If you are interested in working out. If you are trying to achieve the best from your workouts that you can but are not a fan of going to the gym or simply don’t have the time, then you may be looking for an at-home fitness machine. The issue for many with fitness machines, at least in the past, is that the ones available for use at home are just not good enough to get the same results you would at a gym.
While that is something that was true of products available many years ago, it’s not something that could be said of modern machinery. Especially when the fitness equipment is branded with the Precor name. Precor are synonymous with high-end, robust machines that are full of great features that will genuinely provide a gym experience in the comfort of your own home. Equipment like the Precor 221 from the Energy Series of elliptical crosstrainers.
Why should you consider this model? Let’s look closely at some of its key features.
High-Contrast LCD Display
Compared to others in the Energy Series, the display console for the EFX 221 is decidedly simpler and more streamlined. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing particularly. Just, don’t expect glitzy video footage while you work out or anything like that, unless of course you use the Smart Grip Tablet and mobile holder. The fact is, if you are just looking for something that will accurately track your progress, then this is it. It doesn’t have bells and whistles, because it doesn’t need to.
You can select everything from the console, including the elevation and speed level and the pre-set workouts. It does all it needs to and nothing more.
Adjustable Elevation and Speed
As mentioned above, the EFX 221 like so many other elliptical trainers, allows you to change the speed and elevation you are running, walking or jogging at. This is great for fine-tuning your workouts to meet your personal goals and to fit in with your level of ability.
CrossRamp and Variable Stride Geometry
One thing that attracts many to Precor machines is the fully patented and adjustable CrossRamp tech they utilize. This allows you to change the height of your stride using Variable Stride Geometry. This essentially means you can choose the specific muscles in your lower body you want to work, and it will adapt the stride height to match it. When used in combination with the above adjustable elements and the feature we’re going to discuss next, the present workout plans, your time exercising and working out never needs to feel repetitive.
10 Preset Workout Plans
You will find on most modern exercise machines designed for home use that you get the benefit of preset workout plans. With the EFX 221 there are a total of 10 and some of the options selectable include Cross Country, Hill Climb, Aerobic, Weight Loss and Gluteal.
Strong and Robust Frame
There are many things people love Precor exercise machines for. The features, the adjustability. However, one of the most crucial aspects of all has to be the frame. Fortunately, in this department, Precor are leaders. They have a reputation for designing and manufacturing some of the toughest equipment on the planet. You will never feel insecure or unsafe using one of their crosstrainers, like the EFX 221.
- Adjustable speed and elevation settings
- Simple, but effective display console
- Variable Stride Geometry
- Bulky and heavy
- May be too simple for some people
Weight Loss, Crosstrainer, Basic Heart Rate, Control Manual, Aerobic, Hill Climb, Cross Country, Gluteal
From the owners manual: “The SmartRate and heart rate displays provide a visual reference of your body’s response to exercise.” But Precor doesn’t guarantee its measurements to be completely accurate for every user. And it is also common sense in the world of fitness that most heart rate monitor are not as accurate has they say.
120 V and should use a properly grounded electrical outlet
There is something about the name Precor that just makes us smile. It’s probably down to the fact that it’s the name you often see in commercial gyms and the fact that their at-home equipment more than lives up to the shared name.
In some cases, you will find that the same machine used in the fitness centers and gyms is the same down to the features and how challenging it is to use when compared with one from their residential customer range. The Precor EFX 221 elliptical crosstrainer is by no means a perfect piece of machinery. However, there are none that are completely perfect. This, however, we reckon, close to perfection.
Specification: Precor EFX 221 Energy Series Elliptical Crosstrainer
$1500 – $2000
|Max User Weight|
5-year parts & wear items, 3-year console, 1-year labor, lifetime frame & welds
|Computer / Display|
5" high contrast LCD
Variable Stride Geometry™, Wireless Heart Rate, Transmitter Included, Personalized Suggested Workouts, Workout Accelerators, SmartRate® Target Heart Zone
75 x 29 x 65 inches // 191 cm x 74 cm x 165 cm
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