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Health club members are crowding over a new exercise machine in Saratoga, New York.

The town’s YMCA is one of the 160 gyms nationwide to install Gravity machines. The machine starts with a user laying on a slanted glideboard. The user works the Gravity by pushing with their legs and pulling with their arms, up and down diagonally.

"It's not beating the heck out of your body," said Gravity-user Lori Tynan. "The machine keeps everything smooth."

While it’s unclear how popular the machines will stay, fitness experts agree that the Gravity machine is an excellent addition to any workout.

"We're always looking for ways to make exercise more effective, more fun, less time, more pop for your time," said Brooke Correia of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association.

Gravity's made attraction is that it can offer a range of cardio and strength-training exercises " you can even do Pilates on it " in a short period of time. The track is adjustable so that users can create a steeper incline, making the resistance harder.

"It's very intense," said Joanne Leiser after a 30-minute workout at the Saratoga YMCA. "It's quick and it's cool."

As new studies are showing that people who regularly exercise in high levels are the most successful in losing weight and keeping it off, the new Gravity machine allows for a more intense workout that people can fit into their schedules.

Dr. Deborah F. Tate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and her colleagues believe, "Strategies are needed to help participants maintain high levels of activity over the long-term."

Her studies found that people who maintained high levels of exercise were also eating fewer calories and less fat.

"It is also possible that sustaining the long-term behavior changes that are needed for behaviors such as physical activity will require changes in the larger social and environmental context in which these behaviors occur," she concludes.

With the addition of newer fitness machines, people can stay interested in their workouts and not stray from their exercise regime.

Jon D'Alessio, group fitness director at The Jungle Club in Vero Beach, Fla., said the Gravity machine is a fast, efficient way to provide both personal training or group sessions. To keep the interest of men, he developed exercises that simulate golf swings and kayak paddling.

"It's much more fun than whatever else I've been doing for the last 15 years," he said.

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