The front drive AFG 3.1AE elliptical is a noticeable upgrade over the AFG 3.0AE. Most importantly, it has a SixStar Certified frame. Elliptical frames with SixStar certification are designed with more than the usual input from biomechanics research. Thus you get zero spacing between pedals, smart handlebar width, a healthy stride length, and other features that minimize physical stress and promote endurance. Besides that, the AFG 31.AE has a power incline, twenty levels of resistance, and a good variety of built-in workout routines.
What You Get
When you begin using the AFG 3.1AE, you’ll be greeted with an alphanumeric display. As you work out, your exercise data will be shown in two LED feedback windows. A progress window charts your overall workout.
The specs for the AFG 3.1AE include:
The unit weight of 198 pounds is an indicator of better-quality (i.e., not plastic) parts. The assembled dimensions are 76” L x 24” W x 67” H.
The warranty includes lifetime protection on the frame, three years on parts and one year of labor. Since this elliptical trainer sells for just under $1000, that works out to a pretty good deal.
The Word on the Street
The AFG 3.1AE elliptical is a crowd pleaser. It’s sized for almost any adult trainee and is truly designed with smart attention to biomechanics. People appreciate the smooth 20″ stride length, articulating foot pedals, and 21 incline levels. The preset programs can help people meet any exercise goal, whether it’s muscle toning, endurance or weight loss. Some users would like to have more workouts, but most are sufficiently motivated when they plug in their MP3 players.
This elliptical trainer model is a good bargain. It sells for about $1000, which is relatively cheap for an elliptical machine, yet it’s built of durable parts and is sold with a fair warranty. We’d expect this trainer to last for several years or more when used regularly by people weighing in under the maximum weight capacity of 325 pounds.
If you’re deciding amongst AFG elliptical models, here’s some info about how the AFG 3.1AE compares to two models above and below it:
it’s not a good value in our review. The flywheel weighs just 17 pounds (versus 23 pounds on the 3.1 AE), which means that it’s not as smooth-moving, and it lacks Six-Star certification. Also, unlike the 3.1 AE, it lacks an MP3 player port.