Precor AMT 835 Commercial Series Adaptive Motion Trainer Review

Precor 835Precor is a brand known and loved throughout the health and fitness category. They are known for making great fitness equipment, especially elliptical trainers, but they also make a machine called an Adaptive Motion Trainer. An AMT is an elliptical-like machine that adapts to your motion so no two workouts are the same. Precor originally created the AMT 100i, the first AMT machine which garnered rave reviews from customers and critics.

Not much has changed between the AMT 100i and the AMT 835, in fact, everything pretty much seems to be the same. The stride length is the same (0-27 inches), the product weight is the same (445 lbs), and the max weight is still the same (350 lbs).

The major difference here is the console. The console is Precor’s P30 console which is used in the 830 line of fitness equipment. It comes with an optional 15″ personal viewing screen. Between the console and the personal viewing screen, we found that shorter people might have a hard time with the viewing angles looking up at the TV screen. But those that are tall enough shouldn’t have a problem with the screen’s quality. Overall though, between the P30 console which is an LED console that shows the same basic cardio information that you’d come to expect from a $8,000+ cardio machine, not much has changed since the 100i, and again like I said before, that’s a very good thing.

Overall, the 835 is definitely a good buy, just read what some users have had to say about it:

It definitely isn’t just an elliptical, or just a stair stepper, and the movement is unique. Once you get used to it and understand how to get the workout you want, it is a great machine. One fault that this model has is the limited viewing angles of the screen, making using it unenjoyable for those of us who aren’t of average height.

And another:

I recently used one of these machines at a health club out of town and LOVED IT. My wife and I own a local gym and would like to replace our current ellipticals with these machines. They are very smooth and comfortable. It took a minute to get used to the motion but you can adjust your stride and direction with ease to create an elliptical feel, to a stepper and everything in between. It is a great machine. I can’t speak for durability nor service and installation where I have only used once but seems very stable. I currently have some precor equipment and if it is anything like them, it will last. Great product!

Product Description

Bring home the exact AMT 835 used in fitness clubs worldwide. A machine as versatile as the human body and different from any other type of workout, the award-winning Precor Adaptive Motion Trainer (AMT ) is designed to not only work your body, but also your imagination. Go from short strides to long strides, walking to running, then into deep lunges, on-the-fly. The AMT gives you the freedom to create a challenging and completely unique workout every time. Touch and telemetry heart rate with Smart Rate includes 4 programs, 20 levels of resistance and is self-powered. The commercial-oriented AMT meets your most demanding workout needs and provides a challenging alternative to any exerciser looking for variety and the chance to experience freedom of movement.

Adaptive motion
By allowing you to alter your motion at the slightest whim of your imagination, no two workouts have to feel the same. This keeps your mind engaged and your body torn between wanting to experiment with new movements and needing a second to catch your breath. Choose your movement and change it as often as your heart and mind desire. Adaptive motion helps create new possibilities and rewards.

Adjustable Stride Length
Naturally adjust stride length from 0 to 27 inches to match your desired workout without the need to control settings.

Dual Action
Dual action provides both upper and lower body workout. Arms are engaged in pushing and pulling motion of the upper body moving handlebars to provide the ultimate in total body engagement. Contralateral arm movement ensures your arm and leg movements are coordinated to produce the most natural motion.

Stride Dial
The pendulum-like swing of the Stride Dial helps users see stride length to determine the muscle groups being worked. As stride length changes, the Stride Dial updates real-time.

The AMT 835′s biomechanics are validated by Western Washington University Biomechanics Lab for users of all fitness levels and sizes, from the 5 percentile size female to the 95 percentile size male user. Excellent stability and freedom of movement for users of all sizes.

Bio-feedback center with SmartRate provides dedicated feedback on heart rate and calories. SmartRate shows your heart rate in relation to the target
zone for weight loss and cardio training. Heart rate monitoring and compatibility with heart rate telemetry reading using an optional chest strap.

The smooth feel of the machine is optimized by using large bearings and oversized pivot shafts.

Foot Pedals

Foot pedals with toe cups enable user to optimize muscle involvement. Two-step powder-coating process applies rust-resistant undercoat and cosmetic topcoat to steel frame.

Step-on Platform
Step on platform in the rear is polypropylene for durability. Platform enables the user to step onto the foot pedals while identifying how far the foot pedals may extend from the back of the machine.

