All of us are conscious of getting into a fitness slump at some point or another. But if you’ve already been doing the same workout it’s time to switch it up a bit.

Fortunately for you, the treadmill and elliptical are not the only cardio equipment out there. . In fact, there are quite a few cardio machines and fitness tools gathering dust in fitness centers that offer a work out as intense as running.

Rowing Machine

Here are seven ways to shake your slim-down.

A rower is a kick-butt cardio machine that mimics the motion of rowing across water.

If you need to shed a few pounds, this is the machine for you. Not only does this piece of cardio equipment burn serious calories, but it also strengthens each major muscle group except for your pecs.

You can burn 600 calories an hour or more with the rowing machine–that’s comparable to conducting


This is 1 piece of equipment that shouldn’t be put in the corner. Not familiar with the name? With a versa climber, you stand vertical and you use your arms and legs to simulate climbing. It is a total-body exercise because you have to use your body to pull against gravity.

The great part about it is that it is functional, a bit difficult at times and can help you burn off more calories than an elliptical or treadmill any day, as long as you put in the work.

The Cable Machine

The cable machine is one of the most overlooked pieces of gear at the gym because exercisers often don’t understand how to utilize it. All they should learn is the way to place the cables and they can do a full-body workout working with this machine alone. If you want to develop great abs and burn off love handles, use this machine to do wood-chop exercises.”

Away from wood chops, you can do chest presses, lat pull downs, rows, squats, military presses and deadlifts using cables. Not sure how to get started? Ask a trainer at your gym to show you the principles.

Ski Machines

If you have ever spent an afternoon gliding via a snow-covered forest, you already know that cross-country ski is an amazing fat-burner.

Also called skiers or cross-country Trainers, rowing machines can burn off between 400 to 600 calories an hour, generally based on your level of exertion.

These machines work the upper and lower body, while keeping your body aligned the right way for the best outcomes.


There’s an exceptional reason walking up a few flights of stairs can leave you a bit tire –it’s a killer exercise. Especially if these stairs not seem to finish, as they do about the StepMill, a cardio machine that has a short staircase that looks climbing real stairs.

More then anything, it really operates the butt and gets your heart rate up, also it’s easy on your joints, noting that you can burn off somewhere between 500 and 700-plus calories an hour.