The Lamar Ignite I436 Elliptical Review — Best Buy Elliptical Under $400

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Probably the single most asked question the Treadmill Sensei gets here at the DOJO is “How can I look as handsome as you, O Great Sensei?” The second most asked question is “Where can I get a commercial quality elliptical for under $500?” Unfortunately, the answer to both of those questions is “you can’t.”

In all seriousness, if you’re looking for anything that even remotely feels like a commercial quality product for under $500 (heck, even for under $1000) then you’re in for some terrible disappointment. There just isn’t anything out there like that. However, if you’re on a budget and looking for a decent performing elliptical under $500 then Lamar Fitness may just have an possible answer for you in their Ignite 436 Elliptical (I couldn’t figure out if this was called the Lamar I 436 or the Ignite 436 Elliptical…it was listed as both everywhere I looked!).

I was able to spend an hour on one of the Lamar Ignite 436 Ellipticals two days in a row at a local fitness shop and, in spite of the very low price, I was still impressed by its stability and feel. The Ignite 436 Elliptical weighs in right around 100 pounds which is very heavy for a budget elliptical, and I’d estimate its flywheel at right around 12-15 pounds which gave it a nice smooth elliptical feel. The stride was a bit short, but the unit itself is perfect for those of you who are smaller in stature (read: shorter than about 5’10”) and looking to do a 30 minute or so workout 4-5 times a week. It is also an great choice for someone in an apartment or with a small area to put a piece of fitness equipment.

The Ignite 436 has a great range of 12 programs and 16 levels of magnetic resistance — something more often found in ellipticals priced closer to the $1000 range.

All in all, if your budget is down in the under $400 range for an elliptical, you’d be silly not to check out the Ignite 436 Elliptical by Lamar. It feels better and will last longer than any Icon Fitness brand elliptical in the same price range and even out performs the lower-end Horizon and Merit units. Look for it to last for 3-5 years without many problems at all.

For being a great low budget elliptical, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Lamar Ignite I436 Elliptical (and it’s long name) 4 out of 5 golden buddahs.

Another excellent Lamar Fitness elliptical with 4 gold buddahs out of 5.

Lamar Ignite 436 Elliptical Specifications
Stride: 15″
Flywheel: approximately 12lbs
Display: LCD
Readouts: Time, pulse, calories, distance, speed, RPMs and watts
Programs: 12
Resistance: 16 Levels
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Max User Weight: 250lbs
Unit Weight: 95lbs
Price: Under $400

-The Treadmill Sensei

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Treadmill SenseiThe Treadmill Sensei has been in the fitness industry for several years. He is familiar with several brands of fitness equipment and has written several reviews of many different treadmills and elliptical machines. You can see what he thinks are the best treadmills or you can get help choosing a treadmill.

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