The drink and accessories holder) is conveniently located and ideally constructed for portable music players. Integrated transport wheels for easy rolling. Side panel covers are easily removed for servicing.

Resistance System:

  • 20 resistance levels ranging from 20 watts (level 1 at 60 SPM, zero stride length) to 375 watts (level 20 at 120 SPM, max stride length)
  • Resistance Levels: 1 to 20
  • Minimum Watts: 20 watts
  • Maximum Watts: 375 watts

Console Features:

  • Console Type: Large LED Display
  • Tap Control provides an audible click when you press a key
  • Tactile dome keys
  • QuickStart lets you begin workout with the push of a single button
  • Motion Controls
  • 10-key numeric keypad to enter data or select channels when integrated with Cardio Theater components
  • Console Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
  • Units Selection: Metric and U.S. Standard
  • Preset Programs: Heart rate, interval, manual fat burner
  • Number of Programs: 4
  • 21Electronic Readouts: Resistance, distance, strides, calories, heart rate, time elapsed/time remaining, speed, and more
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: Touch; handheld heart rate sensors located on fixed handlebars for increased accuracy and ease of use
  • Telemetry Yes. Equipped for heart rate telemetry reading using a chest strap.
  • Integrated Entertainment Options
  • Integrated reading rack
  • Individual visual entertainment incorporating digital technology
  • Personal Viewing System: 15-inch optional screen (PVS)
  • Network capabilities
  • CSAFE-ready
  • FitLinxx compatible

Equipment Specifications:

  • Maximum User Weight: 350 pounds
  • Lowest Step-up Height: 5.5 inches
  • Highest Step-up Height: 18.5 inches
  • Foot Pedal Dimensions: 7.5 W x 14.5 L inches (W x L)
  • Minimum Space Between Foot Pedals: 4 inches
  • Equipment Dimensions and Weight
  • Dimensions: 74 by 28 by 69.3 inches (L x W x H); (81.8 inches tall with viewing screen enabled)
  • Equipment Weight: 445 pounds


  • Large LED Display, tap control provides an audible click when you press a key
  • Tactile dome keys, quick start lets you begin workout with the push of a single button
  • Motion controls, 10-key numeric keypad to enter data or select channels
  • Integrated entertainment options, integrated reading rack, network capabilities
  • Maximum user weight 350-Pounds, dimensions 74 x 28 x 69.3-Inch (length x width x height)

Do elliptical machines actually work?

Elliptical TrainerYou’ve had it right?  Doctor says you’re overweight, you have borderline high blood pressure, you’re tired of feeling tired?  Time to get healthy and lose some weight?   Awesome!

What are you going to do?  Uh ….

The two proven way to lose weight and get healthy are the combination of diet and exercise.   While fad diets and exercise programs come and go, the combination of eating better, eating less, and exercising more is proven.

Adjusting your diet, isn’t easy, but it can be done.  You should start by talking to your doctor.  Tell him/her your plan and let them help you construct a diet designed for you.  This will give you the right about of calories and vital nutrients needed, and still allow you to lose those extra pounds.

Next comes exercise.  Cardiovasular exercise is going to be your ticket to success.  For many people, the goto cardiovascular exercise of choice is walking or running.  You can really shed some pounds running, but running can be really hard on your feet and legs, especially without the right shoes and form.  Walking is a great option, but even walking can be hard on your feet, especially if you already have leg, knee or feet options.  Many people look to purchase treadmills, but they can be big and bulky.

You’ve probably seen or heard that elliptical machines (or elliptical trainers) are “low impact” and provide just as good of a workout has running or a treadmill. But you wonder do elliptical machines actually work?   Let’s dig into the benefits of using an elliptical machine to find out.

Do elliptical machines actually work?

They do.

Elliptical trainers can help you lose weight, give your more endurance, strengthen muscle, and make your cardiovascular system healthier.  As you heard, the biggest benefit over Elliptical machines is that they are low impact, as opposed to running or a treadmill.

Here are some details on the how elliptical machines can help you in your journey to live a healthier life.

Ellipticals help you lose weight

As mentioned, the most effective way to lose weight is cardiovascular exercise combined with healthy eating.  Elliptical trainers force you to move your body more than you would sitting or walking.   As a result, more fuel is required by your body which causes your body to use that extra fat.  The more you workout using your elliptical trainer, the more fat you’ll burn off.

