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139 of 144 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2004
Ever since last year, when the company I work for went to a 10 hour per day, 4 day per workweek schedule, my gym time has suffered. During the primetime health-club hours (between 7 and 9 PM), I have barely enough time to do my powerlifting regimen let alone get in a cardio-vascular workout. Anyway the lines waiting for the four eliptical machines are way too long. And injuries to both my knees (thanks to old martial-arts and motorcycle accidents) preclude using high-impact treadmills and stairmasters. When I happened upon Tony Little's TV infomercial for the Gazelle, I almost channel-surfed right by it. But I just couldn't resist the exhuberant energy of that brawny, spandex-clad guy with the blond ponytail! I'm glad I watched and found out about the Gazelle. This machine is perfect for at-home aerobic exercise -- sturdy, effective, and so much fun I want to keep using it. And quiet enough, I can watch my favorite Star Trek or Law & Order late-night reruns while working out on it! I can focus on my heavy lifting at the gym and "gazelle" for an hour when I come home! The exercise itself feels like a cross between the eliptical riders and the old Nordic Track. Operated vigorously, the exertion level is comparable to a power-walk with wrist-weights or dumbbells. Unless you pump pretty hard on the handlebars, you're not going to build much muscle with this apparatus. But it's a great complement to your anaerobic weight-training. You can use it to warm up before going to pump iron. There are several incarnations of the Gazelle, but I recommend the "Power Plus" or "Elite" model. This is the one with the 3-position "Power Pistons". It is much sturdier-built and can take a lot more beating. And you'll need at least the Number One setting for an effective workout. Begin slowly to get the feel of the basic movement, because I get the idea falling off this contraption could hurt! Progress to the long strides Tony takes in the videos and you'll feel the burn in the glutes! The Gazelle is supposedly easily dismantled for storage, but since it takes about an hour just to assemble, I kinda doubt it. And although it's fairly light (about 70 lbs), it's a bit too bulky to move around much, especially if doors or stairs are involved. So put it together where you expect to use it. I can honestly say, this is the only home exerciser I expect not to tire of and consign to the back of the garage.

An update, July 2006: On the job the other night, a tweaker crashed through our traffic-control setup and into our construction zone, pinning my leg against the step-bumper of my work truck. I have a clean radial fracture of the fibula just below the knee, severely stretched ACL, displaced calf muscle, and some spectacular bruises and abrasions! I found that I can use my Gazelle in its non-impact "free-glide" mode. By pumping hard on the handlebars I get a nice cardio workout without causing pain or stress to the injuries! Thanks, Tony!
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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2005
My wife bought the Gazelle Freestyle Evolution a year or so ago, and we had it setup in our livingroom for daily exercising. When takedown and setup became such a chore, it was put away in the bedroom to make space in the livingroom. It stayed unused for about 6 months.

When I decided that I needed to loose about 50 pounds, I was looking for something that I could do to exercise without having to leave the house. The stored Gazelle fit the bill nicely.

Only problem was, the space requirements to set it back up. I finally decided on the garage because there was space out there, and the south Texas heat and humidity provided for a nice "sweat factor."

Since late June 05, I have been able to lose 45+ pounds with the help of the G.I. Diet and the Tony Little Gazelle Freestyle Evolution. I wouldn't have been able to do it in such a short amount of time (just over two months) without these two.

So, why do I rate the Gazelle Series at only 3 stars?

The big problem with the Gazelle series of exercisers (at least in my case) are the "power pistons." These are the shock-absorber looking items that provide the resistance. The original pistons lasted for about a year. Over time, they seem to loose their resistance generating capability.

About a month ago, I was using the Gazelle with the original power pistons, when one of them went totally out on me ... by that, I mean no resistance ... zip, zero, nada! Needless to say, it's impossible to get any kind of cardiovascular rhythm going when one leg has resistance and the other doesn't.

At that time, I decided to order two new pistons (though I only needed one) from FitnessQuest. Total cost for two new pistons, plus shipping, was a just under $70. The replacements came, and I used one to replace the inoperable original piston. That worked for a few weeks, when the other original piston went out. No problem ... I had another replacement, so I installed that one too.

The two new replacement pistons worked together for only a couple of weeks, when one of those went out on me too. Since we had just purchased the replacements, we wrote the company and they sent another replacement piston at no charge. Cool!

However, since that time, both replacements have now gone inoperable, and I am left with only one good power piston. I am now relegated to swapping this good piston from one leg to the other every week, and using whichever of the other four pistons is working best at that time, for the other leg.

I am of the opinion that these pistons are cheaply made and costly to replace. I will seek to get additional replacements free of charge from FitnessQuest, but suspect that I will likely encounter problems.

I'm not saying don't buy the Gazelle, just beware that the pistons may not last as long as you need them to, and you may have to replace them frequently. Otherwise, I am slimmer and trimmer due in part to the Tony Little Gazelle.

My $.02
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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2005
In May of 2005, I cut sodas and fried foods from my diet and greatly reduced sweets. I began walking in June, but I live in a high desert area and it becomes extremely hot during the summer. My walking routine was at best erratic. Weighing 230 lbs, I found working out at the gym to be an uncomfortable experience. I began looking into home equipment. My husband was supportive, but somewhat hesitant because at the time I already owned an elliptical trainer with powered incline that was serving as a very large clothing rack. I had also recently donated a power treadmill to charity because it too was taking up space and not getting used. While shopping one day, I saw a Gazelle in a local retail store. I was surprised by the range of motion and cardiovascular workout the machine offered. I purchased the Gazelle in July of 2005. It is now October of 2005. I currently weigh 150 lbs. Up until 1 month ago, the Gazelle was the only piece of workout equipment I used to lose the weight. I found the Gazelle gave me an excellent cardiovascular workout and I also liked the stretch from the range of motion this machine allows. In addition, I found the workout to feel extremely natural.

