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PRECOR EFX 556 CROSSTRAINER FEATURES & SPECS:
- Condition: Certified Remanufactured
- Incline Adjustments: Fixed
- Programs: 8 Pre-Set Programs
- Workouts: Cross Country, Cross Training, Fitness Test, Heart Rate, Hill Climb, Interval, Manual, Weight Loss
- Stride length: 20 Inches
- Moving Arms and Set Ramp
- Resistance Controls: Digital - Push Button
- Rear Drive - One of America's Favorite Cross-Trainers
- Forward and Reverse Motion: Yes!
- Resistance: 20 Levels
- Ramp: 20 Degrees Set
- Frame: Heavy Gauge Steel Frame
- Finish: Powder Coated
- Precor EFX 556 Assembled Dimensions: 32"W x 80"L x 66"H
FITNESS EXPERT'S PRECOR EFX 556 CROSSTRAINER REVIEW:
Fifteen years ago, Precor invented their EFX elliptical trainer, revolutionizing the fitness equipment industry for years to come. Cross-training and its efficient ability to make its users lose weight, turned out to be more successful than anyone had imagined and shortly following its creation, the Precor EFX Elliptical became a staple of health clubs and home gyms across the nation. The Precor EFX 556 Crosstrainer™ is a health club quality Precor elliptical trainer, designed to withstand long and intense cardiovascular workouts. With its heavy-duty, precision balanced flywheel, the Precor EFX 556 does a phenomenal job conforming to the natural walking, jogging and running motions of its users. Built by one of the worlds most renowned fitness companies, this premium crosstrainer was designed to give your entire body a head to toe workout, through the use of its movable arms and adjustable ramp. Making sure you give yourself a total body workout, is essential towards maintaining an optimal approach to exercise. Working out on Precor crosstraining equipment that provides upper body resistance through its swaying arms, is more efficient for weight loss and muscle growth, than exercising with standard ellipticals and other cardiovascular fitness equipment, such as treadmill machines and exercise bikes.
In addition to providing users with safe yet intense, gut-busting, action packed workouts, the Precor EFX 556 is built with shock absorbing technology, that does a great job keeping you away from ice and pain medicine. One thing that fitness equipment consumers need to always remember is that premium, gym quality fitness equipment, such as the Precor EFX 556, is designed with the intent to protect your knees, hips and lower back. Its ergonomically sound and biomechanically correct design, helps protect your knees, hips and your body as a whole, from the pains typically associated with running and exercising on heavy duty fitness equipment. Relieve tensions caused by running outdoors, or on cheap elliptical machines, through purchasing a Precor EFX 556 Crosstrainer™ for your home and using it as your primary tool for cardiovascular exercise.
In the fitness equipment industry of today, there are so many different pieces of gym and home fitness equipment, that when talking to a friend or a fitness expert, they most likely are unfamiliar with the exact unit that you use at the gym. In other words, when John says to Pete, "I used the CZ 400 Strider at my gym", Pete will more often than not, have no clue what piece of fitness equipment John is referring to. However, such inability to recognize the branding of an elliptical, is not the case when one discusses the Precor EFX Series™ 556 cross-trainer.
This machine is Precor's hallmark cross-trainer. Can you even think of the elliptical crosstrainer that successfully provided an upper and lower body workout, before the invention of the Precor EFX 556? Of course you can't, Precor was the first company to develop the "Crosstrainer" and their EFX 556 is the pride and joy of Precor fitness equipment. In the literal sense, without exaggerating, Precor created the first gym quality crosstrainers, built with both an incline ramp, and moving arms.
The Precor EFX 556 model has been so popular with gym members and other fitness experts, that Precor has continued to improve and upgrade the EFX 556 into the EFX 556 V.2, the Precor EFX 556i, and the EFX 556i Experience Series™. Even the Precor 576i Experience Series™ Crosstrainer was built with the core mechanics of the EFX 556 as well. The primary difference between the two being that the EFX 576i has an adjustable ramp and adjustable arms. While the EFX 556 has swinging arms, it has a ramp that is set in place and does not deviate from its positioning, like the 576i does. Lending more support to the claim that the EFX 556 Crosstrainer is one of the best ellipticals ever assembled, all of the updates and modifications made to the original Precor EFX 556, have all been upgrades and changes to the computer display panel, entertainment options, user statistics, workout programs and heart rate controls. Precor has not, and they most likely will not, change the original bio-mechanical design, that laid the foundation for their elliptical cross-training line as a whole. The original "bio-mechanical" design, refers to the natural feeling glide of the running motion and how much the running motion of the fitness equipment, mimics that of its user. The reason the stride length has remained unchanged after all of these years, is because this first EFX 556 design has done such a fantastic job in replicating the natural smooth, and ergonomically-correct stride of its user, that people are still more than satisfied with its performance.
