I love my elliptical and was so thankful I had it after I broke my foot. Even now, almost a year later, it is still one of the few cardio exercises I can do that doesn't bother my foot.
Mine had the moving arms and although that takes some of the emphasis away from the legs, I love they way it has helped me lose weight in my upper body.
To JerseyKelley- I have some social anxiety and I am definitely a gymaphopic. I recommend calling your gym and simply saying "Hi, I'm going to come in and work out at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, do you have someone that can take a moment to show me how to use the elliptical?" That way you have someone with you the first time you get on. Or go to a fitness equipment retailer- they will gladly show you how to use one!
To SaltyChocolate- Ellipticals are sold my the length of the "stride." Most gyms are going to have an elliptical with a longer stride so that men can use it, too. I am 5'2" and purchased one with a mid-range stride so that it wouldn't be too uncomfortable to me.
Don't give up on this fabulous, low-impact piece of equipment!
- 2/15/2011 12:47:53 PM