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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Elliptical Trainer Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Well, it’s time to finish up the Horizon Elliptical lineup as of July 14th, 2009. I’m sure there will be a plethora of elliptical trainers coming out this fall, possibly August, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Alright, let’s get right in to it! Here is my Horizon Fitness EX77 Elliptical Trainer Review.
There’s a whole hell of a lot to like about the Horizon EX77 Elliptical Trainer. First of all you get a lot of fitness programs. Fitness programs are important to everyone who has a fitness goal to reach. Fitness programs help keep you at a specific heart rate range to improve things such as weight loss or cardiovascular endurance. There are 14 programs in total and if that’s not enough you can program 2 custom programs yourself and save them.
Another thing I often rail against is resistance levels. Many elliptical trainers often fail to include a wide range of resistance levels. I don’t know why, they just do. Simply put, resistance levels are crucial to people are who just starting out and even more important when you decide it’s time to increase the intensity of your workout. Lots of resistance levels allow you to gradually increase the intensity of a workout so things don’t go from easy to impossible with the flip of a single switch.
Another thing I really like about the Horizon EX77 Elliptical Trainer is the adjustable stride. I would be happy with an 18” stride length in a $1000 elliptical trainer. Horizon Fitness has gone a couple steps further and added an adjustable stride length feature and you can adjust the stride length from 18” – 19”. One inch may not sound like a lot of space but trust me; you’ll definitely notice a 1” difference. Adjust your driver seat one notch, that’s about an inch. Then try and drive and notice the difference. It’s the same thing with an elliptical trainer. That one inch can mean the difference between something comfortable and something you’ll just use to hang your coat on.
One last thing I like is that the there’s an audio-in jack and built-in speakers. That means you can plug in your ipod and not be confined to headphones. It’s nice, especially if headphones make your ears sore like me!
Overall, the Horizon EX77 Elliptical is my favorite elliptical for less than a $1000. You’re probably not going to find a better combination of features and comfortable, smooth motion without spending a significantly greater amount of money. If you have a $1000 to spend on an elliptical trainer I definitely recommend going with the Horizon E77 Elliptical Trainer. Go ahead, do some research, I know you won’t find another elliptical trainer that compares in the $1000 price range.