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SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,228
1/2/13 7:37 P

I would suggest using the money towards strength equipment (hand weights?) or exercise clothes that would allow you to get outdoors to walk or run. Equipment like a treadmill or elliptical tend to become expensive clothes hangers over time. If you have your heart set on cardio equipment search Craigslist or something like a thrift store - you will most likely be able to find gently used equipment for a good price.

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USA2001 Posts: 208
1/2/13 4:27 P

Thank you all for your advice,

BERTA6978 SparkPoints: (41,462)
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12/19/12 5:16 P

I recently joined a gym, but for years, exercised at home. My choice was exercise videos. At the time, I was a step aerobic fiend and had all sorts of step videos. I also read reviews on some of the best fitness videos and purchased used ones inexpensively through EBAY. I invested in a set of dumbells with plates of various poundages. The dumbells are probably at least 15 years old and I still use them.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (65,738)
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12/19/12 12:18 P

You can get a good stationary bike or treadmill or elliptical machine, whichever you like most. I like all three. I own an elliptical machine and a bike. Alternatively if you have a regular bike, you can get a small device like
which will convert your bike into a stationary bike.

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12/18/12 10:42 P

Do you have any other equipment like dumbbells, resistant bands, kettlebells, etc.? If you're looking into getting a treadmill, maybe you should consider just going outside for any walks/jobs and using the money towards weights if you don't have any already.

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12/17/12 8:34 P

Please read this link to a current research study comparing the benefits of interval resistance training with cardio before you invest in any cardio machine.

Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 12/18/2012 (23:06)

It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs

Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

USA2001 Posts: 208
12/17/12 6:39 P

Thanks for the advice, i will defiantly look into pricing of those!

DALCANT757 Posts: 152
12/17/12 4:35 P

I think you are talking about the same amount of space for any of those cardio machines. The treadmill I ended up with is an Xterra tr6.6, which folds up. I would make sure you are either getting an awesome deal used, or make sure you buy from a place with a really good warranty/return policy, since these things do go through a lot of abuse.

If you want something to give you a great workout and takes a minimum of space, try a rowing machine. I got an old concept 2b off of craigslist for a little over $100. The newer ones stand on end and seem to run ~$1000ish.

USA2001 Posts: 208
12/17/12 3:43 P

Thank you so much for the advice, i used to use treadmill in the gym a lot but at home, i think it will take to much space. I would love to use the elliptical more then step-master but not sure if it will be as effective workout as step-master or treadmill...

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
12/17/12 3:42 P

check out QVC the shopping channel they sell a treadmill that is apartment size. Also a recumbent bike would work. Also a rowing machine is small too.

DOUGLYE Posts: 1,541
12/17/12 3:10 P

It sort of depends on your budget and what you LIKE to do. I have discovered through years of ownership that I didn't loose any weight when I wasn't USING my treadmill (funny thing that). With that in mind, would you use a stair master more than an elliptical trainer?

I own a treadmill that folds up. It takes up about the same amount of space as a stair master, but only when it is up. I have a NordicTrack Treadmill that can be used with a program called iFit. Other brands also use iFit, which is, depending on the model of equipment, a memory chip or an extra module that you plug into the equipment. It can help a person train, use hills and pathways from around your own neighbourhood etc etc. To some people, this is a gimmick, to others, it can be really helpful. Again . . it comes down to a budget thing.

I like the Nordictrack. I have had it for over 6 years (used LOTS for 4 of those 6). Recently I replaced the track, and other than some tread lube, it is still going strong.

IF you get a treadmill, but shoes only for the treadmill. It prevent you from bringing in dirt that will quickly get under the track and wear it down.

Have fun shopping.

Doug - BC, Canada

"I don't need a personal trainer so much as I need someone to follow me around and slap unhealthy food out of my hands"
USA2001 Posts: 208
12/17/12 1:50 P

Hi everyone'

I have canceled my gym membership due to relocation. i want to buy an exercise equipment but i do not have a lot of space to put the big trademill, may be a step-master? Can anyone advice on a good cardio machine for the home? there are so many brands in the store and i cant make a division without the review of people who used it. I will appreciate everyone's output.

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