Elliptical machine – All you need to know?

The best elliptical machine uses 80% of your muscle mass and combines the beneficial effects of the exercise bike and the stepper. It is also the ideal companion for a cardiovascular workout, effective for losing weight and getting fit.

Its regular use facilitates the loss of cholesterol and decreases the risk of infarction.

The 3 key points


The weight of the inertia wheel: The heavier the weight, the smoother and more comfortable the pedaling movement.
The length of the device: The longer your elliptical, the larger the ellipse will be, which will allow a better work of the lower limbs.

The stability of the elliptical: depends on the weight and length of the elliptical wheelbase: the heavier the elliptic foot length, the more stable it will be.

How to choose the best elliptical machine that suits your need

At the mechanical level:
Weight of the inertia wheel: The heavier the inertia wheel, the smoother and smoother the pedaling, which will contribute to an efficient and pleasant workout.

The type of resistance or braking: It can be magnetic or electromagnetic.

A magnetic resistance equips most fitness bikes today. There is no more direct contact with the wheel. The resistance is exerted thanks to magnets around the wheel which approach the latter to increase the level of resistance which guarantees a regular and silent braking.

A motorized motor-driven motor-driven resistor provides even more precise pedaling fluidity and allows the adjustment of resistance through programs without having to intervene. If the braking is electromagnetic, the electromagnetic resistance is made by the electric current via a connection to the electrical network. The increase in braking will be more linear and the scale of resistance will be greater.

In terms of the performance of your elliptical:

Heart rate measurement: Cardiovascular training is one of the major strengths of the elliptical, so you have to take into account the measurement of your heart rate during exercise. Occasional and regular users will be satisfied with the tactile sensors on the elliptical. We advise users who train intensively to have a chest belt and a heart rate monitor for a more accurate indication of their heart rate during exercise.

Training programs: predefined, heart rate-based or fully customizable must meet your training goals.
At the comfort level:

  • Job Type: It can be single or double. The double position allows you to vary positions during your session.
  • The USB port: for listening to workout MP3 sessions or your favorite music.
  • The magazine door: to read your newspapers and magazines.
  • The bottle holder: to hydrate during exercise.
  • When buying an elliptical, think also …:
  • To the braking type of the elliptical: it can be magnetic or electromagnetic.
  • To the variety of elliptical programs: presented on the console, they can be predefined, customizable by the user according to his training goals and based on heart rate.

Check for cardiac sensors: One of the main objectives of training on an elliptical is cardiovascular training. You must therefore check the presence of sensors on your elliptical.

The type of handlebar (or type of post): it can be single or double.

For your weight loss goals, consider consulting our diet and weight loss section to optimize your chances of success.
If you have any doubts about the choice of your device, do not hesitate to ask your questions to the Fitness Boutique team who will be pleased to enlighten you.