I don't ride a ton. (11 mile commute 5 days a week). I do a lot of pushups ( I try to do atleast 300-400 over the course of a day, but usually more around 200.) I also do a ton of crunches. Whenever I'm watching television I just get on the rug, bend my knees and hang my legs and do crunches. My abs are in pretty good shape, and I'd have a 6 pack if I hadn't gained some weight since I started biking (eating a ton).
Anyway, thats for background info - my reason for posting is that I'd like to purchase some sort of Home Gym. Maybe not a bowflex just yet, but something more than weights. I've already made up my mind and would like to make this purchase. Sorry if this sounds rude, but please don't suggest using free weights or going to a real gym. I have some free weights, and I just find it hard to get really motivated, and I would much rather work at home.
Basically, my criteria is that the machine work my CORE hard and be pretty small when folded. I was thinking about perhaps a rowing machine since I doubt I'd really need all the exercise a bowflex type machine offers. For that reason, I'm reluctant to look into these complete/total home gyms. They seem like overkill to me. I guess I'm looking for a (cheaper) less complicated machine that has 4-5 maybe even 10 really good exercises rather than 50 million that look good on paper but dont translate. I want a strong core and a toned body. I don't expect giant muscles. A bonus would be if this machine could work my legs in some way, as after 6 months of no riding, I put on shorts and realized I had my chicken legs back. But if leg workouts would make a potential machine way more complicated, ill stick to one that just works my core and arms. It would be nice if one of the exercise was some kind of weighted crunch, as I find it hard to really stress my abs with just crunches anymore, unless I do them for 30 minutes at a time.
My price range is pretty high. If its a simple machine I'd like to spend less than 250 (I dont know if that is crazy to expect). If I somehow get convinced to buy a bowflex type, I would probably buy the lowest priced model, just cus I dont need the most expensive one, not that I wouldn't spend money. And again, this thing has to fit under my loft bed (3.5ft underneath), and I'd probably like to take it to college next year. SO... Anyone with suggestions, THANKS!