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Horizon Fitness EX-79 Elliptical Trainer


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  • Six star certified™ elliptical platform featuring the six key elements to deliver the smoothest
  • 20-level power incline, 20-Inch stride length provides a wider range of motion
  • 11 Programming options, advanced goal center, 20 levels electronic resistance, 20-Inch foot path
  • Easy access step-on height, display features 2 red LED windows, 8-digit alphanumeric LED window
  • User capacity 325-Pounds
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Product Description

Product Description

Slim and tone with every stride on the Horizon Fitness EX-79 elliptical trainer with unique MaxTone™ arched pedal design. This innovative new feature promotes good posture, improves circulation, and activates your calves, legs, and glutes in addition to providing a great cardio workout. This SixStar Certified™ machine also offers a ZEROgap™ overlapping pedal motion, eliminating stress on your back and hips, and a long, 20-inch FLATellipse™ foot path to simulate higher speed activities like running. The EX-79 also features a 20-level power incline that enables you to train more muscles in less time. Equipped with Nike + iPod®, you can reach your fitness goals faster by saving your workout data straight to your iPod®. On top of it all, the EX-79 also offers 11 motivating programming options and a COOLfit™ fitness fan to keep you comfortable.

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Reach new heights with the SixStar Certified EX-79 Elliptical Trainer from Horizon Fitness, featuring 20 levels of power incline that lets you train more muscles for better and faster results. This Nike and iPod-equipped elliptical also saves your workout data directly to your iPod, while you workout to your favorite playlists on the iPod/MP3-compatible speaker system.



The Ex-79 console features 10 program options with on-the-fly adjustments.
SIXStar Certification
Derived from extensive biomechanics research and user panel testing, SIXstar Certification is a unique combination of the six key elements needed to deliver the smoothest, most natural elliptical feel available.
  • ZEROgap provides ideal pedal placement with zero distance between them to eliminate stress on hips and back
  • StraightUP body posture keeps your body upright for maximum comfort, minimal fatigue, and faster results
  • Low, 10-inch step-on height to make it safer and easier to get on and off this elliptical
  • Optimal handlebar spacing puts grips within ideal reach and distance for both small and large-framed users
  • The 18-inch FLATellipse foot path provides a more natural foot path, mimicking walking and running motions while minimizing fatigue
  • The large drive pulley ratio increases the angular momentum of the elliptical so you get the smoothest, most efficient motion possible

Sonic Surround Speakers
In addition to two quality speakers, the console includes an MP3 input for playing your favorite workout music, and a headphone output for privacy.

Made for iPod + Nike
Automatically save your workout data directly to your iPod� and track your progress on nikerunning.com. Dock and control your iPod directly from the console as you workout to your favorite playlists on the Sonic Surround speaker system.

Maxtone Arch Pedal
Unique arched pedal design slims and shapes leg muscles and glutes with ease.

Power Incline
Take your workouts to the next level by increasing intensity with the power incline, ranging from 0-100%, allowing you to train more muscles in less time for better results.

Frame Design
All-access. The front-drive design and low step-on height combine to make even first-time elliptical users more comfortable and confident.



The long stride and pivoting foot plates accurately match your natural motion for more comfort and less recovery time.
Drive System
Dependable performance. A heavy-duty flywheel and magnetic brake resistance give Horizon ellipticals smooth, quiet and consistent starts and stops.

Stride and Pedal System
A natural advantage. The long stride and pivoting foot plates accurately match your natural motion for more comfort and less recovery time.

Control

  • Heavy-duty 17.6-lb. flywheel provides smooth, fluid movement.
  • Magnetic brake resistance is quiet and consistent.
  • 20 levels of power incline and 20 electronic resistance levels enable you to control the intensity of your workout and target specific muscle groups.

Convenience

  • Rear access and low pedal height for easy entry and exit
  • 2 red LED windows and an 8-digit alphanumeric window display heart rate and other key workout feedback at a glance
  • Sonic Surround speakers with MP3 player input makes it easy to exercise to your favorite workout playlist; includes headphone output
  • COOLfit fitness fan keeps you cool as you workout
  • Nike + iPod equipped fitness tracking; 11 programs measure time, distance, calories with 3 workouts (rolling, mountain, reverse train); 2 custom
  • Advanced Goal Center with a 1 to 31 day goal tracking option to help you track your progress

Features:

  • New SIXstar Certified platform
  • Low 11-inch step-on height
  • 17.6 pound flywheel
  • Magnetic brake resistance
  • 1-20 electronic resistance range
  • 20-inch FLATellipse foot path
  • Power incline; 20 levels
  • MaxTone footpad
  • 11 program options with on-the-fly changes plus Advanced Goal Center
  • Pulse grips


    Optimal handlebar spacing puts grips within ideal reach and distance for both small and large-framed users.
  • Sonic Surround speakers with MP3 input and headphone output
  • COOLfit fitness fan
  • Frame and Brake Warranty: Lifetime
  • Parts Warranty: 2 years
  • In-Home Labor: 1 year
  • Weight Capacity: 325 pounds

Specifications:

  • Resistance Range: 1-20; electronic
  • Flywheel: 17.6 pounds
  • Elevation Range: 0 - 100 percent at 5 percent intervals (true range: 16 degrees)
  • Stride Length: 20-inch FLATellipse foot path
  • Pivoting Foot Plate: Yes
  • Footpad: MaxTone Arch Pedal
  • Console Feedback: 2 red LED windows, 8-digit alphanumeric LED window
  • Speakers Speakers with Made for iPod dock and controls
  • Fan Yes - COOLfit fitness fan
  • Hand Grips: Pulse grips
  • Weight Capacity: 325 pounds
  • Dimensions Assembled: 75 by 22 by 65 inches (L x W x H)
  • Dimensions Boxed: 50 by 30 by 21 inches (L x W x H)

About Horizon Fitness
Horizon is part of Johnson Health Tech, one of the largest manufacturers of fitness equipment in the world. They are committed to designing, engineering, and manufacturing superior products for health clubs and homes. Horizon's manufacturing facilities rank among the most sophisticated in the industry, with an intricate mix of robotics and skilled workers that maintain the highest standards of accuracy and quality. Every stage of manufacturing has a testing phase and 10 percent of Horizon's products go through a rigorous quality inspection that includes completely taking them apart and reassembling them.


