ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical

ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical Review


proform 6.0 ze ellipticalWhen shopping for a home use elliptical trainer many potential buyers are drawn towards machines available around the $400 mark – this seems to be the Goldilocks price range. The ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical is one such trainer. What attracts people to this price range is the perceived increase in quality that is associated with higher costs, and the savings that are to be had by not paying $1,000 for a home workout machine.


As with any mid-range home workout machine, there are certain limitations and drawbacks that need to be considered, but these can and are frequently ignored once the elliptical works as it should. The important question, then, is whether the ProForm 6.0 ZE is a good quality elliptical training device that offers value for money?


Key Specs for ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical


RRP: $500

Dimensions: 39 x 24 x 61 inches

Weight Capacity: 250 lbs

Stride Length: 18-inch


ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical: The Pros


Product Quality: One of the biggest problems that anyone who likes to work out at home will be aware of is that home training workout machines like stationary bikes and ellipticals can often feel cheap and poorly made when compared to gym quality products. When it comes to cost cutting, frames are often the first compromise. Thankfully, this is not the case with the ProForm 6.0 ZE. The frame is made from powder coated steel that will last for years and years under normal usage.


Assembly: Although the assembly does take some time (around 2 hours for 1 man self-assembly), it is worthwhile to take your time and read the instructions fully before diving in. Similarly, all the nuts and bolts should be really securely tightened to ensure no mishaps. Provided this is done, the ProForm 6.0 ZE will prove itself to be a reliable elliptical device that will not show obvious signs of wear and tear for some time.


Sound: Although it might be more accurately covered under product quality category, the sound generated by any home workout machine can be a big factor in the decision making process. Almost every kind of training machine makes some sort of squeak or hum when in use, and although the ProForm 6.0 ZE is no different when assembled poorly, it is deathly silent when constructed correctly. As long as every nut and bolt is really tightened into place and all greased parts are suitably greased, the ProForm 6.0 ZE will make very little noise. This is a huge plus.


Challenging: There are two sides to this coin, and the other side is covered below. However, buyers who are fed up of training machines that aren’t tough enough to really push them to their limit will be most pleased with the ProForm 6.0 ZE.


There are ten resistance levels, but even experienced elliptical users may be surprised to find out how difficult the lower resistance settings are. This makes the ProForm 6.0 ZE perfect for buyers looking for a reliable, affordable elliptical that will really show itself to be a worthy opponent for anyone but genuine athletes.





ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical: The Cons


Resistance Levels: While the resistance levels are fantastic for those that are reasonably experienced in elliptical workouts, the large majority of people could find the ProForm 6.0 ZE to be difficult to operate. Beginners will have difficulty using the 6.0 ZE at anything other than the first 2 resistance levels, and that is not only disheartening but unhelpful. Appropriate warm ups and warm downs require a certain range of difficulty to be covered. The ProForm 6.0 ZE simply doesn’t have much in the way of a low range.


Workouts: Another somewhat annoying aspect of the ProForm 6.0 ZE is the lack of programming ability. The preset workouts are fixed at 30 minutes and cannot be changed. This is very annoying as those who only have twenty minutes do not get to finish their cycle and include a warm-down. Similarly, those looking to work out for 45 minutes need to start a new cycle and end it half way through.


It is not difficult to allow users to amend the times of preset workouts, and it would really make the 6.0 ZE stand out above its peers. ProForm missed a great opportunity when they decided to limit the functionality, and it really hurts the machine.


Is the ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical Worth Buying?


The ProForm 6.0 ZE Elliptical is one of the better elliptical machines on the market today, and the failings are less to do with the mechanical functioning of the elliptical and more to do with a lack of features. This lack of adaptability makes the 6.0 ZE unsuitable for first time elliptical owners and buyers. Those buyers would be better off saving some money and investing in a more affordable device that can give them an idea of whether a home use elliptical is what they want.


Those that have settled on an elliptical should be pleased to have found the ProForm 6.0 ZE. Although the resistance levels are tough, this makes for more entertaining exercise! Similarly, the lack of adaptable timed programs is far from ideal. That being said, the ProForm 6.0 ZE is a fantastic elliptical machine that will make you fit. It won’t be easy, but if it was then everyone would be doing it. With willpower and dedication, the ProForm 6.0 ZE elliptical will quickly transform beer bellies in to 6-packs!



Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical

Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical Trainer

Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical TrainerElliptical trainers are quickly becoming the must have home fitness workout machines, and as more people look to save on gym fees by working out at home, the quality of home use elliptical trainers continues to improve. The Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical Trainer is the perfect example of this progression.

