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Body Rider BR1830 review

As a fan elliptical, you can expect the BR1830 to operate smoothly and relatively noise free. Of the many benefits we can attribute to it, the low cost, dual action handlebars, and compact design are just a few of its standout features that have contributed to this machines popularity.

From a neutral standpoint, it may not come equipped with the most advanced workout applications, or even have the most sturdy structure, but for beginners, it will provide enough stability and intensity to work up a sweat from the comfort of your own home.

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To allow readers to get a feel of whether or not the built in exercise capabilities of this model is right for their plans and training regime, we aim to highlight all the stand out specifications, both good and bad below. Becoming more informed about the product you’re considering buying is the first step towards finding a great match that meets your current cardio plans.

The good

Whilst the flywheel may not have the the heavy duty qualities as some of the top rated ellipticals, it does still offer a quiet, reliable alternative that operates on a chain drive fan wheel. Expect a surprisingly smooth striding motion that goes along with that too.

The dual action handles will allow people to pump there arms at the same time as the foot plates, ensuring many key muscle groups in the upper and lower body are targeted such as the triceps, forearms, quads, glutes and calves. Combine this with other forms of lifting exercises, like squats, and dead lifts, and you have the formula for improving your stamina, toning up, and building muscle mass.

In addition to the handles above, you will be able to change up the difficulty and intensity of your workout by tweaking the tension knob on the trainers frame. Whilst it may not offering world beating variety in resistance, it does present a case of being very suitable to those of you just starting out in your fitness journey.

If you’re concerned about the amount of space available to you in your home gym, you need not panic. The BR1830 isn’t a large machine, with dimensions of just 35.63 inches in length x 20.1 inches in width x 57.7 inches in height. It’s also lightweight, weighing just 58 pounds. Moving it around the house and into storage shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

The computerized console will present all the exercise data in one location. The statistics that will be displayed include calories burned since you begun exercising, distance covered, how fast you are going, and how long it took you. Really, these are the main pieces of data you need to effectively track performance over a period of time.

Arguably one of the biggest positives is the price tag. This is an inexpensive cross trainer that offers you several basic workout features to get your cardio on track.

Plenty of positive ratings can be found online, especially retailers and fitness blogs. However, before you make any rash decisions, we advise you to look at the negative reviews too just to make yourself away of any issues people have had with this model in the past.

The bad

The issue with going for a cheap elliptical is that they tend to lack training functionality advanced users require to get a good burn. For beginners and casual users this could be a great addition to your gym equipment collection, however, to someone who has been exercising for years, this will most likely not provide sufficient amounts of resistance, challenge, or applications to really help you push the boundaries.

Wrapping up

Overall, the Body Rider BR1830 is not what we would consider as a high quality. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s short of features that will help you get in shape. On the contrary, there are numerous training options included, more notably the tension controls and tracking monitor, that can all lend a hand in helping you lose weight and tone up. Especially if you’re new to exercising.