This article is from the Fitness FAQ, by Jeff Gleixner (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
>>I'm thinking about buying either a Nordic Track Pro or a HealthRider (the
>>one endorsed by Covert Bailey). I am currently previewing the NT at home
>>(30 day trial) but I find that I feel very unsteady using it...at times I
>>feel like I'm off balance. I'm sure that most get more sure-footed with
>>practice, but I can't shake this fear of falling. Has this ever happened
>>to anyone else?
I had a choice between Nordic Track and HealthRider and went with the
HealthRider mostly because of Covert Bailey. I think I made a mistake.
The HealthRider seemed better because:
1. It was supposed to include a newsletter that I thought would give me
more ideas for the HealthRider and keep me motivated.
2. It sounded like the HealthRider would be better for my back. I don't
have back problems but I have a wheelchair-bound 13 yr. old and I need to
keep away from back problems.
3. I like x-ctry skiing and I thought the Nordic Track would make me sick
Actuality was different.
1. The newsletter never showed. The HealthRider arrived without any
documentation of any kind even on how to put it together (which is very
2. The HealthRider can cause back problems. This happens when the seat is
too far back. An adjustment of the seat fixed this problem but I had to
learn the hard way.
3. I didn't go X-ctry skiing at all this winter anyway.
But the real bottom line is the biggest problem of all.
1. I gained 10 lbs. during the first 3 months I had the HealthRider.
2. I don't feel that I am in better shape because of the HealthRider.
3. It is BORING.
OTOH, I don't know if I will try NT next or not. The limited $469 model
seems interesting but maybe I should try to increase my jogging miles and
do more weights.