The EX-59 is Horizon’s upgrade to the EX-58, and unlike many model upgrades, the EX-59 really stands head and shoulders above its predecessor. The EX-59 boasts 10 program options, Sonic Surround speakers compatible with MP3 players, a COOLfit fan and SixStar Certification. SixStar Certification is only granted to elliptical trainers that meet the six key requirements of the scheme, and there are very few elliptical trainers granted SixStar Certification that can compete with the EX-59.

This is not the cheapest home use elliptical trainer available; far from it. Despite this, the Ex-59 is extremely popular with users, and is still firmly in the affordable range. So what makes it so popular?


Key Specs for Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical Trainer

RRP: $799

Dimensions: 73 x 22 x 65 inches

Weight: 154 lbs

Weight Capacity: 250 lbs

Stride Length: 18-inch


Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical Trainer: The Pros

SixStar Certified: Elliptical trainers that are both SixStar Certified and affordable are hard to come by, but that is exactly what the Horizon EX-59 offers users. SixStar Certification is not just a stamp of recommendation but an ergonomic accreditation.

There are six aspects to a SixStar certified elliptical trainer. ZEROgap pedal placement ensures that the pedals are touching distance apart to reduce possible stress on the hips and back. The StraightUP posture ensures users are kept upright for comfort and to ensure maximum training benefits. SUREstep access, in this case 10 inches, make mounting and dismounting safer and easier for the user. IDEALfit handlebar placement and spacing ensures users of all sizes can use the handlebars at the correct distance. FLATellipse foot pedals more accurately represent natural walking and jogging movements, making usage more comfortable and less tiring. Finally, the SMOOTHpulley drive pulley ratio is designed to provide the most comfortable, smooth and efficient motion.

While many elliptical trainers claim to provide all of these things, the Horizon Fitness EX-59 can genuinely claim to meet these specific standards, and they all add up to an extremely comfortable and efficient training machine.

Noise Output: What noise output? The EX-59 is extremely quiet – almost disconcertingly so. Many, if not most, elliptical trainers are reasonably quiet machines, but the EX-59 whispers them to shame. This is a result of superb design and high quality parts.

There is a slight catch involved here; the EX-59 will only be whisper quiet if you complete the assembly correctly. If you do not properly lubricate any parts before assembling, or do not fully tighten all the necessary nuts and bolts, the EX-59 will make noise. Fortunately, assembly is clearly explained and all the parts are clearly marked.

Assembly: Although the EX-59 can be put together by one person, there are certain pieces that can be tricky, and the job is far easier when two people work together. The reward for correct assembly is an elliptical trainer that you will able to use without needing to turn up the volume on your television.

Warranties: Horizon really are quite proud of the EX-59, and they’ve put their money where their mouth is. Not only do they offer a 1 year parts and labour warranty, but a 20 year brake warranty and a lifetime frame warranty. Regardless of how much you spend on a home use elliptical trainer, those are warranties you can take comfort from.




Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical Trainer: The Cons

Limited Control: One of the very few obvious limitations of the Horizon Fitness EX-59 is the control and display options. There are ten levels of resistance, and these are easily accessed via numbered buttons that provide smooth increases or decreases in resistance. That being said, with 10 programming options, 3 target options, 3 workout options and 1 custom program, the EX-59 does not boast huge levels of adaptability.

This does not take away from the effectiveness of the machine, and there are some very welcome additions such as the MP3 compatibility and COOLfit fan, but for many users spending more than $500 on an elliptical trainer, additional functionality would be a huge plus.

Usage Limitations: Although the EX-59 is suitable for users up to 275 lbs, there are some limitations. Users should build up to higher speeds gently, as the EX-59 is not rock solid when used at its extremes. A sudden shift in weight can leave you off balance for a second, and this balance may take a little getting used to.

Furthermore, the reach of the pedals is slightly restricting for very high speeds or tall users with long strides. The EX-59 is perfect from slow to reasonably fast settings, but anything above that can leave users with a shortened, unnatural stride.

Is the Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical Trainer Worth Buying?

Anyone who is not planning on using their elliptical trainer very often should probably look elsewhere for cheaper alternatives. The Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical Trainer is designed to be used, and buyers are purchasing an extremely effective workout machine. The SixStar Certification is a lot more than a marketing gimmick. This is a badge of honor that the EX-59 wears with pride, and with good reason.

When it comes to usage, this is a supremely comfortable trainer that is well designed and built to last. The Sonic Surround speakers are likely to provide the only noise you or others in the house will hear, and this makes the EX-59 suitable for those in apartments or houses with neighbors.

