With so many elliptical trainers on the market right now, it is very difficult to judge which manufacturer currently offers the best elliptical machine. It is easy to find video reviews like the one shown below, but these tend only to concentrate on the specifications and usability of the machine under test.
In fact, personal preference, gut feeling, personal instinct and not least the manufacturer's reputation, all come in to it when first assessing any product. In the case of elliptical trainers however one elliptical trainer machine manufacturer seems to stand out from the rest of the field. That is Precor. Anybody who is aware of the exercise and fitness market, or who has searched the internet for elliptical trainers will know the name as one that gets frequently referred to as the best. Why is this so? Well, Precor offer their EFX Series of elliptical trainer machines which are eagerly sought after in the marketplace. Within the series are various model types covering combinations of key features that give consumers choice in what they are looking for. Each model however retains one key element common to all: Ease of use from the outset!
With this series there is no initial confused moment while you try to understand the layout of controls, the start-up sequence or find the right button to press to program the session. Instead you feel comfortable with the machine from the get-go.
This feeling is helped because while all elliptical trainers are 'soft impact' machines, the EFX series is designed to have an even lower impact on the body parts of arm, legs, back and stomach than other comparable elliptical trainers. This means that the body is more comfortable throughout the session an indeed,it makes workouts on the machine seem much easier than doing an equivalent standard set of aerobic exercises as the body does not suffer the same high tension that unusual body movements can give. This gives great benefit to the user as they get the same workout for apparently less effort and are not so strained or fatigued at the end of the session. This has to be handled carefully however as some users may be inclined to go overboard because it is so easy, and actually push their own body too far without realizing it. However for beginners and nervous or young people it is ideal. The soft impact and comfortable use encourages people to participate in workouts without fear of unwanted stress or subjecting their body to strain. This makes it ideal for all the family to use - whatever their age group.
The EFX series is not only family friendly, but also comes with ten year warranty which goes beyond warranties normal in the industry. This shows the confidence Precor have in all their products and is one of the reasons that, after more than 25 years in the business, they are seen as probably the best manufacturer out there.
There are however other good manufacturers of elliptical machines in the market and a good round up of the best elliptical trainers can be found here.
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