Let’s talk today about the Gold’s Gym Stridetrainer 380 Elliptical Trainer. Now I don’t mean to bore you (and I’m so sorry if I do), but this will be a very technical and detailed article (don’t say I didn’t warn you!). I’ll be talking all about the elliptical in detail, so if you don’t like it turn back now!
OK so chances are you ended up here because you are looking for the gold’s gym elliptical, better known as the Stride Trainer 380.
It’s rear drive driven, and includes six prebuilt workout programs. Different goals such as weight loss, endurance, performance can be set along with an intensity and resistance setting. It includes a large LCD screen, wheels to transport the actual unit, and a large stride length (14 inches).
The long stride length allows you to work on shedding fat and toning your body, while the workouts are like having a personal trainer at your fingertips. Did I mention that the unit includes a heart rate monitor? This allows you to make sure that you are within your workout goals for your age. Let’s take a detour for a second and talk about this.
So why exactly do we care about the heart rate? Well, we want to know how intense our training should be. Maximum heart rate is usually 220 minus our age. So if we are 20 years old, our max heart rate is 200. For weight loss, we want to stay at about 60% of that (or 125 in our 20 year old), aerobic at about 70-80% (or 150 in our 20 year old), anaerobic threshold at 80-90% (or about 170 in our 20 year old). Depending on if you are training to be in the Rio Olympics, or if you are just trying to manage your weight will determine where your heart rate should be. I am not a medical doctor, so always seek professional advice before using an elliptical machine.
So back to our discussion on the gold’s gym elliptical. The LCD window displays a plethora of information such as speed and distance, time, and heart rate. Next, let me just tell you about the SMR technology.
So you might be asking yourself “Gee, I don’t know what SMR is?” That’s OK, neither did I until a few minutes ago. Silent Magnetic Resistance, it allows your elliptical to adjust resistance silently without making much noise.
Transport wheels allow you to move the elliptical around your house or office easily, and the drink holder allows you to keep your water or other drink close by.
The downside is that this machine has a 250 pound limit, so if you weigh more than this you might want to consider a different elliptical model. Also, the warranty is nothing special, you only get 90 days.
What we liked
- Large Window LCD Display
- Fit Ready
- 12 Digital Resistance Levels
- 14″ Stride
- Transport Wheels
- 250 Lb. User Capacity
What we didn’t like
- Huge rod snapped
- Batteries not included
Gold’s Gym Stridetrainer 380 Elliptical Trainer
How To use Golds Gym Elliptical machine Video Tutorial
Well, did you learn anything today? I know I did. Next time you buy an elliptical, make sure you like the features on it, price is not everything! Look for the warranty, and see whether the machine has SMR on it or not (I personally like this feature). This is elliptical wizard #3 writing for you (no really I’m human!). Come back soon, I’d love for you to keep reading my articles. Over and out.