Summer 2021

How to Choose an Elliptical

Elliptical systems offer a full-body, fluid workout that minimizes impact on your joints. If you’re looking to maximize your workout from home, there’s a perfect model out there to match your needs. 

How does an elliptical system work?

Ellipticals are dual action with a set of handlebars attached to the pedals. The handlebars give you a great upper body workout but at the same time, good cardiovascular exercise. All elliptical trainers use resistance to vary the effort needed to move the handlebars and pedals. More elite models feature pre-set and custom programs that alter the resistance automatically.

Consider your side length, surrounding space, and more.

The stride length, footpath, pedal spacing, and flywheel weight all contribute to how an elliptical works. If you are going to use your elliptical very often, most people feel comfortable with narrow pedal spacing, a longer stride, a flatter footpath, and a heavier flywheel. Consider trying an elliptical before to make sure it feels right for you.

Be sure to know where you want to place your elliptical and have measured out your space before your purchase. Front and centre-drive elliptical models, which position the flywheel in the side or front, are usually more compact.

Rear-drive ellipticals take up more space but can offer increased durability and performance. Some models can even fold for easy storage.

Grip mounted sensors can also allow you to track your heart rate. Some models come with a chest strap to monitor your heart rate hands-free. A fully equipped LCD monitor gives you key feedback at a glace, including heart rate, time, calories burned, and more.

 Internet and built-in speakers can also enhance your elliptical experience, allowing you to check your email and work out to your own soundtrack.