Many of us who don’t have the time in our schedule to go to the gym would still like to get the benefit and therefore look to home exercise equipment. The problem with some home gym machinery though is that they don’t often offer quite the same experience at a physical gym. They are often not as effective and don’t offer quite the same level of intensity.
Precor knows this only too well and that’s why for the last three decades they have been a pioneering brand in the home fitness equipment market. They design and build machines for the home that don’t compromise when it comes to offering a professional gym-quality experience. In fact, you will notice with many from the company, including this model from the Precision series, that you get the same features and design spec in the home version as you do in the version you’d come across at a commercial fitness center.
The features and functions are always something we think you should pay the closest attention to when you are looking at exercise equipment. The features and functionality of it are what will help you reach the particular goals you have for your workouts.
The ones we think are worth highlighting include the CrossRamp technology that Precor designed and patented. Along with that, the fact it offers high-quality variations on common features you’d expect to find in an elliptical or crosstrainer exercise machine like the adjustable incline and the preinstalled workout programs. Let’s dig a little deeper right now and look at some of these features in greater detail.
One of the crowning glories in terms of exercise machine design and manufacturing at Precor is undoubtedly the CrossRamp tech. This is a fully patented piece of tech that is motorized and will automatically change the height of your stride and elliptical footpath based on the selection you make for the muscles you wish to target. This opens up a world of versatility with the use of this machine.
It also means that using this machine will never be dull or samey if you don’t want it to be. As it’s not the smallest of machines, this works to its advantage as you won’t need to buy any other equipment to target different muscle groups. You can do it all on the EFX 443.
It may seem an odd thing to highlight, but we felt it follows on nicely from the above, in terms of adjustability and versatility. The handlebars are fixed, but the position they are set to on this machine enables them to intensify and aid lower body-focused workouts. So, for those days when you want to target various leg muscles, you can really grasp the handlebars and get more out of it.
Full Color 7-inch LCD Display Console
The console is the part that, along with the moving components, you are going to interact with, on any machine. As Precor are determined for their at-home machines to reflect their in-gym machines, their consoles are highly interactive and offer a lot of settings and nice touches. You can adjust various things from the EFX 443’s display unit, such as the Variable Stride Geometry (see the section above about CrossRamp tech), the incline and resistance levels.
We also like the fact that you can use it to benefit from what is known as a Personalized Suggested Workout. The machine, based on the focus of your fitness goals and the user profile you set, can suggest workouts that will help you achieve what you want.
Adjustable Incline, Resistance and Workout Patterns
To anyone that’s researched or used crosstrainers, treadmills, ellipticals or any form of exercise equipment in the past, having adjustable settings is nothing new. Precor brings their professional touch to the table though and with 15 to 40-degrees adjustable inclines, 20 different resistance levels, and 24 pre-set workouts, there is more than enough to keep you occupied and help you reach those targets.
- Highly adjustable settings
- Sturdy and durable frame
- CrossRamp Technology
- Expensive, well over $3000 may be a deal breaker for most folks
- Takes up a lot of space
Yes, the owner’s manual points this out: “The unit must be connected to a properly grounded circuit…grounding provides a path of least resistance for electric current, which reduces the risk of electrical shock”
The handlebars of the EFX 443 are fixed
The bottom line regarding the Precor EFX 443 crosstrainer is that it is not going to be suitable for everyone. If you need a smaller machine, this is not the right machine for you. If you need a budget-priced machine, this is not right for you. However, if none of those aspects is an issue, and you want an interesting and intense workout experience that can change on a day to day basis, this machine might be the best for you!
Specification: Precor EFX 443 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|
7 inch Full-color touchscreen display
Variable Stride Geometry™, Wireless Heart Rate, Transmitter Included, Personalized Suggested Workouts, Workout Accelerators, SmartRate® Target Heart Zone
84 x 31 x 67 inches
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