Kettler HKS Alpine Dual-Action Elliptical Trainer
The Kettler Alpine Trainer is another well-built product from Germany’s Kettler USA. This elliptical trainer stands out primarily for its unique upper-body resistance system with rope and pulley. Whereas the handlebars on many ellipticals are movable but provide little resistance, the Alpine Trainer lets users set resistance levels for both the upper body and lower body. Additionally, durability, smooth motion, and a relatively small footprint help make this machine a good investment.
Elliptical Hits: High Points of the Kettler Alpine Trainer
- Dual resistance controls – Separate resistance levels can be set for the upper body and lower body.
- Healthy stride – The 19” stride is intended to support a full range of elliptical motion. Along with the CT307, the Alpine Trainer has the longest stride of any Kettler cross trainer.
- Heart rate monitor – Exercisers can keep track of cardio data with the aid of Kettler’s ear clip pulse reader or wireless heart rate monitoring system.
- Compact stability – The Kettler Alpine Trainer can provide a full body workout, but it’s less than two feet wide for practical home use. Its dimensions are 65”L x 21”W x 67”H. The machine weighs 195 pounds and has a 330-pound user weight capacity.
- Heavy flywheel – The Alpine Trainer has a massive flywheel (30 pounds+), which helps explain why the machine provides one of the smoothest elliptical rides available.
- Good warranty package – The Kettler Alpine is sold with a lifetime warranty on the frame, a three-year warranty on other parts, and two years of labor.
Elliptical Misses: How the Alpine could Climb Higher
- Manual controls – Some users dislike the machine’s manual resistance controls and would prefer the ability to electronically adjust resistance in the midst of a workout.
- No preset programs – Unlike virtually every other elliptical trainer, this machine does not include workout programs. Users simply set their resistance levels and then exercise with little guidance.
Overall Rating for the Kettler Alpine Elliptical
Kettler touts its Alpine Trainer as the world’s first elliptical trainer with independent resistance settings for the upper and lower body. If the 19” stride fits your body well, then this could be the ideal machine to tone your arms, torso, and legs at once. However, the need to set resistance manually and the complete lack of programs make this potential 5-star machine an overall average buy.
Suggestions: Other Kettlers have at least eight programs each and are also renowned for their durability. Elliptical trainers by Yowza, particularly the Sanibel and Captiva models, are also very well-made and are designed to provide full-body workouts.