Kettler Axos Cross P Programmable Elliptical Trainer Review

The [geot country=”United States”] Kettler Axos Cross P Programmable Elliptical Trainer [/geot][geot country=”United Kingdom”] Kettler Axos Cross P Programmable Elliptical Trainer [/geot][geot exclude_country=”United States,United Kingdom”] Kettler Axos Cross P Programmable Elliptical Trainer [/geot] is a budget machine designed for home use. It has 16 resistance stages, 12 different workout programs and an LCD display screen offering various feedback options. It also has pulse sensors on the handlebars enabling you to track your heart rate during your workout.

The machine is extremely compact and lightweight; designed to provide a full body workout for those wanting a budget elliptical, suitable for a home gym or designated workout area. It’s sturdy, lightweight, smooth and low cost; but does it offer good value for money?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 27 (width) x 67 (length)  x 60 (height) inches (62  x 132 x 169 cm)
  • 286 pounds (130 kg) maximum weight
  • 150 pounds (68.03 kg) shipping weight

 

Key Features

  • Brake system: Magnetic brake system offering 16 electronically controlled stages of resistance
  • Flywheel: approx. 14 kg
  • Computer: LCD computer including strain profile
  • Programs: Target zone training (fat/fit/manual). Recovery pulse and fitness test.
  • Functions: Continuous display of 7 functions
  • Pulse measurement: Integrated POLAR compatible receiver
  • Keys: Perspiration-resistant keys.
  • Treads: Adjustable treads
  • Transport: castors at front and height adjustment at rear

 

Comfort

“The operation of this elliptical is very smooth, quiet and quality is excellent.” – [geot country=”United States”] Click here to read the full review on Amazon [/geot][geot country=”United Kingdom”] Click here to read the full review on Amazon [/geot][geot exclude_country=”United States,United Kingdom”] Click here to read the full review on Amazon [/geot].

[geot country=”United States”] The Kettler Cross P [/geot][geot country=”United Kingdom”] The Kettler Cross P [/geot][geot exclude_country=”United States,United Kingdom”] The Kettler Cross P [/geot] is a lightweight machine that is designed to be set up in a home gym and remain sturdy and robust once constructed. Although the front and back stands have rubber floor grips, the machine can still feel a little unsturdy during use which doesn’t encourage you to use it at its full capacity as the slight rocking motion can feel a little unsafe. The 30-pound flywheel does contribute towards a fluid and smooth movement which is enjoyable, it also allows the body to feel supported during workout programs.

The perspiration resistant keys do contribute to overall comfort as it can be difficult to adjust settings on some elliptical trainers mid – workout, sometimes to the point where you have to pause the exercise which is more than a little off-putting if you’re really pushing yourself during a session.

Despite it’s ‘slimline’ nature, the machine works really well during exercise sessions and feels fairly intuitive and reactive.

 

Performance

The [geot country=”United States”] The Kettler Cross P [/geot][geot country=”United Kingdom”] The Kettler Cross P [/geot][geot exclude_country=”United States,United Kingdom”] The Kettler Cross P [/geot]’s target zone training combined with the continuous feedback functions and fitness test option mean you are able to consistently track your progress and monitor how hard you are pushing yourself. The 16 levels of electronically controlled resistance are a great way to intensify workouts and customize workout options if you feel you want to work harder and optimize the machine for fat burning.

“Unlike other ellipticals that I have tried, the Axos has no wobbles or squeaks.” – [geot country=”United States”] Click here to read the full review on Amazon [/geot][geot country=”United Kingdom”] Click here to read the full review on Amazon [/geot][geot exclude_country=”United States,United Kingdom”] Click here to read the full review on Amazon [/geot]

It should be noted that the Ketter Axos P has a stride length of just 16-inches, which is a little less than most elliptical machines tend to offer. This isn’t really a problem unless you’re on the taller side (probably anything over around the 5′ 8″ mark) and for those on the shorter side, a 16-inch stride length may even be beneficial.

