Nice for apartment dwellers!
I am a nurse who works nights so my free time is at odd hours. I like to work out around 3:00 AM on my nights off. This exercise machine is quiet so that I dont wake up my neighbors in the apartment below me. Its light weight for a piece of exercise equipment so it will move easily when I change apartments. Im a small person 5"2" and 110 lbs so it suits me well. Larger persons have tried it for a short time and thought it wouldnt give them enough of a work out. I told them they didnt stay on it long enough. It works great for me.
Compact Elliptical Trainer
Limited range of motion for me since I am very active, still gets good use and I love being able to use it in my house! Thanks
Easy, smooth and very convenient
I use the compact elliptical trainer every morning while I watch the news. Its great and easy to use.
Compact Elliptical Trainer
I bought this for my 89yr old mother...she LOVES it! Easy to use..uses at her convenience. Settings can be adjusted to easy which works well for her. I am thinking of buying one for myself as well!
can be used for weight training too
I use it when I cant be more physical due to illness or injury. Its easy to use but once its in place its very hard to relocate. Its bulky and heavy so its hard to carry to another location. I cant use it standing, but it works well in the seated position.
In my rehab from GBS, I am confined to a chair and this affords me a great workout.
Easy to assemble and very sturdy
Fast assembly. Sturdy build quality. Should be a good value for this type Id exercise device.
Compact is the right descriptive
Things that are great: definitely compact, not suitable for a clothes hanger as are so many other pieces of exercise equipment. Marvelous workout for the thighs, the muscle workout is immediately evident, the improvement in muscle tone and use (e.g. rising from a kneeling position after gardening) follows pretty quickly. Things not so great: yes, definitely compact -- its a short stride for sure and takes a bit of getting used to. Not so great, as well, is a ban on referring to other retailers and pricing in these comments.
Excellent Product - will recommend witho
I had to go for Physiotherapy - but this machine is very good. I am getting my legs to be stronger now..in 2 days i am seeing the difference, and seeing the strength returning to my leg
Working 2 jobs doesnt leave me much time to exercise. So when I am at home I can still burn calories while watching TV. I dont have to dress up and can do it no matter what the weather is like outside. I only used to go to the gym to use the elliptical but now Im saving monthly dues and just use this at home. GREAT!
Dont ruin your knees, get one of these!
Can use this when cant get out for a hike. It is awesome and does not take up much space in home or office.
I use this item after work for 30 minutes 3-4 times a week -the work out is awesome and I love the fact that you can watch tv while working out.
Its also easy to put away unlike a bigger machine.
I use it when watching TV, it is a decent way to get moving while also being lazy.
Easy to keep motivated
I dont have room for a full-size elliptical machine in my house,this is the perfect size. I easily move it around the house to use especially when I am watching TV.
Compact and very durable. Great workout!
Very durable and compact for easy storage. Felt it working on my legs the very first time.
Just put it together, so havent had much of a chance to use it. But what little I have I enjoyed it and will be perfect for my needs.
Perfect unit that can sit in the corner of the living room and remind me to use it. Hop on watch my favorite tv show and work up a good sweat. Reasonble expectations- it is compact and does not compare with the full size model - but only requires a small space good bang for the buck- easy cardio work out when space and time are
Great while watching TV, or if weather is not great enough for outside activity. This i can just slide under the bed until later. It is not design for travel unless driving somewhere. It is a tad heavy but it is durable then most i have seen. I am happy and I can bring it to work and use, too.
Love it! Exactly what I was looking for
Gave as a gift to my husband but the whole family is using it. Portable so it goes with us when we travel in our RV, or moves from room to room at our house depending on who is using it. Easy to set up, easy to use. No excuse not to exercise with this! And very effective too - you feel the results!
Elliptical Trainer - Great!!!
While small enough to leave out, it is very sturdy and well-made. I am a "casual user", but I find myself using it throughout the day. It is fun to use and will give you a good workout!
Great exercise workout for size!!
As a recent owner of an Octane elliptical I was hesitant to purchase this product mainly due to its size! However recently selling our home and moving temporarily into an rv we could not possibly fit the Octane in. So we sold our elliptical:( and I have been searching for the last couple of months for a new piece of equipment to workout on! Upon my first workout I was amazed! It has adjustable resistance which help you get the intensity you desire for your workout! I am completely happy with this product and definitely encourgse others to try it as we!! I dont think you will be disappointed at all!!
