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124 of 126 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth as silk, quite a bargain,
This review is from: IronMan CDT Elliptical Trainer (Sports)My wife was looking for an elliptical machine, and we ran ourselves ragged trying to find a machine that she liked. The biggest stumbling block was that she has knee problems, and the wide stance of most ellipticals is hard on the knees. This is because most ellipticals have the pedals mounted to either side of the crank/flywheel assembly (usually hidden under the shroud.) If you look at your feet while you walk, you will see that they are only a couple of inches apart. This makes the stride on most machines a bit unnatural.
This machine has the flywheels mounted to either side of the pedals, which means that the pedals are very close together, since the flywheel is not in the way. This makes the striding a bit smoother on the knees. It also makes the machine a bit smaller.
The stride of the machine is very similar to walking, and there is little of the up-and-down bouncing that occurs with many ellipticals. Instead of the ends of the pedal arms being mounted to the crank assembly, the pedals slide back and forth on top of the crank (with a generous 21" stride), while gently moving up and down.
One advantage of this design is that the flywheel is mounted close to the ground, which means that it does not rock back and forth or sway during your workout. Combined with they VERY beefy frame, this is one sturdy unit.
Like virtually all machines in this price range, a wireless heart rate strap is included.
The biggest weakness of this machine is the console. While it has all the features of a high-end elliptical (multiple user profiles, Heart Rate Control programs, etc.) it is a bit hard to use, and the poorly written manual does not help. Once you get used to it, it is fine, but don't expect to take advantage of all the features just by starting to punch buttons.
The stride of this machine is identical to the CenterG, which is made by the same company. The CenterG has a larger frame, better console, side rails, and frankly looks nicer, but I am not sure that is worth the $500+ extra dollars it costs.
Oh, and this machine has no cupholder. I picked one up from my retailer for a few bucks. This is kind of an odd ommission. An alternative (disallowed by the wife) would be to rip out the cheesy fan and use the hole left behind as a cupholder. (These fans mounted on top of fitness machines are just 12V computer fans, they aren't really going to cool you down much.)
Lastly, this machine is HEAVY! Far more so than most machines in this price range. This is a VERY good thing, because it is far more sturdy than most of the competition. This is a bad thing if you plan on putting in a room upstairs. All the really heavy parts are already put together, and not really designed to be removed easily. All you assemble is the console mast and the swinging arms. This means that I STRONGLY suggest recruiting some VERY strong friends to get this up any necessary stairs. (The machine weighs 240 pounds, fully assembled.) Once you have done that, it has wheels that will let you move it around a bit easier. I paid to have it delivered from a local retailer, and those guys (who deliver heavy fitness equipment all day) were sweating like crazy. Also, to fit this through the doorway to the bedroom without tipping it onto its side, they had to remove one of the side shrouds. This only took about two minutes and a standard Phillips screwdriver.
As a random side note, it appears that the technology behind this stride mechanism has been licensed to three companies: FitnessQuest/NewBalance "twins" on the low end, (I tried the FitnessQuest at a Dick's, and the resistance for the display model was busted and the frame was loose... not a good sign) IronMan CDT/CenterG line on the mid-range (both made by Keys Fitness), and True Fitness on the high end home/light commercial end.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great machine, dreadful manual,
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This review is from: IronMan CDT Elliptical Trainer (Sports)My husband and I love the machine and use it regularly. The info displayed helps keep us motivated, the tension is easy to control, and we get a very effective workout.
The manual is probably the worst one I have seen written by a native speaker of English. It is unclear and inaccurate. For example, it tells you to press ENTER, and there is no enter key. The instructions are almost useless. They need a detailed list of which buttons to press and in what order for each program. Sometimes I find what I want by accident, but mostly I stick with the basic program.
The instructions for assembling it also were hard to follow. The diagrams were small and difficult to decipher. It would have been helpful to have labelled each piece (some were labelled, but not all).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded expectations,
This review is from: IronMan CDT Elliptical Trainer (Sports)We researched many products before deciding on the IronMan CDT. After calling the company directly to compare prices they encouraged us to make the purchase through Amazon. They couldn't beat or even match the price. The delivery company CEVA was the only problem. They were s-l-o-w, as in the trainer was in their warehouse for 1 week until we called. Oops, they said! The instructions were wonderful. Each component was packaged separately along with its hardware. Easy to read, easy to understand, quickly put together. Great purchase.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice!,
This review is from: IronMan CDT Elliptical Trainer (Sports)Awesome assembly experience...they provide all tools needed, great packaging. Once assembled, works great, very smooth. The console should support more than one user, but does not. I had a treadmill and moved to elliptical due to less stress on the knees. So, far, after a month, I love it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ironman CDT Great Machine,
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This review is from: IronMan CDT Elliptical Trainer (Sports)The Ironman CDT is as good as advertised. The machine was very easy to put together and the packets which were individually packaged by each step made it even easier. This is a very heavy made machine and you will need at least two peole to move this around. Once we got the machine put together which took a little over an hour we were ready to try it out. I will admit the book was not well written for how to program. You will have to struggle a little bit to figure out how to use all the options. But once you figure it out, it is fairly simple. The book is really no help here.
The machine is very smooth and gives a great workout. I have used several machines at hotels but this one is one of the smoothest and has the best feel of most if not all that I used. I tried some of the very expensive ones and they were no better than this unit.
I would highly recommend.
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IronMan CDT Elliptical Trainer by IronMan
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