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Style points

It's probably not necessary to say this in image-obsessed L.A., but looks count — and that extends to fitness equipment.

Therese Iknoian, co-publisher of GearTrends, a fitness trade magazine, says that women purchase or influence the purchase of 80% of fitness equipment — and they demand products that look good. Accordingly, manufacturers and retailers of strength and aerobic machines are discovering that style sells, often at a premium. After all, with home gyms out of the garage and into the bonus rooms, the machines best be easy on the eyes.

Here's four high-end beauties that deliver a world-class workout, taking the art of exercise to new levels. (See photos.)

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