The Precor EFX 833 Elliptical Review
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The Precor EFX 833 Experiences Series is an elliptical machine for the home, designed to be the exact model you would use at a state of the art fitness club. This commercial grade machine provides ultra-low impact workouts whilst being ergonomically designed to be smooth and natural in its movement.
CrossRamp Technology: Variable Stride Geometry allows you to adjust the height of the path your foot travels, allowing you to work more specific on muscle groups you want to work. This is also an automatic feature with the preset programs.
Patented Biomechanics: This patented motion allows your heels to stay flat to the foot pedals, giving a very comfortable and smooth ride. The EFX 833 has one of the lowest RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) ratings, which means whilst you are working out very efficiently it doesn’t feel as difficult as other exercises. This is also great for older exercisers or those with joint problems.
Lower Body Focus Fixed Handlebars: This machine does not have moving handlebars and is specifically designed for lower body focus.
What angle can the ramp be adjusted to?
The ramp angle has a variation of 13-40 degrees, it can be automatically adjusted through some of the preset programs.
What is the ramp made from?
The ramp material is precision extruded, anodized aluminum. For smoothness and long lasting abilities.
Is there a reverse motion?
Yes, you are able to move into the reverse pedal motion easily and it is just as smooth as the forward motion.
What color is the machine?
The EFX 833 is Pacific Blue and Silver Gray.
Does it have transport wheels?
Yes, this machine comes with integrated transport wheels.
How many levels of resistance are there?
The Precor EFX 833 has 20 levels of resistance.
How To Use a Precor EFX 833 Elliptical [Video]
What console type does it have?
The console is Streamlined and Advanced LED Display.
Does it have a QuickStart option?
Yes, this machine has a quick start option making it very easy to use.
What preset programs does it include?
The EFX 833 has the following preset programs available; Manual, Interval, Weight Loss, Variety, Gluteal 1, Gluteal 2, Heart Rate, Basic HRC, Performance, Fitness Test, 1 Cross Training, 2 Cross Training, 3 Cross Training.
What language options does the console have?
What information does the console provide?
The console provides information on; Resistance Level, CrossRamp Angle, Distance, Stride/min, Total Strides, Calories, Heart Rate, Time Remaining, Time Elapsed, Time In Zone, Segment Time, Average Speed, Calories/min, Calories/hour, Watts, METs, Target Heart Rate, % Complete, Workout Profile, Workout Summary.
Can you monitor your heart rate?
Yes, there are touch heart rate monitors on the handlebars and the machine works with Polar chest strap although this is not included.
What is the step-up height?
At the footplates lowest point the step-up height is 8 inches and at its highest point it is 21.5 inches.
How large are the foot pedals?
The dimensions of the foot pedals are 14.5 x 6.5 inches.
How long is the elliptical?
The total length for the EFX 833 is 80 inches.
How wide is the elliptical?
The total width for this machine is 32 inches.
What is the height of the elliptical?
The total height is 68 inches.
How much does this elliptical weigh?
The total weight of this machine is 338lbs.
What is the total shipping length?
The total length of the shipping box is 85 inches.
What is the total shipping width?
The total width of the shipping box is 32 inches.
What is the total shipping height?
The total height of the shipping box is 44 inches.
What is the total shipping weight?
The total shipping weight is 394lbs.
How does the delivery come?
This product ships in two boxes, the base on a wooden pallet within a protective box and arrives partially assembled. The console ships separately.
Is it self-generating?
Yes, this machine does not need plugging into a power source.
What is the footprint of this machine?
As it is a commercial grade machine it has quite a large footprint at 85” x 32”.
What is the warranty?
The Precor EFX 833 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer has a warranty that covers the following; 7 years on the frame, 1 year parts, 2 years mechanical and electrical parts and 1 year labor.
How easy is the EFX 833 to use?
This elliptical machine is very easy to use, first you must get onto the foot pedals that have only an 8” step up height, then to start the machine you start to move which generates the power to start the machine. You can then use the QuickStart if you’re not interested in using a preset program.
How do I adjust the incline?
There are 20 different options for incline in which you can control by a toggle button. The ‘muscle monitor’ will highlight the area of the body you have moved the focus to.
How do I use the preset programs?
Simply choose a program option with the buttons on the console. The instructions will then appear on the monitor.
How does the weight management system work?
You can enter in your weight and height into the machine and it will automatically adjust to tell you an accurate calorie display.
Is this Elliptical recommended for those with Joint problems?
Yes, this is an extremely low impact machine with a very smooth ride. The biomechanics have been carefully thought out to ensure optimal motion and the incline adjustment allows you to tweak for further comfort. But make sure you always seek professional advice from a qualified professional if you have a serious injury or experience knee pain when running.
How to use the Precor® EFX 833 Elliptical Trainer [Video]
What is the benefit of an elliptical over a treadmill?
A lot of it comes down to personal preference, although there are some specific situations where an elliptical would be recommended over a treadmill. For those with joint problems, injuries or lower back pain the elliptical will help you work out pain free. The reducing of impact stops the pressure on the affected area. Treadmills can be a tough workout for everyone, whereas elliptical machines can be slightly easier on beginners or those who are very unfit. The low impact gives a lower RPE rating (Rate of Perceived Exertion), which is a scale of 1-10 of how hard you think you are working, 10 being maximum effort and 1 being minimal effort. You can be working at the same calorie burning rate for the same period of time as a treadmill but actually think you’re working less. This can help with motivation, keeping you on the machine longer and in turn getting better results.
So, what’s the verdict?
The Precor 833 EFX Elliptical Crosstrainer from the Experience Series is the machine for you if you’re looking for a self-generating, lower body focused elliptical cross-trainer machine. If you don’t have a power source available or don’t want wires running through your home across the floor this ‘green’ option of machines is the perfect choice, it can also help with your electricity bill. For those looking for a lower body focus this machines muscle monitor can help you focus on those areas of importance, if you’re looking to work more on the glutes you simply adjust the incline or use the preset program directed to that area.
To improve this machine, I believe the versatility of including both stationary and upper body moving bars would be a game changer for this model. Having moving handlebars enables you to use larger muscle groups and burn more calories that a stationary upper body, although having only stationary bars does reduce the size of the machine which is always important for the home.
The EFX 833 looks great and would be welcome in any gym, studio or home. It has an excellent smooth ride and is very comfortable for long uses, professional probably describes this model best. The foot print is quite large so (85 x 32”) so make sure if you do choose this machine the area is large enough to support it.
As an investment, this machine is at the higher end of the price range but when purchasing a home cardiovascular machine, you never want to go for cheap. The higher price tag on this model ensures build quality, a professional feel and it’s all backed by an excellent warranty.