Features To Decide On When Buying an Elliptical
Yesterday we gave you the run down on how to get the most from your elliptical workout, and now you’ve seen what a great workout an elliptical can give you! So now you are eager to buy your very own elliptical to get this great workout everyday in the comfort of your own home, but before you make your purchase let’s first go over exactly what features you should be looking for when purchasing your elliptical.
Elliptical trainers are one of the most popular cardio machines around, along with treadmills, so it’s no wonder you’ve chosen an elliptical trainer for your exercise equipment purchase. Yet with all the different bells and whistles of every elliptical, it’s no wonder one would get confused.
Ellipticals can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars, to thousands of dollars, which can take a big hit to your wallet. So you’ll want to make sure you are getting exactly what you need.
As we show directly on our site here, there are a few features to make sure you look for when deciding:
- Stride: As the name implies, an elliptical trainer makes you move in a stride that is elliptical in shape. Obviously everyone’s stride is different. However, many ellipticals don’t allow you to change the stride length. If more than one person will be using this machine, get one with adjustable stride length. Most come by default with an 18 inch stride. People over six feet tall will want something between 21″ and 24″ in stride length. If you are five feet tall and get a 21″ stride machine, you will be very uncomfortable, so it is important to get this right.
- Rear drive vs. Front drive: This just means where the big wheel part of the elliptical is positioned. Rear drive is usually quieter and has less moving parts so repairs are less likely. However, front drive machines take up much less space. There is no real advantage to one or the other, just depends on your circumstances.
- Motion: A normal elliptical machine is fine for most people. However, if you are going to train rigorously, then a dual motion or adjustable motion machine may be your thing. This allows you to convert your stride motion from elliptical to stair stepper for example. It will work different muscle groups and cause less strain on both you and the machine.
- Weight Capacity: Just as with the treadmills, be sure to look at the weight capacity of each machine.
- Extras: There are some extras like ergonomic foot pedals or hand grip heart rate sensors. You can also find machines with or without upper body workouts to accompany the stride workout.
Written By: Jentry