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About Folding Elliptical Exercise Machines

author image Beth Rifkin
Beth Rifkin has been writing health- and fitness-related articles since 2005. Her bylines include "Tennis Life," "Ms. Fitness," "Triathlon Magazine," "Inside Tennis" and others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.
About Folding Elliptical Exercise Machines
Work out at home with a space-saving elliptical trainer. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images

Elliptical trainers provide an effective low-impact workout that mimics the motion of running without placing as much stress on your joints. Folding elliptical machines, in which the foot pedals fold into the machine frame creating a compact unit, can be ideal for the home gym, especially if space is an issue.

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Folding Elliptical Features

The folding elliptical trainer usually weighs less and is smaller in size than a commercial machine, but a high-quality model still provides an effective workout. The foldable machines often come with wheels on the bottom, which makes it easy to move from room to room or to and from a storage space. The folding mechanics vary per brand; look for an elliptical that features ease of assembly.


Folding elliptical machines tend to be smaller than their commercial counterparts due to their space-saving nature. This may mean sacrificing features, such as stride length, TV monitors, console applications and a wide range of resistance levels. Some folding ellipticals also may have weight limits or lack durability. Test any machine you are considering to make sure that it matches your quality expectations.

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