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Life Fitness = iPod + Working Out

Makers of commercial grade exercise equipment, Life Fitness wants you to forget about Nike + iPod. They want to make iPod synonymous with working out on their machines.

Life Fitness announced that their new line of equipment would feature built-in iPod integration, allowing exercisers to plug their iPods into the equipment and view play lists or videos on the large equipment LCD screen while working out.

Hopefully by combining entertainment and exercise it will motivate folks to jump on the treadmill who would otherwise be bored by going for a run. Now you'll have the freedom to watch your own media on your individual workout screen wherever you want, and not be stuck watching the gym's TV.

The equipment will also allow you to view and control your play lists from the console, as well as charge your iPod. The new line is expected to be available in March, so get ready. I can't wait to see what it looks like and get all the details - like will I still be able to see my heart rate and watch a movie at the same time?

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