Motion Fitness - Cardio Equipment
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Thu Apr 22 00:00:00 MDT 2010donna1975 Rating:3.0
I was disappointed in the range of motion with the mini stepper. The higher the resistance the broader the range, but at lower resistance levels there is none to speak of. Also, the calorie counter did not work and did not come with any instructions. I was overall disappointed with my purchase.
Thu Aug 04 00:00:00 MDT 2011vartip1 Rating:4.0
I actually bought this product from a different place, but for much higher price, so I am replacing it with this one. The product came in a box that was all taped on the outside with a clear tape - it looked like it was open before, although the sales associate assured me that it was not…. The machine was packed properly and neatly. All included accessories were there and also packed properly. As I was setting it up, I noticed that one of the stretch bands was all muffled – almost like a dog chewed on it. Then the two stretch bands were different in length, which made it kind a difficult in the beginning to balance it, but then I got use to it. Other than that, the product is very compact, small, but sturdy. The rubber on the pedals make it a pleasure to be on, but you have to wear snickers or running shoes (as noted in the manual), otherwise it will hurt your toes. The pedals are also well tightened, so they provide you with a good push pressure, which we all know – makes you burn calories effectively. Yes, you break a sweat after only about 20 – 30 pushes ( and it is difficult for me to break a sweat….). The bands are great way to keep a balance while you are exercising your upper body. Not sure how effective it will be to burn belly fat since there is no side motion on this model, but definitely felt well toned, after only about 100 pushes. This is really my very first exercise machine ever, so I can’t compare it to no other one, but keeping in mind that I am very, very lazy when it comes to exercises, this is the perfect “no more excuses to not exercise!” for me. Even if it just get me to start liking exercising, it is still worth the money. I would definitely recommend it to people like me and also those who do not have the space for a treadmill in the house. Overall – good product.
Tue May 24 00:00:00 MDT 2011innova Rating:4.0
I think I'm pretty good at assembling things, this wasn't difficult, but I think the instructions leave a little to be desired. Took about a half hour to unpack and put together... and I had two screws left over. But it seems to be put together well! I really like that this has oar-like handles rather than the typical pull bar. Because I have short legs, I often take my feet out of the foot pedals and put them on the floor for better range of motion. I like to use it while I watch a daily tv show, that way I'm not just flaking on the sofa. It would be nice if it rolled to be put away, but it's not to heavy or cumbersome to pick up and stow.
Sat Nov 06 00:00:00 MDT 2010whitedkl1953 Rating:5.0
It seems to be heavy duty.... easy to put together.... hope it helps me accomplish what I need.... time will tell..... however the motion is smooth... so I like it
Sat Jan 30 00:00:00 MST 2010elly82 Rating:4.0
I like that this product is small enough to hide away when I am not using it. It does give a decent workout when I can't get out of the house. I like the twist motion, I feel it makes for less soreness the next day! However I was disappointed that the directions say each workout should be a max of 10 min. After my first use I realized it was because the pistons heat up so much from use. So I have to keep myself busy with some other excersise for about 15-20 min for it to cool and use again! Everything considered I am happy with the purchase.
Sat Jun 21 00:00:00 MDT 2008ddinoregon Rating:1.0
Product appeared quite similar to one I'd tried at a campground rec room, so I was hopeful it would be useful to keep up regular minimum cardio workouts while traveling and the reviews on the Overstock website sounded generally positive and promising. Unfortunately, I totally regret this purchase. The biggest disappointment is that the stepping action is only smooth within a very short range of motion. Also. as the pistons warm up, the smell is, well, very irritating even in a room with lots of ventilation. I've given the effort over three weeks to see if these problems might smooth out with use but, no---A Bad Buy!
Thu Apr 08 00:00:00 MDT 2010crenfro Rating:2.0
not as smooth as I had expected. I have used eliptical machines at a local gym and the motion was much smoother. The levels are not what I expected also.
