BladeZ Freespirit Folding X500 Elliptical
The Freespirit X500 folding elliptical is a budget option for crosstraining. It has a very short stride (16”) and a low weight capacity, so its target audience is generally smaller women. It has 12 preset programs and 16 resistance levels.
Elliptical Hits: Nice Features of the BladeZ X500 Home Cross Trainer
- Upper body workout – The movable handlebars help increase calorie expenditure and tone the upper body. The handlebars are padded for extra comfort.
- Oversized pedals – The X500 has oversized pedals. The extra room lets people reposition their feet to reduce fatigue during exercise. BladeZ pedals also have texturized rubber to improve traction.
- Preset programs – This machine includes twelve workouts that can be used with 16 resistance levels.
- Touch screen – A large LCD touch screen displays exercise data (time, distance, speed, and calories).
- Heart rate monitor – Contact heart rate sensors help people exercise within a target heart range to make the most of workout time.
Elliptical Misses: Why to Pass Up the BladeZ X500
- Short stride – The 16” stride doesn’t support a natural gait for most adults.
- Poor warranty – The BladeZ X500 warranty includes just one year on parts and labor. Elliptical sales typically include a long warranty on the frame.
Overall Rating for the BladeZ X500 Elliptical Trainer
This machine just doesn’t offer a long enough range of motion or sufficient durability to score as a recommended cross trainer. A better folding elliptical is the ProForm SpaceSaver DX. It’s also not ideal for heavy use, but it has an adjustable stride, an incline, an iPod port, and a more impressive wear record than some other folding equipment.
Some other options for BladeZ budget elliptical trainers:
- The X350p (a non-folding elliptical) has the same programming as the X500 but more durability and a longer warranty. It has a 17” stride.
- The Freespirit C600 is essentially the X500, but it has an 18” stride and does not fold.