Fitness experts have argued that the elliptical trainers provide about the best total body workout available from about any piece of fitness equipment on the market today. Elliptical machines equipped with movable handle bars allow you to get a total body workout somewhat like the natural movement of cross country skiing. Unlike treadmills the low impact motion provided by an elliptical cross trainer allows you to conduct an intense workout without risk to your joints, tendons and ligaments. All of which allows one to achieve a more intense workout with less perceived effort. Sometimes described as running on air it requires a short period of use to get accustomed to the elliptical movement. Once this muscle memory is developed then you will never go back to using a treadmill again.
In many fitness centers you will find that there are more elliptical trainers on the floor than treadmills or any other type of exercise equipment. Fitness centers are a good place to get acquainted with piece of exercise equipment especially ellipticals. If you are considering purchasing an elliptical trainer for your home you need to do your homework before you decide to buy. The best piece of adviceis that when it comes to elliptical trainers you basically get what you pay for.
You should really expect to pay at least one thousand and preferably twelve hundred dollars to get a reliable elliptical machine that has the features most users prefer. Low end or cheaper elliptical machines frequently have reliability problems are noisy and in some cases may be unsafe during a vigorous workout. Some models tend to be unstable and start cat walking across the floor or even tip over.
Obviously one of the best places to get elliptical trainer information is on the Internet. Take your time and read all the reviews available on each model that is in your price range. No matter what model of trainer you are considering you should always take the effort and time to take it for a test ride. This workout should be at the maximum intensity that you would use during your normal workout on an elliptical trainer. This can be accomplished by taking your workout gear to your local dealer’s showroom and take 30 minute ride. You can also check out the better fitness centers, gyms and YMCA’s to find the model you are interested in and take it for a test ride. Make sure that you test several different models including higher end machines so that you can make a better judgment of equipment quality.
During your test ride note the placement and movement of handle bars, peddles and flywheel. Check out the peddles to make sure your feet will not slip off with moisture from sweat or when you get tired. Peddles should be wide enough to allow you to comfortably change foot positions during your workout. Check out the console and workout programs to see if they meet your needs.
If you are dealing with a store front dealer take the time to ask them to provide you with references in the form the names and phone numbers of customers who have purchased the elliptical trainer you are interested in. Call these people and ask them about performance and service problems as well as what they liked about their elliptical trainer.
Probably one of the most important features of any piece of exercise equipment is its warranty and customer service record. Also ask the dealer to give you a copy of the warranty for the specific elliptical trainer you are interested in purchasing. Ask about extended warranties for ellipticals. You should always consider purchasing an extended warranty with every piece of exercise equipment that you purchase. Again do your on line elliptical trainer information research. You should stay clear of any manufacture that has poor record of customer service.
Despite all the warnings purchasing a quality elliptical trainer will provide you with years of quality service as well as help you achieve your fitness goals.