LOVE IT! I bought this elliptical because I want to change to a plant based diet and workout to get fit and glorify YaHWeH in my body, since it is the temple of His Set Apart Spirit per The Word. I chose this specific one because of the 18" longer stride length and to have Jillian Michaels as my trainer for a one time payment of $349 + tax = ~$374 plus batteries/adapter price. What a deal! I read the reviews ahead of time, so I went into the purchase prepared for the flaws others described. Although flaws and all, I must say I totally love this elliptical and plan to use it everyday. The resistance really gives you a great workout, you can feel it is working and I find it fun and challenging! I can tell it is really working my muscles and giving me an awesome workout especially Jillian's programs! The program that came with my elliptical is Jillian Michaels Lose Weight Level 1. Jillian's coaching keeps me going and motivates me! This will be my main fitness tool, and then I also have some fitness DVDs and small equipment to help me meet my fitness goals. Make sure to warm up and then stretch your muscles before, in the middle and after your workout if you can to prevent injury and increase flexibility. And now I will go through all the details to help inform you and prepare you for this purchase. :) POWER SOURCE AND IPOD CONNECTION: So first of all, the machine runs on 4 D alkaline batteries which will cost you around $7 or instead of using batteries you can buy a 6 volt 2 amp AC adapter plug in. If you choose the adapter option Walmart sells a ProForm 6-Volt AC Adapter on their website for around $19 plus shipping. I bought batteries so I could start using it right away, but to save money over time will probably order a cable soon. Though the batteries are nice if you use it in the middle of a room because then you do not need to be close to an outlet and can easily roll it around to move it. If you have an IPod and want to listen through the elliptical speakers, you will need a 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable. Walmart sells a Belkin 3' Car Auxiliary Cable on their website for under $3 plus shipping that you could use. WAS IT BROKEN? I read all the comments about receiving cracked plastic parts. Due to this I chose to just go to the Walmart store instead of online order thinking perhaps it would be a better chance of not being cracked during shipping. 2 Walmart associates put it on a rolling cart and loaded it in the backseat of my car for me. Then I was able to get it in my home by rolling it and sliding it and dragging it by the yellow straps around it. It is heavy but possible. Just make sure to use your leg power and not your back and be careful with any stairs. Nothing was broken except the 2 gray plastic discs you see on the side in the picture. They are not attached very strongly to the base. The place where it attaches is too thin and flimsy, so these broke off from the base. This however does not affect the function of the machine, just the way it looks because these are just cover plates. So currently I put mine together without these 2 cover plates for the time being. I don't care if the machine looks perfect, so it doesn't bother me too much to not have them on. But the machine comes with a phone number to call if you receive broken parts, so I plan to request replacement discs in case I want to put them on later. ASSEMBLY AND NEEDED TOOLS: So I read the comments on it taking a looong time to assemble. So I came in expecting it to take awhile. I just took my time and made sure to read the directions carefully and to assemble correctly. I was able to assemble this all by myself in a few hours. I did not find it very difficult, it was pretty straightforward. I just made sure to tighten the screws well, so that it was a solid assembly job. The tools you need to assemble are a phillips screwdriver, an adjustable wrench and a hammer or mallet...and patience and determination helps. :) Also you may need WD 40 spray (it says it was supposed to come with grease, but mine did not). First thing I did was to unbox and unwrap all the parts and lay them out on the floor. When assembling, just go slow and read carefully. The only part that didn't line up well for me was the small cover plates at the bottom of the arm holds. I had to break off the little insert sticks inside that didn't line up, but I got them snapped on eventually. I may request replacements of those too to see if perhaps the replacements would line up better. But again these parts do not affect how the elliptical works. They are just cover plates to cover screws and make it look nicer. Also please note the heart rate monitor has white plastic stickers over it that you have to take off to use the monitor. I didn't notice this at first and was trying to figure out why it wasn't reading my heart rate. Oops. :) DOES IT MAKE NOISE? After assembly mine does make a swooshing noise when I use it as the wheels inside move. But it is not so loud that you cannot hear a tv or music while you work out. Perhaps in the future I will have a repair person look at it to see why it makes the noise and possibly make it quieter, but for now I am very happy with this elliptical so this swooshing noise is not something that stops me from using it. The benefits of this elliptical far outweigh the flaws for me! If you want a whisper quiet machine and noise is a big concern for you, you may want to hire a professional to assemble it for you. Not for certain that it would be quieter with professional assembly, but perhaps they would be more skilled and have better results? IS JILLIAN LOUD? Yes, the volume of the machine is very loud and not adjustable. This is remedied for me by tieing a bunched up fleece blanket around the speaker area to cover where the sound comes out. The blanket therefore filters the sound making it a quieter more pleasant tone, so you can enjoy, appreciate and experience Jillian's amazing coaching as one should. Perhaps there are other items to filter the sound that might work better that you could cover the speakers with, so you get to be creative with that. I just searched my room, and saw a fleece blanket and was like Aha! This will do the trick. :) CAN YOU SEE THE DISPLAY? I have positioned my elliptical underneath a ceiling light and do not have a problem reading the display. I can see it very clearly. If you do not have a light over it, you may want to purchase a clamp lamp to attach to the elliptical to help you read the display better. The IFIT card is really easy to use. Just insert it and Jillian starts talking and gets you moving. If you need to stop and drink water, you just stop pedaling. The machine automatically stops your time until you start pedaling again. There are 8 weeks of Jillian programs on the card. Also the elliptical has 12 programs on it. Or you can just pedal freely on your own and choose your resistance level. You can pedal forward or backwards to work different muscles. You can workout your arms using the arm holds or if your arms get tired you can just hold the heart rate monitor for a bit. I like the removable cup holder and ipod compartment at the top to set your ipod in. The fan only gives a soft breeze, so you will need to set up your own fan by the elliptical if you want a strong breeze while working out. The elliptical is easy to move around, because it rolls very nicely on the wheels. Overall I am very happy about this purchase. I wanted a great workout and a top trainer in my home for an affordable price. And now I have it! Praise YHWH! Blessings and shalom to you and best wishes in your fitness. <3
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