The industry of domestic workout equipment has come quite a long way since its beginning, when it still featured cumbersome and overly expensive machinery. These days, we not only have access to domestic gym equipment, but also to a variety of home trainers and custom workout machines that are far superior to standard exercising equipment. Take for example the Yowza Captiva elliptical trainer, designed to provide you with not only a core cardio workout, but also with a full body workout to increase your muscle mass and endurance.
Before I get into the Yowza Captiva, I believe I should first introduce the man behind the company who acts as President and CEO, Joe Alter. In his early days, Joe Alter started a company which he called Smooth Fitness, and as you can probably imagine they specialized in the manufacture and sale of various home workout equipment. After a while though, his company was finding much more success online than in land-based stores, prompting Joe to get into online marketing seriously. As a result, Smooth Fitness became one of the premier brands in the world when it came to domestic exercising machines. Not too long ago though, Joe thought it would be a good idea to try and start a second company, considering he already established himself as a knowledgeable and trustworthy authority figure in this industry; as you can guess, that company’s name is Yowza Fitness.
But that’s enough of a history lesson; time to move on to the Captiva itself. What exactly does it look like? Well, I’d advise you to take a look at it for yourself because the best description I can offer is this: imagine a sort of TreadClimber with handle bars that are held like a steering wheel that you can rotate either left or right. While being used, the Captiva is 66’’ long, 33’’ wide, standing at a height of 66’’. It weighs 229 lbs. and it can withstand a user weight of up to 400 lbs. There are 16 levels of resistance; the stride range is configurable from 18’’ to 32’’, and the minimum step-up height being 9’’. In addition to being made out of top of the line robot welded steel, the frame is also powder coated to protect it from environmental hazards; or in other words, this machine is as solid as a home exercising machine gets.
Apart from that, there are also various additional features integrated into it, such as an iPod dock, Hi Fidelity speakers which make the music crisp and clear, a fan that can be adjusted to work at three different speeds, a heart rate receiver more accurate than most, a wireless transmitter/chest belt, as well as Grip Pulse handle bars for a more comfortable and solid grip. Also, on top of everything there is a water bottle holder thrown into the mix.
What type of warranty does it come with? Well, first off there is the lifetime warranty on the frame and braking systems. Second of all, there is a 5 year warranty on all the other parts and electronics. Finally, there is a 2 year warranty on home labor.
Apart from receiving the elliptical trainer itself, when you order the machine you will also gain access to a list of programs designed for specific purposes. For example, there is an endurance program containing eight unique intensity levels, a core fat burning program, and a watts control program which is useful for keeping yourself at a constant workload level. In total, there are twelve preset programs, including one which allows you to create your own custom course.
Does this elliptical trainer actually do what it’s hyped up to, offering an a complete cardio and muscle building workout? Well, I’m inclined to say that unless you are a professional bodybuilder with the body of a Greek God, then you will at least find some type of purpose for this trainer as it challenges you on many different levels. If you are just starting to work out, then you’ll probably end up using this trainer for years to come.
While for some people the price at which it first came was a bit steep ($4,599.00), today you can actually find it at a considerable rebate in most places, usually hovering around the price range of $1999.99.