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   Posted 12/27/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I was thinking about buying an exercise machine, since I work odd hours an the gym isn't an option (plus our gym kind of sucks anyway- LOL).  I am completely befuddled as to which to buy.  Price is, of course, an issue.  I am really short (4'11) and have had a bad experience with ellipticals (maybe I just don't have any idea what I am doing!)  Seriously- one time I fell off of one!  But until then I was having a blast- if only I could have kept my feet on the pedal things but alas my legs were too short!  But I love the idea of it!  So any ideas would be much appreciated!
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   Posted 12/27/2009 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Trish.  I love the elliptical at the gym and we are thinking of buying one after researching brands and features.  They do make one for long strides so I wonder if they make one for shorter strides .   We have a treadmill but that hurts my knees.  I don't use the arm handles on the elliptical because that hurts my shoulders.  I'm not much help I guess.  We plan to try out the elliptical in the stores to see what will work for us.  That would probably be good for to do.  Good luck!
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   Posted 12/27/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Trish,
I bought an elliptical about 3 years ago and I use it religiously. I'm not tall, 5-3" and I have no problem with it. But, I would take Puppylover's advice and go to a fitness store and try them out. I know you said money is an issue. I paid a lot of money for mine, but I don't regret it at all. I've not had any problems with it and if I could think of the name of it, I would tell you what it is. At the time, it was rated the top elliptical...dang, can't think of the name of it. Nice thing about ellipticals is that they are good to your joints but it's very, very important to stretch your hamstrings after a workout on one of them...guess we always have to stretch any way.
good luck,

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   Posted 12/27/2009 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 5'1". each time I get on an elliptical the stride is higher than my knees. Ouch. I wish I could use one.


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   Posted 12/28/2009 3:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I would either go to Sports Authority or another big sporting goods-type store and get one of the salespeople to show you their different machines, see what they recommend for your body type, have them assist you as you try the machine out. Alternately, visit a gym in your area on a one-day pass (many will give you a visit, tour and workout for free) and ask one of their trainers what s/he recommends. They will also be able to tell you which kinds of machines might be good for your fitness goals. I'm 5'4 but have short legs, and ellipticals scare me to death because my stride is way different. I am torn between getting a treadmill, which I have used before and thought was OK, or getting a gym membership so I can use their pool.
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