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Old 02-24-2013, 06:40 AM
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We got tired of our treadmill and donated it to our church, now my wife wants to buy an elliptical machine. We have looked at and tried out several but there seems to be little difference in how they work from a $400 one to a $2000 one. The more expensive units have all kinds of fancy programming which we would never use. We try to get in 45 minutes a day so a basic elliptical is really all we need.

Other than programming what is the difference between a $400 Gold's Gym machine -vs- a $2000 Schwinn? I'm leaning towards the cheap unit for what we want it for and it's much smaller, the more expensive they are the larger they get.

Any advice/recommendation would be appreciated.

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We got tired of our treadmill and donated it to our church, now my wife wants to buy an elliptical machine. We have looked at and tried out several but there seems to be little difference in how they work from a $400 one to a $2000 one. The more expensive units have all kinds of fancy programming which we would never use. We try to get in 45 minutes a day so a basic elliptical is really all we need.

Other than programming what is the difference between a $400 Gold's Gym machine -vs- a $2000 Schwinn? I'm leaning towards the cheap unit for what we want it for and it's much smaller, the more expensive they are the larger they get.

Any advice/recommendation would be appreciated.

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I'm in same boat.

There are lots of on-line reviews.

New design has the wheel-weights on the sides.

I'm still looking.
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Go to a gym and try one of the more expensive ones-then try the cheaper version and see if it makes a difference. If it will end up as a donation then go cheap.
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I hear they make a great place to store your work-out clothes.
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mine stores dust really well, i have to admit wifey did use it fairly often in the beginning but it's going on it's second year of dust collecting now. 2 and a half k
down the drain. wanna buy one at an amazing discount?
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I picked up a Nordic Track Audiostrider (can't remember the model #) from Craigslist a few years ago for 250. It has been a great machine. Has a manual 3 level incline and has a number of different programs that you can run. It also has a head phone jack so you can plug your phone or mp3 player into it .
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mine stores dust really well, i have to admit wifey did use it fairly often in the beginning but it's going on it's second year of dust collecting now. 2 and a half k
down the drain. wanna buy one at an amazing discount?
I might be interested if you're serious. Was thinking of getting a bike, but the wife would prefer an elliptical.
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Buy used. There are lots of couch potatoes looking to get rid of their old news years promises.
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Like getting into a lot of things, to start, buy a cheap (used) one, if it collect dust then the idea of using it was greater then the actual drive to reach the goal.
If you wear it out, then with your experience you will know what to look for in a new one.
I agree to buy a quality unit at a severely discounted price from craigslist.
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When I bought my eliptical 6 years ago I shopped around and tried them all, found there was a big diffrence in stride in all the brands & models, ended up buying the one I found had the most comfortable stride to me. You should probably look for a used one or inexpensive so if does turn into a dust collector the hit won't be so bad, still use mine. Look into interval workouts on the eliptical, more benificial than just a even stride.
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Look here - www.usedgymequipment.com
There is a huge difference in quality and performance between a commercial type machine and the cheap crap - not so much if you only use it a handful of times before it becomes a dust collector.
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Yes shop around most are crap and as said they have to be able to match your stride. Most have the pedals way to far apart and eventually you will feel it in your knees or back. We tossed ours. Never really found a comfortable one - the one in the school gym was ok but way too expensive for us for something we knew wasn't gonna stay forever. Just walk outside these days.... Good Luck - make sure you try them first!
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I might be interested if you're serious. Was thinking of getting a bike, but the wife would prefer an elliptical.

I know she paid a crapload of money for it,(I wasn't joking when I said 2 and a half k thats VERY close) and she keeps threatening to get back on it, but I don't see that happening. I'll ask her if she's ready to part with it. this thing is like one of the better ones you see in a gym. I'll try to get a pic if your interested.
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I know how they end up making clothes hangers, the stationary bike got used for about 2 months before it was turned into a clothes drying rack. We spent big money on the treadmill with the cushioned deck, heart rate monitor, blah blah blah. It got used on and off for quite a few years but I couldn't stand listening to thing run. I get a lot of exercise so this is primarily for my wife and anything that will help her get more healthy is a good thing.

I suggested getting a used one but she wants to buy a new unit, nothing has been bought yet so I may just end up buying a used one and bring it home. I have never been on one so I didn't know if it was worth buying a expensive one. I am mostly concerned that it's comfortable for her to use which would encourage her to stick with it.

I am going to check out some used ones locally. Thanks LI32 for the link, I never heard of that website but I will check it out.

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This is what I have . the wife actually used it pretty regularly for a couple years. now just sits. she raved about the quality and comfort of it compared to others she had been on . I don't have a clue about them,this is soley based on her experience.: Q37C
http://www.octanefitness.com/product...lipticals/q37/


Oh, and it IS one of oprah's favorite things. HA!

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bought ours a couple years ago, its a vision fitness brand. went to a fitness store rather than big box store. we both still use it. easier on the knees and back than treadmill. dont skimp on a cheaper model and try it first before buying. plent of good deals on craigslist.when i bought ours i stopped in store first tried a couple and got the sales pitch then went home and researched it online. walked into store the next week an hour before closing with cash and saved myself a couple hundred off his best price from the week before. it has held up well and recommended the brand.
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2 hours a week on an elliptical (30 mins X 4) and love it. I started with a cheaper $600 model 2 years ago and it will soon be toast - next one will be Smooth or AFG.

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http://www.octanefitness.com/product...lipticals/q37/

I own the q37e for 3 yrs now with no issues. Ive tried many over the years and find this one worthy of owning at home. I have a membership at our neighborhood gym and still do my cardio at the house. Its a smooth machine that fits my stride and body size.
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Bought a Lifefitness 5 years ago -- use it almost everyday for 45 min. Paid a premium for it but seems to be worth it, so far.
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As far as the high-end stuff goes, for simple, but lasts a lifetime quality and design, you can't beat Precor or LifeFitness - neither is cheap. We have the Precor 825 that was about 2 years old that we bought used when a local gym went under for $3,500 - I don't think I would spend $6,500 for it (what it costs new), but the LifeFitness X5 (a non-commercial model) is a really nice machine for $3,000.
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