Ironman 130E Elliptical
Ironman 130E Elliptical – A Basic Trainer for Beginners
The 130E elliptical machine was once Ironman’s main entry-level offer. This manual elliptical trainer is compact, stripped-down and very inexpensive. It’s now discontinued but can be found for sale online. The MSRP is about $350.
Customers compromise on many features when they choose this trainer. Still, they get good value for their money – and that’s not easy to find at this price point. Other cheap ellipticals feel very awkward or break down more readily.
The Ironman 130E has light resistance but is very sturdy. Its stride is shorter than what you’d get with costlier crosstrainers but is much smoother than the strides on other cheap ellipticals.
Features of the Ironman 130E Elliptical Trainer (Discontinued)
While more expensive elliptical machines have inclines, advanced programming and music players, the front drive Ironman 130E provides just the basics. It’s solidly built
and will likely last longer than other very inexpensive crosstrainers but the workouts won’t compare to what you’d get on a Precor (the industry leader) or costlier trainers in general.
The specs include:
- Upper-Body Workout Bars
- Grip Heart Rate Monitor
- 14” Stride
- Reverse Action
- 8 Manual Resistance Levels
- LCD with Scrolling Data
- Battery-Powered Console
- Transport Wheels
- Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 1 Year Parts & Electronics
The Specs Interpreted
- This crosstrainer includes upper-body workout arms to potentially double your calorie expenditure.
- As for the lower body workout, the 14” stride is rather short for most adults. A stride of 18” to 20” is recommended. That said, this machine has reverse stride motion to help tone the thighs.
- Manual resistance isn’t as convenient as automatic resistance. With manual resistance, the trainee needs to turn a knob in order to adjust the intensity level. Automatic resistance lets a person get more varied workouts by altering resistance levels with buttons on the console or handlebars.
- The Ironman elliptical’s battery-powered console can become expensive. If you’re not concerned about seeing exercise data every time you train, you can use this machine without consuming any outside electricity at all. The majority of elliptical trainers need to be plugged in.
Popular Opinion of the Ironman 130E
Since the 130E would never appear in a commercial fitness room, physical trainers generally aren’t familiar with this product. Most doubt that a sub-$1000 elliptical could provide effective cardio training that a person would enjoy enough to make habitual. Still, that could be commercial gym snobbery.
(Customers say that this machine provides a smooth ride and good stability. Some admit that they’d like to have more workout preset workouts available.)
Our Overall Review of the 130E Elliptical
The Ironman 130E is a beginner’s elliptical trainer. Signs that it’s an entry-level machine include the manual resistance, few resistance levels, a very basic LCD and a stride of just 14”. If you’re hoping to approximate the club experience you’ll be very disappointed, but this is one of the best choices among inexpensive elliptical trainers. It’s much more durable than similarly-priced competitors. Choose this trainer for relatively quiet operation and the smoothest short glide on the market.