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Spirit ZE50 Elliptical

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The ZE50 is a good-looking, basic cross trainer that sells for under $1000. Some nicer features are its 12 pre-set programs and heart rate monitor. However, customers complain that the machine is noisy and could have much better ergodynamics. Other Spirit ellipticals get higher ratings. Elliptical Hits: Nice Features of the Spirit ZE50 Heart monitoring […]

 

The ZE50 is a good-looking, basic cross trainer that sells for under $1000. Some nicer features are its 12 pre-set programs and heart rate monitor. However, customers complain that the machine is noisy and could have much better ergodynamics. Other Spirit ellipticals get higher ratings.

Elliptical Hits: Nice Features of the Spirit ZE50

  • Heart monitoring – A hand grip heart monitor is included.
  • Reverse or dual motion – The elliptical motion can be reversed, letting users better exercise their hamstrings and abdominal muscles.
  • Adequate programming – This machine has 12 preset programs.
  • Good warranty – Owners get a lifetime warranty on the frame, two years on parts, and a year of labor.

Elliptical Misses: Improving the Spirit Esprit ZE50

  • Arm bars – The stationary handlebars mean that people get less of a workout with this elliptical than with others. Also, the handlebars aren’t well-positioned for shorter users and can cause back strain.
  • Odd stride – The 18” stride seems choppier than others of its length. People make more of a stepping motion than an elliptical motion.
  • Lack of extras – This Spirit elliptical doesn’t have any extras to help make exercise more dynamic or entertaining. Elliptical trainers by some other brands include adjustable strides, adjustable inclines, speaker sets, and/or virtual personal training.

Overall Rating for the ZE50 Elliptical

Unlike other Spirit elliptical trainers, the Spirit ZE50 lacks an especially smooth glide. Since getting low-impact exercise is the point of having an elliptical trainer, this isn’t a recommended buy. The machine also lacks the extras that would make it otherwise attractive to beginners. Spirit’s other trainers offer better value, and some other discount elliptical brands to try include Schwinn and Smooth Fitness.