BH Fitness X9
The X9 elliptical is the most advanced cross trainer in BH Fitness’s Select series. However, like most BH Fitness ellipticals, it’s a relatively basic machine. Some of its most appealing features include a 21” stride, a 7” touch screen, and an iPod dock.
Elliptical Hits: What’s Right about the BH Fitness X9 Elliptical Trainer
- Self-generating power supply — Since the pedals and console are powered by the user’s energy, no external power source is needed. This helps save on electricity costs and eliminates restrictions on where the machine can be used.
- Sturdy build – Like the X8, the X9 significantly exceeds the capacities of the X1, X3, and X4 by supporting users weighing up to 375 pounds.
- Long strides – To support a full range of motion in taller users, the X9 has a 21” stride.
- Adjustable pedal width – This technology helps promote a healthier and more comfortable workout.
- iPod-compatible console – The 7” touch screen can be used to access motivational entertainment.
- Extras – Special features include an iPod-compatible entertainment system, multi-position handlebars, a touch screen, a reading rack, and a wireless heart rate monitoring system.
- Upper–body workout – Adjustable and movable handlebars help users get a full body workout and burn up to twice the calories of exercising the lower body alone.
- Good warranty – The X8 and X9 beat out other BH Fitness Select cross trainers with a two year labor warranty. They’re also sold with lifetime warranties on the frame and a five-year warranty on parts.
Elliptical Misses: Where the BH Fitness X9 Falls Short
- Few options – With just 12 programs, a fixed stride, and no incline, this machine doesn’t offer many workout possibilities.
Overall Rating for the BH Fitness X9 Elliptical
The X9 is by far the best of BH Fitness’s Select series. Its enhancements include an iPod-friendly LCD touch screen, multiposition handlebars, and a 21” stride. Additionally, its two year labor warranty beats that of most competitors. Still, more enticing ellipticals than those in the BH Select group are offered by Landice, Precor, and other fitness equipment companies.