Horizon Fitness EX-57 Elliptical Trainer
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- Elliptical trainer with 8 electronic resistance levels and heavy-duty 14.3-pound flywheel
- 9 goal-based program options; extra-low 9.1-inch step-on height
- Non-backlit LCD display; 18-inch stride length; 275-pound capacity
- Efficient flywheel maintains pedal and arm momentum while offering smooth, quiet operation
- Measures 29 x 67 x 55 inches (W x H x D); 20-year warranty on brake
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|Item Dimensions||29 x 55 x 67 in||25 x 55 x 64 in||28.2 x 70.1 x 63.2 in||28.5 x 48 x 59.5 in||26.6 x 37.8 x 60 in||23.62 x 45.28 x 59.06 in|
|Item Weight||162.8 lbs||84 lbs||186 lbs||66 lbs||61 lbs||55.12 lbs|
|Additional Features||Crisp LCD screen||Dual Action Handlebars||Dual track two LCD window system||Adjustable seat||Micro-tension controller||Anti-slip platforms|
|Warranty Description||Lifetime frame; 20 years brake; 1 year parts and labor||1 year||10 years frame; 2 years mechanical; 1 year electrical; 90 days labor||1 year||3 Months||1 Year frame; 90 days parts|
The Horizon EX-57 elliptical gives you club-quality performance - from the smooth stride motion to the easy programmability - and recreates the feeling of running or walking without leaving home. 8 motorized resistance levels let you adjust the intensity of your workout, and the clear LCD screen displays heart rate and other key workout feedback.The EX-57 does not include the power incline feature.
Bring the gym into your home and enjoy an efficient, high-caliber workout with the Horizon EX-57 elliptical trainer, which works your legs as well as your upper body. Perfect for rigorous training routines, the EX-57 offers an eight-level electronic resistance system, along with a heavy 14-pound flywheel that maintains pedal and arm momentum while offering a smooth, quiet operation. More significantly from a user perspective, it offers nine goal-oriented programs. You can choose one of three different goals (time, distance, and calories) and one of three terrains (manual, reverse train, and hills). The crisp LCD screen, meanwhile, offers key workout feedback, helping you develop an effective training regimen.
Horizon employs a heavy-duty flywheel that provides continuous velocity, so as your feet move the pedals, the flywheel's momentum carries you through the complete motion. As a result, the trainer feels very natural and not at all choppy. Plus, the flywheel is extremely quiet, making the trainer ideal for home use. Horizon also applies a magnetic brake to the flywheel, creating more consistent resistance during a workout. And the instep-stacked flywheel design--where the flywheel sits above the pedals rather than in line with them--delivers a lower step-on height for easy access, along with a stride length that's longer, more natural, and more versatile regardless of the user, workout type, and fitness level. As an added benefit, the unit is smaller and shorter than other ellipticals, so it fits in almost any room, including low-ceiling basements.
Horizon's Ergoflow elliptical geometry is built around your body, not the machine's components. The distance between the pedals have also been narrowed to create a more natural walking motion, and the pivoting footpad imitates how your foot's position changes as you move forward. And a more natural, ergonomic movement means less stress on your knees, hips, and lowers back, so you enjoy longer workouts and faster results.
Elliptical Trainer Features:
- Resistance: Electronic
- Resistance range: 1 to 8 resistance levels
- Flywheel: 14.3-pound flywheel for fluid, quiet motion
- Step-on height: 9.8 inches
- Stride length: 18 inches
- Pedal spacing: 2.8 inches
- Screen: Non-backlit LCD (2.4 x 4.8 inches)
- Programs: 9
- Program type: Choose 1 of 3 different goals (time, distance, calories) and 1 of 3 terrains (manual, reverse train, and hills)
- Weight capacity: 275 pounds
- Dimensions: 29 x 67 x 55 inches (W x H x D)
- Weight: 163 pounds
- Warranties: Lifetime on frame; 20 years on brake; 1 year on parts and labor
About Elliptical Trainers
Elliptical trainers represent the next wave of advancement in low-impact cardiovascular exercise machines and continue to grow in popularity. By simulating motions experienced through walking, stepping, cycling, and skiing, elliptical machines allow for a smooth and fluid motion while building strength in the arms and legs. Similar to the exercise position for treadmills, elliptical trainers are used by standing in an upright position while holding the handrails of the machine. With elliptical trainers, however, your feet remain in the foot pedals throughout the exercise regimen and circulate in a smooth and seamless motion, resulting in little to no impact on the knees, back, and hips.
Elliptical trainers are compatible for all ages and fitness levels and allow you to select the difficulty level through the incline and intensity settings. Additionally, elliptical trainers allow you to determine the complexity of your workout based on your needs, all while listening to music, watching television, or reading a magazine while exercising in the comfort and safety of your own home.
