performance. We carry the Ironman treadmill, elliptical and stationary recumbent bike,
as well as the crossover indoor cycle trainer.”
Here’s a look at some of the outstanding
exercise machines available in the warehouses
and at costco.com for your New Year’s fitness
resolution. See the sidebar for a complete list.
The workout workhorse:
At Costco, the quality difference
lies in the details. Take, for
example, motor drives in
treadmills. The larger the
motor, the greater the body-weight capacity. Some treadmills house a weak 1.75-horse-
power motor, but both Nino and Dave
require that some Costco treadmills have hefty
Belt size and shock-absorbing features are
also big considerations for treadmills. Small
belts translate into a smaller running surface.
The Nordic Track 1500 treadmill, in the
warehouses, features an extra-large 20-by-60-
inch nonstretch belt and a full-length cushioned deck surface, and is suitable for users
weighing up to 350 pounds. “This fold-up,
small-footprint treadmill is a rare gem at
about $800,” reports Nino.
Costco.com’s Ironman Envision TV treadmill is an advanced model. It features a cable-ready 8.5-inch flat LCD TV screen, which can
display TV shows and movies, an MP3 plug-in
that allows you to listen to your favorite workout songs, a body-fat monitoring program,
speed levels ranging from 0.6 to 12 miles per
hour and 0 to 12 percent incline capabilities, a
one-touch speed and incline controller, and
more. “And,” adds Dave, “it’s offered at a tremendous value through January for $999.99
delivered, which is $400 off the normal price.”
Ironman Ascender elliptical at costco.com,
with its ergonomic 21-inch stride, oversize
18.5-inch cushioned footpads and 7-inch flat
LCD TV screen.
■ Nordic Track 1500 Space-Saver
Treadmill, #229987, savings up to 46
percent over retail.
■ Nordic Track 1300 Elliptical, #230032,
savings up to 66 percent.
■ Nordic Track Recumbent 400 Bike,
#230036, savings up to 82 percent.
■ Nautilus™ 5-52 Select Tech Dumbbells
with Stand, #128621, $40 less than last
year, and a brilliant concept.
■ Nautilus Smith Machine, #797636, with
removable bench, 205 pounds of weights
and a crossover pulley system.
■ Weight Watcher’s® Bathroom Scale,
#420720, $27.99, with extra Wallet savings
of $10 off from January 7 through 13.
Suitable for up to a size- 13 shoe, with
the thickest glass in the industry and
■ Taylor® Body Fat Analyzer Scale,
#727272, $29.99, with savings of 50 per-
cent over retail. Measures muscle and
bone mass, water, fat and weight.
■ Jack La Lanne Power Juicer™,
#108709 (described on page 53)
Elliptical for cross-training
An elliptical trainer, also called a cross
trainer, is a stationary exercise machine that
simulates walking, hiking, cross-country skiing and running. It’s perfect for the person
who wants an endurance-building, low-impact cardiovascular workout. You might
experience some initial awkwardness, as I did,
until your body adjusts to pushing/pulling/
Nino finds the NordicTrack elliptical
quick-target toning feature very appealing, as
it takes away all the guesswork. Just select the
muscles you want to work on, such as your
quads, and the ramp automatically adjusts its
incline and resistance to provide the correct
focus. It’s like having your own personal
sculpting trainer at home—for a lot less
money and any time of the day.
And Dave can’t say enough about the sleek
Burning off fat on a bike
Stationary recumbent bicycles are also
considered low-impact, cardiovascular fat
burners. They are especially good for people
who are out of shape, have joint or stability
issues or like to read or talk on the phone
while working out.
In the warehouses, Costco features the
NordicTrack recumbent bike with 30 per-sonal-trainer workouts and iPod compatibility, while online you’ll find costco.com’s unique
Ironman recumbent. It has a barless step-through entry, comfy ergonomic supportive
seating, a body-composition monitor, and 18
programs and 16 resistance levels for a full
array of workout routines.
Costco, of course, stocks many more fitness products, but this list gives you a start on
the big three. Now it’s up to you to get a move
on and shop Costco. You’ll be in better shape
for it. C
costco.com (continental U.S. only)
■ Ironman Envision TV Treadmill,
#249052, $400 off from December 27
through January 31.
■ Ironman Ascender TV Elliptical,
#225022, $400 off from December 27
through January 31.
■ Ironman Viper Recumbent Bike,
#218376, $200 off from December 27
through January 31.
■ Also on a special promotion from
December 27 through January 31: Ironman
Crossover Indoor Cycle Trainer, HERS
Home Circuit Trainer™, Personal Power
Plate Wellness & Fitness Vibration
Trainer™ and the new, small-footprint
Weider Quick Assembly Smith Machine™,
which can be put together in approxi-
mately 30 minutes.
Choosing the right equipment
BUYING THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT for your specific needs is step number one in your
new workout plan. Here are some tips when looking at treadmills, elliptical trainers and
■ Programs. The best models have preset workout programs for specific objectives,
such as weight loss or muscle building. Make sure these programs target your needs.
■ Heart-rate monitors. EKG pulse grips measure your heart rate, indicating your workout intensity. If you train in heart-rate zones, this feature is very cool.
■ LCD screen. Advanced models have LCD screens to show workout data and information on programs. Examine these screens for size and sharpness.
■ Other features. Consider amenities such as an MP3 plug-in, TV capabilities on the
screen, fans, portability and storage options.
■ The warranty. What protection do you have for the frame, motor, etc.? This varies
from manufacturer to manufacturer and should be part of your value equation.—PV