Tue Jan 14 00:00:00 MST 2014sfmod Rating:5.0
I have a small urban apartment and this little machine sits perfectly behind a lounge chair in my combined living / dining room space. I am a runner, and recognized right off that this machine would not replace or replicate the benefits from running. But on those weekends when I just don't feel like going out -- or evenings when it's dark out and I just want to stay in -- I jump on this little machine and can easily exercise my legs for hours at a time (it's all about staying mobile, right?!). The machine is stable enough that I can read articles while using it, watch tv, or talk on the phone. Like I said, it's not a cardio replacement, but a great reminder to keep moving. I initially bought one of these machines for my mother, who is 81. She uses it while sitting and watching tv. From what I've heard, she is really enjoying this gadget. At 81, any mobility is good mobility, I suppose. So I was very happy to find something she can have in the house without taking up too much space and not difficult to use. I'm very happy I found this thing!
Wed Mar 24 00:00:00 MDT 2010clintkukla Rating:1.0
I didn't like this machine. The motion hurts my knees.
Wed Sep 26 00:00:00 MDT 2012tomg41 Rating:3.0
It was fairly easy to assemble and seems solid. The electronics are very simple, but seem to do what is promised. Adjustment of the resistance seems to work well enough. However, when adjusted to the maximum separation between the seat and the peddles, I am far from being able to straighten my legs at the farthest point of peddle motion. I have an inseam of 29 inches, which is pretty short, so this indicates that it will have the same problem for most adults. The result is a cramped situation when using the bike.
Mon Mar 17 00:00:00 MDT 2008gogowo Rating:4.0
Great piece of equipment. It can be moved easily so you can use it anywhere. I had knee surgery, so this should help get motion back.
Wed Mar 03 00:00:00 MST 2010lmoil Rating:5.0
This mini peddler is the best one I have used. It seems more powerful and smoother. I have arthritis and need the exercise. I would definatly recommend it. It wouldn't give you a physical workout but for someone who need motion in their arms and legs it's great!
Sun Mar 22 00:00:00 MDT 2009outdoorjunkie Rating:5.0
overall i really like this for the solid construction and the variable resistance which gets you a good sweat within 5 to 10 minutes. The foot position is very comfortable and easy to get used to and get a good smooth motion. The only small draw back is the bands are not adjustable for a persons height. I just tied a knot and made them shorter for me. I also like that it very compact for a cardio piece of equipment. I would recommend this product
Wed Jan 04 00:00:00 MST 2012ashleeh Rating:5.0
I was a little skeptical buying this at first- I hate online shopping, but went for it anyways. I wanted something small I can use at the office when I'm basically sitting doing nothing at my desk all day. This is PERFECT. It is small enough to slide under your desk but strong enough to give you a decent cardio workout in. Within the first 10 minutes I was already breaking a sweat and got my heart rate up. The set up only took about a minute. Literally you just put a battery (that is included) in the timer and calorie counter, slide that onto the machine, and hook the cable around the wheel and if you want, hook up the resistance bands and you're ready to go. The resistance bands are a little long for me-but I'm 5'2'' so I just wraps them around my hands a few times and they were at the resistance I needed them to be. The "twist" part was what I was confused about-but it's basically like you're stepping out to the side instead of straight up and down. Like you're rollerblading but with a much smaller range of motion. I like it better than the basic up and down movement because I feel it works out my muscles, especially my butt better than other machines do. I'm already feeling a burn. As far as the level of resistance you can get out of the machine- it's definitely not what you get out of a larger machine from the gym. (It would be perfect for people who are just beginning a workout regimen, people who are not advanced athletes or for someone who just wants something quick to do except sit all day.) There is a knob that you tightly twist to increase the resistance, but at even the tightest it's more like running in really heavy sand; but again, some exercise is better than no exercise and I think anything that can get your heart pumping is worth the investment. It says the machine is only for use in increments of 10-15 minutes at a time so I wouldn't recommend this to replace your normal gym or running routine, but if you're looking for a great workout during your spare time and don't have a ton of space it's wonderful. I'm thinking I would be able to use this at least 3-4 times a day when I get a few minutes downtime at work and it will greatly help aid my weight loss goals. According to the timer, I was able to burn almost 100 calories in 10 minutes. SO EASY! That was 10 minutes I would have been using to check my e-mail or talk in the kitchen while snacking and instead burnt some calories. I would absolutely recommend this product. It was inexpensive with great quality. You won't wish you didn't do it.
