As clichéd as it may be, the start of the New Year can be a great time to purchase fitness equipment. Manufacturers know that many New Year's resolutions center on health as they time their promotions and product releases accordingly. Even if exercise is already part of your daily routine, you can still benefit from the uptick in fitness fanaticism that emerges each January.
To help you navigate the market, we have compiled a list of our favorite new workout machines, from entry-level basics to professional-quality rigs.
ProForm Tour De France 5.0
The newest version of the Official Training Bike of Le Tour de France combines professional-grade machinery with motivational technology.
This stationary bike has 30 gears, a range from -20 percent decline to 20 percent incline, toe cage pedals, and silent magnetic resistance - all features that contribute to a realistic, challenging indoor cycling experience.
The iFit and Google Maps-integrated console represents a big improvement compared to programmed workouts of the past. You can map your own course anywhere in the world, and the bike will automatically simulate the terrain. You can even recreate the 2015 Tour de France, complete with cheering spectators and scenic views.
Buy the ProForm Tour De France 5.0 now
Nordic Track X9i Incline Trainer
This treadmill reaches a 40 percent incline, higher than any other machine on the market. This steep slope remedies two major problems of treadmill use: boredom and lack of muscle engagement.
The huge range of belt positions provide endless variation, especially when used in conjunction with the treadmill's built-in iFit functionality. Through the console's full-color screen, iFit can lead you through hundreds of different workouts, offering motivation and tracking metrics all the while.
Of course, walking or running uphill engages more muscle groups and torches more calories than doing so on a flat surface. For performance-minded runners, adjusting the treadmill's incline is also essential for replicating the resistance of race conditions.
Buy the Nordic Track X9i Incline Trainer now
LifeSpan E2i Elliptical Cross Trainer
This all-new elliptical from reputable manufacturer LifeSpan offers a variety of cardiovascular workouts that emphasize lower body toning.
In addition to being a solidly constructed commercial-grade piece of equipment, it synchronizes to many popular fitness-tracking applications and is quiet and streamlined enough for home gyms.
Part of elliptical machines' appeal is that they offer full body workouts without putting undue stress on the joints. This model goes a step further in injury prevention: its integrated core balance technology gives real-time readouts of the amounts of pressure exerted by the left and right sides of your body. This helps correct your imbalances for thorough, even results.
Buy the LifeSpan E2i Elliptical Cross Trainer now