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Choosing a Cross Trainer

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2009/07/26 19:51:22 (permalink)

Choosing a Cross Trainer

Im looking to purchase a cross trainer for the garage, probably second hand (ebay or similar). I have no idea where to start as there are so many and they all seem to do pretty much the same thing. I had thought about getting a commercial standard used trainer (e.g. Life fitness 9500 next gen - as these are what i used at my old gym) but they seem a little expensive and are they really worth the extra outlay? Are the commercial type trainers actually any better or are they just built to withstand more regular usage/abuse? I would ideally like one that has plenty of programs, resistance setting and a decent heart rate monitor etc. Ideally i didnt want to spend anymore than £4-500 (used or new), and less if possible. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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    Re:Choosing a Cross Trainer 2009/07/27 10:58:12 (permalink)
    Hey :)
    I have an Elite cross trainer - fantastic brand. One of the top cross trainers in the states, but you can buy them from Fitness Superstores in the UK.
    You can use it as a cross trainer, or it'll go to such a high incline that it switches to more of a stepping motion.
    They're good pieces of kit, I wouldn't use any other - although I did consider an Octane (they're pretty good, but take up too much room for my gym).. The Elite is quite a heavy duty cross trainer, semi commercial grade - so it feels robust.
    If I think of any other good ones - that are well priced i'll post again :)
    Lou x

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