An elliptical takes its name from the fact that the pedals move in an elliptical pattern. This allows the user to ‘run,’ providing a lower body and cardiovascular workout. Because the pedals move in the elliptical shape, however, the runner’s bodyweight is supported throughout the motion. This prevents the shock to the joints and back that can occur when a runner’s foot hits the ground. An elliptical is a great way for those with bad joints or back problems to get a full cardiovascular workout safely and without pain. The E1 Elliptical is an elliptical cross trainer, which means that the handgrips move together with the pedals, offering an upper body workout.
Many elliptical machines place a resistance wheel or center console between the two pedal arms, which can lead to a widened stance and potential hip pain. The E1 places the pedals closer together, allowing for a more natural stride and preventing any hip pain. The machine also has a low step up height, and low pedal placement that is ideal for anyone with limited mobility.
A basic workout computer comes with the machine and provides a couple of different workout plans. It will also keep track of time, number of strides and distance covered. The grips will also measure your heart rate for the computer to display so you can keep track of how hard you’re working out.
The machine is quiet in operation and takes up a small amount of floor space in comparison to other elliptical machines. It is very heavy, though, and it can be difficult to move around. The weight also makes assembly difficult. It can require a couple people to complete, and at least a couple hours. It does come with a basic set of tools that should be all you need to assemble it. After a little bit of use, the machine may require additional tightening to keep it from squeaking or knocking. The machine does need to be plugged into a standard household outlet to power it.
This is a great elliptical for a small home or as something that can be wheeled in front of the TV and then stored someplace. It’s narrow pedals and low step up height also makes it a great option for older users or anyone with limited mobility.