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Elliptical Cross Trainer - SportsArt Commercial Total Body Trainer E82

 

SportsArt are firmly established as high quality cardio exercise equipment providers with elliptical trainers challenging other leading companies such as Precor, Schwinn, Universal and Tunturi.

Consumer Guide's website has reviewed SportsArt products and placed them in Best Buy and Recommended Buy categories for several years.

The E82 is priced around $3300.

 

Best Recommendation

The SportsArt E82 elliptical trainer has a high quality feel and finish, variable stride length capability, superior visibility console, and more innovative features than most other elliptical trainers. It's feel and finish equals or exceeds the best in this category.

Best Features

  1. Console - best console out of all elliptical trainers - see below
  2. Very smooth operation
  3. Arm mounted switches - left for resistance and right for stride length. Very convenient for in motion changes.

Worst Features

Large machine - measure up to make sure you have enough space before purchase. Not as big as the E8300 though.

 

Features

  • Electronic Adjustable Stride Length - can be adjusted electronically between 17" and 26" using a switch conveniently positioned on the right exercise arm. Current stride length is displayed on the console; adjustments are in one inch increments.
  • Moving Arms - work more than the arms, they also work the lateral abs. The unit also has two stationary arms.
  • Resistance Variation - use a switch on the left arm to increase/decrease resistance.
  • Heart Rate Control and Display - two heart rate control modes: weight loss (65%) and cardio (80%). Both target heart rates are constantly displayed at the top of the console along with your actually heart rate.
  • Chest Sensors - supports Polar compatible heart rate chest sensors and also has built-in heart rate sensors in the stationary arms. The target heart rates are calculated based on your age, but can be changed in your custom user settings.
  • Resistance Control - press the resistance button to modify the routine on the fly.
  • Drive System - uses an electric powered drive and resistance control to give a virtually silent operation. Resistance is perfectly smooth. Powered units have the advantage of maintaining your session information if you take a break.
  • Console - superior console with 3-color data presentation and two tier console setup. The best of any elliptical trainer. This is due to both the display and the positioning. The display uses three bright color [red, green, orange] LED's. The elliptical trainer is designed to position the console higher and closer to eye level; making it really easy to see and read while working out. The aesthetics of the console adds to its high quality feel.
  • Display Layout - well organised, with a two tier layout. Control buttons are located on a small pod on the bottom and data displayed on the top of the console.
  • Data - provides Time, Resistance, Stride Length, Strides, Calories, Calories / Hour, etc. in easy to read three color graphics.
  • Users and Exercise Routines - nine buttons give direct access to the exercise routines. Plus there is Quickstart to go directly to Manual mode. Each program is displayed on screen using a red LED. The exercise routines on both models are comparable.
  • Program Display LED - all programs are displayed, with the current program used indicated by red LED. This lets you easily switch between exercise routines and keep track of what mode you are in. Quick routine changes are really useful if you like to customise your programs.
  • User Memory - The E82 retains up to four sets of user data [age, weight] and cumulative exercise data [time, strides] based on a User ID. Great feature for multi user elliptical trainers.

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User Experiences

"Once you try variable stride length … you may never be happy with a fixed stride length trainer ever again. It allows you tremendous flexibility in tuning your workout and your comfort level. Plus, each family member can just dial in the right setup for their workout".

"The stride motion produces a very natural walking, jogging, or running stride based on stride length. The angle of the footpads changes through the range of motion".

User Tips

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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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