Saturday, July 10, 2010

How to Choose the Right Elliptical Exercise Equipment for Your Home Gym

Elliptical exercise machines offer a fantastic way to get in shape. If you're a fan of this unique type of machine, you may want to have one at home that you can use all the time. Investing in an elliptical machine is a big decision and not one that should be entered into lightly.

By using the following considerations, you can find the elliptical machine that is right for you. Start out by considering your budget. You will need to spend at least a few hundred dollars on a quality machine. You can spend up to several thousand dollars on an elliptical machine. It may be worth it to save up and buy a midrange model because they normally will last longer than the discount models.

The price differences will mainly be due to the quality of construction and the weight capacity of the machine. You'll want to spend a little extra if you are going to be using the machine every day, versus a few times a week. When you are evaluating elliptical machines there are a few basic keys that you should look for. The most important factor is the stride length. You should look for a machine with at least a 16 inch stride length. The stride length is very important because it will determine whether or not you're able to reach a full range of motion.

As for features, choose the ones that you will find the most helpful. Some people can't live without pre-programmed routines while others prefer to organize their own workouts. It's better to get the minimum of what you need than to get so many features that you'll be overwhelmed.

Before you make your purchase, do some research on different types of machines. Ideally, you should start with Consumer Reports or another similar type of site that has industry reviews on machines. The last thing that you want to do is spend a lot of money on an elliptical machine only to have it break down on you after a few months.

In addition to industry reviews, you can also learn a lot by seeing reviews from other people who have used similar machines. You can find reviews on many different sites online, such as Epinions.com. Be sure to read all the reviews thoroughly. You should take a single bad view with a grain of salt. But if you see the same complaints again and again, you should take notice.

Look for people who have owned their machine for years or have bought from the same brand again and again. Consider visiting a sports equipment store or a gym to see what you think of different brands in person. Nothing can compare to a trial run on a real machine.

You may find that a model that is well reviewed on the websites just doesn't fit your frame. You have to make sure that the machine will support your weight. By trying out machines before you buy them, you can find one that is perfect for your needs

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