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Yowza Fitness Jupiter Elliptical Trainer Review

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The Yowza Fitness Jupiter Elliptical Trainer joins the Navarre Elite and Jupiter Pilot ellipticals as part of their CardioSure collection.

Featuring a more traditional upper body motion than their CardioCore ellipticals, we wanted to take a closer look at how the features of this new model measure up to those of some established bestsellers.

We’ll be reviewing everything from the design features, console functions, workout programs, and assembly process, right down to the maintenance required and warranty coverage, to help you decide if this is the best choice for your own home gym.

Design features

The Yowza Jupiter elliptical features some impressive upgrades over its competitors

One of the main benefits of an elliptical trainer is the low impact nature of the workouts. But even with a smooth stride, some machines will still place unnecessary stress on your ankles and joints.

That’s why the Yowza Jupiter Elliptical includes a number of innovative features designed to support your natural running motion.

The bio-mechanically designed SureFit pedals are self-pivoting, which not relieves stress on joints and tendons by adapting to the natural ankle flexion during each stride.

The ErgoFit feature of the pedals also means you benefit from a more comfortable and cushioned foot support, with gel inserts reducing the any pressure placed on your toes and heels.

Their SURE (Swing Up Reactive Elliptical) technology also results in a variable stride from 18″ to 22″, adjusting as you increase the incline. A Jupiter Plus model is also available, where the stride range measures 18″ to 24″.

This variation in stride length doesn’t require any manual adjustments, and can be set mid-workout via controls on the console. A 0-25% grade power incline is available on the Jupiter, which is upgraded to 35% with the Jupiter Plus.

In terms of changing the workout intensity, you have 16 levels of resistance to choose from, which can be set via the console or adjust automatically, depending on which workout program you use.

A 9-inch step-up height to the pedals is something that’s standard across Yowza’s CardioCore and CardioSure elliptical range, and is something we noticed in our reviews of the Miami and Islamorada models.

Despite having a powder coated, welded steel frame, we found the weight capacity of the Jupiter to be slightly less than some of its competitors. 375 lbs tends to be the highest at this price point, and the Jupiter supports up to 330 lbs, so it’s not a huge difference.

The rear drive system supports a reversible stride motion, allowing for greater focus on your hamstrings, glutes, and calves, which also helps add to the workout variety.

Unfortunately Yowza’s CardioCore ellipticals don’t have the same rotating handlebar design as their CardioCore models, but the larger moving handles can still be used to activate upper body muscle groups.

Yowza Fitness Jupiter Elliptical Trainer

Yowza Fitness Jupiter – Features Summary

  • Variable Motion Elliptical Technology changes the reversible path and length of stride from 18″ to 22″ deepening the height and intensity
  • CardioSure handlebar motion with ErgoFit self pivoting pedals
  • Built in “ramp-less” incline
  • Android/Apple docking station and built in Hi-Fidelity speakers
  • Backlit LCD display Polar heart rate control
  • 10 preset workout programs including heart rate and watts controlled
  • 5 Custom workout programs
  • 9 User profiles
  • 16 resistance levels

Display console features

When you compare the console for the Yowza Fitness Jupiter to something like the Sole E35, you’ll notice how much cleaner and simpler the button layout is.

You have the basic start / stop controls, motion and intensity adjustment, and a control for the fan power.

While this is certainly a much simpler layout that’s perhaps more intuitive to use, we would still like to see some quick-select options for the different motion and resistance settings.

The display itself does an excellent job of showing all the information you need without the need for menu navigation or scrolling between screens. This includes your time, motion level, distance, calories burned, and speed.

You also have an 8 x 16 dot matrix display to help setup custom workout programs and view intensity changes across the current selected workout profile.

Yowza Fitness Jupiter Display Console

Entertainment options have also been included in the form of hi-fidelity speakers and a 3-speed adjustable fan.

You also have support for an MP3 player or smartphone in a holder at the top of the console, which prevents it from obstructing the workout information shown on the screen.

A tablet holder has also been added, but unlike on the higher priced EFX range of ellipticals from Precor, this will obstruct the workout feedback.

Built-in heart rate touch sensors and an MP3 audio jack complete the list of console features for the Jupiter.

