Gold’s Gym Stride Trainer 310 Elliptical Review
Offered for under $300, the Stride Trainer 310 is the entry-level model in Gold’s Gym line of rear drive stride trainer elliptical trainers.
This model has the absolute basics, and not much else. The drive system is designed with Silent Magnetic Resistance™ (SMR), and the weight capacity can withstand 250 pounds or less. There is no information available on the flywheel weight, which would tell us a lot about the quality of the motor and ease of operation, but based on the low weight capacity, we assume it’s a very light weight flywheel. This machine is also noisier when in operation, which also signifies a weak drive system. Users can choose from 10 levels of resistance, and the stride length is fixed at 14 inches.
The console (which is the same as the 380 model) is designed with a blue-tinted LCD display and offers 6 workout programs. However; the size of the LCD display is not specified. From the display, users can track speed, distance, resistance, time, calories burned and pulse. If you want to also track your heart rate, there are built-in dual-grip EKG heart rate monitor grips on the stationary handlebars.
Gold’s Gym offers a no warranty on the frame and 90-days on parts and labor.
Our Favorite Features
- Affordable price
- Silent Magnetic Resistance™ (SMR) technology
- Lightweight/compact design
- Moving and stationary handlebars (with dual-grip EKG heart rate monitoring on stationary handlebars)
Our Least Favorite Features
- Limited Warranty
- Noisy when in operation
- No wireless heart rate monitoring capabilities
- Low weight capacity of 250 pounds
- Shorter stride/non-adjustable stride of 14 inches
- No built-in cooling fan or reading rack
- No audio options/speakers
The Bottom Line
This model is truly bottom of the barrel. This is not a piece of workout equipment that will last for years and years, and it’s not an elliptical trainer that’s ideal for daily or heavy use. The price is of course hard to beat, but you really do get what you pay for. If you are going to go with one of these three stride trainers by Gold’s Gym, we suggest going with their “top” model, the 410. You won’t spend too much more (still under $500 and one of our best buys under $500), and you will at least get a few more workout tracking features and adjustable pedals (literally the only adjustable option on any of these trainers).