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Old 3rd October 2011, 22:44   #106
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This kind of (non) routine is playing havoc with my health. I do not want to workouts - because inability to do them regularly is very bad. So, only option is between treadmill and ellipticals.
As a generic advice, I would suggest picking up generic workouts which you can do while traveling. Going up down staircase is one, jumping jacks, rope skipping (you don't really need the rope, just pretend you have one), mild jogging at one place can all be done in a room.

At home you can buy a punching bag, and don't really have to hit it hard (unless you want to), but stay on your toes and keep moving with slight kicks and punches to the bag. that can make you sweat pretty fast, especially the kicks.

my basement I like rough looks. There is also a stepping machine but I stand on the ground on opposite side just to hold it's handle and jog on the ground, much better. Wifey was supposed to use the stepper.

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Old 8th January 2012, 13:47   #107
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I wish to buy a treadmill. Motivation for buying one are :
- Inertia of joining a gym. In the past 3-4 years, have joined one as many times, only to end up not going after a month or two for one reason or the other.
- Irregular work hours. No routine. Sometimes I end up working the first half of the day in IST hours and the rest in US hours. Primary reason for my gym inertia.
- Running outside is a great thing, and I am lucky to live right next to a quiet shaded area. Many people come here exclusively to jog/walk. But then, if I start running, I sweat like a pig and my glasses keep sliding off. Without them the world not within 1 foot of me is blur. At home, I can run sans my glasses, without having to worry about bumping into things.

I walked into Champion Sports - Deccan, today morning to casually inquire, and was told about a few models, from the brand "Absolute". 1.5 HP one retailed at 33k and a 2 HP model for 45k. Can anyone tell me why a mere .5 HP difference should have this much of a cost difference ?
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Can anyone tell me why a mere .5 HP difference should have this much of a cost difference ?
Because a heavier body requires more HP, and are usually owned by people with fatter wallets!!!!

But honestly, there ought to more features - like shock absorbers etc??
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Those who are planning to buy a treadmill should seriously consider elliptical. When I was about to purchase a treadmill 6 months back, I changed my mind and bought an elliptical. The results have been pretty good.

There are a few advantages in Elliptical IMO:
1. They are relatively maintenance free and looks like it will last longer than a comparable treadmill
2. It doesn't consume too much electricity and easily works on a 800VA home inverter. This is an important criteria if you live in an area which is prone to power cuts.
3. Due to some reason, I feel more fresher (fatigue free) after an elliptical workout (compared to running/jogging in treadmill).
4. Noise/vibration free - compared to treadmill

By the way, I have a Sole E35 elliptical that I purchased for Rs.72500 last August. I have lost around 6 kg and I exercise for around an hour everyday.
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I walked into Champion Sports - Deccan, today morning to casually inquire, and was told about a few models, from the brand "Absolute". 1.5 HP one retailed at 33k and a 2 HP model for 45k. Can anyone tell me why a mere .5 HP difference should have this much of a cost difference ?
Too costly Sajo.
I bought Velocity VFT 380 plus last August for 23K at Hyderabad.
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Look for the features in the link. Taiwanese made but good stuff. Have been using it since August 2011 and it's a good one with auto incline and other features mentioned in the link.
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Those who are planning to buy a treadmill should seriously consider elliptical. When I was about to purchase a treadmill 6 months back, I changed my mind and bought an elliptical. The results have been pretty good.

There are a few advantages in Elliptical IMO:
1. They are relatively maintenance free and looks like it will last longer than a comparable treadmill
2. It doesn't consume too much electricity and easily works on a 800VA home inverter. This is an important criteria if you live in an area which is prone to power cuts.
3. Due to some reason, I feel more fresher (fatigue free) after an elliptical workout (compared to running/jogging in treadmill).
4. Noise/vibration free - compared to treadmill

By the way, I have a Sole E35 elliptical that I purchased for Rs.72500 last August. I have lost around 6 kg and I exercise for around an hour everyday.
I am a novice with this, but plan to buy one. What exactly are the salient features of an Elliptical treadmill? Why is there such a cost difference for this option?
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I am a novice with this, but plan to buy one. What exactly are the salient features of an Elliptical treadmill? Why is there such a cost difference for this option?
There are a number of articles in the internet which gives you the elliptical vs treadmill comparison.

AFAIK, both Elliptical and Treadmill costs almost the same - if you compare the similarly positioned models. For instance, Sole E35 elliptical & Sole F65 treadmill are similarly positioned and costs $1299 & $1199 respectively. This is true with the other brands like Proform, etc...

But I read somewhere that low end ellipticals aren't that effective and it is better to avoid them. I am not sure about low end treadmills though.
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I bought a rowing machine 6 months back from the below site:
Buy Cosco Rower (CRW-903) Online | PlayGroundOnline
That time I paid Rs 10,021 (including shipping). I think they have now increased the price to Rs 12,380.
I have found that it's a very good form of exercise. Better than tread-mill, I think.
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Guys, after a prolonged research, I bought an elliptical trainer today. The model is Physique RE500. I bought it from HomeFitnessDirect, which is connected to our fellow TBHPian, s0uljah. I made the decision (actually, to buy a treadmill) some 45 days back, but stumbled upon some posts highlighting the elliptical trainer. Confused, I turned to Team-BHP, and you can read the advice that I received in this very thread. Thank you guys!

