Elliptical Trainers
  ProForm 900 Elliptical Trainer
  Smooth CE Elliptical Trainer
  Cybex Arc Elliptical Trainer
  Cybex Arc Trainer
  Fitness Quest Eclipse 1000HR
  Fitness Quest Eclipse 5000
  Fitness Quest Eclipse 6000 Elliptical
  HealthRider E330 Elliptical Trainer
  HealthRider E660 Elliptical Trainer
  Life Fitness X3 Cross-Trainer
  Life Fitness X5i Cross-Trainer
  Life Fitness X9i Cross-Trainer
  Nautilus® NE 3000 Elliptical Trainer
  Nordictrack CX 925 Elliptical
  Nordictrack CX 925 Elliptical
  NordicTrack CXT 910 Elliptical Trainer
  NordicTrack CXT 970 Elliptical
  NordicTrack CXT 980 Elliptical Trainer
  NordicTrack CXT 990
  NordicTrack Ellipse 910e Elliptical Trainer
  NordicTrack VGR 910 (NTEL0590)
  NordicTrack VGR 940 Elliptical (NTEL0899)
  NordicTrack VGR 990 (NTEL1290)
  Octane Fitness Q35e Elliptical Trainer
  Orbitrek Elliptical Glider
  Precor EFX 5.21i elliptical trainer
  Precor EFX 5.23 Elliptical Trainer
  Precor EFX 5.23 Elliptical Trainer
  Precor EFX 532 Elliptical Trainer
  Precor EFX 556 Elliptical Trainer
  Precor EFX5.17 Elliptical Trainer
  Precor EFX5.21si / Precor EFX 5.21si
  Precor EFX5.33 Elliptical Trainer
  Precor EFX544 Elliptical Trainer
  Precor EFX546 / Precor EFX 546
  ProForm 485E Elliptical Trainer
  ProForm 700S Cardiocross PFEL3901
  Proform Strideselect 825 Elliptical
  Schwinn 430 Elliptical Trainer
  Smooth Fitness CE 3.2 Elliptical Trainer
  Smooth ME Elliptical Trainer
  Sole E95 Elliptical
  SportsArt Elliptical 805P
  SportsArt Elliptical 807p
  SportsArt Total Body Trainer 8300
  Stamina Air Elliptical Machine
  Stamina Programmable Elliptical Trainer
  Vision Fitness X6100 Elliptical
  Vision Fitness X6200 HRC Elliptical
  Cybex Arc Elliptical Trainer
  Cybex Arc Trainer
  Fitness Quest Eclipse 1000HR
  Fitness Quest Eclipse 5000
  Fitness Quest Eclipse 6000 Elliptical
  HealthRider E330 Elliptical Trainer
  HealthRider E660 Elliptical Trainer
  Life Fitness X3 Cross-Trainer
  Life Fitness X5i Cross-Trainer
  Life Fitness X9i Cross-Trainer
  Nautilus® NE 3000 Elliptical Trainer
  Nordictrack CX 925 Elliptical
  Nordictrack CX 925 Elliptical
  NordicTrack CXT 910 Elliptical Trainer
  NordicTrack CXT 970 Elliptical
  NordicTrack CXT 980 Elliptical Trainer
  NordicTrack CXT 990
  NordicTrack Ellipse 910e Elliptical Trainer
  NordicTrack VGR 910 (NTEL0590)
  NordicTrack VGR 940 Elliptical (NTEL0899)
  NordicTrack VGR 990 (NTEL1290)
  Octane Fitness Q35e Elliptical Trainer
  Orbitrek Elliptical Glider
  Precor EFX 5.21i elliptical trainer
  Precor EFX 5.23 Elliptical Trainer
  Precor EFX 5.23 Elliptical Trainer
  Precor EFX 532 Elliptical Trainer
  Precor EFX 556 Elliptical Trainer
  Precor EFX5.17 Elliptical Trainer
  Precor EFX5.21si / Precor EFX 5.21si
  Precor EFX5.33 Elliptical Trainer
  Precor EFX544 Elliptical Trainer
  Precor EFX546 / Precor EFX 546
  ProForm 485E Elliptical Trainer
  ProForm 700S Cardiocross PFEL3901
  Proform Strideselect 825 Elliptical
  Schwinn 430 Elliptical Trainer
  Smooth Fitness CE 3.2 Elliptical Trainer
  Smooth ME Elliptical Trainer
  Sole E95 Elliptical
  SportsArt Elliptical 805P
  SportsArt Elliptical 807p
  SportsArt Total Body Trainer 8300
  Stamina Air Elliptical Machine
  Stamina Programmable Elliptical Trainer
  Vision Fitness X6100 Elliptical
  Vision Fitness X6200 HRC Elliptical
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Elliptical Trainers

Elliptical trainers are one of the newer machines to enter the home and gym cardio equipment ring. Often considered to be a cross between ski machines and stair masters, elliptical trainers provide a full body workout, without the difficult techniques that a ski machine will often require. Unlike treadmills they are non-impact so there is no pounding on your bodies joints.

What is an elliptical trainer

An elliptical trainer is a stationary piece of cardio equipment used to simulate a walking or running motion while decreasing the impact on the users knees and other joints. The machines usually consist of two pedals or foot platforms that move in an elliptical path. Hence the name elliptical trainer.

Elliptical machines are usually powered with electricity. This allows the machine to assistthe stride and/or track the users progress. A number of different ways to generate resistence are often employed, including aerodynamic, magnetic or motor-assisted braking. On some of the higher end models the simulated incline can be changed to work the different muscle groups in the legs. The highest end models will have computer controlled programs which can actually vary the incline as the user exercises, either based on a preset program or to keep the users heart rate at a certain level.

How to choose an elliptical trainer

There are a number of important things to consider when choosing an elliptical machine. The first is going to be your budget. Ellipticals range in price from a couple hundred dollars for a cheaper home unit, to many thousands of dollars for a high end gym quality unit. There are of course many models in between. Once you have determined a price range, it is important to determine which features you would like your elliptical to have. Do you want it to monitor your heart rate and base it's resistance on that? Would you like to be able to have it automatically adjust the resistance to simulate hills or interval training?

Another important thing to test with ellipticals is stride length. Make sure that you try out each elliptical for a few minutes to see if the stride length feels comfortable for you.

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