If you’re looking for more variety in your fitness routine, there’s a relatively new type of machine available today. Called an exercise bike cross trainer, this piece of fitness equipment combines all the best features of the ever-popular elliptical with the seated comfort of a stationary bicycle. Fitness experts agree that along with strengthening your body’s large muscle groups, you also need to exercise in ways that provide cardiovascular benefits as well. To do this, you need to keep your heart rate in a specific “zone.” There’s no better way to do this than on a machine like the Marcy XC50. Here’s a brief review.
Overall Rating:4.5 out of 5.0 stars
What we particularly like about this machine is that it is bound to appeal to people who have limited space but who prefer a machine that will grow with them as their fitness level increases. The upper body element conveniently removes, effectively concentrating the workout on the lower body. It also has a good range of resistance adjustments, so even the most fit person will be challenged. We found that the XC50 is easy to adjust for most body types and sizes. Both the saddle and handlebars are adjustable. It also has oversized footplates for safety and stability. Heart rate is measured by way of soft touch dual hand grip sensors. The large, easy to read monitor has a convenient scan function that scrolls through all the available readouts and data.
The designers at Marcy have really gotten it right with this machine. It has many features found on much more expensive cross trainer bikes and doesn’t skimp on either stylish good looks or high functionality.
Flywheel weight: 6 kg (13 lbs)
Wheels for ease of movement
Assembled Dimensions in cm: (H)150 x (W) 60 x (D) 130
Weight: 35 kg (77 lbs)
Resistance type: Magnetic
Resistance levels: 8
Resistance adjustment: Manual
Pulse sensors: Hand grip type
Workout monitor type: LCD
Workout monitor readouts: Calories burned, pulse rate, time, speed and distance
Maximum user weight: 120 kg (264 pounds)
Suggestions for Product Use:
To maximise your workout, the fitness experts at Marcy recommend that you do a good warm-up to prepare your muscles for exercise. Then try to exercise for longer than 20 minutes, but not so long that you feel exhausted. 30 minutes is a good average. Start at a slow, comfortable pace and low resistance level and increase slowly over time as you become more fit. At the end of your workout, do a few cautious, gentle stretches to help your muscles recover.
When shopping for exercise equipment, you really can’t go wrong with an exercise bike cross trainer. For the price of a single piece of equipment, you get all the benefits of two. The Marcy XC50 2 in 1 has a great combination of features and range of adjustability for its price point.