Body Rider Fan Elliptical Review
Budget is often the deciding factor for many people who are looking to buy a home elliptical. I understand better than most people what it is like to have a limited amount of funds to make a purchase, yet I firmly believe that you should always try to get the best value for your money. No matter how little you may have to spend, you don’t want to sacrifice quality for cost, as most times doing so will cost you more in the long-run anyway.
As I’m one of those who doesn’t have a Bill Gates budget for an elliptical, I looked at some of the more affordable, budget-friendly models. The Body Rider Fan Elliptical Trainer falls into this category. I did a thorough review on this machine to see if, despite its low price, it could offer value as an effective elliptical. Let’s take a look and see what the Body Rider has to offer.
If you’re looking for a low-priced elliptical you may also be happy to learn that the Body Rider doesn’t run on electricity. You can go ahead and work out on this machine as much as you want without worrying about hiking up your electric bill. So while you are getting your cardio workout you won’t be adding to your household expenses. And another plus – it’s safer to use because there’s no risk of tripping over any wires.
Anything that will help motivate me to work out is welcome; I think that the workout DVD included with the Body Rider Fan Elliptical Trainer can certainly be considered motivational material. If you’re new to working out on an elliptical, this DVD will also give you some valuable tips on the correct way to use the trainer and how to get the most out of it. Not many ellipticals come with a DVD video included, so I consider this to be one of the benefits of purchasing this machine.
The Body Rider was designed with two full-motion handles, in addition to its foot pedals, to give you the full-body workout you crave. Moving the handles in sequence with your foot movements will allow you to work out your upper body as well as your lower body. Ellipticals are noted for smooth, integrated workouts because they give you full-body range in a single, compact machine. Working out on the Body Rider is a great way to get your cardio exercise and to help you lose weight at the same time.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this brand of elliptical trainer does have a multi-functional monitor. Sure, it’s a very basic one, but in many ways that’s its advantage. It’s easy to read and simple to use, showing your resistance level, speed, distance, and time. This machine also calculates the number of calories burned during your workout, and it will even measure your heart rate, which is something that many basic monitor consoles cannot do.
This elliptical gets its resistance from a chain driven fan which is said to be very quiet and smooth compared to similar ellipticals. The resistance on the Body Rider can be manually adjusted by turning the control knob, which adjusts the friction belt tension. As you get comfortable working out at one level, just advance the control knob to increase the resistance level for a more challenging workout.
The Body Rider uses a patented elliptical motion, designed so that you will feel virtually no impact on your joints as you work out. This makes it ideal for those who need an exercise machine that provides a good workout without overtaxing the joints.
Sliding Feet and the Occasional Squeak
The most common complaint users have about this elliptical is that their feet can sometimes slip forward in the footrests. Not everyone experienced this problem, but wearing closed-toed shoes like sneakers should help if you’re worried about this. Some users also commented that the machine tends to make some squeaky noises after long use, so I would suggest that you lubricate it regularly to keep this from happening.
To be sure, this is a very basic elliptical machine. It may not have all the fancy bells and whistles that you will find on some other models, but it does what it is supposed to do – it gives you a full- body workout. Anyone will be able to use the Body Rider Fan Elliptical Trainer, from beginners to professional athletes, but I think it’s best-suited for beginners or those who will likely want to stay at the intermediate fitness levels. Those with higher fitness levels may require a more challenging workout from the upgrade features they can get from a more expensive model. In any case, if you are cash-conscious but still want to stay in shape, the Body Rider is a great low-priced trainer. You will work up a sweat with this elliptical, and as long as you’re saving money on gym fees it makes senses to save on your electric bill as well.