Getting the right elliptical for your body and budget!

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Tips For Elliptical Shopping & Fitness So You Can Meet Your Goals

I often get requests asking me whether they should buy a NordicTrack or ProForm elliptical trainer, and the answer is the machines are often duplicates, with some minor cosmetic differences.  Both NordicTrack and ProForm elliptical trainers are built by Icon Fitness.  They use the same overseas parts and are assembled at the same manufacturing facility in Logan, Utah.  I know, I’ve been there several times.

For Instance:  ProForm SmartRider 895 CSE vs. NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i

proform elliptical 895 vs nordictrack SE7i

Let’s take for example, the ProForm SmartRider 895 CSE and the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i. In the side by side comparison it is obvious that they are duplicate machines.  They have the same 18 lbs. flywheel, 18” stride length,  easy to assemble construction, over-sized foot pedals, similar workout programs, are iFit technology compatible and both can be folded. Continue reading

It’s hard to deny that exercise is good for you.  It’s so good…in fact…that studies are now showing that it can work just like medication for people with certain conditions. Adults and children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can have trouble paying attention, controlling their emotions or finishing tasks.  New studies are showing that an increase in exercise for this individuals can make a significant difference in how they manage their condition.

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Learn About Our Best Elliptical Recommendations for Value

NordicTrack FS7i

If you just started shopping for a new elliptical, then you probably know there are MANY models out there.  Some have sophisticated programming, while others focus on a solid and effective workout.  Our First Time Buyers Guide may help you start to sort through the options.

Here’s our list of the best ellipticals that will provide the most bang for your buck.  These machines are packed with awesome features that make them a great value.



NordicTrack FreeStrider FS7i

Why we love it!

This machine is a virtual jack-of-all-trades.  Its unique variable motion design lets you define the motion so you can use it as a stepper, elliptical, or treadmill.  Just move your legs in the desired motion and the machine will match your stride!  Speaking of stride, it has an impressive 38” stride length along with an incline feature.  Best of all, Continue reading

Discover the Benefits of Ellipticals Compared to Treadmills

Regardless of what type of cardio machine you purchase, you are going to reap some serious rewards.  It is going to help you take control of your health, drop pounds, and improve your cardiovascular fitness. Now… the big question. Should you buy an elliptical or a treadmill?  Each machine has its benefits and drawbacks.  We decided to break down the main points to consider in this handy guide. Continue reading

The best elliptical reviews descriptions in the world won’t do you any good if you aren’t familiar with the basic machine.  That is why we’ve put together this handy guide for the most important components on an elliptical trainer. Continue reading

More Sleep Means Better Exercise; More Exercise Means Better Sleep!

If you are having trouble sleeping, then exercise might be the perfect way to finally catch some zzz’s.  A regular exercise routine has been shown to help people with chronic insomnia, sleep disorders, and those with poor sleep quality.

On the flip side, sleep is vitally important to athletes hoping for a stellar performance.  You should learn to take advantage of this free restorative service so your body and mind can be well-rested and energized for your workout.

How More Exercise Can Help You Sleep Better

First, let’s take a look at how exercise can influence your sleep…

An article in Psychology Today explained how hitting the elliptical trainer  for some solid sweating each day will help you sleep much better.  The quantity of sleep will improve, but also the quality of your sleep.  Daytime activity stimulates longer periods of slow-wave sleep that do the best job at restoring your body over the night.   Continue reading

5 Tips for Delicious and Healthy Beverages that Won’t Make Your Waistline Expand

Did you ever notice how common soda is in our daily lives?

Everywhere you go, restaurants, airlines, or vending machines proudly offer ‘Pepsi’ or ‘Coca-Cola’ products.  Even TV commercials dazzle us with sexy celebrities chugging down cold-ones.

Fountain drinks at fast-food restaurants or gas stations offer a variety of soda options with sometimes ridiculously large drink containers.

(Admit it, have you had a fizzinator before?)

Soda drinks have become a staple in our American diets.  They are the ‘go-to’ drinks for millions.  We drink them too often and too much.

It hasn’t always been this way…  Back in the 1950s, when these drinks first appeared, they were offered in small 7 ounce containers.  It was a special treat similar to a candy or ice cream cone. Continue reading

5 Steps to Lose 10-15 Pounds Using an Elliptical

If you are hoping to lose 10-15 lbs in the next several months, then an elliptical can help you reach your goal.  This cardio machine provides a low impact workout that protects your joints and back.  Plus, it provides a better full body workout than simply running outside or on a treadmill.

Let’s take a look at the specific ways that you can use an elliptical to lose weight.  Plus, we’ll recommend some of our favorite machines and brands to help you on your journey.

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How Ellipticals Can Help You Reduce Impact and Increase Performance

elliptical cross train

Leigh’s knees hurt.

She was training for her first half marathon and things had seemed to be going well.  She was running five days a week and slowly increasing her mileage. 

Then one day, she noticed a pain on the outside of her knees.  “It’ll go away,” she thought.

It didn’t.

The pain increased day-by-day until she finally consulted a trainer.  His solution was simple.  “You need to do more cross training!”  He recommended sessions on an elliptical, exercise bike, and regular lifting sessions to strengthen her body and provide much needed relief from high impact training. Continue reading

Smart Ways to Avoid Injury During Your Next Workout

Freestride Trainer FS9i

Overall, ellipticals are very safe machines.  Users across the country love their ability to provide an easy and low impact workout.  Plus, the latest workout tracking technology provides motivation and entertainment for individuals hoping to improve their health.

As with all things in the gym, safety precautions are always a smart idea.  We’ve assembled this list of safety tips for elliptical users:

  1. Take Care with Assembly – Some elliptical brands offer home assembly while others require the buyer to connect all of the pieces. Whichever method is used, take special care while assembling your machine.  A loose bolt, or poorly connected joint will not only cause the machine to work inefficiently, but also pose a safety concern.  The last thing you want is to be in the middle of an intense and speedy workout when a key part of your machine brakes beneath your feet!  Check over your machine before each workout to make sure all of the components are in place. Continue reading