How I Struggled To Find The Perfect Elliptical

On January 1, 2015, I found myself looking for an elliptical to use at home. Now, I know you’re thinking that I made a New Year’s resolution, but that’s not the case. I have owned a treadmill that I use daily for the past five years. I simply decided that I wanted to give an elliptical a shot because they offer various benefits for the body. Like most people, I started my search by sifting through elliptical reviews online.

ellipticalI found hundreds of reviews on dozens of different ellipticals, and that didn’t help my search a whole lot. In fact, this information seemed to make my search even more difficult. Certain reviewers touted one manufacturer of these machines, and others clamored for another. I was just looking for a reliable machine that would give me a great workout! At some point, I decided to switch things up and headed out.

After driving a few minutes from home, I found my local sporting goods store. The store featured a small selection of ellipticals, ranging from budget machines to more expensive behemoths. I felt more comfortable trying out these machines and getting a feel for how they worked. Obviously, I couldn’t test them with a mini-workout, but I could spend a few minutes with each machine. I looked at Lifecore LC-985VG and Proform 14-0-CE.

I visited a second store with different ellipticals before making a decision. I spent a few hundred dollars to purchase a basic elliptical machine with a few extra features. A little display tracks my heart rate, distance traveled, and a few other statistics. Currently, I spend about 30 minutes per day on my elliptical, and I have to say that I love this medium-sized machine!

The elliptical reviews might have confused me, but they helped me figure out what I should look for in an elliptical. From there, I had to head to a store to physically look at ellipticals. It made more sense to test these machines out before making a purchase. They’re not exactly cheap exercise machines after all. Regardless, I now love my elliptical, which I use at home every day.

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