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Precor EFX 5.33 Elliptical Trainer

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Precor EFX 5.33 Elliptical Trainer
 
4.4

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A little pricey, but worth it if you'll use it

I actually work at a gym and we have these elypticals as an option for our clients to exercise on. These machines are great! If you want a good cardio workout, but can't...Read complete review

I actually work at a gym and we have these elypticals as an option for our clients to exercise on. These machines are great! If you want a good cardio workout, but can't or don't want to do the treadmill, then these are the thing for you. I love how easy this machine is on my knees. I want to run so badly, but after about 5 minutes, my knees, ankles, and lower back are in so much pain that I have to stop. On the elyptical, though, I can go for an hour and not feel one ounce of joint pain. I also love that this machine has different programs you can utilize to switch up your workouts. If you're not sure how fast you should be going or what resistance you should be at, just choose a program and the machine does all the work for you.

Despite how great these elypticals are, there are a few downsides to purchasing one. First of all, they are extremely pricey for a piece of workout equipment, so be sure to try one out a few times to make sure you like it and will definitely get your money's worth. Also, a lot of people tell me they have trouble finding their balance on elypticals and they get motion sickness when trying to use them. If you get motion sickness very easy, I would recommend going to a gym and asking to test an elyptical to see if it's even an option for you. Finally, these do require a little maintenance if you want to keep it working like new. You have to do the basic cleaning, but you also have to remove the coverings once every few months and clear the dust from inside the wheel tracks and along the belts. Otherwise, your stride gets messed up and you seem to "catch" on the dirt and dust that builds up inside.

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I like the one with stationary arms better

Although I love EFX machines, I think the ones that don't have movable arms are better.  When the EFX machine has movable arms, you can't move the feet part to do...Read complete review

Although I love EFX machines, I think the ones that don't have movable arms are better.  When the EFX machine has movable arms, you can't move the feet part to do incline/decline, you can only add more resistance.

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1.0

Barley used now making noise

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from sav ga

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      Comments about Precor EFX 5.33 Elliptical Trainer:

      Just want noise to stop when you put pressure it creeks on one wheel

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      5.0

      Precor EFX is a Durable Machine

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      from Lafayette, LA

      Comments about Precor EFX 5.33 Elliptical Trainer:

      We have had our Precor EFX Elliptical Trainer for years and that machine is one of the most reliable and durable machines I have ever owned. It has gone through 4 moves, countless rearranging, and regular exercise use. Our EFX is so useful and it is still going strong. As an exercise machine, the EFX delivers, it really does! I love working out in the comfort of my own home. The EFX offers various settings of programs to follow such as Cross Training, intervals to work the butt, Incline intervals, and custom programs. Of course, you can just work out and do your own thing as you want to. You can select what incline and resistance you want. The resistance and incline are no joke! This machine is built to cater to people of all fitness levels. You can do an easy work-out or a grueling one. It is all up to you. The EFX shows your time, calories burned, and strides taken. The calories burned seem overestimated, but many exercise machines do that as well. The price is fairly high, but for a dependable machine it is worth it. It is also worth it for your health.

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      5.0

      Great for bad joints

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      from USA

      Comments about Precor EFX 5.33 Elliptical Trainer:

      I have used this machine at a gym I frequent. It is super easy on the joints and while using this I have never had any pain whatsoever. It is a great machine to use for those who do not want to spend the time thinking about the exercise routine/program they need in order to lose so much weight/get in shape, etc. The machine does this for you. You just press a few buttons and it tells you what speed to go, for how long to exercise, and the resistance to set the machine to. Easy and it saves you tons of time planning. The only downfall to these machines is the cost. I would definitely make sure before you buy one that you really love it. I do not see the need to buy one because I just use the ones at my gym. There are always new models coming out and I like to be able to use them all which I can do at a gym who has more buying power than an individual. But this is a great machine and I recommend it to someone that could afford it.

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      5.0

      Good home elliptical

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      from USA

      Comments about Precor EFX 5.33 Elliptical Trainer:

      We had this elliptical in our apartment bedroom for a few years. It is a great home elliptical because it is a high quality, well-built piece of equipment. I recommend buying an elliptical mat to put under it to protect your floor. This elliptical has good programs of varying degrees of difficulty so I could always change up my workout. I liked the computer interface because it was easy to use and you could start exercising quickly. I liked how the pedals were comfortable and large. I liked how the stride was very smooth to run on. I liked the handle options of in front of you or the wider moving handles to mix my workout up. I got great workouts in on this elliptical and sweated just like I was at a gym.

      Performance
      Machine is sturdy and I felt comfortable using it.

      Comfort
      I liked the big pedals and felt comfortable striding.

      Ease of Use
      I liked the fast start up but it's easy to pick different programs too.

      Durability
      Stayed nice for years with routine cleaning/dusting. Never had to repair it.

      Design
      It is large but the design is modern and looks new.

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      5.0

      Fantastic elliptical!

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      from USA

      Comments about Precor EFX 5.33 Elliptical Trainer:

      After searching and searching for the right elliptical with the right price tag I found this one. It is a bit pricey but after doing research on it, I found this to be one of the best ones out there and definitely worth the price. It's durable with nearly every day wear, along with having a man who occasionally use's it and a toddler who thinks it is a toy for her. It has a beautiful look so it does not stand out horribly in my home. I chase a toddler all day so on top of that, a treadmill and this it has helped me lose weight! When using it it is smooth, meaning it's not catching or delaying. It is stable so you don't feel like you are about to topple over. Has different levels for you to use. I would recommend this one over any other.

