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What would you choose [sports equipment]?

Looking to regularly do something for myself - considering either a crosstrainer or a scooter.

Advantages
Scooter
  • Can be taken everywhere
  • Can be used outdoors in different weather, on different surfaces etc.
  • Price
  • Easy repair
  • Can be used to go shopping
  • Definitely less likely to gather dust than a less versatile item like a hometrainer, stepper or crosstrainer
Crosstrainer
  • Like the way it works
  • All those numbers (calories etc.)

Disadvantages
Scooter
  • Lugging it around
  • Stowing it away on public transport
Crosstrainer
  • Expensive
  • Always in the same place
  • Not versatile in what I do with it and where I use it
  • Will probably get bored with it after some months
  • An eyesore
  • Might end up as a clothes rack


Reasons:
  • I want to do something for my fitness
  • I don't want to watch TV while working out because it distracts me
  • The further away from the fridge, the better
  • I don't want to stare at walls while doing sports
  • A stationary bike wouldn't be used because I would misuse it as a chair (however, with a crosstrainer you need to stand/move constantly so I'd be "forced" to work out while on it)
  • I prefer crosstrainers to stationary bikes because they work out more body regions. And I have never liked stationary bikes, prefer the real thing.

What do you think, which would you choose and based on what? Do you perhaps own one or the other and what do you think of them?

Thanks

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Old 19.09.2015, 20:25
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Re: What would you choose [sports equipment]?

Stationary bike. Easy to sit on it while watching TV. I've got the Keiser M3i, very nice. Combined with a good set of weights (I've got the Bowflex Selecttech dumbells), you've got everything you need.
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Old 19.09.2015, 20:27
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Re: What would you choose [sports equipment]?

I don't really understand why you are choosing between these two things.

A scooter (I assume you mean the push along sort) is really a mode of transport,you won't get a lot of fitness from it (a little yes) where as a cross trainer is fitness equipment!

I could understand choosing between a bike and an indoor fitness trainer... You can go on long hard rides on a bike... But not on a scooter.
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Re: What would you choose [sports equipment]?

Both. If it's raining you want an indoor alternative & if it's nice out, you want fresh air.
(But as I am pouring a beer & my walking machine has washing hanging of it) ignore me.
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Old 19.09.2015, 21:55
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Re: What would you choose [sports equipment]?

Walking is good .... and cheap - you can buy a pair of sticks and do it like a Nordic twat.

I walk 3-5km a day with the dog .... it's not the distance that is important, but the pace.

FitBit on my phone records, distance, time and, therefore pace. I'm still trying to get under 10 minute kilometres for my average pace (which includes messing about putting the dog on and off the lead, picking up poo and squidging through muddy woodland tracks).
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Re: What would you choose [sports equipment]?

i'd take scooter
at least you'll have fun) but i agree - its not the best way to work out)
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Walking is good .... and cheap - you can buy a pair of sticks and do it like a Nordic twat.
Nah, that is soooooo old school.

Having spent a month in Norway over the summer, I can assure you that any self-respecting Nordic twat is on these:

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Old 27.09.2015, 21:14
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Re: What would you choose [sports equipment]?

Very popular indeed around here, the 'Mecca' of cross-country skiing- many athletes training for this winter prefer longer ones though.
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Old 27.09.2015, 21:58
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Re: What would you choose [sports equipment]?

Why can't you just go for a run? If you have some physical disability or age-related impingement that prevents you going then fair enough but you'll get a lot more benefit than either of your choices, in a lot less time.

And if, as you say, you prefer real bikes to stationary bikes then why not get one of those?
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Re: What would you choose [sports equipment]?

I have evaluated all sports equipment and activity possibilities and ended up with either crosstrainer or scooter. Anything else was removed from the list, it is either a crosstrainer or a scooter for me.
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I have evaluated all sports equipment and activity possibilities and ended up with either crosstrainer or scooter. Anything else was removed from the list, it is either a crosstrainer or a scooter for me.
Cross trainer. I use mine three times each week for at least 45 minutes each session. Resting pulse 65, BP 130 over 70.

I'm 58.
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I have evaluated all sports equipment and activity possibilities and ended up with either crosstrainer or scooter. Anything else was removed from the list, it is either a crosstrainer or a scooter for me.
If you've evaluated all sports equipment, then I can't think why you're asking people on this forum? You must have built up a fair bit of knowledge evaluating all that equipment so surely the final decision as to whether people choose one thing or another out of your limited choice is their personal, subjective choice alone?

Others probably don't agree but your initial question comes across a bit like, "Who would win in a fight between a Tiger and a Shark?"
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Others probably don't agree but your initial question comes across a bit like, "Who would win in a fight between a Tiger and a Shark?"
Well obviously that depends on whether or not the shark is in a tornado.
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Old 27.09.2015, 23:17
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Others probably don't agree but your initial question comes across a bit like, "Who would win in a fight between a Tiger and a Shark?"
Sort of question my son asks me on a regular basis.

That and "is your score low on that game because you are rubbish?".
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Old 27.09.2015, 23:36
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Re: What would you choose [sports equipment]?

Whatever you decide, make sure you try it for a bit first before you buy. No point spending loads of money on it and after one try discovering you absolutely hate it. Im getting a treadmill soon ( when i find someone to carry it up three flights of stairs for me) but that is after i tried running and i actually enjoy it
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Old 27.09.2015, 23:59
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If you've evaluated all sports equipment, then I can't think why you're asking people on this forum? You must have built up a fair bit of knowledge evaluating all that equipment so surely the final decision as to whether people choose one thing or another out of your limited choice is their personal, subjective choice alone?

Others probably don't agree but your initial question comes across a bit like, "Who would win in a fight between a Tiger and a Shark?"
Precisely what I want to know, their personal, subjective choice

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Well obviously that depends on whether or not the shark is in a tornado.
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Whatever you decide, make sure you try it for a bit first before you buy. No point spending loads of money on it and after one try discovering you absolutely hate it. Im getting a treadmill soon ( when i find someone to carry it up three flights of stairs for me) but that is after i tried running and i actually enjoy it
Thanks. Scooters are readily available in sports shops and for the crossie it'll probably take some phonecalls to find out which place has the most selection in stock so that I can make a well-informed choice. You got it right - several hundred (or grand) aren't an amount you spend without having thoroughly checked your potential purchase out. And delivery of fitness machines isn't cheap...
Even if you have an elevator, most likely whatever you purchase won't fit and you (or whoever gets lucky and delivers your treadmill) ends up dragging it up the stairs anyway. Hope you find someone to carry your treadmill soon.
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Old 28.09.2015, 00:44
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Precisely what I want to know, their personal, subjective choice
Okay, my choice is neither of your choices (which isn't what you want to hear but it's because, to me, your choices don't make sense).

And a shark could win against a tiger.
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Old 28.09.2015, 08:48
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Re: What would you choose [sports equipment]?

A trotti (scooter) is not an effective way to exercise in the long term.
Yeah, it'll get you breathing a bit, so reasonably OK for cardio-vascular, but after time you'll have uneven leg muscle development, from one leg having to do more work than the other.

.... and be prepared for a few scuffs and scrapes from falling - it will happen.


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Re: What would you choose [sports equipment]?

Thanks all, made my decision now.
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Old 06.10.2015, 19:19
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Thanks all, made my decision now.
Don't keep us in suspense. Especially after all the helpful advice you received
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