The Performance Lab

Discover a new level of total fitness in this choice cross-training environment

Jan 1, 2005
Outside Magazine
home gym

   Photo: Art Streiber

1. Put on a heart-rate-monitor strap, then plug a target rate into the TRUE 550ZTX CI TREADMILL before your workout. It'll automatically adjust the speed and grade of the belt to keep your heart pumping the same beats per minute from start to finish. $5,775; 800-426-6570,

2. The Cadillac of all-in-one weight-lifting machines is HOIST's V5, which incorporates every feature you expect in a multistation home gym—chest press, lat pulldown, leg curl, and leg press—plus one you don't: a chest-high cable that allows for myriad core-conditioning drills. $3,260; 800-548-5438,

3. The footbeds on STAIRMASTER's CLUBSTRIDE 5100 ELLIPTICAL TRAINER articulate with every step to keep more of your foot in contact with a firm surface; controls embedded in the unit's handles let you change your workout on the fly. $5,649; 800-864-1270,

4. Let's face it: 45 minutes on a treadmill can get pretty old—after the first five. Take your mind off the work at hand with SHARP's 30-inch AQUOS LCD television. Its slim profile means you can mount it on the wall, leaving more space for all that fancy new equipment. $3,500; 800-237-4277,

ON HIM: Sleeveless polyester '74 singlet ($26) by HIND (800-952-4463,; nylon INFINITY SHORT with breathable seamless liner ($38) and seamless-mesh VISIQ running shoes ($90) by PEARL IZUMI (800-328-8488,; cotton PERFORMANCE socks ($6) by NEW BALANCE (800-253-7463,

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