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Exercise Machines at Fitness Options

The treadmill
If weight loss is your goal you will not find a better machine. Walking and running is the most natural thing to do and on a treadmill it's easy to do both.

Exercise Bikes
Upright bikes are compact and familiar to use. Many offer programmes that automatically change the resistance to simulate pedalling up hills.

Recumbent bikes have a bucket type seat that provides great lower back support. You may think that because the ride is so comfortable the workout will be to easy, don't be fooled, you use a lot of muscle groups pedalling a recumbent bike and the workout can really be hard if you want it to be.

Stay fit and toned with one of the most total body workout machines available.

With a Magnetic Rower you can change the resistance manually by moving the magnet closer to the metal flywheel. Electro magnet rowers do this automatically and allow for pre-set programmes.

Air Rowers provide a very realistic rowing experience. Like water against oars, the harder you pull the greater the resistance.

Waterrower's provide a unique resistance mechanism that provides an incredible smooth stroke and a genuine feel of rowing. You even get the sound of rushing water.

Elliptical Trainers
They provide the perfect no-impact, total body aerobic workout.


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3 Reasons Elliptical Machines Should Be Avoided

The elliptical machine is a popular piece of equipment, but is it really the best for helping you burn calories and lose fat? I don't think so, here's why.

The latest Men's Health magazine comes down on elliptical machines hard. Now I know elliptical machines are often the only option for people with bad knees, but if your knees are healthy, think twice before using the elliptical machine for these three reasons.

First, on page 52 of the December, 2008 issue, Men's Health warns, "Never trust elliptical machines". That's a harsh statement against a machine you've been using almost every day. But if it did work, wouldn't you be getting amazing results from the machine?

They quote a study that found elliptical machines over-estimated the number of calories burned in a workout by 31%! Ouch.

So if your "elliptical cardio workout" burned 400 calories, the truth is you really burned closer to only 300 calories.

Second, later in the Dec. issue, Men's Health magazine interviewed Biggest Loser contestant Ed Brantley. Ed lost 73 pounds on the show, but had this to say about elliptical machines, "I hated the elliptical. It was too easy, I didn't feel like I was doing anything." Exactly. I couldn't have said it better myself.

But that's EXACTLY why machines are so popular. You see, the third reason elliptical machines are inferior for fat loss is because they fail my "human nature" test.

Put it this way, if you take 100 people and put them in a gym with 100 treadmills and 100 elliptical machines. Tell them they have to exercise for 30 minutes at a hard pace, and they have the choice to use either the treadmill or the elliptical.

Guess where 90% of folks are going? The elliptical! Why? Because it is human nature to take the EASY WAY out. And that is why elliptical machines are so busy at the gym and you rarely see anyone doing intervals on a treadmill or bodyweight circuits in the corner of the gym.

Often I see folks using the machine only to say they "worked out", but without getting any REAL work done. So if you are stuck at a fat loss plateau, and you've been counting on the elliptical machine to help you out, then forget it.

I recommend doing interval training outside, or on a bike or treadmill. Even better options include kettlebell training and bodyweight circuits.

Click here for a sample interval cardio fat burning program that has helped thousands of men and women with weight loss and fat burning.

The Turbulence Training fat burning workouts help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment.

Craig Ballantyne is an expert trainer for Men's Health magazine and Oxygen magazine, and his fat burning bodyweight workouts help you lose fat without any equipment at all.

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