I was in the market for a new elliptical, but had limited space and found that the NordicTrack A.C.T. Elliptical was the only quality option available. Despite this elliptical's size I was extremely impressed with the stride length of the pedals. I am able to completely go through my full range of motion with the 22 inch stride while maintaining good posture. I'm not too happy with the padding on the pedals because I feel that it takes away some stability. It does provide great comfort, but when I finish a stride there is a slight bouncing effect that propels my foot up while still maintaining contact with the pedals. This doesn't affect my workout but I wish the pedals had a more minimalist feel. Even though the pedals present an issue I have no complaints with the resistance levels. The first 10 resistance levels aren't too challenging, but the next 10 levels provide an intense workout. I found that the pulse reader doesn't give an accurate reading regardless of pace. I have seen my heart rate readings go from 90 to 175 in seconds. Despite some questionable issues I would still recommend the NordicTrack A.C.T. Elliptical because it is a quality machine that doesn't take up a lot of space.