Ironman elliptical trainers are manufactured by Keys Fitness. In 2008, the Texas-based company filed a petition for Chapter 11 reorganization. Now the company seems to be making better ellipticals (the Ironman 1840) under new ownership. Still, considering the company’s shaky financial ground, it might not be wise to invest in an Ironman elliptical at this time.
Brand Features of Ironman Ellipticals
- Low to medium price — Ironman trainers range from budget-priced to mid-priced. The brand’s budget ellipticals, especially the Ironman 1811, are cheaply constructed. The mid-priced machines (the 1840 and the Harmony) feature heavy steel construction and offer better value.
- Various stride lengths – Ironman ellipticals have stride lengths for just about everyone. Their 16” offering isn’t praiseworthy, but the Harmony has a generous 21” stride.
- Comfortable pedals – The pedals on Ironman elliptical trainers are placed close together, which is better for people’s hips. Some models, like the Ironman 1840, have extra padding in the pedals for extra comfort.
- Upper body exercise – Upper-body workout handles help people to exercise their arms and legs at the same time. Some models have heart rate sensors built into the handlebars.
- Small footprint – Ironman cross trainers take up less space than ellipticals by most other brands.
Overall Rating for Ironman Ellipticals
Ironman offers some solid ellipticals such as the 1840 and the Ironman Harmony, but its machines don’t stand out or offer special value. Considering the company’s recent financial woes, people looking for mid-priced trainers should consider brands like ProForm, Schwinn, and NordicTrack instead.