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Ben
01-16-2011, 11:02 PM
Looking to get something for the house. I'm thinking $500-$1000 depending on what i can find. I'd prefer to find a used machine that was ~$2000 and hasn't been used much over a new low end unit from local sporting goods store.

Anyone have anything they are really happy with, or really unhappy with. Better yet, anyone know of a screaming deal on a used Precor for $900?

I'm trying to learn the differences of front wheel vs rear wheel. I defnitely want the arm bars to work the whole body. I used to never use those, bu did at the gym last time and it was noticable.

Thanks.

psychobilly
01-17-2011, 04:49 AM
I got the OL this one and she loves it!!! It has fans on it to kewl her while she's on it and she can plug her iPhone into it and it will play through it's speakers. I can't member where we got it but it was about a grand shipped to the door. Note, it was in a hundered pieces!!!!! I got the DeWalt out and got'er dun!!

(in case the link don't werk it was a Nordic Track A.C.T. Elliptical)

sk8salomon
01-17-2011, 06:38 AM
This is more like a hybrid stepper/elliptical but the LF Summit Trainers are built like a tank. I hardly ever have problems with them. Commercial style, very heavy and a little more expensive but will last.
http://cgi.ebay.com/LIFE-FITNESS-SUMMIT-TRAINER-/320644228017?pt=Exercise_Fitness_Cardio&hash=item4aa7e2a3b1

Here's a rear drive elliptcial by LF.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Life-Fitness-95Xi-Rear-Drive-Elliptical-Trainer-/200566228948?pt=Exercise_Fitness_Cardio&hash=item2eb2adc7d4

stuie
01-28-2011, 02:24 AM
Ever thought of a good rower (erg) instead? Great full body workout!

http://www.concept2.com/us/default.asp

Stuart

MCVOLS
01-28-2011, 09:47 AM
I'll second the vote for Life Fitness. I have the x3 that is about 6-7 years old. My wife and I both use it, and it hasn't given us any problems at all.

Obviously it was used more when new, and less in the warmer months, but still gets 2-4 uses a week at least.

loeweb
01-28-2011, 10:50 PM
Push Pedal Pull around here carries the Precor line. I personally love them for a few reasons. 1. They are a very smooth rear wheel elliptical.
2. the offer not only wheel resistance, but ramp height adjustments on most models whic simulate running up hill.
3. I've got a buddy that works for them, and he gave my employer a heck of a deal on a few of them.

georgea0731
01-28-2011, 11:26 PM
Anyone with experience with a rowing machine please include it or email me. I think a rowing machine would really improve my body for slalom skiing. Anyone that's rowed previously, can you comment on how much it prepares you when you first ski for the new season.
Does it get old quicker than a treadmill or ellipitical?
Thanks and best wishes,

stuie
01-31-2011, 06:58 AM
I use a Concept 2 Model D, I usually row 10K or 10,000m/day it takes about 40 min. I think it helps with conditioning for skiing. I find it much more enjoyable than a treadmill, and you can buy this http://www.digitalrowing.com/ which lets you row online with people from around the world!

PM me if you would like to talk further

Stuart

aquaman
01-31-2011, 08:55 AM
The Concept II rower is a great full body workout. I have used one for over 10 years along with a Lifecyle. The rower is the most complete workout and will at the least maintain your "pull" in the offseason. Stuie is right, and 40-60 min/day is a hard workout.