I have never been a elliptical user myself untill i got this one as a gift. I figured why not put this thing too use. Im very good with my hands so i had no issues putting it together. I started casually using it and the more i used it the more i enjoyed it. Things that helped me get going were the quick start programs such as 150 and 300 calorie workouts if you're not sure on how to begin these will get you going like they did for me. Also it has your step count, calories being burned, and a timer of how long you been working out for. It has a good sized cup holder for you to use for when you get thirsty, it worked perfect for me. If you put it together properly and add a couple lock washers to the bolts that need to be tightened 100%. Which i had extras of to make it so I have no issues with parts loosening up on me. The pros definitely weigh out the cons in my opinion the machine requires 4 AA batteries that don't die as fast as long as you don't go cheap. Id recommend rechargeable ones. No where for ipod to be held unless you make something like i did and a little harder than most to get it started.