

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