The new ST Fitness 4810 Total Body Trainer is a fancy name for an elliptical machine with upper body workout arms. It’s a basic, entry-level model for $899 that comes with some decent features. But how will it stack up next to the proven ellipticals in this tough competitive market?
The console on the ST Fitness 4810 Total Body Trainer features a multi-color LCD display that shows time elapsed, speed, RPM, calories, distance, heart rate, and watts. The pre-set programs include 12 profiles, 4 Heart Rate workouts, 4 Custom profiles, and Constant Watt.
The features on the ST Fitness 4810 TBT include:
UPDATE: As of 2016, it looks like Star Trac is no longer distributing the ST Fitness brand ellipticals.
The 4810 Total Body Trainer comes with chrome guide rails under the wheels, a roomy 18" stride length, 3.5" pedal distance, extra-wide articulating foot pedals, large user weight capacity, front transport wheels, and a self-contained power supply.
Unfortunately, there are some bugs to be worked out on the 4810. Elliptical reviews are reporting that consumers have had need to contact ST Fitness for assistance since there were problems with the 4810 Total Body Trainer right out of the box.
According to some unhappy owners, the manual contains incorrect instructions, the console is confusing, and some factory-assembled parts failed. These types of design and mechanical failures are a red flag.
For $899, the ST Fitness 4810 Total Body Trainer ranks only so-so in terms of quality and value. In addition, the adjustability and ergonomics are just average, and it is noisier than users would like.
The warranty is fine for a machine under $1000 and you are covered with a 90-day return policy. We can’t say much as to the reliability yet since it is a new brand, but we expect Star Trac to back up what they sell even in the lower end mass market models.
Nevertheless, we would pass on this new one and look at machines that have dominated the market for 10 years — ellipticals made by Spirit, Smooth, or Sole.
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