|Exerpeutic 6000 QF|
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The 6000 QF is one of the newest ellipticals from Exerpeutic for 2020. It’s basically one of the newer versions of the Exerpeutic 5000. It’s a motorized trainer with preset programs and has Bluetooth connectivity. It is also compatible with the MyCloudFitness app. For reference, this is the Exerpeutic elliptical part number 4336.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 55L x 25W x 64H inches (140L x 64W x 163H cm)
- Assembled weight: 84 lbs (38 kg)
- Supported weight: 270 lbs (122 kg)
- Stride: 18 inches (46 cm)
- Incline: No
- Drive: Dual flywheel, dual belt
- Resistance: Eddy current, 24 levels
- Console: 24 preset programs, goals, pulse recovery, Bluetooth, and MyCloudFitness compatible
- Extras: Bottle holder, tablet holder
- Warranty: 1 year limited
The Exerpeutic 6000 QF features a steel frame with ABS casing for the drive and resistance elements. The frame combines cylindrical, ovalized, and rectangular tubes in its construction. All the steel parts are coated with a durable, corrosion-resistant paint finish. The color used is black, with the drive system casing black/blue, these being the only colors available for this model (at least for now).
The fully assembled trainer is not extremely large. In fact, it’s not much larger than an exercise bike in terms of footprint. It takes 55″L x 25″W (140 x 64 cm) of floor space, but it is recommended to leave at least two feet of clearance all around the unit for ease of access and safe usage. Also, the unit’s highest point is given by its mobile handlebars. These reach approx. 64″ (163 cm) above floor level.
The Exerpeutic 6000 QF is not an extremely heavy elliptical machine but does weigh approx. 84 lbs (38 kg). This weight and its low center of gravity provide plenty of stability. Plus, its rear base features polygonal caps that can be rotated and used as adjustable stabilizers, while its front base integrates transport wheels.
Like most other elliptical cross trainers, the Exerpeutic 6000 QF is equipped with two sets of handlebars, one fixed, one mobile. The fixed handlebars attach directly to the front mast of the unit via two bolts. They are non-adjustable and they integrate pulse sensors.The mobile handlebars have longer grips and ball grips at the top. They don’t have sensors and they attach to the mast and to the pedal bars. Therefore, they cannot be locked; they will continue to move for as long as you pedal. Both sets of handlebars have a layer of rubber foam material on their grips for improved comfort.
The pedals are made of durable ABS material. They have a ribbed, anti-slip surface, and inner/frond guards for extra foot stability. They don’t have extra cushioning or other extra shock-absorption elements. But nonetheless, just like any other elliptical machines, the 6000 QF does eliminate a lot of the impact on your joints.
The pedals are non-adjustable. They’re attached to a set of durable bars. Also, along with the crank elements, they’re rated for a maximum user weight capacity of 270 lbs (122 kg).
Elliptical path, stride, and step-up height
The Exerpeutic 6000 QF is a rear-drive elliptical trainer. Most cross trainers of this type have a slightly inclined forward elliptical path which applies to this model as well. This being said, the pedaling motion resembles a descent on a soft ramp which leads to a more consistent glute and thigh workout.
This elliptical trainer features an 18-inch (46 cm) non-adjustable stride. This is a medium stride length, so the machine should be able to accommodate users up to 6’2″ (188 cm) promoting a complete range of motion. Also, the spacing between the pedals (Q-Factor) isn’t too large. It is only 6″ (152 mm), so the positioning of your feet on the pedals is natural, eliminating the lateral stress on the ankles and knees which may be present in case of a machine with pedals that are too far apart.
The machine’s pedal step-up height (lowest pedal position) is 6″ (15.2 cm). However, at their highest point, the pedals stand at approx. 15″ (40 cm) above floor level. Therefore, it is recommended to place and use this elliptical cross trainer in a room with a ceiling that is at least 20″ (51 cm) higher than the tallest user.
Drive and resistance
The Exerpeutic 6000 QF elliptical trainer features a dual belt drive and two internal parallel flywheels. This results in extra smoothness and stability for the pedaling motion. Also, it adds resistance and consistency to the ride, apart from the machine’s magnetic resistance.
