As technology advances so do the different types of workout equipment. From outdoor to indoor machines, man is ever on the quest to build the perfect machine to shed those extra pounds and keep the body healthy. After pouring over lists of the upgraded same old machines, here are the top 5 that are truly different and revolutionary.
Available in two models, the StreetStrider is the next generation of ellipticals, but instead of being stationary, these ellipticals are attached to three wheels and are meant to be enjoyed outdoors. Comprised of two moving handles, a brake system and footpads, these machines work just like bikes. Because of this, these machines are great for individuals that want to go out for a run, but need a low-impact way to do so.
Designed for the office goers, the desk treadmill is exactly that: a treadmill meant to be used at work. It is the answer to decreasing back pain caused by sitting all day. Most come with a built in desk to support your computer, coffee and other work paraphernalia. The treadmill part is designed to only hit a max of 12mph to keep things active without taking away any focus. Some even come with slight inclines for a decreased hit to the joints.
The Power Plate is a destabilization machine consisting of handles attached to a platform that vibrates 25 to 50 times per second and moves up and down, side to side, and front and backward. This coupled with performing an exercise such as step ups or running in places on the platform, increases the difficulty of the exercise forcing the user to work harder to maintain balance and control.
Providing users with two completely different options of workout combined with preset workout routines, the hybrid trainers are a dream for any that want more than just one machine for an affordable amount. Beginners can start strictly on the bike and, as they become more advanced, can progress to using the elliptical, a machine that takes a lot more coordination and balance than the bike.
Tour de France Pro
As the official training bike of the Tour de France, this stationary bike has every new feature imaginable to make it a step above the competition. With a screen that provides a street view as provided by Google maps, magnetic resistance to decrease the machine’s sound, a 20% incline and decline as well as a built-in power meter, many users could easily mistake this bike to be a fully interactive video game console.
Combining aerobic and strength training, the new type of rower is dual action. Still consisting of a slide, bungee and footpads, the handles can be lifted upward while the user stands above the resistance portion of the machine. This is an ideal combination as users can get one of the best cardio exercises around while being able to condition themselves without investing in additional pieces of equipment.
Whether a new twist on an older machine or a fully optimized piece of technology, exercise equipment is becoming so much more than free weights and rowers. Getting fit today is no longer the chore it once was. These new revolutions in exercise are transforming the landscape, turning an often times unachievable dream into verifiable reality, no matter the person’s limitations.