When most people hear the name, New Balance, they think of the well-known running shoe. Although New Balance makes highly respected shoes for men and women, that is not the only thing they sell. These days the company manufactures exercise bikes and elliptical machines. In spite of its excellent reputation, people may wonder if the company’s equipment is a good as its footwear. Some users say that it is.
The New Balance elliptical trainer comes in two models: the 8000 and the 9000. Both models are highly rated and can support runners weighing up to 300 pounds. Because the 9000 model came out after the 8000 and has been upgraded, it costs more than the New Balance 8000.
With moving arm handles that add intensity to your workout, the New Balance Elliptical 8000 is both reliable and durable. It, also, provides a good workout for the bottom and top portions of the body. Because the movement of the machine replicates actual running, users get a workout that not only challenges them, but improves their fitness at the same time. One of the best features of this model is its stride length. It extends up to 20 inches, giving runners an extensive range of motion as well as mimicking an outdoor stride.
The New Balance 8000 has a variety of workouts and 16 levels of resistance programmed into the machine. While this is not the highest number available on the market today, there are enough to keep users challenged and interested. The hand grips have a built-in heart rate sensor to record levels of exertion.
Overall, New Balance manufactures high quality ellipticals for the home. Although they are not the best on the market, they are sturdy, affordable, and well-designed. Other brands that are more established and have a long history of reliability are Schwinn and Sole. With a little more time, New Balance elliptical machines may just become a major competitor in the home gym market.
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