Top Rated Motivation Machines

Looking to shape-up a bit at home?

I can help.

As a health enthusiast, I’m constantly searching for ways to help make the lives of others healthier and happier. I do it by sharing what I’ve learned, researched and experienced.

After being a trainer for well over a decade, I’ve seen tons of pieces of equipment. Some quite good. Others not so much.

Based on everything I know today about the newest motivation machines (plus a review of Consumer Reports), I provided my top in-home recommendations for ellipticals, treadmills, spin bikes and row machines. Scroll down to see the options.


From:Consumer Reports: Motivating Machines, Lab Tests, p. 46-48.

Although no piece of fitness equipment can get you off the couch or out of bed, the product picks below will help you find the machine most suited to your ability and health goals. And that may be the best motivation of all.   

Ellipticals with Heart-Rate Programs

Top Ranked

Diamondback Fitness 1260Ef Elliptical Trainer with Incline Compact Footprint and Heart Rate Monitor

Diamondback Fitness 1260Ef Elliptical Trainer with Incline Compact Footprint and Heart Rate Monitor

Best Buy

Schwinn 470 Elliptical Machine(for Weight Loss)

Schwinn 470 Elliptical Machine

Treadmills (Foldable & Non-Foldable)

Foldable for Space Savers

NordicTrack Elite 9700 Pro Treadmill (For Runners)

NordicTrack Elite 9700 Pro Treadmill

Sole Fitness TT8 Light Commercial Non-Folding Treadmill (for Beginners)

Sole Fitness TT8 Light Commercial Non-Folding Treadmill

Precor 243 Energy Series Treadmill (for Families)


Landice E7 Pro Sport (for Families)

Landice L7 Pro Sports Trainer Treadmill

Spin Bike

Diamondback Fitness 510Ic Adjustable Indoor Cycle with Electronic Display and Quiet Magnetic Flywheel

Rowing Machine

Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5

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About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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