Stamina Mini Elliptical Trainer | 55-1610 InMotion E1000 Cardiovascular Fitness Machine
The first line of promotional copy for this little elliptical is "Forget the gym." What? That's a bold and misleading statement. By no means will this device replace working out at a gym or using a more complete and versatile home exercise machine.
The foot-pedal only design of the Stamina 55-1610 has distinct disadvantages when compared to traditional elliptical trainers. The stride length is relatively small and there is no upper body involvement. Incorporating light weight dumbbells is a good option when using this type of elliptical.
That said, this machine is well constructed and does provide an adequate low-impact cardio workout at a very low price. Customer reviews are actually above average for those who know what to expect and are looking for a device to meet specific needs.
The compact size is obviously an advantage in cramped living spaces or offices. Elliptical training by definition is easy on the knees and good for getting the heart pumping. This elliptical allows you to work up a sweat surprisingly fast. Resistance can be set from easy to heavy very quickly and efficiently.
Other advantages over larger trainers include lower shipping costs, easy assembly and portability. And small ellipticals are definitely a better option than compact steppers of about the same size.
Despite limitations this product does what it's meant to do and for less than $100 deserves consideration.
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