Pros: No joint pain. no impact. no problem.
Cons: Put it together yourself. Don't burn many calories.
A few things to consider when buying the Gazelle:
Why do you need this equipment?
If you are buying this to burn a lot of calories, forget it. An average 30 minutes burns around 60 cal.
If you are looking for something to get you started easily or that wont harm an injury, this is for you.
The "floating" feeling that this product gives helps to ease joints and muscles into exercise.
The "gliding" motion helps protect knees and hips from injury.
You will sweat, but not feel pooped afterwords.
How much room do you have?
The Gazelle will fit in a closet or under most beds. A must for those of us living in modest means now days.
As for those of you who have a whole room to dedicate to your gym, (lucky you) it is fairly compact, but
must be away from the walls so that the legs don't hit the wall.
It moves easily to any space and back on its wheels.
How much work do you want to put into your workout?
Some machines have weights to adjust, bands to fit and pieces to move between exercises, not the Gazelle.
You just stand it and go.
How much work are you willing to put into the machine?
You must put the Gazelle together yourself. All tools are included and it is fairly easy. The only part that is troubling is the crossbar, if you do not put it on just right, you will not be able to see the computer display.
How much are you wanting to pay?
Many machines now days are inexpensive, but in getting an inexpensive machine, you can also expect a cheap machine. When I told my father that I had purchased the Gazelle and the amount that I paid, he told me I hope the store has a good return policy, because that will break in a week. I began to question my purchase, until I heard that the cables in back are airline cables, made to hold a great deal of weight. Also It has been months now and it still hasn't broken on me.
How much car space do you have?
In order to fit the box into your vehicle you need to have a wide back seat, an SUV or a truck. The box is not wide, but quite long. It will not fit in a trunk.