Learning how to choose an elliptical trainer means knowing what you want from your machine. This can be very personal. Depending on what demands you intend to place on your body and the machine, look at a number of functions and aspects. Manufacturers and internet review pages provide much information to help consumers narrow down the search.
Thanks to their growing popularity, there are many trainers on the market. They come in different price ranges and quality, so beware you are not comparing apples to oranges. In other words, there is no sense in holding a high end machine up against a low end one.
Then again, some circumstances limit consumers. One of these is weight. The other is usage. If you plan to put your trainer through its paces on a regular basis, say every other day, then you want it to last. Moreover, should you start at over two hundred pounds in weight, some machines simply will not cope. In fact, check this detail out. You could invalidate your warranty if the elliptical breaks down and your weight exceeds the stated limit.
Having an elliptical machine at home is great for working out when you want and avoiding self-comparison with fit bodies all around. Still, they can be noisy, a fact you really notice without the buzz of voices and other machines running. Try one out before buying and see for yourself how much noise a machine makes when turned on.
Another reason to test a machine in person involves smoothness. Although where you put your feet and programs you choose will affect how the ride feels, overall your experience should be comfortable. If not, you will only put you off your routine.
The programs can seem really tantalizing if you plan to use them. Some will allow the consumer to program distance and set challenges for themselves as well as offering pre-programmed options. Then again, a good work out for a casual user whose weight is within an acceptable range may feel that a lower-end model without programs is just fine. If you do get one with lots of buttons, make sure you can read the display. It should light up with figures easily deciphered. Take a look at the instructions for utilizing things like the calorie counter or training options: do they make sense? What about the heart monitor? Whatever is important to you, take a close look.
When planning to shell out for a complicated machine with many working parts, look carefully at warranty. In particular, is it comprehensive, covering parts and maintenance? Are there limitations on usage or weight? Also, storage matters when a machine lives in your apartment, so check out the ease with which you can fold and move your purchase.