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Yowza Fitness Elliptical Trainer Reviews

Yowza Fitness elliptical trainers are split across three main categories: CardioCore, CardioCore Seated (also known as EVO), and CardioSure.

Yowza Fitness are a company with a lot of unique design features, which is why they’re able to offer such steep incline gradients and long stride paths. They also offer a variety of entertainment options to make your workouts more enjoyable and effective, such as connectivity to the myLiveLight fitness app, and personalized workout programs.

Deciding on the best elliptical for your personal fitness goals will usually be based a combination of budget and features, which is why we put together this guide to give a quick summary of what to expect.

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CardioCore ellipticals

Traditional elliptical trainers provide you with two sets of handles; one stationary set for isolating lower body muscle groups, and a separate moveable set if you’re looking for more of a full body workout.

Yowza’s CardioCore ellipticals replace this moveable set with their patented SuperCore™ motion handlebars, which use a counter rotational movement to engage your core muscles more effectively, especially your abs and obliques.

In addition to this unique upper body exercise, CardioCore ellipticals have an industry-leading incline of between 15% and 60%, depending on the model. This is a serious increase over most elliptical trainers, which are usually limited to 15%.

One of the reasons for such a big increase in incline options is Yowza’s Swing Up Reactive Elliptical (SURE) technology. Not only does this create the steepest incline gradient in the industry, but for their Miami model it also creates one of the longest stride paths, with a maximum length of 32″.

In addition to a wide range of unique design features, many CardioCore ellipticals also give you the option to track your workout progress and achievements online with myLiveLight. Because this is a cloud based system, you can also access your results via the myLiveLight app, where you can track everything from caloric intake through to daily activity.

Some of the top-of-the-line ellipticals in this collection also offer something called ‘Intelligent Weight Management’ (IWM). By transmitting your bodyweight to the console via the IWM scales, a personalized workout program will be created to help you maintain your ideal BMI.

Combine the features above with a challenging variety of workout programs and their industry-leading warranty, which is a step above companies like NordicTrack and Precor, and it’s no surprise these ellipticals are gaining in popularity.

Yowza Fitness Miami

Yowza Fitness Miami

Review rating: 4.5 star review rating
As the top-of-the-line elliptical in Yowza’s CardioCore collection, the Miami is packed with all of their best features.

This includes the full 60% incline, which allows you to switch the focus between different lower body muscle groups. Using a flatter elliptical path you can target more of your quads and calves, while the steeper gradients are best for working your hamstrings and glutes.

The stride length also increases as you adjust the incline, and even the shortest 19″ stride setting is getting close to the 20″ offered by many of the NordicTrack ellipticals.

Unfortunately, while the workout program variation is similar to what you would get on a Sole Fitness machine, the 12 programs do fall a little short of the 30+ onboard workouts that you get with some of NordicTrack’s Elite ellipticals.

That being said, the Miami model does offer the same quality of goal setting programs, where you can set targets for the workout duration, distance, and number of calories burned.

  • Workout programs: 12
  • Stride length: 19″ to 32″
  • myLiveLight: Yes
  • Incline: 60%
  • Decline: No
  • Resistance levels: 16
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs
  • Weight scale: Included
  • Airport: Yes
  • Intelligent Weight Management: Yes

You can find out more about the workout tracking and health benefits of myLiveLight and the Intelligent Weight Management system in our comprehensive review.

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Yowza Fitness Islamorada

Yowza Fitness Islamorada

Review rating: 4 star review rating
Available at a slightly lower price point to their Miami elliptical means the Islamorada doesn’t have the same integration with the myLiveLight fitness app. But you do still have the Intelligent Weight Management system to help maintain a healthy BMI and achieve weight loss goals.

Apart from losing the connection with myLifeLight and having a slightly shorter stride length, there’s actually not a great deal of difference between the two machines.

You can still enjoy a similar number of workout programs and the same 60% incline gradient as the higher priced Miami elliptical, with a built-in receiver making it easier to keep track of your heart rate.

You’re also getting a Mediaport console, which integrates with your mobile phone or tablet to deliver a variety of entertainment options that can make your workouts more enjoyable. This includes standard features like listening to your favorite music, but also the ability to watch movies, TV shows, and browsing social networks.

This does require you to already own a smartphone or tablet, but offers a safe and secure way to hold your device and improve the audio via the built-in speakers. A USB port in the console even keeps the device charged so you don’t lose power during longer workouts.

  • Workout programs: 12
  • Stride length: 19″-30″
  • myLiveLight: No
  • Incline: 60%
  • Decline: No
  • Resistance levels: 16
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs
  • Weight scale: Included
  • Airport / Mediaport: Mediaport
  • Intelligent Weight Management: Yes

Our in-depth review contains more information on everything from the workout programs and assembly process, through to the entertainment options and warranty coverage.

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Yowza Fitness Captiva

Yowza Fitness Captiva

Review rating: 3.5 star review rating
By upgrading from the Sanibel i35 to the Captiva elliptical you’re gaining an additional 15% of incline, and 2-inches on the full length stride.