I would buy this product for a friend
Love love love it
distance measure seems totally off-kilter. Wobbles if you have it on a carpet. Too heavy for a suitcase in airplane travel.
granny loves this!
I can be a home body and still get good exercise
This is a great product to use when youre confined to inside and perfect for if youre just watching tv or doing something mindless. I wouldnt say it replaces going to the gym but you can definitely get your heart rate up and get a good workout in (especially if you add hand-weights and do extra movements at the same time). I would definitely recommend this to others.
Good value and compact
Exercise while watching TV
I would definately buy product again
I have used it to get in that exercise I need when I am too busy to go to the gym. It impacts my body the same way as the elyptical does at the gym. It is very sturdy and durable. What else can I say, it works great with my busy schedule.
Couch Potatoes Can Exercise Too
I liked this so much that I bought three - one for home, one for office, and one for my sisters house where I frequently go for weekend visits.
The best thing is the convenience - I can stand and pump or sit and pump in front of the tv at home or at my sisters house. At work, I have it under my desk and can get in 15-20 minutes a day while I am sitting answering emails.
So far so good!
I just received my elliptical trainer so am pretty new to it, but have already seen that it is something I will enjoy. It is fairly heavy and bulky, those are my only two complaints. Very quiet and efficient! Im excited to find something I can use while watching TV, that will be the main time Ill use the trainer. Would definitely recommend.
smooth operation and compact
We needed this for travel in a rather small RV and it suits the purpose beautifully. Its compact enough to fit in a small closet and not crowd us when in use. The operation is very smooth and quiet and the adjustable control makes it perfect for keeping in shape on the road. Love it!
Easy product to use!
Great workout while sitting or standing.
So far so good and no complaints. It exactly what I need. The equipment is just the right size and l enjoy it every day .
Quality and Convenient
Bought the first one as a Christmas gift to myself. Works great! Low noise. Easy to assemble. Bought this one for the office. Would recommend to anyone who has a desk job.
Compact Elliptical Trainer
Easy to put together, great workout, not in the way. Can use it at lunch in the office. Reasonable price and good quality.
Very well built, easy to put together a
Trying to exercise more (without going to gym) and seems very well made for portable home use. Does take a little getting used to, but gives legs workout.
great for the office
Great product for those of us that have to sit all day for work. Great for an office desk too.
I LOVE THIS!!!
Ive had this for a week. Im a 60 year old woman and it was easy to put together by myself. I have it in the family room and I step up on it several times a day, watching tv for a few minutes, it reminds me to keep moving. I was unsure about balancing issues but it is perfect! If its late in the evening and Im tired or Ive had a glass of wine I turn it around and sit back on the couch and still get a workout, while relaxing! This is the first time I have reviewed a product online but I feel so strongly about this that I just wanted to spread the word. Even if you belong to a health club, like me, this is a really great addition to your workout regime. This is really a great product and should be in every house and office too! It keeps you moving!!!
Not the gym but great for home
Good little machine for strengthing muscles and getting heart rate up. Does not compare to a full size eliptical machine but if you are wanting something to do while reading or watching TV, if you are a novice, or want something portable this a a great little piece of equipment.
Quiet so you can watch tv while using.
Its an excellent and innovative little machine.
A good little product that easily moves out of sight when not in use. The short stride almost makes it more of a stair master than an elliptical but it still allows a good work out. I dont want to commit to a home gym, but am realistic about my likelihood of going to an actual gym-- this provides a nice alternative for me.
great exercise product for everyone!
Its a great exercise machine for everyone in my home! Small and lightweight to storage. Easy and fun to use!
Dont Let the Short Stride Fool You
Awesome and effective fitness tool in a compact machine. Dont let the short stride fool you, its a great cardio workout.
Perfect for my needs.
This elliptical trainer is so compact that I can leave it out for use anytime. I can step on it anytime I have a few extra minutes.
-can watch tv while working out
-can track my progress easily
-feel fully exercised after each workout
It is great, works forward and backward. Very compact and sturdy.
Take it sitting down
my balance is not so great so using this sitting down is fantastic. Broke a sweat in the first 10 minutes. Could feel the effects in thighs, hips & glutes. Its quiet enough to do in front of the big screen so you dont even feel like you are exercising because you can be into your shows, news or movies.
