Cons: Quality, Workout
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FITNESS QUEST GAZELLE FREESTYLE
The whole Gazelle product line is best for people that need low impact exercises. Either because they are recovering from injuries or because they are elderly. For the price, this is actually a decent product. But there are some major flaws in the quality of the machine. Under even modest use the entire machine tends to become loosened and therefore shakes and squeaks. The construction is light so that it is easy to manage, but this merely weakens the entire structure. Maximum recommended user weight is 300 lbs so this is not a good one for larger men and women. This kind of narrows the market that can buy this machine. This again, is due to the lightweight construction. The machine is 54" x 20" x 5" so it does take some planning to fit it into your home. Unless your place is sparsly furnished or really large. It weighs in at about 45 pounds, which is light for a piece as large as this.
The small 5-function computer is easy to use but goes through batteries fairly quickly. It is also made cheaply, so don't be rough with it, press the buttons gently. The 6 functions are: speed, distance, time, calories burned, heart rate and scan. A feature in favor of the Gazelle is that it folds up easily. So storage in a closet is quick and easy.
The Freestyle gives you 10 aerobic, stretching, and strengthening exercises. These are low impact, and low effort, workouts. Unless you are in abysmal shape, or spend over 45 minutes on here, you really don't get much of a workout from this machine. The resistance and movement are a part of the dual action split suspension that Tony has patented.
Since you are getting a cheaper model, Fitness Quest kind of dicks the consumer. You are charged $29.99 for S&H (not so with the higher end models), you must pay in full (no payments), you do not get access to a toll free trainer help line. The Edge also doesn't feature the adjustable "Power Pistons" that the others do, so like I said intensity is limited.
I have used the Edge Glide model extensively at my college's gym and I've used the Freestyle extensively at my friends house. The college bought the Edge Glide a few years ago before they secured enough Alumni support to completely redo our gym and fitness room. We are expecting an exciting shipment of brand new equipment. I rarely used it longer than 30 minutes. I didn't ever get too winded. And my muscles never felt tight, like after pedaling for 30 minutes would (or running for that matter). I am almost too heavy for the Gazelle Edge Glide machine and I'm not even overweight! (I weigh 220 lbs.) The limit for the Freestyle is 300 lbs.
The Freestyle is among the more expensive models of the Gazelle lineup. The main differences are the warranty, 90 days long; the weight limit allowed, up to 300 lbs instead of 250 lbs for the Edge Glide; and a hear rate display on the cheap workout computer. It is a bit more noisy than the manufacturer likes to let on. And it's not as durable either. It does fold away easily though. You get the Gazelles complete on-board computer with heart rate display, a personal training video, owners manual, healthy eating guide, remote control holder and water bottle. There is no reason to buy the Freestyle Elite or the Freestyle Evolution. Both of those models are overpriced.
Fitness Quest is a well known brand name. They have put out popular products and established a strong "as seen on TV" presence. Their other major TV product is the Total Gym series of equipment. www.fitnessquest.com
Tony Little has an extensive line of products available on the Fitness Quest website. If you enjoy his Gazelle's you might like some of his other products to go along with your Gazelle.
- 5-Function Workout Computer
- Easy Storage
- Low Impact Workout
- Low Price
- Healthy Eating Guide
- Steel Construction
Though the intensity on this machine is limited many recreational exercisers may find this to be an economical, if not helpful, piece of exercise equipment. The only reason the Freestyle pulls an "Average" rating is because of the price. It's not really that good. I would say stick to running shoes and free weights. Unless you need low impact - then just go swimming. I do not really recommend the Gazelle Freestyle unless you don't like swimming and can't cycle. This is an extremely cheap piece of equipment so if you desperately need an alternative to a bike, treadmill, or rower, this may be a decent choice. For fitness enthusiasts, I recommend you look elsewhere! www.ebay.com has more than a few Gazelle Freestyle exercise machines for sale. Wal-Mart also has good deals too. Give either of them a try if you have your heart set on a Gazelle.