Livestrong LS10.0E Elliptical Trainer

Livestrong LS10.0E Elliptical Trainer Review

 

Livestrong LS10.0E Elliptical Trainer

 

The Livestrong LS10.0E is one of the more expensive elliptical trainers currently on the market. Although there are less competitors at this price range, quality is of a higher average standard, making it just as much of a challenge to come out on top. With a reputation to uphold, how does the Livestrong LS10.0E fare in the elliptical trainer market? Let’s find out.

 

Key Specs For The Livestrong LS10.0E Elliptical Trainer

 

RRP: $200

Dimensions: 76 x 24 x 67 inches

Weight: 199 lbs

Weight Capacity: 325 lbs

Stride Length: 20-inch

 

Livestrong LS10.0E Elliptical Trainer: The Pros

 

Heavy Flywheel: The Livestrong LS10.0E comes with a heavy flywheel weighing a full 23 lbs. This is well above average for consumer elliptical trainers and makes a world of difference in practice.

 

Firstly, the heavy flywheel makes for a smoother ride. Smooth motion is an important feature of any elliptical trainer, and a lack of smoothness in motion can actually ruin a workout and also make the machine unsuitable for those with joint problems who require low-impact workouts. The other advantage to a heavy flywheel is that it helps lend the machine additional stability. The weight of the flywheel can offset that of the user when exercising, preventing wobble in the equipment.

 

20-inch Stride: Elliptical trainers vary in the stride length that they offer. Some cheaper trainers fall short of the full natural stride, leaving exercise motion feeling slightly cramped, or at least not as free as it should be. The Livestrong LS10.0E offers a large 20-inch stride that match other high-end machines and even commercial equipment that gets used in gyms. This is a great advantage to those who are serious about their workouts and can’t make do with shorter stride lengths. It’s also beneficial to those who aren’t so experienced, as the longer stride uses a greater range of muscles than a shorter one.

 

Built-In Programs: For the tech-hungry out there the Livestrong LS10.0E is sure to please with its built-in programs. There are 11 different programs available, as well as custom program options, which allows the full range of workouts for avid elliptical trainer fans. This does set it apart from many of its rivals which offer fewer programs. So if programs are an important feature to you, then the Livestrong LS10.0E could be a good option.

 

325 Lbs Weight Capacity: Elliptical machines vary greatly in the upper weight limit that they can support. Cheaper machines in particular usually have relatively low weight capacities. This machine offers a substantial weight capacity of 325 lbs, which is one of the highest available. A 325 lbs capacity means that nearly any user can get on this elliptical trainer whether they need to lose some weight for health reasons, or if they’re just tall and broad and of a naturally greater body mass than other people.

 

Solid Build: The Livestrong LS10.0E has the solidity and stability that you expect of a higher end elliptical trainer. The parts are of good quality, and the frame is designed well with solid connections, which help keep things from shaking even during the most vigorous of workouts. The machine is also very heavy, helping to keep it stable even with larger users.

 

Easy To Assemble: Exercise equipment in general is notorious for being tricky to assemble. Users often overlook this fact when deciding what to buy, but there are machines with terrible instructions and parts that just don’t seem to fit resulting is long assembly-times of three hours or more.

 

The Livestrong LS10.0E is, however, simple to put together and shouldn’t cause any problems even for the non-mechanically minded. You don’t need to worry about struggling to put this together after it’s delivered. It’ll be up and running in no time.

 

Quiet: Noise is a common problem with exercise equipment and this is no less true when it comes to elliptical trainers. Many squeak, rattle and clink during use, and some will generate lots of background noise that drowns out anything going on in the room.

 

While the Livestrong LS10.0E isn’t quiet enough for you to watch telly with your family while you work out, it’s significantly quieter than many of its competitors, especially at the cheaper end of the market. You’ll be able to use it in one room without annoying everybody else in the house, and you’ll also be able to enjoy your music as you exercise without difficulty.

