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How to choose an elliptical

Elliptical trainers offer a fluid, full-body workout that minimizes impact on your joints. If you’re looking to boost your workout from home, there’s a model to match your needs. 

Function

Find out how ellipticals offer a full-body workout

How does an elliptical trainer work?

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.


Feel

Learn about the importance of how an elliptical trainer feels

Consider your stride length and more

The stride length, pedal spacing, footpath, and flywheel weight all contribute to how an elliptical feels. 

If you’re going to use your elliptical often or for long periods of time, most people feel comfortable with a longer stride, narrow pedal spacing, a flatter footpath, and a heavier flywheel. 

Consider trying an elliptical before you buy, to ensure and it feels right for you.

Size

Measure your space and ceiling clearance before buying an elliptical

Surrounding space

Be sure to measure the space where you want to place your elliptical before you buy, and don’t forget your ceiling clearance.

Front-drive and centre-drive elliptical trainers take up less space

Front and centre-drive ellipticals

Front and centre-drive elliptical models, which position the flywheel in the front or side, are typically more compact. 

Rear-drive elliptical trainers are larger but some models fold

Rear-drive ellipticals

Rear-drive ellipticals take up more space but can offer increased performance and durability. Some models even fold for quick and easy storage.

Features

Enhance your workout by monitoring your heart rate

Heart rate monitor

Grip-mounted sensors allow you to track your heart rate. Some models come with a chest strap, to monitor your heart rate hands-free.

Track time, distance and calories burned with an LCD console

LCD monitor

A fully-featured LCD monitor gives you key feedback at glance, including time, calories burned and more.

Some ellipticals feature built-in Wi-Fi

Internet connectivity

Check your email while you exercise with wireless internet connectivity. 

Play music while you exercise with built-in speakers

Built-in speakers

Some ellipticals feature a music player dock and built-in speakers, so you can work out to your own soundtrack.

Function

Feel

Size

Features