Bremshey Sport Ellipticals

The Bremshey line of fitness equipment was first introduced to Europeans in 1973. Bremshey cross trainers are part of the middle to upper range of the home fitness market, and different models are designed for beginning athletes and those needing tougher challenges. The relatively simple machines are known for their user-friendliness. Exercise – not distracting entertainment – is a hallmark of this brand.

Who produces Bremshey ellipticals? Bremshey Sport is one of many fitness brands originally designed, developed, and manufactured by a German company known as Accell Group. Accell Group has historically produced Bremshey elliptical trainers, Tunturi ellipticals, and other fitness equipment at its facilities in Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, and the Netherlands. However, in order to lower prices for the North American market, the company has recently moved production of Bremshey fitness products to China. Only time will tell whether the new production arrangement will yield the same high quality for which Bremshey has been known.

Brand Features of Bremshey Sport Ellipticals

  • Compact size – Bremshey Sport trainers are designed for easy portability. They are foldable, have transport wheels, and can easily be moved around the home or even taken to the office.
  • Easy assembly – While some cross trainers requires hours to assemble, Bremsheys require virtual no at-home assembly.
  • Front and rear drives — The entry-level Bremshey Ambition elliptical and the more complex Pacer and Control models are each available with a front or rear drive to suit customers’ workout preferences. The Bremshey Explorer, which is the top-of-the-line model, is available in front drive only. Front drive machines tend to feel more like stairclimbers while rear drive machines support a sensation that’s more like walking or jogging.
  • Various strides – The Ambition and Pacer cross trainers are offered with 16” strides. These strides may be too small for some users and could produce a “choppy” sensation, especially in the front drive models. Bremshey’s Control and Explorer ellipticals have 19” strides to provide more range of motion.
  • Program variety – Bremshey Sport ellipticals include a moderate to generous number of programs (10 to 22).
  • Heart rate monitor – Bremshey trainers are sold with ear clip monitors, wireless monitors, and grip pulse monitors.
  • Water bottle holders – The simple addition of a water bottle holder can help exercisers endure longer workouts.
  • Quiet operation – The magnetic brakes on Bremshey trainers promote quiet operation.
  • User capacity – 300 pounds
  • Warranty – Bremshey Sport ellipticals sold in North America after 2009 have five-year warranties on all parts.

Overall Rating for Bremshey Sport Ellipticals

Bremshey trainers have been known for their moderate to high quality thanks to German engineering and European manufacturing. Although the company has improved its warranty, customers might still be wary of the recent switch to Chinese outsourcing. Some machines to consider in the same price category as Bremshey ellipticals include those by Kettler and Smooth.

Bremshey Sport Pacer

Bremshey Sport, a division of Germany’s Accell Group, is a fitness equipment brand that’s manufactured in China. The Bremshey Pacer elliptical, like the Bremshey Ambition, is one of the brand’s simpler models. The rear drive versions have 16” stride lengths and the front drive versions have 19” strides. The machine operates quietly and can easily be transported thanks to retractable wheels and a battery-powered monitor.

Elliptical Hits: What You Get with Bremshey’s Pacer Cross Trainer

  • Compact size – The Bremshey Sport Pacer has a small footprint and is designed for easy portability. The full unit weighs 104 pounds.
  • Easy assembly – While some cross trainers require hours of in-home assembly, Bremsheys are nearly ready to use upon delivery.
  • Program variety – With 12 programs and the ability to add a user-designed workout, the Pacer offers a reasonable amount of variety – significantly more than the Bremshey Ambition.
  • Heart rate monitor – The Pacer is sold with an ear clip monitor to help exercisers maintain a healthy heart rate during workouts. This is a useful feature, but some people experience ear clips as awkward. Other machines monitor the heart via pulse grips or wireless devices.
  • Quiet operation – The magnetic brakes on Bremshey trainers promote quiet operation.
  • User capacity — 264 pounds
  • Warranty – Bremshey Sport ellipticals sold in North America after 2009 have five-year warranties on all parts. At least one year of labor is included.