Tue May 24 00:00:00 MDT 2011lynnjamin Rating:5.0
I purchased this machine a couple of weeks ago and have been using it regularly ever since. It works great, the motion is very natural, and it was super-easy to set up. I'm not a fan of the rubber bands because they're a bit too loose, but I'm using hand weights for the same effect. The machine does squeak a bit, nothing a little lubricant won't fix. Overall, it's very sturdy, and small enough to put away in a corner when I'm not using it. It's perfect for my needs--I'm busy and don't have the time or money to go to a gym, but I want to be able to get a good cardio workout. This way, I can work out at home any time I feel like it. I would definitely recommend, as it's a good quality machine for the price.
Mon Nov 02 00:00:00 MST 2009kimvithaca Rating:4.0
I got this after reading the other reviews. It just came today and I had it out of the package and ready to go in about 15 minutes. You have to REALLY tighten the bolts or else it isn't secure. The directions that came with it were useless, but it was really self explanatory. The computer works fine for me, but it is not fancy by any means. I think a nice pedometer has better functions. It is easy to hop on and go and it does not take up much space (maybe 2' x 3' on the floor?) It did not come with any tips or tricks, and after one workout I was unable to get anywhere close to aerobic level. But it was easy and fun, and following another reviewer's tips I was able to do some push-up motions that were good for my arms. I'm not thrilled with the placement of the padded abdomen thing, which is why this is 4 and not 5 stars. It feels awkward and I think this is why I can't quite get it moving up to an aerobic level. I'm definitely going to keep this though. It was a great price, easy to assemble, works well, and seems sturdy enough.
Sun May 16 00:00:00 MDT 2010rachel0628 Rating:4.0
I have been using the stepper for a month now and am happy with the purchase. I bought it because I wanted a small piece of equipment that I could use at home and that wouldn't take me forever to assemble. The stepper does not take up much space and can be easily hidden in my walk-in closet if we have company. Assembly was not difficult and all parts were included. I use it in the living room while watching TV at night. It's sturdy and you can get a good cardio work out with it. The twist motion provides some extra toning for your legs/hips. I like having the handle bar for stability. It does squeak a little--but WD40 fixed that. It is fairly quiet and has not been a problem. The only negative is that the monitor on the handle bar does not work. I had read reviews stating this before I purchased, so was not expecting it to. Don't buy it if the monitor/calorie counter is important to you. For the price, it is a good purchase.
Thu Oct 22 00:00:00 MDT 2009button81 Rating:4.0
Easy to assemble and light weight. One of the paddles sqeak when in motion but for the price who can complain?4out of 5 stars
Thu Nov 10 00:00:00 MST 2011piratehunter Rating:1.0
This "trainer" is incredibly painful to use because it doesn't allow you to bend your knees. It would be impossible to use this for more than 20 minutes without suffering serious discomfort. The restricted range of motions disallows any real exercise and working of the leg muscles. This is NOT an elliptical. This is a cheap, uncomfortable machine that had to be returned at MY expense for almost half of it's total cost. Do NOT purchase.
Tue Apr 30 00:00:00 MDT 2013jdoby Rating:4.0
Other than a dead battery for the counter, the machine seems sturdy but I haven't had it long enough to know if the thing will stay in working order or will break like in some other reviews I have read. I've only had it a month.
Mon Dec 01 00:00:00 MST 2008alabamaliquidsnake Rating:1.0
This item worked fine for the first 2 weeks, although the maximum resistance setting was rather weak in my opinion. The bike soon developed a tension problem, however... something inside the pedaling contraption started producing an uneven scraping which can be heard and felt. This makes it too loud to use without disturbing anyone in the room, and it also disrupts the exercise by grinding away the fluidity of motion. I'm pretty frustrated at this point... I didn't expect it to be a fantastic piece of equipment but I had hoped I'd get more than 2 weeks out of it.
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