There’s no denying that the fitness cross trainer is the hottest selling piece of exercise equipment on the market today. With their busy, modern lifestyles, most people don’t have the time to travel to a gym to work out. Recognising that staying fit is important, many have elected to work out at home, in private and at their own pace. These machines are a good choice for these people, because they provide a total body workout that maximises the time spent working out. Here’s a brief review of one we like quite a bit: the Vision Fitness Elite X6100 HR
4.5 out of 5.0 stars
The X6100 is a terrific value in a full-featured elliptical. With a durable, heavy-duty ECB-Plus motor-operated resistance system that delivers smooth, fluid operation and changes on demand with just the push of a button. We also like the easy to read, backlit blue LCD console that includes 5 programmes along with a scrolling message centre. This is a great elliptical for those who have limited space because the arms fold conveniently for easy storage.
Price: About £799.00
The Vision Fitness Elite X61 HR trainer has all the features you’d expect on a much more expensive machine. It provides plenty of feedback during your workout, including displaying heart rate, watts, time, speed, distance, RPM, calories, programme, level and profile. Watts, by the way, is a measure of power that helps you know how hard you’re working. It indicates the amount of energy you’re burning over time during your workout. For example, you’re exercising at a rate of 42 watts for 100 seconds, you’ve expended one calorie. A recent review in Health magazine raved:
This elliptical trainer is made of heavy-gauge steel and folds to less than 4 feet long, making it a nice fit for nearly any room…This is a solid, smooth, quiet unit. The simple-to-decipher console offers five program options…and three other types of workout feedback. The X6100 also has hand grips that detect your heart rate on contact and a reading rack in case you need a distraction.
Open dimensions: 201 long x 69 wide x 175 high (cm) (79 x 27 x 69 inches)
Folded dimensions: 107 long x 69 wide x 175 high (cm) (42 x 27 x 69 inches)
Boxed dimensions: 165 x 55 x 80 (cm)
Product weight: 90 kg (199 lbs)
Maximum user weight: 136kg (300 lbs)
Warranty: Lifetime frame and brake, 10 years parts, 5 years labour
5 programmes: Manual, interval, weight loss, mountain and constant watts
Stride length: 19.75″
Pedal arms: BIO-RADIUS folding
Pedals: Standard footplates
Flywheel: 24 lbs balanced
Transport wheels: Yes
Heart rate measurement: Hand grip pulse sensors and built-in Polar receiver
Drive train: QUIET-GLIDE super-silent poly-V belt
Resistance levels: 16
Power supply: Mains powered
With an affordable price point and a bevy of desirable features, the Vision Fitness Elite X6100 HR fitness cross trainer is an excellent choice for beginners and experts alike.