I absolutely hate exercise. I would rather not eat than exercise. My apartment has a gym within the complex, but I would much rather sit on my butt than walk the 50 feet to the gym, especially in the snow. I needed an option for wintertime working out, because all those Christmas cookies and roasted meats are bound to catch up with me, like they do every year.
This is where the Gazelle Edge comes in. After browsing through Amazon for an affordable cardio-ish machine, I happened upon the Gazelle Edge. It was around $110 with free shipping and came with somewhat favorable reviews. It seemed like it would be right up my alley: something sort of like an elliptical but not for hardcore gym rats. I put in an order and waited for it to come in the mail.
My lovely fiancee lugged this 45 lb box up three flights of stairs and helped me put the machine together (of course, he did most of the work). About 1 hr later, we had a fully-assembled Gazelle Edge in our living room. We even put on the additional attachments: arm swing limiters and an “on-board computer”. The arm swing limiters don’t limit anything and the computer quit working after five minutes. Oh well, I was highly suspect of its ability to count how many calories I’ve burned when I can’t even put in my weight or height.
I put the Gazelle facing the television and ran a bit while I watched “The Office”. The Gazelle does take some time to get used to. It is difficult to get your feet on the pedals since the pedals are free-standing. After gaining your balance, you are supposed to start moving your legs and arms in time. There was a manual that came with that shows what kind of exercises can be done with the Gazelle, such as upper body (leaning forward and moving the handles with your arms), lower body (not touching the handles and just moving your feet), and several others that I couldn’t be bothered to look at. What, I’m busy exercising!
The workout I got with the Gazelle was not as good as one I could get at the gym, but this is not for a hardcore exerciser. It’s for people like me that are lazy and want to do something in order to not feel guilty for not expending some extra calories. Another neat perk is that it folds up and can be stored under your bed or in a corner. My only real gripe about the machine is that my feet end up hurting after awhile; it doesn’t allow for free movement of your feet so the bottoms of your soles won’t get to flex and stretch as much. It wasn’t an expensive investment, and if you’re willing to spend some time putting the thing together (which is a workout in and of itself), it might be the right machine for you.