The Best Elliptical Trainer Machines for Obese People
If you are obese, your weight places excessive stress on your joints and makes exercise difficult. A low-impact workout provided by an elliptical trainer minimizes stress on your joints. However, when choosing an elliptical machine, ensure that it is sturdy and durable with a high maximum user weight. It should have a suitable stride-length and a smooth action for ease of movement. It should also have a heart rate monitor to help ensure you exercise within safe limits.
The Top Rated Elliptical
The Precor EFX 5.33 is rated the best overall elliptical trainer of 2014 by the elliptical trainer buying guide All Ellipticals. At a sturdy 245 pounds, it can accomodate your weight. All Ellipticals notes that the EFX 5.33 allows you to vary your stride between 21 and 23 inches and adjust the incline of the pedals. The wireless heart rate control automatically adjusts resistance. ( This ensures you stay within your target heart rate and you exercise without excessive strain on your heart.
A Hefty User Weight
At a hefty 304 pounds, the Smooth CE 8.0 LC elliptical trainer has a maximum user weight of 400 pounds. According to All Ellipticals, this trainer offers you a 21-inch stride length --short choppy strides are uncomfortable and may place more stress on your joints. Elliptical Trainer Ratings says this machine has a fluid, smooth action. This is a significant advantage as movement is often difficult if you are obese.
Minimizing Stress on Your Joints
The Smooth CE 3.6 weighs in at 175 pounds with a maximum user weight of 300 pounds. Elliptical Trainer Ratings notes this machine has a number of features that make it suitable for the obese exerciser. The pivoting foot pedals help keep your legs, hips and knees in alignment as you exercise to reduce stress on your joints. The smooth action helps you overcome any movement difficulties, and the wireless heart rate control automatically adjusts resistance to help you exercise safely.
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Michele Turcotte is a registered, licensed dietitian, and a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has more than 12 years of experience in clinical and corporate settings, and has extensive experience in one-on-one diet counseling and meal planning. She has written freelance food and nutrition articles for Trouve Publishing Inc. since 2004.