Elliptical Trainers Buyers Guide
These machines have pedals that resolve along an elliptical path, so every stride you make is uniform.
How to choose
To find the machine that is right for you, consider the following attributes:
- Dimensions: Non folding ellipticals are about the size of a small couch, but sizes can vary greatly.
- Many ellipticals can be folded when they are not in use. Conider vertical space, especially if you have low ceilings, because you will be elevated during use.
- Ergonomics: Each elliptical machine has its own elliptical path;some are and flat, like a ski stroke, and others are short and round, like pedaling a bicycle. You should never feel discomfort in your knee or hip joints, and your knees shouldn’t bump the frame or handgrips when you are using an elliptical trainer. The moving handgrips should not force you to lean uncomfortably forward or back, and the stationary grips in front should not be too far to reach or too close for comfort. Close pedal placement is usually more ergonomic, but some people might prefer wider stance.
- Display: A good display will have easy to use controls and will show some combination of hear rate, calories burned, spped, resistance levels, and details such as time and distance.
- Versatility: Chose an elliptical that has a range of resistance that will accommodate your workout needs. Look for machines with programs that allow you to adjust routines based on your fitness level and that have
- heart rate controlled workouts suitable for your age,weight,and gender.
- Warranty: Look for one that provides two to three years coverage on major moving parts and a year on labor.