The innovative Ironman CDT elliptical trainer is named for its center drive technology. It was among the first elliptical machines to go beyond the front drive/rear drive dichotomy and try something else entirely. Advantages of center drive machines include an especially compact footprint and a design that helps keep trainees comfortable and well-balanced. This trainer is also especially appealing for its 21” stride, programmable resistance and overall durability.
Although this model has been discontinued, you can find it online for about $1100 or less. It originally cost $1699. The purchase price includes a lifetime frame warranty, a two-year parts warranty and a year of labor coverage.
Features of the Original Ironman CDT Elliptical Trainer (Discontinued)
Besides boasting center drive technology, the Ironman CDT has the same durability and programmable resistance found on its simpler Ironman cousins. We also like its reverse motion, a stride option that targets different muscles than forward motion does.
Heart rate control programming is yet another benefit because it ensures that you train efficiently. Furthermore, the CDT’s heart rate recovery program can be used to track your cardiovascular fitness over time.
A 21” stride completes this unit’s admirable design. Specs include:
- 21” stride
- Reverse motion
- Movable handlebars for upper-body exercise
- Wireless & pulse grip heart rate monitors
- Large two-color LCD with backlight
- Magnetic brake system
- 16 levels of resistance (programmable)
- 12 standard preset programs
- 4 heart rate programs
- 1 heart rate recovery program
- Cooling fan
- Reading rack
- Uses AC power
This well-built machine is sold with a lifetime guarantee on the frame, two years of coverage for parts, and any labor costs for the first year.
Popular Opinion of the Ironman CDT
Fitness trainers aren’t easily convinced that new elliptical designs are worth trying. Even so, many have been pleasantly surprised by the feel of this center drive trainer. They’ve compared it favorably with a rear drive machine and sometimes even say that the Ironman CDT can better support a good posture. LifeCore, Quantum and a few other brands have now introduced center drive elliptical trainers too.
Customers rarely complain about Ironman ellipticals. Whichever model they choose, they get a lot for their money. This trainer is an especially popular model and consistently earns between four and five stars in customer reviews.
Our Overall Review of Ironman’s CDT
The Ironman CDT is the complete package. When we’ve had reservations about Ironman ellipticals before, it’s been due to the short stride. The CDT eliminates that problem by presenting a long stride that rivals rear drive machines costing plenty more. Now you can get Ironman’s durability and innovative resistance programming on a machine that fits almost anyone.
This trainer has been discontinued only because more advanced CDT models followed. This trainer remains an excellent bargain. If you’re interested in spending more to get high-tech features, you might prefer something like the Ironman Ascender. It has center drive technology and LCD television.