I decided to purchase this elliptical because of the good reviews it got and I was really, really excited about using it during the Boston winters. I bought it in February and now it's April. It worked well for about two months - it was silent, everything looked good except the fact that the calorie counter is 3x your actual calorie loss (if 10,000 steps = 500 calories is the standard, the counter will show that 10,000 steps = 1,500 calories lost). I was able to get in my 10,000 steps a day without bugging my roommates. Three weeks ago, it started making really bad grinding noises and black pieces of plastic(?) started shooting out from the back of it. So I thought, "Okay, it just needs some grease!" Yeah.... no. The grease worked for about 20 minutes. And now I've been taking it apart every 10 minutes to re-grease it, otherwise it's just loud grinding noises. I'm almost afraid it's something else and any minute now, if I step on it, it'll all fall apart. I was told that if you exceed the weight limit (250 lbs), you'll start getting these problems. Problem is I'm half the weight limit. I contacted Stamina Products and I'm still waiting for a real reply. Thank goodness it's spring.
Got my stepper/elliptical the other day. Took a day to get used to the balance. Now I use it 30 minutes a day with 1.5 lb hand weights. I break a sweat and it feels good to use it. I like that I can increase the intensity once I need to. It was super simple to put together. Feels solid and is easy to move around from room to room if I wish. It's very quiet and I usually put on the tv and watch while I step. It's worth the money and keeps me moving. I use it as a supplement to my other workouts. I have a pretty strong core so the balance wasn't much of an issue for me. I can see it being more challenging for others, though. If you keep at it, it's fun.
I bought this product because I wanted a way to stay fit while having to stay indoors a lot because of school. It's easy and fun to use but 10-15 minutes into using it my feet are killing me! They hurt so bad that I have to stop even though I'm not done working out. I thought it was my shoes at first but now after using purchasing more expensive and higher quality shoes I've come to realize that it's just the machine.
I bought this product as an introduction back into exercising. Now that my kids are not babies anymore, I have the time to exercise. This machine lets me exercise in the house until the weather gets better. It is fantastic! It is small and compact, offers enough resistence and provides a good workout. It is so quiet, I can watch tv while I work on it. I use 2 pound weights in my hands for a more full body work out. I have nothing bad to say about this product. It can be used in a forward or backward motion to work different muscles. Using the machine is easy, I don't find a need to hold on to anything. I highly recommend this machine!
As others have mentioned, a smaller elliptical that has a shorter stride length than most. I bought it in Sept. and really started using it in December, 3 mos later. After about 25 hours of use, the stepper no longer had any kind of normal tension and exhibited a stop-start-type of force required, basically rendering it unusable. I was not able to reach the manufacturer, their website is down or non-existent, and nobody answers the phone at Stamina Products. Overstock refused to give me any compensation, even though it was an out-of-box failure, because I had waited 3 months to use and find the problem.
A total rip off and *** down the toilet. I will save my money and buy a real elliptical with a service contract next time.
Doesn't take up a lot of space and is light enough for me to move alone. Smooth motion, but short stride. I've used it consistently for a month now with no problem. Overall, it appears to be exactly what I was looking for - something to keep me off the couch in bad winter weather.
... aaaaaand then it broke. While I was using it for the fourth time it started making terrible grinding noises and smelt like burning rubber. Eventually the pedals stopped moving all together and is now unusable. I'm 100lbs below the weight limit so I know that wasn't the problem and I hadn't even made it to 10,000 steps (my meter reads a little over 8,500) for the few times I used it before it broke. Thankfully the company that makes the machine is sending me a replacement of the main compartment (where all of the gears are and whatnot) but I'm scared it's going to break just as quickly... the lady on the phone didn't sound too shocked when I told her what happened. Fingers crossed I just got a dud though because the machine was wonderful before it broke! Gave me a great workout (40 min./day made me sweat buckets!), didn't hurt my ankles (which is where I have problems from previous injuries), and was extremely quiet (didn't scare my skittish cat in the slightest).
Does this model come with the resistance bands for the upper body work out?autumnlaw on Jan 5, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello autumnlaw, unfortunately upper body resistance bands are not included. If you have any additional questions please feel free to let us know. Thank you for shopping with us!overstockcustomercare1 on Jan 8, 2014
I broke my ankle and now am starting physical therapy would this be ok to regain the motion in my ankle it is stiff I have been on a exercise bike at ptdizzyone on Dec 24, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello dizzyone, thank you for your inquiry! Although, this item is a low-impact, we would recommend that you contact your physical therapist and insure that this item would be good with your physical therapy. I hope this helps. Happy shopping! overstockcustomercare1 on Dec 27, 2013
I want to sent this as a gift....Does this ship in the manufacture's box or in a generic shipping box?spiritjunkie on Dec 24, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello spiritjunkie, this product will ship in the manufactures packaging. If you have any additional questions please feel free to let us know. Thank you for shopping with us! overstockcustomercare1 on Dec 27, 2013
What is the height of the pedal at the top of the stride. I'd like to determine if when using it under a desk if the persons knee will hit the desk.perplexed323 on Dec 14, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello, perplexed323. The pedal at its highest point would be about 12 inches. This should work for use under a desk. Thank you for your question. Have a great day.overstockcustomercare1 on Dec 17, 2013
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