Workout programs and user profiles

One of the key features many people look for when choosing a new elliptical is how many workout programs the machine has, and what kind of variation is included.

Yowza have managed to capitalize on an area that Sole Fitness seem to be lacking on by providing you with a wider range of both preset and custom workout options.

For example, although the Sole E35 is a similar price to the Yowza Jupiter, you only have access to 6 preset workout programs, with an additional 2 programs that are heart rate controlled, and two custom options. In comparison, the Jupiter has 8 preset programs, 1 Watts controlled, 1 heart rate controlled, and 5 custom options.

You can also create up to 9 user profiles (maximum of 2 for the Sole E35), with no difference between the two machines in terms of warranty coverage.

Preset and custom workout options:

  • Target TimeFollowing no fixed combination of resistance and incline settings, the Target Time program lets you set a duration for your workout.The duration then counts down to zero, giving you complete control over adjustments to resistance and incline, while still providing visibility of calories burned and other useful information.
  • Target DistanceSimilar to Target Time, but you can set a goal for the total distance you want to achieve in the current workout. Again this follows no strict profile.
  • Target CaloriesKnowing how many calories you burn with any given exercise over any amount of time relies on having access to various personal information.If you create a user profile and input your weight, height, and gender, then this will improve the accuracy of the result. Target Calories works in a similar way to the Time and Distance targets, but with the number of calories burned being your goal.
  • Interval (8 levels)The first of our programs to follow a pre-defined profile, the Interval program is split into 8 segments with 8 different intensity levels.The level you choose will affect the intensity across all 8 of the segments, which switch between lower intensity (recovery stage) and higher intensity (work stage).
  • Interval Motion (8 levels)This works in a similar way to the Interval program above, but with 8 levels of motion control instead of resistance.
  • Endurance (8 levels)The Endurance program follows a similar structure to the Interval programs, but across 16 segments instead of 8. By default each segment lasts 2 minutes, but this can be adjusted to suit your preference.The 8 different intensity levels work in a similar way to the standard Interval program, whereby the resistance changes automatically between segments.

    Whereas interval will see you alternate between two opposite intensity levels, Endurance sees you maintain a much higher intensity level throughout. This actually builds towards a peak at the end of the workout, followed by two recovery segments for a cool down.

  • Watts ControlSimilar to the Heart Rate Controlled workout, this lets you set a target power output, which is then maintained by automatic adjustments to the resistance level.
  • Fat BurningFollowing a pre-defined profile with 16 segments, the default duration for this program is 16 minutes.The resistance level will build to a level that isn’t as high as the Endurance program, then maintains a steady level throughout the bulk of the workout (10 segments). There’s also no change in the incline level, unlike the Interval Motion program.
  • HR ControlAfter setting a target heart rate level, the motion and intensity levels will then automatically adjust to keep you at your target.Yowza use the formula 220-Age to calculate the maximum safe heart rate, which is slightly different to the (207 – (0.67 x your age)) formula we’ve seen from Precor on their ellipticals.

    If you’re unsure which is the best formula for you to follow, we recommend checking with your doctor.

  • Custom Course (5 programs)Ranging from C1 to C5, these programs let you define the intensity and motion level for each segment of a workout. This lets you create a profile that’s completely customized to your personal fitness goals, and can be a great way to improve motivation and avoid plateaus in your training.

9 User memory profiles
One of the big differences between feedback on lower priced ellipticals and those with user profiles is the accuracy.

Unless you can be confident that the numbers you’re seeing on the console screen are accurate, it makes it difficult to set goals, measure your progress, and make adjustments mid-workout.

Most information such as time and distance is relatively easy to measure, but for accurate heart rate and calories burned metrics you need to provide some personal information for the calculations.

The Jupiter elliptical from Yowza Fitness supports this by allowing you to enter your height, weight, age (used in heart rate calculations), and gender to any of the 9 user profiles.

Having this many profiles available is also a significant upgrade over most ellipticals at this price range, as it means the whole family can use the machine as part of their regular fitness routine.

Ease of assembly and maintenance required

Assembly instructions for the Jupiter Elliptical rely mainly on diagrams and parts references

Whenever you’re assembling a new piece of home fitness equipment, particularly if it’s a larger machine like an elliptical or Treadclimber, it’s useful to know what to expect from the setup.

