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Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer E-1000

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Frame: 1 year
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There are many fitness machines under the name of Stamina, and the best part about most of them is their excellent overall price / quality ratio. There are several full range ellipticals currently offered by Stamina, but one of the highest rated and most affordable is the In-Motion E-1000 model.

This is a small, “under the desk”, elliptical trainer, currently costs less than $100, and so far benefits only from 4.5-5 star reviews from users all over the world. Evidently, it’s not a high-intensity fitness machine. But it does offer the possibility to burn some calories while you’re at your desk and maintain a superior muscle tone for your legs.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 24.5L x 17W x 12.5H inches (62.2L x 43W x 31.7H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 24 lbs (10.8 kg)
  • Supported weight: 250 lbs (113 kg)
  • Footplates: Ribbed, non-slip
  • Resistance: Adjustable, felt-pad
  • Fitness meter: Included
  • Warranty: Frame 1 year / Parts 90 days


The frame of this elliptical is made of steel, but most of it is covered by the plastic shrouds. It basically consists of three main parts: chassis, rear stabilizer and the front base plate. The rear stabilizer features small, rubberized feet, while the front base is also padded with a foam sheet, to increase the machine’s stability, and prevent it from sliding when you use it.

Evidently, since it’s a portable elliptical trainer, it has a really small footprint. It takes only 24.5″L x 17″W (62 x 43 cm) of floor space. It’s also only 12.5″ tall (32 cm) and should fit under just any desk or table, in case you want to use it while seated. The pedals stand approx. 7″ (18 cm) above the floor level at their highest point.

The protective covers of the drive and brake mechanisms are made of hard plastic. Theyr’e available in various color combinations, such as orange-black, green-black and silver-black.

Drive and resistance

In case you’re wondering, this elliptical trainer features a friction resistance system. It consists of a felt-pad, situated under the flywheel. The felt-pad is connected to the tension knob via a steel cable. As you tighten the knob, the pad will press onto the flywheel adding more resistance. The felt pad is a wear part, but it’s quite thick and should last for at least stamina inmotion e1000 greenseveral years of use, even if you workout on your elliptical for at least a couple of hours a day.

The Stamina InMotion E-1000 features a balanced, perimeter weighted flywheel, designed to offer a decent momentum. It weighs approx. 8.8 lbs (4 kg), and even without any resistance applied, you will feel quite some consistence on the pedaling motion.

The machine is belt-driven. This means the operation is quiet, and the transmission shouldn’t require any maintenance. The belt that connects the pulley to the flywheel is a heavy-duty v-belt, resistant to stretching, and also made to serve its purpose for many years.

The axle and cranks of the elliptical are steel-made, solid enough to support users up to 250 lbs (113 kg), in a full, stand-up position. Differently put, this machine is not made only for seated workouts. You can pedal while standing up as well.

The footplates are sizeable enough to accommodate feet or shoes of all sizes. They’re made of durable polyurethane material, featuring a ribbed, non-slip design, in order to provide superior adherence. They don’t have any cushioning or articulation like the full-motion ellipticals such as Yowza Miami or Nautilus E616, though. They simply attach to the metal arms via two screws each. The arms integrate rubber wheels at their front ends, which glide onto the front, metallic plate of the machine, for a smooth motion.

Last but not least, pedaling in reverse is also possible with this elliptical trainer. Therefore, you can diversify your workouts if you want.

Fitness meter

Even though it’s a basic one, the Stamina InMotion elliptical does include a fitness meter. The meter unit displays distance, total number of strides (count), time and calories burned. It’s easy to operate, featuring only one button. It gives you the possibility to choose the SCAN function, which cycles through all the values, keeping each one on screen for 6 seconds. But you can also choose one of the values to be displayed on screen at all time.

The meter is powered on when it detects pedal movement or if you press the button, and will automatically shut down after 4 minutes of inactivity. The values from the last workout will be kept though.

It requires a 1.5v LR44 battery.

Assembly and Maintenance

Some assembly is required for this machine. However, the drive mechanism and resistance system are already assembled and enclosed by the plastic shrouds. The pedal arms and console are also attached. You will basically have to connect the rear base, the footrests and the front gliding plate. The whole task shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. Tools and assembly manual are supplied.

The unit requires almost no maintenance. For this matter, you basically have to check and tighten the screws in place from time to time. Also, in case the resistance pad, or the joints begin to squeak, lubrication may be required.

The Pros

  • Sturdy frame and cranks for a small elliptical, able to hold users up to 250 lbs, in stand-up workout position;
  • Compact design;
  • Small footprint, easy to fit under a desk;
  • Lightweight and portable;
  • Adjustable resistance;
  • Fitness monitor included;stamina inmotion e1000
  • Quiet operation;
  • Very easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • Resistance pad and joints may begin to squeak after a while. However, the problem is easily fixed with a little lubrication.

Final Word

Although it doesn’t offer the workout possibilities of a full-motion elliptical, such as the Schwinn 470 or Sunny SF-E2310, the Stamina InMotion elliptical trainer can surely help you bolster your cardio, tone-up your leg muscles, especially calves, and even lose some weight. It’s great for anyone who wants to be physically active while working behind a desk, and also for users who must undergo recovery training. It features a sturdy construction, thus with proper use, it should serve you well for many years. And finally, since it costs less than $100, it’s pretty safe to say that it offers excellent value for its price.

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  1. I’ve had mine for only 18 days and it has begun to squeak. I’m afraid that it will disturb my co-workers now.

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