About Precor Ellipticals
Precor ellipticals have one of the highest reputations in the fitness industry for good reason. The Precor company has dedicated itself for twenty plus years to developing some of the finest workout equipment available, and they make sure they stand behind their product. The company is international, based in Helsinki, but corporate headquarters are in the state of Washington. They pay particular attention to natural body movement and rhythm when developing items like Precor elliptical machines. The tag line, “Engineered to move the way you move,” indicates a lot about the philosophy behind their designs. With a ten year limited warranty, Precor’s elliptical trainers are built to last.
Serious Price for a Serious Machine
The cost of a Precor elliptical is substantial. They start at around the $3,000 mark and go up from there, so these aren’t for the individual who is just testing the waters. For serious enthusiasts or anyone in training for a specific event, however, there are numerous advantages that come with the Precor name.
This is one of the few brands that make its equipment so sturdy that it doesn’t require a weight limit, and most have child safety features to ensure against accidental injuries.
Precor elliptical cross trainers are virtually silent and have a smooth, fluid movement that consumers rave about.
What Professionals Say About the Precor Elliptical
Fitness professionals love Precor’s elliptical exercise machines because they are so close to the models Precor manufactures for use in commercial gyms. They have most of the same features and plenty of extras that make using them a pleasure. Details like deep rims around the foot pedals, various inclines and a variety of monitoring options that aren’t often found on in-home machines are part of the Precor elliptical trainer experience.
Advantages of the Precor Elliptical
There are so many advantages to owning an elliptical trainer made by Precor (considered by many to be among the best in the business) – smooth, quiet ride, a multitude of options, durability that will last for years, a great warranty and a natural, easy fit. The two things that could be considered a negative are the price, which is out of reach for a lot of consumers at $3,000+, and the fact that these are big, bulky machines. You won’t be sticking a Precor back in an unobtrusive corner. This is a serious piece of equipment; but if you have a home gym or a large room and are serious about your workout, the quality doesn’t get much better than Precor elliptical machines.
Precor Elliptical Features
1) EFX Motion - The elliptical motion pattern that your foot follows on a Precor simulates the elliptical pattern of a running foot.
This helps give a more natural feel to the motion without a lot of joint or ankle stress.
2) Cross-Ramp Incline - All Precor ellipticals come with Cross-Ramp technology. Cross Ramp changes the shape of the ellipse that your foot travels.
This helps you to work different lower body muscle groups. So for example you can have a workout the simulates a hiking motion or a workout that feels more like cross-country skiing. This is a great way to change up your workout and add a different challenge every day.
Note that some Precor crosstrainers come with manual Cross Ramp (5.23, 5.21) and others come with power Cross ramp (5.25, 5.31, 5.33, 5.37).
3) Smart Rate Heart Rate Monitoring - Precor crosstrainers offers both touch (hand grip) and telemetry (wireless) heart rate monitoring. Smart Rate monitors and constantly shows your heart rate feedback.
When you enter your age and weight SmartRate automatically calculates the proper heart rate to stay in your fat burning, cardio or peak training zone. It then gives you feedback as to when you're in that zone so you can stay there throughout your workout.
5) User IDs
Several models (5.25, 5.31, 5.33 & 5.37) come with User IDs where you can enter your personal information and preferences for 2-4 different people.
The elliptical then recalls this information for your future workouts without you having to re-enter it in every time you workout. It also remembers your past workout history so you can compare how you're doing vs. your last workouts.