Hybrid ellipticals definitely have their place in the fitness world. Some like to use them because they are more comfortable, while others simply have to use them due to various reasons. Body Rider BRD2000 is one such machine. For the most part, it is one of the most capable ellipticals you can get under $200. Today we are going to take a closer look and see what it has to offer. Chances are this might be the machine you were looking for all along.
The whole hybrid design thing isn’t really new. However, we have only recently started seeing these models hit the affordable market. Body Rider BRD2000 happens to be one of the more interesting hybrids out there for a number of reasons. For starters we have a very minimalist but durable frame. They have used thinner tubing than we like to see, however we can’t really complain about the stability of the machine. Same can be said about the seat mount. When you first see it, chances are it won’t inspire too much confidence. When you come around to actually using it, you will learn that the seat is pretty stable. One thing that really surprised is the fact that you can adjust the seat both vertically and horizontally. You don’t see that every day. Pedals are fairly good with large stepping surfaces which also feature pronounced ridges. Length of stride isn’t really defined but it is much more than 11″ we have expected to see. Overall, Body Rider BRD2000 has proven to work quite nicely.
In terms of features, there are a few things worth noting about this elliptical. It is a complete package. You get the functionality of a standard elliptical machine but also a stationary bike. The arm workout levers also add an upper body component to the whole exercise. Resistance control is located on the frame and is easily accessible no matter how you decide to use the machine. Same goes for the display console which is located up high next to the arm workout levers. It packs a small but legible display which allows you to track your time, speed, calories and distance. The only thing that is really missing here are heart beat sensors which is weird considering that there are side handles which are perfect for that application. Overall, Body Rider BRD2000 offers a great balance of functionality, performance and price. It gets you all the features you would want in a very affordable package.
If you can get past the somewhat slim looking frame, Body Rider BRD2000 can turn out to be a great beginner elliptical. The fact that it comes with a fully adjustable seat makes it an interesting model on its own. When your budget is limiting you to this price range, it’s easy to lose focus due to all of the clutter that is available. Because of that we have to appreciate models such as Body Rider BRD2000 which are doing a good job at diversifying this segment of the market. If you’re a beginner, BRD2000 may be a great choice.