Quiet and Compact
I needed something I could use at home at any time of the day. This is perfect for my needs. It is small enough that I could put it near the tv and not worry about taking up the entire room. It is quiet enough that I can use it in the evening and not wake anyone. I bought the unit without handles and although I at first regretted that decision, now that I have used it for a couple of weeks have found that I dont need the handles. I guess my balance has improved!
Cool little exercise machine!
Fun to use. Im getting used to balancing while using it standing up -- I use my cross country poles or a chair to lean on. Using it while sitting is very easy. Very nice that it can be used both ways. Its so small -- the first piece of equipment I can tolerate in my living room!
I love this thing. It doesnt have handles but that is good to help you strengthen your core. Not too heavy either. Great workout for my office!
It was easy to assemble and is very well built. It is much smoother than I anticipated and it is easy to use. I have it in my office at work and it is a great stress reliever. It would be great in an RV because it is so compact.
Good Work Out.
Its used daily.
Need an exercise machine to take in RV
When traveling in our RV, we want something to exercise on when we cant get outside..thought this fit the bill. Compact and wont take up much room in our RV. Have only tried it at home a couple of times and think it will work great for us while traveling.
Great for getting back into shape after a long illness with too much down time. Unlike other "compact steppers/ellipticals" the intensity can be adjusted, and this extends the life of the machine before you out grow out of it. I purchased the one without handles because I prefer to run on it. At first I thought I had made a mistake because I had to use the back of a chair for balance, but within a week I was up & running with great balance. I just love it! I feel stronger and have dropped 12 lbs. in 6 wks working at it every other day for 30 to 50 minutes. My clothes fit better and I feel better about myself.
Great product and so portable!
Great product for a reasonble price. One great piece of equipment for good health, compact and good for the budget. Great for New Year start!
great workout equipment
this is just a great workout equipment. small but very practical. it does get its job done!
So little, but so much
Didnt know what to expect when I ordered it, but was pleasantly surprised when we put it together and tried it. Stable, requires you to maintain balance and develop core strength to get better at using it.
Was surprised at how much I felt the muscles being used after only a few minutes on it. Now I can watch TV and do some exercising at the same time.
Budget or Space Limitations - Love it!
I am, at heart, a couch potatoe so I am always looking for exercise that combines with tv/movie watching. For years, Ive had the Sharper Image elliptical slider, which is good for stretching and using up some calories but no increased resistance option and doesnt really fold or store easily. This compact elliptical trainer is great! Do it standing for best workout or sitting for change or if youre tired, but keep working those muscles (forward and backward)! My 88 year old mother uses it from a sitting position. If youre going to go fast in a standing position, you might need a chair to touch for balance. The unit is small enough to store (but not under most beds). My only complaint is that it is just a touch heavier than Id like, but I guess that helps with stability. Im buying a second one for my sister.
Best thing I have ever bought and Im 55.
I have no complaints. I am 55 urs old and it is easy on the knees, very effective in shaping your legs and buttocks and rides like a Lexus. The best thing I have ever bought. It physically will get you in shape and you can watch TV too.
Its quiet and smooth. I felt comfortable on it pretty quickly.
Great for office use
I love that this product fits under my desk at work so I can use it while I am cleaning out emails or reading documents on my computer screen. Rather than feeling like Im just sitting and gaining weight, I feel like Im at least getting a bit of exercise during at time that used to be unproductive.
This was a gift from Santa (me of course). I t came within a week and my husband put it together within minutes. However, it started making this loud clicking sound, so we packed it back up and called Sharper Image for an exchange. To make a long story short, the company sent me a new one, told me to keep the old one, rather than lugging it to the post office etc. Never had a company call me and do this for me, exceptional customer service, exceptional product. Was told by doc no more running due to health issues, use an elliptical for the same results. Didnt want to spend a thousand dollars, so I ordered this one, just as good. Sharper Image is a quality company, seriously.
some assembly required
The elliptical trainer arrived quickly, but sat in the box for several days until I could get it put together. I wouldnt say it was terribly difficult, but it did take a while to figure out. Once it was assembled, I was very pleased with the performance and ease of use. It is very sturdy and I like the display.
