The Mobia treadmill has a couple things going for it. Right off the bat you notice the clean and simple iPod-esque aesthetics from Frog Design. It also has an approach to fitness that could finally help get you in shape.
Let me just preface this by saying that I worked as a personal trainer for years and, for the most part, I steered my clients towards cardio programs that did not involve a lot of high-impact running. The bottom line is this—an effective cardio workout is all about getting your heart rate into the appropriate training zones—and you don't need to run in order to achieve this. That's where Nautilus is coming from with the Mobia.
Mobia strengthens the core, builds endurance and improves balance by combining the movements of the most popular and effective gym equipment: the forward motion of a treadmill, the stepping motion of a stair stepper and the low-impact benefits of an elliptical. This three-in-one motion is possible because Mobia operates with two separate "treadles" that rise to meet the users` feet as they walk. The action of pushing down the gently resistant treadles provides an intense workout with maximum efficiency, while reducing stress on knees and ankles.
So you are walking here—not running. But the stair-stepping and elliptical motion should provide enough of a challenge that even fit users can get a real workout. Of course, it is up to you to decide whether or not walking vs running will keep you motivated—but the $2000 price tag might decide for you. [Mobia and Reuters]