Looking For The Best Elliptical Machine And Save Your Money Too?

By: Helen Hecker

Buying an elliptical machine online can be difficult if you haven't spent any time comparing a few reviews and ratings. Picking out the best elliptical machine is more complex than just walking in a sporting goods store, trying one out and buying it on the spot without having done any comparisons. Higher-end elliptical machines, like the SportsArt Fitness, Quantum Fitness, Precor, Life Fitness, and brands found in sporting goods or specialty stores, can handle users up to 180 kg (400 lbs), and usually range in price from $1300 to $5400 (US).

But you can find low cost or cheap elliptical machines doing just a little bit of research online and save a lot of money. When shopping for an elliptical trainer you want to find the best elliptical machine possible of the best quality while saving yourself as much money as you can.

Traditionally Consumer Reports magazine is a very good place to compare features and costs of elliptical machines if they've done a review in the last two to three years. Even if the machines are now older models, there is lots of good information about features and what to look out for. If you don't subscribe, call the reference librarian at your local public library and ask them to look up the information. Most librarians will fax you copies of the review.

When shopping online or at your local fitness, sporting goods or big box stores always ask for a discount no matter where you end up buying a machine. There are business discounts, professional discounts, health professional discounts, nurse's discounts, senior discounts, student discounts, college student discounts, disability discounts and many others for example. Whether or not they give you a discount you can also ask them to throw something in with your purchase. Just make sure to ask. Discounts are given all the time. They want to make the sale.

The elliptical machine is quickly gaining popularity both in the health clubs and at home. So when you go shopping for an elliptical trainer, do you want to buy something expensive or do you want a low cost or discounted unit? The elliptical is an excellent choice for home equipment, especially if you don't want the traditional home treadmill or exercise bike.

The elliptical trainer uses all the muscles in the lower legs. While it gives you a no-impact workout, the resistance exercise helps to build bone density and fight off osteoporosis. Most machines will come standard with an on-board computer.

With the elliptical machine, all exercises to maintain a healthy bone density can be performed. Most are smaller than a treadmill and can be more easily moved to clean or to store away when company is coming. The general estimates of calories burned are about 387 calories for a 150 pound woman who has done thirty minutes of elliptical exercise.

The basic features of ellipticals include the drive system, the resistance system and the length of the stride. They have also been proven to offer a lower 'Perceived Rate of Exertion' whenever you are working out. They are proven to provide workouts that are best for the cardiovascular system.

Elliptical trainers use both the arms and the legs making it a cross trainer, in a real smooth and natural motion. Many people want machines that store well because they want to use them when they need them and hide them in a closet when they're not using them. Another great thing is that you can move at a comfortable speed while allowing for the occasional burst of high intensities.

If you're cramped for space or have a small home gym or small workout area, it can be a great way to save space while getting an overall body workout. According to the machine manufacturers, a general estimate of calories burned by an elliptical can go up to 720 calories an hour.

Ellipticals give you a weight resistant workout. This is important because weight resistant workouts burn calories much faster and more efficiently. They can provide the same benefits people get exercising without using equipment. There are many benefits that can be enjoyed by using an elliptical machine and if you've shopped wisely you can save a lot of money too.

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