Everything You Need to Know About Purchasing Elliptical Trainers
Elliptical Trainers are a fairly new way to workout compared to other exercise equipment (the treadmill is over 100 years old!). Some people thinking of buying an elliptical don't know where to start. They don't know what the benefits are, or anything about the companies that make them. I'm going to explain of few of the ins and outs of elliptical trainers in this article.
Unfortunately, like many consumer and exercise products on the market, you pretty much get what you pay for with ellipticals. There is no Toyota Corolla of the elliptical world. If you want an elliptical that is going to work great for a long time, expect to pay at least $1,000, unless you find a great sale somewhere. If you go with an elliptical that costs under $1,000, you're taking a slight risk. These cheaper models are usually noisier, break down more frequently, and can't support as much weight, making them potentially dangerous. If you go with a better model like I'm recommending, they're usually super quiet, easy to use, and come with a ton of great features (such as mp3 ports, built-in speakers, built-in workouts, customizable workout plans, magnetic resistance, power incline, heavy duty flywheels, etc).
If you are tight on money, and absolutely cannot spend over $1000, make sure that whatever model you choose comes with a great guarantee. NordicTrack is known for having the best warranties on frames with a lifetime frame warranty. NordicTrack also gives you a one-year warranty on parts and labor. If you think having a longer parts and labor warranty is more essential, some companies offer them up to 10 years. Either way, I would definitely recommend paying a little to extend your warranty, you'll thank yourself later.
Make sure before you consider any elliptical trainer, that you test out the model, or at least the make of the elliptical you're considering before your purchase. Go to your local gym or YMCA and see if they have what you're looking for. While testing them out, make sure you take note of which features give you the most comfortable and effective workout. Make sure you know the stride length, handlebar and foot holder placement, heart-rate monitor method, flywheel weight, etc. Knowing what specs you enjoy using the most will help you immensely in the purchasing of your new elliptical.
Last but not least, read other elliptical trainer reviews and testimonials of other customers. This will by far be the most important information that you can gather about any exercise equipment. 1,000 people telling you that a certain elliptical is 4.5/5 stars, is a more reliable source what any one dealer tells you. Good luck finding the elliptical that fits your needs!