Exercise bikes have been an integral part of fitness training for centuries due to their value in cardiovascular training. They are a scientifically proven asset in terms of their ability to enhance a cardio workout regimen and have added advantages of being portable and relatively less expensive. This makes them a staple in both home and commercial gyms. Choosing the right machine for your needs can be tricky especially when you are just starting out in the fitness world. Most starters tend to opt for guesswork due to some technicalities that may be a bit of a hustle to understand. We have purposed to ease the work for you through this review by focusing on one of the leading exercise bikes on the market today, the XS Sports Pro 2-in-1 Elliptical Cross Trainer Exercise Bike.
We will review this exercise bike in 5 key areas namely: key features, pros, cons, our verdict and then how current users are rating this machine. Brace yourself and let’s get started!
Technically, this machine is a combination of two cardio machines, the exercise bike and a cross trainer. If you go to the cardio workout section of a typical gym, you will normally see separate exercise bikes and cross trainers and you will have to switch between the two to have a total body work out. It seems the XS sports designers recognized this problem and the space implications it has, and opted for a 2-in-1 machine that provides a total cardio workout at one station while preserving the much needed space. The machine has a steel frame and has silver and black as principle colors. In case you need more objective information relating to space, the product dimensions show that it will eat up a space of 122 x 60 x 154 cm. In the case where you are expecting to be moving the machine frequently and need some information on the weight and maneuverability, well, it has a weight of 29kg and features some front wheels that can give you the leverage for easy movement.
Let’s begin the key features with the flywheel. Like most exercise bikes, XS Sports Pro 2-in-1 Cross Trainer a flywheel which is mounted in front. This design provides a crucial advantage, which is enhancing the stability of the machine when you are working out.
Secondly, the machine seems to adhere to a perpetual principle underlying effective exercise. Exercise needs to be progressive if you are to make any gains and the machine incorporates a resistance adjustment knob placed just in front of the seat over the flywheel. This seems to be a convenient place that shouldn’t disturb you rhythm during the workout.
Cardiovascular training really needs you to be as objective as possible. You need precise measurements to track your progress and also to make sure you are going through the regimen properly. Key parameters in cardio exercises are your heart rate, time, speed, distance and calories and you cannot really go through the initial tests or a standard training program if you don’t have access to this information. This machine makes sure it gives you this through a conveniently mounted LCD display that provides you with all this important information.
Another standout feature is that it features dual directional elliptical function. This is to say that it is designed to cycle in both forward and backward directions. These movements make sure you exercise as many muscles as possible.
Other parameters you need to be aware of are the maximum weight, maximum foot size and the size of the foot print. The machine has a maximum weight of 110kg, maximum UK foot size of 12, and a foot print size of 91×51 cm.
In terms of getting the machines parts together once you get it out of the box, it seems that it requires some assembly which shouldn’t be as complicated, owing to the fact that it comes with an English instructional manual to take you through the process.
When it comes to authenticity issues. It seems there is enough credibility in the machine as it is certified by CE which is an authoritative body that makes sure consumers are really getting what they are paying for.
First of all, let’s look at the price tag of XS Sports Pro 2-in-1. Considering the range of features that it puts on the table, it really provides a lot of quality for this price.
Secondly, the exercise bike is geared to provide you a more comprehensive workout through the dual function feature which combines an exercise bike and a cross trainer.
Thirdly, XS Sports Cross Trainer seems to have conveniently placed and easy to manipulate adjustment knob and LCD display. This is great is it avoids interrupting your workout rhythm.
In terms of durability, the steel frame provides a lot of solidity against the daily weights it has to carry. It seems like a machine that should last for years with proper use.
Another advantage worth noting is that it is easy to move around and doesn’t require too much space. The front wheels provide a great feature that allows you to move the machine easily and it will basically require far less space than you would need to accommodate a bike and a cross trainer separately.
To be honest, you will have to work a bit hard to find some obvious faults related to this 2-in-1 exercise bike.
Customer reviews highlighted a few issues which are basically tiny blips in an otherwise great product.
First of all, the hard padded seat seems to give problems to some users especially during the first few sessions. Secondly, there are concerns about the adjustment knob which is not as durable as the machine as a whole. The adjustment mechanism tends to fail sometimes.
Lastly, much as it provides great quality for the money, the price tag isn’t exactly favorable for those who are on a stringent budget but are looking for something that offers great quality.
All in all, XS Sports Pro 2-in-1 Elliptical Cross Trainer definitely belongs to the elite league when compared with most bikes on the market today. It has an exceptional array of features to appreciate with the hallmark being combining an exercise bike and a cross trainer. Any fitness enthusiast should be excited at the prospect of having one of these at their disposal, be it in a community or a home gym.