A number of gyms are moving towards a new class of treadmills, and I wanted to share what I have observed. The changes seem pretty exciting.
I've noticed a lot of iPod/iPhone integration into treadmills. I'm usually able to plug in my iPhone, charge it, and then pipe my music through the treadmill as I workout. I'm also able to access my playlists through the treadmill LCD screen (which is handy).
More useful, though, is the USB stick workout capability. You can create, edit, or access workouts stored on a USB stick that you plug into the treadmill. So, you can save all of your workouts - with statistics - to the USB stick. With the USB stick workout capability comes a new feature: In certain treadmills, you can walk up to the treadmill, plug in your USB stick, and have your pre-programmed workout start instantly. It saves a lot of per-workout setup time at the machine. This has definitely been the coolest feature to me.
Has anyone had a chance to try these newer treadmills? The Life Fitness, Lifespan and Livestrong brands are starting to incorporate these features now, with Life Fitness seeming to be the biggest of the three brands.
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The better tech geek workout for people like me, eh?
Yah anyway here in Romania things get renewed not so often as in other more developed countries. Oh well we will just have to wait a bit more longer before we can get our hands on some high tech like that. Though it will be exciting to have such things personally i'd enjoy this new revolution since in my opinion it offers a more relaxing environment.
It would be awesome if you could incorporate your music into the work out as well. Like fast driving music as you are entering an incline or something, then slower music or whatever for the flats and cool down.
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Thats really cool and all, technology never ceases to amaze me.....call me old fashioned but I prefer a coach screamin in my face for motivation Ive been doing this workout called Crossfit. I absolutely love it and reccomend it