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Tony Little's Gazelle Freestyle
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I have had my Freestyle for 3 years. My knees are somewhat weak from all that running so this is the perfect workout for me these days. If you can't get to a great workout on the Gazelle, without killing your knees, you are not trying!
I was a runner for 25+ years (5x/wk 4-6 miles) and damaged my knees. I can still do power walking (13 minute mile) but not in the heat of summer or very cold weather. The Gazelle is what I use when I can't get my walking done. There is zero stress on the knees, even less than walking. It also stretches my calf muscles which helped me cure plantar fasciitis in just a couple of months. If I cut back on food by reducing portions by 1/4, I can lose a pound a week with the Gazelle. If I don't cut back I can maintain my weight. I love this machine. I am an active 60 year old and need to protect my knees and my lower back, get cardio fitness, and not gain weight. This machine does it for me.
I have been using the Freestyle Elite for about 2 years and really like it. Yes, like any piece of equipment you have to lubricate the friction points, but I think that this is normal. I like the Gazelle because I have a bad lower back that can't take the heal impact of walking very far. The Elite has the piston and I use it on the first resistance setting. I had worked up to 30 minutes a day for several months and had lost about 25 pounds. Then I had to stop because of carpul tunnel in my wrists. I am back on it again and in just 6 minutes a day I am starting to tone up again. I work my legs for 2 minutes, then I lean forward and push with my arms and chest for 1 minute, then lean back and pull with my arms and sholders for 1 minute, then use my legs for 2 minutes. I like the machine enough to purchase another one for my work location. I am considering remaking the plastic front anchor for the piston out of aluminum or steel and installing a bearing in it to prevent the squeeking and chattering. To me it is worth it. I might even by yours if the price was right :-)
This machine will give you a good workout, if you're like 80 or if you're about 300 pounds or so. But unless you're one of the two, your best bet is to get off your lazy bum and go jogging. And if you're too lazy to do that, you might as well just sit on the couch and eat fritos and watch TV.
We bought one of these 2 years ago at my wife's urging. We used it for maybe three weeks before an extremely annoying squeak (at six AM it's a rage inducing squeak) developed. We're talking nails on a chalkboard, not fingernails, steel nails! Lubricating the "squeak points" would help for a day or two but the basic problem kept returning. Do not throw away $200.00 on this poorly designed and manufactured machine.
Rejuvenate! Tony Little's Gazelle Freestyle offers 10 LOW-IMPACT exercises in one easy workout. PRICED LOW! It's cardio. Muscle-toning. And stretching. All-in-one. With Tony Little, America's Personal Trainer, you get TEN calorie-burning exercises in one easy, fun workout. You've likely seen it in action on TV. The secret is the Gazelle Freestyle's range of motion. I was surprised, but this technology actually lets you use more muscle and actually do less exercise. You get a low-impact aerobic workout and resistance training in one. And, you can do it all in the privacy of your home any time you wish. No gym fees. No crowds. No waiting. Personally, I like this baby to tone up and whittle away excess pounds. My quantity buy direct from the factory saves you cash. Features: Patented dual-action split suspension for a complete range of motion and freedom of movement; Go from slow walk to a full run with no sudden stops; Smooth and whisper-quiet exercise; High-density foam-covered handlebars; Extra-wide sure-fit foot platforms; Durable steel construction; Comes with workout computer for immediate feedback of speed, distance, time, approx. calories burned and heart rate; Comes with water bottle and holder; Size folded: 44 x 33 1/2 x 11" h., set-up: 53 1/2 x 33 1/2 x 44" h., weighs 54 lbs. Includes 30-minute Tony Little exercise video. Please Note: This is a Heavy / Bulky item. $20.00 for heavy/bulky shipping and handling will be charged in addition to regular shipping an
fix the squeaks
I have a freestyle and a freestyle elite with the pistons . the elite is a whole lot better . Much harder workout . Can be set to No piston or 3 other settings .
Now about that squeaking .
Squeaks bad ! Yep it does . So what to do about it . I fixed mine . Here is how to do it .
Take out the bar in the handles by removing the screws at the bottom middle ( rear ) two screws and one side at the middle where the two frames cross and the two sides at the handle bars . If your has the pistons remove them at the handle bar by removing one screw . The bar will be rough around the point where the plastic ( why not a bearing ? this is cheap crap ) bushing rides on the bar . I used a fine cut off disc from my dremmle to sand the bar smooth . 400 grit wet/dry paper would do a good job . make sure you only smooth it and do not make it out of round and make your sand scratches go around the pipe and not side to side . Next in the hole on the side rails where the pipe goes in there will be a worn spot on the bottom edge . I folded up some duct tape and put it in the hole on the bottom . A piece about 1/2 inch wide and about 5 layers thick . ( use a piece of leather instead of duct tape to last longer ) . When you stuff in the bar it will stop the bar from squeaking on the edge of the hole . Now get some good high temp bearing grease from the auto supply store . Use this on the bar . slide the bar back in one handle and then stick the bar in the side rail hole making sure the tape stays put . put in screw . Slide on other handle and do the same .
You should find now that the squeaking has stopped .
the squeaking is caused from the bar being made of cheap soft steel and a plastic bushing . these machines are junk as far as the pivot points go . Why they do not use good steel and a bearing is beyond me but I guess since they do not sell replacement parts that is a good deal for them as you will be buying a new machine when this on wears out .
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