I was a little hesitant to purchase this product at first. I thought it would be hard to use. I was able to keep my balance easily and enjoy using this machine. I use it for about 15 minutes in the morning for cardio and then I do my exercises. My treadmill is in the basement and it is too heavy to bring upstairs. I wanted a way to exercise in the winter and this is portable. I like that I can adjust the tension on it.
Overall am pleased. You can create your own workout by adjusting the tension and your pace. I use this along with my treadmill for a great combined workout.
A little hard to put together but one person can use it. Tension had to be adjusted a few times to get it to work right but good price for the machine. Had considered buying used one but then would have to haul to my house. For a few dollars more, bought this brand new one with shipping included.
I have been using this product for about 5 weeks now. I use it at work, both sitting and standing. I have a fairly inexpensive adjustable standing desk add-on unit from Monoprice that sits on top of a regular desk. I can raise it to standing mode or lower it back down for sitting mode. If you are looking for an affordable way to turn your office into a place to exercise, the combination of the Compact Strider and a standing desk converter is a good way to go. My preferred configuration is standing up and pedaling on the Strider almost non-stop throughout the day. I was shocked at how quickly I took to this, because I'm traditionally lazy and hate exercise. At the same time, though, I was becoming conscious of how sedentary I was at work all day. Standing up and exercising on the Strider not only burns calories, it keeps the blood flowing to my brain and makes me sharper and more productive. I just feel better and I have more fun. And I don't have to go anywhere or do anything special to get some exercise! Perfect! I am about 6'2" and over 200 lbs. and I have had no issues with the construction of the Compact Strider even when standing on it most of the day. It feels extremely well-built. It did start to get squeaky after a couple of weeks, but I was able to remedy that by slightly loosening or tightening a bolt on one of the wheels using the included tools. Some days, I'm just not feeling the standing configuration, like when I had a cold one week. It is great to be able to sit down and pedal, keep my blood flowing and not feel like a lump. I have long legs so it's a little tricky to get myself positioned so that I'm not banging my knees into the edge of the desk, but it works. I love this thing and I feel like it was a bargain. I plan to get another one for my apartment to use during binge watching sessions!
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