Since the trainer’s drive system uses belts, not chains, you don’t have to worry about lubrication. Also, the belts generate considerably less vibration than chains which also contributes to the overall smoothness of the ride.
Similar to the XTERRA FS3.0, this Exerpeutic elliptical trainer features an eddy current magnetic resistance system. This means that it requires an external power source (a power adapter is included). It also means that its console features multiple workout programs and the machine can adjust the resistance automatically, depending on the program in use.
The trainer’s resistance system consists of an internal servo motor connected to the console, and a magnetic brake. As you adjust the resistance from the console controls, or as the console automatically adjusts the resistance, the servo motor changes the magnets’ pull which adds or reduces the workout load.
The machine makes available 24 levels of resistance. The first few levels deliver light resistance, great for low-intensity cardio workouts or recovery training. The top 20-24 tension levels, on the other hand, deliver considerably more resistance, giving you the possibility to perform a more intense workout and burn more calories.
The Exerpeutic 6000 QF elliptical trainer is equipped with a console similar to the Fitness Reality E5500XL. It features an LCD display with backlight divided into multiple sub-sections in order to show as many workout metrics as possible at once. It tracks time, distance, total distance (odometer), speed, RPM, calories burned, watts, and pulse. Speed and distance can be set either to imperial units (MPH and miles) or to metric units (km/h and kilometers). The pulse reading function is not wireless, though. The unit can only read your pulse if you hold on to the sensors integrated into the fixed handlebars.
The console makes available 24 preset programs. These cover various types of workouts. Some are interval-based, others are designed to help you burn more calories, while others aim to help you improve your cardiovascular shape.
Goal settings are also available. You can set up a goal (or a target) for time, distance, and calories for each workout. If a goal for any of these workout metrics is set, the console will countdown from the selected value until it reaches zero.
The console has a Pulse Recovery function as well. This has its own quick-access button. This requires you to hold on to the pulse sensors so that the console can monitor the time your heart rate takes to return to a normal BPM after the workout. Based on the result, the console will provide a fitness rating between F1 (excellent) and F6 (poor).
As we’ve mentioned above, the console is Bluetooth capable and compatible with the MyCloudFitness app. Therefore, you can download this app on your iOS or Android device, sync it with the console, and record your workout data or view your workout history and progress.
Last but not least, the console also integrates a device holder. This consists of a small, rubberized shelf at the base of the unit. This shelf is large enough to accommodate any tablet.
Assembly and Maintenance
The machine’s base frame with the drive and resistance elements comes pre-assembled. However, the rest of the parts still require user assembly. Therefore, you will have to attach the unit’s base bars, the pedals, the front mast, the moving arms, the fixed handlebars, and the console. This may take up to two hours of your time, but the whole task isn’t too complicated. The manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions and all the necessary tools are included.
Once assembled, the cross trainer does not require too much maintenance. All you have to do is keep it clean, grease the joints if they begin to squeak, and periodically check for loose parts.
- Sturdy frame – can support users up to 270 lbs;
- Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
- Transport wheels on the front base;
- Mobile arms with ball grips at the top;
- Fixed handlebars with pulse sensors;
- Dual flywheel and belt drive system, providing a very smooth pedaling motion;
- Large pedals with a textured design for maximum adherence;
- Narrow Q-factor, eliminating any lateral stress on the knees;
- Standard 18″ stride;
- 24 levels of eddy current, automatic resistance;
- 24 preset workouts;
- Goal setting functions for time, distance and calories;
- Recovery function;
- Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility with the MyCloudFitness app;
- LCD backlit display;
- Tablet holder included;
- Bottle holder included;
- Extremely quiet operation;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required.
- No sound system;
- No USB port for recharging your phone.
The Exerpeutic 6000 QF is an elliptical cross trainer designed for home use. It is equipped with an automatic eddy current magnetic resistance system offering 24 difficulty levels, a dual belt drive system, and a console with 24 workout programs. The console also has Bluetooth connectivity and is compatible with the MyCloudFitness app. It’s a great machine for light to intense cardio training, muscle toning, stamina development, recovery training, and weight loss.