 

LCD Display: Among all elliptical trainers, the Livestrong LS10.0E has one of the best LCD displays for exercise readouts available. It is large and clear, and presents a range of information all the time. This makes it easy to set goals and keep track of your progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Livestrong LS10.0E Elliptical Trainer: The Cons

 

Noise: While generally there is little noise produced by this machine, there have been some user reports of a strange sound coming from the flywheel. This is due to faulty products, and most machines won’t do this. However, it’s something to watch out for and may be a reason to return a product in exchange for a new one.

 

Durability: While it’s impossible to say much about the general durability of this device without testing it for a considerable length of time, there have been user reports of rust developing on the machine quite easily. To try and keep this to a minimum it’s important that you wipe the machine down after every use, making sure that it’s clear of sweat and dry.

 

Is The Livestrong LS10.0E Elliptical Trainer Worth Buying?

 

The Livestrong LS10.0E is a great machine that comes out pretty high in overall quality as well as value for money. There’s really no reason not to go for it unless you’re concerned about possible noise issues with the flywheel or having to take good care to ensure there is no sweat left on the machine after the workout. This is a highly recommended device.

 

 

Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer

Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer Review

 

The Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer aims to provide a two in one solution to home exercise equipment by offering an elliptical trainer and a stationary exercise bike all in one. The big problem with exercise machines that attempt to combine multiple platforms into one machine is that they inevitably provide both but excel in neither, but the Body Champ Dual Trainer claims to flawlessly integrate both bike and elliptical to provide two independent machines for the price of one.

 

With 10 preset workout programs, an adjustable seat which can be set both vertically and horizontally and a walk through design, the Body Champ Dual Trainer is proving popular with buyers looking to save money on expensive equipment. The question is whether the Body Champ can really offer the best of both worlds, or is it trying to do too much?

 

Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer

 

 

Key Specs for Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer

 

RRP: $400

Dimensions: 39 x 24 x 12.5 inches

Weight: 90 lbs

Weight Capacity: 275 lbs

Stride Length: 14-Inch

 

 

Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer: The Pros

 

Flexibility: There are no two ways about it – the option of using your machine as an exercise bike one day and an elliptical trainer the next is extremely appealing. Both exercises work different muscle groups, and varying your workout will inevitably lead to more rounded results.

 

Large numbers of people are investing in home use exercise equipment not out of desire, but because gyms can be prohibitively expensive. The opportunity to effectively purchase both an exercise bike and elliptical trainer for less than $300 is not only extremely tempting – it’s good economics. The resistance on the Body Champ Dual Trainer is quite challenging, and there is no doubt that this machine gives you a workout.

 

Price: Even if you were to buy a cheap exercise bike and a cheap elliptical trainer, you would be hard pushed to get both for less than the Body Champ BRM 3671. Furthermore, you would more often than not be sacrificing quality for price. At considerably less than $300, the Body Champ Dual Trainer makes an awful lot of sense for people looking to start off their home exercise equipment collection, or those on a budget. For beginners, this is a nice investment that will allow for a varied workout that will build up fitness while staying interesting.

 

Lightweight: At 90 pounds, the Body Champ Dual Trainer is extremely light. The lightweight design does lend itself to some potential pitfalls mentioned below, but it also allows users to easily move and relocate the machine.

 

Assembly: The lightweight design also makes assembly quite easy, and one person will be able to assemble the Body Champ without any great difficulty thanks to the simple instructions.

 

Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer: The Cons

 

Stride Length: At 14 inches, the stride length is simply too short for some users. Although people under 5’6 might not experience any discomfort, users any taller than this will have to get used to what feels like an unnatural and restricted stride.

 

For comparison, most gym exercise machines feature a stride length of 20+ inches. There are many elliptical trainers that feature smaller stride lengths similar to the Body Champ Dual Trainer, but using the Body Champ as an exercise bike makes the issue far more noticeable. For users 6 foot and taller, this will not be a comfortable experience.

