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Precor EFX 5.25 Review

Precor EFX 5.25 Elliptical

The Precor EFX 5.25 is a durable elliptical with a welded steel frame and incline (15 to 25 degrees).

The elliptical also features low-impact EFX workout motion, 8 programs, 16 resistance levels and heart rate monitoring.

Precor is renown for putting emphasis on the durability of their products and most would agree that the Precor EFX 5.25 will withstand heavy use. Furthermore, the trainer is backed by a fairly good warranty.

Read the full Precor EFX 5.25 elliptical review below…


Model Precor EFX 5.25

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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.

Heavy Duty Plastic

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

15 - 25%

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.

2 Users
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.

4" x 3" Single Color 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: 184 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 Year

Rating: 93.7%

Full Review

Quick Summary
Rating: 93.7/100. The Precor EFX 5.25 shares similarities to other ellipticals produced by Precor yet features automatic (not manual) CrossRamp workout technology.

– Complete control of your workout with targeted muscles
– Moving handlebars incorporate upper body into exercise
– CrossRamp workout technology is automatically controlled
– Reversible pedal motion for greater workout variety
– Smooth operation thanks to patented EFX motion
– Touch heart rate monitoring keeps you informed

– Average workout selection (8 total)
– Very few extra features especially for price paid
– Wireless heart rate monitoring available, yet you’ll need to pay extra for receiver


The Precor 5.25 is designed to provide a total body workout, like one you would expect at the gym, yet from the comfort of your own home.

Users of the Precor 5.25 are prone to compliment its extremely smooth workout motion and CrossRamp is a nice addition which is exclusive to Precor trainers.

Workout Programs

The Precor EFX 5.25 elliptical provides a total of eight workout programs.

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

Two user IDs are provided if you intend to share the trainer with another individual in the household. A manual program also gives you some customization over the workout.

The Precor EFX 5.25 is also compatible with wireless heart rate monitors (sold separately) and features built-in pulse grips for a quick readout.

Get quick exercise readouts on the 4″ x 3″ LCD display. Readouts include: calories, distance, heart rate, program profile, resistance level, strides per minute and more.

Elliptical Features

Exclusive to Precor, the EFX 5.25 model features CrossRamp workout technology. CrossRamp allows you to alter the height of the elliptical path your foot travels.

Also known as variable stride geometry, the technology allows you to focus on a specific muscle group or all major lower-body muscle groups, so you can work the muscles you want, when you want.

Unlike the Precor 5.23, which is very similar to the EFX 5.25, CrossRamp is automatically operated and therefore easier to use on this model.

Incline is available from 15 to 25 degrees. The handlebars are not fixed which allows you to move them during the workout and target upper body muscles as well.

The ramp is produced out of welded steel, covered with a black powder coat finish.

Precor’s patented, low-impact EFX motion is smooth and natural, providing the lowest rate of perceived exertion of any cardio exercise system to make your workouts more comfortable, according to Precor.

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

16 levels of resistance are available on the Precor EFX 5.25 though the manufacture does not necessarily define the exact stride length of the elliptical.

Last but not least, the Precor EFX 5.25 features reversible pedal rotation, so you can go backward or forward. In terms of extras the Precor EFX 5.25 is fairly limited with no music capabilities and no workout fan.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Precor EFX 5.25 elliptical warranty and guarantee includes:

– Frame & Welds: Lifetime
– Parts & Electronics: 5 Years
– Labor: 1 Year

For more information call (800) 786-8404.


The Precor EFX 5.25 is very similar to the 5.23 elliptical yet features automatic CrossRamp controls. Overall it’s a dependable elliptical from a solid manufacture.

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