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# What stride length should be set on an elliptical?

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Users under 5 foot 4 inches should use a stride length of about 16 to 18 inches, while those who measure taller (up to 6 foot 7 inches) should use a stride of 18 to 21 inches. Proper stride length on an elliptical is determined by the user's height.

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Without having enough space to fully extend their legs, tall users using short strides will be cramped. Likewise, short elliptical users using long strides will feel stretched and off-balance.

The best way to figure out what stride length to use is to test out several on an elliptical machine and see what feels comfortable.

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