Unfortunately we don’t start seeing Yowza’s Intelligent Weight Management (IWM) software until the Islamorada, and the workout and health tracking benefits of myLifeLight are only available on the top-of-the-line Miami model.

However, the 35% electro adjust incline is still a considerable increase on similarly priced ellipticals from Precor and Sole Fitness, with an adjustable stride that lets you build up to your full running pace.

As part of the CardioCore collection the handles still provide their unique counter-rotational movement, which effectively provides a low resistance, high-rep core workout alongside your lower body training.

Like the higher priced Islamorada, the Captiva elliptical also features a Mediaport console, which provides support for your smartphone or tablet device. This lets you browse the internet while you run, allowing you to watch movies, TV shows, or sports without stepping foot off the pedals.

  • Workout programs: 12
  • Stride length: 18″-28″
  • myLiveLight:
  • Incline: 50%
  • Decline: No
  • Resistance levels: 16
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs
  • Weight scale: No
  • Airport / Mediaport: Mediaport
  • Intelligent Weight Management: No

You’ll find more information on the features of a Mediaport console, as well as what to expect from the warranty and workout programs in our review.

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Yowza Fitness Sanibel i35

Yowza Fitness Sanibel i35

Review rating: 4 star review rating
Featuring Yowza’s Surefit™ and Ergofit™ pedal design, the Sanibel i35 is able to deliver an ergonomically efficient platform that flexes with your natural ankle movement, with gel inserts for added cushioning.

This is also the first elliptical in Yowza’s CardioCore collection to offer an electro adjust stride. This is an upgrade over the 18″ fixed length of the Pompano elliptical, and comes as a result of the incline gradient being upgraded to 35%.

The weight capacity has been upgraded from 330 lbs (Pompano) to 400 lbs, putting the Sanibel i35 on a similar level to the top-of-the-line Miami elliptical.

If you want to ensure you stay within a certain heart rate range, the console features a built in Polar™ heart rate receiver, with touch sensors built into the handles.

Having the steeper incline and reversible rear drive motion means you can burn calories at a faster rate than on the entry level Pompano elliptical. NordicTrack’s incline trainers have been specifically designed around the benefits that running at steeper gradients can bring, and their equipment has a similarly gradient (40% maximum).

  • Workout programs: 12
  • Stride length: 18″-26″
  • myLiveLight: No
  • Incline: 35%
  • Decline: No
  • Resistance levels: 16
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs
  • Weight scale: No
  • Airport / Mediaport: Mediaport
  • Intelligent Weight Management: No

If you want to find out more about the workout programs, entertainment options, warranty coverage, and assembly process, you can find more information in our comprehensive review. Alternatively, you can use the link below to check the latest price.

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Yowza Fitness Pompano

Yowza Fitness Pompano

Review rating: 3 star review rating
The entry level Pompano model is the only elliptical in Yowza’s CardioCore collection to use a fixed stride length of 18″. In contrast, the Sanibel i35 through to the Miami model all use a variable stride length of up to 32-inches.

Although this is still fairly close to the top stride length for most home ellipticals (20″), taller users (6ft+) might want to consider extending their budget to an upgraded model, which offers better support for the longer running stride.

The minimum step-up height is also slightly higher than their other CardioCore ellipticals, but the increase (0.5″) isn’t particularly noticeable.

The workout variation is also excellent, with a number of goal setting, interval training, and Heart Rate Control (HRC) programs that automatically adjust the incline and resistance level to ensure you’re always getting the most efficient workout for your fitness goals.

However, in addition to the shorter fixed stride length, the Pompano also has the lowest fixed incline of all Yowza’s ellipticals, at 15%. This is even in comparison to the entry level Jupiter Pilot elliptical, which has a 25% adjustable incline and retails for around $300 less.

  • Workout programs: 12
  • Stride length: 18″ Fixed
  • myLiveLight: No
  • Incline: 15% Fixed
  • Decline: No
  • Console: Mediaport
  • Resistance levels: 16
  • Weight capacity: 330 lbs
  • Weight scale: No
  • Flywheel weight: lbs
  • Airport: No
  • Intelligent Weight Management: No

So would you actually be better choosing the lower priced Jupiter or Jupiter Pilot ellipticals from Yowza’s CardioSure collection, or are the benefits of CardioCore enough to make the Pompano your best option?

You can find the answer, along with a guide to the assembly process, entertainment features, frame design, and warranty coverage, in our full review. You can also check the latest price using the link below.

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CardioSure ellipticals

Whereas the CardioCore and CardioCore Evo ellipticals focus around Yowza’s unique counter rotational handlebars, their CardioSure collection uses the more traditional elliptical motion.

This reduces the amount of core muscle activation, but increases the recruitment of your back, biceps, and shoulders. This also results in a more affordable range of elliptical trainers compared to their CardioCore models.

Despite the difference in price, the handle design seems to be one of the only changes, and the top-of-the-line Navarre Elite has a very similar spec to the top CardioCore model (Miami).

