Ironman Achiever Elliptical
Boasting an uncommon center-drive technology, the sturdy Ironman Achiever elliptical trainer positions trainees for comfortable cardio workouts. Rear-drive and front-drive elliptical machines, in contrast, sometimes require an uncomfortable balancing act.
With its 21” stride, this elliptical model is ideal for adults of average or above-average height. Other top features of the Achiever include heart rate control workouts, a body mass calculator and data storage for multiple users.
Note: Ironman elliptical trainers have been discontinued. This model and others manufactured since 2008 are not covered by factory warranties. However, reconditioned machines with limited warranties might be available online.
Top Selling Points of the Ironman Achiever
- Center Drive: Ellipticals with center drives are relatively new and aren’t as common as those with front or rear drives. Center drive engineering is often preferred because it helps to position a trainee upright. Also, compared with rear drive ellipticals, center drive ellipticals generally require less floor space and are less likely to have mechanical problems.
- Program Variety: This unit’s 18 preset program slots include 12 traditional workout programs with 16 intensity levels each, four heart rate control workout programs and one pulse recovery workout. The final slot can store a user-defined program.
- Heart Rate Control: Heart rate control workouts help ensure that a trainee expends an appropriate amount of energy during each workout. Using wireless telemetry, the Ironman Achiever will increase or decrease its resistance to help a person exercise within their best heart rate zone.
- Data Feedback: The easy-to-read LCD shows speed, time, distance, calories burned, resistance level, RPMs and heart rate. Up to nine user profiles can be stored.
More Great Features of the Ironman Achiever Elliptical Trainer:
- 21″ stride
- Forward and reverse pedaling
- 16 resistance levels
- Oversized pedals
- Compact size (47” x 29.5” footprint)
- Sturdy 227-pound frame
- Transport wheels
- Cooling fan
- Magazine rack
- 300-pound capacity
Any Drawbacks? Why Not to Buy the Ironman Achiever
Warranties matter when you’re making a major purchase. The Achiever was first distributed in 2008 just before Ironman filed for bankruptcy. Its parent company, Keys Fitness, then went out of business. The new owner of Ironman is Star Trac Fitness and it’s not covering warranties for Ironman products manufactured in 2008 or earlier. Replacement parts might be difficult to obtain.
Our Overall Review of the Achiever Elliptical Trainer
Though it’s been discontinued, the Ironman Achiever is
a high-quality product. It has a heavy steel frame, sealed ball bearings, wireless heart rate monitoring, smart biomechanics and other marks of excellence. Even so, it’s difficult to recommend buying a discontinued fitness product. If you can receive this trainer as a generous hand-me-down or have the opportunity to buy it for a great bargain, go for it; unlike cheap ellipticals, it’s good for the body. Otherwise, check out other elliptical trainers that have center drives. The CD400 by LifeCore is a nice alternative to the Ironman Achiever.