If you want to lose weight or build muscle or generally work on your overall fitness, you have a few options. You could attend the gym or go out for a run or cycle. However, what if you don’t really have the time to devote to such pursuits? What else is open to you? Well, you could invest in an at-home exercise machine.
The problem with that option for many people is that they worry they are not going to have quite the same experience they would at the gym. Surely there are no machines designed for home use that could rival those you’d get at the most cutting-edge and modern fitness center? Think again, as that’s what you get with much of Precor’s at-home exercise equipment, like this the Precor EFX 423 elliptical trainer that’s part of the Precision Series of machines.
Why are Precor machines so special? That’s what we aim to show in this review and get down to whether the EFX 423 is worth the expensive price tag.
Precor have been in the business of designing and manufacturing exercise equipment for a long time. Since 1995 they have been producing high-quality feature-filled elliptical trainers. So, with this, the EFX 423, a modern machine for a modern time, there are a lot of features and functionalities to scream and shout about.
For one thing, look at it. Although we wouldn’t suggest solely basing your buying decision on how it looks, this is a slick, clean and very professional machine. It doesn’t look like many of the other at-home machines on the market. Well, truth be told, it isn’t like them at all. As is the case with many of the brand’s entries into the at-home exercise equipment market, the EFX 423 is designed to emulate its commercial counterparts. Let’s delve a little deeper to see why say that.
Intense and Focused Lower Body Workout
We’ve discussed various Precor machines on this very site and often we will highlight the benefit of having movable handlebars for a full-body workout. However, we appreciate that not everyone is after that from their exercise sessions. For some, every day is leg day or perhaps they have weights and other equipment they like to use to target other parts of the body.
If you are looking for a piece of equipment that’s going to put the full length of your legs and every muscle group through their paces, the EFX 423 could be the right choice for you. Especially if you make full use of the next feature.
Motorized Variable CrossRamp
CrossRamp is one of those standout features that many people in the industry talk about enviously. It gives you the ability to select not just the incline you are walking, jogging or running at, but also the stride height. This enables you to select the specific muscle groups you want to work out at any given time, all at the touch of a button without moving an inch off the machine. To give you an idea of what it’s capable of, you can select an incline size of between 15 to 40-degrees.
Adjustable Resistance Levels and Preset Exercise Workouts
Further customization to help intensify or lighten your workout, as needed, comes in the form of the20 levels of digital resistance you can easily switch through and the preset workouts. These are features you will find in most elliptical trainers on the market. However, when they are included in a Precor crosstrainer, you know they are going to offer a better experience than much of the competition.
- Adjustable digital resistance and workout presets
- Stationary handlebars to provide a lower body-focused workout
- Motorized automatic variable CrossRamp incline settings
- Could be too bulky for some households.
The handlebars are fixed
If you are refering to the usual lubricating liquid that cheaper ellipticals require, then the answer is a solid no. From the owner’s manual: “The equipment does not contain any user serviceable parts that require lubrication. For information about product operation or service, see the Precor web site at www.precor.com.”
From the owner’s manual: “The equipment serial number is located on the rear stabilizer bar, just below the power switch”
Are you looking to work on your lower body specifically? Want a versatile and adjustable machine that can provide you with the intensity you need? But, one that also can provide you with lighter workouts when you need to just run, but don’t want to damage your legs or get soaking wet when the weather is bad? The Precor EFX 423 might be the right machine for you.
Specification: Precor EFX 423 Precision Series Elliptical Crosstrainer
21-24 inches variable
|Max User Weight|
10-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
84 x 31 x 67 Inches // 213 cm x 79 cm x 171 cm
Amazon.com Price: $3,999.00 (as of 09/12/2019 06:07 PST- Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.