Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical Trainer
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- SixStar Certified elliptical platform featuring the six key elements needed to deliver the smoothest
- 10 levels of electronic resistance and a heavy-duty 14.3-pound flywheel provide a smooth ride; low step-on height
- Q-Factor: ZEROgap overlapping pedal motion; MP3 port with built-in Sonic Surround speakers
- 3 orange LED display windows; 10 programming options; 3 target and 3 workout programs plus 1 custom workout
- User Capacity: 275 pounds
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|Item Dimensions||22 x 73 x 65 in||22 x 68.25 x 646 in||28.2 x 70.1 x 63.2 in||28 x 69 x 69 in||23.5 x 50 x 62 in||23.5 x 50 x 62 in|
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HEP0349-00 Features: -EX-59 elliptical.-Derived from extensive biomechanics research, this six star certified machine will move the way you move.-Zerogap overlapping pedal motion, stress is eliminated from your back and hips.-Flat ellipse foot path mimics a natural walking or running motion that minimizes fatigue.-Offers 9 different programming options and sonic surround speakers with mp3 compatibility to keep your workouts fresh and motivating.-Three LED display windows keep track of your time, distance and calories.-Footpad comfort fit.-Heart rate: Pulse grips.-Flywheel: 14.3 lbs.-User capacity: 275 lbs. Specifications: -Programming: 10 programming options, 3 targets (time, distance, calories), 3 workouts (hils, weight loss, reverse train), 1 custom workout.-Resistance: 10 levels, electronic. Assembly Instructions: -Assembly required. Dimensions: -Stride length: 18'' flat ellipse foot path.-Dimensions: 65'' H x 22'' W x 73'' D. Warranty: -Offers a best-in-class lifetime frame warranty, 20-year brake and 1-year parts and in-home labor warranties.-Warranty: Lifetime frame, 20-year brake, 1-year parts and in-home labor.
Enjoy the benefits of a smooth, natural stride with the SIXstar Certified EX-59 Elliptical Trainer. The Sonic Surround speakers with MP3 compatibility, COOLfit fitness fan, and rubberized footpads make workouts more enjoyable while 10 different programming options take your fitness to the next level.
The EX-59 console features 10 program options with on-the-fly adjustments.
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
10 Program Options
3 targets plus 3 workouts, including hills, weight loss and reverse train, and 1 additional custom workout, add variety and intensity to your workout, while on-the-fly changes let you mix it up at any time.
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.
All-access. The front-drive design and low step-on height combine to make even first-time elliptical users more comfortable and confident.
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.
The long stride and pivoting foot plates accurately match your natural motion for more comfort and less recovery time.
- Heavy-duty, 14.3-pound flywheel provides smooth, fluid movement
- Magnetic brake resistance is quiet and consistent, with a 20-year brake warranty
- 10 electronic resistance levels let you adjust the intensity of your workout
- Rear access and low pedal height for easy entry and exit
- 3 orange LED windows display heart rate and other key workout feedback
- 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
- 10 program options with on-the-fly changes help add variety to your routine
- New SIXstar Certified platform
- 10-inch SUREstep easy access
- 14.3-lb flywheel
- Magnetic brake resistance
- 1-10 electronic resistance range
- 18" FLATellipse foot path
- 10 program options with on-the-fly changes
- Contact grips
- Sonic Surround speakers with MP3 input and headphone output
- COOLfitfitness fan
- Warranties: lifetime frame, 20-year brake, 1-year parts and labor
- 275-lb. user capacity
Optimal handlebar spacing puts grips within ideal reach and distance for both small and large-framed users.
- Resistance Range: 1-10, electronic
- Flywheel: 14.3 pounds
- Elevation Range: N/A
- Stride Length: 18-inch foot path
- Pivoting Foot Plate: Yes
- Footpad: ComfortFIT footpads
- Console Feedback: 3 orange LED windows
- User Programs: 10 program options with 3 targets (time, distance, calorie) and 4 workouts (hills, weight loss, reverse train, custom)
- Speakers: Sonic Surround speakers with MP3 compatibility
- Fan: COOLfit fitness fan
- Weight Capacity: 275 pounds
- Dimensions Assembled: 73 by 22 by 65 inches (L x W x H)
- Dimensions Boxed: 52 by 30 by 19 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.
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My overall experience with this purchase was excellent. It shipped the second day after I purchased it and arrived a couple of days later. A note on the shipping method; this came by drop truck(that's the smaller delivery trucks with the elevator thing on the back), and the delivery guy was nice enough to cart the box into my house. It is VERY heavy if you're not used to lifting things, and the weight is not evenly distributed. Have some help ready or do what I did and open the box in one room and carry the pieces to the room you are assembling in.
Moving this thing around after assembly is aided by built in 'wheels' on the front stabilizer.(those black round bits are the wheels) However, the assembled unit is roughly 28 to 30 inches wide. That's wider than the average interior door. Add in the length, and turning corners could be very tricky. I built mine in my exercise room without any space issues.
The unit comes with all of the hardware on a clearly labeled sheet of cardboard and each page of the book corresponds to a section on that board. I cut mine into separate sections so I would only need to carry what I needed for each stage into the room. This cut down on clutter, and the instructions cut down on confusion. They also include the screwdriver and wrenches you'll need, so you don't even need to bring any tools.
