Cybex 362A Elliptical Trainer
An Arc Training Winner with The Biggest Loser
The heavy-duty Cybex 362A Arc Trainer has been described as the “secret weapon” behind almost incredible weight loss by contestants on The Biggest Loser. It’s also effective for strength training and promoting cardiovascular health. With its small imprint this popular fitness machine is sized well for home gyms.
An arc trainer differs from a traditional elliptical trainer in terms of how the upper and lower body are coordinated. Cybex arc trainers use “Same Side Forward technology” for coordination. This results in a lower perceived exertion level yet more efficient calorie burning and toning.
An Overview of Cybex 362A Selling Points
Three machines in one: Various incline levels let people use the Cybex 362A Arc Trainer in three training modes: a cross country glide, a traditional elliptical stride and a steep stair-climb.
Reverse Arc Motion Technology: Cybex’s Reverse Arc motion lets you engage less-used muscles—the quads and glutes—to get incredible tone. The quads are also relatively large muscles, so your rate of calorie burn increases.
Good warranty: Customers get ten years of protection on the frame, five on parts and a year of labor.
Large, easy-to-use console: You’ll get a graphic display of your workout profile on a 7” x 15” LED. Feedback include time, distance, calories, calories/hour, METs, watts, strides per minute and heart rate. There’s also a multi-color indicator about your heart rate to help keep you exercising at the best pace. Other windows show time, incline and resistance level.
Additional specs for the Cybex 362A include:
- Eddy current brake system
- Wireless heart rate monitoring
- 24″ stride
- Two water bottle holders
- Magazine rack
- 300-pound user capacity
- Stable 293-pound base
- Footprint of 71” x 28.5”
The Word on the Street
Arc trainers take a bit of getting used to given the same-side forward design. Still, people tend to prefer them to ordinary elliptical trainers. Because of this unit’s variety of resistance levels and three workout modes, the Cybex 362A is reviewed as an effective and low-stress calorie-burning cardio machine by athletes at every level of conditioning.
Our Overall Review of the Cybex Arc Trainer
We’re impressed by this product’s innovative design and durability. For almost a decade, Cybex arc trainers have been garnering positive reviews worldwide. We join the crowd, but we’re a bit put off by the company’s hesitance to publish prices. To get the best value on an arc trainer, it’s probably best to check Amazon instead of dealing with Cybex International directly. On Amazon you might also find a reconditioned arc trainer, which would sell for considerably less than a new one.
Additional Cybex Arc Trainer Models
Several other Cybex Arc Trainers are available for 2012 and 2013. Some, like the 770A Lower Body Arc Trainer, obviously only focus on the lower body but others use the total body coordination approach of the 362A. The 362A is one of the more affordable models. It falls above the 360A and behind the others, which are considered commercial and light commercial models.