With Gold’s Gym elliptical trainers, the world-famous chain of fitness clubs has lent its name for use by ICON Health and Fitness, an international leader in fitness equipment manufacturing. ICON owns a number of elliptical brands, so its cheaper lines – such as Gold’s Gym – sometimes benefit from the research and development conducted for NordicTrack and others.
Current Gold’s Gym ellipticals include the Stride Trainer 380, the Stride Trainer 595, and the Cross Trainer 480. Of these three machines, the Stride Trainer provides the best value.
Features of Gold’s Gym Elliptical Trainers
- Low prices – Gold’s Gym elliptical trainers, and especially lower-end versions such as the Stride Trainer 380, are among the most inexpensive ellipticals available. However, ellipticals with very low MSRPs often cost more than others in the long run because they need repairs or fall into disuse by disenchanted owners.
- Movable handlebars – The moving handlebars let people get cardiovascular workouts that exercise the whole body.
- Incline – On the Gold’s Gym Stride Trainer 595, an incline options lets users target different muscle groups in the legs.
- Shorter strides – If you’d like a machine with a long and adjustable stride, then Gold’s Gym isn’t your brand. For instance, the Stride Trainer 380 and Cross Trainer 480 have unusually short 14” strides. The best option from this brand is the Stride Trainer 595, which has an acceptable 18” stride to combine with incline training for better muscle definition.
- Built-in programs – The Stride Trainer 380 has only 6 programs, but the 595 includes 14 well-designed workouts. That’s not bad for a budget elliptical.
- Few resistance levels – Gold’s Gym Ellipticals have fewer resistance levels than the industry standard of 16 to 20. The top Gold’s Gym elliptical, the Stride Trainer 595, has 12 resistance levels.
- Extras: Again, the Stride Trainer beats the other Gold’s Gym models by including an iPod-compatible music port and a console fan. All of the models include grip heart rate monitors on the handlebars and a water bottle holder.
- Short labor warranty – Gold’s Gym ellipticals include just 90-day warranties for parts and labor. That’s one of the poorest offers in the industry.
Overall Rating for Gold’s Gym Ellipticals
Gold’s Gym ellipticals are budget ellipticals. Customer reviews are generally positive for the 595, but the other models are more commonly associated with broken parts. Why take a chance on a brand with a short 90-day warranty? NordicTrack, Schwinn, and ProForm offer better deals with at least a year of parts coverage on their budget ellipticals.