Body Rider BRD2000 Elliptical Trainer Review
If you read my review on the ProForm Hybrid Elliptical Trainer you already know how much I love a good 2-in-1 deal. The Body Rider BRD2000 offers a similar package combo but with a much better price. It is both an elliptical and an exercise bike, which means you will be able to get the benefits of both in one convenient machine. This elliptical also comes equipped with an adjustable seat, an electronic monitor, and a cooling fan, so its being two machines in one is not the only reason you may want to consider purchasing the Body Rider BRD2000. If you want to be able to get in a wide variety of exercises in your workout sessions but have a limited budget, this might just be the workout machine that you need. What features will you get and what will you have to give up if you get this dual function elliptical trainer at such an affordable price? Read my full review below to find out more.
Cool Fan Technology
The Body Rider BRD2000 gets its resistance from a chain-driven fan wheel. The fan wheel has high momentum fan blades that produce a cooling breeze while you work out; this helps the machine operate silently and smoothly as well. The resistance from the fan wheel is adjustable; you use a knob on the machine to manually adjust the resistance. While this may not be most most high-tech feature in the industry, it is useful and does what it is meant to do – allow you to build endurance and strength by incrementally increasing the resistance levels of your workouts.
There is also a basic monitor display on the Body Rider BRD2000. It will allow you to keep track of your workout progress by displaying data such as your speed, time, and the number of calories burned in each session. The monitor is conveniently located in the center of the machine – between the handlebars where it can easily be seen. While it is basic, it is also very user-friendly; most brains will be able to handle it as there is only one button to push. I did notice the absence of any preset workout programs on this machine but, realistically, not many at this low price point will have such advanced features. Besides, these functions aren’t exactly crucial to the effectiveness of your workout.
Move It Where You Want
One of the things I look for in an elliptical trainer is portability. As I live in an apartment, it’s important that I’m able to move my exercise equipment and store it away when I am done. As far as ellipticals go, finding one that is portable is not an easy task; most of the best ones are very heavy and not designed with portability in mind. Fortunately for people like me who like to be able to move their elliptical, the Body Rider BRD2000 Elliptical Trainer with Seat is reasonably easy to transport. It weighs about 60 pounds – manageable for most, and helped along by the two wheels on the front. This means that I would be able to move it in front of my TV if I want to watch Breaking Bad reruns, or wheel it into my bedroom if I want to work out while I have a house guest sleeping on my couch.
Even Grandma Can Use It
I already looked at the console on this machine and established that it is simple and easy to use. Both the elliptical and exercise bike functions on the Body Rider BRD2000 Elliptical Trainer with Seat appear to be easy to use as well. Switching between the two functions is probably the easiest change I have ever seen on a combination machine. All you really need to do is sit down on the seat and suddenly your elliptical becomes an exercise bike! There are no tools or adjustments needed.
This is a versatile piece of exercise machinery that everyone in the family, from the teenager to grandma, will be able to use with no problems. When used as an exercise bike you can adjust the seat horizontally and/or vertically to properly fit for the height of the person using it. This trainer will give the user a fine low-impact workout no matter how intensely it’s worked – so it’s suitable not only for persons in prime physical condition, but those with joint issues as well.
Under 6 Feet Only
Some users of the Body Rider BRD2000 reported that the stride on this elliptical machine is too short for people over 6 feet tall. I was not surprised to discover this, however, as this is a common complaint with ellipticals, especially at this price point. So while it is suitable for young and old, and those with joint issues and no joint issues, very tall people are out of the loop and will mostly likely be better off with an elliptical that has a longer stride. A few users did mention that they were able to solve the problem by reversing the handlebars but I can’t say for sure whether or not this will actually fix the problem.
In conclusion, there is no denying that the Body Rider BRD2000 Elliptical Trainer with Seat gives you value for the money. It typically retails for under $200 and you are effectively getting two different workouts for the price of one. It may not be suitable for very tall people, but just about everyone else will be able to use it, and it’s a good buy. The best part is that you won’t have to drag yourself to the gym everyday to get a varied workout.