 

Sturdiness: As mentioned above, when manufacturers go for lightweight machines they often end up sacrificing other benefits. In this case, the lightweight design of the Body Champ Dual Trainer means that the device is not nearly sturdy enough for people 200 lbs. and over, nor for users looking for vigorous exercise. There is a noticeable wobble at fast speeds that cannot be rectified by tightening any bolts of screws. If the Body Champ simply featured heavy duty stabilizing bars, the weight would still be considered lightweight but the overall balance would be significantly improved.

 

Resistance Levels: Unusually for an affordable, lightweight exercise machine, the resistance levels start off too tough. The first level of resistance on any exercise machine should be an introductory level which encourages first time users to get moving; the resistance can be increased at a steeper rate if need be. With the Body Champ Dual Trainer, the first level of resistance is actually quite tough, and this can be discouraging for beginners.

 

 

 

 

Is the Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer Worth Buying?

 

There is a lot to be said for dual trainers, and the Body Champ BRM3671 is certainly one of the better choices in the field. Those on a budget, or those looking to introduce themselves to home exercise equipment, could get a lot of value from a two in one product like the Body Champ Dual Trainer. It’s light, easy to use, and provides a tough workout with some flexibility.

 

That being said, it should be remembered that the resistance levels are not ideal for those who have extremely little leg power, or for people over 6 feet tall. These users would be better off finding an alternative that is more suited to their specific needs. The Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer will never find its way into any serious athlete’s home gym, but it could very well find its way in to yours.

 

 

ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical

ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical Review

 

proform 6.0 ze ellipticalWhen shopping for a home use elliptical trainer many potential buyers are drawn towards machines available around the $400 mark – this seems to be the Goldilocks price range. The ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical is one such trainer. What attracts people to this price range is the perceived increase in quality that is associated with higher costs, and the savings that are to be had by not paying $1,000 for a home workout machine.

 

As with any mid-range home workout machine, there are certain limitations and drawbacks that need to be considered, but these can and are frequently ignored once the elliptical works as it should. The important question, then, is whether the ProForm 6.0 ZE is a good quality elliptical training device that offers value for money?

 

Key Specs for ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical

 

RRP: $500

Dimensions: 39 x 24 x 61 inches

Weight Capacity: 250 lbs

Stride Length: 18-inch

 

ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical: The Pros

 

Product Quality: One of the biggest problems that anyone who likes to work out at home will be aware of is that home training workout machines like stationary bikes and ellipticals can often feel cheap and poorly made when compared to gym quality products. When it comes to cost cutting, frames are often the first compromise. Thankfully, this is not the case with the ProForm 6.0 ZE. The frame is made from powder coated steel that will last for years and years under normal usage.

 

Assembly: Although the assembly does take some time (around 2 hours for 1 man self-assembly), it is worthwhile to take your time and read the instructions fully before diving in. Similarly, all the nuts and bolts should be really securely tightened to ensure no mishaps. Provided this is done, the ProForm 6.0 ZE will prove itself to be a reliable elliptical device that will not show obvious signs of wear and tear for some time.

 

Sound: Although it might be more accurately covered under product quality category, the sound generated by any home workout machine can be a big factor in the decision making process. Almost every kind of training machine makes some sort of squeak or hum when in use, and although the ProForm 6.0 ZE is no different when assembled poorly, it is deathly silent when constructed correctly. As long as every nut and bolt is really tightened into place and all greased parts are suitably greased, the ProForm 6.0 ZE will make very little noise. This is a huge plus.

 

Challenging: There are two sides to this coin, and the other side is covered below. However, buyers who are fed up of training machines that aren’t tough enough to really push them to their limit will be most pleased with the ProForm 6.0 ZE.

 

There are ten resistance levels, but even experienced elliptical users may be surprised to find out how difficult the lower resistance settings are. This makes the ProForm 6.0 ZE perfect for buyers looking for a reliable, affordable elliptical that will really show itself to be a worthy opponent for anyone but genuine athletes.

