Elliptical trainers are among the most popular home fitness machines on the market right now. They protect the joints and muscles by limiting the impact that is felt while exercising on the hard ground, yet they allow you to run or walk so your fitness goals are achievable.
For those with limited space in their homes, a folding elliptical trainer offers some clear advantages.
Less Space During Use
A folding cross trainer will take up a lot less space when in use than a standard elliptical trainer. Most lower priced models selling for less than $1,000 will have a folding elliptical design while the higher priced models tend to be larger and much heavier without a folding design.
If you have limited space in your home or would like to put your elliptical trainer in a home gym without crowding out other equipment, a foldable elliptical is the best way to go. When it is unfolded it will typically have a more compact design that takes up less space than a full sized, non-folding elliptical.
This is the biggest perk of using a folding cross trainer. When you are not using the machine you can simply fold it up into a more compact form that can be pushed into a corner, against a wall or perhaps put into a room for storage. This is not possible with a larger, heaving elliptical that does not fold into the more compact form.
Lighter Frame for Moving
For the most part, you get a lighter frame that is much easier to move around when you purchase a foldaway elliptical. Most will come with wheels that make it even easier to get the machine from one room of your home to another.
If you want to workout in different areas of your home on different occasions or just want something that can easily be moved out of the way to clean the floor underneath, a folding elliptical is a great option. It can be quite difficult to move the larger, more substantial models that do not fold.
Just keep in mind that there are some trade-offs when you purchase a lighter weight folding cross trainer. They may have a lower user weight capacity than a heavier elliptical trainer. That is just the nature of the lighter frame which won’t be as strong as the heavier elliptical frames.
Finally, folding elliptical trainers tend to be a bit more affordable the larger, heavier models designed to stay in one place. You can select from a growing number of space saving elliptical models as consumer demand for the more compact form continues to grow.
Is a Folding Elliptical Right for You?
There are many things that may guide you toward a folding cross trainer machine rather than one of the other models:
- You have very limited space to give up for home fitness equipment.
- You want to pack in a lot of different machines and need all the space you can conserve.
- You need to move your elliptical from room to room on a routine basis.
- You need something that can be stored out of the way when it is not being used.
- You don’t want a large elliptical that is obvious in your home décor. You want something smaller which doesn’t stand out.