Both machines are compatible with the myLiveLight workout tracking and fitness app, offer a 60% variable incline, and have a 400 lb weight capacity. The maximum stride length is 2-inches longer on the Miami, but the workout programs and resistance levels also remain the same.

Each CardioSure elliptical has a corresponding model in the CardioCore collection with similar features, except for a few minor differences in handle design.

In the reviews below we’ll be making more detailed comparisons with the CardioCore ellipticals, as well as with other similarly priced machines to help you find the best elliptical trainer for your own home workouts. We’ll also compare Yowza’s ellipticals to those from Sole Fitness, Nautilus, and NordicTrack amongst others.

Yowza Fitness Jupiter Plus

Yowza Fitness Jupiter Plus

Review rating: 4.5 star review rating
The Jupiter Plus elliptical features a number of upgrades over the earlier Jupiter and Jupiter Pilot models, each of which is designed to improve the effectiveness and enjoyment of your workouts.

The power incline gradient has now been increased to a range of 0-35%, which is the same as on the Sanibel i35 (usually retails for $200 more than the Jupiter Plus). You’re also getting the full 5 year warranty on parts and electronics, as well as 2 years of coverage for in-home labor.

An ErgoFit self pivoting pedal design is the same as on other CardioSure ellipticals, but there’s a significant difference in terms of grip positions for the upper body handles.

The CardioSure Multi-Grip handles can engage more of your back muscles compared to the Jupiter model, by allowing you to take much of the pulling motion away from your biceps. This is in addition to the standard moving handle and stationary grips.

An MP3 connection and High-Fidelity speaker system are a significant improvement from the standard console available on the Jupiter Pilot, but you don’t have the same iPod docking and charging station that you do with the CardioCore ellipticals.

  • Workout programs: 8
  • Stride length: 18″ – 24″
  • myLiveLight: No
  • Incline: 35%
  • Decline: No
  • Resistance levels: 16
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs
  • Weight scale: No
  • Airport: No
  • Intelligent Weight Management: No

In our full review we take a closer look at the design features, console functions, assembly process, and workout programs to help you decide if this is the best choice of elliptical for your own home gym.

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Yowza Fitness Jupiter

Yowza Fitness Jupiter

Review rating: 4.5 star review rating
In terms of fundamental features like incline and the number of workout programs, the Yowza Jupiter elliptical is almost identical to the entry level Jupiter Pilot.

There’s usually a $300 difference in price between the two models, which is on account of the longer variable stride length (up to 22″ instead of 20″) and an increase in the number of entertainment features available.

You’re still getting an integrated tablet holder on both machines, but the Jupiter also has a 3-speed fan and MP3 audio jack for listening to your favorite workout music via the Hi-Fidelity speakers built into the console.

Most other features are the same, including the 25% grade power incline and ErgoFit self pivoting pedals. But the Jupiter does come with an extra 3 years on the parts and electronics warranty, and an additional year of coverage on in-home labor.

  • Workout programs: 8
  • Stride length: 18″ – 22″
  • myLiveLight: No
  • Incline: 25%
  • Decline: No
  • Resistance levels: 16
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs
  • Weight scale: No
  • Airport: No
  • Intelligent Weight Management: No

If you want to find out more about the workout program variation, goal setting options, assembly process, console functions, and entertainment options, it’s worth taking a look at our full review. We also make some important comparisons between the Jupiter and other Yowza Fitness ellipticals, and have an image gallery where you can look at the features in more detail.

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Yowza Fitness Jupiter Pilot

Yowza Fitness Jupiter Pilot

Review rating: 4 star review rating
The Jupiter Pilot is the most affordable rear drive elliptical available in the CardioSure collection from Yowza Fitness.

Despite being available for around $300 less than the Jupiter model, it still features the same ErgoFit Self Pivoting pedals and 25% grade power incline. This is slightly down on the 35% offered by the Jupiter Plus, and falls well short of the 60% incline offered by some of their CardioCore machines.

However, when compared to the 20% incline offered by NordicTrack’s Elite ellipticals, it’s still towards the top of the industry, and allows you to switch the focus between different lower body muscle groups. Steeper inclines are great for targeting your hamstrings and glutes, while shallower gradients are best for calves and quads.

Unfortunately to make the Jupiter Pilot available at a lower price to Yowza’s other elliptical trainers, you do miss out on some of the entertainment options, with no built-in speakers or MP3 compatibility. You’re also limited to 2 years warranty on the parts and electronics, and 1 year on the in-home labor.

With a range of 16″-20″ the stride length is still adjustable, but measures a few inches shorter than on the Jupiter or Jupiter Plus. The 300 lb weight capacity remains the same across the three ellipticals.

  • Workout programs: 8
  • Stride length: 16″-20″
  • myLiveLight: No
  • Incline: 25%
  • Decline: No
  • Resistance levels: 16
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs
  • Weight scale: No
  • Airport: No
  • Intelligent Weight Management: No

You can find out more information about the workout programs, warranty coverage, assembly process, and console features in our in-depth review. We also make some important comparisons between the Jupiter Pilot and similarly priced ellipticals from Sole Fitness, Smooth Fitness, and ProForm.

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