I'm on a mission to ride my stationary bike every day for one year. That year is up in August, and when I had to go out of town for a few days, I had a dilemma because I didn't want to be so close to my goal and blow it because I didn't have access to my bike. Then I found the Stamina InMotion Elliptical for under $100 and my problem was solved. In the hotel, I used it mostly as a stationary bike while sitting in a chair, but I also alternated that by standing and using it as an elliptical machine. I can't ride an elliptical for long, but boy do I work up a sweat and breathing hard in just a few minutes. When I used it as a stationary bike, I made sure I pumped my legs as fast as I could for short bursts of cross-training. My one complaint about this equipment is the difficulty in getting the pedals to move when I'm seated. I have to start manually pushing with my hand to get it going; that could be me and not the machine's fault. Overall, it's an attractive piece of equipment and everyone who's seen it says the same thing. It seems to be built sturdy and I think I'll have it for as long as I want it.
I had a limited budget and researched ellipticals for a month before buying this one. Money and stride length were my two biggest factors in selectin an elliptical. I'm a tall girl (5'10") and this was actually the only elliptical I could find with a decent stride length. I read you should not purchase less than 18" stride length if you were over 5'9". I bought this at Overstock to avoid paying for shipping and tax, so it cost $***. My fiancé and I put it together in 2 hours. Directions seemed intimidating at first but they turned out to be fairly simple to follow. I have been using the elliptical daily for a week now. I can already tell I need to tighten up some screws, but other than that I have no complaints. The resistance goes up to level 24, and I max it out daily. I'm sweating buckets so that's good :) Love the smartphone app feature to track my workouts. I also use myfitnesspal to log food intake. I'm not convinced that he built-in calorie tracker on the elliptical is accurate, because the heart rate monitor is way off about half of the time, but a simple fix would be to buy your own heart monitor and wear it while you workout.
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