When the full extent of the lockdown associated with the Coronavirus became apparent many consumers wondered how they were going to maintain their exercise regime. A commitment toa healthy lifestyle or a weight-loss regimen requires discipline -and without access to gyms that discipline can quickly erode. Fortunately, there are a number of products on the market that have been specifically designed for home gym use – and many are foldable or compact so those with limited space can still enjoy the versatility of foldable ellipticals for instance -which quickly proved to be among the most popular pieces of equipment on the market.
So just why are home ellipticals so popular? there is of course that versatility. Ellipticals are perfect for cross-training – and assist those who want to get an effective fitness /cardio workout and those who are primarily interested in muscle building. there is also the fact that the ellipticals that are today available from reputable manufacturers are far more sturdy than their predecessors. They also now boast features that compare extremely favorably with those that can be found in gyms – especially seeing as they now represent excellent value for money.
Among the most popular designs for home ellipticals are the rear-drive models. these have built an excellent reputation for durability and the top models have also taken advantage of the latest research into ergonomic design and now boast biomechanical attributes that make this type of model extremely comfortable to use.
For those who are looking to take advantage of the advances in the foldable home elliptical design there are few considerations to take into account prior to making a purchase decision. Firstly the model that is chosen should be able to fully support strides of varying lengths. For taller users trying out the elliptical prior to purchase and making sure that it can be adjusted to suit their running style is important – and this becomes even more important where several members of the household with different requirements will be using the equipment.
For those who want all the bells and whistles, there are a number of value-added features that can make using the trainer even more effective and pleasant. The availability of remote heart rate monitors, multi-function touch screen monitors, video workout guides, compatibility with mobile apps and even surround sound speakers may add to the cost of popular models – but the added functionality (especially given the small footprint of these models), will be welcomed by those who are serious elliptical users or those who anticipate their needs changing as fitness levels increase. Adjustable incline settings, exercise programs and resistance levels should also be factored in.
Some of the best on the market are today manufactured by companies such as NordicTrack, Horizon Fitness and Bowflex. However, many other companies (such as ProForm and AFG) also offer extremely attractive options when it comes to foldable elliptical trainers.
For the home user in search of a versatile piece of equipment that does not take up too much space either when being used or stored these trainers make perfect sense.