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The 5 Best Machines for Women

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Home Gym Options

Looking for a home gym? Check out these female-friendly options.

Save: ToneTrainer Workout Bench from Reebok ($159.95; features an easily adjustable bench and comes with five sets of dumbbells (2 to 10 pounds), which tuck away underneath.

Spend: Tuff Stuff's AXT2 Home Gym ($1,599; gym offers more than 30 different strength exercises. Its ergonomic design is engineered to fit women of almost every height and weight.

Splurge: The Hoist V5 ($2,699; gym, above) allows you to do more than 50 exercises. And it's small (four by six feet); you can tuck it into a corner so your living room doesn't look like a gym.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, November 2006.


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cunspooki wrote:

I think as the article says you should not do the same excersizes over and over. So mixing machines and the excersizes you mentioned have strong benefits.

9/4/2010 08:50:00 PM Report Abuse
jillyany wrote:

I've heard conflicting advice on strength training - this article promotes using some weight machines, but I've also heard that using free weights and doing squats, lunges etc without machines is best, because you do work those stabilizing muscles at the same time. Wondering what others have heard or experienced?

4/14/2010 07:06:30 PM Report Abuse

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