A key advantage of an elliptical trainer is that they generally include arm motion in addition to just the “elliptical” foot and leg motion.  This causes your body to require more fuel, and burn fat is in turn used.

Elliptical machines are highly effective at weight loss.

Elliptical Machines Help you Tone Muscle

While elliptical trainers aren’t the “goto” machine for strength training, they will increase your muscle strength.  Generally when less strength trainer is done, it’s referred to as “toning”.  Elliptical machines are excellent for toning.

When you sit a lot at work, or spend a great deal of time sitting around watching TV, you don’t use your muscles much at all.  As a result, they slowly become out of shape and fleshy.  When you exercise using an elliptical trainer, your muscles get used and the exercise and movement forces your muscles to tone up.   Toning is what gives many athletes, supermodels, and actors that “lean” and trim look.

Remember those arm motion bars I mentioned?  An elliptical trainer tones up your legs, back, chest, stomach and arms, for a full body workout.

Ellipticals Build Endurance

You know that out of breath tired feeling you get when you walk to the end of the driveway?  That’s called endurance.  If it’s been a while since you exercised, you need to start back slow and avoid overdoing it.

As you exercise more, try to go a little longer each time.  As you continue to do this, the exercise will get a little easier each time.  This type of slow and increased exercise works great on an elliptical because you can adjust your speed and resistance to suit your level of physical fitness.

Elliptical trainer exercise is a great way to increase your body’s endurance, and make those walks to the mailbox, and maybe even those walks around the neighborhood much easier!

Elliptical Trainers have heart benefits

Cardiovascular exercise is a great way to increase your heart’s health.  Remember our discussion above about toning muscles?  Well your heart is a muscle too and working to tone it up and keep it healthy has tremendous benefits.

When you exercise on an elliptical machine, your muscles require more oxygen.  As a result, your breathing increases and so does your heart rate.  That increased heart rate causes the muscles in your heart to work harder, toning and strengthening them, just like your arm or leg muscles.

Maintaining a heathly and strong heart can go a long way in decreasing your rick of heart disease and high blood pressure.  Both being serious health problems around the world, resulting in numerous deaths each year.

Any cardiovascular exercise is good for your heart. The heart is also a muscle, and just like your biceps or quadriceps, it requires work to stay toned and healthy. Getting on the elliptical, using it on a regular basis, and gradually increasing your workout time will work your heart, making it stronger and healthier. Keeping your heart healthy and strong can help to prevent heart disease and high blood pressure, two serious health problems suffered by many people today.

Many people have found that by monitoring their blood pressure, changing their diet, and exercising regularly, they significantly reduced their high blood pressure.  In many cases into normal ranges.

Again, talk to your doctor before doing any kind of exercise that works your heart. And if you’ve had heart problems before, make sure your doctor gives you the go-ahead before you set foot on any exercise equipment.

Elliptical Trainers are “low impact”

Unlike running on a treadmill, exercising on an elliptical machine gives you all the same benefits as a treadmill or running, but without the pounding and strain on your feet and legs.

Elliptical machines provides your body with very similar movements, but your shoes never leave contact with the machine. This type of motion/excercise is particularly beneficial if you have joint problems, arthritis or a prior injury that didn’t fully heal up.

If you think an elliptical trainer is the right exercise machine for you, you can find the best one for your personal needs by reviewing our buying guide.  If cost is an issue, consider buying a used elliptical machine or purchasing one online at a discount.

Elliptical Trainer Glossary

An Elliptical Trainer, also known as a Cross Trainer, is a stationary exercise equipment that is designed for the stimulation of running, walking, or stair climbing. It keeps the usual elliptical pattern the feet follow with each stride. It helps keep the feet to the foot pedals, reducing stress on the joints, knees, hips, and ankles. It is said that exercising with an elliptical trainer can burn up to 720 calories per hour; that is why it is used for cardiovascular workouts.

Here are some of the terms you can use to guide you before stepping on those pedals:

 Adjustable Foot pedals

Foot pedals are generally long and wide to accommodate all foot sizes. To prevent slipping, the foot pedals are designed to be ridged and grooved. One type of a foot pedal is the Adjustable Foot Pedal. It allows users to adjust the pedal height depending on how tall or small a user is. The pedals need to be adjusted or matched to the user’s elliptical motion for comfort.

