Considered, overall, as the founders of the
concept of elliptical trainers, Precor was first initiated
into the elliptical cross training market back in 1995. Since
then, elliptical trainers have grown as commonplace as treadmills
in, literally, all commercial gyms and fitness clubs.
Precor has, undeniably, built a reputation of
quality exercise equipment. They design and construct their
fitness equipment with only the heights grade componenets and
superior quality, resulting in a product that offers years
of trouble free use.
However, as with any product, the best or highest
quality is also reflected by its cost. Precor elliptical trainers,
created for home use, cost anywhere between $2,500.00 to $4,000.00.
A price tag that generally attracks only the most serious
of fitness users, who will only stand for the finest. The
newest and latest Precor elliptical trainers are called the
EFX series. They consist of only 4 models, but only two are
Precor is the only elliptical trainer on the
market to offer an adjustable incline, which they call the
"CrossRamp". This "Crossramp" allows the
user to change the muscle groups that are being exercised.
Aside from the physical advantage, the "CrossRamp"
brings variety to a plain fitness routine.
Like with all products, one of the most important
things to consider is the equipments warranty and service
agreement. All Precor elliptical trainers include excellent
warranties. A minimum of 3-5 years on its parts, a lifetime
warranty for its frame, and a 1 year warranty for any labor.
BodyTrends.com is the only on line retailer
that offers Precor's new range of elliptical trainers. They
also offer an attractive feature, which consists of quality
articles and information on the products that they sell. They
are a great site to do a quick feature and cost comparison
on any fitness product that you are looking for.
Although Precor offers 4 models in its EFX
series, we have only included two of them...
EFX 5.17 Precor Elliptical Trainer
Priced at $2,300.00, the EFX 5.17 is the lowest
priced, Precor elliptical trainer. A very basic machine, which
only provides a lower body work out. It only includes one
pre-set training program, however, like other ellipticals,
it's electronic monitor also displays readouts such as the
strides per minute, resistance level, time, and calories burned.
And for an extra cost, you can get a heart rate monitor included.
EFX 5.33 Precor Elliptical Trainer
The EFX 5.33 is the only Precor elliptical trainer to provide
both a lower and upper body work out. All of the other models
only have a static handlebar to hold on to. The two models
that are not mentioned in this article are similiar in price
to this model, but are not nearly as good as this one. This
EFX 5.33 features 8 pre-set work out programs, and a standard
heart rate monitoring kit. Unfortunately, the "CrossRamp"
feature is not adjustable on this model, most likely due to
the uppoer body element.
So, if you can afford, and justify, the cost
of a Precor elliptical trainer, then don't bother looking
for anything else. The EFX 5.33 is the best! However, if the
$3,500.00 is not within your budget, you may want to consider
Smooth's selection of elliptical trainers. They are about
half the price of these Precors and rival their quality. All
Smooth ellipticals also come with standard upper body motion.
here for the full review on Smooth Elliptical Trainers