Have you ever felt guilty about sitting at your desk all day without moving your legs? Well, the Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer can be used either standing up, or sitting down, and is also extremely compact.
In this review, our scores are based on the InMotion Elliptical Trainer being used in a seated position, such as under a desk in an office environment.
If we were to rate the Stamina InMotion from the perspective of a user looking to take their fitness goals seriously, the rating given would have been less. We do envision that most people will want to use the Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer at their desk.
Overall Desk Elliptical Rating: 3.5/5
- Compact and easy to store
- Can use when working at a desk
- Doesn’t make much noise
- Easy to assemble
- Simple to use
- Low price
- Taller people may find stride length too small
- Can develop squeaking noises
- Users report that some units develop faults easily
- Monitoring of metrics not accurate
- Some may find it uncomfortable to use standing up
- Low impact design protects joints
- Electric monitor tracks strides, time and calories burned
- Steel construction
- Compact and light for easy storage
- Can peddle backwards or forwards
At under $100, it is priced adequately, but ultimately that depends on whether the machine you get lasts long-term (more on this below).
There are some people who have complained that the pedals are susceptible to breaking and that the wheels that move along the metal plate on the ground can become misaligned. The fact that the Stamina InMotion is only covered for 30 days has left a few users unhappy.
For the most part, the Stamina InMotion is a reliable machine and should last a long time, especially if you are using this solely as a desk elliptical at a low resistance. If you decide to use the Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer standing up and at high intensities, it’s debatable if you’re going to get long-term use out of it.
Size & Assembly: 4.5/5
The small size of the Stamina InMotion is one of the strong points of having this kind of elliptical over a full body elliptical. It’s easy to store when not in use, and it can be kept in a closet or under your desk where it can remain out of sight, unlike big ellipticals which can often be an eyesore.
Whilst it is small, it can be a bit of a nuisance to move around as it doesn’t have a carry handle. In which case you’ll just have to find someplace to hold onto it.
People who have a strong aversion to assembling things should have no problem with the Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer. It’s intuitive to put together and likely to take 5-10 minutes max. Often times larger ellipticals can take between 2-4 hours to assemble.
Since it is a rather small machine the stride/peddle action can be quite small. Therefore anyone over 5’9 may need to proceed with caution when buying the Stamina InMotion, however, it comes down to personal preference at the end of the day.
If you do decide to use this as a standing elliptical, the fact that there are no handlebars means that you will need to have good balance to avoid falling over. Whilst I don’t imagine many people will use this standing up, it is nice that the Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer has this feature. Some users will manage to use the standing feature without problems but some will find they just can’t get used to it no matter how long they try.
When working well the machine is quiet. Many have reported that they can comfortably use the elliptical at their office jobs without disturbing colleagues who are close by. In fact, many users have said that when they use the Stamina InMotion in their office, nobody has any idea they are peddling under their desk!
As discussed above there seems to be a potential for the Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer to start squeaking. Although not everyone has experienced this, it could be the case that the lubricant has worn off and you may need to reapply some more in order to make it quiet once again.
The Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer has a small electronic unit which tracks the strides taken, exercise time and calories burned. It’s a nice touch that such a low priced elliptical would have the ability to track these metrics, however, you can imagine that the calories burned reading is likely to be inaccurate given that it doesn’t know your body stats. Owners of the Stamina InMotion have indeed reported that this is the case.
In addition, it has been reported that the distance reading can still increase when you have stopped using the machine, meaning it could be inaccurate, or that it has a delay in it’s tracking. This is something to watch out for.
That being said, I don’t think distance and the calories burned are going to be the most important metrics that users will use on this machine, I’d think the ‘time’ reading is going to be used the most and this seems to work well.
Should I Buy the Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer?
When reading our review it’s important to note that we’ve rated the Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer based on its function as an elliptical to be used at a desk, rather than a full body workout elliptical trainer, and we feel that this is what most people are looking to use it for.
If you’re someone who wants to improve your overall fitness and lose weight, then there are better machines out there that can do this, and understandably these machines will cost more. Even if you want to work out in front of the TV and are able to stand up whilst doing so, it would be better for you to put down a few hundred dollars and get a machine that will work the whole body.
On the other hand, if you’re someone who sits at a desk all day (or can only exercise seated) and wants to get some movement in your legs, then the Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer is more than suitable to fit this role.
These days it’s clear that a 9-5 desk job sitting down all day is a real killer to the body. Not only does it damage your posture and cause muscle tightness, but it also damages mobility too.
We feel the best way to get around such problems is to use a standing desk, however, the Stamina InMotion should also work to some extent. Keep in mind though, that it can never really replace the benefits you’d get on a cardio machine that gives you a full body workout.