The Inspire Fitness Cardio Strider 3 (CS3) is one of the best recumbent elliptical/strider machines in this price range. The compact seated CS3 model can be used in your home gym and for fitness enthusiasts of any skill level who want a low impact workout. Recumbent ellipticals are ideal for those with disabilities or mobility problems as it is easier to climb into than upright ellipticals. The CS3 is a favorite for rehab or physical therapy.

The CS3 is a medium duty machine, capable of handling user weight up to 300 pounds. Furthermore, the CS3 provides an effective cardiovascular workout by combining upper and lower body flexibility and coordination into one impact-free motion and is easier on your joints. Regular use on elliptical trainers will increase heart and lung capacity while improving your health and burning calories.

This recumbent elliptical uses 20 levels of magnetic brake resistance using an eddy current brake (the best type). Magnetic resistance has the advantage of no friction, reliability, little to no maintenance costs, and quiet operation. The Silent Poly V Belt Drive System provides quiet operation.

Key specs include a back pad that has 3 Reclining Positions, A Stride Length ranging from 12″ to 15″,  a weighted flywheel providing for smoother strides, static & moving handlebars for a full cross-training workout and lastly a Handles Flip to switch between CHEST/BACK workout and BICEPS/TRICEPS workout.

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Teeter FreeStep Recumbent Cross Trainer, unlike regular recumbent bikes, provide a full body workout. While we usually get bored after 20 minutes of recumbent exercise, with the FreeStep recumbent by Teeter, you will hardly want to leave the machine.

The Teeter Freestep recumbent machine has a soft and comfortable adjustable seat to accommodate users of all heights. As far as the backrest goes, it’s well cushioned, full and it’s 3-position reclining adjustable. So, you can lean back and do a relaxed cardio workout or lean a bit forward and do a more intense home exercise.

The Teeter exercise machine offers a smooth linear stepping pedal motion. And since it’s not circular, it has less impact on the knees compared to recumbent bikes. The pedals are huge and anti-slip with safety edges to keep your feet in place. But what we like the most is the handlebars, they are vertically adjustable to allow all members of the family to do a low impact exercise regardless of their height.

This recumbent cross trainer by Teeter features a silent magnetic resistance that applies to the handlebars and the pedals at the same time. The fact that the resistance applies to the lower and upper body makes this machine much better than expensive similar recumbent bikes that offer resistance to pedal only.

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The Octane Fitness ZR8 Zero Runner is a hybrid of a treadmill and an elliptical, so you get the best of both – a correct running motion without the impact. It is a powerful tool that enables runners to manage repetitive impact forces better that over time, that can damage the body.

Replicate real running motion by fully extending your lower leg and kicking up your heel – just like you do outside. Whether running outside or inside, one thing you get is the jarring impact. Run smarter on the Zero Runner by supplementing high impact outside runs with lower impact.

With the Zero Runner, you don’t suffer from the high-impact forces of running, yet still can enjoy the natural, free feeling of pure running. Treadmills do not offer a zero-impact running experience or the ability to help you learn more about your running.

The electronic personal training features are impressive. Through SmartLink, you have access to 35 training programs. These workouts are Endurance, Toning, and Active Recovery. These programs will automatically recalibrate if you get off track, thus, ensuring you benefit fully from each exercise.
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The NordicTrack Treadmill Desk Platinum is well-made for its purpose: a light or moderate workout to keep you moving while working. If your goal is to stop sitting for hours at a time, which is something that tends to happen when you are working, then this is an excellent investment.

This latest model of the NordicTrack Treadmill Desk comes with an adjustable incline of up to 10%, a feature that was not available with the previous model. The motor of the treadmill has increased to 3 CHP, and the speed goes up to 8 MPH.

A 3-window LCD shows your speed, and calories burned, distance and incline. It also displays your heart rate if you’re using the EKG grips. This treadmill does not come with any pre-loaded programs, but it is iFit-enabled, so you can get workout programs through iFit that will be accessible via your smartphone or laptop.

With the generous desktop space, you will be able to rest both devices on the desk, a nice bonus. The especially great thing about both versions of the Nordictrack treadmill desk is that it can be adjusted from a treadmill desk to a sitting or standing desk in just a few steps.

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The Zero Runner ZR7 is a unique cardio trainer built in the USA by Octane Fitness. It’s named for what it lets people do: run with zero harsh impact! Additionally, the ZR7 supports walking, jogging and simulated climbing. Furthermore, its elliptical footpath naturally adjusts to match the user’s gait up to 58”.

For all exercise types, this machine suspends the entire body to allow very efficient cardio training and calorie burn without straining sore joints, muscles or connective tissues. In addition, its combination of stride versatility and zero impact makes the Zero Runner ZR7 a popular alternative to elliptical trainers, stair climbers, and treadmills.

The Zero Runner ZR7 in this review, unlike the ZR8, does not have moving armbars. It’s sold with optional cross-training equipment for upper body exercise and gives access to cross-training workouts as well as regular lower body workouts. These workouts are delivered by the digital training platform SmartLink.

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