This elliptical trainer is the smoothest I have been on. It is very easy to use especially for a first timer. There are stationary handles near the display monitor, as well as handles that move with your leg movements. You would think that they make the workout easier cause your using your arms also, but it doesn't. One minute on this machine and you can feel it in the thighs. The machine itself is a little bulky, and probably is not the best buy for someone with a small space. The display is very simple and easy to use. However, there is no way to save or reuse a program that you may have done manually. You will have to recreate it each time, a definate disadvantage to this machine. However, the workout is so smooth I might give up the ability to save a program just for smooth feel.