The wife and I are looking to buy an elliptical machine. We’ve done some research, and tested several models. We’re down to a decision between two machines, a Life Fitness or a Precor. Both machines are approximately the same price, and have good ratings, warranties, etc. The wife would be equally pleased with either machine.
The Life Fitness has the perfect stride for me, very much like what I’m used to at the gym. The only thing is that the arms go forward far enough that I have to lean forward a bit to use the machine. It’s only a few degrees, not enough to get my knees past the toes, but it’s noticeable.
The Precor has a smooth stride, too, but it’s not quite the same feel and may take a little getting used to. However, I can easily remain perfectly plum, all the relevant body parts aligned with gravity.
Ergonomically, does it matter whether I’m aligned perfecty plum when doing the elliptical?
I currently only use the elliptical for twenty minutes or less at the gym at a time, but if we plunk down the cash for one of these babies for home use, I expect I’ll be on it for an hour at least a couple of times a week.