Pilates pods, electromagnetic stationary bikes, 3D body scanners... These pieces of exercise equipment look straight out of a sci-fi movie
Ciclotte Stationary Bike
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Ciclotte, an Italian-made wireless stationary bike, is not only a piece of art (it's even featured in a design museum in Milan), it's also the first exercise bike to use an electromagnetic resistance system with a transmission that replicates the effort of pushing on pedals when riding on the road. Be warned: It also comes at a pretty high price—these bikes can run you up to $12,000!
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In just 35 seconds, the Fit3D ProScanner captures a 360-degree model of your body and automatically extracts over 450 body measurements. Simply go online to track your data and see your 3D avatar self reflect your real-life progress. Popping up in fitness studios and health clubs around the country, this scanner may soon be in a gym near you!
AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill
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Currently available in physical therapy offices and in some gyms, this AlterG anti-gravity treadmill uses exclusive, NASA-patented "unweighting technology" to make you feel up to 80 percent lighter, taking the stress off joints and muscles so you can recover faster from a sports injury and train harder for longer periods of time.
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Another new 3D body scanner, this 600-pound booth from VirtualU uses a series of lasers and cameras to capture thousands of images of your body, tracking everything from BMI to body fat to lean muscle. Users can then track precise changes in their body through a smartphone app, for example, allowing you to see how your bicep diameter has changed down to the millimeter from one week to the next. The scanner made its debut in a D.C. gym earlier this year, and the founders plan to continue expanding to gyms along the east coast in 2015.
Heated Glass Pod
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These heated glass pods, which reach temperatures of 98 to 100 degrees, are designed to help you "melt" fat while you sculpt muscle using Pilates-like moves. Currently available at exercise studio and spa Iobella in California, these pods look like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. (Next, see these 5 New High Tech Ways to Lose Weight!)
Vacu Active HydroShape Aqua Bike
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The Vacu Active Hydro Shape—essentially an underwater bike—combines the benefits of hydro massage and cycling training in one futuristic looking device. Originally designed to help rehabilitate motor functions, the Hydro Shape apparently has the added benefits of improving muscle growth and reducing cellulite. Now, if only we had a pool to stick this in... (Burn Calories in the Pool—No Laps Required!)
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We're all for more cycling, but this bike takes things to the next level. Meet the Fliz, a bike with no pedals, no gears, not even a saddle. Instead of the typical cycling motions, the Fliz relies on a lightweight harness that suspends the "rider" above the movement, allowing them to generate movement by running. Still in the prototype stage, the German designs hope their invention will encourage more cycling in urban environments. The Fliz took home a Merit Award at the International Cycle Show, so someone thinks this is worth mass producing!
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Believe it or not, this is an ab exerciser. The OSIM iGallop simulates horseback riding through it's zero-impact, tri-axial riding action, which tones the belly, hips, seat and thighs. The movement causes your body to automatically respond, supposedly improving coordination and posture. Ellen Degeneres tried it on camera; we think this is one workout you really only want to do in the comfort of your own home.