Many elliptical trainers include an array of challenging programs, forward and reverse directional movement, EKG grip pulse handles, a lightweight portable design with easy fold-up capability, and a monitor displaying calories burned, distance, speed, time, and heart rate. Other types of exercise machines, namely treadmills and bikes, offer excellent cardiovascular exercise and muscular training for the legs in a forward-motion exercise. Elliptical trainers take this to the next level by offering an upper and lower body workout with dual motion, challenging and diverse programs, and a low-impact exercise machine that won't strain sensitive joints.
About Horizon Fitness
Horizon is part of Johnson Health Tech, one of the largest manufacturers of fitness equipment in the world. The company is 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 undergoes 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.
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It was my new machine and project. I had so much fun, the instructions were as easy as Lego instructions, and it only took me 2 hours from start to finish. I have added photos, please check them out. The parts were sectioned out in the order of the steps (hardware bag #1 is for Step 1, etc.) and all of the needed tools are included (a screwdriver, hex wrench, 2 different size allen wrenches).
I broke the box down and started putting it together right on top of the box. I'm glad I did that because when you put some of the parts together (bolts and/or stable bar) some excess grease will come out. Have a throw away rag handy because you will need it. Step 1 was attaching the wheels. The wheels made it a breeze to situate and move it to where I wanted it be positioned.
Once it was together, I tried it out. The stride isn't as long/wide as I'm used to but it is smooth and quiet. It doesn't take up too much room so my husband is planning to get a couple other machines (a spinning bike, please). I'm looking for a TV to mount on the wall and spend all day on the elliptical! My first "Hill Climb" workout will be in the morning.
October 19, 2010
I still love this machine. The only other elliptical I have used was at the gym (Proform). The tension on this machine is tighter than on the large machines at the gym, due to the fact that the stride is shorter.
I thought I'd just start my workouts on the levels that I had been working out at the gym. WRONG! On the Proform I could warm up at a level 4 and gradually by the end of my "Hill Climb" routine (of 45 minutes) I would be at a level 12. Occasionally I could end on a Level 14.
After 10 minutes starting on a level 4 on my Horizon machine, I wanted to fall to the floor and fight to bring my breathing under control. It kicked my butt and I had to swallow my pride and back down to the level 1.
I had to wipe out my iPod music arrangement and start new because the machine routine was different. I always set my music to the timed hill climbs and manual strides.
A level 1 on this machine is like a level 4 on the machines at the gym. Horizon level 4 is a level 8 on the gym's elliptical.
My workout on my Horizon is for 45 minutes "Climb" ending on a level 4. I use the "Manual" setting to warm up and cool down.
I hardly ever used the arm handles at the gym because the stretch was so wide plus I loved to just work my legs and rear. It had taken me two weeks on my machine to get used to the shorter stride and be able to balance properly so that I can avoid using the arms. I alternate my routine and do use the arms half the time.
The "Reverse" routine is short intervals and I don't like that. I've only used it once and haven't timed it exactly. I believe it is two minutes forward, two minutes backward, ect. I prefer a minimum of five minutes between forward/backward changes.
The only things I would like to see added to this machine is a light in the display panel and It would be nice if a 5 minute "cool down" was at the end of each routine.
I forgot to mention that about two weeks after use, one of the peddles started making a loud squeaking sound so I called customer service. The service tech very nice, asked me to hold the phone near the peddle so she could hear the sound. She said is was most likely a welding issue with the leg bar and foot peddle durring asembly. She immediately ordered two new legs/feet for my machine at no cost to me. The legs and feet arrived in about 5 days and I haven't had any problem since.
All in all, I'm still very happy with my purchase.
February 9, 2011
My machine is still working perfectly.
I've been able to increase my workout levels.
I have noticed that the arches in my feet will start to ache slightly if I don't change the positions of my feet on the peddles (and if I workout longer than 45 minutes).
While working out in the "reverse" I find that it is best to move m feet to the back edge of the foot peddle. I try to keep my feet in the center of the peddle in the forward motion. I believe it has to do with the shorter range of motion (stride) of the elliptical.
I'm still a happy camper with this machine.
October 5, 2011
I'm still very happy with this machine. I made a good purchase :-)
I haven't had to add grease to the moving parts and there isn't any squeaking at all.
Still happy and now my 11 year old likes to use the ellipticle about twice a week.
After getting the replacement part, the elliptical was back and running, again. Not long thereafter, parts of the screen stopped working where the calories and data are displayed. Although the elliptical has been well maintained by us, it creaks and has other issues.
Unfortunately, this has been one of the worst fitness products that our family has owned. We have multiple pieces of equipment in our home gym and it is used on a daily basis. Maybe if it was used less, it would have held up better, although that's not an excuse for the poor construction. Getting the replacement part was an absolute hassle and ridiculous. If you're into daily, substantial working out, stay away. Before the unit had problems, it was a quite good, but three years in, it's become worthless and the replacement is on the way for it, which is not a Horizon product.
I would like to note that delivery with Amazon.com with the product was excellent as Amazon did a great job on their end with prompt shipment and delivery.