iPod Friendly Elliptical Machine Helps Keep Us Working

iPod Friendly Elliptical Machine Helps Keep Us Working

Sonia Zjawinski
Nov 24, 2008

We've discovered a new incentive to going to the gym. For a while it was cable. Since we refuse to pay for TV that still have commercials, we'd force ourselves to get our booties on the treadmill in order to watch bad MTV reality shows -- hello I <3 New York! -- or slightly better Bravo shows like Project Runway. But then our schedule got a little hectic and we were having a hard time making it to the gym when our shows were on, plus primetime for TV is also primetime at the gym. Oy! So for the past few months we've been hitting the gym when all there is to watch are soaps and that awful Kardashian show. That is not enticing. So not enticing that we've barely been going and the pounds are piling on.

The last time we jumped on the elliptical we noticed that the Y had upgraded their machines with iPod ports. What that means is that you can load songs and video on your iPod, plug it into the machine's cable and access all your content on the machine's touch screen that also shows your workout progress. Well, this helps us a bit...

Remember when we posted about the iPod nano we were going to buy with our credit card points? Well, we bought an iPod Touch instead and with the new ellipticals at the YMCA we've quickly learned how to put the shows we've downloaded onto our little doodad.

Did you know that Quicktime has a cool feature that turns your .avi videos into iPod friendly files? Yup.
Open up your video file in Quicktime and head over to File>Export and choose to have the file exported for the player you have. Then find the new file and upload it to your player. Before we headed over to the gym we loaded up some episodes of 30 Rock. When we got to our machine, which is made by Life Fitness, we simply plugged in our Touch and found the show we wanted to watch via the elliptical's touch screen. It was so cool!

While it doesn't look like Life Fitness has a consumer elliptical with this feature, they do have a treadmill. How nice would it be to have one of these in your basement? You could free up space by having all your TV needs right on the machine! Sorry, are we the only ones who need to be entertained while working out?

photos: soniaz

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