Endurance E7 & E7HRC Elliptical Trainers

The Body Solid E7 and E7HRC are nearly identical elliptical trainers, with the difference being heart rate control programming on the E7HRC. Both machines are made of high-quality welded steel and provide quiet, low impact, full body workouts. They also feature excellent warranties.

Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the Endurance E7 and E7HRC

  • Average stride The 18.5” stride on the Body Solid E7 is longer than that on the E5 elliptical, and it lets most users take full steps without feeling restricted. Machines with shorter strides, in contrast, can be associated with a choppy stair-climbing motion instead of truly elliptical movement.
  • Comfortable pedals – The pedals on both models are oversized, anti-skid, and cushioned for comfort.
  • Heart rate programs With the E7HRC, users get four cardio-specific workout programs. These programs monitor personal progress and adjust accordingly to make the most of each exercise session. The E7 and E7HRC also have five traditional pre-set programs and a manual mode.
  • Spacesaving – These sturdy machines have user weight capacities of 300 pounds, but their space-efficient design and rollaway wheels make them practical for home use. When set up, they measure approximately 2 feet x 5 feet.
  • Excellent warranty – Body Solid’s top-notch warranty package for the Endurance line covers all parts for a lifetime of use. Labor is included for one year from the date of sale.

Elliptical Errors: Where the E7 and E7HRC Fall Short

  • Programming – Programming is both a plus and a minus. The heart rate control workouts on the E7HRC are useful for some exercisers, but they aren’t necessary for most of us; all ellipticals are designed to provide efficient cardiovascular training. Additionally, the number of preset programs on the E7 – just five – is disappointing.
  • Lack of extras – These machines include bottle holders but little else beyond the basics. For the same price, other brands include a wide range of features that enhance both exercise and entertainment.

Overall Rating for the Body Solid Endurance E7HRC and E7 Elliptical Trainer

This durable machine can help whip anyone into shape, but smart shoppers consider brands besides Body Solid. Other cross trainers have lower MSRPs but more programming and other enhancements. Some specific models to check out: the Sole Fitness E95 – which features an incline and MP3 dock – and the Schwinn 460 with a variable stride.

Endurance E5000 Premium Elliptical Trainer

The Body Solid E5000 is durable enough to receive a commercial rating, but it’s sized reasonably for home use. Its patented center drive design, close pedal spacing, and low step-on height help provide a comfortable workout experience. Other highlights include a long stride and a wireless heart rate monitor.

Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the Endurance E5000

  • Long stride The 21” stride lets even tall users exercise without feeling constrained.
  • Lower pedal height – In addition to supporting low-impact elliptical movement, this machine has a low step-up height that’s easy on the knees. Additionally, the pedals are oversized and cushioned for comfort.
  • Heart rate monitor The wireless heart rate monitor can be used with five preset workout programs. This helps people to exercise within particular heart rate zones and get more efficient cardiovascular training.
  • Spacesaving stability – The E5000 takes up less space than other ellipticals do, but it’s still quite substantial. The machine maintains stability thanks to its weight, its low center of gravity, and a specially balanced frame. It has a user weight capacity of up to 325 pounds.
  • Strong warranty – This elliptical is sold with home and commercial warranties. Customers using the machine at home get a lifetime warranty on the frame, five years on parts, and a year of labor. The commercial warranty covers parts for three years and includes a year of labor.

Elliptical Errors: Where the Body Solid E5000 Falls Short

  • Programs – For being a “premium” elliptical, the E5000 disappoints with limited programming.  Like earlier Body Solid cross trainer models, it has seven built-in programs and space for two user-designed programs. On this model, five programs can be integrated with the wireless heart rate monitor.
  • Extras – For the same price, it’s possible to find a machine of comparable quality that also includes a speaker system, an incline, and other features that enhance exercise and entertainment.

Overall Rating for the Body Solid Endurance E5000

Body Solid’s E5000 is a good enough workout machine, but it falls short of its “Premium” label.  For the relatively high price of the E5000 elliptical, users can get truly premium exercise experiences by using brands such as Tunturi, Kettler, and Landice. Meanwhile, Smooth Fitness, Sole, and NordicTrack offer cross trainers with attractive features for a variety of budgets.

Endurance E400 Elliptical Trainer

Body Solid’s Endurance E400 builds upon the E300 elliptical with adjustable pedals, wireless heart rate monitoring, and exercise programs that especially target heart health.

