Gold’s Gym Stride Trainer 350i Review

Specifications

Warranty: parts/ 90 days/ labor 90 days

Console: 8 workout programs

Resistance system: motor assisted, magnetic, 12 levels

Handlebars: both mobile and fixed (with pulse sensors)

Weight limit: 250 lbs (113.3 kg)

Stride: 14 inches (35.5 cm)

Assembled dimensions: 54L x 26W x 63H inches (137L x 66W x 160H cm)

Assembled weight: 116 lbs (52.6.kg)

Gold’s gym has marked its name in the making of home gym machines and heavy duty fitness machines. They produce machines starting with the lowest to the highest prices in the market and delivering the best of the products. Gold’s Gym Stride Trainer 350i is an elliptical upgraded model of 350. It is a home gym with rear drive and sturdy construction as well as with mid range of features with an extra component which is iFit, a fitting console, which makes it worth buying. Stride Trainer 350i assembled dimensions are 54” length, 26” width and 63” height along with assembled weight which is 116 lbs, this means it occupies a small space in the room or gym area.

Frame and Parts

Gold’s Gym Stride Trainer 350i comes in an oval shape with steel construction. Its rear base has adjustable stabilizers which has rubber caps to protect it from any scratches from the floor and keeps the balance while working. The console, flywheel, pulley guards and pedals are the only parts which are non-metallic. Anti-corrosive paint is used to protect the steel from damages. The pedals are made of heavy-duty nylon material which are so durable that they last for years and and has the room for all size feet. It has also got two set of handlebars which include pulse sensors. By putting hands onto these handlebars while exercising, the console then can capture the heart rate of the user ans also offers different postures for workouts.

Resistance and Drive

The resistance system of Stride Trainer 350i is magnetic motor system. The motor controls the flywheel of the machine while exercising and the resistance can be adjusted to 12 levels from the console. The motor and the console uses 4x AA type batteries to run and it should lasts for several months. This home gym has a rear drive which is belt-powered. The pulley of the machine is wider than the flywheel which is not metallic but made of strong polymer and the machine has the power to resist the users up to 250 lbs.

The Console

The console installed in Gold’s Gym Stride Trainer 350i is not a basic one. It has 8 pre-set workout programs which help the user to exercise and also control the resistance according to each set of workout. It is a large LCD which keeps the track of time, distance, heart rate and calories burned. The extra feature this console has the iFit compatibility which can be connected to the phone or the tablet via Bluetooth of the user to keep the track of time or distance as well can be connected to other workout programs. But in order to make this feature work, the user has to subscribe it first. The console does not have any sound system but it offers a holder for water bottle and tablet.

The Pros

  • Strong frame with capacity to hold weight up to 250 lbs
  • Pulse sensors
  • 8 level resistance
  • 12 pre-set workouts available
  • iFit feature
  • Easy assembly
  • Little maintenance required
  • Bottle and tablet holder
  • No noise while operating

The Cons

  • Short stride which is 14”

Assembly and Maintenance

Assembly instructions are available on the manual which comes with the package. Few of the parts are already assembled and comes in the plastic packing. The other parts the user has to assemble in order to make the machine work. Assembling the machine can take up to and hour.

Maintaining the machine is not difficult at all because the only parts which needs to be lubricated is the joints if they start to make the noise. The flywheel comes already lubricated from the factory and need no further lubrication.

Summary

Gold’s Gym Stride Trainer 350i is a good choice for starting the exercises while staying at home. It is an entry level home gym machine with automatic resistance. There are 8 programs already set to workout with 12 resistance level with and iFit compatibility. Its built with steel material which can support the weight up to 250 lbs. And lastly, it offers quite the features with a very low price it comes with.

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