Is This Bizarre Treadmill-Bike Hybrid Really Better Than Regular Walking or Biking?

An expert chimes in on the 'world's first walking bike.'

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Ever had the urge to use a treadmill outdoors? If you just excitedly nodded "yes," we will do our best not to judge you (ever heard of hiking?) as we tell you the good news: Your wish has been granted. Lopifit, the "world's first electric walking bike," was created to do just that. Except instead of just dragging your treadmill out onto your driveway, this one goes cross-country and has a motor that allows you to "walk four times faster" than usual.

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Intrigued? So were we. The strange treadmill-bicycle hybrid sells for a whopping $2,119, and Lopifit claims the design is not only a new healthy way to exercise, but is also good for the environment. All you have to do is start walking on the treadmill and the motor will propel the bike forward. But is this new invention really better than, you know, riding a regular bike or going for a regular walk?

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We asked Ken Szekretar Jr, certified running and triathlon coach and personal trainer at New York Sports Club, and he was so fascinated by Lopifit he watched the video above four times. But don't cancel all your cycling classes just yet.

"It certainly seems to be an interesting alternative to regular bicycling," Szekretar says. "So perhaps if you're not able to cycle for one reason or another — perhaps an injury or disability — this could be beneficial."

It might be a quicker way to get around than traditional walking, but Szekretar notes that it's probably not going to get your heart rate up.

"If you're a walker looking for a faster way to get around, this is a good option. However, I don't think it increases caloric expenditure or is necessarily good for those looking to get in a solid workout," he adds.

So unless you have an extra two grand lying around, you might want to just walk (not roll-walk... or is it walk-roll?) on by.

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