Seated Elliptical Trainer with Lower Body Emphasis
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Octane’s seated ellipticals, which are also known as elliptical bikes or recumbent elliptical trainers. The xR5000 in this review is the less expensive of Octane’s two commercial-quality options. It’s designed especially for toning and strengthening the lower body. The upgrade, xR6000, includes moving handlebars and an arm press for total body workouts.
Seated ellipticals are designed for people who have especially sensitive joints, back trouble or otherwise limited mobility. The seats are low to facilitate easy access from a wheelchair if needed. With thirty levels of intensity, Octanes can provide effective elliptical workouts for people at any fitness level.
Elliptical Hits: Great Features of the XR5000 Octane Elliptical
- Excellent ergonomics – Exercise feels good with an Octane. The body is relieved of pressure with the recumbent design, a biomechanically-informed 17.5” elliptical path, oversized anti-slip pedals and a wide cushioned seat. The seat adjusts to 20 heights and has five tilt angles. The seat is low and easy to access.
- Versatility – This recumbent elliptical does double duty. Reposition the pedals and you’ll have a leg press!
- Entertainment – Octane’s recumbent ellipticals are ready to accept TV signals and interact with FitLinxx. Entertainment controls are included on the console, and a split-screen option lets you access TV and workout data at once.
- Console – Choose from two consoles. One has a wireless TV receiver and the other has a standard screen. Both include easy access to 16 preset workouts, including four heart rate control programs. The other presets have the following names: Manual, Random, Interval, Custom Interval, Hill, 10K, fat Burn, Cardio, New Leaf Custom, Constant Watts, Constant METs, and 30:30. There’s also a program to use with the leg press.
Elliptical Misses: Drawbacks of the Octane XR5000
When you have a bank account like Oprah’s, maybe warranties aren’t a big concern. We would like to see a longer warranty offered for residential customers, one that reflects more accurately how long the machine ought to endure. Right now the company only includes a commercial warranty. It includes lifetime protection on the frame, three years on parts and a year of labor. Commercial warranties are relatively short because they assume heavy use.
Overall Rating for Octane’s XR5000 Elliptical Machine
Octane is absolutely a leader in the recumbent elliptical industry. We’d recommend the xR5000 to those with body pain or limited mobility who are only interested in gym exercise for the lower body. We prefer the upgrade, the xR6000, for its addition of upper body workouts.
Octanes cost a pretty penny, but when shopping for a high-end recumbent bike like this one, you have few brands to choose from. Competitors in this price/quality range are Precor, HCI and Stridewell.