To cut the story short, I then eliminated the number of shops in Trivandrum from six to just 2 from my original list, for a number of reasons. The survivors were the Acme fitness showroom (Pulse fitness) in Bakery Jn and the HomeFitnessDirect, in the Bakery Jn-Vazhuthakkad one way. Unlike the infamous, crappy shopkeepers of Trivandrum- who usually commands you to buy what he want to sell- both these shops were manned by pleasant and unobtrusive people. The Pulse fitness people deal with more number of brands, and are more focused on BH Fitness brand treadmills. However, they were a bit short of breath when I told them about my requirements; they showed me a Rs. 19K SEG brand elliptical, which was a disappointment. The next available model was priced at a whopping 49K.

Headed for HomeFitnessDirect, and promptly zeroed in the Physique RE500. The MSRP was 29K but good discounts were available. Not much bells and whistles, but a sturdy yet butter-smooth, no-nonsense trainer. It has 9 workout programs and 9 user profiles, plus a heart control program. I learnt that the same trainer is available rebranded for Reebok fitness.

You can read more on the trainer here:
Reebok 5 Series Elliptical Cross Trainer - gymworld.co.uk

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Hi Sandeep, could you share your experience after using the trainer. I am on the look out for a Elliptical trainer and was going for BF brand before stumbling in to your post. Could you tell me at what final price you paid for your stuff.
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Guys, after a prolonged research, I bought an elliptical trainer today. The model is Physique RE500. I bought it from HomeFitnessDirect, which is connected to our fellow TBHPian, s0uljah. I made the decision (actually, to buy a treadmill) some 45 days back, but stumbled upon some posts highlighting the elliptical trainer. Confused, I turned to Team-BHP, and you can read the advice that I received in this very thread. Thank you guys!

To cut the story short, I then eliminated the number of shops in Trivandrum from six to just 2 from my original list, for a number of reasons. The survivors were the Acme fitness showroom (Pulse fitness) in Bakery Jn and the HomeFitnessDirect, in the Bakery Jn-Vazhuthakkad one way. Unlike the infamous, crappy shopkeepers of Trivandrum- who usually commands you to buy what he want to sell- both these shops were manned by pleasant and unobtrusive people. The Pulse fitness people deal with more number of brands, and are more focused on BH Fitness brand treadmills. However, they were a bit short of breath when I told them about my requirements; they showed me a Rs. 19K SEG brand elliptical, which was a disappointment. The next available model was priced at a whopping 49K.

Headed for HomeFitnessDirect, and promptly zeroed in the Physique RE500. The MSRP was 29K but good discounts were available. Not much bells and whistles, but a sturdy yet butter-smooth, no-nonsense trainer. It has 9 workout programs and 9 user profiles, plus a heart control program. I learnt that the same trainer is available rebranded for Reebok fitness.

You can read more on the trainer here:
Reebok 5 Series Elliptical Cross Trainer - gymworld.co.uk

Here's a picture from the net:

Hi Sandeep, could you share your experience after using the trainer. I am on the look out for a Elliptical trainer and was going for BF brand before stumbling in to your post. Could you tell me at what final price you paid for your stuff.
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I bought Velocity VFT 380 plus last August for 23K at Hyderabad.
Where did you buy this one? I am looking to buy one shortly. Thanks.
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Where did you buy this one? I am looking to buy one shortly. Thanks.
Bought it from Pedaller's Point at Somajiguda.
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Hi Sandeep, could you share your experience after using the trainer. I am on the look out for a Elliptical trainer and was going for BF brand before stumbling in to your post. Could you tell me at what final price you paid for your stuff.
Deepesh, the trainer is still with us and it is absolutely trouble-free; however, I am not heavily using it nowadays and it is used my other family members. I've gained practically nothing from it but it not the fault of the trainer...

I bought it several back as you can see and IIRC I got it for 27.5 or so. I am not sure about the exact price. I am not sure whether this model is still available either.
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I was looking for a budget treadmill in Bangalore. Is it possible to get a pretty basic one within 15k? If yes, what would be the recommended brand and model. Also, what exactly would I be loosing by going for a budget one, as in, if some features are not available, what exactly could be the problem. Thanks in advance.
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Got this treadmill from Home Fitness Direct. BHPian Souljah is studying abroad, so his father helped me with genuine, unbiased advice. Payment made on Saturday and the Treadmill was installed yesterday.

Seems like a very high quality unit. Build quality, fit & finish are top class. The swing-arm suspension really helps. It's far easier on your legs (knees in particular) than running on the road or on a run-of-the-mill treadmill (type I've been using at the gym for so long). The difference is immediately noticeable.

I've been told to lubricate it every fortnight while the service is every 3 months. Service cost is nil during the warranty period (1 year) and Rs. 850 thereafter.
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