America's Healthiest Fitness Buys 2009

We tested workout gear from gadgets to running shoes to gym bags. Here are the best.

Best treadmill: Lifespan TR4000i ($1,999)
The innovative console on this treadmill offers an interactive USB feature that automatically transfers information to and from your computer to track progress and download new programs. A built-in Intelli-Step system counts every smooth, cushioned step, while contact pulse grips monitor your ticker. Plus, it comes with an excellent 5-year warranty, and folds up for easy storage.
Best elliptical: AFG 18.0 AXT Ascent Trainer ($2,299)
Smooth and quiet, this sturdy elliptical offers an extended incline range that allows for impressive stride variation and natural-feeling walks and runs. The iPod dock with controls on the console and wireless heart rate monitor with chest strap help you get even more out of your workout—whether you use one of the 10 pre-programmed options or make up your own.
Best stationary bike: Diamondback Fitness 900 Sr ($799)
This bike gives you a big bang for your buck. Besides its great performance, our Equipment judge loved the step-through design (no bulky base to step over), adjustable mesh seat with lumbar support, large display numbers, built-in fan, and a place to plug in your MP3.
Best weight system: Torque Fitness F7 Fold Away Strength Trainer ($3,598 with bench/$3,199 without)
This sleek, space-conscious gym folds into itself and is set up so the exercises mimic the way your body moves in everyday motions like bending and twisting, lifting and rotating. Get a customized workout program by going online to Torques web site.
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Taylor Dahl, Jacquelyne Froeber, and Josh Rutledge
Last Updated: June 22, 2009

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