Top positive review
Love this machine and I don't miss the gym!
October 29, 2015
I'm very happy with this. This is perfect for home. It is heavy duty and built like a tank. The intensity is adjustable and the stride is adjusted by the "motion" buttons. The stride goes from generally flat to climbing like a stepper machine. Built in programming is more than adequate, Program 10 allows for 5 user custom programs. You can program each minute with any combination of motion and intensity. Each of these can be up to 60 minutes. This is really a nice feature. Once custom programming is done it is in the memory for future use. You can workout without making adjustments as you go. I have used elliptical machines at the gym. They are of course much better, but this machine equals the workout and I do not miss the gym machines.
I purchased this directly from Amazon. I could have purchased directly from Yowza in Florida and save over $100 in tax. I chose Amazon for 2 important reasons- Amazons return policy and prime shipping. Shipping form Florida to NY would have taken about 5 business days. Amazon shipped in 2 days. As for returns, I was concerned since I purchased this machine without trying it. I spoke to a salesman at Yowza asking what it would cost to return if I did not like the machine. He said about 2 to 3 hundred dollars. Yowza has a 20% restocking fee. To me it was a no brainer to just get it from Amazon.
Another important note about shipping. Amazon allows you to pick the delivery day with a 4 hour window of your choice. This was very nice except the private freight driver delivered mine 2 hours past that window.
For those who are concerned about lift gate service Amazon approves this on the freight invoice. They also approve "inside" delivery. The driver put mine in the garage but I could have asked him to bring it in the front door. I didn't know this until after I read the freight bill.
Unpacking. Wow, this was tough. First of all I am an old guy and I did this alone. The box is almost six feet long. The machine is in sections but the base is heavy. After removing everything else I had to turn the box on its side and edge out the base. You don't destroy the box in case you need to return this. The base has wheels only after assembly. If I assembled this in the garage I could not have gotten into the house. I used furniture sliders to get this into my workout room where assembly took place. Assembly took about 2 hours and was difficult working alone. Two people would have made this much easier. This comes with a printed manual but instructions are drawings. I suggest you go to Yowza and download the manual prior to arrival and take the time then to decipher the instructions. Everything did go together nicely. You can do it but get help.
The machine has a built in heart monitor but also detects my polar chest strap transmitter. This is nice in that you can put your hands anywhere and detect heart rate. There is one negative, however, in that the built in fan interferes with the remote signal. The 3 speed fan puts out some interference proportionate to its speed. If you shut off the fan, the remote heart rate works fine. It also works fine(with the fan) if you hold the machine sensors on the bars. I wear my chest strap all the time and use the fan when I don' t care about heart rate readouts. This is not a deal breaker for me.
I really love this machine. It's quiet. It does not look or feel cheap. It is comparable to machines twice this price. The convenience of having this at home is really immeasurable. I highly recommend it.