AFG 3.1 AE
It is modestly priced at around $1,000.00 and contains 10 preset workouts which the user can alter according to his or her choice.
The AFG 3.1 AE also has 20 resistance levels and 20 incline settings with 5 percent increments.
The 23 lb flywheel gives stability for the user and the multi-purpose LCD provides feedbacks like calories burned, distance that the user have covered, time spent on the machine, etc.
It has a 20 inch stride length that is not adjustable but seems to be fine for most users. It has pulse rate sensors on the handles but does not usually come with a chest strap but Amazon.com does include one for free.
The machine weighs at a few pounds shy of 200 and its SixStar Certified™ frame supports up to 325 lbs. All in all, the AFG 3.1 AE has a good set of features that suites most users and is even better rated that the popular ProForm 14.0 CE.
The frame of the AFG 3.1 AE is specifically engineered to provide the user the best body position and movement for the most natural feel.
The capability to change the AFG 3.1 AE’s settings as far as incline and resistance with a touch of a button greatly contributes to the machine’s comfort level unlike some elliptical trainer that you have to dismount to change the incline settings. The machine does have adjustable pedals for added comfort.
The multi-purpose LCD display also accurately shows the progress of the workout and the MP3 ready speakers so that the user can listen to their favorite tunes completes the comfort package. The AFG 3.1 AE gives any user a great experience working out and time simply flies when on the machine.
Construction Quality (4.5/5)
Putting the AFG 3.1 AE is quite an easy task. The installation instructions are very simple and easy to follow however some force might be needed to put a rubber boot over where the handles meet the base.
But all in all, the AFG 3.1 AE has a reliable construction that gives a great workout for any user. The flow of movement is fluid and simulates the natural feel that one gets when working outdoors. Some reviews have mentioned a squeaking sound after a few weeks but that can be addressed easily with proper lubrication.
It is advisable though that you construct this machine where you plan it would actually be used because weighing almost 200 lbs, it will not be very easy to move.
The AFG 3.1 AE is a pretty solid elliptical trainer that has a good set of options that comes with a strong frame.
Technological Features (4.5/5)
The AFG 3.1 AE has a 20 inch set stride length which is a suit most users. With the stride being set, it might be an issue for some users who have usually short or long strides but generally, the 20 inches is good for users.
The AFG 3.1 AE has ten pre set workouts (Manual, Intervals, Weight Loss, Constant Watts, Muscle Toner, Reverse Train, Oregon Trail, THR Zone, Custom 1 & 2) and two user profiles.
Workout progress can also be tracked recorded and tracked through the proFILE™ tracking software. This is very useful specifically for people who has s\a specific workout progress plan to follow and people who are preparing for a specific competition.
The variation of preset workouts also makes sure that users will not be stagnant on one program. One of the biggest concern when working out is people lose interest faster than they lose weight.
The range of workout choices ensures that that does not happen with the AFG 3.1 AE. With the capability to change the incline (20 levels with 5 percent increment) and resistance settings (20 levels) easily available to the user, it makes it a lot better for the user.
Workout Effectiveness (4.5/5)
The AFG 3.1 AE scores high for workout effectiveness since it simulates a natural outdoor movement and with a great range of choices for preset workout, the AFG 3.1 AE does provide a great platform not just for people trying to lose weight but people training for a particular competition and even people just trying to tone.
With the controls for incline and resistance easily available to the user, the workout can be improved easier by a number of combinations of these according to the users’ preference.
The flexibility that the AFG 3.1 AE has makes it an effective part of anybody’s plan to reach their workout goal.
Size and Storage (4/5)
With the AFG 3.1 AE‘s dimension being 76 x 24 x 67 inches (LxWxH), it is not that hard to find a place for it.
It weighs almost 200 lbs. and not that easy to move around so make sure that you assemble it where you plan to use it.
Some reviews mentioned that it has transport wheels, some says it doesn’t. But regardless of transport wheels, the weight of the machine might cause issues as far as moving it around is concerned anyway.
But once assembled, it is a stable workout platform. As with most elliptical trainers, it cannot be folded so it will need its own corner in the house.
The AFG 3.1 AE is priced at around $1,000.00, a mid price range for elliptical trainers but often described as with the features of the Precor EFX 5.33 at a lower price.
Consumer Reports compares the AFG 3.1 AE to pricier elliptical trainers, around three thousand dollars, with features like a wide range of preset workout programs and an easy to control incline and resistance settings, the AFG 3.1 AE is really worth its weight.
There may be some other elliptical trainers out there but one would be hard pressed to find one in the same price range.
AFG 3.1 AE provides a lifetime warranty on the frame, three years for parts and one for labor.
It does not have any warranty on electronics which might be a problem for many users. That might very well be the only issue that some people are not considering the AFG 3.1 AE as their main choice.
It has a shipping weight of about 225 lbs in a 50″ x 23″ x 32″ box. Delivery time depends on the merchant but usually takes about a week depending on availability of course.