Pros: easy on your legs and joints, fun to use, not very expensive
Cons: Broke after a year, assembly is a pain in the butt
Just like many people on here, i was entranced by the Tony Little commercials for the Gazelle. Granted, Tony seemed a bit off (this is 2005 and he still has a ponytail..strange)but the machine itself looked pretty fun. So, i bought it on the Home Shopping Network and got it in the mail soon after.
Being the strong, independent woman I am, I decided to assemble the Gazelle on my own following the in-depth instructions. Yeah...that wasn't such a good idea. 3 hours later, my arms aching and my head hurting, the thing was finally put together. Well, i guess one good thing came of that; I got my first workout of the week. So, that was definitely a pro. The workout itself, was pretty good. Unlike the treadmill i used to have, this machine did not make my calves feel like they were going to fall off. My feet burned after about 30 minutes, but other than that, it seemed to get my heart rate up without a huge amount of effort.
I was able to use this machine for about a year and a half. This Sunday, however, something happened. I was merrily gliding away when my armpit followed by myself, plummeted into the side of the Gazelle. Now, I'd like to point out 3 facts:
1. I am not 300 pounds or over
2. The weight limit for this Gazelle is 300 pounds
3. The part that broke was not a part that I put together
The wire that attached in the back and ran to the leg of the machine ripped off. My mother told me exercise machines aren't built to last, but I would think it would have held out for more than a year and a half. Who knows. Blame it on shoddy manufacturing if you like or the fact that those particular bolts liked to heat up while i was exercising, who knows. And, on a side note, it was always a bit creaky. But, I do know for the time I had it, it did work for me and I lost 20 pounds. Unfortunately, it's no longer usable.