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BEST FITNESS (BFE1) Center Drive Workout Spacesaver Elliptical by BODY-SOLID

BEST FITNESS (BFE1) Center Drive Workout Spacesaver Elliptical by BODY-SOLID

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  • * Compact and portable steel frame elliptical trainer
  • * Smooth and quiet operation; magnetic resistance
  • * Patented center drive design and low center of gravity
  • * Measures 48 by 30 by 66 inches (L x W x H)
  • * Close pedal spacing eliminates hip fatigue
  • * Contact heart rate grips allow you to monitor your workout intensity
  • * 275-pound user capacity
  • * Fifteen-year frame warranty, 10-year motor warranty;

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Best Fitness (BFE1) Center Drive Workout Spacesaver Elliptical by Body Solid$

The Best Fitness Center Elliptical Trainer is built with patented technology in mind.  Without the need for an expansive floor space, the machine boasts of its patented center drive design with close pedal spacing, thus, eliminating hip fatigue.  The balanced frame eliminates rocking which makes it possible for an undistracted cardio workout session. With this space efficient machine, you can jumpstart your metabolism and significantly reduce the risk of heart ailments and stroke.

How this Gym Equipment Benefits Your Health:$

Top of the line elliptical trainers such as this spacesaver elliptical trainer have grown in popularity because compared to treadmills and running in general, it engages all the major muscles in an intense but low impact workout. This means you can maximize your cardio sessions and make the most out of it without hurting your hips and joints. The Best Fitness Center Elliptical Trainer is pretty much a hybrid of a stair climber and treadmill, so by using it you get more workouts and burn more calories. Anyone, from elite athletes to 60-year olds, can improve fitness levels more efficiently and with relative ease with the Spacesaver Elliptical Trainer by getting a whole body and low impact body workout at the convenience of your own home.

Features:

  • Patented Center Drive design
  • Compact and portable
  • Low center of gravity and balanced frame prevents rocking
  • Dual-action upper and lower body
  • Easy step-up height
  • Contact heart rate
  • Close pedal spacing eliminates hip fatigue
  • 275 pound user capacity
  • In-home warranty: 15 years Frame, 10 Years motor, 2 years electronics, 2 years parts, 6 months wear parts, 1 year Labor