Adjustable Stride

Adjustable Stride is an adjustable tool in the equipment which allows users to customize their workout depending on their heights or the length of their legs by manipulating the adjustable stride. Smaller people will have smaller strides while taller people have longer strides.

Articulating Foot Pedals

Articulating Foot Pedals is one type of foot pedals available in the Elliptical Trainer. It follows the usual movement of the foot all throughout the workout while keeping the foot and the heel in contact with the pedal all the time.

Cross Trainer

Cross Trainer is another word for elliptical trainer. It is called cross trainer because the exercises that are being done, like the backward and forward movement plus the different settings, tends to work out different muscle groups of the body simultaneously, which is what cross training is primarily about.

Elliptical Motion

Low impact and intense cardiovascular workout is done in an effective and comfortable natural-stride oval-shaped foot pattern. This provides non-jolting movement while working the upper and lower body part; the said movement is what Elliptical Motion does.


Footprint refers to the dimension of the equipment in terms of how much it covers the floor area. The bigger the footprint, the bigger floor area it needs.

Heart Rate Monitor

Heart Rate Monitor measures the heart rates of the users. The most accurate type of heart monitors are the wireless type. It uses a wireless chest strap which transfers readings automatically from the chest strap going to the monitor. The less expensive types of elliptical trainers typically use pulse grip monitors. It measures the user’s heart rate while on a workout. While the user’s hands grip the monitor or the handlebars, the hand’s pulse beats are being measured.


Short for Liquid Crystal Display, LCD is a kind of console or monitor which uses less energy, while offering better reading quality than LED displays. The resolution is high and may be multi-colored. It needs to be back lit for you to be able to see the details in a low or dark-lighted room because they use ambient lighting. This is relatively costly for the manufacturers; as a result, it commands a relatively higher price (compared to LED) as well.


LED means Light Emitting Diode.  They are miniscule light bulbs that are lit by electron movements when it is excited. LED lights can be seen in a dark or bright-lighted area so it doesn’t need to use a backlit. This is relatively inexpensive (when compared to LCD).

Low Impact Training

With low impact training exercises, the joints are not subject to too much strain. Jolting increases pressure in the joints that might cause sprains. The feet are in contact with the pedals pretty much all the time; that’s why high impact on the foot and related muscles is considerably reduced.

Lower Body Workout

Lower Body Workout is a workout that focuses more working on the muscles on the lower part of the body (i.e. muscle of the legs, buttocks, and lower abdomen). Elliptical Trainer gives excellent cardio workout and it tones the lower part of the body as well.

Magnetic Resistance

Magnetic resistance is based on the distance between calibrated magnets and the flywheel. The lesser the distance, the higher the resistance you will experience and the more force you will need to exert, resulting to more intense workouts.

Manual Resistance

In manual resistance, a U-shaped magnet is used. It is manually adjusted using a dial or a lever to move the magnet closer or farther from the flywheel. Higher resistance is good if you have achieved high strength and high stamina.

Motorized Resistance

With motorized resistance, there is a small motor which controls the position of the magnet in relation to the flywheel. This has many small parts and may consequently need more repairs than magnetic or manual resistance.

Pivoting Foot Pedals

Pivoting Foot Pedals is a kind of foot pedal mimics the usual pivoting action of the ankle. It keeps the joint of the ankle in proper alignment with the hips and knees all the time.

Stride Length

Stride Length is also called adjustable stride. It is the longest total width of the elliptical motion. Stride length is also determined by the user’s height. This is important because you have to make sure the elliptical trainer is not small for your height. For example, if your height is 5’3” and below, find a model with 16 -18 inch stride.

 Upper Body Workout

The upper body workout is a regimen with the focus on, as implied, toning the muscles on the back, shoulders, and arms (upper body parts).

Weight Capacity

Weight Capacity is also called maximum user weight. The weight capacity on the machine implies the equipment trainer’s quality. Most high quality elliptical trainer has a weight capacity of 325 lbs.

Workout Program

Workout Programs are pre-programmed settings of the equipment wherein users can change settings, resistance, or time intervals for customized workout. This is beneficial for beginners so they can start in their own pace first before proceeding to more challenging workouts.

