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Sole E55 (2011) Elliptical Trainer

The Sole E55 (2011) elliptical trainer is the next model up from the highly regarded Sole E35.

It starts with a very substantial 27 lb freewheel, which ensures a smooth experience. A weight of 200 lbs, combined with using 4 guide wheels instead of 2, contributes to a very stable experience, even at the maximum user weight of 375 lbs.

The stride length of 20 inches should be sufficient for any height. The foot pedals are large, padded and slope inward slightly which, according to Sole, has been found to reduce ankle and knee stress.

Unlike the foot pedals on the Sole E35, on the Sole E55 the foot pedals can also be adjusted front to back, which will reduce the strain on the Achilles tendon.

At the touch of a button, the elliptical motion on the Sole E55 (2011)elliptical trainer can incline up to 40pct, which enable you to focus on very different muscle groups as well as add resistance.

This is another area of upgrade over the Sole E35 (2011) elliptical ,which is limited to a 30pct incline.

Upper arm bars provide additional cardio training. Controls for both resistance and incline are located in the hand grips so you don’t have to fumble around on the console. Separate handle bars have contact grips for measuring heart rate.

The display on the Sole E55 (2011) elliptical trainer is large and backlit for easy viewing, and offers a choice of 8 standard programs.

This is actually fewer than typically found on similar trainers but how many does one need? There are also 2 heart rate programs, controlled using a wireless chest strap.

The console also includes a docking station and speakers for a music player, a cooling fan and a water bottle holder.

Consistent with their commercial roots, Sole have confidence in their products and are not afraid to offer an excellent warranty, lifetime on the frame, 5 years on parts and 2 years on in-home labor.

The Sole E55 (2011) elliptical trainer could easily be a top pick in the under $1,500 category but there is only so much room.

If you think the extra features are worth another $200, pick the Sole E55 over the Sole E35, neither will disappoint you. Sole includes free shipping when bought directly from them.

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