 

 

 

 

ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical: The Cons

 

Resistance Levels: While the resistance levels are fantastic for those that are reasonably experienced in elliptical workouts, the large majority of people could find the ProForm 6.0 ZE to be difficult to operate. Beginners will have difficulty using the 6.0 ZE at anything other than the first 2 resistance levels, and that is not only disheartening but unhelpful. Appropriate warm ups and warm downs require a certain range of difficulty to be covered. The ProForm 6.0 ZE simply doesn’t have much in the way of a low range.

 

Workouts: Another somewhat annoying aspect of the ProForm 6.0 ZE is the lack of programming ability. The preset workouts are fixed at 30 minutes and cannot be changed. This is very annoying as those who only have twenty minutes do not get to finish their cycle and include a warm-down. Similarly, those looking to work out for 45 minutes need to start a new cycle and end it half way through.

 

It is not difficult to allow users to amend the times of preset workouts, and it would really make the 6.0 ZE stand out above its peers. ProForm missed a great opportunity when they decided to limit the functionality, and it really hurts the machine.

 

Is the ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical Worth Buying?

 

The ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical is one of the better elliptical machines on the market today, and the failings are less to do with the mechanical functioning of the elliptical and more to do with a lack of features. This lack of adaptability makes the 6.0 ZE unsuitable for first time elliptical owners and buyers. Those buyers would be better off saving some money and investing in a more affordable device that can give them an idea of whether a home use elliptical is what they want.

 

Those that have settled on an elliptical should be pleased to have found the ProForm 6.0 ZE. Although the resistance levels are tough, this makes for more entertaining exercise! Similarly, the lack of adaptable timed programs is far from ideal. That being said, the ProForm 6.0 ZE is a fantastic elliptical machine that will make you fit. It won’t be easy, but if it was then everyone would be doing it. With willpower and dedication, the ProForm 6.0 ZE elliptical will quickly transform beer bellies in to 6-packs!

 

 

Exerpeutic 1000Xl Elliptical

Exerpeutic 1000Xl Elliptical

 

Exerpeutic 1000XL Heavy Duty Magnetic Ellipticals With Pulse Review

 

Exerpeutic 1000XlThe Exerpeutic 1000XL aims to offer a slightly higher end feel at a low end price. There are quite a few elliptical trainers competing for the consumer who doesn’t want to spend hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on their device. These cheaper elliptical trainers tend to hold back on features, and be less robust in their build. Both of these can be a problem, especially the latter, as it can lead to short product lifespan. However, there are elliptical trainers that manage to offer reasonable quality at budget prices, so read on to find out if the Exerpeutic 1000XL is one of them.

 

Key Specs For The Exerpeutic 1000XL Elliptical Trainer

 

RRP: $300

Dimensions: 54 x 23 x 63 inches

Weight: 81 lbs

Weight Capacity: 325 lbs

Stride Length: 13-inch

 

Exerpeutic 1000XL Elliptical Trainer: The Pros

 

Price: A very obvious pro of the Exerpeutic 1000XL is its low price point. It retails at $299.99, although as with most products you may be able to find it considerably cheaper. At that price it sits slightly above the cheapest products in the market such as the Body Rider BRD2000 but still well below the average price.

In terms of affordability, then, the Exerpeutic 1000XL will satisfy most customer’s demands. Only those on the very strictest of budgets will find themselves priced out by this elliptical.

 

LCD Display: LCD displays vary considerably from one exercise machine to another. Some exercise machines don’t even have LCD screens whatsoever, although this is becoming rarer and rarer with consumers demanding more and more technology in their products.

 

Some LCD displays are too small to read easily when training. This can be especially annoying if you’re eyesight is less than perfect. However, the Exerpeutic 1000XL offers an LCD screen similar in size and visibility to many more expensive rivals, which makes it a decent offering.

