The Spirit Esprit EL-445 20-Inch Stride Elliptical is a non-impact, total body elliptical trainer that is able to rival higher priced machines.
It has been engineered with precision technology to provide users with a smooth, comfortable workout experience. It boasts many unique features, such as the 3-position adjustable pedal angle, and comes with a generous warranty. Many people believe it to be a big step up to its predecessor the Spirit Esprit EL-355.
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Many ellipticals in this price range come with an 18” stride, which tends to be too short for individuals who are over 6 feet. Fortunately, the EL-455 has a 20” stride which is able to support even the tallest of individuals.
The stride is also elongated, which is definitely something that you want from an elliptical as it results in a smooth, comfortable stride, rather than a choppy, circular motion.
The stride works in forward and reverse motion, which allows you to receive a non-impact total body workout, in which both upper and lower body muscle groups can be targeted.
Generally, the heavier the flywheel the better for a range of reasons. Therefore, the 30 lb heavy duty flywheel which uses premium bushings and health club commercial bearings is able to further enhance the fluid elliptical motion and is also quiet when in operation.
MAGNETIC RESISTANCE SYSTEM
Nowadays, many ellipticals come with a magnetic resistance system which results in a friction-free, smooth, quiet and maintenance-free operation – the Spirit Esprit EL-445 is no exception.
There are 20 levels of resistance which do a good job of challenging you and adding variety to your workout so you can have an easier time achieving your fitness goals, whether that be short term or long term.
The EL-445 comes equipped with 11 workout programs, including 5 preset programs, 2 user customized programs, 2 heart rate interactive programs and a manual program. There isn’t much to say about these apart from that they generally do a good job of keeping your workout varied while simultaneously challenging you.
ADJUSTABLE FOOT PEDALS
The 3-position adjustable pedals allow you to find a comfortable position to work out in, regardless of your foot size. These angulated pedals are also able to combat fatigue to some degree thanks to being oversized, self-leveling and cushioned.
The Spirit Esprit EL-445 features wheels on the front of the machine for easy transportation. These are definitely needed as the machine weighs 197 lbs. Although some may see this as a bad thing, the weight adds to the machine’s stable and smooth feel, and means that users who weigh up to 350 pounds can still comfortably work out. Therefore, the heaviness of the machine is definitely advantageous.
The easy-to-read, large blue backlit LCD display monitors everything you could want to receive feedback on as you workout, including pulse, watts, distance, resistance level, rpm, program, calories, speed and time. There are also speakers and an audio jack built into the console so you are able to work out to your favorite tunes.
Your heart rate can also be measured though the hand grip pulse sensors, which are located on the handlebars for easy accessibility and safety reasons.
The Spirit Esprit EL-445 comes with a lifetime frame and brake, 5 year parts and 1 year labor warranty.
64.6 x 23.6 x 66.9 inches
The El-455 has received overwhelmingly positive reviews since its release, with users stating that they love the fact that the flywheel is so heavy; the smooth, natural elliptical motion; the overall comfort of the machine; as well as how it is virtually silent when in operation. Surprisingly, users have had nothing bad to say about this elliptical.
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As mentioned, there is very little to complain about, which attests to the EL-445’s quality. However, if we were being fussy we would say that a built-in fan to provide relief during a tough workout would have been nice.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW?
There isn’t much to add. All you need to know is that the Spirit Esprit EL-445 has many things going for it. It is one of the most comfortable ellipticals on the market, in addition to being well-constructed and reasonably priced, particularly if you consider the features that are included.
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