Fitness Minutes: (167,692)
9/17/12 12:08 P
I love the elliptical. Good luck making your decision.
Fitness Minutes: (1,285)
9/17/12 11:58 A
Domestics ellipticals and treadmills never seem as robust as gym versions.
I I was to buy an indooer cardio machine the best and most versatile is the "concept 2 " rowing machine. You can use it if you are 100 pounds overweight or an olympic athlete. It is low impact and very robust. The rowers pack away small. They can b e used for HIIT oe endurance and when they do breakdown parts are cheap and easily available.
Furthermore - they are half the price of a good elliptical..
Fitness Minutes: (29,156)
346 9/17/12 11:52 A
Sounds like you have things on track and adding a machine would only increase your chances of reaching your goal. My question is this: are there any exercises that you like to do outside like walking/running, bicycling, etc.? If you find something you like, then you can create different intervals to change the intensity and calorie burn and not have to spend a dime.
That being said, if you do decide to buy an elliptical, then your best bet is to shop around at your local sporting goods stores and get a professional opinion. Shopping online is great for small purchases, but for something like this the quality of the product can become very questionable if bought on eBay or Amazon.
I was looking at getting one last fall, and even some of the nicer, but still affordable ellipticals just don't feel "right" to me compared to the PreCor machines a the gym. My suggestion would be to go to a store the specializes in the full range of cardio equipment and try out one of the space savers back-to-back with one like you would find at the gym. I just didn't find the stride as smooth and natural on the cheaper machines, and didn't think I would enjoy using it on a daily basis.
Would a treadmill be an option for you? They are easier to find used, and a less expensive one might be satisfactory.
Fitness Minutes: (40,035)
1,056 9/16/12 10:21 A
Hi Diane- way to go! Sounds like you're as motivated as I have been. Love SparkPeople! This is a tough decision you have to make, because used or not, an elliptical a pretty big financial commitment. I think if you are motivated to use it, it's a good idea. Another thing you might want to take a look at (if you haven't before) is the Tony Little HealthRider Twist. It's quite a bit smaller than an elliptical, fun, very easy on the joints (the biggest reason I've always liked an elliptical) and I've found it to be a great cardio workout, esp. if I don't have much time. I keep it tucked away at the side of the couch, and just roll it out when I am ready to use it. Good for arm exercises, too. My mom has an elliptical at her house, that I use when I'm there. It's also a great workout, but it cost her more to get a decent gym-quality machine. Biggest advice: don't "cheap out". Get something good. If you're enjoying doing the DVDs, my two cents would be to stick with that route until you (ever?) get bored, and by then- perhaps the perfect machine will have presented itself to you! Personally, I almost always do the DVDs because I like the feeling of being in a class with the camaraderie- without actually having to drive somewhere, and I'm very self conscious. Best of luck to you on making your decision and reaching your goals!!!
Fitness Minutes: (2,210)
9/16/12 9:27 A
Greetings: Ino my 5th week of SP! Staying motivated and doing all the right things to be successful on my weight-loss and life-long healthy journey!
Question/HELP: Right now all of my exercise routines are with DVD's (including Spark's 28-day Boot Camp!). I'm torn between buying an elliptical trainer (or not). I'd joined a gym a few years back and had the best workouts ever using one. A great part of the reluctance is price. So here I am trying to rationalize.
Having the freedom to get in a 15-min, 30-min., or whatever (and whenever) workout would be perfect. I've converted my 2nd bedroom into an office where a spacesaver-sized one would fit just fine. And I visualize using it as a life-long tool. (My VERY-fit neighbor's been using hers daily for the past 6 years!)
But I just can't move forward with a decision? Originally I thought, "o.k., look for a used one on Craigs List or Ebay." Upside: wouldn't have to be put together!! Downsides: a) I haven't come across any spacesaver ones; b) a used one doesn't come w/ a warranty.
Then there's the challenge of finding just the right one that'll pretty much replicate the professional ones in the gym. I've read so many comments where in-home exercise equipment doesn't pan out; though having the discipline and momentum is not an issue for me.
But I just can't get off the fence??? I welcome your advice/experiences. Thanks alot.
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