Yowza Sanibel i35 CardioCore Elliptical

Last updated: August 9th 2016

Elliptical movement has the advantages of being a low-impact, weight bearing, cardio exercise that engages both the upper and lower body. The Sanibel i35 CardioCore elliptical machine, from Yowza Fitness, is recommended for those who are new to elliptical training, as well as experienced athletes.  This elliptical made it to our top picks for the Best Elliptical Machines of the year.  The Sanibel i35’s primary features include:

Custom Programming with 12 pre-set programs and 9 user profiles
Built-in heart rate receiver
Handlebars with Yowza Fitness’ exclusive CardioCore motion
Grip pulse handlebars
18 inch to 26 inches electronic adjustable slide
Foot pedals with Surefit pivoting designed with perfect spacing
0-35% Electronic adjustable incline
I-Pod docking and charging station
High fidelity speakers
3-speed adjustable fan
The Sanibel i35 is 67 inches long (when in use it’s 81 inches), 33 inches wide and 66 inches high and weighs 226 pounds. The stride ranges from 18 to 26 inches with a reversible, rear drive, silent roller-less action. For strength and durability the frame is robotically welded, powder coated steel. Other features include transport wheels and a water bottle holder. The maximum user weight is 400 pounds. For the user who weight approaches or exceeds 400 pounds, it’s advisable to lose weight through diet and low impact aerobics before using an elliptical machine. The Sanibel i35 has a 5-year warranty on parts and labor and 2-years for in-home service. A lifetime warranty covers the flywheel magnetic braking systems and frame.

Some of the best features of the Yowza Fitness Sanibel i35 are the multiple preset programs, CardioCore handlebars, and its adjustable stride length.

Sanibel i35 Cardio Core Elliptical by Yowza Fitness

Multiple Pre-Set Programs

Yowza Fitness Sanibel i35 DisplayThe Sanibel i35 offers the option of nine user profiles with memory for the height, weight, and sex for each of the users. Separate user profiles allow different users to record and maintain their own fitness records.
Exercise routines should be varied for continued weight loss and fitness. There are 12 pre-set programs to choose from. The preset programs are:

Manual quick start
Fat Burn
Watt Control
Target Calories
Target Time
Target heart control
Target Distance
Eight intensity levels-Core Interval Resistance
Eight intensity levels- Endurance
Eight intensity levels-Interval Motion and Incline

Patented CardioCore Handlebars

The Sanibel i35 is equipped with CardioCore handlebars for more fluid movements. Unlike other elliptical machine handlebars, which operate in an up and down motion, the CardioCore handlebars operate in a side to side motion giving you an intense upper body workout.

Adjustable Stride Length

A great feature of interval training is the adjustable stride length. The stride can be adjusted from 18-26 inches. Increasing the stride also increases the motion of the bars, further enhancing your workout. Targeting the Serratus, rectus abdominous and the internal and external oblique muscles, Yowza CardioCore motion gives you an effective workout.

The Pros

According to reports published by Harvard Medical School, exercising on an elliptical machine for 30 minutes can burn up to 400 calories. The heavier the person is, the more weight they will lose during a 30-minute workout.

Comfort and proper support are an essential part of any elliptical workout. The Sanibel i35’s perfectly spaced foot pedals are designed with Surefit pivoting for targeted core training and stability. An elliptical machine is the best choice for those who suffer from joint and bone ailments, such as arthritis and osteoporosis, because it places little stress on the joints.

Because the body quickly adapts to any new workout, a change in intensity is essential as the user progresses through their fitness regimen. The Sanibel i35’s 12 preset programs allows the user to vary and increase the intensity of their workout to meet their fitness goals. With 9 user profiles, the entire family can benefit from owning an elliptical machine.

Staying motivated and energized can give a major boost to anyone’s workout. The Sanibel i35’s console features a docking and charging station that’s designed for the i-Pod. The built-in high-fidelity speakers allow users to listen to their favorite songs while exercising. The docking station makes it easy for users to switch between songs.

Sanibel i35 Cardio Core Elliptical by Yowza Fitness

The Cons

At 220 pounds, the Sanibel i35 is difficult to move and transport. The buyer should be prepared to move a heavy item during and after delivery.

When in use, the machine is 81 inches long and 33 inches wide. The amount of space required to comfortably and safely operate the machine should be taken into consideration before purchase.

During workouts, the amount of calories burned can be seen on the backlit blue console display, as well as the workout program in use. Levels are also displayed as the user goes slower or faster. However, there will be times when the motion of the handlebars will obscure the console view.

The Verdict

Yowza Fitness Sanibel i35 Side ViewThe Islamorada elliptical machine from Yowza Fitness is a more expensive competitor. This machine includes egg-shaped rotating grips on the handlebars and foot pedals with a soft gel insert. The stride can be adjusted from 19 to 30 inches. A wireless weight scale and IWM weight management software come standard.

At a much lower price, the Sanibel i35 has innovative features such as CardioCore handlebars, Surefit pivoting foot pedals, 12 preset programs and an I-Pod docking station with built-in high fidelity speakers. For those who are new to elliptical training, this is a great entry level machine.

Sanibel i35 Cardio Core Elliptical by Yowza Fitness

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Tory Reiss

Hi! I'm Tory Reiss. I built this blog to share my fitness quest and provide informative reviews of fitness equipment, gadgets, and supplements that you can use to help reach your health goals. Hope you enjoy it!