Product Details

Product Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 75 x 22 x 65 inches ; 177 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 224 pounds
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B003TU3VPE
  • Item model number: HEP0339-00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,155 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Very smooth and quiet operation.
4everlsu
Only one glitch - in assembly step 7, the inside hole in the lower handlebar on the left side would not 'quite' line up to allow the mounting bolt to slide through.
Amazon Customer
The good news is that we called the company and they were quick to respond with replacement parts.
Steven A. Fisher

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ona on November 14, 2011
My husband and I received this unit about a month ago. Shipping was very prompt, and we received phone calls in advance to schedule delivery. The box had a dent or two in it, but the unit is SO well packed that there was absolutely no damage to the trainer itself. We hauled it upstairs, piece by piece, and my husband assembled it while I escaped for a pedicure (end to end was about 2.5 hrs for one person). There were some interesting nuances in assembly, things such as holes & screws not lining up properly, which led to a screw or two getting stripped, but nothing that left him perplexed... swearing a few times is more like it. The font in the manual is quite small, so if your vision isn't hawk-like, you'll be getting your squint on.

Anyhoo, onto its use. I absolutely love this thing. Ellipticals are by far my preferred cardio machines, and this one is every bit as good as the ones at the gym that run 3-4x the price. Extraordinarily smooth pedal action, completely noiseless (which I'm not used to - "is this thing on?"), fan is somewhat nominal but a nice touch. I haven't used the iPod / mp3 connection because we have a music source in the bonus room, so there's no need, but again, it's a nice touch. It has a nice long stride, one that seems more circular in motion than other ellipticals I've used, so the motion is a hybrid between cross-country and a bike. Its resistance settings seem more difficult than other units I've used... what I mean is that a level 4 (on a scale of 1-20) on this machine requires more effort than a level 4 on the Lifestrides at the gym (these use a 1-10 or 1-12 scale, I can't recall which). I'm fine with it, but the point is that you wouldn't necessarily use the same resistance settings, that's all.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By polar on January 4, 2012
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I figured I'd treat myself to a big purchase Christmas gift and this was it.

PROS:
-Setup was straight forward and painless. The screws, nuts, bolts, and washers were separated by installation steps. This was a big plus. Alan wrenches and a screw driver was also included (if you have a small ratchet with a 1/2" socket, it'll make for an easier install). All pieces were there. Everything screwed together fine with the exception of the rubber piece on the very back of the unit (behind the stepper foot pedals).

-Once put together this unit is very stable and very quiet. I live in an apartment and it makes very little noise. Based on the reviews, that is one of the reasons I chose this unit.

-The big foot pedals are great in that you are not locked into a fixed position to make things easier for your knees. There is a lot of room to move your foot around.

-Because of the design of the foot pedals, you can mimic running very closely on this during the workouts if you like. You can make your feet roll from heel to ball of foot if you like. You can lean forward and stress the quads (front of thighs), or lean back and stress the glutes and hams (butt and back of thigh). Or stand relatively straight up and stress everything from the calves up.

-Incline and resistance are challenging

CONS:
-These may be deal breakers to some.

-No input for weight/age. Therefore the accuracy of calorie counter is irrelevant. I called customer service and found that the calorie counter is based on a person who weighs 150lbs. So you'll have to do a math calculation to figure out the calorie burn of your workout ( (BW/150) x CALS DISPLAYED = CALS BURNED).
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By crobbins on June 28, 2011
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Works great, easy to assemble, missing some of the nice presets I've seen on others but the functionality is all there. So far its been very durable, and the glide is very smooth. Getting the extra feature of automatic power incline vs the manual incline is worth the money.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By BAily on July 6, 2011
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Fast shipping, really great service by the shipping company. Not difficult to assemble, and we love it. We went all over town trying out the "feel" of different elliptical trainers, and chose this one as the most comfortable for us. We use it in an apartment and have had no problems with noise.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 6, 2011
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The unit is shipped in a very well thought out and compact shipping carton. Assembly took a little over 2 hours. Only one glitch - in assembly step 7, the inside hole in the lower handlebar on the left side would not 'quite' line up to allow the mounting bolt to slide through. I unsuccessfully fiddled it around to see if I could find a rotational position where it would fit. Not wanting to wait around for a replacement part - the left side lower handlebar - I resorted to a little 'redneck engineering' with a rat-tail file to widen the inside hole about .5mm on one side - 'just enough' to allow the bolt to slide into place. Everything else went together splendidly. It is very quiet in operation, all the features worked the first time.
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After 4 months of use, the flywheel assembly broke, requiring two weeks of downtime for repairs.
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Ten days after that, a connecting bolt broke, requiring more downtime and another wait for repairs.
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After 8 Months of use, a 3/4" shaft broke - the right-hand lower link arm shaft that is just ahead of the foot pad where it enters the pedal arm bracket. Horizon promptly provided the two repair pieces and I replaced them in about 30 minutes.
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After 9 months of use, the machine has developed some ominous sounds coming from the front crank assembly. I am awaiting Horizon's analysis and response.
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