4 Stars
Solid machine, easy to assemble and fun to use
Our elliptical trainer arrived in a large cardboard box, that needed two people to move it. We had it delivered in our garage and carried the pieces down to the basement and assembled it there. The only difficult part of this was the base, which also needed to people to move - it's heavy and awkward. The box contained Styrofoam which was marked for recycling, and all the plastic bags were clearly marked with recycling symbols. I give them good marks for making recycling easier. Assembly was extremely easy. The directions were fairly clear and the parts needed for each of the assembly steps was individually packed, see my photo. Some parts are left or right oriented and those are clearly marked with L or R stickers. It also came with all the tools needed for assembly. I put it together in about an hour. NOTE: I needed to tighten some of the nuts after we'd used the machine for 3 weeks. I noticed this after the elliptical was noisy to use, normally it's extremely quiet. One hint, it's not clear where to plug in the power line. It goes into a small socket near the base of the left hand side, see the attached photo. There are two roller wheel at the front of the unit and a large bar to the back, so in theory you can stash it when not in use and pull it out to use it. When not in use it's 51 long and 30 wide. When in use, it's needs a length clearance of 68. The power drive a large very readable and bright display. It shows the type of circuit you're using below very large digits that cycle between: workout time; speed; distance (miles); calories; pulse rate; and watts. The display powers off automatically, and then switches on when you get on the treadmill and take a step or two. So it's very energy efficient. Programming the display is not obvious, and it's not explained well in the owner's manual. If you want to use one of the 12 program patterns shown follow these directions. 1. Power on the unit. 2. Press the Up arrow until the bottom of the display reads PROG. 3. Press the Mode button. 4. Press the Up or Down arrow to choose P01 to P12, for one of the patterns printed below the display. 5. Press the Mode button. 6. Choose the effort level with the Up or Down arrows. 7. Press the Mode button. 8. Use the up arrow to set the number of minutes you want to workout for. 9. Press the Start/Stop button and get going! Because there's no motors in this unit, it's fairly quiet to operate with little clicking noises as you move. I can easily use it to walk forwards and backwards, and I can increase or decrease the levels while exercising. At the lowest level, I can go from 1 to 8. If you grip the small handles, your pulse rate is displayed after a few seconds. Overall I've found using it is very smooth, it's not as bulky as a professional gym unit but it feels very solid. After we'd been using it for a week, I did use the tools to check the bolts and screws were all tight, a few of them had loosened slightly. I have a two minor gripes: the hill display doesn't move, it's the same whether you do 10 minutes or 30 minutes; with program 3, for example, you always get four peaks with the time divided equally between the four sections. The other gripe is the placement of the water bottle holder. It's on the frame under where one of the big handles moves by. Trying to get it while you're using the elliptical is awkward, I wish they'd placed it on the step below the display. We also have a good treadmill, but since the elliptical arrived it's been the machine that everyone in the family is using, including the kids. Official Amazon review of Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer by Body Solid. Click for additional reviews.
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Reviewed by:  from . on 1/23/2011
4
5 Stars
Works great with TVs--Saves me at least an hour a day, and Compact in Size!
I'm a relatively active outdoors person also with numerous indoor exercise equipment, dislike gym ellipticals, and expected this elliptical would be a minor use item. Was I surprised! Probably the greatest impediments to most people's exercising are: lack of motivation and time. This mindless, requiring low-motivation (both desirable characteristics) exerciser works excellently with high-wall-hanging TVs, so one can learn or be entertained, while exercising; thus perhaps saving an hour of time daily! Rowing machines are noisy. Free weights and home weight-gyms cause interrupted flows in viewing due to constant changing of weights and head angles. Treadmills require concentration and has too much bounce to enjoy the shows. Gazelle gliders lack adjustable resistance and also require concentration and has too much bounce. Boxing bags or jumping with ropes cause interruptions and bounce. Gym ellipticals either require my watching boring commonly-watched TV programs or if a small TV is attached, the viewing angle is not directly in front of the eyes, requiring a head adjustment that removes some exercise value. Yoga doesn't require much motion exercise. Indoor bicycling has no arm exercise and bad for posture. The BF-E1 elliptical is relatively quiet (so I can hear the TV audio), has varying resistance levels (for better workout), is relatively compact (saves space), has extensive exercise modes settings, and even is effective for a 6ft1in guy, as me (I had expected it to appeal primarily to women). Its pedals are well designed for safety because BF-E1's lower sidewalls prevent possible jamming a toe, when one is mindlessly pedaling. Suitability in house or apartment: Installation ease--A, Easy to move around--A, Compact size--A, (This is particularly valuable where real estate rent is high.) Quality of mechanics-- A General exercise: Ergonomics (how well it fits to body)--B ellipticals, I believe are inherently not ergonomic, and this unit's foot step height, I suspect, may be a bit shorter than gym ellipticals). Injury prevention--A safety to the point that it's mindless exercise) Enhances posture--A Strength building--C ellipticals don't exercise mid-abdomen and the total range of leg and arm motions is limited) Actual Usage Characteristics Enhances Personal Motivation--A Mindless operation--A+ Low Noise--A Watching TV--A+ Requires minimal exertion-- A Posture improvement--this is a less obvious benefit. Most other exercisers are difficult to improve posture, and posture improvement is difficult to achieve in outdoor sports. Major health studies show that posture is one of major determining factors in predicting one's health, particularly when one ages. Because the elliptical can be exercised with the head erect and chest upright, using this, with a high-hanging-wall TV can greatly enhance one's posture. BF-E1 is a low effort, low muscular gain exerciser that, when used with a TV, becomes fun and substitutes muscular effort exercises with more time spent exercising. Calories reduction and toning are probably effective. Because I treat this more as an exerciser-entertainment-learning device than a strict exerciser, I'm not focusing on its control panel capabilities, which is described in other reviews. Acid reflux issues. Running can aggravate the esophagus, mostly because the stomach acid bounces up and down and hits the esophagus. The elliptical is very smooth, so using it with an empty stomach reduces acid reflux issues. For additional protection, use a sandal on right foot, barefoot on left, and uplift your chest--these will further distance the esophagus from the stomach acid. BF-E1 is smooth and can be used barefooted with great safety. Mindless operation--and this is excellent, because one can concentrate on other issues. Most of the other exercisers I've tried required discipline and effort. BF-E1 elliptical requires the least discipline, concentration, minimal motivation. And it's very safe, so I can learn or be entertained by TV, while mindlessly exercising barefooted. I own more varieties of indoor and outdoor sports and exercise equipment than anyone I know, and expect to use this elliptical regularly, because it saves time (a major compliment). 3-19-12 addendum-- when installing, use grease to lubricate the arms' spindle pivots and the arms' and leg arms' joints. My unit did not come with grease, but apparently some units do. Official Amazon review of Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer by Body Solid. Click for additional reviews.