The elliptical does have handlebar pulse sensors which provide an adequate heart rate monitoring system, although the readings aren’t always accurate.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

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The fact the machine is slimline and lightweight means you’re able to move it around quite easily; this is beneficial to those who struggle to use home gym equipment without getting bored. It’s size and weight means you could easily move it into a room containing a TV or sound system and move it back into storage again if you wanted to after you’ve used it.

“Two people at least are definitely needed for assembly.” – [geot country=”United States”] Click here to read the full review on Amazon [/geot][geot country=”United Kingdom”] Click here to read the full review on Amazon [/geot][geot exclude_country=”United States,United Kingdom”] Click here to read the full review on Amazon [/geot].

The compact nature of the [geot country=”United States”] The Kettler Axos Cross P [/geot][geot country=”United Kingdom”] The Kettler Axos Cross P [/geot][geot exclude_country=”United States,United Kingdom”] The Kettler Axos Cross P [/geot] really is also a plus point for those who don’t have much space at home. It doesn’t require a large amount of floor room like some bulkier ellipticals and also doesn’t have to be set up where you plan to use it as it’s relatively mobile.

For the most part the machine is easy to set up, although you may need assistance from a friend or partner as some parts can be fiddly and difficult to balance alone. The lack of cup holder is incredibly inconvenient and means you have to leave the machine in order to refresh yourself which can be quite annoying if you’re mid-workout!

The sweat resistant keypads are a beneficial addition and make the programs even easier to use and interact with mid – training. The programming is very simple and doesn’t take long to set up.

 

Entertainment

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The programs available are adequate, but can become a little tiresome when combined with a lack of customization and adjustability. The fact the machine is so compact means you can position it where the entertainment is (i.e. in front of the TV) and put it away again, but that doesn’t necessarily shine a positive light on the entertainment values of the machine itself, of which there is very little.

Unlike some elliptical trainers on the market, the [geot country=”United States”] Kettler Axos P [/geot][geot country=”United Kingdom”] Kettler Axos P [/geot][geot exclude_country=”United States,United Kingdom”] Kettler Axos P [/geot] features no in-built sound system or even a ledge for your iPod or tablet PC. Although the lack of an in-built sound system is typical for an elliptical trainer in this price range, it would have been nice to see the addition of a small ledge.

 

Warranty

  • 3 year parts
  • 3 year labour

 

The Final Verdict

The [geot country=”United States”] Kettler Cross P Programmable Elliptical trainer [/geot][geot country=”United Kingdom”] Kettler Cross P Programmable Elliptical trainer [/geot][geot exclude_country=”United States,United Kingdom”] Kettler Cross P Programmable Elliptical trainer [/geot] comes in at under $600 dollars, placing it amongst other budget ellipticals. It is certainly easy to setup and use and delivers a range of motion that is comfortable and physically supportive. You don’t always get a natural motion in budget elliptical trainers so the [geot country=”United States”] Kettler Cross P [/geot][geot country=”United Kingdom”] Kettler Cross P [/geot][geot exclude_country=”United States,United Kingdom”] Kettler Cross P [/geot] certainly scores points in the smooth motion department.

The fact it is compact and lightweight will appeal to people who don’t have much room and need to be able to move the machine around, which is beneficial in this instance as the machine itself has no entertainment extras and contains limited workout programs.

“I would recommend this to any who needs a compact and high quality piece of equipment.” – [geot country=”United States”] Click here to read the full review on Amazon [/geot][geot country=”United Kingdom”] Click here to read the full review on Amazon [/geot][geot exclude_country=”United States,United Kingdom”] Click here to read the full review on Amazon [/geot].

If you’re the sort of person who appreciates additional features and extras (e.g. an in-built sound system or iPod connectivity), there’s a chance you might feel a little short changed with this machine. It is compact and it does work well, but it really doesn’t compete in the way of adjustability and customization facilities when it’s compared to other trainers positioned within the same price range.

It’s definitely a machine that works well, but you might find other ellipticals on the market within the same budget bracket that give you that bit more in the way of additional features and extras.

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