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Spirit Esprit EL-5 Elliptical Trainer

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  • Standard-sized, gym-quality elliptical trainer for the home; measures 87 x 27 x 67 inches (LxWxH)
  • 20 levels of resistance; 8 total programs, including 2 heart rate control
  • 3-position pedal angle adjustment to vary workload
  • High density, sweat resistant rubber hand grips, water bottle caddy
  • Blue backlit exercise console, large transport wheels, 350-pound weight capacity
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Product Description

Product Description

For over 20 years, Spirit Fitness has been a premiere developer and manufacturer or the highest quality cardiovascular equipment. With a focused commitment to in-home cardio equipment, their equipment reflects their dedication to unique engineering and great value to the consumer. The Esprit by Spirit EL-5 Elliptical Trainer reflects their expertise in the design and quality of home-use and light commercial fitness equipment in the world.

Save money on a gym membership by getting in shape at home with the standard-sized Spirit EL-5 Elliptical Trainer. Designed to keep you motivated and to keep you moving, you'll be challenged by 20 levels of resistance and 8 total programs--including 2 heart rate-controlled programs (operated via contact sensors or optional telemetry belt). Its 30-pound flywheel weight gives extremely smooth feel, and the pedals offer three positions with twist-lock pin to vary your workout as well as a 2-degree inward slant. It also comes with large, commercial-grade transport wheels for easy storage at the end of your workout. Other features include a blue backlit exercise console, 20-inch stride length, and high-density, sweat-resistant rubber grips.

The EL-5's console ofers a blue backlit LCD display with alpha-numeric messages.


  • Resistance type: Magnetic
  • Resistance control: Electronic
  • Resistance levels: 20
  • Stride length: 20 inches
  • Maximum weight capacity: 350 pounds
  • Dimensions: 82 x 27 x 67 inches (L x W x H)
  • User weight capacity: 350 pounds
  • Product Weight: 200 pounds
  • Platform: Standard institutional footprint
  • Pedals: Oversized with 2 degree inversion,
  • Pedal adjustment: 3 positions with twist lock pin
  • Flywheel: 30 pounds, steel
  • Guide rails: Four, heavy chromed steel
  • Wheels: Four concave, commercial-grade, standard durometer
  • Frame: Institutional-grade structural steel
  • Upper handle grips: High-density, sweat-resistant rubber
  • Assembled weight: 200 pounds
  • Power: 110V AC
  • Console display: Large blue backlit LCD with alpha-numeric message
  • Active buttons: Membrane with one-button programming
  • Heart rate monitoring system: Contact heart rate sensors or telemetry belt (not included)
  • Programs: 6 programs, two custom user and heart rate control
  • Watts: 1000

Manufacturer's Warranty
Frame and brake - lifetime, parts - 5 years, labor - 1 year

About Elliptical Trainers
Elliptical trainers represent the next wave of advancement in low-impact cardiovascular exercise machines and continue to grow in popularity. By simulating motions experienced through walking, stepping, cycling, and skiing, elliptical machines allow for a smooth and fluid motion while building strength in the arms and legs. Similar to the exercise position for treadmills, elliptical trainers are used by standing in an upright position while holding the handrails of the machine. With elliptical trainers, however, your feet remain in the foot pedals throughout the exercise regimen and circulate in a smooth and seamless motion, resulting in little to no impact on the knees, back, and hips.

Elliptical trainers are compatible for all ages and fitness levels and allow you to select the difficulty level through the incline and intensity settings. Additionally, elliptical trainers allow you to determine the complexity of your workout based on your needs, all while listening to music, watching television, or reading a magazine while exercising in the comfort and safety of your own home.

Although different types of elliptical trainers offer an assortment of features, many of them include an array of challenging programs, forward and reverse directional movement, EKG grip pulse handles, a lightweight portable design with easy fold-up capability, and a monitor displaying calories burned, distance, speed, time, and heart rate. Other types of exercise machines, namely treadmills and bikes, offer excellent cardiovascular exercise and muscular training for the legs in a forward-motion exercise. Elliptical trainers take this to the next level by offering an upper and lower body workout with dual motion, challenging and diverse programs, and a low-impact exercise machine that won't strain sensitive joints.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 82 x 27 x 67 inches ; 200 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 200 pounds
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B000Z7CY0M
  • Item model number: EL-5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,338,985 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

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Overall, a VERY smart choice and one of the best purchases I've made!
Kara P
It was well packed and the assembly directions were easy to follow although I did used my own tools to do the setup.
D. E.
I am certainly please with both the ease of assembly, as well as the smooth operation of this elliptical.
Robert A. Van Laere

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Villagran on September 4, 2009
Recently purchased the Spirit EL 5 through

Over all I am pleased with the commercial quality of the product.

