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Spirit EL5 Elliptical

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The Spirit elliptical brand is now owned by the maker of Sole Fitness machines, which are favored by upscale hotel chains such as Omni and Hilton. This has resulted in Spirit machines benefiting from some commercial-quality features. The Spirit EL5, or Esprit EL-5, is very similar to the Sole E55. It has Sole’s inclined pedals, […]

 

The Spirit elliptical brand is now owned by the maker of Sole Fitness machines, which are favored by upscale hotel chains such as Omni and Hilton. This has resulted in Spirit machines benefiting from some commercial-quality features. The Spirit EL5, or Esprit EL-5, is very similar to the Sole E55. It has Sole’s inclined pedals, a long stride, and a heavy 30-pound drive.

Elliptical Hits: Nice Features of the Spirit EL5

  • Durability – This is a sturdy, long-lasting fitness machine. It weighs 195 pounds and has a 350-pound user weight capacity.
  • Long stride – The 20” stride permits a natural range of motion for average-height to taller users.
  • Heavy flywheel – The 30-pound flywheel beats the drives of many other elliptical trainers.
  • Articulating pedals – Pedals on this trainer are slightly inclined and can be adjusted to three different positions for user comfort.
  • Heart rate control – Workout programs automatically adjust in response to the user’s heart rate data, which is transmitted wirelessly or via grips.
  • Good warranty – Customers get a lifetime warranty on the frame and brake and five years of coverage on other parts. A year of labor is also included.

Elliptical Misses: Improving the Spirit EL5

  • Limited programs – The EL5 has only 8 pre-set programs. However, it has 20 resistance levels and the heart rate control helps people get more from each workout.
  • Large footprint – This machine has an institutional size frame, and it’s too big for some home fitness centers. It’s 87 inches long and 27 inches wide. The EL1 has a more compact design.

Overall Rating for the Spirit EL-5

Spirit’s Esprit EL-5 is a comfortable, sturdy unit that’s built to last. Some of its best features are a 20” stride, adjustable pedals, and heart rate monitoring. This machine is a pretty good buy, but it’s not much different than the somewhat cheaper EL3 and EL1.