The Cybex 425A offers multiple workout variations usually reserved only for the gym, including three exercise zones: a low position called the Glide (similar to a ski machine), a medium position called the Stride (similar to an elliptical trainer), and a high position called the Climb (similar to a stair climber). The zones team up with a broad incline and resistance range to emphasize almost every lower body muscle group, letting users determine the motion that best suits their fitness needs. For example, users can select a high incline to work the quads, or lower the incline and increase the resistance to firm up the butt.
The Cybex 425A is also far easier on the body than most exercise equipment. The trainer's Reverse Arc motion technology places the user's toe behind the knee, reducing stress on the joints while offering a complete range of motion for both the knee and hip. The machine's Same Side Forward (SSF) orientation, meanwhile, ensures that the arm and leg on the same side move together, so that the relationship with the arm handle and footplate remains the same regardless of incline. This allows the user to always maintain an optimal posture during the exercise, which virtually eliminates back fatigue. Other cross trainers, by contrast, move the arms and legs in opposite directions, putting the body in a stressful position throughout the incline range. Finally, the Arc Trainer is equipped with long input arms that produce a more linear path, versus the shorter handles found on most equipment. This near-linear path minimizes painful wrist articulation, allowing you to get a better upper body workout and maintain good posture.
Program-wise, the Cybex 425A offers quick-start and manual modes, along with 10 preset programs, including weight loss, cardio, hill interval, hills, valleys, ramps, interval one, and interval two. It's also easy to track your progress thanks to the intuitive split-level display, which includes a magazine rack and tabs. Other features include a wireless heart rate monitor, a single water bottle holder, and a utility tray.
- Incline levels: 11
- Stride length: 23 inches
- Resistance range: Up to 600 watts
- Drive type: Dual stage
- Brake: Eddy current
- Capacity: 300 pounds
- Dimensions: 29 by 62 by 69 inches (W x H x D)
- Weight: 380 pounds
- Warranties: 10 years on the frame, 5 years on parts, 1 year on labor
Cybex International is a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment for commercial and consumer use. The Cybex product line includes a full range of both strength training and cardio training machines sold worldwide under the Cybex brand. The company offers three complete lines of selectorized strength equipment with more than 150 unique pieces, including modular, plate load, and free weight equipment. Cybex's cardiovascular equipment includes treadmills, bikes, steppers, and the revolutionary Arc Trainer--a cross trainer named Product of the Year by Fitness Management two years in a row.