The Yowza Captiva is one of the best selling ellipticals by Yowza Fitness. It's their high end machine and as such has all the best features as I've rated to the right.
This elliptical has received generally unanimously good reviews from all those who've bought it and you won't see much different here after my test. Yowza Fitness are relatively new so you see features like the cardio core rotational movement can only be found here and are a real improvement on basic plain handle bars.
The Captiva contains Yowza's most advanced console. As well as containing all the workout information you need it has a 3 speed fan. This operation like all the others can be clearly seen whether they're on or off by what the console shows. Check out the video to the right for further details.
What makes this console very special is the additional features. There's an ipod docking station where you plug you ipod in and it provides power to the ipod and allows you to select your music while you're working out. There are built in premium speakers that play your favorite sounds from your ipod, it's impressive stuff - 5 stars.
There are 12 preset programs which provide a range of workout options that will keep you motivated for the long term. There are also 9 user profiles you can store. This means your whole family can store their details and workout with the Captiva at whatever level or parameters suit them the most.
There is a core interval resistance program which you use with the innovative cardio core rotational handlebars. These you use while riding with the lower part of your body and the rotational arms with the upper part which works out your core as well as your arms. You have 8 intensity levels which mean you can make it as easy or hard as you like.
As well as this there is a core fat burning workout. This is designed to help you burn fat where you need it most and that is around the core and belly area which you stride with the legs and buttocks. These you'll find only on the Captiva. Otherwise you have a range of other programs designed to help you achieve your workout goals no matter what level you start at.
There is a variable motion and adjustable stride. This goes from 18" to 32" and is electronically controlled from the console. You would use the 18" for short strides giving you a quick circle and narrow development on the legs and you'll tire quickly. Use a longer stride length to develop more of the leg as you have a longer range of motion.
The cardio core motion you will use on the upper body is patented. You can see in the picture that the handle bars are aligned diagonally and not vertically. This means your core which is all the muscles in the abdomen get a full workout as well as the arms and shoulders. This gives you a more fuller upper body workout than you'd get with normal vertical handle bars.
Like most ellipticals you buy for the home the Captiva requires some home assembly. You can always pay more and have this done for you. Web reviews describe in detail how easy this assembly process is. Including this many are pleasantly surprised at how effective the elliptical is. Even so far as saying that it beats commercial ellipticals used at gyms and health clubs.
Max user weight
The maximum user weight is 400 lbs or 181 kg. This ranks among the best I've seen. If you weigh more than this then you're better off swimming rather than using an elliptical. This way you can lose some weight in a non weight baring way to ease pressure on your joints. Either way 400 lbs is impressive and will suit the whole family.
The warranty for the Captiva is lifetime for the frame and braking system, 5 years parts and electronics, and 2 years in home labor. This is good and what you'd expect at this price for a high end elliptical. It's not the best, you can get better but I think it's enough for this elliptical and you will easily out last it, if not, then you have some protection.
At the time of writing this Captiva is $1,999.00. This is on the high end for an in home elliptical but you get what you pay for. You have the best components used in the manufacture. You have an impressive console with more features than you really need. It's the most expensive elliptical that Yowza Fitness make and one of their most popular products. You can see by the user reviews on their website.
Overall the Captiva is one of the best ellipticals I've seen. The mark 93% is the highest score I've given an elliptical and only 2 others share this mark. I was really impressed with this and if you can afford it then go for it. If you want another Yowza Fitness elliptical that's cheaper then the only another one with this score is the Sanibel i35 (93%, $1,899.00) which is highly recommended too.
The stride lengths that go from 18" to 32" are called the variable motion system and allow you to really target the lower body muscles you wish to workout and tone. Usually the motion is fixed and driven from the front. With the Captiva the motion is variable and driven from the rear so you get a more comfortable ride because you're pushing down during the stride.
This is an in home elliptical that successfully challenges the commercial ellipticals you may have used. Multiple users have commented on this. For a home elliptical they don't get much better than this. I've given it the equalled highest mark of 93%. It's not perfect as the warranty and value could be improved but for a great workout in the home for the whole family it takes some beating.
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