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Old 01-29-13, 09:25 PM
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Ellipticals and trainers and treadmills, oh my

I've been wanting to do more than cycling, stuff like running and weights and stuff. Along those lines I picked up a used treadmill two weeks ago, it seemed to work well in the store, but this last weekend I got on it for some run/walk time and less than 30 minutes into the program the treadmill died out. I guess that's better than me dieing out. Took it back to the store and got a full refund, thankfully.

Since then I've learned that I should have had at least 4' of clear area and the end of a treadmill in case I fall and get shot off the end. I had the now departed treadmill butted up to a closed door so that if I had fallen I would have had the equivalent of road rash from the treadmill belt until it would have finally came to a stop. Since that's the only place I really have room for a treadmill in the house I don't think I'll be looking for another one. Fun while it lasted though.

Next I'm looking at ellipticals. We already have an older elliptical which my wife likes but doesn't fit me well. I haven't really committed to updating that one yet.

So now I'm back to the bike trainer and also lunchtime walks or walk/runs on workdays when the weather cooperates. Due to other committments my off-season training plans have not progressed as well as I would have liked, but I'm still doing what I can when I can.

Anyway, just a rambling dialog of my off-season so far. We had a high of 58degF here today, but is supposed to get below zero again for a low by tomorrow night, which is why I've been looking at indoors training options.

I'm also curious what some others of you do in the off-season apart from using bike trainers or rollers.
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I teach spin class at a gym twice a week. It gets me two uninterrupted hours of cycling and I get to yell at people and make them suffer, and they thank me for it afterward.

I also work with a personal trainer each week, where she makes me suffer and I thank her for it afterward.
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Old 01-29-13, 09:47 PM
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Several gyms in my neck of the woods have $10/mo no-frills memberships. That is quite a lot of indoor exercise time compared to the cost of something in my house that won't fit, breaks, lacks features of a club-level machine, will wind up as a $$$ clothes hanger, I can let someone else maintain it, don't have to spend Nx$ for elliptical, bike, Concept2 rower, etc. And can cancel when I decide it's time to go back to 100% outdoors. Or keep to use the free weights, racks, and machines. I also take a weekly CompuTrainer class run by a successful & very competant cycling coach. $$ but worth it to me.
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We have nothing that cheap around here. Since I WFH the trainer is wonderful. It sits next to my desk and when I have an hour free for a break I slide it over in front of my monitor and have a go at it.
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Originally Posted by treebound View Post
So now I'm back to the bike trainer and also lunchtime walks or walk/runs on workdays when the weather cooperates.
This sounds like your solution already.
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Yep, fallback plan is now the primary plan, it's all good.
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You might see if you can fix the treadmill. I have a nice treadmill that I got for free because the owner thought it had failed. The plug on the machine had just come loose. Check loose wires, cables, etc. Do some percussive maintenance.

For cardio I've got a rowing machine, elliptical, stationary bike, and treadmill. Total expenditure: $80 (garage sales, craigslist).
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ISince then I've learned that I should have had at least 4' of clear area and the end of a treadmill in case I fall and get shot off the end. I had the now departed treadmill butted up to a closed door so that if I had fallen I would have had the equivalent of road rash from the treadmill belt until it would have finally came to a stop. Since that's the only place I really have room for a treadmill in the house I don't think I'll be looking for another one. Fun while it lasted though.

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Next I'm looking at ellipticals. We already have an older elliptical which my wife likes but doesn't fit me well. I haven't really committed to updating that one yet.
There are plenty of videos on Youtube of people getting wadded up on the treadmills. I used to run 5m5s (never cracked 5min) miles on a treadmill at a gym and never could figure out how people fell off them, but I guess it just takes one misstep.

We've had a commercial elliptical at home for close to 10 years. When I was mostly riding MTB (not that many hours a week), the elliptical provided a good workout. When I switched to riding on the road (many more hours) and got stronger, I found the effort (at least perceived) of the elliptical was uncomfortably high to get a similar heart rate as I could on the bicycle. One hour at a tempo pace on the elliptical would absolutely kill me, but was much more manageable on the bike (we have a big fan in front of the elliptical, but maybe not big enough). Last year the control panel went out on it, and at $500+ for a refurb board I haven't fixed it (was going to trying replacing the capacitors on it myself with hopes that might be a cheap fix) ... freewheeling it provides enough resistance for my wife so she still uses it regularly.
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I moved into a new apartment in August -- this is the first off-season I've actually felt good about my workout plans due to the fitness area (several treadmills/stationaries/elipticals/racks)
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If I wanted indoor exercise other than a trainer I would either a) buy a spin bike (essentially no electronics) or b) join a gym. The Golds gym in town is $33/month. It's well equipped with weight machines and an adequate assortment of aerobic equipment.
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I like my rower a lot better than my trainer.

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I'm also curious what some others of you do in the off-season apart from using bike trainers or rollers.
We don't have a lot of extra space for equipment, so I just go to the gym and let someone else maintain everything . For me the hardest part about the spring is usually getting back into climbing hills, so in addition to the other things I do when I am there, I am trying to spend time on the stairmaster and build up climbing endurance. Hopefully it will pay off when the weather gets warmer and I get back on a real bike.

I just can't get into spin classes - the whole concept seems kind of strange, but I guess I should really try it some day before I write it off.
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