Elliptical Cross Trainer - Precor EFX 5.21i
This is a quality machine - one of the best - to invest in, gives
an awesome workout, and will last for years to come.
For those larger bodies [ 250 lbs +] who need a very solid quality
machine; the Precor or Landice brands, commercial models are the
ones that will give you the best performance..
Performance - Smooth and quiet
User Feedback - The Precor machine shows an image
of what body part is being used as levels are changed.
Adjustment Options - Able to adjust the level
of the height of the machine to work different parts of your body.
Highest level works your gluteal muscles (your butt) the most.
Accessory Holder- Has a place for water bottles
and a magazine rest for those long steady lower pace workouts.
Price tag - 5.21i for $3,499. Expensive –
top models cost around $3,000. There are some good quality machines
for much less than $3,000. Top of the line elliptical machine can
Size and Weight - Hard to relocate once it is
Minimal memory - Only holds one user profile
– very annoying and limiting for such an expensive machine.
Users must change settings for weight and age each time they use
No moving arm levers - Precor do have models
with moving arms - check the Precor
website to compare the various models.
- Very quiet and smooth.
- True elliptical motion
- Sturdy, well built
- Ability to change the resistance (20 different settings)
- Settings to show calories expended; calories per minute; time
target; time passed; time left; distance; steps taken and the
resistance you are working at.
- Heart rate monitor - a must for exercise equipment to workout
at a certain percentage of your maximum heart rate. The EFX has
a simple to use and understand heart rate monitor that works well.
- Variety of programs.
- Cross training
- Heart rate [requires heart rate monitor] - the resistance
level automatically adjusts based on your heart rate
- Fat Burning
- Reasonable weight - 197 lbs
- Good stride length - 18 inches.
- Size - Around six feet long, nearly three feet wide, and about
four feet high.
- Average Cost - $USD3,500.00
Limits Of Use
Large machine suited only to larger rooms. Not easily moved once
Incline is wonderful with the EFX - allows you to work your entire
Setting One [very easy] to 12 [very difficult]. Vary your workout
between 1-8 switching resistance every few minutes. Lower levels
work 4 options for calf, hamstring, quadriceps (thighs) and gluteals.
Readouts are adequate and work well. The calorie counter is not
that reliable, but this is common to most exercise machines.
Issue - none reported to date
NB: Known issues of elliptical trainers are only those experienced
by individual users are are not necessarily and indication of poor
quality on all units. They are included here purely as a guide as
to likely problems with tips on how to remedy.
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