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SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
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.

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

Thank you all for your advice,

BERTA6978 SparkPoints: (43,739)
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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: (79,204)
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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.

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)
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.

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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