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Best elliptical machines for tall people

A common problem new buyers face when looking for a new cross trainer is finding a machine that suits their height, or perhaps more importantly, their leg length.

What we found in our research suggested many brands produce trainers that cater to the masses, for example the average sized male or female. There isn’t as much choice for taller people. Yes you can use the same machines as others, but the stride length offered on them can often hinder your progress.

So with that in mind, we primarily begun looking for some great ellipticals that have either adjustable, or longer than average stride lengths.

Additionally, you want to take into account how far one has to reach to use the dual action arms if applicable. And with a larger body frame than your average user, you normally have additional weight to carry, meaning you generally need to have a machine that offers a decent weight capacity.

Listed below are a few of the options we feel are well suited.

Schwinn 430

While it may not look like the most advanced model, the Schwinn 430 offers a respectable twenty inch stride length alongside a terrific set of features and functions built to make your workout experience enjoyable and effective.

And with one of the more reputable companies behind it in Schwinn Fitness it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s a popular choice among consumers with great ratings.

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Precor EFX 225

This is a good option for those of you who like to have a bit more freedom in terms of movement and stride path. The variable stride is a smart inclusion and will allow people to utilize it to get the most from their workouts.

Other challenges included are ten built in workout apps, and not forgetting a fair amount of resistance, totaling sixteen, to work with.

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Sole Fitness E25

A medium tier elliptical that is packed full of some great training technology both on the console and the frame itself. For example the stride length is adjustable between an impressive twenty to twenty two inches.

And the best thing is, you will not run out of things to work towards anytime soon with built in apps and plenty of resistance to work with.

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LifeSpan E3i

Now, if you’re looking to combine advanced training with a longer stride length of twenty inches, the E3i could be just what you’re looking for. Perhaps not quite as established yet in the industry as some of the heavy hitters, but at the same time, the amount of training options on offer here is fantastic.

Up to twenty levels of tensions along with several different incline levels will make your workouts that little bit more challenging and intensive, which is exactly what you need to get the fitness results you want.

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ProForm 9.0 NE

Like the others listed above, this machine comes with a twenty inch stride length. It is however, power adjustable to meet the needs of multiple users in one home gym.

The brand name is trusted, reputable, and has produced quality exercise equipment for quite some time, and this model really highlights their experience with a tremendous spec list that consists of a 325 pound user weight limit, twenty eight training apps, twenty two resistance levels, and incline options that can be controlled digitally.

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Precor EFX 576i

This is one of the higher, more expensive elliptical trainers and for good reason. The difference is quite noticeable when you compare specifications and functions. For example, this model comes with an impressive striding length of between 21.2 and 24.7 inches.

There can also be a case made for the advanced settings included such as the ability to train on a climb between fifteen and forty degrees. However, the resistance levels and exercise programs are more comparable with leading cross trainers.

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So there you have it, our opinion on some of the top ellipticals for tall users. We have deliberately mixed together different price points within the list to ensure people working with all kinds of budgets get an idea of a machine meeting their retirements.

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