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Precor EFX 5.23 Review

Precor EFX 5.23 Elliptical

The Precor EFX 5.23 is a versatile elliptical which puts you in control of the workout.

Unlike many ellipticals which feature very few alternatives, the Precor EFX 5.23 provides reversible pedals, moving handlebars, manual incline as well as patented low-impact EFX motion.

The Precor EFX 5.23 features very few extras (no cooling fan, mp3 input, etc) yet that is traditional of Precor which is renown for putting quality production over fancy new features.

Learn more about this trainer in the complete Precor EFX 5.23 review below.


Model Precor EFX 5.23

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Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

16 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).


Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Reversible Rotation

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.

15-25 Degrees

The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.


Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Pulse Grips
& Chest Strap (Optional)

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

Orange LCD
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.


Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

76" x 29" x 62"
Weight: 183 lbs
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.


Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.


Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).


The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Labor: 1 Years

Rating: 78.1%

Full Review

Quick Summary
Rating: 78.1/100. Versatile elliptical provides the opportunity for a custom workout experience where users control which muscles they want to target and for how long.

– Patented CrossRamp technology with incline
– Handlebars move for upper body workout
– Reversible pedals add workout variety
– EFX motion is low impact and very smooth
– Durable welded steel frame with finish coat
– Control your workout experience by targeting muscles

– Stride length is vague, not displayed in specs
– Workout selection good not great (8 total)
– You’ll need to pay extra for wireless heart rate monitor


The Precor EFX 5.23 is designed to deliver a complete body workout with moving handlebars and reversible pedals.

The elliptical also features CrossRamp workout technology and low-impact EFX motion, both of which are trademarks of Precor trainers.

Workout Programs

The Precor EFX 5.23 features eight workout programs.

The selection is adequate though far from overly impressive.

Workout programs include: Fat Burner, Gluteals, Hill Climb. Interval and Weight Loss.

Heart rate monitoring is available via built-in pulse grips and is compatible with telemetry monitors. One heart rate program is offered on the Precor EFX 5.23.

The LCD display readouts of calories, distance, program profile, strides per minute and time.

Elliptical Features

The Precor EFX 5.23 is highlighted by its patented CrossRamp technology.

Alter the height of the elliptical path your foot travels with CrossRamp. Also known as variable stride geometry, CrossRamp allows you to focus on a specific muscle group or all major lower-body muscle groups for more control of the workout experience.

Incline is available at three different angles: 15, 20, and 25 degrees. Incline is manually adjusted and works nicely with CrossRamp.

The ramp is produced with welded steel, covered with a black powder coat finish which helps ensure the longevity of the trainer.

The Precor EFX 5.23 also features moving handlebars for greater workout variety. Reversible pedals are a nice addition to the elliptical.

The biomechanics of the Precor EFX 5.23 are top notch. Patented, low-impact EFX motion is — according to Precor — smooth and natural, providing the lowest rate of perceived exertion of any cardio exercise system to make your workouts more comfortable, even though you are working out strenuously.

Consequently, the patented motion allows your heels to remain in contact with foot pedals, reducing muscle and tendon stress.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Precor EFX 5.23 elliptical warranty and guarantee includes:

– Frame & Welds: Lifetime
– Parts & Electrical: 5 Years
– Labor: 1 Years

For more information call (800) 786-8404.


The Precor EFX 5.23 is a versatile trainer with reversible pedals and low-impact EFX motion. You have complete control of which muscles you want to target and how you want to workout with the Precor EFX 5.23.

Still not sure? Compare the Precor EFX 5.23 to other ellipticals $1,500 to $2,000.