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5.0 out of 5 stars
Top Quality and amazing amazon discounted price., 28 Mar 2011
The manual must have been re-written since the 3 star review in January 2008 by Shilen. Putting the XC530 together takes a couple of hours but it is fairly straight forward and I found the manual easy to follow.
Pros: a Very sturdy piece of equipment. A lot of home gym equipment is cheap useless rubbish. The XC530 is well above average and is amazing value at half price from amazon. It has a good sized display showing target time, target distance, target calories, target heart rate, recovery fitness test. Does not need to be plugged into the mains.
Cons: Display is not back lit. I can only describe the other cons by reference to a similar cross trainer/bike, the Reebok Edge Combo Exercise Bike and Cross Trainer. If you want some built in exercise programs, which automatically vary the resistance of the cross trainer, then take a look at the Reebok. If you want to save a couple of hundred pounds and have some thing which looks to me to be just as good (but without the exercise programs) then buy the York CX530.
If you are a bit of a gym equipment novice (like me) then I would strongly suggest you get down to your nearest sports equipment shop and try a few of the cross trainers and bikes. Do you really need this two in one or would a dedicated bike or cross trainer be best for you?
This is what you want to look for: Front wheel vs back wheel. When the wheel is on the front the walking motion is more of a stride, compared to a wheel on the back, which introduces slightly more of an up and down motion. So a back wheel is good when doubling up as a bike, if that's what you want. A bigger wheel will give you more length in your stride. The difference between home gym equipment, costing £500 or less, and professional gym equipment, costing £2000 or more, is not simply a matter of the professional equipment being more robust. A cross trainer at your local gym will give you much greater range of movement (longer strides) than you will get from home equipment. The variation in difficulty levels will also be much more controllable and it will have a lot of different training programs to choose from.
Do you really need home gym equipment or would a twenty minute walk every day be better for you? Some of the better home exercise DVDs can give you a good all over workout in 10 to 30 minutes a day.
So, why did I buy the XC530 and how am I going to use it? I'm 50+ and getting a beer belly. I work from home and keep putting off going to the gym (I'll do it tomorrow). I bought Tony Hortons 10 Minute Trainer (it's very good. If you are a beginner, then go at your own pace and not the pace set in the videos). I do one of his 10 minute routines every morning. Yes, I use the calendar/chart supplied with the 10 Minute Trainer to keep track of which exercises I'm doing. But I need more, I want to burn off some calories and feel fitter, ie I need more cardio exercise. The XC530 is perfect. Big enough to be a serious and useful piece of equipment. Small enough not to completely swamp the bedroom. Mid afternoon I have a 20 minute burn on the XC530. Brilliant, only 3 days into my exercise routine and I was already feeling fitter. Put a TV in front of the XC530 if you get bored easily.
NOTE 1: A lot of people start exercising with good intentions then slacken off and give up. Make a chart of what you want to do each day/week, then tick off what you do as you go along. Build in days off here and there and reward yourself with a little treat every time you complete 5 or 6 days on your chart (2 or 3 days if you want). Be realistic. How much time do you have to exercise? Even a good 10 minute workout in the morning 3 days a week will make a big difference to your health. It's better to do a little and keep going that try to do too much and give up.
NOTE 2: If you eat junk then exercising will improve you stamina but not your shape. You don't have to eat less, just don't eat junk, or eat less junk. Google 'michi's ladder' for a simple guide to good food/junk food.