There are still a couple of tricky stages which would more easily be completed with a second set of hands, but it is doable alone if you take your time and have patience. Running the wires for the console was a bit tricky, as was assembling the end caps on the arms. All of the other parts went on without any problems.
Once it's all together it's time to try it out! I kept my first few sessions short to make sure no bolts went flying and so I wouldn't get dumped onto the floor if I missed a step. The console worked great, and the 3 speed fan(4 if you include 'off') was a nice addition. My only gripe is that the console is VERY primitive. It does have built in speakers and a supplied cord to connect to the headphone out on your MP3 player of choice. That's nice, but I would pass on those in exchange for some more programming options.
This thing has 10 resistance levels, and level 10 is almost too tight to turn. Level 1 was good enough for me even though I've used ones at my local gym for years. Once you get used to the motion and what muscles are getting the most work you can easily up the resistance a few stages for a nice sweaty workout.
Below are my pros and cons, followed by some notes I think are important.
- VERY quiet - this thing makes almost no noise at all. I can easily hear my television without turning the sound up from the normal setting.
- Space Efficient - this doesn't take up near the room of almost every other model I looked at in stores(check the specs in the description, it's tiny)
- Easy Assembly - add in the excellent instructions and well designed packaging, and this was easier to put together than some of those shelves you get at Walmart
- Built in Speakers - the speakers work great, they are basically headphones and use the MP3 player's built in volume control
- No Batteries - A lot of at home machines require batteries for the console. This uses a real electrical plug.
- Primitive Console - it gets the job done, but there are NO settings besides resistance and a few simple programs. If you're used to a gym level machine with weights, age, etc then this might not be for you. The speed indicator also only shows speed in half mph increments. For example, I'm going 5.6 but if I slow up some it stays on 5.6 and then may flicker down to 5.1(or up to 6.1 if I speed up a little)
- No On/Off switch - you have to plug this in each time you want to use it and unplug when done. It does eventually go to sleep, but having a physical on/off would be great
- Need Grease - This needs lithium grease every month(at least) to keep it from squeaking too much. Not too terrible, but would've been nice to know ahead of time.
- Stability - This is a small unit, which is great. However, since it has a slim profile it can get to wobbling if you're really rocking the speed. All of the weight is at the bottom so it won't fall, but you will need some extra room just in case. Also, make sure to have a level base to set it on.
- Get a Mat - If you plan to have this in a carpeted room, get one of the exercise mats. They aren't overly expensive, and they'll soak up any sweat that falls off. A small towel can do the same job, but there isn't a ton of space.
- Motion Differences - If you use a big gym quality machine a lot, the motion on this is different enough to be noticeable on your first use. I really felt this in my quadriceps the first week despite using my gym's machine all the time. This goes away, but don't be shocked if you have to attune your muscles to this
- Lean Forward Design - I did a lot of reading on elliptical design, and the experts were dead on about this type of elliptical 'forcing' you to lean forward. It's hard to explain, but you feel as if you're leaning into the machine as you exercise instead of standing straight up. This can cause some folks discomfort, so please be aware.
- Assembly tips - there are several parts that need grease on assembly. These parts are pre-greased and bagged for shipment. I suggest turning those 'bags' inside out and wiping the grease back onto the parts before assembly. This helps cut down on squeaking.
- 2 headphone jacks - there are 2 headphone plug spots. The one on top is harder to see while on the machine, but it is where you plug your MP3 player into to use the speakers. The second one on the bottom is for plugging headphones into. This bypasses the speakers without the need to unplug your MP3 player.(took me a minute to realize why the sound didn't work my first go around ;-
- Height in Use - I'm 6'1 and have standard ceilings around 7.5 feet high. I also have a dome lighting fixture right over this thing and I don't come close to hitting my head. However, I'm probably at the upper limit on height. Much more and the stride would be too short and middle handles(for heart rate) would be too far away.
Feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments, and I'll try to answer!
About a year into using the EX-59 I started to get some knocking noises and I could also hear the belt rubbing on the inside of the machine. I took apart the machine to get access to the internals and was able to get the belt back on the wheel so it wouldn't rub anymore. However, it took me forever to find out what was making that annoying metal knocking squeaking clanking noise. I took off the handle bar arms, disconnecting it from the foot pedal arms and applied grease to those areas. Movement was smoother, but still there was that clanking noise. Examining the handlebar arms, I noticed that where the arms connect to the foot pedal arms there is a piece that rotates 360 degrees on the handlebar arms. Upon attempting to rotate this piece I heard and felt the noise and click. This was the source of the noise and the click that occurred with every step. Using an allen wrench, I was able to, with a lot of force, unscrew the bolt holding the rotating piece to the handlebar arm. Pulling it off took a lot of elbow grease as well as it looks like the grease had dried up and what looked like rust was present causing friction. I cleaned both pieces with WD40 and steel wool, making sure to get all the old grease and rust off before applying lithium based synthetic white grease. Attaching the pieces back together, the movement was smooth and not sticking. After reassembling the arm and foot pedals, I gave it a test run. The elliptical was whisper quiet! It was never this quiet.
I wanted to post a picture to the amazon picture to show the problem area, but it seems users can't upload pictures.
To see the problem piece navigate here: http://goo.gl/NeCgqU