Gym equipment worth buying for your home

Consumer Reports tests treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines, spinning bikes

By Jodi Mohrmann - Managing Editor of special projects
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So you've made that resolution to get in shape. Having an exercise machine at home can make it easier. The latest Consumer Reports tests of exercise machines can help you choose the right machine.

Consumer Reports says treadmills are a great choice to help with weight loss. Consumer Reports named the Proform Pro 2000 a Best Buy for around $1,200. It folds and is easy to store.

If you're just starting out or you have back, hip or knee problems an elliptical is a great alternative to a treadmill. It creates less impact on your joints and can still give you a great cardio workout. Consumer Reports says AFG 3.1AE for $1,100 is a great choice.

Spin bikes provide a good interval workout Consumer Reports recommends the Diamondback 510ic for $800. It has a built in work-out program that keeps you moving.

Another option is a rowing machine. Rowing machines provide a full body workout for both upper and lower body. It's non-weight bearing but it's still very strenuous so it can burn a lot of calories. You do want to make sure it fits. The $900 Concept2 Model D proved comfortable for both short and tall people.

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