I had been looking at ellipticals for a LONG time trying to figure out which one to get that wouldn't kill my bank acct and was originally going to get a golds gym one but found this for half the price and figured I'd give it a shot since it had decent reviews and I got the 2 yr warranty for it as well. It arrived in 2 days and the box it came in wasn't horribly big like I had been imagining. It took two hrs to put together but that's only cuz i struggled to put the main handle bar/frame togegether and then also screwing the leg bars to the.... crank shaft I guess you would call it was rather difficult but then I also refused to ask for help! I was able to put it together on my own which I'm rather proud to say since I'm a girl but it was also fairly easy. I am BEYOND happy with my purchase! It's super super quiet and is totally kicking my butt, I thought the resistance was a joke (at lvl 8) at first but the second day I was so sore I could barely walk... guess I pushed to hard for my first attempt lol. It harly takes up any room and has really smooth movement. It did start to squeek recently but I discovered the bolts had gotten really loose and once I tightened them up it was perfect and quiet again so just keep an eye on that. Not sure how accurate the monitor is but it is helpful and motivating to have at least an idea of how fast I'm going, for how long, and stuff like that. If I had to name any down sides I'd have to say the stride is a little short until you get use to it (I'm 5ft tall) and maybe a water bottle holder would be nice but it's not a huge deal. Overall I'm super happy with it, you really can't beat the price and the quality is really good.
Bought this a year ago. I've lost so much weight on this thing. My only complaints would be there's nowhere to place a water bottle or a book, and the female end of the base assembly was dented to the point I couldn't get it assembled without heating the metal & whacking it with a hammer a few times. However, the preset options and overall operation made the initial headaches worth it. A moderate 15-minute working on this is equivalent to several hours on my old elliptical (about 600 calories). I highly recommend this product.
Overall a good elliptical for the price. Easy to put together but the instruction booklet was a bit confusing at times. I think this was due to the fact that the machine was shipped partially assembled so when I was going through the instructions it was taking me through steps that had already been done. This elliptical is very quiet and the speakers for your iPod, etc. are pretty decent. The display is easy to use and understand and will retain your user information even after you unplug it. I do wish it came with a bottle holder to be able to keep a water bottle handy. I wouldn't recommend it for really tall people or if you have a long stride. I am 5'6 and weigh 185 lbs and its perfect for me.
I was VERY cautious about the purchase of this product. The last thing on EARTH I want is some dusty piece of exercise equipment cluttering up my limited space. We've all seen the Soloflex clothes pony or the abandoned Gazelle and none of us ever wanna be that girl. So I waited and i researched online and I STILL wondered. I live between two cities one of which is New Orleans and its sub-saharan weather more than half the year and everything is wrapped in bacon and butter so either i was gonna REALLY figure my exercise **** out or become fat. This was easy to assemble and tho no its not better than a *** machine at the gym its a **** lot better than anything you can do a small city apartment - I like to place it near a wall for stability or near a high shelf so that i have access to a water bottle and the TV remote - but its been three months and I LOVE it and the workout is great. I have worked my way up to 60 mins of cardio every day and experiment with the tension. In fact, I did the unthinkable and purchased a second one for our place in California where I don't have the weather excuse but I do get busy. So everynight when I can't look at the computer another second, I know I'm gonna go watch an hour or so of television. The question is will I do the usual thing and sit my fat **** on the chair (and probably lay out some sort of snack making it even worse) or will I do the right thing and step on this machine? If this machine doesn't give you the easiest option to the right choice then it's on you.
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