Center - Ellipticals
Wed Jan 02 00:00:00 MST 2013nutritionix Rating:5.0
I had been wanting an under-desk bike for about 2 years for my office at work. I've seen the one in Skymall and was going to get that until I saw this one. Although this is an elliptical and not a bike, I LOVE it! I can do it sitting in my chair if I turn it around backwards (the angle of the pedals works out better this way), or I can do the normal ellipticalling standing up. Quality is solid. It's not a cheap product and is pretty neat in its engineering. The center of gravity is directly underneath you instead of behind as in normal ellipticals. So doing it standing up is surprisingly easy and you stay balanced (no one in my office believed me until they tried it). You won't fall or even feel like you will fall if you're going forward. Going backwards may be a little trickier when standing. The varying resistance is definitely noticeable; much more so whilst sitting than standing. When sitting, I put the resistance over halfway and my legs do start to burn after a few mins. When standing, I have the resistance all the way up and I get more of an aerobic workout than a muscle-building type workout i.e. my legs don't burn per se. Obviously my body weight is greater than the resistance and there are no arm holds to counteract any added resistance, so standing produces an easier workout (in my opinion). The counter keeps track of your time and reps until you clear it, which is a great feature since I will do ~5mins, get up to check the printer, then come back and keep going. The color is awesome (I got the orange one-it's vibrant and the combo on the black looks sharp). It is quiet, you barely hear it. It sounds like a very, very low whoosh (almost like a mini fan is on). So it is not awkward for me that people think I'm ellipticalling nor is it a disruption to my office mates. I think this is a FANTASTIC piece of exercise equipment, especially for the price, and would recommend it to anyone (the avid worker-outer or the beginner). For the more advanced people, I would say this is a good tool to break up the monotonous workday or just to do if you get antsy like I do throughout the work day. I pretty much do it whenever I'm sitting down at my desk or I'll stand and do it when reading some literature, but it isn't my substitute for my daily workout. But I think it would be a great way for non-worker outers to get some exercise during the day and perhaps catalyze a more active lifestyle. And PS, yes, everyone at work teased me at first for having an elliptical at my desk. But I was like forget them because I'll have a better bottom because of this. And now 2 of my office mates are getting this exact one. I just told them they can't have the orange one ;) And last note, the instructions do caution you about picking it up correctly...follow this, please! My husband immediately picked it up incorrectly and pinched his fingers. But this shouldn't deter you from buying this item.
Sat Sep 29 00:00:00 MDT 2012binsky734 Rating:4.0
I ordered this elliptical machine to supplement the Plyometric exercises in P90X2, since I live in an upstairs apartment. What first sold me on the product was the price and the fact it folds up. When living in an apartment space saving is key. The machine arrived mostly assembled. All that was required to put it together was to put the handles on, screw on the ab rest, and slide on the workout meter. The machine weighs around 40lbs, so it's not the easiest thing to haul around, but it folds up and stores nicely in a closet. When using the machine for the first time I was slightly confused, because it's supposed to be an elliptical machine, yet the way it's built the foot pedals only slide back and forth. It took me a while to realize that to produce a running motion you have to essentially start running while keeping your feet planted. While this sounds easy it definitely takes some practice to get the motion down. One major problem with the machine is that the foot pedals have no walls on them at all, so it's quite easy for your foot to move around, and even off the pedal if you aren't careful. I plan to correct this by getting some 2" web straps to hold my feet in place. This machine is not really built for tall people. Being 6'3 the ab rest does not come up to my abs, but rests on my pelvic area which caused somewhat of a bruise the next day. Until I learned to use the machine properly, my knees hit the joints where the foot pedals meet the center post. Not a big deal, although it took about 30 minutes to get the rhythm down. Like other reviews stated, the machine did squeak quite a bit while using it. While the other reviews said they used WD-40, I would not recommend this. WD-40 removes oil and grease, which is what keeps things moving properly. If you want to kill the squeak pick up some 3-in-1 machine oil. The machine does rock side to side when using it. It doesn't seem like it will fall over. What I do plan on doing is to pop off the rubber end caps, get some extra lengths of tubing, and making the feet long enough to prevent the machine from falling over. All in all, it's a good machine. Does what I need it to do. I'm considering making a video review, so I'll post it when I do.
Wed Jan 14 00:00:00 MST 2015Deidre G. Rating:4.0
It works fine and is sturdy. The center lcd clock/activity tracker gets irritating because it falls out and is difficult to click back in. It still works though sometimes I leave it hanging outside of the mount.
Sun Feb 03 00:00:00 MST 2013emfromnm Rating:4.0
I just got this little piece because I wanted something small enough for my tiny place. I was most attracted to the "folding" part of the description so I could store it out of sight but still bring it out easily. This aspect was a disappointment. To fold it up, you have to remove a center pin that doesn't come out very easily and detach both pedals. Realistically, you're not likely to want to fold and reset each time. Having said that, I was happy to find that it was sturdy enough. Doesn't feel like it's going to wobble or fall apart. Not sure how it will work out in the long run since I've only had it a few days. So far, it's doing the job!
They help you lose weight and tone your body, but elliptical trainers do it in a way that is less stressful on the joints than stair climbers and treadmills. If you're looking for a great cardiovascular workout that tones your arms and legs and is easy on your joints, an elliptical trainer , also called an elliptical machine or an elliptical cross trainer, may be the way to go. There is no shortage of choices in home elliptical trainers, from gym-style cross-trainers to mini-steppers. Read More
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