The only downside to the Gazelle is that since I purchased it 4 months ago, I have had to repair it twice. 2 weeks after I purchased the product one of the welds broke on the swing arm. FitnessQuest was very helpful and sent a repair part with no hassle, but delivery took 2 weeks. One month later a bolt holding a foot pedal broke causing me to fall and slightly injure myself. On examination, the bolt had worn away due to friction. Once again I called for a repair part and received it in 2 weeks.

Other than when I have had to wait for repair parts I have used this machine every day since its purchase. In the event that the machine breaks again after the warranty expires, I will most probably spend the money and purchase another one. The workout is that enjoyable and the results have been that good.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2006
I have arthritis (psoriatic), diabetes, high blood pressure, heel spurs and Osteopenia (a pre-Osteoporosis state)and I'm 240lbs. A real grab-bag of conditions to deal with! I saw what happened when my Mother broke her hip and I really didn't want to have that happen to me. But, how to exercise? Using a warm "therapy" swimming pool was about the only exercise I could do and that will not provide the weight-bearing exercise needed to re-form bone. Just walking around is cheap, but I'm a female and my neighborhood is not really well-lit and has gone downhill a bit, too. I just didn't feel safe walking around at 2:am or whenever *I* was up for exercise. Besides there were hazards like uneven pavement, high curbs and all the issues of weather to deal with. I had seen the ads on TV for the Gazelle line of exercise equipment and it seemed to be ideal for me. I could exercise my knees and hips in regular gravity conditions or add resistance if I needed to, without any arthritis-taunting up and down impact on my joints. No more worries about where I was stepping and into what. I could exercise whenever I wanted and not disturb anyone in the neighboring apartments. I could go as "far" as I liked and wouldn't have to worry about being exhausted from going too far from home and not being able to make it back.

So, I got the Gazelle and I LOVE it!

I chose this model (The Power Plus)for my use but also because my best friend is 340lbs and this will take up to 350lbs. From the way it is constructed - which is very strong and SOLID, I'm not sure that's really it's upper limit. This is not some flimsy, cheaply constructed rip-off. It does not move, sway or "walk" when I use it. Yet, with the handles on the side, I'm able to lift the back of the Gazelle up onto the front wheels and move it fairly easily, which really suprised me since it is such a heavy-duty machine.

Any downsides? It did have a small bit of squeaking at first, but it never got to the point where I'd be worried that I was disturbing anyone. Because it is built so solid, it does command a bit of space. Not too much, but it is not a model that will fold up so you'll need to commit room for it and enough room for the swinging motion. I'd want to safety-fence off around it to protect pets and kids from getting too close when it's in action.

Over-all I am VERY pleased with this item!

Well done, Fitness Quest!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2005
I bought one of these, based from a review. I pretty much agree with her, the machine is great and it gives a good workout. But she forgot to mention, the thing can cause your feet to get sore! I tried wearing high quality running shoes and it still hurt. I received an advice to attatch foam strips to the runners that you stand on, and that has solved the problem! So far, I have not used the pistons, so it's just a cardio workout. I have Tony's tapes he sells on his website and his music cd's, and I do get a very good workout! I have lost 13 pounds so far by using it, and I noticed it defanitely toned up the buns!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2006
This is a great product to use if you are trying to lose weight. Since I live in an apartment, it fit just right. The only problem was, after about 2 years of using it, it started making this really loud noise. Apparently something in the hadle bars had decided to pop off from it and I couldn't replace it. This also happened to the bar that connects the piston to the body too. So not only did it make a loud noise and made me felt like I was going to fall off of it, I couldn't even use the pistons anymore.

But, the workout you get is good and it helped me to maintain the weight I was at. Just be careful of it after about a year of owning it.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2006
This is the best machine to use for losing weight! You feel great, look great, and have a happier life! It is so easy and fun to use. I used to have the slimmer gazelle and have now switched to this one. The pistons are a great addition and provides an extra workout. But if you are just starting out I would start with the lowest level.

This machine is also easier on the joints. The difference between this model and the other models is that it feels sturdier and has the power pistons. The only flaw I found is the exercise video it came with. It is this women who I dont even know doing the workout routine. I want Tony Little!!! I had to buy his workout video because Tony Little is the best in getting you motivated! You can get the video at his website: [...] Overall, the Gazelle Power Plus earns an A plus in my book!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2005
This is a very nice product. it is very good if you need to lose a few extra pounds.

aerobic level A+

calorie counter B

quietness B

smooth glide A+

durability B+

overall A-
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2004
I love the product. It is a joy to work out on, but it is noisy! The one seen on the infomercial is silent and I assumed this one would be as well. Don't know why, but mine is not quiet! Don't know if I did something wrong, but I wish it was not so noisy!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2007
Bought the Power Plus 8 weeks ago to replace 2 other Gazelles that we have had and gotten rid of due to squeaking so badly that they could no longer be used. This squeaking emanates from the connections to the rear parts of the foot pads where the cables connect. I am finally beginning to realize that this is an apparent design flaw that unfortunately has not been corrected with the Power Plus. We have oiled the connections and tightened the bolts that can be tightened but it does not improve it. There are also pieces of black that keep shedding off of these areas. I am truly disappointed since this is a great way to exercise without killing your knees! But I am not willing to keep replacing these Gazelles if they cannot fix the flaws, especially since the costs are much higher now.
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