With its upper body arms, along with multiple workout options and various intensity levels, the Precor EFX 556 makes each workout session new and creative. Creative fat burning and weight-loss programming functions, allows one to push himself or herself, harder than he or she would, without fun and interactive, comprehensive exercise & fitness training programs. Examples of such programs include Cross Country, Heart Rate, Interval, Hill Climb, Weight Loss & Cool Down. Being able to push your limits without having to worry about the equipment breaking down is key. It is hard enough to exercise on a daily basis, the last thing we want to have to worry about is the equipment itself. Longevity is a forte of the Precor EFX 556. The EFX 556 is durable enough to withstand all day wear and tear in health clubs and gyms.
With regard to its impermeable steel frame, its structural integrity is comparable to that of a battle ship! That means this cross trainer can be used at top speeds for up to 15 hours per day. Precor's EFX 556, along with other commercial Precor equipment, are favorites of many professional athletic clubs. Next time you get a sneak peak into the fitness center of a professional sports team, you will most likely see Precor exercise equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines and strength equipment. The fact that the highest paid athletes in the world use Precor fitness equipment on a regular basis, says a lot about the company that is Precor.
Through their development of this groundbreaking elliptical, Precor has made themselves one of the most recognized names in the fitness industry today, and that recognition spans across the globe. If you are really serious about losing weight and reducing body fat, then let a Precor elliptical be your weapon against obesity and lethargy, and you will feel much better, each and every day that you train and exercise.
PRECOR™ GYM EQUIPMENT
Approximately thirty years ago, after the engineering of a stationary rowing machine by David Smith in his basement, one of the most respected, popular and successful fitness equipment brands was created. Spawning from Mr. Smith’s development of an ergonomically correct rowing machine in 1980, Precor has turned into one of the international leaders in the branding, design, production and marketing of fitness equipment. No more than 3 years after David finished the design of the rowing machine in his basement, he was joined by the bright and fitness oriented opportunist, Bill Potts.
Mr. Potts brought his knowledge of electronic functionality to the table and sought out to integrate unique exercise programmability for users, as well as easy to read statistical feedback, into the exercise equipment Smith was designing. Mr. Potts believed that allowing people to monitor their stats such as speed, time, distance and other readouts, would increase the popularity of their workout equipment and make using gym equipment more enjoyable for the regular user. Ultimately, making the exercise equipment more interactive from a user perspective, intrigued people because they could monitor their results in real-time. Knowing how fast or long one would have to exercise in order to surpass their previous records, proved to be highly motivating and helped treadmills, stationary exercise bikes and rowing machines become more favorable through the eyes of potential buyers. Through the assistance of Mr. Potts, the popularity of exercise programming options in fitness equipment, and the popularity for Precor fitness equipment as a whole, began to take off. Once 1985 hit, several more additions had been made to the once one man band that was Precor; the Precor brand expanded to carrying treadmills, exercise bikes and rowing machines.
As momentum gained through popular reviews, it became clear that Precor fitness equipment was rated to be at the top of the industry in the near future. However, in order to be an industry leader in fitness supplies, Precor had to be a player in the national heath clubs and gyms. Without substantial sales to commercial fitness centers and gyms, it is hard to be a real player in the business of fitness equipment manufacturing in the United States. Therefore, proving the foresight of fitness experts true, in 1990, Precor entered the health club scene, with a series of commercial treadmills, built to withstand all day wear and tear, by people ranging from skinny to fat, and tall to small. There is a major difference in the structural integrity and mechanical capacities between commercial (health club) and residential exercise equipment. Whereas a solid home treadmill can be used at most up for up to four hours a day, a gym quality treadmill can be used for up to four times as long. Precor now had their own line of commercial treadmills. Precor now had a line of heavy duty gym equipment with the necessary the size, mechanical capacities, speed and structural integrity, to compete with the other leading brands in the fitness equipment industry.
The year of 1995 was another breakthrough year for Precor, as they invented the first elliptical cross-trainer and put it on the map in the form of their Precor EFX 544 cross-trainer. The Precor EFX 544 was designed with an adjustable cross-ramp and fixed arms. The adjustable incline ramp makes it easy for users to work out different muscle groups in their lower body through the simple adjustment of the angle on the incline ramp. The EFX 544 was so popular that Precor decided to continue their production of elliptical cross-trainers for usage in health clubs and homes. One of the first additions to the Precor line of elliptical cross-trainers was a cross-trainer with moving upper body arms. After already having the cardiovascular fitness industry in the palm, through the acquisition of Pacific Fitness in 1998, Precor made giant strides towards building a successful line of strength equipment. A result of this merger was the extremely popular Precor Stretch Trainer, that is a favorite of fitness trainers and gym patrons.
In 1999, Premark International, which was parent company of the Precor brand at the time, was bought out by International Tool Works. Soon after ITW acquired Precor, popularity for Precor increased, as their equipment become more affordable and focused on consumer needs. With a bigger bankroll and more steam built up, Precor was acquired by Amer Sports in 2002 as part of a 180 million dollar deal. Amer Sports coming into the picture resulted in Precor changing their primary goals. After years of revolving around industrial products, Precor’s new aim was to become an international distributor of a wider range of fitness equipment and sporting goods.
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