How to Buy
Ellipticals are quickly eclipsing treadmills
and exercise bikes as the most popular type of home
equipment. It is
becoming the go-to piece of cardio exercise equipment, and it's
easy to see why. Not
only do you get a high-quality cardiovascular workout, but the
stress and impact on your muscles and joints is
order to select the perfect elliptical for your home, you
have to know what makes a good elliptical
what we'll discuss in this article.
First, value. This means that you get far more
than what you pay for.
Notice I didn't say price. It's one thing to get the
cheapest buy. However,
the cheapest buy often means that you sacrifice comfort, the
lifespan of the machine and even the effectiveness of the
workout. Usually when
people try to cut corners with ellipticals they end up spending
more -- because they actually never use the
With that said, there are some low cost options
that actually deliver results. I have found high-quality
ellipticals for around $200. Compare that to a
treadmill. For the
same quality, you'd have to expect to pay around $1500 for a
treadmill, and around $500 for a stationary bike.
Of course, there are higher end options for the
ellipticals as well.
Generally they only offer extra bells and
whistles. As far
as construction and quality of workout goes, it remains
consistent across the board.
It's important to also evaluate the comfort and
adjustability of the elliptical before purchasing
it. The fact is
most ellipticals don't offer much in the area of
adjustability, unless you go with higher-end
the most important feature to evaluate is the length of
stride you will get with the model. In general, most people
find that the longer the stride length the more comfortable
and effective the machine.
Finally, it's important to consider the type of
resistance the elliptical will offer you. This will either make or break
Typically elliptical trainers provide adjustable tension or
friction to increase the difficulty and resistance in the
resistance is perhaps the best option, because it tends to be more
durable and operates silently.
One more thing -- it is probably a good idea to
buy an elliptical trainer that comes with a heart rate
monitor. A good
elliptical machine will have a pulse grip sensor on its
provided for the most popular Ellipticals in the Shwinn and
Nautilus fitness lines.