I purchased this Nordic Track several years ago, when becoming a mother made the prospect of getting to the gym unlikely. Since I suffered a knee injury years ago, I was additionally seeking a cardiovascular workout that would be easy on my joints. A physical therapist recommended the elliptical trainer as being the best option, more gentle than stationary bikes or running on a treadmill. So, I purchased this rather bare-bones Nordic Track and got to work! Like any piece of exercise equipment, it does take up a fair amount of room, so I have mine in my garage. I use it daily for about 45 minutes, and this has helped me drop weight after two pregnancies and maintain a healthy, lithe body. My friends often ask me what I do for exercise, and I am always proud to recommend this machine in conjunction with some strength-building exercises. Don't expect a lot of bells and whistles from this machine. It does provide a basic calorie count, but from what I have heard, many of these machines are far off the mark in that department. The time elapsed and distance features are a better gauge of progress in your fitness regime. This machine will give you a great workout, and will make you sweat. If that's what you're looking for in your fitness program, this is a terrific option.