Why choose to invest in an elliptical, instead of a treadmill or a semi-recumbent bike? The elliptical can be considered a middle ground product when comparing it to other forms of cardiovascular exercise. A reason to choose this over a treadmill would be the lack of impact on the joints. Another advantage is that along with strengthening your heart, you can also focus on strengthening all lower body muscles by increasing the resistance necessary to complete the ellipse pattern. The advantage over a semi-recumbent bike is that this form of exercise is full weight bearing. This means that along with strengthening your muscles, you will maintain or increase the bone density in your lower body.
The first step is to decide what features you desire. The XE series ranges from a basic unit with limited programming to units with sophisticated programming, adjustability, and incline features.
Some fitness equipment companies talk about the weight of their flywheel as though it were the most important part of the elliptical trainer. But a heavy flywheel can actually make it more difficult to use, and create an unsmooth pedaling motion. Instead, we focus on the kinetic energy at the foot pedal. Taking into account the flywheel weight, pulley diameters, belt length, belt tension, foot pedal angle, and stride length we have developed the perfect formula to assure the smoothest start and finish during each elliptical motion. The best way to feel the right kinetic energy is to get on a Spirit Fitness elliptical trainer and give it a workout.
Adjustable Foot Pedals
Our foot pedal has three different adjustment angles. Simply pull the handle on the back of the foot pedal and adjust from zero to five to ten degrees. This will allow you to find the most comfortable position for your gait pattern. This exclusive feature is found on our XE295 and XE395 elliptical trainers.
Two Inch Q-Factor
All Spirit Fitness elliptical trainers come with a two inch Q-Factor. The Q-Factor is the distance between the inside of the pedals. By minimizing the space between the inside of the pedals, your body will be in a more ergonomically correct position as you workout. This positioning also makes the motion closer to that of walking/running.
The Two-Degree Difference
Spirit Fitness elliptical trainers have an integrated two-degree inward tilt to make your workout more comfortable. This exclusive design puts you in a more ergonomically correct position. Two degrees may not sound like much, but this is an example of where the spirit of innovation makes for a better workout experience. This small but critical detail is only one example of what separates the Spirit Fitness elliptical trainers from their competitors.
Elliptical Trainer That is Built to Last
We have one of the best warranties in the industry because we have been building fitness products for over thirty years. All of that experience gives us the understanding of what happens to fitness products not just after two years or five years, but ten to fifteen to twenty years. We still hear from satisfied customers who have been using their Spirit Fitness products for decades.
We combine the highest quality components with years of engineering experience and then assemble them in our own ISO 9001 factories (International Organization for Standardization. Standard 9001 is a quality management system to help ensure the factory produces quality products).
The Spirit of Innovation
As with any product, a major key is the user interface. Whether it is your cell phone, car, or fitness equipment, you want to quickly be able to use it and get the information that is important to you. We focused on this simple principle in the development of our new consoles.
A quick press of a button and you are off on a walk or a run, or one of the many specialized workouts. Some models even allow you to develop your own programs. Our large, easy-to-read consoles give you constant feedback from calories to distance to time. There are even separate displays for heart rate and muscle activation.
It’s important to understand which muscle groups are gaining the most benefit during your workout. On our ellipticals, you will be using your glute (bottom), hamstring (back of your thigh), quad (thigh), calf, pec and arm muscles. The LED lights will activate in three degrees of engagement: Green represents minimal involvement, Amber medium involvement, and Red, full or heavy involvement. Use this quick reference to challenge yourself during your workout.
Music & Air Conditioning
We have integrated into most of our consoles a set of audio speakers. Simply plug in your choice of MP3 player or cell phone (adapter cord provided) and you can enjoy your favorite music to keep you going the extra mile. We’ve also built a swivel fan into most of our consoles to keep you a little cooler.
Heart Rate % Profile
Heart Rate training is proven to be one of the best ways to measure your workout. Our Heart Rate % Profile gives you a quick reference of your % compared to maximum projected heart rate. This is determined by your age, which you entered during the programming phase of any of the programs. The LED lights up in Amber for 50-60%, Green for 65% to 80%, and Red for 85%+. This is a quick reference for you to gauge your workout.
Easy-to-Read, Adjustable Consoles
All of our home elliptical trainers have a tilting console with ten degrees of adjustment, so that you can get the best viewing angle on our bright blue LCD screen. Our consoles are positioned so you can easily reach them to set up your program and push start. The contact heart rate grips are perfectly positioned on the lower handlebar to keep you in the proper ergonomic position during your workout. Our dual action handlebars have a long padded grip so you can find the most comfortable position.
Fitness Within Your Grasp
Our home elliptical fitness trainers are designed so you can easily adjust the resistance during your workout. You can adjust the resistance level on the XE195 from thumb switches, which are integrated into the heart rate grips located on the lower handlebars. The XE295 and XE395 models have the adjustment controls built directly into the dual action arms. You can adjust the resistance on the XE295 and the resistance and elevation on the XE395 without ever moving your hands from the handlebars. We have also located the water bottle holder for easy access and built a MP3 / cell phone slot into the console so you can listen to your favorite music.
Choosing the right piece of exercise equipment is an important investment in your health and should not be taken lightly. The links below will take you to detailed product pages, which will help you learn the differences between each of the Spirit Fitness ellipticals. We are confident that whichever model you choose, you will have a great tool towards achieving your personal fitness goals.
More information on Spirit Fitness Elliptical trainers
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