 

Stability: One of the major worries with cheap exercise machines like the Exerpeutic 1000XL is stability. Often the low price is matched by low-grade parts and poor build quality. This results in equipment that’s unstable during exercise. An unstable machine can be very distracting and make a workout much more challenging than it normally would be. It can also lead to damage and broken parts in some cases – something everyone wants to avoid.

 

Although the Exerpeutic 1000XL can’t match the more expensive elliptical trainers for stability, it does fare well considering its price. This is true even when doing fairly strenuous work outs, which will put any product through its paces. You won’t find yourself distracted during your work out by loose parts or a shaky frame with this elliptical.

 

Smooth Movement: Many cheap elliptical trainers make noticeable sacrifices when it comes to quality of design and how it affects the movement of the parts. This can make for jerky motion during exercise which is distracting and can even make a product unusable. The Exerpeutic 1000XL maintains a smooth motion throughout your workout. This keeps exercise distraction-free, and more importantly makes it suitable for users who may suffer with joint injuries in the legs and cannot endure jerky motion.

 

 

Exerpeutic 1000XL Elliptical Trainer: The Cons

 

Assembly: One thing which customers often overlook when considering which device to purchase is the assembly that has to be done once you get your exercise equipment into your house. The assembly can be challenging even for the mechanically minded depending on the instruction manual and assembly process itself.

 

Unfortunately the Exerpeutic 1000XL falls flat on its face in these terms. It can take up to three hours to assemble thanks to the very poor instructions that confuse more than they guide. You can be guaranteed of a headache when trying to assemble this, and won’t be using the product for quite some time after you get it to your home in its packaging.

 

Pedals: Due to a strange design, the pedals into which you place your feet during exercise encourage your feet to slide forward. This is a nuisance, and really calls for a rethink from the design department.

If you like to use your equipment bare-footed at home you can forget this machine. When your feet are unprotected by footwear the slipping forward becomes uncomfortable to the point of distraction. You’ll need to use footwear at all times to make use of this, and even then it feels a little odd.

 

LCD Batteries: Users will have mixed opinions on this, but the LCD display requires batteries to operate. It can be annoying when they run out and need to be replaced. If you don’t have any batteries lying around, you’ll have to exercise without using any readouts.

 

Is The Exerpeutic 1000XL Elliptical Trainer Worth Buying?

 

On the whole the Exerpeutic 1000XL isn’t a bad elliptical trainer for the price. It offers a smooth motion and reasonable stability for a cheaper device. It might not last as long as its more expensive competitors, but it may still be worth buying if your budget is tight. The assembly difficulties might put you off though, as might the unusual issue with the pedals. Don’t expect a perfect experience with this one.

 

 

Sole E35 Elliptical

Sole E35 Elliptical

 

Sole E35 Elliptical Trainer Review

 

sole e35 ellipticalThe Sole E35 is one of the more high end elliptical trainers available on the consumer market. Coming from a reputable company, there are high expectations for this product especially given its price tag. Although it doesn’t have that many rivals in its price range, there are some good alternatives at lower prices. The real test for the Sole is how much better it is than the slightly cheaper alternatives. Let’s take a look at what it offers to get a better idea.

 

Key Specs For The Sole E35 Elliptical Trainer

 

RRP: $2,300

Dimensions: 68 x 34 x 22.8 inches

Weight: 200 lbs

Weight Capacity: 374 lbs

Stride Length: 20-inch

 

Sole E35 Elliptical Trainer: The Pros

 

Large Flywheel: The Sole E35 has one of the largest flywheels of any consumer level elliptical trainer. It weighs a ton, and this has multiple benefits. Chief among those is the smooth use that it offers.

Some cheaper alternatives tend to struggle when put through their paces in more intense workouts. This is especially true with larger individuals whose body mass naturally places a greater strain on the device. A heavy flywheel does a great deal to offset this problem, ensuring that the pedals keep on sailing in a smooth elliptical rhythm.

