Captiva Elliptical Trainer Review (Cardio Core Training Series)

The Captiva elliptical trainer (Cardio Core Training Series) is an incredibly quiet, well designed trainer with an innovative, electronically adjustable incline feature. Other key features include 9 preset programs, an iPod dock (and charger) and an incredible adjustable stride length of 18-28 inches.

Many of the features are well thought out and intuitive too, but is the Captiva elliptical machine as silent as the manufacturer states? Is the base as sturdy as other ellipticals with a front flywheel and is the cardio core motion as effective as other elliptical machines in this price range?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 33 (width) x 66 (length) x 66 (height) inches (167.64 cm x 83.8 cm x 167.64 cm);
  • Fully extended length: 81 inches (205.7 cm)
  • 400 pounds (181.4 kg) maximum user weight
  • 243 pounds (110.2 kg) assembled weight
  • 275 pounds (124.7 kg) shipping weight

 

Key Features

  • CardioCore motion handlebars
  • 18″-28″ Adjustable Stride on the fly
  • 0-50% Electronically Adjustable Incline
  • 9 Pre-Set Programs
  • Custom Programing
  • Surefit™ Pivoting Foot Pedals
  • Built In Heart Rate Control by Polar
  • iPod™ Docking & Charging
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Best in-class Lifetime warranty included

 

Comfort

The Captiva elliptical trainer has a maximum user capacity of 400 pounds so you would expect it to feel incredibly solid and robust; and it is. Despite the rear flywheel, the machine feels safe and sturdy even during full motion.

“I am glad I bought the Captiva ( not the Sanibel), it’s worth the extra $500 because of the stride adjuster and incline adjustment feature.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

The comfort of the full elliptical motion is definitely something that should be tried before purchasing if possible. The cardio core motion of the handlebars could feel a little tight on the spine for some people and feels completely different to many other elliptical machines.

Rather than moving your arms backwards and forwards, your arms move from side to side. The motion of the elliptical itself is also very different to the normal ramp system machines. Your feet move in a circular stepping motion which feels a little unnatural to begin with, it can also leave the knees a little sore when used in conjunction with the rampless incline at its maximum 50% capacity.

One big positive of the Captiva trainers design is the ability to adjust the stride to a mammoth 28 inches. This is incredibly beneficial (especially for taller users) as it means you can ensure your stride will be comfortable whichever program or incline position you choose to use.

 

Performance

The Captiva elliptical trainers cardio core motion is designed to work out core muscle areas; the innovative elliptical motion is designed to target key muscle groups without placing any additional strain on the joints. If you can get used to the movement (which takes a bit of doing, we’ll be honest), you will find it works all the main muscle areas as stated by the manufacturer.

“It’s VERY smooth, and VERY quiet!” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

You can certainly work up a sweat using the 9 preset programs which include; Manual, Target Time – Counts up or down from a specified time, Target Distance – Counts up or down from a specified distance and Target Calories – Counts up or down from a specified number and Core Interval resistance program with eight unique intensity levels. The trainer also has basic feedback facilities which include a polar chest strep; the most accurate way to monitor your heart rate. You can also use the handlebar sensors but they aren’t as accurate in comparison.

The Captiva elliptical trainer also has a massive 9 user capacity which means 9 different people can store their information and progress on the machine.

The rear drive technology could help some users excel in their fitness progression while others may simply find the motion too strange and unusual to encourage them to workout, so keep this in mind.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

The Captiva (Cardio Core Trainer Series) elliptical trainer is extremely heavy and will need to be set-up where you intend to use it. Once setup it does have a very compact footprint which is very convenient and space saving.

“The instructions were OK, but you could tell English wasn’t the primary language of the person who wrote them.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

The control itself is fairly basic and in all honesty, it isn’t the easiest to use (you’ll probably need to consult the manual) but once you get used to the layout, you should be able to get to grips with it.

What’s more, the water bottle holder is not very big which may annoy some users who like to stay well hydrated during their workouts.

By far the best feature of the machine is it’s incredibly quiet motion. The fact it is nearly silent is really useful and means it is ideal for those living in apartment blocks or flats (or perhaps those living with partners).

 

Entertainment

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The Captiva elliptical machine does have an iPod dock and speaker system but these features are fairly limiting for all users. Firstly you need to have an iPod or you can’t use the dock, which is incredibly annoying for those who want to use the system who don’t own a compatible Apple product.

“There isn’t a place for a book, but I’ll be watching TV anyway.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

Secondly the speakers are below par which is quite common with inbuilt elliptical music systems but is a little annoying nonetheless.

The most entertaining part of the machine is the movement which will contribute towards the novelty factor initially and interest you enough to encourage you to workout. You should also find that the incline is enough to vary your workouts regularly and push your fitness levels. If you can’t get used to the motion however, you’ll probably not want to continue use.

 

Warranty

  • Frame – Lifetime
  • Braking system – lifetime
  • Parts and electronics – 5 years
  • Labour – 2 years

 

The Final Verdict

“I strongly recommend this machine and am really pleased with my purchase.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

The Captiva elliptical trainer (cardio core training series) is a well built, innovative machine with intuitive design and usability. Unfortunately the machine is very much something you should, if possible, try before you buy.

The completely different style of movement may well alienate some users and be that bit too different to get used to. Aside from this, the machine is feature-packed and offers a lot for your money. However, at just over $2000 dollars, you need to know you’ll at least enjoy the basic workout movement on the machine as well as the other features.

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