Best Fold Away Exercise Equipment

Most exercise equipment tends to be big, bulky and takes up a lot of space, which might turn off some consumers who are looking to build a home gym. There are foldable exercise equipment options available if you're tight on space. Choose from foldable weight lifting machines, treadmills, exercise bikes and more to create a convenient home gym that doesn't cramp your style or space.

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Treadmill

The new 2011 Smooth 5.65 Treadmill features plenty of upgrades, including 40 fitness programs, 15 incline levels, a longer running surface and a new cushioning system. Keep track of your heart rate, calories burned, time, distance and speed on the five-screen LED display console. Compared to the 2009 model, the Smooth 5.65 has a new eight-point Im-presion cushioning system that helps reduce foot and joint pain and fatigue. Other features of the treadmill include transport wheels, a reading rack, two-speed built-in fans and a deluxe sound system. When you're done, simply fold up the treadmill.

Stepper

Apartment and condo dwellers will love the Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stepper. Dual hydraulic cylinders help to make using this mini stepper comfortable and smooth. Grab onto the dual handle bars and adjust the resistance as you step onto the wide, textured foot pedals. The Stamina SpaceMate also features rubber floor protectors, a multi-function monitor to keep track of calories burned, workout time, steps per minute and number of steps during your workout. Assembly takes less than 10 minutes and, when you're done working out, pull the pin and store the stepper under your bed or in a closet.

Bike

Bicycles tend to take up a lot of space and often end up in the garage, outside or on the balcony. The Brompton M3L bicycle folds into itself in an incredible show of compactness, with the folded size measuring 22.2 inches by 21.5 inches by 10.6 inches. Other features include front and rear fenders, 16 inch wheels, flat-resistant Schwalbe Marathon Tires, three speeds and M-style bars for a comfortable upright bike.

Rowing Machine

Bring the outdoors into your home with the Lifecore R100 Commercial Rowing Machine. This foldable exercise equipment features 16 levels of magnetic resistance, 15 pre-set workout programs plus 4 Polar heart rate monitor-compatible fitness programs, a large ergonomically designed seat, angled and pivoting foot pedals and a large LCD display console. Additionally, it can store four fitness profiles. Keep yourself cool while exercising with the adjustable cooling fan and, when you're finished, fold it up and place it in storage.

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