Pros: fun to use, comes with video
Cons: heavy and awkward to move
I saw the Gazelle Freestyle on an infomercial one day. I didn't buy it right away but after seeing it a few times I gave in. I was living in Florida at the time and really didn't want to walk outside. I was a misplaced Oregonian, so Florida weather is just a tad different. I wanted to be able to walk inside with the air conditioning and this looked like the perfect thing to help me do that. It also looked very low impact which is good since I have bad knees.
I got a knock on my door one day after ordering and it turned out to be my UPS lady. She was making sure that I was home before dragging the box upstairs. She dropped it off right in my door and left me to move it. That was when I noticed that it was extremely heavy!!
Once I got it to the middle of the room I dumped out all the pieces to put it together. I did put it together by myself while my husband was at work. It took me about 35 minutes to get together right. It probably would have taken less time but I has a 2 year old trying to help me.
Once it was put together I wasn't just going to let it sit there so I thought I would try it out. I watched the video to see what exactly you were supposed to do. Then I got on it. I am not a coordinated person, but this was not hard to work. You just have to make sure that you grab the handles before you put your feet on the runners. Once you are on it is really easy to use. All you have to do is swing your arms and move your legs. If you can walk you can use this. It is low impact and it doesn't hurt your knees. It also is pretty comfortable as the handles are padded.
The video was a lot of fun to watch and it really helped to motivate me to actually exercise. I never once used the machine without the using the video too. I noticed that I didn't take it as seriously when I tried without the video.
This product also fold up, so I thought that would be great. I figured I could stick it in my closet. Nope! Not unless you have a walk in closet. I tried that and it took up half of my closet. It also wouldn't fit under my bed. I had to prop it up against the wall. That was good and bad as it was in the way sometimes, but it was also always visible so I would see it and use it.
The Gazelle is heavy and awkward to move, even with the wheels on it. I will say that you should make sure that you have on shoes when moving it. I ran my toes over with the wheels a couple of times and it really hurts!!
Right now the Gazelle is sitting in our computer room propped against the wall because we don't have the room to use it. It does require quite a bit of space to use. Hopefully when we move again there will be space for it as I did enjoy using it and had actually lost some weight doing so.