Stamina In-Motion Review

A few years ago I got a new job that left me with a lot less time to go to the gym than I previously had. Being big on fitness I didn’t want to give up exercising altogether, and that is when I started looking for the best exercise machine that I could use at home to get my workouts done. I looked thoroughly at all the options and in the end it was clear to me that an elliptical machine would be the best option to help me stay in shape. Ellipticals are great for cardio, they are low-impact, and most of them will let you track your workout progress. It was then a matter of choosing which elliptical machine would suit me best.

While I would prefer an elliptical machine that offers a full body workout, the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer came up on my radar a few times in my elliptical research. I decided to review it, even though it doesn’t have any moving arms for an upper body workout, because it is one of the most popular elliptical machines on the market. Besides the fact that it is from one of the most recognized names in the industry, it also has a few features that make it ideal for an apartment dweller like myself, such as its compact size and lightweight design.

Small Footprint

This elliptical machine is so small you will be able to store and use it almost anywhere. Its foot-pedal-only chassis makes it easy to store under most beds, in closets, or under desks. You can use it at home or at the office; with an elliptical this small (and affordable) you will not have any excuse not to work out. It weighs only 30 pounds and it doesn’t have any arms, so you should have no trouble moving it to where you want to exercise. Do you have a lot of work to do and won’t be able to make it home for your regular workout session? No problemo, just throw the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer into the back of your car and take it to work with you. You can use it under your desk at work and pedal away those calories while you finalize all that paperwork. Is there an all-day marathon of your favorite TV show and you just can’t seem to unglue yourself from the TV screen? Grab your Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer and get some cardio in while you catch up on all the drama. There are no excuses not to work out when you have a machine as compact and lightweight as the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer.

Quiet Operation

OK, so you will be able to use the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer pretty much anywhere, but will it make so much noise that you won’t be able to hear yourself think? Will it drown out the audio from your TV or music player? Well, the users of this elliptical were just about unanimous in the opinion that this is a very quiet machine to work out on, so you won’t have to worry about noise during your sessions. Many users were able to run the machine at work without disturbing their co-workers, and plenty of them said that they could use it at home while watching TV.

I was surprised to find that, even though the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer is so small, it still has a LCD monitor. Is is a very basic monitor but it displays the important workout data that most people use, including your exercise time, your number of strides per minute, and the number of calories burned. The LCD monitor in this elliptical is located in the center of the machine right between the pedals; it’s battery-operated, so you will need batteries to make it work.

Balancing Act

Since it’s such a small size I couldn’t help but wonder just how stable the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer is. Would it be able to handle my weight? Would I be able to balance myself on it if I used it standing up? I’m sure many people looking at the possibility of buying the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer will have similar questions. What I was able to find out is that this is one sturdy, solid steel elliptical can that accommodate as much as 250 pounds, so the average person should be able to use it. Some people who weigh more than 250 commented that they were able to use it just fine while sitting down, but I don’t recommend that you get one if you are over the weight limit.

Concerning your ability to balance yourself on this machine, in the beginning it may be a little tricky, especially if you are used to working out on an elliptical that has arms to hold on to. You will need a little time to get used to balancing yourself on the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer. I would suggest that you hold on to the back of a chair or use a wall to help you stay balanced until you get used to how this elliptical works. It shouldn’t take you long to master, as most users were able to use the machine hands-free after just a few times.

Questionable Durability

While users of the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer are generally happy with the machine, a few had some complaints about its durability. Some people claim that the machine broke after they used it a few times. Only a very small number of people had this complaint and, in the event that the machine does break, it is covered by a full 90-day warranty from the manufacturers; you can also purchase extended warranties for added protection.

Verdict

I think the best thing about the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer is that you can use it while sitting down. Whether at your desk at work or on a chair at home, being able to workout while you are sitting down can be very convenient. I can see why it is so popular as it is very easy to use and even easier to carry and store away. When you purchase the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer you will get an effective elliptical machine that allows little room for excuses not to work out. If a lower-body workout is enough for you then this is a good option; it’s also quiet and covered by a good warranty.

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