 

The weight of the flywheel also creates some ballast that adds to the stability of the product as a while. This helps to eliminate some of the judders and shakes associated with cheaper alternatives.

 

Large LCD Display: For the gadget addicts out there the Sole E35 offers a great LCD display that’s large and easy to read while working out. The display offers several readouts including speed, time, calories, distance and resistance.

 

While LCD screens aren’t exactly essential to a workout they can help provide greater motivation. Taking readings from them allows you to put a measurement to your exercise and gives you targets to beat. Some smaller LCD screens can be difficult to see, especially for people whose vision is less than perfect. The large screen makes sure that this won’t be a problem.

 

Weight Capacity: One of the problems with cheaper elliptical trainers, and cheaper exercise equipment in general, is that they aren’t built to withstand larger people. Whether you’re tall and broad, or are carrying a few extra pounds, it can be annoying to find that a product isn’t designed to be used at your body weight.

 

As cheaper equipment tends to be built to a lower standard, it’s fair to say that using the product outside of the recommended capacity is risky. Not only could the machine malfunction, but if something broke during use there’s also the potential for sustaining injuries.

 

Buying a machine that actually supports your weight is, therefore, essential. The 375 lbs capacity of the Sole E35 is adequate for the vast majority of users. And in practice, when actually used at these weights it remains sturdy and resilient.

 

Large Pedals: The large pedals of the Sole E35 ensure that you remain comfortable during workout. This is especially true for those with large feet, but even those with more average-sized feet will feel the added benefit that a little more room gives.

 

If you find pedals a little on the small side it can put you off using your equipment as much as you should. That’s why you really want something that fits your body well. Maintaining a workout schedule can be tough enough as it is without battling extra mental challenges presented by a less than perfect user experience.

 

Sturdy: This is a heavy device, with a strong and robust frame. This makes it sturdy even when used for the most vigorous of workouts. You can rest assured that your experience of this product will be smooth and untroubled.

 

Built-In Sound System: Another winner for the gadget addicts out there is the built-in sound system. The on-board speakers let you play you own music during a workout without resorting to earphones.

 

 

Sole E35 Elliptical Trainer: The Cons

 

Price: The cost of the Sole E35 will definitely be prohibitive to some. It really does come in at the high end of the price spectrum, retailing at over $2000! That’s a price likely to stretch the majority of wallets, and even if you stop going to the gym it’ll still take you a while to save the money you paid out for this.

 

Of course, for those who have this kind of money to spend on exercise equipment, there’s no worry. It certainly lives up to what you’d expect. However, there’s a temptation to go over-budget sometimes, and customers in such a position should know that there are very good alternatives at a slightly cheaper price.

 

Heart Rate Monitor: The heart rate monitor on the Sole E35 tends to be inaccurate. This is due to the design of the handholds. When you’ve been working out for a while and break a sweat, the handholds become somewhat slippery and the movement of your hands interferes with the heart-rate reading.

 

It’s difficult to find good heart-rate monitoring on consumer-level products. Ideally you need to use professional products for that. However, it’s possible to buy a small heart-rate monitor to wear during your workout that can provide pretty accurate readings without costing the earth.

 

Sound System: The built-in sound system is flashy, but isn’t really worth spending extra money on. The quality of sound that it produces is fairly poor and you’d be much better off using either a home audio setup in the same room as your elliptical trainer or otherwise go for the traditional earphone arrangement.

 

Assembly: Assembling the Sole E35 isn’t too easy. This is partly due to its weight. The components are high grade, but they are heavier as a result which makes assembly somewhat tiring. Their sturdy build also means they don’t have much give, adding to the challenge of fitting parts together.

 

Is The Sole E35 Elliptical Trainer Worth Buying?

 

There is little doubt that the Sole E35 elliptical trainer is worth buying. It’s big, strong, sturdy and capable of supporting high body weights. The main issue is the price of the product. However, if you can accommodate that, then this is an excellent choice in the competitive elliptical trainer market.

 

 

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