Exerpeutic 1000XL Heavy Duty Magnetic Elliptical Trainer
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|300 lbs||Magnetic||No||Frame: 3 years
Labor: 90 days
If you’re looking for an exercising machine for daily cardio, an elliptical trainer is never a bad choice. Actually, if you don’t want to put a lot of stress on your joints, hips and back while working out, an elliptical machine is quite recommended.
Ellipticals come in many shapes and sizes, with more or less features and accessories. However, even the most basic exercising machine of this type can provide you with a superior, full-body workout. The Exerpeutic 1000XL is not exactly the most basic elliptical, and it’s actually one of the exercising machines of this type that come for an affordable price, making a great choice for home use.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 54L x 23W x 63H inches (137L x 58.5W x 160H cm)
- Product weight: 81 lbs (36.7 kg)
- Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Stride: 13 inches (33 cm)
- Incline: No
- Footplates: Standard, ribbed
- Handlebars: Moving and stationary (with pulse sensors)
- Brake system: Magnetic
- Resistance: Adjustable, 8 levels
- Progress Tracking Console: Yes
- Bottle/Cup holder: No
- Warranty: 3 years frame / 90 days labor and parts
Even though it comes for quite an inexpensive price, this elliptical trainer has a solidly built, one-piece frame. Most of the frame is steel-made, except for the encasing of the drive and brake system, which is made of hard plastic. The front base of the frame is finished with transport wheels, to make the relocation of the machine easier.
The weight of the fully assembled Exerpeutic 1000XL is just about right for its dimensions and user supported dimensions. It gives the machine great stability. You can be sure that this trainer won’t wobble or move, even if you undergo a higher intensity workout.
Compared with other ellipticals, such as the Schwinn 430 or Nautilus E614, the 1000XL elliptical from Exerpeutic has a lower profile and footprint. The length between the bases of the machine is actually only 48″ (122 cm), while the whole length that the machine reaches, with the lateral legs at full extension is 54″ (137 cm). In width it doesn’t occupy that much either, only 23″ (58.5 cm).
This elliptical can support users up to 300 lbs weight. However, when it comes to height, it’s not exactly a machine for tall users. That’s because its stride only allows 13″ (33 cm), which is quite small extension for a taller person. Therefore, in terms of comfort and workout superiority, this exercising machine is recommended to users between 4’5″ (134 cm) and 5’8″ (172 cm). Of course, you can workout on this machine even if you are taller. But in this case, the extension of each one of your steps will be at its 1/2 or even 1/4. So, in this case, in order to benefit from an optimal workout, you will have to workout with a small pace, at a higher speed.
The height of the footplates doesn’t reach very high. It will add a 20″ (51 cm) tops to your height. Therefore, by adding this dimension to your height, plus a couple of more inches, you will find out if the ceiling height of the room where the elliptical is to be stored, will fit you height-wise. Footplates offer enough room even for users with bigger feet, up to size 13. They feature a ribbed design, to prevent any foot slippage during exercise.
The Exerpeutic 1000XL elliptical trainer features belt drive system. A heavy-duty v-belt makes the connection between the crankset’s pulley and the flywheel. This renders the ride really smooth and quiet, supplying a natural, elliptical motion. The drive system is dual-direction, also allowing a backwards movement, which expands your workout possibilities.
The brake system of this machine is magnetic-based, offering 8 levels of resistance. The magnetic brake pad is connected to the tension knob through a solid wire, which adjusts the distance between the pad and the flywheel, thus modifying the tension.
This elliptical machine includes both mobile and fixed handlebars. The mobile ones feature a smooth curve, in order to provide multiple grip angles for maximum comfort. The fixed handlebars incorporate pulse sensors, a great feature to have if you require to always keep an eye on your heart rate. Both type of handlebars are well-padded with rubber foam, offering a firm, yet comfortable grip.
The console of this Exerpeutic elliptical is pretty simple. First of all, it’s battery operated requiring 2 AA-type batteries. It tracks speed, time, distance, calories burned, heart rate and provides an odometer function. It also has a basic goal-tracking system. You can select between the functions that the computer can monitor (time, distance, calories or heart rate), give it a specific value, and start exercising until you reach that particular value. The odometer function indicates the accumulated distance from combined exercise sessions. The console auto shuts down after 3 minutes, if the machine is not in use, to save battery.
The Exerpeutic 1000XL elliptical machine is fairly easy to assemble. The assembly part shouldn’t take more than one hour. The box includes the tools for the assembly (two Allen wrenches and two Multi Hex tools), and the user’s manual, which provides suggestive, step-by-step guidelines for the assembly process. The core of the machine (i.e. the drive and brake system) comes already assembled and attached to the lower part of the frame. All you have to do is add the bases of the frame, the handlebar main post and the mobile / fixed handlebars, the lateral footbars, footplates, and console.
The attaching of the tension wire to the resistance knob is maybe the trickiest part of the assembly. The tension wire is pretty sturdy, so you can pull it as hard as you can. However, it if simply doesn’t stretch enough, it has a small nut that you can loosen, attach the cable to the control, then re-tighten the nut.
Even though the manual doesn’t specify it, it’s a good idea to grease the joints of the machine as you assemble them. For this part, the good ol’ WD-40 is just the lubricant you’ll need. This will prevent them from emitting any noises for a long period of time.
Maintenance does not require much. The “insides” of the machine do not require any greasing. Also, since the resistance is magnetic you don’t have to worry about replacing the brake pad. It’s basically wear-and-tear free, since it does not come in contact with the flywheel. The v-belt is also extremely durable, and it should last as long as the machine itself.
All you have to do for maintenance is remove any dirt or dust from the elliptical, keep the console moisture free, and lubricate the joints in case they become squeaky. Although this doesn’t normally occur, it’s a possibility.
What’s Best About This Elliptical Trainer
Price is clearly one of the main pluses regarding the Exerpeutic 1000XL. And even though it’s an affordable piece of exercising equipment, it’s far from being a flimsy one. It’s a well-built machine, made to last.
The fact that it has heart rate sensors, adds another plus. Not all ellipticals have this, and for some users it’s really necessary to remain within a specific heart rate interval during workouts. Otherwise they might encounter various health problems.
The presence of a progress tracking computer is yet another plus for this exercising machine. Even though it’s a pretty basic one, it’s there, and will provide you with essential data about your workout, serving as a great motivation factor, and enabling you to continuously push your limits.
The machine offers a smooth ride. It’s very quiet, and the minimal noise emitted by the whole drive system shouldn’t interfere in any way with the sound of your TV. Just like any other elliptical, it offers a full-body workout, but with the possibility to add up to 8 levels of resistance.
This Exerpeutic ellitpical model has a rather small stride, which doesn’t make it adequate for taller users. But on the good side, due to this particular aspect, it can provide an excellent hip, calf and upper body workout.
The machine doesn’t have an incline mechanism, therefore you cannot adjust the slope of the machine. However, the lack of this feature cuts off a considerable piece from the price.
The Exerpeutic 1000XL is an excellent elliptical trainer. It’s not the best there is, but it also isn’t the most basic model that you can find. It’s a great exercising machine for a full body cardio workout, which offers a smooth and quiet ride, with minimal impact on the joints and back. It’s a machine that will surely help you improve your cardiovascular shape, tone your calves, hips, abs and shoulders, and even lose some weight. It’s also an affordable elliptical machine, with one of the best price/quality ratios.