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Elliptical Trainers first joined the fitness industry a little over 5 years ago. They are, today, as common and popular as the well known treadmills and stationary bikes. This review will cover why they are so effective and some of the more popular elliptical trainers on the market...

An Elliptical Cross Trainer is an impact free, total body work out machine. No other piece of aerobic fitness equipment can boast this. For example, a weight bearing exercise, such as jogging, is effective at burning calories and developing bone density, however, it places excessive amounts of stress on the back and joints.

An elliptical motion, on the other hand, offers a weight bearing element while sustaining an impact free movement. The problem with early elliptical trainers were that they had difficulty in raising the heart rate without tiring out the legs first. Very similar to stationary exercise bikes. When the upper body movement was added to the elliptical trainer, they literally exploded on the market.

Current studies show that energy expenditure, among subjects that are overweight, is higher on an elliptical cross trainer than it is on a treadmill or stationary exercise bike. But, to the user, it doesn't feel like they're expending more energy...

Five Significant Features to look for...

1. Total body Effectiveness
Unfortunately, there are a lot of elliptical trainers that still ony provide a lower body work out. The lack of upper body movement compromises one of the elliptical trainer's greatest features
, which is to burn a large number of calories without tiring out the user first. If you're in the market for an elliptical trainer, make sure to choose one that works both your lower and upper body.

2. Adjustable Resistance

The ability to adjust resistance levels varies with each machine. Some of the lower cost machines have coarse, manual systems that affects the quality, smoothness, of the motion. An electric, or magnetic, adjustable resistance will provide a much smoother and quiet work out, which leads us into...

3. Quiet Performance

The majority of, independant, consumer reviews mention noise or the lack thereof. Although a minor detail, the level of noise that a fitness machine emitts can determine how often that machine will be used. A noisy fitness machine can turn into a nasty irritation.

4. Adjustable Pedals

The ability to adjust the pedals of an elliptical trainer will allow you to focus on different muscle groups. It is also another way to vary your work out so that it doesn't get boring. Most importantly, adjustable pedals let's you fit the machine to your own body and not your body to the machine. Not many elliptical trainers offer this feature, but it's an important one to consider.

5. Warranty and Servicing
Last, but not least, is the type of warranty and service package that an elliptical trainer comes with. Remember that the obligation to adhere to the warranty belongs to the manufacturer and not the supplier or merchant. The most standard warranty for labor is 12 months, but lower cost elliptical traineres may not cover the full 12 months. Parts warranties can vary, depending on the manufacturer, ranging anywhere from 90 days to 3 years. One last detail is to make sure that the manufacturer has technicians available in your state or province. This way, you won't have to wait weeks for a resolution.

Now that we've gotten some background on elliptical trainers, let's take a look at some of the popular brands that meet our requirements...

Economical Elliptical Trainers
Elliptical trainers don't have to cost an arm and a leg, but be careful of bying a "cheap" machine. Here are some affordable trainers that don't cut corners on quality...

Smooth Elliptical Trainers
As far as value for you rmoney, Smooth is hard to beat. Smooth is highly regarded for it's quality products and customer care. They are also popular for their direct factory prices and warranties...

Precor Elliptical Trainers
If money isn't an issue, and all you're looking for is the very best, Precor is at the top of this list...

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