Low on impact but high on calorie burn, the elliptical machine is a gym staple—but it's even easier when you have one at home
Exerpeutic 260 Air Elliptical
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No room for a bulky piece of workout equipment? No prob. This elliptical ($139, walmart.com) comes on wheels, so you can easily move it if you don't want to make it permanent living room décor. Another plus: Each pedal features ridges to keep your foot from slipping when things get sweaty. (Psst...Try this No-Running Cardio Workout You Can Do at Home)
Bowflex Max Trainer M3
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ProForm Hybrid Trainer 2-in-1 Elliptical and Recumbent Bike
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Schwinn 470 Elliptical
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Fitness pros swear by tracking their heart rates to make sure they're exerting the right amount of effort. The people behind Schwinn get it, so they've loaded their elliptical ($800, dickssportinggoods.com) with heart-rate monitors, nine heart-rate programs, and even a heart rate-zone indicator so you know if you're burning fat or building up your cardio endurance.
NordicTrack Elite A.C.T. Elliptical
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Sunny Magnetic Resistance Elliptical Trainer
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Pro-Form Pro 12.0 NE
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The Pro-Form elliptical ($1,999, proform.com) has it all: It's easy to assemble, adjusts to your stride to help prevent injuries, and pumps cool air from an on-bike fan. But what we're really into is the seven-inch touchscreen panel. It shows basics like your speed, time, heart rate, distance, and cals burned. But it also hooks up to the internet so you can scroll through Instagram while getting your exercise on.
Gold's Gym Stride Trainer 350i Elliptical with iFit Bluetooth Smart Technology
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This Gold's Gym elliptical ($270, walmart.com) comes with capabilities to power iFit. Here's why that's noteworthy: iFit tracks your workouts, so you'll know how you're stacking up to previous sessions, and it features routes powered by Google Maps. Choose a run through Paris and the machine will automatically increase or decrease incline to match those Parisian streets while you follow along with Street View.
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When you're in need of a more real-life change of scenery, try the ElliptiGO Arc ($1,299, shop.elliptigo.com) outside. The brand says you'll feel like you're "running on air." And if the weather doesn't cooperate, ElliptiGO offers models that you can use indoors, like the 8C ($2,499, shop.elliptigo.com).
Sole E25 Elliptical Trainer
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Octane Fitness Q35 Elliptical
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Life Fitness Club Series Elliptical Cross-Trainer
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If you love your gym's elliptical so, so much and want to recreate that same experience at home, this Life Fitness option ($4,299, shop.lifefitness.com) is the one for you. It's the home version of the Life Fitness ellipticals lined up in gyms across the country. Watch out, gym membership. You're in jeopardy.