I was skeptical about paying for such a large item. I am please to report that this machine is better than I expected, especially for the price! The reviews from others definitely helped me to choose this particular model. Here are some of my favorite features of this item: ** it is fairly easy to put together! My husband had brain surgery recently and could not lift, but I was able to easily assemble most of this with the provided tools. ** the resistance levels are amazing. ** the preset workouts are great. ** the stride is nice for a home unit. ** It is large, but moveable if necessary. There are a few "negatives," but not enough to impact my rating. -on certain resistance settings, there is a mild click. -when I assembled the surrounds on the base of the arm bars and the back of the pedal pieces, I had to use a "better screwdriver." The one that came with it just wasn't cutting it. Again, that's pretty much it, so the negatives aren't really that big of a deal. My kids love it, I love it. Make sure you have the space - read the dimensions! The photo is a fairly accurate representation for the size. Heart rate works best when you're standing still, however, I'm far more interested in the length of time spent on the machine and the distance ran on the elliptical. I never trust the calorie calculations and don't bother with calories, as I primarily eat a whole food diet, therefore counting calories is ultimately irrelevant (calories in/out is a farce, in my opinion...that is opening up the opportunity to consume packaged, processed foods...stepping off my high horse now HA!). If you're contemplating this item, please know that you're getting an amazing item for the money! If you're trying to compare this to a $1000 elliptical, you're comparing apples to oranges. This is affordable, relatively compact (comparing to my brother's super fancy $2000 machine, again, apples to oranges), reliable, gives you a good workout, and assembles easily.
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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