One of the most popular machines in the gym is the elliptical trainer— it provides a low-impact cardio workout that protects your joints and it’s one of the favorites when people want a good cardio workout without a lot of pounding on the joints. Buying one can be confusing since there are a lot of things to consider, so let us help you narrow it down.
What's Your Budget?
The most important factor in buying equipment is money. As a rule, you should spend as much as you can. If you only have a couple hundred dollars, is it worth it to buy the cheaper models? That depends. You can certainly find inexpensive models at discount department stores and they may work okay, but they won't always last and they may not be as sturdy as higher quality models.
Must Have Features
Features you want to look at include:
• Stride Length. Some only offer 14" which would be too short for average-sized people so look for about 21".
• Adjustable incline. This isn't necessary, but being able to adjust the ramps can add intensity to your workouts.
• Smooth Motion. Make sure the pedals move smoothly and quietly - it shouldn't feel jerky.
• Upper Body Option. You don't need arm handles, but it's a nice option for more intensity.
• The Quiet Factor. You don't want your workout to sound like a freight train.
• Adjustable resistance. Make sure you have a broad range of resistance for maximum benefits.
To keep your workout both safe and effective, make sure your elliptical trainer offers warm-up and cool-down periods, handrails that provide balance but don't get in the way, an easy-to-read console and, possibly, a heart rate monitor so you know how hard you're working. Also, look for a maintenance-free elliptical trainer and a good warranty just in case something happens.
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