Elliptical Hits: What You Get

The Body Solid Endurance E400 scores well in the following areas:

  • Ideal stride The machine can be adjusted for strides of 17” – 23”, satisfying petite, average, and tall exercisers. Pedals are specially designed to be easy on the hips.
  • Lower pedal height – The low step-up height is easy on the knees.
  • Programs – The Body Solid E400 adds interest to workouts with seven standard workout programs, five heart rate programs, and space for two user-designed programs. Fifteen resistance levels can easily be adjusted mid-program.
  • Upper body exercise – Premium ergonomic handgrips help elliptical users to cross-train.
  • Spacesaving – The E400 was designed with both space-saving and stability in mind.
  • Strong warranty – The Endurance E400 gets a lifetime warranty on the frame, five years on parts, and a year of in-home labor.

Elliptical Errors: What’s Missing

  • High-quality flywheel – Body Solid doesn’t advertise the flywheel weight of the E400, nor do they tout its having electromagnetic resistance. Signs point to a relatively light flywheel and mechanical resistance, which is more likely to break down than magnetic resistance.
  • Extras – For the same price, you might find a machine of comparable quality that also includes a speaker system, an incline, and other extras.

Overall Rating for the Body Solid Endurance E400

Body Solid’s E400 elliptical is a noticeable step up from the E300. If adjustable pedals and special heart-rate programs are important to you, then the E400 may be worth the extra investment. Still, to get the best value, find out whether comparably-priced machines would offer better resistance and more value. The Sole 95 elliptical, for instance, includes a heavier flywheel, a power incline, and an additional year of in-home service.

Endurance E300 Elliptical Trainer

Body Solid manufactures mid-priced fitness equipment for home and gym use. Their line of elliptical trainers includes 8 models. The Endurance E300 elliptical is a relatively basic model. This rugged, compact machine offers rigorous workouts, but it’s probably not the best value available. The Endurance E400 adds significant value.

Elliptical Hits: What You Get

The Body Solid Endurance E300 scores well in the following areas:

  • Long stride The 21” stride is ideal for most average-height adults.
  • Lower pedal height – The low step-up height is easy on the knees.
  • Programs – The Body Solid E300 adds interest to workouts with seven built-in programs and space for two user-designed programs. Resistance levels can easily be changed mid-program with the More/Less buttons. However, since the number of resistance levels is not advertised, it’s probably not outstanding.
  • Upper body exercise – Ergonomic handgrips let elliptical users cross-train.
  • Spacesaving – The E300 takes up about 2½” x 5” of floor space, which is about half the space taken by other elliptical machines.
  • Strong warranty – The Endurance E300 gets a lifetime warranty on the frame, five years on parts, and a year of in-home labor.

Elliptical Errors: What’s Missing

  • High-quality flywheel – Body Solid doesn’t advertise the flywheel weight of the E300, nor do they tout its having electromagnetic resistance. Signs point to a relatively light flywheel and mechanical resistance, which is more likely to break down than magnetic resistance.
  • Pedals – It’s not clear whether the Endurance E300 has optimal pedal spacing or not. Body Solid does advertise close pedal spacing on some of its other models, such as the Endurance E5000.
  • Extras – For the same price, it’s possible to find a machine of comparable quality that also includes a speaker system, an incline, and other extras.

Overall Rating for the Body Solid Endurance E300

Body Solid’s E300 elliptical could be just right for average-height adults seeking a reliable, space-saving exercise machine. However, there are few consumer reviews available, and some technical specs aren’t advertised. It’s worth investigating whether a comparably-priced machine, from Body Solid or elsewhere, would offer better resistance, better pedals, and more value. The Sole 95 elliptical, for instance, includes a heavier flywheel, power incline, and an additional year of in-home service. The Body Solid Endurance E400 also offers a better value.

Endurance E5 Electronic Elliptical

Body Solid’s Endurance E5 is nothing like the E4. While the Endurance E4 is a combination elliptical-stairclimber, the Endurance E5 is all elliptical. It’s especially designed to maximize muscular exercise while minimizing perceived exertion.

