Part of a bestselling range of fitness equipment which also includes the Exerpeutic 400XL and 900XL, the Exerpeutic 5000 Magnetic Elliptical Trainer is priced at an entry to mid-range level, but with a range of impressive features.
This review takes a look at what the 5000 has to offer, including the design features, running motion, customer reviews, and the innovative “Mobile App Tracking” option available from myCloudFitness.
One of the first decisions you’ll need to make when choosing a new elliptical trainer, is whether to opt for a design that’s front or rear driven.
While front driven designs provide more of a ‘stepper’ type workout, with more emphasis on your quads and calves, the rear driven machines feel more like cross country skiing, with a more gentle gliding motion.
The Exerpeutic 5000 is the latter of the two, with the flywheel being positioned at the back of the machine.
This is actually one of the few entry level machines at this price point that offers an 18″ stride length, which is important for providing taller users (up to 6ft) with a natural running stride.
Partly due to the lack of incline settings that you tend to find on some higher priced machines, the Exerpeutic 5000 is actually a surprisingly lightweight machine.
Weighing just 84 lbs, this is considerably less than many of the models available through Precor or Schwinn, and combines with the transport wheels at the front to make it much easier to move the machine if needed.
This is even with the double transmission, which operates with the 2 flywheel and 2 belt design system, to create better momentum and a smoother striding motion than most single flywheel drive systems.
Food pedal placement
One final feature worth mentioning is the placement of the foot pedals.
Although this doesn’t seem particularly important to the success of your workouts, the low profile (6″ off the ground at their lowest point) makes it much easier to get on and off the machine.
With just 6 inches between the pedals to accommodate the flywheel housing, this also helps reduce the strain on your hips, inner thighs, and lower back, as it keeps your feet closer together in a more natural running position.
The oversized design of the pedals gives you much more space to find your preferred running position, as well as reducing the risk of your feet slipping at higher resistance levels.
Exerpeutic 5000 – Features Summary
- An 18 inch smooth elliptical stride length provides a comfortable and full range work out, without any strain on the knees or ankles
- Mobile App Tracking utilizes built in Bluetooth technology, to allow the user to track workout results anywhere and at any time
- A strong and durable 3 piece cranking system for high end performance and continuous momentum
- A Gel pad support for mobile devices is included for extra stability
Display console design and Mobile App Tracking
Although the Exerpeutic features some impressive design features for an entry level machine, it’s the display console that really makes it something special.
With its “Mobile App Tracking” technology, you can use a wide range of mobile devices to track your workouts at the same time as watching a movie, reading a magazine, or even checking your email.
The app is compatible with a variety of Apple products, including their iPhones and iPads, together with smart phones and tablets run under the Android system.
Using Bluetooth to connect the Exerpeutic 5000 with the mobile tracking app, this also allows you to setup a personal profile with basic information, such as your age, height, and weight.
When connected, the app will then keep a record of your workout stats, at the same time as displaying all your most important workout information on the screen of your mobile device.
Your time, distance, calories burned, resistance level, heart rate, and speed are just a few of the statistics you can keep track of using this unique tracking app, which is available on the Apple Store and Google Play.
In terms of the actual console design, this has been kept minimalistic to help keep the price low while still providing all the essentials.
This includes the basic start / stop button, the LCD display screen, and a quick reference guide to the 10 preset workout programs that are programmed into the built-in computer.
Various workout information is constantly displayed on the screen to remove the need for scrolling, which includes your time, distance, and current workout program.
Despite not having as many reviews available as the range of Exerpeutic exercise bikes, there are still numerous online shopping sites where existing customers have provided feedback on their experiences with the Exerpeutic 5000.
After reading through many of these reviews ourselves from several different sites, we’ve been able to put together the following list of pros and cons, based on the responses of people who have already bought and used this elliptical machine.
- Extended base stabilizers prevent any unwanted movement or tipping of the machine when in use
- Smooth and quiet stride motion thanks to the double transmission flywheel belt drive
- Compact design reduces the footprint of the machine, making it an ideal choice if space is at a premium
- Mobile App Tracking combines with the heart rate hand sensors to provide a clear indication of whether or not you’re in your target heart rate zone
- Assembly instructions and user manual aren’t particularly easy to follow
- Lack of quick select resistance functions on the display console
- The number of calories burned can be slightly inaccurate without the tracking app, due to the console not allowing you to enter your height and weight to make accurate calculations