ellipticals with gamesIt can be tough to keep yourself motivated to exercise, but it’s not impossible. A lot of people try out different tactics like building a laptop stand around their treadmill or putting a price on the snooze button so they are more motivated to wake up and be active. Likewise, some people might be motivated to exercise if they can play games while doing it.

Ellipticals are actually one of the better exercise machines for playing games. Because they are designed for you to have your hands on some kind of handle, the handles make for great spots for buttons. This is why games are much more common on ellipticals than they are on treadmills.

Most of the up-to-date treadmills and ellipticals come with iFit Live and even an iPod jack. Do not confuse these with game functionality. Sure, you could probably play a game on your iPod Touch or iPhone with the right iPod jack and holder, but it might be a hard with your hand flipping and flopping all over the place. It definitely wouldn’t make for a very successful game of Angry Birds. A lot of make the assumption that iFit means games. This is not so. iFit is just a collection of workouts that are supposed to help you get the most out of your machine. It’s more like a personal trainer than anything else. iFit Live now includes GoogleMaps so that you can “run anywhere”.

iFit and an iPod jack might not be enough for some of the more competitive athletes. So, for those of you that like to exercise your mind and your body at the same time, I bring to you A List of Ellipticals That Have Games.

1. Pro-Form 20.0 CrossTrainer

The Audio CrossTrainer™ that functions as an audible electronic personal trainer is enough to draw a WOW, but that is only the beginning. It has 2 GameFit™ interactive video games that you can play as you exercise.

Price: $999

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2. Pro-Form 850

Turn exercise time into play time! Play Fat Blocker™ or Calorie Destroyer™ on a large, brightly lit display as you exercise– the harder you work, the easier the game becomes.

Price: 999

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3. Pro-Form iSeries 800

The ProForm® iSeries 800 Elliptical is the perfect combination of performance and entertainment. Your favorite video games have been morphed into interactive fitness tools. Play Fat Blocker™ and Calorie Destroyer™ Games to get more out of your workout; the harder you exercise the easier the games become.

Price: $599

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4. Nordictrack ASR 1000 Elliptical

The NordicTrack ASR 1000 elliptical gives you legendary NordicTrack quality with the most advanced features to improve your workout. To help you stay motivated the ASR 1000 Elliptical has 4 touch screen video games, a universal iPod® dock and iFit® Workout Card technology to give you workout programs created by Certified Personal Trainers.

Price: $699

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5. Nordictrack ASR 700 Elliptical

The NordicTrack ASR 700 Elliptical is designed to make your workouts more enjoyable. We’ve added features like Game & Train™ Interactive video games that change difficulty based on your workout speed.

Price: $599

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Exercise Bike with Games

I know this post is about ellipticals, but if you prefer exercise bikes over ellipticals and want to play games on your bike, you can checkout the ZX2 Upright Bike by Pro-Form.

Interactive fitness tools offer a total-body workout with the Proform ZX2 Upright Exercise Bike. Designed with GameFit™ fitness games, the ZX2 allows you to play Fat Blocker™ and Calorie Destroyer™ while you exercise; the harder you work, the easier the game becomes!

And there’s my list of Ellipticals with games. There are many other exercise machines out there that allow you to play games like Fat Blocker but these are some of the nicer ones that I have seen.

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Written by Nate Armstrong