Pros: Good workout, minimal space, timer and distance monitor
Cons: Makes strange noises as you break it in and you look kinda dumb on it.
After getting the Total Gym 1500 I decided that I needed to add cardio to my workout. Being a pregnant stay at home mom, I really didn't have the option of joining a gym or purchasing expensive exercise equipment. The Gazelle Freestyle--or the XL Glider which is the generic version from FitnessQuest.com seemed to be the way to go. It was almost completely assembled when it arrived and pretty heavy for me to get into the living room by myself, but I managed. The parts that I did have to attach when setting up were easy to assemble and they even included a handy little wrench. When I first got on it it took a few minutes to get used to the motion, but I tell you, even a monkey could use this thing effectively. The monitor shows you how many calories you've burned, the speed you are going, the distance you've gone and the time you've been on it. This is great since I have a limited amount of time to get my workout in so I use the timer and adjust my speed to get the distance I want in the amount of time I have. Being 8 months pregnant, the "no impact" effect of this machine is wonderful. I have definitely seen more definition in my muscles since I have been using it, about a month now, and I have noticed cardiovascular improvement as well. You can easily fold the glider up flat and store it against a wall or you can just push it out of the way if you have the space. Mine is pushed up against the wall and I pull it forward to use it. It's really not that heavy. There is some limitation as to how fast you go, I think if you wanted to do a full out run you'd have to be on a treadmill, but for all intents and purposes you can get going pretty fast on it. If you use it right, you can throw your arms into the workout too with the vertical "handles". It's like power walking without looking dumb on the side of the road! Did I mention you can watch TV while you are exercising?--That's a big plus for me!