The ST Fitness 8810 Total Body Trainer offers a telemetric and contact heart rate system for convenient heart rate monitoring during challenging hill and interval training workouts.
The ST Fitness 8810 Total Body Trainer has a console featuring a multi-color LCD display with readouts for Time Elapsed, Distance, Calories, Heart Rate, Watts, and more. The workouts include 6 program profiles (Rolling Hill, Peak, Plateau, Mountain Climb, Hill Interval, and Strength Interval), 3 heart rate programs (Fat Burn, Target HR, Interval HR), and 2 custom profiles.
The features of the ST Fitness 8810 elliptical include:
UPDATE: As of 2016, it looks like Star Trac is no longer distributing the ST Fitness brand ellipticals.
The ST Fitness 8810 Total Body Trainer comes with upper body workout arms for “total body” conditioning all in one machine.
Most pro trainers would argue that no elliptical can take the place of real strength training workouts with weights, but the resistance in the arms does seem to offer some benefits for the upper body.
As for the rest of the machine, the ST Fitness 8810 elliptical trainer comes with chrome rails and a superior drive system design, 20 resistance levels, extra-wide articulating footplates, a 350-pound user capacity, transport wheels, and a 19.5" stride length.
Elliptical reviews recommend this 8810 over its identical twin, the 8820 model, which has a self-contained power supply that requires no external power. You’ll save $400 by buying the 8810 instead (it has a power plug) but more important, ST Fitness customers complain that the self-generating power feature of the 8820 does have some glitches; that is, the display should stay on for several minutes once you stop pedaling but the screen goes blank immediately.
Though the ST Fitness 8810 Total Body Trainer has an MSRP of $2,395, you can find it on Amazon for under $2,000.
It has quality components and is the design of a highly regarded fitness manufacturer, Star Trac, but it has several drawbacks: it lacks adjustability, the ergonomic feel is average as is the noise level, and the console doesn’t have the cool features that competitor models do.
While this machine is far better than the 8820 at $2,895, you would do better to look at ellipticals made by True or Life Fitness.
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