While some machines will include detailed user guides with full parts lists and clear instructions, others will provide little more than a diagram, and a customer support service that leaves much to be desired.

Fortunately Yowza Fitness falls into the first category. Every one of their ellipticals that we’ve reviewed has a detailed user manual that helps you get setup and enjoying your first workout as quickly as possible.

The manual for the Yowza Fitness Jupiter provides you with a comprehensive list of components, with clear parts references, diagrams, and even a scale to make sure the bolt or washer you’re using is the correct size.

This is particularly useful due to the number of parts involved.

Although the base unit, drive system, and incline frame arrive pre-assembled, you’re still looking at over 60 parts to put together, including the various side covers and handlebars.

There’s not much in the way of textual explanation, so you’ll have to get used to interpreting diagrams to get this elliptical assembled. But in just 13 steps Yowza manage to explain the full process without making anything feel rushed or too complicated.

One of the things we really appreciate is that the console cables that connect the drive and incline system to the console are already threaded through the console support tube when it arrives.

This is a stage that can be quite time consuming on some ellipticals, particularly if you accidentally crimp a cable and need to order a replacement part. Yowza take care of this for you, which helps to cut down on the assembly time.

If you’re looking to get everything setup in a single sitting, we would set aside 60 minutes to be on the safe side. There’s nothing particularly complicated and very little lifting involved, but the front incline assembly and getting the handlebars connected can take some time.

Maintenance required
Some front drive ellipticals – like the E35 and E95 models from Sole Fitness – rely on guide rails that the rollers under the foot pedals follow when you stride.

To ensure a smooth range of motion, these need to be cleaned on a regular basis.

With the Yowza Fitness Jupiter this isn’t an issue, as their patented SURE stride path is controlled via the rear drive system and front incline arms.

This does however create the additional maintenance task of ensuring the joints that control the incline and stride are sufficiently lubricated.

Compared with the cleaning of guide rails this is something you’ll have to do much less frequently, and Yowza will actually provide you with the lithium grease you need upon request.

Transport options
Being rear driven means the front stabilizer is set further back on the machine than most ellipticals, which also means transportation wheels don’t provide as much clearance between the ground and the frame.

A heavy duty carry handle is attached to the rear of the machine, but with a product weight of over 200 lbs, you might still want someone to assist you with rolling the elliptical if it needs to be moved.

Customer reviews

Unfortunately because the Jupiter is such a new elliptical in the Yowza Fitness collection, there haven’t been many reviews left on sites like TrustPilot and Amazon for us to collate into a list of pros and cons.

However, as with all of our reviews, we check for new product features, news, and reviews on a regular basis, to ensure you always have the most up to date information.

As soon as more external reviews become available we’ll provide an update to this section.

What’s covered by the warranty?

  • Frame and braking system: Lifetime
  • Parts and electronics: 5 years
  • In-Home labor: 2 years
Yowza Fitness Elliptical Trainer Guide

Review Overview

Overall Review Rating

4.5 / 5

Between $1000 and $1500 is one of the most competitive price ranges for elliptical trainers, with stiff competition from the likes of Smooth Fitness, Xterra Fitness, ProForm, and Kettler to name a few.

Overall, Yowza have done an excellent job across the board in terms of features, workout program variation, and warranty coverage.

In terms of the warranty, we're really not seeing anything more impressive than this until you look at some of the Precor Precision machines, by which time you're spending thousands of dollars.

The workout program variation too is unbeaten at this price point, comfortably surpassing Sole Fitness.

Sole tend to have the upper hand when it comes to console design, with their quick-select options and workout program navigation reducing the time it takes to setup workouts and make adjustments.

But this is really one of the only negative points we can find. We wouldn't expect to see fitness app integration until much higher price levels, and although the weight capacity on Sole's ellipticals is higher, 330 lbs is still going to be more than sufficient in the majority of cases.

The stride length too is one of the longest in the industry, and can be adjusted from the console directly, making it an excellent option for taller users.

Product dimensions: 74" (L) x 27" (W) x 64" (H) Product weight: 202 lbs Weight capacity: 330 lbs

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