Now that you have some of the technical terms using elliptical training equipment, it should motivate you in a way that will give your body a whole new motivation to stay fit. Exercise is good but you should be able to find the best equipment for you. That is to avoid regrets in the future. You should be able to maximize your time and money. Be healthy!

Used Elliptical Trainers – Don’t buy used until you read this

Just like any other product or item up for sale, people can save money by purchasing used elliptical trainers, instead of buying new.

Buying used does’nt mean the machines are secondhand.  What we’re referring to are remodeled or remanufactured by companies that specialize in reselling exercise equipment.  It is important to remember than when opting to buy remanufactured elliptical trainers, one should only buy from trusted companies and not too much through online auction sites or classified ads.

Tips for buying used elliptical trainers

There are also tips and factors to consider when searching for used elliptical trainers.  When looking to buy one, you should first get as much information on the machine as possible.  Look up on the original price of the machine and how used it has been.  Compare the original price with the price it sports upon local purchase.  Also consider the features and brand of the equipment.  When all these have been taken into careful consideration, then you probably are in for a good buy.

E-bay, Amazon, newspapers, or local exercise shops are good sources of information on which elliptical machine you are planning to buy.  You can look for one depending on the budget that you have.  Also, make sure that the elliptical machine you are planning to buy would provide you with cardio, low-impact, and quality workouts: the very features the elliptical trainers are very popular about.

Also, when looking for an elliptical trainer, it is also important to look for a machine which would provide you with the quality of workout you are personally looking for.  Consider your needs in weight training or on any other need (toning up your core muscles, leg muscles, etc.).  Look for an elliptical machine in good working order; one which has been used but would still contain features that would help you in your exercise and most of all, has a more reasonable price than the brand new ones.  When evaluating a machine, consider the following:

  • Make sure that the motions are fluid and smooth, not jerky.
  • The machine should not make too much noise when being used, as low noise would allow you to enjoy music or television during your workout.
  • The machine should be able to allow you to work both your upper and lower body.
  • The presence of pre-programmed and customizable settings which can aid you in your workout.
  • Digital readout which displays your heart rate.
  • Incline ramps and pedals which can be adjusted to add variety to muscle usage and to the intensity of workout.
  • Pricing and warranty (if still available).

Only buy from a reputable vendor

As much as it is tempting to purchase from online advertisements and classified ads, make sure that you are purchasing from one that is trusted and has a good reputation in selling remanufactured equipment.  One good company known for reselling quality exercise equipment is BigFitness.  They do not only sell used exercise equipment; they put all their used equipment in their “remanufacturing” process, making sure the machines are in the best of shape before putting them up for sale.

How to Use an Elliptical Trainer – 8 Highly Effective Tips

As much as there are a lot of people willing to undergo fitness programs for health reasons, there are still those who find it a challenge to use gym facilities such as elliptical trainers.  This article would explain how to use an elliptical trainer.

It is never enough to just know how an elliptical trainer works.  One should know how to effectively use these great workout machines so that he or she can get the most out of it.  The following 8 highly effective tips will help you with the proper use of an an elliptical training machine:

1 – Wear the appropriate workout cloths

Before undergoing any strenuous activity, one should remember to wear clothes and footwear which are not only appropriate for exercising but would also make him or her comfortable enough especially when doing different movements.

2 – Know how to properly use the machine

Remember the basics of checking out the guidelines and instructions printed on the machine.  Take time to know how to program the console’s settings.  This way it would not be a pain to always call out for the trainer whenever you need to max or lower the machine’s settings.

3 – Hold the hand rails!

Hold the hand railing using your left hand.  Your left foot should go on the left foot plate.  Your right hand and right foot should be place on the equipment with both feet on the same level.

4 – Make sure it’s properly adjusted

Adjust the settings on the console without losing your grip on the handrailing (for safety purposes in case you accidentally press the start button with the wrong settings).  Most elliptical trainers would give you choices for incline, intensity, stepping, direction (either forward or backwards), or elliptical movement.

5 – Make sure your movement is correct

Move your feet by transferring weight from one foot to another.

6 – Never lose your grip

Sixth, never lose your grip on the hand railings especially when you opt for the backwards direction.

