My apartment complex includes a small gym. The Life Fitness Classic Series Elliptical Cross Trainer is the primary machine I use when I go there. It is very simple to use, even for beginners. Elliptical's are great for burning a lot of calories without being hard on your body. There are different interval settings on that machine that can really ramp up your workout! I highly recommend this simple yet effective machine. You will burn calories and lose weight! Performance Great performance. Comfort Elliptical machines are ideal for those who have knee problems! They put much less pressure on your joints when compared to something like a treadmill. This particular elliptical is very smooth and does not cause any pain in your joints. Ease of Use This is ideal for beginners or those who are slightly technologically challenged. There are not a bunch of confusing buttons and settings like some other machines have. Durability Since this machine is in the gym of my apartment complex it gets a lot of use! I have been using this machine for almost 2 years and it has never had any problems. Design This machine has an average design.