After some research,I discovered,Dyaco manufactures and distributes this equipment through Espirit and Sole. Sole is exclusively sold through Dick's sporting goods.

You can save a litte money buying on line in addtion to no taxes and/or no shipping and set up fees.

The EL 5 is a 2008 version, and comparisons between Sole and Espirit equipment need to be considered by year model. Newer 2009 models come with a cooling fan built in to the display console, along with incline capabilities. 2009 Models differ by Manaul incline or auto control incline.

The assembly manual shipped with equipment lacks illustrations, but did not find so complicated and should take under 2.5 hours conservatively. ( from unboxing to finish set up#

The assembly packaging is missing one screw, but not a big deal to find another screw at your nearest hardware store. Also preffered using my own tools vs. tools shipped with packaging for assembly.

The EL 5 does come with two front rollers and moves around like a wheel barrel. Not difficult to move around on a hard surface, but unrealistic to move around frequently. As this unit is heavy, More suited to a permanent location for my needs.

The Espirit EL 5 is quiet and smooth, and should provide the durability I was looking to get out this unit. This unit would compare easily with units used in fitness centers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kara P on February 14, 2010
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Before purchasing this product I researched for months. I am a bit of an "elliptical snob" as I used the ones in gyms for years and it seemed that any others were nowhere close to the quality or the workout. I knew I could not buy one without trying it myself, so after much research I learned that this machine is for all intents and purposes the same machine (minus a few minor bells and whistles) as the Sole machines which are sold at Dick's. After trying the machine along with all the others, I was amazed at how smooth the glide was and the overall quality of the product. There was no need to research or try any others. This was definitely the best elliptical outside of the gym I'd ever tried.

The best website that I found for researching ellipticals was [...]. Very informative and seemingly unbiased. If you look also on Consumer Reports it rated the Sole as its #1 "Best Buy" which again, the Sole is virtually the same as the Spirit, made by the same manufacturer, etc., just is less expensive.

After having the elliptical a few months I am absolutely confident that we made an excellent choice. My husband and I both use it almost daily and have been more than pleased. It is so quiet I can't even tell if my husband is using it. It is amazing how I (about 5'6") and my husband (6'2") can both use the machine with no problems. I used to even have a problem with my feet falling asleep on other machines but not with this machine.

Purchasing through Amazon was also a great choice. By far the cheapest we found and it was not a problem with delivery as we just picked it up from UPS directly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. E. on January 7, 2010
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First time I've purchased something like this from Amazon. Overall
a good experience. It was delivered to a local freight depot
who called me to pick it up there. I had expected
it to be delivered to the house but it worked out ok as it fit in
a pickup truck. Weighs 200+ lbs. Assistance recommended to
move if alone.

It was well packed and the assembly directions were easy to
follow although I did used my own tools to do the setup.

Less than a hour total to complete assembly with
two people.

Machine is heavy and not easy to move around on carpet, it is setup
in a home gym setting. The unit works very well
and we are happy with it's performance to date.

Good deal, nice machine, would do again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Hasul on February 12, 2010
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We would have given 5 stars, but Spirit Customer service just WON'T talk to you.

I read about the problems people had assembling the machine, so I read the instruction and studied the diagrams before I even took the unit out of the box. All in all it was not that bad. In less than 2 hours it was assembled and I have not had any problems.

On 02/09 I called the 800 number to ask about a heart rate monitor. They took my name and said a "technician" would get back to me within 24 hours. The next day I still didn't get a call so I called them back, this time they said it normally takes 24 to 48 hours because it is the busiest time of the year. When I told her it was 24 hours yesterday she said she would put me through, but she did not know if anyone would talk to me. I got voicemail and left my name, phone number and asked my question. 02/12 and still no call back. Anyway, I ended up calling Polar (they make the transmitter) and asked what model I should buy for the Spirit EL-5. She asked if I had called Spirit. I told her its been 4 days and no call back. She put me on hold and a few minutes later she said that Spirit uses the TM-31 NON-Coded transmitter. I bought it and it worked the first time.

I can only hope that I never have to call Spirit with a warranty issue! Spirit and Sole are owned by the same company (Dyaco) and I've found people talking about simular issues with Sole machines. Look up the Sole reviews on Amazon and you'll see what I mean.
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