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Reviewed by:  from . on 10/25/2011
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5 Stars
My Favorite Amazon Purchase This Year!
This is such a wonderful addition to my home gym. I have definitely learned my lesson that you get what you pay for. A little over a year ago I weighed 270 pounds (I am only 21 years old). I knew that I needed to change, but I didn't know where to start. My boyfriend ended up purchasing a different elliptical for me (the ProForm Hybrid Trainer) because of the decent reviews and the price. I discovered that I absolutely loved using an elliptical! I honestly spent most of my time parked right in front of the TV exercising away on my machine. Unfortunately after a handful of months the Proform started making terrible noises. My boyfriend did a whole bunch of work to the machine and it was OK for a little while, but eventually the noises returned. I was able to deal with the noises without much of a problem (between the TV and music I hardly even noticed); however, then the pedals starting slipping off of the track. It was absolutely terrible and I could no longer use it. We have a treadmill and a few other exercise aids, but I was lost without the elliptical that I had grown to love. We decided to purchase another one and started to search through all of our different options. We didn't want to spend a fortune, but we knew that we had to spend more than what we did before. There were some cheaper contenders, but after reading all of the reviews we determined that the Best Fitness E1 was our best bet. So we ordered it and I was happily awaiting its arrival. You have to set a delivery time for this product and we had to wait a little over a week for ours to be delivered. I was not very impressed with the delivery. You see, I was waiting (extremely excited and stalking the window for the truck to pull up) for the elliptical to arrive on the day of delivery. The truck pulled up and we had expected the guy to help us bring the elliptical inside (that is what I thought the delivery schedule was for). Unfortunately the huge box (honestly, huge) was left at the end of our driveway on a pallet. We decided to cut open the box right there and take in each piece one by one. This took a decent amount of time and caused a bit of irritation. I would still make this purchase again, but I only mention this part of the transaction so that you can plan on having at least one other person help you move this thing when it first gets to you. Anyway, we finally had it in the house! We then carried the parts up the stairs and my boyfriend got to work putting it together. He was able to do it by himself and it took less than 2 hours to put together. He said it was simple enough so I will take his word for it. I was so excited when it was finally ready to be used that I ended up using it for most of the night. I have had no real issues with it thus far and it has been over six months. There is a slight noise that comes from the left side every now and then when I am using it, but it is nothing in comparison to the noises that my other elliptical made. One thing that I wanted to mention was that I saw some reviews where people were complaining about the water bottle placement. I agree that it is almost impossible to get to if you are really going hard, but I almost never grab for my water bottle when I am going quickly. I am able to grab the water bottle without any issues when I am going slowly. I think the design is just fine due to the compact size of this machine. I would definitely recommend this elliptical to anyone shopping for one. I use mine for hours each day and have had minimal issues. This was definitely the best purchased that I have made this year! Official Amazon review of Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer by Body Solid. Click for additional reviews.
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Reviewed by:  from . on 8/9/2014
5
5 Stars
Home Use Elliptical
I got this so I could work out at home instead of going to the gym several days a week. It arrived well packaged. It was not difficult to put together. Everything was labled and marked step by step for putting it together. Do recommend that 2 people put it together because some of the parts were heavy. I started using it right away. It is quiet and the motions are smooth. I like the fact you can also go in reverse on it to work the muscles differently. It does have a different feel than what I am used to using at the gym. The ones at the gym don't exercise the arms so that took some getting used to. Also the stance for the stride is narrower than what I am used to. It works well. The only thing I find a little frustrating is when I want to check my pulse/heart rate on the equipment it takes almost a full minute for the pulse to register accurately. I know I am going to get a lot of use out of this and lose a lot of weight which is my goal. I would recommend this elliptical for home use especially considering its compact size which was a factor in my purchasing this product. Official Amazon review of Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer by Body Solid. Click for additional reviews.
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Reviewed by:  from . on 11/3/2012
5
5 Stars
Elder jock
I received my elliptical trainer in a well-packaged container which prevented any damage to the components. I was able to assemble it myself with some degree of difficulty in about 2 hours. So far I have been very pleased with the operation of the ellipital trainer. The stride is comfortable, not too long and doesn't put undue stress on the hips. It is quiet when in use, allowing one to watch television without a home theater for amplification. The only problem I have found is there is some jerkiness when at higher tension levels. I haven't tried any of the programs so I can't comment on them. The trainer doesn't take up a lot of room (unlike the treadmill it replaced)! Overall I would recommend this product, particularly if space is limited. Official Amazon review of Best Fitness E1 Elliptical Trainer by Body Solid. Click for additional reviews.
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Reviewed by:  from . on 4/29/2011
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