Last updated: August 9th 2016
With patented technology such as CardioCore handlebars and SureFit pedals, the Yowza Captiva Elliptical boasts a modern design that focuses on ergonomics and biomechanics. This elliptical made it to our top picks for the Best Elliptical Machines of the year. Adjustable stride lengths and incline angles provide a wide range of challenging cardiovascular workouts. Swiveling in a circular motion, the handlebars in this Yowza elliptical trainer target the core abdominal muscles and the upper body in a way that traditional elliptical machines simply can’t.
Combined with a magnetic flywheel, the powder-coated steel frame offer stability even when striding at the fastest speeds. Extra features such as iPod dock, audio speakers and water bottle holder in this Yowza elliptical trainer have a convenience factor that I can appreciate.Captiva – Elliptical Trainer Machine (cardio core training series)
CardioCore Motion: The non-slip handlebars in the Yowza Captiva have a patented design that allows for rotational and circular motion of the hands and upper body. Such movements target the core muscles of the abdomen, something that can’t be achieved with traditional elliptical machines that have handlebars which move in linear motion back and forth.
Adjustable Incline: Controlled electronically, the incline can be set up to a 50% grade in order to provide some extra resistance without touching any of the program buttons.
Variable Stride: The length of the stride can be set between 18 and 32 inches. Such a range allows me to experiment with different step movements for various degrees of difficulty for lower-body workouts.
SureFit Pedals: Having a pivoting design with narrow spacing, the pedals in the Yowza Captiva Trainer reduce jerking and swaying of my feet when I’m striding at fast speeds. The grooves and textures on the pedals also provide a non-slip surface for good traction even when wearing non-athletic footwear.
What We Liked: The Pros
The Rollerless Rear Drive mechanism in the Yowza Captiva is engineered to boost my forward inertia while maintaining a steady speed. By contrast, traditional elliptical machines have bulky flywheels that are designed to counteract the user’s weight and effort. The magnetic braking system in this Yowza machine provides a smooth mechanism for stopping, slowing down or reversing.
With a modern digital console, the Yowza Captiva Elliptical Trainer can store up to nine different user profiles with information such as height, weight, age and more. A dozen total pre-set programs allow me to select the right workout based on my fitness goals. Fat Burn, Core Interval and Manual modes provide a nice variety of exercises.
The console has a built-in heart rate monitoring system that’s compatible with a wireless transmitter which I can strap on my wrist or chest. The grips on the handlebars also take accurate pulse measurements. I can see all of the workout and fitness feedback on the blue LCD Backlit display.
The Yowza Captiva Elliptical Machine is loaded with extra features that make my exercises more fun and convenient at home. I could connect my iPod to the console’s docking port and listen to my favorite songs play on the Hi Fidelity speakers. Thanks to this feature, I don’t have to worry about any earbuds dangling in front of me whenever I choose to listen to music while working out. An adjustable fan can be set to three different speed settings to keep me cool. There’s also a water bottle holder below the console.Captiva – Elliptical Trainer Machine (cardio core training series)
What We Didn’t Like: The Cons
Some users of the Yowza Captiva Elliptical struggle to adjust to the CardioCore handlebars. Petite women might find it difficult to maintain their balance while striding forward and rotating their core at the same time.
Requiring several hours and at least two people for the job, assembling this elliptical trainer is more challenging than setting up comparable models. since it has an innovative rampless power incline, clicking sounds and other unusual noises are common when this exercise machine is first set up. With a weight of more than 250 pounds, the Yowza Captiva Elliptical can be difficult to move even with the front rolling wheels.
Compared to Precor elliptical models that have similar price tags, this Yowza elliptical has a rather modest digital console that sometimes malfunctions with surprise glitches. Turning off the power completely from this elliptical unit usually fixes the screen blackouts.
Priced at just under $2,000, the Yowza Captiva Elliptical has innovative biomechanical technology for cardiovascular workouts. The variety of stride lengths, incline grades and pre-set programs offer a myriad of challenges for any fitness level.
With a footprint of 67″ x 23″, this Yowza elliptical model doesn’t take a lot of floor space for such a premium model. Precor elliptical trainers in a similar price range may have more resistance options and workout programs, but they still can’t match the smooth kinematics of the pedals and handlebars of this particular model.Captiva – Elliptical Trainer Machine (cardio core training series)