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The best...fitness gear

How about starting the new year with a stationary bike that uses Google Maps to simulate the ride on any road in the world?

RipSurfer X
“An actual surfboard affixed atop inflatable medicine balls,” the RipSurfer X promises a full-body workout combined with the fun of surfing. To get the arms involved, users pull on cords to simulate paddling, then pop up to surfing position.
$765, surfsetfitness.com   
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Kettlebells
These ancient fitness aids aren’t just for Russian bodybuilders anymore. “Kettlebells are all about creating—and controlling—momentum.” Today, “svelte and strong fans” of kettlebell workouts include Jennifer Aniston and Penélope Cruz.
$20–$94 each, kettlebellconcepts.com
Source: Prevention

Concept2 Dynamic Indoor Rower
You’ll get a good workout on a cheaper rowing machine, but the Concept2 is “the epitome of the new wave” of devices that “more accurately replicate the feeling of rowing on water.” The machine’s movable flywheel “forces your feet to do most of the moving instead of the seat,” resulting in “a smooth, controlled stroke” that will produce fewer back injuries and more speed on the water.
$1,250, concept2.com
Source: Los Angeles Times

ProForm Tour de France
“Technology has revamped the stationary bike.” This model uses Google Maps to simulate the ride on any road in the world—as well as preprogrammed versions of each leg of the Tour de France. The bike even tilts on the “hills.”
$1,499, proform.com
Source: Reuters.com

Vibram Five Fingers Bikila LS
Named after the barefoot winner of the marathon at the 1960 Olympics, the Bikila LS takes Vibram’s Five Finger shoe and adds “a layer of toughness” where the foot hits pavement. Despite the extra padding, the shoes still “feel like a second skin” and encourage the
most natural style of running.
$100, vibramfivefingers.com
Source: Health.com

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