Elliptical Misses of the Bremshey Pacer

  • Very basic – Many brands offer elliptical trainers at similar price points but include more enticing features such as variable strides, virtual personal training, and iPod ports.
  • Resistance – The 16 resistance levels on the Pacer are an improvement over the 8 levels on the Ambition, but still they are most appropriate for beginning exercisers and elderly users.

Overall Rating for Bremshey Sport Pacer Ellipticals

This is an acceptable starter machine for people seeking light exercise. However, a number of brands offer more feature-rich elliptical trainers within the Bremshey Pacer’s price range. It would be worthwhile to check out competitors such as Smooth, Precor, and Kettler. Potential customers might also be interested in Bremshey’s top-of-the-line model, the Explorer elliptical.

Bremshey Sport Control

Bremshey Sport, a German brand, includes elliptical trainers, treadmills, and other fitness equipment manufactured in China. Newer versions of the Bremshey Control elliptical feature a color LCD display, 18 workout programs, and an ergonometer that provides advanced feedback about workout performance. Like other Bremshey ellipticals, the Control features a fold-away design and has wheels for easy transport.

Elliptical Hits: What You Get with the Bremshey Control Elliptical Trainer

  • Compact size – The Bremshey Sport Control has a small footprint and is designed for easy portability. It weighs 121 pounds.
  • Easy assembly – While some cross trainers require hours of in-home assembly, Bremsheys are nearly ready to use upon delivery.
  • Program variety – With 18 programs and 16 resistance levels, this machine provides good variety for beginning to mid-level exercisers.
  • Choice of drive – The Control elliptical is manufactured with front drive and rear drive designs.
  • Heart rate monitor – The Control is sold with a grip pulse heart monitor.
  • Quiet operation – The electronically adjustable magnetic brake promotes quiet operation.
  • User weight capacity – 297 pounds
  • Average warranty – Bremshey ellipticals sold in North America after 2009 have five-year warranties on all parts. At least one year of labor is included.

Elliptical Misses of the Bremshey Control

  • Very basic – Many brands offer elliptical trainers at similar price points but include more enticing features such as variable strides, virtual personal training, and iPod ports.

Overall Rating for Bremshey Sport Control Ellipticals

This machine offers good program variety, but nothing like the possibilities available with Smooth ellipticals and others equipped with iFit. A number of similarly-priced competitors, such as ellipticals by Smooth and Schwinn, offer more varied programming and better overall value.

Bremshey Sport Explorer

The Explorer elliptical is the top cross trainer offered by Bremshey Sport, a German-owned fitness brand that was launched in 1973. This front drive machine has a 19” stride. It supports 22 programs and provides advanced feedback about each exercise session with its ergometer. The machine operates quietly, has transport wheels, and features an attractive color LCD monitor.

Elliptical Hits: What You Get with Bremshey’s Explorer Cross Trainer

  • Compact size – The Bremshey Sport Explorer has a small footprint and includes transport wheels.
  • Easy assembly – While some cross trainers require hours of in-home assembly, Bremshey ellipticals are nearly ready to use upon delivery.
  • Program variety – A body fat measurer, twelve preset workout programs, four user-designed programs, and additional options provide a total of 22 functions.
  • Heart rate monitor – An optional wireless heart rate monitor can be integrated with heart rate workout programs.
  • Quiet operation – The electromagnetic brake is more durable than mechanical brakes and operates quietly.
  • User capacity – This 168-pound machine has a user weight capacity of 300 pounds.         
  • Warranty – Bremshey Sport ellipticals sold in North America after 2009 have five-year warranties on all parts. At least one year of labor is included.

Overall Rating for Bremshey Sport Explorer Ellipticals

Of all the Bremshey elliptical trainers, the Explorer offers the best features and the best value. Some exercisers want the entertainment options available with Smooth ellipticals and others manufactured by ICON fitness – but a wireless heart rate monitor, BMI calculator, and ergometer help make the Bremshey Explorer elliptical a serious workout machine.