While it's still no treadmill in terms of sheer numbers, in just a few years elliptical trainers have solidified their place as a staple in any cardio area. Considered the most recent true innovation in cardiovascular machines, ellipticals continue to evolve as the public clamors for this low-impact form of exercise. Club Industry takes a look at some members of the latest generation of elliptical machines.
The Cybex Arc Trainer offers the broadest resistance range on the market: 0 watts to 900 watts, accommodating users wanting an extremely low work rate or dedicated athletes demanding an extreme workout. The Arc Trainer controls only resistance. You control the speed. The result is a challenging and safe workout. The impact-free reverse arc motion of the pedals moves your legs in a biomechanically correct and unique arc path of natural motion. You are always in the right position. The reciprocating movement of the pedals means that as one foot drives down, the other foot is assisted forward, significantly reducing the shear component at the knee. Advanced Stride Technology™ offers a range of motion while keeping the hips and knees correctly aligned. Your joints are never at risk. The ergonomic design of the handlebars allows you to change your body position as you change resistance and incline. Contact Cybex International, 10 Trotter Drive, Medway, MA 02053; 508-533-4300; e-mail: [email protected]; www.ecybex.com.
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Life Fitness' 9500HR total body elliptical cross-trainer represents the latest in elliptical innovation, boasting an extremely comfortable, natural stride and synchronized upper- and lower-body movements. The 9500HR features the universal console, which boasts an integrated reading ledge and lower console display area. The unit is self-powered, has 20 levels of resistance and a wide selection of workouts, including five interactive heart rate Zone Training+ workouts. Contact: Life Fitness, 10601 W. Belmont Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131; 800-634-8637; fax: 847-288-3703; www.lifefitness.com.
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MATRIX FITNESS SYSTEMS
Matrix Fitness Systems' full line of professional cardio and strength equipment comes in a variety of great colors, impeccable finishes and exquisite design. The company's cardio and strength equipment is engineered to fit the human form and designed to captivate the human eye. But don't let our good looks fool you. This stuff is tough. It is all backed by meticulous customer service and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Strong. Smart. Beautiful. Matrix. Contact: Matrix Fitness Systems, 1411 Broadway NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102; 866.MXFITNESS; 505-243-0560; www.matrix-fitness.com.
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The pioneer and world market leader in ellipticals, Precor offers clubs unmatched quality in self-powered EFX® 546 or EFX® 556 Elliptical CrossTrainers(tm). The EFX® 546 features the exclusive CrossRamp® incline of 10 degrees to 40 degrees so users can train different muscle groups, while the EFX® 556 offers a smooth and fluid full-body workout. Both units feature the QuickStart*, eight programmed courses, touch heart rate system and SmartRate*. Contact: Precor Inc., 20031 142nd Ave. NE, P.O. Box 7202, Woodinville, WA 98072; 425-486-9292; fax: 425-486-3856; www.precor.com.
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SCIFIT offers three premium ellipticals, which include the SX1000, SX7000 and SXT7000. The SXT7000 Total Body Elliptical incorporates an upper body and a lower body exercise for a total body workout. The Bio-Flex pivoting footbed, a standard feature on the SXT7000 and the SX7000, increases circulation to the foot and ankle area and provides a more natural feel. Contact: SCIFIT Systems Inc., 5151 S. 110 E. Ave., Tulsa, OK 74146; 800-278-3933; fax: 918-254-4189; e-mail: [email protected]; www.scifit.com.
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SportsArt America's breakthrough 8300 elliptical offers patented adjustable stride technology along with smooth, total body action. Stride length adjusts electronically from 17 inches to 26 inches so users of all sizes can adjust to perfectly fit their stride pattern. Plus, varying the stride length can change the training effect and provide a more complete workout. Contact: SportsArt America, 19510 144th Ave. NE, suite A-1, Woodinville, WA 98072; 800-709-1400; 425-481-9479; fax: 425-488-8155; www.sportsartamerica.com.
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The Star Trac Natural Runner PLUS™ is a self-powered elliptical trainer with an upper body component that provides a total body workout for a more efficient calorie burn. The Natural Runner PLUS elliptical trainer has a longer stride length, 11 unique programs, heart rate monitoring, 15 levels of intensity and the Sport Utility Display. Contact: 14410 Myford Rd., Irvine, CA 92606; 800-228-6635; 714-669-1660; fax: 714-838-6286; www.startrac.com.
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True's 750EA offers a total body workout that engages all of the major muscle groups. The natural torque motion of the torso allows abdominal and lower back muscles to tone as they perform their natural function. Heart Rate Control, through grip sensors, enables users to achieve an optimum workout every time. Contact: True Fitness, 865 Hoff Rd., O'Fallon, MO 63366; 800-426-6570; www.truefitness.com.
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