Selling an Elliptical Cross Trainer

Selling an Elliptical Cross Trainer

POINTS TO CONSIDER

Elliptical cross trainers offer a low impact full body workout helping to tone and strengthen the arms, shoulders, upper and lower back, hips, legs, thighs and butt.

Elliptical cross trainers range from a basic lightweight model through to a more complete machine. The first thing to consider before purchasing an elliptical cross trainer is that they come in two main styles – front and rear drive.


Front Drive Elliptical Cross Trainers

Front drive elliptical cross trainers are called this because the drive axle is located in front of the user on the machine. When you are using the machine you will see the drive wheel turning.

Rear Drive Elliptical Cross Trainers

Rear drive elliptical cross trainers are called this because the drive axle is located behind the user on the machine. When you are using the machine you cannot see the drive wheel turning.

The difference in the elliptical feel is up to personal choice, there is argument for and against both types. To find out what your customer prefers, allow them to try both options if possible before they buy. Rear elliptical cross trainers appear in gyms more regularly in the modern day than front drive machines.


Stride Length

How tall is your customer and what stride length is comfortable for them?
Most of the more popular machines have a stride length between 35cm and 55cm. An elliptical cross trainer with a short stride length could feel choppy in its motion instead of smooth and fluid. Some of the newer machines even have the ability to adjust the stride length which adds more versatility.

The best way to find what suits your customer is to have them try each machine in store.


Resistance System

Most of the lower spec models have a magnetic resistance system in which a flywheel is surrounded by a u-shaped magnet that can reduce or increase the tension. These are fairly quiet and effective. In the more advanced models you usually find an eddy current brake system (ECB). The ECB works with an aluminium wheel and an electromagnetic current that controls the tension. Because the ECB system doesn’t have any moving parts it’s more durable and reliable than other resistance systems.


Console, Displays and Programs

Console, displays and programs come down to user preference. What feedback is your customer looking for from the console? And do they require the variation of multiple programs?


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