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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Horizon Fitness Elliptical Trainer Buyer's Guide and Review

After being in the fitness industry for more than four years I’ve seen some very interesting trends. One of the most common trends is the dominance of Horizon Fitness Elliptical Trainers in the under $1000 price range. If you’re looking for a well made elliptical trainer for under a thousand dollars, Horizon Fitness offers the best options. In this Horizon Fitness Brand Review, we’ll cover the most popular Horizon Fitness elliptical trainers including features, pricing, and my personal experience with Horizon Fitness Elliptical Trainers.

Horizon EX56 Elliptical Trainer
Coming in at $599, the Horizon EX56 is Horizon’s cheapest elliptical trainer. Don’t underestimate the performance of the EX56, the Horizon EX56 sells well because it has the most natural feel for an elliptical trainer in the $600 price range. It has 8 resistance levels, built in heart rate monitoring, and 8 fitness programs. The 18” stride length dwarfs most elliptical trainers in this price range. Longer stride lengths deliver more natural motion than shorter stride lengths, especially for taller people. Just be mindful of who plans on using the Horizon EX56, it can support users up to 250 lbs., any more weight and there’s a good chance the frame will bow.

Horizon EX66 Elliptical Trainer
The big difference between the Horizon EX56 and the Horizon EX66 is programs. Fitness programs can make or break an elliptical trainer and Horizon Fitness has packed the Horizon EX66 Elliptical Trainer full of programs. If you’re new to cardio training, fitness programs can serve as a personal trainer encouraging you to go longer and creating a mixture of resistance, workout intensity, and duration to help get the most from an workout. The Horizon EX66 is well worth the extra $200 to receive the benefits from the wide variety of fitness program options.

Horizon EX76 Elliptical Trainer
The Horizon EX76 is flagship of Horizon’s elliptical trainer lineup. It sets itself apart from the other two Horizon Fitness Elliptical Trainers with a sturdier frame, even more programs, and heart rate control. Heart Rate Control can greatly increase the effectiveness of a cardio workout. Did you know the human body burns fat faster at certain heart rates? Heart Rate Control can help a cardio trainer reach and stay within a specific heart rate. Heart Rate Control tells a fitness program the heart is working too much or too little then adjusts workout intensity to stay within an ideal heart rate range.

That’s not all. You’re not likely to find another elliptical trainer under $1000 that’s this solid. Poorly designed or manufactured elliptical trainer frames can wobble and shake. Shaking is incredibly distracting and noisy and is a sure sign your elliptical trainer won’t survive more than a couple years of workouts.

Final Thoughts
Horizon Fitness elliptical trainers are the best elliptical trainers under a $1000. You’re not likely to find anything in this price range that doesn’t have significant mechanical issue or skimps on crucial features like fitness programs and resistance levels. If you’ve been searching for the best cheap elliptical trainers, the Horizon Fitness brand is your best choice!


rd said...

I would steer clear of Horizon fitness products. I had to order several parts for mine, several months later an additional part showed up (One I did not order). I checked my credit card and I was charged for it. I contacted the company and was told I would only receive a refund if I returned the part to them in new condition. They admitted it was their mistake but it took me nearly a month and a BBB complaint to get my card credited back. LOUSY customer service. If they have your credit card number it is apparently your fault and your job to remedy any mistakes they make. Management stands by this policy firmly. Their bad! You fix! or YOU pay!

Thressa said...

Ditto what rd said above. We bought a very expensive $1200+ Horizon which we could never get to start. Returned within 3 days after considerable hassle to Dick's Sporting Goods. Took home and again spent hours of frustration putting together, but it did work...for about 3 months. It was a weird crap shoot. You never knew if it would start or not when you went to use it which makes for a very bad exercise routine. You cannot get service on it. Just google "Horizon treadmill" and you cannot find a place to return it or get service or even freelance repairman or even a complaint email address.