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5.0 out of 5 stars
Easy, convenient, and good price point, Feb. 26 2013
Between November 2011 and January 2012 I decided to change my lifestyle and joined a fitness gym. I went almost every day and during that time lost 30 lbs of extra weight and bulked up significantly. At the gym there were high end commercial grade ellipticals which were a significant part of my exercise routine. My daughter was born in late January and my gym membership expired so I very gradually put a little weight on and exercised infrequently.
I had been looking around for a good elliptical trainer that was in my price range. I (and most people) can't afford a $5000+ machine for my home so I looked around. I went to several local exercise machine shops and found that it was going to be difficult to get exactly what I want within my price range. Then I came across this one, tried it out, and it was excellent. It doesn't come with all the features a commercial grade elliptical does (for example you cannot adjust incline) but it has everything I need to get a good at home workout.
Amazon shipped it through CEVA who phoned ahead of time to coordinate when they could drop it off. They brought the box into my living room and it was very nicely packaged. The entire unit is quite heavy, 183 lbs according to the packaging. It was just my wife and I so I dismantled the packaging and carried it downstairs to the basement piece by piece. No single piece was too heavy for me by myself but it took me a little longer to build cause of this since it was just me. Not looking forward to taking it apart when we decide to move.
Anyways construction was relatively straightforward. The instructions were very good, and the packing of the bolts, nuts and washers was very well done; they make it so you cut each "step" of construction out from a package of very securely packaged nuts/bolts/washers so it's easy to find the pieces you need for each step. I found only two discrepancies with the instructions. The first was when I got to the step where I had to mount the "head" piece onto the "wheel" piece (not sure exactly what they are actually called). The instructions indicated you just pop it on the pre set bolts and then screw the nut on, but in reality you have to take the pre set bolts out first. The other issue I had was one of the final steps where I connected the (for lack of better terms) arm piece and pedal. The connection involves lining up a few different pieces together and putting a big long bolt through with washers in between some awkward places. On the right hand side it lined up perfectly but on the left hand side I really had to tweak it. It's difficult to describe but I managed to get it together by shifting the pedal slightly off the track so it could line up.
All in all, I am happy with this elliptical. I use it 3-4 times a week and it gives a really great workout. Honestly if you crank the resistance up to 10 it is very difficult to move, I usually go between 4-6 resistance. It has several places where you can adjust the level which is important for quiet operation and stability. It does operate quietly which is great considering the only time I usually get to workout is during my daughter's naps. I have been using it for a month now and have dropped 5lbs with ease. My wife loves it because unlike a gym pass, we can both use it and it provides a fairly intense workout.
Other than that, a few final miscellaneous thoughts. The fans on this thing are actually quite useful. We work out in the basement in our house which is already decently cool, but the fans feel great when you get going for an hour or more. There is a place you can put your water bottle in, a place where you can put an MP3 player, and a place to hang a towel. I'm 5'8" and my wife is 5'4" and we both agree that this elliptical wouldn't be great for someone much taller. The stride suits both of us fine. The programming is very simple; we really just use the resistance changer and that's about it. There are speakers on the unit which I haven't tested but they have a standard headphone jack.
Very pleased with this purchase so far, and looking forward to getting back in the same shape I was a year ago!