Elliptical Trainer

My Elliptical

My Elliptical - An elliptical trainer experience

Things To Consider Before Purchasing Exercise Equipment

I debated for quite a long time over purchasing an exercise machine in order to jump start my fitness routines for 2012. Now that 2013 is upon us, I feel confident to share my experience with my elliptical machine. Hopefully this information is helpful for those considering a similar purchase.

Buying an elliptical trainer or a treadmill is not a decision that should be taken lightly. There are many factors to consider. For me, price was a big factor as I did not have a very big budget for this but felt that it was something I needed. Also, quality of the machine should be considered as well since you want it to last and not require service any time soon. My solution to this was, like the majority of my purchases, to go with the middle road. That is, not too expensive but choose a product of good quality.

Determining mid-range pricing is straight-forward enough if you've visited any website selling the product you want. I would not recommend buying the cheapest model as it will feel unsteady and likely wobble when you use it. It is also more likely to make a lot of noise. Instead, I had a look at the most expensive machines and worked my way down until I found one I could afford. For the quality of a product I relied on consumer reviews which I read on several different websites that sell the product. Once I found the one I wanted, I researched shipping costs as well. I found the model that I wanted online but did not want to pay the $100 shipping fee so I contacted my local retailer and found the same product with free shipping. Unfortunately, the price was almost double but lucky for me, they were willing to price match. It is worth it to ask these questions as you may end up with a better deal.

Space is also important and, frustratingly enough, one that I did not really give too much thought. Sure, I read the product dimensions but I did not actually measure and map out my space to see exactly where and how the machine would fit. It is much larger than it appears so it would be wise to take a minute to measure the room or area where you are planning to put your new machine.

Now that I have managed to squeeze my machine into the spot where I want it and have used it routinely for almost a year now, I can say that I am very satisfied with my decision to buy an elliptical trainer. Here are some reasons why;

  1. The motion feels like running and it combines both a lower and upper body workout.
  2. heavy fly-wheel means it is steady and runs very smoothly.
  3. It is quiet (the fan is actually louder than the noise of the machine).
  4. I can adjust the resistance (how hard you have to push on the pedals) which makes for a more challenging workout.
  5. I can adjust the height of the ramp. This can feel like walking up a slope, hill or stair-climbing depending on the degree of incline.
  6. It is low-impact. This is great if the impact of running is too much for you (as it is for me). This also eliminates the 'shin splints' that often accompany speed walking.

The model I use also has a built-in fan which I would recommend. It also has speakers for an mp3 or other player - but I use my headphones instead. Finally, it is capable of connecting to the internet and storing my workout stats and data online - this is helpful if you like to review your performance over time and perhaps do 'virtual workouts' on trails that can be downloaded to your machine.

Hopefully you will consider my experience with the purchase, and use, of an elliptical trainer before you buy any kind of exercise equipment to help you conquer that New Year's Resolution.