I got a Stamina Total Body Pro elliptical machine for Christmas. I have been trying to find a way to get rid of the excess baby fat and diet doesn't do me any good. For one, I LOVE food. I can be really good for a couple of weeks and then I binge. Of course the holidays didn't help, nor getting the plague, or my son teething. I actually didn't gain weight from the holiday food because we all got this stomach virus that made me sicker than I have been in years and lasted for around two weeks if you include the laryngitis that came with it. We called it the plague because it spread like wildfire in the family and was miserable. My son teething affects me because I hate to throw food away. If I go through the trouble of cooking for him, I want either him to eat it or I eat it. That has actually been a curse and a blessing. I call it the Drake Diet when he is eating well because I don't get as much food then. When he isn't (like now), I eat way too much. All of these contribute to the fact that I NEED to lose weight.
I decided that my big Christmas present would therefore be a way for me to get some exercise. Enter in the Machine!
I have to admit that this was quiet an undertaking in assembly. It took me almost all day to assemble and I actually put it together wrong the first time. The instructions are very clear but some parts can be attached backwards. I actually put the front stand piece on backwards which caused the pedals to hit the floor when in use. Big problem. It was scraping my hardwood floor and ripping up anything I put under it. It took me staring at diagrams for about 3 days to figure out what I did wrong. Once we figured it out, we removed the front stand and flipped it. Now it no longer hits the floor. It runs very smoothly. I had hoped it would be really quiet, but that is not the case. I used it immediately after putting Drake down for a nap and it kept him from falling asleep. Then I tried to use it when he was awake and he almost got his fingers into it. Finally I decided to try it when I was certain that Drake was asleep in hopes that it wouldn't actually wake him up. That actually worked. I have only been able to do it one time though because since then we had 3 sleepless nights due to an ear infection and teething followed by me being paranoid about waking him up when he does fall asleep. I intend to try again tomorrow though.
Elliptical trainers provide one of the best cardiovascular workouts of any fitness equipment. The Dual Action Elliptical trainer is compact to fit into smaller workout areas than many elliptical trainers. Because it mimics the normal elliptical motion of the foot, the extension of the leg, and the rotation of the hip during walking or running, the Dual Action Elliptical trainer is as effective in burning calories as jogging but without the impact on back, knees, hips and ankles.
Dual action, padded push-pull handlebars
Variable resistance tension dial to adjust workout intensity
Smooth, gliding elliptical motion with strap resistance
Small footprint to fit in almost any workout area
Electronic fitness monitor with easy-to-read numbers tracks time, speed, distance, calories, and scans with simple, one-button control
Ideal for losing weight, building endurance, and toning muscles
Sleek, compact, sturdy design
Leveling stabilizer end caps
40.5" long x 19.5" wide x 59" high
Warranty: 1 year frame/90 days parts
Weight limit: 250 lbs
What made me decide on this machine?
I picked out this model because it was under $200 (black Friday weekend) primarily. The website I had been looking at gave it really high reviews saying that it was easy to assemble and that it was quiet. Well I had issues on both those fronts since getting it, but that is my lack of experience in assembling stuff like this and I actually think it probably is one of the quietest for this price range.
After looking at those features, I can tell you that I was looking for something that could handle at least 220. I got over 230 lbs when I was pregnant, but am hoping not to ever be over 220 lbs ever again. I also wanted adjustable tension, moving handlebars, and and a small design. I definitely got all of that with this machine. It slides up against the wall and doesn't look too out of place during house showings. I like moving handlebars because i feel like that encourages a total body workout more than some other designs.
Overall, I am pretty happy with this machine so far. I have not noticed any difference in my weight, but it is WAY too soon for that. I have noticed a slight increase in my energy, but I think that is more from the knowledge that I m actually doing something for myself. I did notice a difference in my leg muscles immediately though! Anyone that wants a good leg workout that tons calves and thighs, I think this is definitely a good fit. I was very sore after my first workout and even got cramps that night (didn't stretch very well). Each time I use it, I can feel my legs get tense and my calves feel more defined. You probably can't see it on me, but feeling that makes me feel good. Now I just need to make sure I get to do it more consistently!