      Comfort
      It is stable, does not feel like you are about to fall or topple over when using it.

      Ease of Use
      Very easy to use.

      Durability
      This machine has stood up to a lot of wear and tear and still going strong. Have had a couple years and I expect to have it a lot more!

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      5.0

      My Favorite Elliptical

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      from Potomac, MD

      Comments about Precor EFX 5.33 Elliptical Trainer:

      I am a personal trainer and Pilates Instructor, but through the years I have taught everything and used just about every type of cardio equipment on the market. This is without a doubt my favorite. So right off the bat this is gym quality and it is not going to be cheap. The intensity as well as the incline can be adjusted. You can choose preset programs or create your own on the manual level. I go back and forth between using the arm apparatus on the elliptical and using my own arms to generate intensity. The machine is fairly quiet and it moves very smoothly. You can move the pedals forwards or backwards. I have had no trouble with my knees or hips using the Precor. If you are going to set it up in your own home, make sure the levels are properly adjusted. I have used this machine in hotel gyms where they apparently just plugged it in and didn't test the functions. This piece of equipment is by far the most popular cardio machine in our gym (large national upscale facilities) after the treadmills. There is often a wait at prime time for the Precor EFX so I don't know why they don't get rid of some of the ellipticals that are rarely used and replace them with this. You can add a TV monitor right onto the machine, but at home you might just set it up in front of the TV. I would recommend a service contract if you are purchasing it for your home.

      Performance
      But you have to do the work. I see people get on, go about 1 mile per hour while yaking on the phone. And I am not talking about deconditioned clients or new gym members.

      Comfort
      I have had no knee or hip problems. Take the time to find the right levels

      Durability
      I think that in the gym the machines get abused. If you purchase one for home use it may not need servicing as often,

      Design
      I am a fairly small woman and I find the machine to be a good fit.

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      5.0

      It's a great machine, especially compared to the others.

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      from USA

      Comments about Precor EFX 5.33 Elliptical Trainer:

      This machine is one of my favorites. I've used a variety (three memberships to different gyms, the gym at my apartment, ellipticals in my home), and this is probably my favorite. It's easy to use and you can adjust the settings to many different styles. One thing that I really liked about this piece of equipment is that it starts out at a low pace, and you can determine how hard your workout will be. With other pieces of equipment, I get tuckered out so quick I don't feel like I've had a real workout! But this one is great, and I've worked my way up to being able to stay on it for a long time. Additionally, I like where the handles are positioned. They're at a very comfortable angle, especially for a smaller person such as myself.

      Comfort
      Very natural to stay on, and the hand positioning is very comfortable.

      Ease of Use
      Easy to select different programs and settings.

      Durability
      These have been at my gym at school for about three years and have gotten a ton of use.

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      Comfortable and simple.

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      4.0

      A little pricey, but worth it if you'll use it

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      from Hamilton, OH

      Comments about Precor EFX 5.33 Elliptical Trainer:

      I actually work at a gym and we have these elypticals as an option for our clients to exercise on. These machines are great! If you want a good cardio workout, but can't or don't want to do the treadmill, then these are the thing for you. I love how easy this machine is on my knees. I want to run so badly, but after about 5 minutes, my knees, ankles, and lower back are in so much pain that I have to stop. On the elyptical, though, I can go for an hour and not feel one ounce of joint pain. I also love that this machine has different programs you can utilize to switch up your workouts. If you're not sure how fast you should be going or what resistance you should be at, just choose a program and the machine does all the work for you.

      Despite how great these elypticals are, there are a few downsides to purchasing one. First of all, they are extremely pricey for a piece of workout equipment, so be sure to try one out a few times to make sure you like it and will definitely get your money's worth. Also, a lot of people tell me they have trouble finding their balance on elypticals and they get motion sickness when trying to use them. If you get motion sickness very easy, I would recommend going to a gym and asking to test an elyptical to see if it's even an option for you. Finally, these do require a little maintenance if you want to keep it working like new. You have to do the basic cleaning, but you also have to remove the coverings once every few months and clear the dust from inside the wheel tracks and along the belts. Otherwise, your stride gets messed up and you seem to "catch" on the dirt and dust that builds up inside.

       
      5.0

      outstanding value, lasts a lifetime

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      from Syosset, NY

      Comments about Precor EFX 5.33 Elliptical Trainer:

      This machine has real value...its durable, never a problem with electronics or mechanics. It has a funny chest band for cardio fitness that has to be fixed, but I'm sure they will replace it with a better version. It's also got multiple programs that are great, varied, and easy to program custom if you lile. Maybe its not the cheapest eliptical, but its the best.

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      5.0

      The Precor 5.33 Elliptical Trainer is the best I have ever used.

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      from Spring, TX

      Comments about Precor EFX 5.33 Elliptical Trainer:

      About 5 years ago, we moved to a little town in West Texas called Midland.  We had moved there from a much bigger city where we belonged to a fitness club called Lifetime Fitness.  We loved exercising on the equipment at Lifetime.  Midland did not have a fitness club like Lifetime, so we decided to use a room in our house for a home gym.  My husband researched elliptical machines for me.  I like elliptical machines because they are easy on my knees.  After a lot of searching on the internet, he came across the Precor brand.  We then went to a fitness equipment store to test a few models out.  The 5.33 fit our needs the best, it was built for heavy use and we liked a lot of the features.  One of the things I really like about it is that it comes with a heartrate monitor.  I also like that you can program it for 2 different people.  It has multiple program and is very easy to use.  My daughter is now 14 and she also loves using it.  We have own our Precor 5.33 Elliptical Trainer for almost five years and we have never regretted this purchase.

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