3 Benefits and 1 Drawback of Center Drive Elliptical Trainers
One of the most popular Nordictrack ellipticals is the ACT – so popular that NT actually introduced two upgraded ACT models – the Commercial 7 and Commercial 10 (as they still wanted to keep the original to under $1000).
Why is the ACT so popular? Mainly because it’s a center-drive design.
This is something you don’t usually find in an elliptical under $1000 – although the design has been in the commercial elliptical market for a few years now.
So what makes center drive elliptical trainers so popular? What benefits does it offer you? Here are the 3 main benefits:
#1 More Compact
A center drive machine is more compact and takes up less space lengthwise than a standard elliptical. It’s more of a box shape than a long rectangle.
That means if you don’t have a lot of space in your home gym, it’s ideal. It’s also great for apartments or condos too.
#2 You Stand More Upright on the Pedals
Because you’re placed in a more upright position on these machines, you’ll lean less on the handrails – and some people feel that this burns more calories.
I’m not sure if this is the case – but the more upright position does feel more comfortable for many people.
#3 Pedals Closer Together
Because the pedals are closer together on these machines, this more accurately mimics your body’s true running motion.
And again, this can feel more comfortable and cause less stress on your hips.
And again, if something is more comfortable, you’re more likely to stay on the machine longer – which means more calories burned.
So those are 3 of the main benefits of center drive elliptical trainers. Are there any drawbacks?
Well the main drawback is that because of the dual side flywheel design, you don’t get incline options on these ellipticals. Many people prefer incline as it changes the slope of the elliptical and challenges different muscle groups. But it’s not necessary to have to get a great workout.
If you don’t care about incline – and need to save space, you may really love the center drive design on the ACT. And if you want the design with a full-color web browser to make your workouts a lot more enjoyable, you’ll probably want to go with the ACT 10.