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  • Elliptical trainers make up the second largest cardio equipment category, and are a staple for fitness facilities. The low impact nature of the exercise, www.jgzr.netbined with the fact that they often include full body engagement and reduced relative perceived effort (RPE) vs. other cardio machines, make them a very popular choice for a wide variety of exercisers.

    In contrast to most other cardio categories, the elliptical class provides a wide diversity of machines and associated motions that each contribute individually to a fitness facility. While there are a number of different machines and movements, they are all grouped together and referred to as “Ellipticals.”

    For the most part, a treadmill is a treadmill, a bike is a bike, etc., and the functional differences between machines are usually quite small. Ellipticals on the other hand, can vary significantly across machine types. There are a huge variety of movement options, which is why in many facilities you will find two or even three different elliptical trainers on their cardio floor. So… what makes them so different?

    There are a number of variables that are different across machines, and can cause significant differences in feel for the end user.

    Variables Include:

    Movement patternthe shape of the ellipse that your feet follow

    Foot pads hard, soft, texture, and some pads even articulate, changing the feel

    Stride length – options in the market range from 8”(20 cm) to 36”(91 cm)

    Front vs. rear driveaffects movement pattern, as well as entry/exit of machine

    Incline adjustmentssome machines allow you to raise and lower the front of the ellipse

    Fixed vs. variable stridesome machines have a fixed movement pattern, others offer the option to adjust the movement pattern length

    Manual adjustments vs. automaticsome variable stride machines change the length of stride with a button push, others allow the user to simply stride longer or shorter and the machine automatically changes with them

    Upper body handles vs. no handlessome machines have upper body arms that move, some do not. Additionally, among those that do have moving arms, the shape, position and movement pattern of the handles affect the feel. For example, some machines have a simple straight handle, others use multi-position handles; some machines have handles that move parallel to the feet, others offer converging handles that strive to follow a more natural path for the user. All of these options create differences in the end user experience.

    So, how do you figure out which is the ‘right’ one for you? The honest answer is, even with all the science behind the machines, and the research that has been done, it largely boils down to personal preference. For example, at Core Health & Fitness we offer 3 different cardio machines in the elliptical category. We have done extensive testing with users, and some of that testing focused on preference between machines. Interestingly, in multiple rounds of testing, user preferences are consistently split almost evenly across the different machines we offer, with no obvious connection to user size, gender, fitness level, etc.

    For fitness facilities, having more than one type of elliptical offering is imperative to provide greater satisfaction for members. Allowing members to take their time to try different elliptical options will allow them to feel www.jgzr.netfortable and keep them www.jgzr.neting back for their new favorite machine.

    The diversity of machines within the elliptical category is catered to the preferences and www.jgzr.netfort of the user. The more options available at a facility the more opportunities a member will find something they love.

    Interested in hearing more about the elliptical category? Get in touch with one of our Product Specialists or Sales Reps for more information.

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    About the author

    Travis Vaughan is the Director of Cardio Products & Technology at Core Health & Fitness. As an expert in the fitness industry for over 12 years, Travis has been in brand and product leadership for several of Core Health & Fitness’ world-class brands, including StairMaster, Schwinn, Nautilus and Star Trac.

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