Elliptical machines to help you reach your fitness goals

Do you need a something beyond a moral victory to get you to exercise? These machines may help.

gym with machines
Get a leg up.Risen Wang via Unsplash

Everyone knows the most difficult exercise in the world is making the decision to start exercising. If you can conquer that, you can conquer pretty much anything. A lot of us need a little something extra to make that mental switch, which is why the bells and whistles that come with these elliptical machines make them more than just exercise equipment.

These machines uses virtual travel and games to give you something to look forward to—or at least help you pass the time.

Schwinn 470 Elliptical Machine
No matter where you go, there you are.Amazon

The first name in bikes is also fine with you pedaling for hours without actually going anywhere. Schwinn’s 470 Elliptical Machine is designed to be your in-house motivational coach as well as an exercise machine: it comes with 29 installed workout programs, two types of fitness tests, and syncs with the Schwinn Trainer App so you can track your progress. If you have a little wanderlust, it also syncs with a free downloadable Run Social App that allows you to “jog” through virtual locations around the world.

NordicTrack NTEL71218
More like a virtual trainer than an elliptical machine.Amazon

Like the Schwinn, the NordicTrack is interested in at least making you feel like you’re globetrotting with a personal trainer, even if you aren’t going past your living room. Loaded with virtual locales like Thailand and Paris, it also allows you access more than 12,000 (you read that right) digital workout routines through the On-Demand Workouts app. You also get a one-year iFit membership and iFit Interactive Personal Training at Home sessions as part of the package. The NordicTrack ships in large parts, which can be tough for the delivery people but it helps make the initial set-up easier.

ANCHEER Elliptical Machine
Be very, very quiet, we’re making gains.Amazon

While others lean into the virtual travel idea, the ANCHEER goes in another direction: games. Download the accompanying Qiber app and get access to 21 different game scenarios (even compete against friends) that make hitting your fitness goals much less torturous. The equipment’s biggest selling point, though, is that its sturdy construction is also among the quietest machines available, which is ideal for parents looking to cram in a quick workout during baby’s nap time, or people living in apartments with extremely thin walls. It also features heart rate sensors, 10 levels of magnetic resistance, and a vibrant LCD display.