Since the first elliptical trainer (or cross-trainer, if you prefer) came to market in the mid 1990s it’s been a big hit, mainly because it doesn’t hit your joints. Puns aside, elliptical machines are a great way to avoid impact-related stress on your body.

It’s a great source of cardio if you’re looking to avoid knee and hip impact. According to Harvard Health, people can burn as many as 400 calories in a 30-minute session on an elliptical. But it’s important that you understand yourself and your physiological demands, because they’re not always what they seem.

Buy Elliptical Machines Locally in Largo, FL

In our showroom, we have several selected models of elliptical trainers and even more options that are used in our warehouse (which are both the same building, by the way). You’re welcome to come in with your workout clothes and shoes and get a workout on the equipment. True of most equipment, but especially elliptical trainers, it’s important that it fit right and feel good to use-- otherwise, you won’t use it. Let’s be honest, you don’t need to buy it if you won’t use it, so the fit matters, and that’s why we’re here. Don’t settle for buying cardio equipment online without giving it a good test drive first.

We carry brands such as Body-Solid, Spirit, Landice, SportsArt, and more. And if you’re shopping for used, you’ll often find Life Fitness, Precor, Matrix, and other popular brands in our warehouse as well. But remember that used inventory changes often!

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Who Smith Machines Are For, and Who They Aren’t

Elliptical trainers define your movement for you. This is both a feature and a problem, and it’s important to understand exactly why.

For some people, especially those with past knee and hip injuries (and surgeries!) it’s incredibly uncomfortable and oftentimes very problematic to run on a treadmill or outside to get your cardio. The compression that comes along with each footstep is what creates long-term injuries. But with an elliptical trainer, there is no impact. However, that means that your body works a little less hard to keep its balance and pace, since the machine helps you do those things, too.

This is why it’s important to consider just how much it matters to you that you avoid impact with an elliptical trainer. For some, it’s counterproductive if they don’t have bad knees to forsake the benefits that come along with good old-fashioned running outdoors or on a treadmill. So if you have any of these concerns, be sure to talk with us about it when you come to the store. We’re happy to contribute to the conversation around your health and provide some productive guidance. And of course, when dealing with injuries, it’s important to get advice from a physical therapist or doctor, depending on your circumstance.

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23,000 Square Feet

Our 23,000 Sq. Foot warehouse is stuffed full of elliptical trainers and all kinds of other fitness equipment.

Understanding Differences in Quality

Elliptical trainers, like most exercise equipment, can vary in quality along with price. You’ll see incredibly cheap equipment at big-box stores and incredibly expensive equipment in gyms. So it’s important to consider things like repairability and warranty work; elliptical trainers, when they’re getting used like they should, will have components that wear over time, just like a car. While maintenance is minimal, it’s important to consider how much use the equipment will get and figure that into how much the equipment will cost. Alternatively, you might not need all of the bells and whistles that come along with some ellipticals if your plan is to simply zone out and get your cardio.