The elliptical strider is fast becoming the home cardio machine of choice for people who are wanting a great cardio workout while also effectively working the muscles of their lower body. Today, we zoom in on a popular provider of low-cost ellipticals that deliver in terms of both quality and performance - Stamina Inmotion. We’ll take a look at both versions of their compact strider to help you decide if the Stamina Inmotion belongs in your home gym.
The Stamina Inmotion Compact Strider Pro with its detachable arms allows for a more stable workout and its low price make it an ideal entry level under desk elliptical.
Founded in 1987, Stamina products are focused on providing their customers with innovative, affordable home fitness equipment. Stamina has partnered with such brands as Body By Jake, Suzanne Somers, and Gold’s Gym. Their range of ellipticals provide budget solutions to those who are wanting an elliptical workout at the office or while watching TV.
Stamina provides two models of their Inmotion Compact Strider:
The Stamina Inmotion Compact Strider is an under-desk elliptical designed to be used in the office or at home while you are watching TV or reading a book. The Pro version adds detachable handles to act as a conventional standing elliptical strider. This allows you to work your entire body and burn more calories.
Let’s consider these machines alongside each other.
Stamina Inmotion Compact Strider &
Stamina Inmotion Compact Strider Pro
The Stamina InMotion strider consists of a foot pedal only chassis, so there is no bulky flywheel to contend with. You still get a free and natural range of motion, however. The non-slip ribbed pedals provide a very secure footing. You get a very quiet resistance so that your workout will even be noticed by those around you in the office or at home.
The most obvious difference with the Pro version is that it comes with large detachable arms to allow for easier striding when standing and to more fully engage the upper body. However, it also features a larger, more functional monitor that adds a scan function.
The Inmotion Strider has a resistance dial that allows you to increase or decrease the tension of your stride. There are no set resistance levels, however. Unlike many compact striders, the movement between resistance levels is smooth and natural.
The Stamina Inmotion does provide you with a very simple display monitor to let you know your distance, workout time, calories burned and stride count. However, the readout is pretty small and, being at the level of your feet, it is hard to see when you are striding.
Stamina took notice of customer feedback regarding the original display because the Pro version has a much-improved monitor. It is larger and features more data feedback, including workout time, distance, calories burned, total distance (all-time distance) and rotations per minute are all available. In addition, you can scan through all of these metrics during your cardiovascular workout.
The dimensions of the Inmotion compact strider are as follows:
- 24.5" x 17" x 12"
The Stamina Inmotion Pro has dimensions of:
- 26" x 17" x 48.5"
The size of the two units is actually very similar apart from the fact that the Pro version has added arms and handles to make it much taller (48.5 inches compared with 12 inches). Keep in mind, however, that these are detachable so the storage space required for the two machines is quite similar.
Assembly on both models is pretty straight forward. Even on the more complicated Pro version, you should be able to get the job done inside of 15 minutes!
The warranty on these products is the same. Stamina provides the following:
- Parts - 90-day warranty
- Frame - 1-year warranty
Stamina Inmotion Compact Strider
Stamina Inmotion Compact Strider Pro
What customers are saying?
Customers love the compact design of the Stamina Inmotion Strider. Of course, they also appreciate the budget cost and quality design of the unit. In addition, many people seem to love the fact that is has a convenient carry handle for portability.
Is there a difference between the Stamina Strider (the pro version) and the Elliptical (regular)?
Yes, the major differences between the Pro version and the regular version are that the Pro version has a pair of detachable arms and handles to allow you to more conveniently use it as an upright strider. You also get a larger monitor with greater functionality on the pro version.
Is it loud?
No, one of the things that people love about the Stamina Inmotion is how quiet the elliptical motion of the machine is. That makes it great for use when you are at work.
Can it pedal in reverse?
Yes, you can pedal both versions of the Stamina Inmotion strider in forward and reverse motions. Pedaling in reverse allows you to more effectively target the muscles of your calves and hamstrings.
The InMotion from Stamina is now available in three vibrant color options - lime green, bright orange, and silver. The multi-function fitness monitor provides tracking of all of your essential training data, as well as giving you scanning functionality. You’ll burn about the same number of calories as jogging on this strider, but without the jarring impact.
For a more intense, full-body workout step up to the Inmotion Pro, with its detachable arms to allow you to get a standing workout for the entire body. While not overly sturdy or robust, these two elliptical options represent great value and are among your best cardio options when you are on a limited budget.