Elliptical Hits: What You Get

The Body Solid Endurance E5 scores well in the following areas:

  • Magnetic resistance – Body Solid’s E5 offers a smooth workout with the aid of electromagnetic resistance. The E5 model features easy electronic tension adjustment whereas the E4 requires manual adjustment.
  • Programs – The Endurance E5 provides a decent workout variety with 16 resistance levels and four heart-rate programs.
  • Strong warranty – The elliptical is sold with a lifetime warranty on all parts, plus one year of labor.
  • High capacity – This sturdy model can accommodate a 275-pound user.

Elliptical Errors: What’s Missing

  • Long stride – The Electronic Elliptical’s 16” stride is ideal for smaller users, but it would restrict the range of motion of taller users.

Overall Rating for the Body Solid Endurance E5 Electronic Elliptical

 

If you can get past its 16” pedals, the Endurance E5 is a great little machine. It’s unobtrusive, offers some workout variety, and has a lifetime warranty. It also has nice extras such as transport wheels, a drink holder, and a pulse rate reader.

Endurance E4 Elliptical Stepper

Body Solid’s line of elliptical trainers includes 8 models. The E4 is a cross between an elliptical trainer and a stairclimber. Its relatively low price appeals to budget-minded consumers.

Elliptical Hits: What You Get

The Body Solid Endurance E4 scores well in the following areas:

  • Spacesaving – The E4 is a master of space-saving. It takes up about half the space of regular ellipticals.
  • Quiet operation – Despite its up-and-down stair-climbing motion, this machine is as quiet as other elliptical trainers.
  • Magnetic resistance – Magnetic resistance means that there are fewer “inside parts” that could break down. Ellipticals with magnetic resistance need less maintenance than machines with mechanical resistance.
  • Strong warranty – The elliptical stepper is sold with a lifetime warranty on all parts, plus one year of labor.

Elliptical Errors: What’s Missing

  • A comfortable stride – Since the Endurance E4 is also a stair-stepper, it isn’t designed to use a full range of walking motion. The 14” stride could be very uncomfortable for people of average or tall height.
  • High weight capacity – Since the machine has just a 250 pound capacity, it isn’t ideal for all users.

Overall Rating for the Body Solid Endurance E4

 

If you can get past its short stride, the Endurance E4 is a great little machine. It’s budget-priced, unobtrusive, and has a lifetime warranty. It also has nice extras such as transport wheels, a drink holder, and a pulse rate reader.

Body Solid Ellipticals

Body Solid, an Illinois-based company, targets the middle range of the fitness market. The company manufactures and distributes elliptical trainers, multi-station gyms, and other fitness equipment for home and commercial use. Body Solid gym equipment has received numerous “best buy” awards from consumer groups.

Brand features of Body Solid Ellipticals

Here are some basics about Body Solid ellipticals:

  • Various strides available Body Solid gets it right with the E400’s range of motion: the machine can be adjusted for strides of 17” – 23”. The E5 Electronic Elliptical, however, has a maximum 16” stride. That’s fine for shorter users, but it inhibits the range of motion for taller users. Just about any user can attain a natural stride on the E300, which has a fixed stride of 21”.

  • Heart rate programs – Some Body Solid models, such as the E5 Electronic Elliptical and the E7HRC, feature exercise programs that are actually regulated by the individual user’s heart rate. This helps the machines to offer maximally effective cardiovascular workouts.

  • Resistance levels – Some Body Solid elliptical trainers, including the E7 and E7HRC, have 20 resistance levels. The E5 has 16 resistance levels.
  • Upper body exercise – “SynchroStride” handles are ergonomically designed to provide upper arm workouts.
  • Low step-up – The exercise surface of Body Solid ellipticals is relatively close to the ground.
  • Space efficiency – Body Solid ellipticals take up less space than their competitors, but they remain stable. Even the entry-level E300 elliptical trainer can support 300 pounds without rocking.
  • Great warranty – Body Solid stands behind its products with an in-home labor warranty. The Endurance product line gets a lifetime warranty on the frame, five years on parts, and a year of in-home labor.

Overall Rating for Body Solid Ellipticals

Body Solid products are well-made and can be expected to endure. However, the 15-pound flywheel on some models is a cause for concern; machines with heavier flywheels generally offer smoother workouts. Also, since the stride lengths vary on Body Solid trainers, be sure to choose a model that has an adjustable stride or otherwise fits your needs. People of average height generally have 18”-21” strides, and small adults might have 16” strides.