7 – Change up your programmable settings

Seventh, by choosing different pre-programmed settings, you get to add variety to your activity.  You can try doing backwards directions and increase and decrease the speed.

8 – Consider your goals

Take into consideration your goals for exercising.  Adjust incline for strengthening, increasing endurance, or for working a certain muscle group.

Bonus Tips!

When observed, an elliptical trainer has a foot pedals for both of your feet and arm handles as well.  When these foot pedals move, so do the arm handles.  Both of your feet should be placed at the center of each pedal and make sure each stride is comfortable enough: not too long or not too short.  You can either choose to hold the arm handles or not hold anything at all while moving your arm as though you are running.  This would lead to the development of the muscles in your midsection, maximizing the amount of calories that get burned while you do the exercise.  If you choose to hold onto the handles, avoid leaning your bodyweight on the handles as this would lead to slow the burning of calories.

The digital readouts on each console can be a good source of motivation for exercisers as it displays the elapsed time workout, steps per minute taken, and even the calories burned while the exercise is ongoing.  This would be a good guide for exercisers.

The above tips are good guides on how to use an elliptical trainer properly.  One should not feel discouraged if they are not able to go on for too long on their first time on an elliptical machine.  Gradually work your way up and even reach 20 minutes as you go on the machine regularly.

Elliptical Trainer Workouts

Just like on any other fitness equipment, there are also workouts designed for use on the elliptical trainer.  This article will talk about elliptical trainer workouts which can maximize the use of elliptical trainers for exercisers.

Allocate time for your workout

When setting your elliptical trainer workouts, you should first make sure that your exercising would not be time-pressured too much as elliptical training would go for as long as 20 minutes to give you max results.  When going on an elliptical training machine for the first time, you should take it easy as going for the heavy exercises immediately would cause your body to be strained too much.  Also, interval workout would probably the best workout program designed for use on the elliptical trainer.

Interval Workouts

An interval workout is a workout which increases the intensity of any workout.  This type of workout is effective in burning fats right off anyone’s body.  Anyone who loves to exercise is well on his way on achieving the best results for their body when they are on this stage.

Basically, an interval is alternating lower-intensity with high-intensity exercise within a single workout.  The best example would be doing exercise on an elliptical trainer.

How to start your workout

To start of your workout on the elliptical trainer, it is best to start off with a quick warm up which would not last for more than a couple of minutes.  A good warm up is to do a light run on the elliptical trainer for just about two to five minutes at most using a light setting.  After doing so, gradually work your way up to high-intensity settings. Always follow high-intensity workouts with lower-intensity ones so that you can get good intervals in-between your workouts.

Benefits of Elliptical workouts

Elliptical trainers are great for those who want to build up their cardio. Workouts done on this machine are basically cardiovascular, meaning that it is best for improving the function of the heart and lungs and therefore blood circulation and metabolism, allowing for more calorie burning when exercising.

Elliptical trainers are also good for working up the leg muscles because of its faux-running motion which are smooth and easy to do.  You can either move your legs forward (good for the hamstrings and the bottom) or backwards (good for your calves and quads).  Going backwards however does not burn much calories as going forward often does.

Use the upper body features

Most of the elliptical trainers out in the market are equipped with moving handles.  Holding on to these handles would give your arms a good workout as well.  Doing so would also give you a total body workout since you would be working out your upper and lower extremities at the same time.

Core workouts

A core workout happens when you let go of the handles and balance yourself on the foot pedals.  This would make the workout focus on your core muscles (abs, lower, and mid back).  This would lead to stabilizing and strengthening the muscles during the workout.

Take advantage of pre-programmed settings

The elliptical trainer has a variety of pre-programmed settings you can choose to add variety to your workout.  Adding variety to your elliptical trainer workouts will keep you from getting bored and would also condition the body better than by just sticking to old, familiar routines.

Elliptical Trainer Weight Loss

Do elliptical trainers help with weight loss?  Absolutely!

Elliptical trainer weight loss from working out on using elliptical is indeed possible because due to their workouts being cardiovascular in nature.  Also, they have different settings which aid you in working out, one of which is a weight loss setting.

