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Sole E35 Elliptical Trainer Review

Whether it is their elliptical trainers or treadmills, Sole Fitness has always had a reputation for excellence.  Their Sole E35 elliptical trainer is no exception.  This crosstrainer has been out for a number of years with models being annually updated with new features and technologies with the the latest being the 2011 model.

Thus with these additional updates the Sole E35 has continued to be one of the most durable and solid ellipticals in its price range. Furthermore, it is equipped with several features that give it a very rewarding workout and which I am going to mention in this review article.

The Sole E35 Difference...

25 Lbs. Flywheel - For the price, this is a heavy flywheel. The benefits with having a heavy flywheel is that it gives you a very natural feeling elliptical stride.  Sort as if you were running in the air.  You can tell the difference when you start and stop.  It takes an effort to get the motion started and for it to end. 

Dual Wheel Pedals - The Sole E35 is a front drive elliptical where the wheels run along rails. There are dual wheels for each pedal that runs on dual rails.  This guarantees that you have a solid and stable action in the motion.  You do not have to worry about the pedals loosening up and having side to side motion after years of use.

200 lbs. Unit Weight - At this price range you will find the Sole E35 to be heavier than comparable models.  This contributes to a very stable machine.  The disadvantage is that it is not the easiest elliptical to move around.  You probably will want to find a location and leave it there.  Also, if you order online you may want to consider the indoor delivery option.

Articulating Foot Pedals - The pedals are designed to angle with the motion.  This minimizes heal lift which can strain your ankles and cause numbness.  In addition, you can adjust the angle of the foot pedal to your comfort level.

Adjustable Power Incline - This is one of my favorite features.  You are able to adjust the incline like you would on a treadmill.  The benefits are two-fold.  First, at an increased incline, you get a more intense cardio workout.  You will burn calories faster.  Also, at different degrees of incline your can target different lower muscles groups like your glutes, quads and calves.

Incline and Speed Controls - A convenience that I really like are the speed and incline controls in the moveable handlebars.  You don't have to make adjustments on the console and interrupt your routine.

Extensive Warranty - Although several other companies now match the generous warranty found on the Sole elliptical trainers, they were the first to offer 5-year parts and 2-year labor coverage.  The reason they can offer a long-term warranty is because their products seldom have service issues.  And when it comes to exercise equipment, getting one repaired can be very costly!

I'm often asked for recommendations on which elliptical trainer is a best buy at different price ranges.  There are some excellent choices at the $1,300 price range, but I usually suggest the Sole E35 elliptical.  I am confident I am recommending one of the most durable crosstrainers available, in addition to the fact it offers an excellent workout.

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