The console itself is limited, and there is no doubt that some added functionality would be very welcome, but that in itself does not take away from the overall package. If you are looking for a professional model elliptical trainer, you should be prepared to pay in excess of $1000. If you are looking for the next best thing, you need look no further than the Horizon EX-59.

Horizon Fitness EX-59 Elliptical Trainer



Exerpeutic 1000Xl Elliptical

Exerpeutic 1000Xl Elliptical


Exerpeutic 1000XL Heavy Duty Magnetic Ellipticals With Pulse Review


Exerpeutic 1000XlThe Exerpeutic 1000XL aims to offer a slightly higher end feel at a low end price. There are quite a few elliptical trainers competing for the consumer who doesn’t want to spend hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on their device. These cheaper elliptical trainers tend to hold back on features, and be less robust in their build. Both of these can be a problem, especially the latter, as it can lead to short product lifespan. However, there are elliptical trainers that manage to offer reasonable quality at budget prices, so read on to find out if the Exerpeutic 1000XL is one of them.


Key Specs For The Exerpeutic 1000XL Elliptical Trainer


RRP: $300

Dimensions: 54 x 23 x 63 inches

Weight: 81 lbs

Weight Capacity: 325 lbs

Stride Length: 13-inch


Exerpeutic 1000XL Elliptical Trainer: The Pros


Price: A very obvious pro of the Exerpeutic 1000XL is its low price point. It retails at $299.99, although as with most products you may be able to find it considerably cheaper. At that price it sits slightly above the cheapest products in the market such as the Body Rider BRD2000 but still well below the average price.

In terms of affordability, then, the Exerpeutic 1000XL will satisfy most customer’s demands. Only those on the very strictest of budgets will find themselves priced out by this elliptical.


LCD Display: LCD displays vary considerably from one exercise machine to another. Some exercise machines don’t even have LCD screens whatsoever, although this is becoming rarer and rarer with consumers demanding more and more technology in their products.


Some LCD displays are too small to read easily when training. This can be especially annoying if you’re eyesight is less than perfect. However, the Exerpeutic 1000XL offers an LCD screen similar in size and visibility to many more expensive rivals, which makes it a decent offering.


Stability: One of the major worries with cheap exercise machines like the Exerpeutic 1000XL is stability. Often the low price is matched by low-grade parts and poor build quality. This results in equipment that’s unstable during exercise. An unstable machine can be very distracting and make a workout much more challenging than it normally would be. It can also lead to damage and broken parts in some cases – something everyone wants to avoid.


Although the Exerpeutic 1000XL can’t match the more expensive elliptical trainers for stability, it does fare well considering its price. This is true even when doing fairly strenuous work outs, which will put any product through its paces. You won’t find yourself distracted during your work out by loose parts or a shaky frame with this elliptical.


Smooth Movement: Many cheap elliptical trainers make noticeable sacrifices when it comes to quality of design and how it affects the movement of the parts. This can make for jerky motion during exercise which is distracting and can even make a product unusable. The Exerpeutic 1000XL maintains a smooth motion throughout your workout. This keeps exercise distraction-free, and more importantly makes it suitable for users who may suffer with joint injuries in the legs and cannot endure jerky motion.



Exerpeutic 1000XL Elliptical Trainer: The Cons


Assembly: One thing which customers often overlook when considering which device to purchase is the assembly that has to be done once you get your exercise equipment into your house. The assembly can be challenging even for the mechanically minded depending on the instruction manual and assembly process itself.


Unfortunately the Exerpeutic 1000XL falls flat on its face in these terms. It can take up to three hours to assemble thanks to the very poor instructions that confuse more than they guide. You can be guaranteed of a headache when trying to assemble this, and won’t be using the product for quite some time after you get it to your home in its packaging.


Pedals: Due to a strange design, the pedals into which you place your feet during exercise encourage your feet to slide forward. This is a nuisance, and really calls for a rethink from the design department.

If you like to use your equipment bare-footed at home you can forget this machine. When your feet are unprotected by footwear the slipping forward becomes uncomfortable to the point of distraction. You’ll need to use footwear at all times to make use of this, and even then it feels a little odd.


LCD Batteries: Users will have mixed opinions on this, but the LCD display requires batteries to operate. It can be annoying when they run out and need to be replaced. If you don’t have any batteries lying around, you’ll have to exercise without using any readouts.


Is The Exerpeutic 1000XL Elliptical Trainer Worth Buying?


On the whole the Exerpeutic 1000XL isn’t a bad elliptical trainer for the price. It offers a smooth motion and reasonable stability for a cheaper device. It might not last as long as its more expensive competitors, but it may still be worth buying if your budget is tight. The assembly difficulties might put you off though, as might the unusual issue with the pedals. Don’t expect a perfect experience with this one.