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Old 07-24-2007, 12:02 PM   #1
Eric Lester
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I have a female friend that is wanting to get an elliptical trainer for home use. I know very little about them.

Are there any particularly higher quality brands. Are certain brands overpriced?

Any recommendations would be appreciated.
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Old 07-24-2007, 01:35 PM   #2
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Are certain brands overpriced?

Ummm, all of them? Because no elliptical trainer is a match for a Concept2 rower. Same low-impact feature, but the workouts on a Concept2 are more standardized, more functional and hold the trainee more accountable. In other words, you won't get a much in the way of a recommendation for an elliptical trainer on Crossfit.
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Old 07-24-2007, 02:30 PM   #3
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I have both. Havent used the eliiptical in nearly a year. Now the C2 is a contributing member in this household
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:27 PM   #4
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Eric;
Look at the formula for computing Work and you'll soon see that the Elipptical trainer is a major rip off. I had a very seasoned trainer point to the people on these devices and asked me to notice how much their heads were moving up and down, well not much. Hence you are not moving weight for any amount of distance. Trust us on this, buy a C2 or nothing at all. Even tread mill is not worth the price, just buy some good outdoor gear and train outside, or do Thrusters, Squats, Box Jumps, yada yada yada.
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Old 07-25-2007, 05:34 AM   #5
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I'm using an elliptical to warm up in the gym at the moment as my osteopath advised I lay off the rower until my back sorted itself out; it may not be the best exercise machine ever, but it has little problem pushing my heart rate way up and making me sweat!

(No opinions on a model though, I'm afraid)
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Old 07-25-2007, 11:43 AM   #6
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A C2 is great if she'll use it, but then, if so she'd probably just CrossFit.

If efforts to convince her of our superiority fail, recommend the Octane; especially if she's short. The pedals on the Octance are much closer than most. Obviously ellipticals aren't ideal, but I'd rather see your friend on a elliptical than a couch.

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Old 07-25-2007, 02:52 PM   #7
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One thing to remember is any exercise is better than none. I don't know anything about the machines, but they are ok to warm-up. When I went to a commercial gym, they were real popular with the girls and a lot of them were hot...
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Old 07-27-2007, 12:24 PM   #8
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My friend is pretty foreign to exercise so I doubt I'll motivate her to get a C2 or try Crossfit hehe. I'd try harder but we live several states apart.

She is pretty short so I'll recommend the Octane, thanks John.
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Old 07-27-2007, 03:24 PM   #9
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Ellipticals are great while rehabbing shoulder injuries that make the rower unusable.

Everything has its place, even stuff we like to sneer at.

I'm partial to Precor brand, but yes, it's overpriced.
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Old 07-31-2007, 05:31 AM   #10
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I think most home elliptical machines would be very shoddy. The ARC trainer at my gym is a really sweet thing..and sturdy..but I can imagine it costing $3000US or so.
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