Consumer Reports: Buying Home Exercise Equipment


If you're still trying to get a start on your New Year's resolution to get in shape working out at home instead of joining a gym is a good option. Barry Levy has today's Consumer Report with their test results of treadmills and elliptical machines, that just might be what you're looking for.

Most Home gym equipment is used for a few weeks and then quickly turns into....a great place to hang your clothes...many of you know what I'm talking about...but many of you are pretty serious about getting and staying in shape lets see what equipment consumer reports found that you'll enjoy using throughout the year.

If you’d rather skip the gym and get your workout in at home Consumer Reports latest tests of ellipticals and treadmills reveal some good news.

“You don’t need to get all the bells and whistles. We found you can get a good workout on machines that cost around a thousand dollars,” Peter Anzalone/Consumer Reports.

With elliptical machines, testers measure each one to see how well it fits a broad range of people.

“We’ve created devices that measure the machine and compare it to the 95th percentile American male and the 5th percentile American female,” Peter Anzalone/Consumer Reports.

This Diamondback for 2,000 dollars earned top scores. But for a fraction of the price the 800-dollar Schwinn 470 is also a good choice. It’s well-made, easy to use and is a good fit for most people. When it comes to treadmills a sturdy frame and construction is a must-have, especially for runners.

“We’re looking at different aspects of the machine to make sure that if there are people who are of different fitness levels it works for the beginner to the advanced person,” Peter Anzalone/Consumer Reports.

Testers liked the downhill feature on this Sole TT8 for 2300 dollars. If you’re not concerned with downhill running and walking this 1000-dollar Sole F63 is also a good choice and costs half the price. Its large buttons and display make it easy to use and is a good option for runners or walkers.
No matter which treadmill or elliptical you buy, Consumer Reports says it’s a good idea to try it out in the store to make sure it works for you buy.

Before you buy any piece of equipment measure the area where you plan on keeping it to make sure it will fit. If it has an adjustable incline and decline feature...definitely make sure you'll be able to use it at it's full height without banging your head on the ceiling....and don't forget...drink plenty of water when you're getting that body all toned up!

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