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Old 11-05-10, 04:10 PM
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School me on Elliptical Trainers

Thinking about buying one for myself and the wife.

Crappy Tire has this one on sale:
Tempo 615E. Regularly $899 CAD... on sale for $399.


I know it's not going to be as good as the type you typically find at a gym, but I still want something half-decent. It'll probably go in the basement, and I'll probably use it while watching movies/TV or just listening to music.

So... what do otters* think?

edit: reviews on the website are mixed, of course...


*warning: do not let real otters use an elliptical. They might hurt themselves.

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Re: School me on Elliptical Trainers

Ask yourself, do you need another coat hangers?
Old 11-05-10, 04:20 PM
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Re: School me on Elliptical Trainers

I don't need a $400 coat hanger, no.

But my wife and I DO feel like we need something at home.
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Re: School me on Elliptical Trainers

For a minute there, I thought you meant a mathematics teacher.
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Re: School me on Elliptical Trainers

Treadmills/Ellipticals are always on "sale" at 50-60% off. They always jack up the MSRP so that they can convince you to buy it when its on sale. I was looking at a treadmill once that was on sale up to that Friday only..... and have been at the same "sale" price everyday ever since. So best advice I can give you is not to make an impulse buy based on the ongoing "sale".
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Re: School me on Elliptical Trainers

I lost 60 lbs on ellipticals over an 11 month period. 45 minutes a day just about every day. Going about 80-85 RPM. Most people I see at the gym go about 45-50 RPM. Your results may vary.
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Re: School me on Elliptical Trainers

At the gym I go to I see people going forever on those things. Anyway, I'm trying to work my way up to them because I realize the treadmill ain't enough and I need to step up my game.
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Re: School me on Elliptical Trainers

Please carefully follow my painstakingly researched plan:
1) Make sure you wife picks out the model she wants regardless of the cost.
2) Gladly re-arrange the furniture as many times as necessary until the room is just so.
3) From this point on do not mention the device for a full 120 day.

Only by following these three steps to the letter can you then point out on the 121st day that; "Yes, in fact your ass does look smaller today, but only in comparison to that $1,500, dust covered monstrosity that has been filling the corner of the living room for lo these last four months."

This is what we call in the business a TACTICAL VICTORY!
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Re: School me on Elliptical Trainers

I don't like them because the stride is too short. A treadmill is better.

For the price, a $10 a month membership at Planet Fitness or someplace similar is a much better deal.
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Re: School me on Elliptical Trainers

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At the gym I go to I see people going forever on those things. Anyway, I'm trying to work my way up to them because I realize the treadmill ain't enough and I need to step up my game.
You mean v. walking on a treadmill? Cause running on a treadmill is more intense than an elliptical.
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Re: School me on Elliptical Trainers

I bought a Schwinn 438 a few months ago. I've used it 5 days a week for several months and it works great. It was slightly used but still like new since the guy I bought it from had barely touched it. It doesn't make a lot of noise so I watch TV while I'm on it.

Reviews for Schwinns are pretty good an Amazon. They're not the most expensive, but they're not the cheapest either. I thought they were the best middle of the road choice for the money.
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Re: School me on Elliptical Trainers

Elliptical's are good. I lost about 60-70 lbs doing that as my only cardio (of course unless your spending 6 hours a day on the thing, losing weight is only going to happen with diet change. But that is another thread).

I like ellipticals. However, after a year averaging 6 days a week, I just got tired of it. Just couldn't stay motivated on it. So I starting mixing in running and now I only run for cardio.

But that is the issue. For that kind of money, I would join a gym. And the main reason being the options. Sure you can do elliptical for a couple months. Then switch to bike. Than treadmill. Or mix them up during the week. Or hey take a class! Lift a few weights, etc.

If there is a 24Hour Fitness near you, Costco has their 2 year prepaid membership for $300! Good at Sport level all club. Very good deal IF you have one close to use.

But if your sure you just have to get one then I'd look for one that has a lot of built in programs. Some even use SD card type things to add programs to. Also built in heart rate monitor is nice. Not by touching the handles, but by wearing a chest strap. This is most accurate. I don't think you need TV/Radio built in. But the little fans can be nice. And a water bottle holder.

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