I had 3 kids in 5 years and had neglected myself. So when I decided it was time to get moving again after my third child I knew I would hurt if I didn't take it slow. I wanted to start with an Elliptical. It would be kind to my joints, it didn't take up much space and it was a safer option to have around my little ones. I purchased this because it was basic and on the cheaper end of the options. Thus if I quit in a few months I didn't feel too bad. To my surprise it is sturdy and works great! It has the basic functions on it that let me know how far I've gone and how many calories I've burned. It is easy to move around so that I can have it facing toward the tv or any direction to watch my children. This is a great "budget" elliptical. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a basic way to get a run in. The one negative that you have to consider is that it is LOUD! You will need to turn the volume up on your radio or tv if you want to use it together.