Gazelle Exercise Machine

  1. Does anyone have one of these Tony Little exercise machines? I need to buy a piece of exercise equipment, and I already know that the stationary bike, stepper, and manual treadmill don't work for me. I had them and they all became close hangers. The Gazelle looks like it may not be hard to stay with, but that's just the infomercial, I need the opinion of someone who actually owns either the Freestyle Elite or the Edge. I'm kinda leaning towards the Edge because it's cheaper and appears to do the same thing as the Freestyle. The only differences seem to be that it handles less weight, doesn't have the pulse monitor, or come with the videos. I can live without that stuff.
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  3. by   Zee_RN
    I'd like to hear the answer to this too. I tried the Gazelle at Sears in the exercise department and it actually seems too easy to do any good! Of course, I didn't do any of the Tony Little specials, just glided back and forth with it. But it's small and easy to use so I'd like to know if anyone thinks it's worth it....
  4. by   DebsZoo
    i did some online research on this machine. a lot of good comments on it. the few complaints were that the machine got quite loud after using it a month or so.
    i ended up going with a total gym machine. it's touted by chuck norris (infomercial) but i bought mine through qvc (much less $$$$). i love it, and with so many variations to this piece of equipment, i actually use it. i have the stationary clothes rack and treadmill hanger too :d
    now only use the gym
  5. by   dcc43210
    I have never used the Gazelle, but Tony Little is so obnoxious that I probably am not capable of an objective opinion anyway. So, with that in mind....my guess is that it would end up as another clothes hanger - right next to the CardioGlide (remember those?) and those little ab rockers. What works for me is a NordicTrack cross country ski machine. There is a learning curve involved, and they are not very popular these days. In fact I don't think NordicTrack even makes them anymore. (Last I heard, they were giving a free one to anyone who bought one of their top of the line treadmills.) I bought mine on Ebay for $100 about a year ago and still use it regularly. Good luck finding something that works for you. Believe me...I know how hard it is to find something you want to stick with. Exercise that really makes a difference in your health/weight is hard, dirty work. Like Cher used to say on those health club commercials, "If having a body like this was easy, everyone would have one." (Or in her case, have a good plastic surgeon - but you get the picture.)
  6. by   NurseDennie
    I've never heard of the Tony Little things. But I have an elliptical trainer, and I love it. In action it's like a cross between a treadmill, a stair-stepper and an exercise bike. No jarring on my poor ol' arthritic LE's and it can be as easy or as challenging as you want. I told a friend about it when my daughter bought it for me, and he said "oh good, sounds like you can hang a LOT of clothes on that!" LOL

    I have tried to do the Nordictrac and no kidding about the learning curve!! I never got to the curve part of it - I kept throwing myself over the front of the stupid thing.

    My elliptical trainer is the cheap kind that you can't lock the arm-thingies in place, they automatically swing with the foot motion. My 19 year old daughter is 6' tall (quite a bit taller than me) and has LARGE boobies, so she can't use it, but I can!

    Love

    Dennie
  7. by   Robin61970
    No, but I need one,LOL.....I am taking total fitness as a class this semester....have to work out 3 times a week for 30 minutes at a time for an A........
  8. by   azgirl
    A friend is buying one this week. I'll let you know how he likes it.
  9. by   Brita01
    originally posted by debszoo
    i did some online research on this machine. a lot of good comments on it. the few complaints were that the machine got quite loud after using it a month or so.
    i ended up going with a total gym machine. it's touted by chuck norris (infomercial) but i bought mine through qvc (much less $$$$). i love it, and with so many variations to this piece of equipment, i actually use it. i have the stationary clothes rack and treadmill hanger too :d
    now only use the gym


    i kind of want a total gym too. but everytime i see that girl in the informercial with her knees bent all the way, and she's sitting on her feet, pulling herself up with her arms, my own knees start to hurt just watching her. there is no way i could sit in that position with my bad knees. and when they show christi laying flat, coming down bending her knees and bouncing back up...ouch my knees again. it does look like a fun machine if you're capable of doing the moves though.
  10. by   sbic56
    I have owned/used stairclimbers, nordic trac, eliptical machines, rowers, bicycles...I find the good ol' treadmill to be the one I find the easiest to stick to. I bought one from Sears that folds up when not in use and I have it set up in front of my TV in the living room so I can't ignore it's presence and have something to do while walking, cuz it can get rather boring. I find this is by far the best piece of equipment for me. Gimmicky stuff loses it's appeal.
  11. by   HISSYTHECAT
    I have got me one and I love mine. As of November, I have lost 14 pounds. I work out when I am watching TV and the time flies by. I have seen the same thing at K-mart alot less expensive and it does that same thing. I wished I got mine at K-mart.
  12. by   christianRN
    I have a friend who bought one, but lost interest. I think all excercise can be boring, but if you really WANT to do it, you just do it. I alternate every other day between my treadmill and an elliptical trainer like Nurse Dennie mentioned to try to keep it more interesting, and I always have the radio or a tape on. My opinion is, if it sounds like you'll like it, go for it!!
  13. by   CountrifiedRN
    I have a Gazellle Freestyle Elite. It also comes with some hydrolic attachments for resistance so you can keep increasing your workout as you progress. But it does get loud with the attachments. I also saw it in K-Mart after I bought the one I have and it is much cheaper there. (Wish I bought mine there too, Hissy)

    The only complaint I have is that it takes up a lot of space, even when it's folded, and it is heavy and awkward to move.
  14. by   Brita01
    Thanks a lot guys. I'll have to go to the K-Mart here and see if I can find one. They sell both versions on Walmart.com, but then you have to pay for shipping too.

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