When it comes to home fitness equipment, there are two types of buyers: those who want something affordable, and light so they can work out a few times, and those that are looking for the serious burn and athletic training usually reserved for health and fitness centers. The Sole E55 Elliptical Trainer (2011 model) is not a toy, and it isn't the cheapest kid on the block, but it will deliver a serious workout in your own home at a great price.
When it comes right down to it, Elliptical machines are all basically the same, the differences are in the ability to perform. When purchasing any elliptical machine it is important to look for stability, durability, capacity and controls. The motion is the same with any machine, but comfort should also factor in. The Sole E55 Elliptical Trainer has a state-of-the art control center, and much more.
Sturdy and Strong
Unlike lightweight machines, the Sole E55 is strong enough to hold up to 375 pounds, and has an extra long base for increased stability at high speeds. It weighs in at 200 pounds itself, and is no pushover. In fact, it may be difficult to move this machine around, and it is not easy to store. That is a good thing, however. Too often, users buy a piece of workout equipment focusing on the storability of the item, but “out of sight, out of mind” is all too true when it comes to exercise machines. Find a place to put your Sole E55 Elliptical Trainer, and use it often.
Keeping it Cool
When you workout, sweat is a given. However, if you're not comfortable, chances are you won't stick with a workout schedule. The Sole E55 has built-in fans to keep you cool during your workout.
Controls at Your Fingertips
The high-tech console provides you with accurate readouts of your performance, and also lets you control the action of the machine. You can choose incline levels and speed while watching your heart rate, distance traveled, and calories burned.
The display area on the control center is a generous 7.5-inches for easy viewing, and has a blue backlit LCD readout. Your heart rate is measured by a strap on the chest for a very accurate reading, and indicators in the grips keep track of your pulse.
Music is a great motivator, and most health clubs have piped in music to keep their customers happy during their workouts. The Sole E55 Elliptical Trainer (2011 model) has its own sounds system built in, with an MP3 compatible sound chord to plug in your favorite tunes.
Even though the motion of an elliptical is a set pattern, it is important to have variety in your workout so your body does not settle into a routine, and stop improving. Changing the workouts regularly keeps your body adjusting to the varied paces and intervals. There are 6 pre-programmed workouts included in the control center and you can define 2 additional workout programs for your individual taste. Best of all, you never have to interrupt your flow and stop working out to change speeds or intensity. The incline and resistance buttons are integrated right into the hand grips for easy changes on the move.
Additional Features Included with the Sole E55 Elliptical Trainer (2011 Model)
- Water bottle and bottle holder
- Power incline
- Heart rate control
- Telemetry belt
- Adjustable pedals with up to 10 positions for complete comfort
- Front drive for easy mounting
- 20-inch stride to suit any size rider
Stress Relief and Foot Comfort
One of the biggest reasons to use elliptical machines is to reduce the stress on the leg joints. Unfortunately, with many elliptical machines, the way the footpads are arranged working on them is nearly as stressful as road walking or jogging. The discomfort to the feet, and stress on the ankles nearly defeats the whole purpose of using a machine. With the Sole E55 Elliptical Trainer the adjustable foot pedals take all of the stress off the ankle joints by creating a 2-degree slope inward. The pedals are also fully adjustable for height and degree of motion during the stride to fit your personal walking style. Because of the adjustable pedal feature, the Sole E55 alleviates the common “numb toe” effect of many other elliptical brands, and keeps your Achilles tendons in good shape.
The Sole E55 Elliptical Trainer (2011 Model) is whisper drive system quiet. The soothing whoosh of the flywheel is all you'll hear as you pedal away through your routine. It also means that the powerful whisper drive system makes your workout smooth, and will have a natural motion, all while providing a high-resistance workout that has multiple settings to provide the exact level of resistance you desire.
Drawbacks of the Sole E55 Elliptical Trainer
If cost is a consideration for you, the Sole E55 may be too high-priced. It is not an average “starter level” machine, and is made with the athlete in mind. It is a big machine that requires a fair amount of assembly. Be prepared to spend between 2 and 4 hours putting it together, and the base is very heavy to carry from delivery point to where you want to store the machine. It is hard to fault this machine in any other way, and for anyone serious about working out, it is a great deal.
The Sole E55 Elliptical Trainer has consistently good reviews and many satisfied users. Some of what users have to say about this machine include:
“Great assembly instructions. I set it up with no problem, and started peddling.”
“When I got it assembled the handles didn't line up, and the flywheel was misaligned. Had to send it to the technician for repairs straight out of the box.”
“The Sole E55 is very quiet and is a great workout. There's no strain on the hips or other joints.”
“Bought for my spouse for Christmas. She loves it. It isn't jerky or hard to use, and its stable and doesn't wobble like some elliptical machines do.”
“I worked out at several high-profile New York City gyms and the Sole E55 Elliptical Trainer is a gym quality workout. It's well worth the price, and the time it takes to put together.”
If you're ready for a serious workout, and want to have it available to you at home, the Sole E55 Elliptical Trainer is a machine you should seriously consider. This is not for the faint-hearted, it is a heavy-duty fitness center quality elliptical machine that you can be proud to own.