Today, the Runner’s Sole offers our second review (in a series of 5), the Sole E35 ellpitcal review. With lifestyle diseases being a main concern in the world today, regular exercise has become a necessity. In this article we take a closer look at the Sole E35 elliptical and review the pros and cons of this particular x-trainer.
Exercise on an elliptical trainer not only serves to minimize the risk of acquiring such diseases but simply maintain a healthy lifestyle which in turn increases our life expectancy as a population. There are numerous machines developed to help us attain that goal and one such machine is the Sole Fitness E35 Elliptical Machine. Rated by consumer magazines and websites as one of the best buys, Elliptical machines have grown in popularity over the years with every gym and most households. Product specifications The Sole E35 elliptical technology is built to provide a cardio workout which is not only challenging but also efficient.
The machines usability is a highlight with a 7.5 inch LCD display that serves to assist the user keeps track of essential training data.
Furthermore, the easily adjustable pedals, power adjustable slide, console and incline go to add on to the user friendliness of this technology. The stride length is between 20 to 22 inches and comes equipped with six standard programs, two heart rate programs and two custom programs. The stationary handle bars monitor your heart rate with their in-built sensors coupled with a heart rate chest strap for hands free pulse monitoring. The pedals are designed in a two degree inward slope which goes a long way to reduce stress on your knees and ankles not to mention that the foot bed is also adjustable for maximum customized comfort. The Sole E35 elliptical technology allows the user to change the ramp angle via the machine’s power incline ranging from flat up to thirty degrees. This serves to give you an array of extensive workout options focusing on specific muscle groups in your lower body. Furthermore, you can engage more muscle groups by peddling in reverse. For your arms, the Sole E35 elliptical technology comes with movable handle bars that serve as an extensive exercise regimen.
You can also track distance, time, resistance levels and number of calories burnt during your cardio workout.
This is displayed on the LED screen.
Benefits of Sole E35 elliptical technology
Using an elliptical machine, such as the Sole E35 elliptical, for your regular workouts comes with a host of benefits, let’s review them all here.
First is improved bone density which plays a key role in your overall health. Traditionally, the various exercises responsible for health bone density included aerobics, running and weight lifting which may cause jarred bones. With Sole E35 elliptical technology, all exercises responsible for healthy bone density can be performed. Secondly, the act of stepping up and down while peddling with an oval movement replicate running or walking. This simply implies that this machine provides the same benefits without the stress impact on your muscles and bones. Furthermore, safety is assured with Sole E35 elliptical technology by performing your exercises in a smooth flow thus minimizing risk of injury. Your bones and muscles as aforementioned are also protected from stress, when exercising on the Sole E35 elliptical, which may end up harming certain muscle groups (Steve @ Elliptical Consumers – thanks for pointing this out!).
Further, all muscles are engaged during this workouts making them very efficient in toning your body.
Most of us always prefer the easiest way to lose weight or tone our bodies, Sole E35 elliptical technology gives the users just that (as attested to many online reviews). You can do your exercises in a simple, relaxed manner at the comfort of your home. The technology used to manufacture elliptical machines incorporated a design whereby the natural body motion is provided while using the machine. Though higher priced than most aerobic machines in the market, the users are guaranteed to establish the physical benefits they intend to achieve from using them.
Though there is an array of elliptical machines in the market which come in different prices and forms, the technology on these aerobic machines is always top notch.
What to consider while buying an Elliptical Machine
Type of drive system on the E35 Sole
There are several types of drive systems which comes in handy while determining the durability and quality of the machine.
First, we have the front drive system with articulating foot pedals. This model is usually the cheapest and easy to maintain. However, they are very uncomfortable and may lead to injury especially the ones that come without pedals capable of adapting to your motion with angle changes. Secondly, we have the rear drive systems which are a bit more expensive as compared to the front drive elliptical technology. However, they are also easy to maintain and don’t need articulating foot pedals since the system is built to facilitate natural ellipse during motion. With the advent of technology we now have the centre drive systems which come with a flywheel located at the center of the device.
This results in very quite operation while the design makes them more compact.
Maximum user weight
To ensure perfect balance and minimal vibrations, it is paramount to confirm the upper weight limit.
This may also prevent an untimely breakdown as a result of overloading not to mention void the warranty.
Foot pedal features
As far as user comfort is concerned, this is one of the most important considerations.
Pedals must be adjustable and it is worth noting that, over sized pedals are recommended. Sole Elliptical Trainers come equipped with slightly sloped pedals with an adjustable angle not to mention articulating.
This really enhances your training while at the same time ensuring your comfort is guaranteed.
The Sole E35 elliptical and IFit compatibility
IFit in essence gives you access to a more personalized workout.
You are connected to a website where a personal trainer gives you directions on the various workouts which is highly motivating.
Furthermore, you can enjoy workout music while doing your cardio.
Console usability reviewed
The console should be easy to use, read and understand.
You are in a position to measure your progress, follow programmed workouts and customize some programs such as is the case with Sole E35 elliptical technology.
There is a host of other considerations that need to be put into account before settling on a specific elliptical machine. These may include the feedback on the console, the power source required to run the system, number of included programs and the kind of resistance it offers just to mention but a few.
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Sole E35 Elliptical conslusion
The Sole E35 elliptical is a exercise machine that makes sense in many aspect as an alternative training methodology for any avid runner.
However there are many elliptical models from Sole Fitness and there might be other specific models that might suit your particular needs better then the Sole E35 elliptical, the Sole E95 elliptical for example is a sightly more sturdy machine that comes with a slightly higher price tag, it might be worth considering though.