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