Getting the right elliptical for your body and budget!


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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

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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

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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

Regular Exercise Can Help You Live Longer, Happier, and Better!

If you want to live longer, happier, and better then you have to put the time in…

That’s the message shared by Professors Edward McAuley and Arthur Kramer of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois.  They are leading a team of researchers who are looking at the effects of regular exercise on aging adults.

As humans age, we often experience both physical and cognitive declines.  Is this decline in health inevitable?  Can it be prevented?

To uncover the answer, McAuley and Kramer created a randomized controlled trial to look at the effects of physical activity on brain structure and function.  They also look at psycho-social function and the ability of elderly participants to live independently longer.

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Learn How the 2nd Most Popular Type of Fitness Equipment Came to Be

These days, elliptical trainers are some of the most popular machines at fitness clubs.  People like their near zero-impact motion and low level of perceived exertion.  You may be surprised to learn that ellipticals have only been around since the mid-1990s.

Invention and Testing of the First Elliptical

The elliptical trainer was first introduced to the world in 1995 by the company Precor.  The inventor was a man named Larry Miller.  His daughter, a high school tennis player, needed a low impact method to increase her fitness levels.  Miller studied his daughter’s footpath while she was running and made the first model of an elliptical.  He used rough materials like 4×4 pieces of lumber, plumbing pies and even tricycle parts.

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How to Set Goals You Will Actually Reach!

The ball drops, champagne is uncorked, and you share a kiss with your loved one…

Happy New Year!

In the blink of an eye, it’s suddenly half way through January and you realize that your initial enthusiasm to be healthy is wearing away.

It takes hard work to get healthy so negative thoughts start swimming through your mind:  Is this really for me?  Do I really have time for the gym?  Wouldn’t it be easier to just wait until summer when it’s warm and sunny?

Never fear!  We are hear with one smart trick to help you finally keep your new year’s resolution and reach your goals.

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Check out the Pros and Cons of our Top 10 Mid-Range Ellipticals

Do you want a great quality elliptical that isn’t going to break the bank?  If you answered ‘yes,’ then we proudly present our 2017 list of top rated mid-range ellipticals priced between $1,000 and $1,499.

Our team has ranked each of these machines based on stability, durability, warranty strength, features, programming, and even company reputation.  We’ve taken the time to develop relationships with manufacturers, toured factories, and tested machines.

We look for machines that are going to provide a quality exercise experience for the user.  Ellipticals should provide smooth and natural strides, easy-to-use controls, accurate tracking technology, and dependable parts.  We also look at the price tags to make sure you are paying a fair price.

Here is our list of the top mid-range ellipticals priced from $1,000 to $1,499. Click on any machine to read a complete product review:

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An Alternative Motion Elliptical that Combines 3 Machines into One!

freestridertrainerfs9i-modelNordicTrack’s Freestride Trainer series is a hot seller in the exercise equipment industry.  Customers like the ability to combine the motions from three distinct machines into one package.  With the Freestride Trainers, you are getting the benefits of an elliptical, stair-stepper, and treadmill.

Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of this machine to see if it is right for you:

PRO:  Variable motion up to 38-inches.

The Freestride Trainer allows the user to adjust their stride from short ‘stair-climbing’ steps all the way up to a ground covering 38” stride.  This is a huge increase over the stride length of only 20”

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se7i_2017comparisonOf all of the treadmill manufacturers, NordicTrack and ProForm would probably get the award for the most models released each year.  Keeping track of the ‘latest and greatest’ can be a bit confusing.  Still, this constant change in their line-up is a reflection of the extreme amount of innovation and improvement that is part of their companies.

NordicTrack and ProForm are actually both part of a larger parent company called Icon Fitness.  They are the largest manufacturer of fitness equipment in the world.  Since they’re making so many products each year, they can often offer really high spec machines for a lower price.

Let’s take a look at the newest machines in the 2017 line-up.  These are each improvements over older models with new features and a redesigned look.

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Find Out Which Elliptical Trainers Offer You the Most Value!

2017_topellipticalsThere are many different options when it comes to home ellipticals.  Your most immediate concern may be, “Which one can I afford?!”  We’ve decided to help you out a bit with our top recommendations for elliptical trainers that are under $1,000.  We ranked these machines based on their stability, durability, warranty, features, programming, and company reputation.

Many ellipticals that can be purchased at ‘big box’ stores (a.k.a. those huge fitness superstores) are made of very cheap components that don’t stand up to actual use.  Plus, these machines are often backed by almost non-existent warranties that do you no good when your machine breaks down.

Instead, we’d encourage you to spend at least $599 on one of the machines below.  All of these ellipticals come from reputable companies that use quality components, provide reasonable warranties, and deliver effective workouts.  We know this because (unlike most other elliptical review sites) we’ve actually visited the factories and tested these machines.

So… here you go… our 2017 list of top 10 elliptical trainers for under $1,000!

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