ST Fitness 4815 Total Body Trainer
The 4815 is a step up from ST Fitness’s entry level Total Body Trainer, the 4805. It isn’t designed for serious athletes, but it provides good cardio training and can serve beginners for a few years. The 4815 is essentially the 4805 plus a wireless heart rate monitor and chrome rails. More interesting options, including a TV screen, appear in the 4870 model and up.
Elliptical Hits of the ST Fitness 4815 Total Body Trainer
- Price – This basic TBT and costs less than most other ST Fitness ellipticals, and its wireless transmitter and chrome rails make it a better value than the 4805.
- Good strides – The 18” stride is ideal for most adults.
- Heavy drives – ST Fitness ellipticals have above-average drives for their price range.
- Heart rate system – Pulse is taken through a wireless heart rate sensor.
- Extras – The unit includes a water bottle holder and transport wheels.
- Good warranty – The warranty for US residential customers is 50 years on the frame, 5 years on mechanical and electronic parts, and a year of labor.
- Wide pedal spacing – These machines have 3.5” pedal spacing. Physical trainers generally recommend that women, because of their hip shape, use machines with less space between pedals.
- Not quiet – This machine is not especially quiet. Be prepared to turn up the TV!
- Lightweight – The machine’s light weight (139 pounds) could be a plus if
you’re lightweight yourself; it will be easy to move but will be a stable exercise machine. On the other hand, it’s likely to wobble when used by heavier people. The manufacturer lists the weight capacity at 300, which seems generous.
Overall Rating for the ST Fitness 4815 Elliptical
The ST Fitness 4815 is a solid made-in-the-USA machine with chrome rails for extra smoothness. It’s a better value than the 4805, which isn’t quite as smooth. Nonetheless, it loses out to other brands in a number of small ways that add up: it has a wider space between pedals, it has a higher step-on height, it’s not as quiet, etc. Since the 4815 TBT doesn’t have any standout features, it’s not a recommended purchase unless it’s bought on sale. The 4860 is quieter but usually costs a few hundred more.