The Stamina 55-2065 elliptical stepper offers two workout machines for the price of one. In elliptical motion, you can work muscles in both forward or reverse direction, and in the stepper mode, you can work the same muscle groups using a vertical motion.
The electronic monitor on the console displays time, height, weight, RPM, speed, distance, fat percentage, calories burned, metabolism rate, and heart rate. Choose between 12 pre-programmed workouts or create and save up to 4 of your own workouts. The monitor operates on two AA batteries (not included).
The Stamina 55-2065 elliptical stepper features:
UPDATE: The 55-2065 elliptical has been discontinued and replaced with all new and improved models.
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The Stamina 55-2065, which is also known as the Stamina Dual Action Elite Programmable Elliptical/Stepper on some websites, is a sturdy model that effectively works the entire body – the legs, hips, abs, and upper body. The moving handlebars help to tone the arms, chest, shoulders, and back for a total body workout.
It is easy to switch between elliptical mode and stepper mode with just a quick adjustment: add the knobs onto the rail caps for a stepper mode, or move the knobs to the pedal sliders for elliptical mode.
Because it switches between the two workout modes so easily, it is one of the top cardio and total body trainers on the market for $900.
The Stamina 55-2065 elliptical stepper looks great, the ride is very quiet, and it has a target heart rate calculation based on your age, which you will input on the console. It offers a lot of good workout programs, a handy water bottle holder, and a solid 153-pound compact steel frame.
This programmable trainer gets good elliptical reviews from equipment pros as well as some very happy owners. Some of the best comments we see are from users who have had it for nearly two years and report that it still works like the day they bought it.
The good news gets even better: this sturdy $1200 elliptical-stepper sells for $904 on amazon.com. (The only drawback is the horrid 90-day parts warranty, but since you are saving a lot of money on the machine, you can get a third party, 3-year extended warranty for about $130.)
Stamina seems to do this type of periodic drastic price-lashing adjustment more than any other manufacturer. At $1200, the Stamina 55-2065 isn’t worth it since it gets lost in the very competitive elliptical pack, but selling for $300 less and compared to other $900 machines – it becomes a great buy.
It has a nice console, attractive design, fluid resistance, comfortable pedaling — and offers the stepper mode too! For versatility and value, the Stamina 55-2065 elliptical stepper rates a Good Buy.
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