Elliptical Trainer Workouts

A treadmill, exercise, and a punishing stair climber combined together would give you an elliptical trainer.  These training machines give the best of cardio workouts since it gives you a total body workout, targeting your legs, arms, chest, and even the shoulders.  Also, it has a characteristic of providing low-impact workouts with effective results.  Low-impact workouts are characterized in the natural and slow “elliptical walking motion” provided by the machine.  The best machines even guarantee a very fluid movement which is a good thing since it does not give exercisers the amount of strain often obtained when doing high-impact workouts.  Joint injuries can also be avoided, injuries that anyone can possibly get from jogging.  You can maintain your pace without ever feeling worked out too hard.

Crossramp Technology

An additional feature on the elliptical trainer that would help exercisers get more calories burned is the crossramp technology.  Definitely having an impact on weight loss, this technology gives the elliptical trainer the benefit of an added calorie crunching through the changed elliptical path.  This brings the different muscles of the body into action, therefore being a good weight loss contributor.

Pre-programmed workouts

Pre-programmed settings on the elliptical trainer add spice to workouts.  Exercisers can even adjust the settings according to their own preferences.  These settings can also be good guides into making sure exercisers are going through a good weight loss workout program.  They would also have the benefit of being informed on the amount of time they have been working out and also the amount of calories being burned through its digital readout.  Its heart rate monitors also displays your targeted cardio zone which would help you do efficient fat-burning.

Core Muscle Targetting

Another thing on why elliptical trainer workouts are effective weight loss exercises is that the elliptical trainer even targets the core muscles.  By letting go of the handles and balancing yourself on the foot pedals, you can provide stabilization to your abdominal muscles, mid, and lower back.

Maintain a Routine

For four times a week for at least 30 minutes a day, elliptical trainer weight loss is very much possible as long as the exerciser would maintain his or her routine in a regular fashion.  Regular exercising would not only guarantee weight loss but would also keep the heart rate elevated for a period of time, therefore resulting in the burning of calories.

Don’t overdue it!

One thing any exerciser should remember when doing workouts on the elliptical machine is to not strain themselves too much to achieve their goals of losing weight.  Starting off small (doing light exercises and warm ups) can help condition your body to do high-impact exercises gradually in the future.  Interval workouts are the best type of workouts which can make elliptical training efficient and weight-loss guaranteed.

Elliptical Trainer Parts and Maintenance

Prior to purchase, it is important that a buyer is well aware of where to get elliptical trainer parts and maintenance services should the equipment break down. There’s nothing more frustrating that having a thousand-dollar equipment break down and no help in site for the repairs.

Fortunately, elliptical trainers do not need to frequent attention to work properly. Due to the simplicity of the concept, it’s fairly easy to notice problems and fix them as necessary. Following are some Do-It-Yourself techniques to answer minor elliptical trainer problems.

Getting rid of the Squeak

Is something squeaking or groaning each time the pedals pushes upward or downward? Like most machines, it is natural for an elliptical to get “bone dry” and would therefore need to be lubricated in order to function again. Think about the body being dehydrated and the bones starting to stiffen up. Applying the same concept to elliptical would mean oiling up the squeaky part for it to run smoothly again. Most elliptical deliveries come with an oil pack as well as the manual for application. If it runs out, then the nearest hardware store should be able to supply the item.

Check the Nuts and Bolts

If something seems amiss with the elliptical – perhaps the resistance being too weak or some parts starting to squeak and groan – then chances are some nuts and bolts are turning loose (or too tight). For cases like these, users can simply whip out the old screw driver and start tightening the bolts back into place. This shouldn’t be hard and would take as little as a few minutes.

Make the Elliptical Machine Child-Proof

This technique is basically more for prevention than cure. Basically, owners should make sure that their elliptical are well covered to deter any children from mounting the equipment and trying it out. Not only can this damage the device but more importantly – it may cause harm to the child. Additionally, an unprotected elliptical trainer would be a favorite landing spot for grime, dirt and dust which is hardly attractive. Those being said, make sure to clean the elliptical as often as possible with the help of the guide usually provided in the manual.

Note that if the elliptical trainer is still covered by the warranty, then it might be a good idea to lay off any major fixes on the item. Instead, call the manufacturer immediately and have them look the item over.

As for elliptical trainer parts and maintenance, there are currently numerous stores that provide key items for the device. This can be anything from screws, bolts, caps, motherboard and even batteries. Hence, finding replacement parts is not a problem whether one looks for it through a land-based store or online.

