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Gold’s Gym StrideTrainer 680 (Space Saver)

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The StrideTrainer 680 is one of the latest elliptical machines from Gold’s Gym. It’s sold exclusively at Wal-Mart.com for about $600. The Gold’s Gym 680 is actually the Proform One-Step Spacesaver 500 Elliptical with a different name. Elliptical Hits: Best Features of the Gold’s Gym 680 StrideTrainer Elliptical Preset workouts – Six preset workouts, including […]

 

The StrideTrainer 680 is one of the latest elliptical machines from Gold’s Gym. It’s sold exclusively at Wal-Mart.com for about $600. The Gold’s Gym 680 is actually the Proform One-Step Spacesaver 500 Elliptical with a different name.

Elliptical Hits: Best Features of the Gold’s Gym 680 StrideTrainer Elliptical

  • Preset workouts – Six preset workouts, including two heart rate control workouts and four weight loss programs, are included. It also has an iFit card reader. Owners can purchase 8-week personal training programs to load onto the machine.
  • Three-position stride – A three-position adjustable stride helps people target different muscle groups. However, the maximum stride of this machine, 18”, is too short for most users. The three positions don’t offer a true elliptical stride for taller people and make the machine feel more like a stairclimber.
  • Heart rate monitor – Grip pulse sensors are built into the handlebars.
  • Free shipping to store – The machine is not delivered to residences, but customers can get free shipping by ordering the machine online and then picking it up at the nearest Wal-Mart store.

Elliptical Misses: Why to Think Twice about the StrideTrainer 680 SpaceSaver

Overall Rating for the Gold’s Gym StrideTrainer 680

The StrideTrainer 680 features the basics for starting a home exercise program. It has a long enough stride for shorter adults, plus it can mimic a stairclimber with its incline option. But at full price, why take a chance on a squeaky product with a short warranty? NordicTrack, Schwinn, and ProForm offer better deals with at least a year of parts coverage on their cheapest elliptical trainers.