Over the years, I have purchased and NOT USED other in-home exercise equipment. The Compact Elliptical Trainer appears to be very different. It was easy to assemble and it is simple to use. If you position it near the TV, you cant help but use it for short intervals. It is easy on my aging knees and I could feel it working the muscles of my legs after only 5 minutes. It gets your heart rate going too. Its probably not for the hardcore exercise enthusiast who uses a gym-type elliptical trainer as it may not give you enough of a workout. Its super easy to move so it is never in the way. The metal plate under the wheel makes it so you can use it on carpet, tile, hardwood or wherever. This is a piece of equipment that WILL get used.
Im a 35 yr old female, 55 and 200 lbs. I love this machine. Its easy to use, sits in the corner of my bedroom and I watch TV while I work on it. In retrospect, I wish I had paid the extra for the handles. My core and sense of balance arent very good but even having said that its not too bad. I just have to be a little more aware of what Im doing. This definitely brings up your heartbeat. I definitely recommend.
Great little machine
I use this at home and I have limited space. This fits in perfectly and gives me the same workout as a full size elliptical.
Easy to assemble. Easy to use. Great way to get heart rate up with low impact.
Excellent for working out on the go!!
I bought this because I previously used to own a similar stepping machine that I bought from the Sharper Image store back in 2000 and I used it everyday and lost about 50pounds over the course of a year. Unfortunately I had to move and left the stepper behind. This is much better than the one I used to own. It has not only the power of a stepping machine but also an eliptical! Its much easier on the knees and I dont get cramps after my workouts. However, it was a little hard to assemble and is a bit bulkier than the other one and storing it is a problem since it doesnt fit under my bed but for an at home eliptical/stepping machine, it doesnt get any better than this! Highly recommend it!
This an excellent product.
This item was easy to assemble, easy to use and has kept me interested in using excersizing equipment regularly.
works great under my desk
works great under my desk sitting in a chair. Or for a more intense workout standing.
Great addition to my exercise repertoire
I have this set-up in my family room and use it while watching TV - burning calories instead of just sitting!
Harder than you think
At first,I thought this wouldnt be hard at all.
But after working out on it, it is very effective and harder than I thought. Works on muscles not only to keep them healthy, but also works on balance. After two minutes, I felt it!! This is going to help me keep limber, stronger and it wont take an all day workout at the gym.
I first started using the machine while seated on my couch. That allowed for some low-level cardio. I have now added light weights to my standing routine. (Yes, I am now off the couch). I used to have a glider from sharper image but like what I can do when I add weights. However, I wish the depth of the stride was deeper. It is not more than 6 inches I estimate. This product is great for casual use but I needed to add other equipment to REALLY get my heart rate going.
It is a great little eliptical.
I really like it, would buy it again. Thought it was portable, a little heavy to move around a lot. It is a good cardio workout!
Compact and User-Friendly
I bought this so Id be able to exercise my hip, mostly in the winter in the house. The tension adjuster has a good range for easy to hard workouts. You get more of a challenging workout when you stand and use it, but can be used sitting down. Compact; can be pushed to a corner when not in use. Sort of heavy to move, but thats because its constructed well -- its not flimsy. I like this better than a stationary bike for the exercises I want for my hip. I am using this consistently -- not ignoring it like I would a treadmill or bike. (Besides, I dont have room for those items in my apartment/in front of the TV).
GREAT BUT COULD BE IMPROVED.
Its difficult to move out of the way. An attachable handle would make it easy to use then just push or lift out of the way when not using. Too heavy to just pick it up or pull it out (from under bed etc).
I live in a small condo. The compactness is perfect. I love this product.
Good for exercise and balance
Ive wanted an elliptical trainer at home for years but we dont have the space. Problem solved!
This product was easy to assemble. We love using it while watching television or when we are watching movies! Already worked out using it every day now!
Versatile piece of workout equipment.
Purchased this for my 76 yr old mother to use after she left the hospital.
She loved it, as did her physical therapist, who called me to ask where I
had purchased it. Can be used sitting down, as well, which is a huge plus!!!
Compact Elliptical Trainer
Purchased item as gift for room-mate who suffers from restless leg syndrome so she wouldnt have to go to basement and ride stationary bike during the night. Unit is now in our family room and is working out wonderfully for what purchased for! Best gift I purchased this year...