Of course, the manufacturer themselves provide parts of the product. Usually, these are better options since it guarantees that the parts will fit the elliptical trainer perfectly. The manual also provides excellent ideas for elliptical trainer parts and maintenance requirements in order to keep the device at tip-top shape for a long time.

Elliptical Trainer Manufacturer Warranty Lengths

Below you will find a table explaining the different warranty periods for most elliptical trainer manufacturers. Typically, the longer the warranty, the better the machine as the manufacturer will typically stand by their product longer.

Also note that overtime manufacturers change their warranties per model. The numbers below may not be 100% accurate and you should ALWAYS check the warranty period for the model you are looking at purchasing. We try and keep this table as up to date as possible, but there will be times when the manufacturer will change their warranty on new models they release.

Elliptical Trainer Manufacturer Warranty Lengths

Manufacturer Parts Labor Additional Info
Eclipse 1 yr 1 yr Parts Warranty is Limited (Beware)
Horizon Series 1 yr 1 yr Brake is life of product
Horizon Elite Series 3 yr 1 yr
Kettler 1 yr 1 yr
LifeCore 1 yr 5 yr
Nautilus 10 yr 1 yr
New Balance 1 yr 1 yr 2 yr electronics
NordicTrack 1-3 yr 1 yr 2 yr parts and labor can be purchased for $99
Octane 5 yr 1 yr
Precor 10 yr 1 yr
Proform 1 yr 1 yr 2 yr parts and labor can be purchased for $99
Reebok 90 days – 1 yr (depends on model) 90 days – 1 yr (depends on model)
Schwinn 2 yr 90 days labor
Smooth Fitness 3-5 yr 2 yr
Sole Fitness 3-5 yr 1-2 yr
Spirit 2-10 yr 1 yr
Tunturi 2 yr 1 yr
Vision Fitness 2-3 yr 1 yr
Weslo 90 days 90 days
Yowza 3-5 yr 1-2 yr

Elliptical Trainer Buying Guide

Elliptical trainers are excellent machines to have at home, mainly because they provide multiple benefits for the price of one. For one thing, elliptical trainers are capable of working both upper and lower body at the same time – practically the only one of its kind in exercise equipment. That being said, it isn’t surprising for one to opt for an elliptical trainer compared to other products.

However, it won’t do to have just any type of trainer. There are several factors that must be considered prior to considering one. Read on and find out what you should look for in an elliptical trainer.

Determine Your Budget

Average elliptical trainers cost from $200 to $5,000 depending on the brand, model and specifications of the equipment. Obviously, those who want to get more for their purchase would need to look at the high-end items. Of course, there are still inexpensive brands that provide excellent quality for the user. For this reason, it is important to decide on a budget – the highest one could go – and start the search from there.

Check the Fit

The whole point of using an elliptical trainer is to go easy on the joints. However, if the fit of the elliptical itself is not exact, then chances are the user would have a hard time using it. Check out the size of the pedal as well as the distance between the two. The size and distance should be enough to accommodate the height of the user or if not – it must at least be adjustable to make way for multiple users.

Flywheel or Magnetic Resistance

Either of the two would make excellent resistance options for an elliptical. However, buyers should note that flywheels are heavier and would therefore provide a rougher impact compared to the magnetic resistance.


One of the biggest advantages of an elliptical is its compact size which can easily fit in most apartments. However, sizes still vary depending on the model, making it necessary to choose an elliptical that would adequately occupy the space provided for it.

Incline and Decline

Some ellipticals have the ability to incline and decline which is better for those who want an intensive workout from their machines. These features increase heart activity, therefore allowing for maximization of calories burned.

Additional Features

Additional perks are mainly there to make the use of the elliptical easier. However, the presence of these features may tip one’s decision in favor of a model. Currently, most elliptical come with an iPod dock, workout programming and even a tutorial. The screen and controls must be user-friendly and allows for customization like brightness and volume.


The typical warranty for elliptical equipment is around one year although it is possible to have this extended for a price.

Frequency of Use

Those who intend to utilize the elliptical trainer as often as possible should opt for a high-end model to ensure durability. However, those who will be using it infrequently or together with other exercise equipment can settle for an average-priced item.

To wrap up this elliptical trainer shopping guide, make sure to check out customer reviews about the product.