Looking for the best fitness equipment that's easy on your wallet while burning mega-calories? You may be surprised to know you have some great options out there.
The fitness equipment industry is always coming up with innovative products to help you lose weight faster – and get more bang for your buck. But you do have to do a bit of hunting.
To help you out, here are 3 fitness machines that will help you burn a lot of calories – and they all come in under $ 1,000!
# 1. Hybrid Trainer
This is a very cool 2-in-1 machine that comes in for under $ 400. You can use it as a recumbent bike – or as an elliptical trainer.
By moving the pedals and the console, in 2 quick steps you can change it from an elliptical trainer to a bike – or vice versa. There are 16 resistance levels to add more challenge to your workout and burn more calories.
Plus it comes with iFit LIVE – which lets you connect to the Internet and download countless new workouts. You can even go online and run (or bike) famous trails all over the world, from Paris to Sydney.
The hybrid trainer is a great way to get 2 machines for the price of (almost less than) one. Plus you get great workout variety. So if you don't want to do an elliptical workout one day, no problem just use it as a bike – and vice versa.
Note that the original Hybrid trainer has a 15 inch stride – which might be a bit too short for taller users. However there is a Hybrid Trainer Pro model that gives you a longer stride for a few hundred more – under $ 600.
# 2. Ski Machine
This is a classic – the ski machine has been around for year and still keeps selling over and over again.
Ski machines simulate the cross country skiing workout, using both your upper and lower body muscles.
By using both upper and lower body muscles, you end up burning more calories than say, a treadmill walking workout. And you get upper and lower body toning as well.
Another great thing about the ski machine is that it is generally lighter and easier to move than a regular treadmill or elliptical machine. And the price comes in usually around $ 699 – so it's also very affordable.
# 3. ACT Elliptical Trainer
The ACT has also been around for a couple of years however it's generally updated every year with the latest toys and new workout features.
What makes this elliptical interesting is that instead of one large flywheel in front or behind the pedals (like you get with standard crosstrainers), there are two smaller flywheels on either side of the footpedals.
This gives you several advantages. First of all, you end up standing more upright on the pedals and leaning less on the handrails on this trainer than with other designs.
That means you can possibly burn more calories (since you're not putting as much weight on the machine itself). Also, the footpedals tend to be placed closer together – which lessens the strain on your hips. So a lot of people feel more comfortable on this machine – especially after long workouts.
Finally the ACT also comes with the option of iFit LIVE. As stated above, this means you can download new workouts, or run anywhere in the world.
You can also track your workout stats online – to set new goals and see how far you've come. This alone can help you track and burn more calories faster than with another machine that doesn't have iFit.
And the ACT elliptical comes in under $ 1,000 in most areas.
So those are 3 ideas for the best fitness equipment for under $ 1000 that still give you more for the money.
Take your time and remember to listen to your body when exercising. Get a machine that you love and before you know it, you'll be watching the weight come off and loving how you look in the mirror!