Spend any time in your cardio center and you'll undoubtedly realize that ellipticals have, by far, become one of the most popular exercise machines found in health clubs today.
In addition to a low-impact workout for the lower body, many ellipticals also feature upper-body conditioning, providing a safe, total-body aerobic workout for your members. Easier on the joints, ellipticals are ideal for many clubs' growing older adult population, as well as for beginners. And, because the exercisers perceive less exertion while using ellipticals, they can enjoy a longer workout, thus improving results, and, in turn, retention.
The following companies offer some of the most technologically advanced, ergonomically designed, user-friendly, top-of-the-line ellipticals on the market.
Life Fitness's total-body cross-trainers represent the latest in elliptical innovation, boasting an extremely comfortable, natural stride with quiet, smooth resistance, steady acceleration, and synchronized upper- and lower-body workouts. The benefit of a total-body workout is increased caloric expenditure with lower perceived exertion. The cross-trainers are self-powered and do not require access to an electrical outlet.
Life Fitness, 10601 W. Belmont Ave.,
Franklin Park, IL 60131; (800) 634-8637;
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The EFX556 total-body elliptical product features ergonomic handlebars for working out the upper body. The fixed 25-degree ramp targets lower-body muscle groups and allows for the patented smooth elliptical forward and reverse motion. Features include the QuickStart button, exclusive Precor touch-sensitive console technology, 20 resistance levels, preprogrammed courses, and holders for magazines/books and water bottles.
Precor, 20031 142nd Ave. NE, P.O. Box 7202,
Woodinville, WA 98072; (800) 4-PRECOR;
fax: (425) 486-3856; www.precor.com
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SciFit's 7000 series product line includes the SX7000 elliptical and the SX7000T total-body elliptical. Both machines are self-generated with a battery backup. They feature contact heart rate and isokinetic resistance as well as Polar compatibility. The Bio-Flex pivoting footbed, a standard feature on each model, increases circulation to the foot and ankle area. The SX7000T also incorporates upper-body exercise for a total-body workout.
The 8300 total-body elliptical is the latest in a long line of products from SportsArt. Featuring patented adjustable stride technology, the 8300 allows different-size users the ability to customize stride length. This feature also varies the training effect for maximum results, according to the company. Both stride length and resistance levels are adjusted from convenient switches located in the handles. Other features include contact heart rate, heart rate control, and a wide variety of preset and custom courses.
SportsArt, 15500 Woodinville-Redmond Road,
Building C, Suite 100, Woodinville, WA 98072;
(800) 709-1400; www.sportsartfitness.com
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The Star Trac Pro Elliptical PLUS is a self-powered elliptical trainer with an upper-body component providing a total-body workout for a more efficient calorie burn. The Pro Elliptical PLUS has a long stride length, 11 unique programs, heart rate monitoring, 15 levels of intensity and the Sport Utility Display. Star Trac's Elliptical EDGE provides a natural, full range of motion for nonimpact running and jogging. Standard features include a quick start button, the Personal Trainer Studio, the Sport Utility Display and heart rate monitoring as standard offerings.
Star Trac, 14410 Myford Road, Irvine, CA 92606;
(800) 228-6635; (714) 669-1660;
fax: (714) 508-3303; www.startrac.com
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The self-powered True 750EA elliptical trainer with arm action features a message center and dot matrix display, along with 16 resistance levels. Convenient thumb switch controls offer a quick start program and adjust resistance. Heart rate control is standard. The machine features a three-year parts and labor warranty.
The X6600HRT/DA Corporate dual-action elliptical trainer from Vision Fitness features an Easy-8 LED continual feedback console with telemetric and contact heart rate training. Self-generated, the Corporate may be placed in any location without worrying about access to an electrical socket. An extra-heavy gauge steel frame and tubing make for a more stable workout base, while computer modeling on Vision Fitness's Quiet-Glide drive technology shows the expected life to exceed 20,000 hours, according to the company.
Vision Fitness, P.O. Box 280, 500 S. C.P. Ave.,
Lake Mills, WI 53551; (800) 335-4348; (920) 648-4090; fax: (920) 648-3373;www.visionfitness.com
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