Yowza Bonita Elliptical
The popular Yowza Bonita elliptical trainer has been upgraded since its 2010 debut. Now featuring Yowza’s patented Cardio Core technology for abdominals and obliques, this elliptical trainer is destined to be one of the industry’s biggest hits.
The Bonita is a lower-priced alternative to the $2000 Captiva, the first Yowza cross trainer to feature Cardio Core conditioning. It’s very affordable at about $1200. Furthermore, the Bonita is backed by an above-average warranty and a 60-day money back guarantee. Some other nice features include an 18” stride, pivoting pedals and an incline.
We’d give this product an even higher rating if it had more mass. Weighing just 121 pounds, we think it’s hardly the right equipment for a 330-pound person no matter what the box says.
About the Yowza brand: Yowza is an environmentally conscious company with a presence in Fort Lauderdale and Taiwan. Most Yowza ellipticals cost more than the Bonita. They’re known for durability, good ergonomics and especially effective workouts.
Specs of the Yowza Bonita Elliptical Trainer
True to its
name, the Bonita is a good-looking machine. Its small, sleek dimensions and 18” stride make it best for smaller trainees. Here are the specs:
- Counter-Rotational Core Motion
- Quiet Electromagnetic Braking
- 16 Resistance levels
- 18″ Fixed Stride
- Incline – No Ramp Required
- Rear Drive for Durability
- Patented Self-Pivoting Pedals
- 12 Preset Programs
- Heart Rate Control
- 9 User Profiles
- Polar™ Wireless Heart Rate receiver
- iPod Dock
- High Fidelity Speakers
- 330-Pound Capacity
- Weighs 121 Pounds
- 51″L x 24″W x 67″H
- Warranty: Lifetime Frame & Brake, 5 Years Parts & Electronics, 2 Years Labor
Some of the preset programs include:
- Fat Burning
- Target Time (Counts up or down from a user-specified time)
- Target Distance (Counts up or down from a specified distance)
- Target Calories (Counts up or down from a specified calorie number)
- Random (50 healthy variations)
- Interval (Eight intensity levels)
- Endurance (Eight intensity levels)
- Heart Rate Control (Controls resistance to keep users training in a specific heart rate range)
- Watts Control (Keeps the workload constant regardless of speed)
Manual mode is also available and, as listed above, up to nine individuals can store their workout profiles. Height, weight, gender and other data are kept from workout to workout to calculate calorie burn and otherwise provide personalized programs.
All in all, the specs list is impressive and especially for a trainer with this price tag. As mentioned above though, the unit weight of 121 pounds seems like an odd match for the advertised weight capacity.
Our Overall Review of the Yowza Bonita
At just $1199, the Yowza Bonita Cardio Core Value Elliptical provides an exciting way to get in shape. The Cardio Core technology makes this machine provide more thorough workouts than just about any other trainer for the price. The trainer is also well-engineered for durability; its rollerless and trackless design means that no wheels can stick and key components won’t be harmed by dust. The Yowza Bonita is a very appealing alternative to the pricier Captiva.