Buying Used Elliptical Trainers
If you plan to buy a used elliptical trainer, you need to get as
much information as possible about it.
Review the Elliptical
Trainer Buying Guide to understand the different types of elliptical
Then work out the features that are most important to you. Some
features are important to some body types and suit certain fitness
goals, whereas others are not worth paying the extra money, for
Find out how much the elliptical trainer origionally cost. Use
our Amazon Shop to compare prices between the various models.
Read the reviews by users in our Amazon shop and the other reviews
on this site.
Check the manufacturers website to find out the various models
of elliptical trainers they make, and where the ones you have in
mind, fit within the range. You will also be able to compare features
between models here.
Once you are ready to contact sellers of used elliptical trainers,
get prepared to find out:
- The serial number - contact the manufacturer for the age and
product line history.
- The total number of strides the unit has clocked - an average
workout is 100 strides/min. A 30 min. typical workout would then
clock 3,000 strides. You can then calculate the usage in hours
of a used unit.
- Ask whether the elliptical trainer has been in use or storage
- Avoid any elliptical that may have been stored in a moist or
damp environment. i.e. garage, storage building, cold basement,
etc. Storing in a damp enviroment without lubrication can cause
small rust pits in the bearings and metal parts, which results
in the unit losing its smooth feel and reduce its life expectancy.
- Download an Owners Manual from manufacturers web site. The owners
manual give the key-sequence to display the built-in odometer,
this registers the "Total # of Strides" the unit has
received, and any error codes recorded.
Finding Used Elliptical Trainers
You can find used elliptical trainers:
- On the Go-Reviews Amazon Shop
- Trade & Exchange Stores
- Asking around at the gyms.
Overall, try to avoid just buying a cheap machine. Cheap does
not equate to good value if it doesn't suit your personal preferences
and fitness goals.
You may prefer to lease an elliptical trainer for a while, to see
how much you really use one. Like most, you will find it works well
for you and you may be prepared to forgo next years gym membership
and invest in a better or new model.
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