Ellipticals are dual-action with a set of handlebars attached to the pedals. This gives you a great upper body workout, at the same time as good cardiovascular exercise.
All elliptical trainers use resistance to vary the effort needed to move the handlebars and pedals. More elite models feature pre-set and custom programs that alter the resistance automatically, or you can adjust it manually.
Be sure to measure the space where you want to place your elliptical before you buy, and don’t forget your ceiling clearance.
Front and centre-drive elliptical models, which position the flywheel in the front or side, are typically more compact.
Rear-drive ellipticals take up more space but can offer increased performance and durability. Some models even fold for quick and easy storage.
Grip-mounted sensors allow you to track your heart rate. Some models come with a chest strap, to monitor your heart rate hands-free.
A fully-featured LCD monitor gives you key feedback at glance, including time, calories burned and more.
Check your email while you exercise with wireless internet connectivity.
Some ellipticals feature a music player dock and built-in speakers, so you can work out to your own soundtrack.