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Reebok One GX40 Elliptical Cross Trainer Review
The Reebok One GX40 elliptical cross trainer is one of Reebok’s entry-level models in their ‘One’ series home fitness equipment range. It’s been a while since we took at look at a machine from Reebok aimed at this sector of the market so we were looking forward to seeing the it up close and finding out what it can do. So how does the GX40 stack up?
In terms of assembly, it’s quite a fiddly process. There’s nothing complicated here but there are lots of little bits of aesthetic plastic that need attaching so while not difficult, it’s certainly not quick either. Even though there are only 9 steps in the manual, many of the steps have quite a lot to do, and it took us just over an hour to complete the build.
Once assembled it’s a nice, modern looking machine with jet-black finish and bright yellow trim. Perforated sections of the plastic trim break up the monotone smooth finish which makes it look like the interior trim of some sports cars, which all adds to the modern ‘look & feel’.
Like some of it’s cousins the GX40 is quite compact, with a footprint of 143cm x 64cm (56.3’ x 25.2″). While it’s necessary to allow a little more length space-wise this makes it a good option if you’re short on space, or don’t want the trainer to dominate a room. Despite its size, the motion is adequately smooth, this is especially surprising given the light 6kg (13.2lbs) flywheel. Normally we’d expect to feel the effects of that lack of weight and momentum but the GX40 does surprisingly well on this front. It’s by no means perfect, but it’s still pretty good considering the light flywheel. The 15″ stride length somehow feels longer than 15″ and produces a decent action, though if you’re 6ft or more, you’ll most likely the find the stride a little restrictive and should probably look elsewhere.
The resistance – well, what to say about that? In this day and age we’re very surprised with Reeboks choice of resistance system. Magnetic? Yes. Electronic? NO! No matter what spin one could put on this, it’s hard to justify opting for manually controlled resistance with 8 levels when all of your competitors are producing models with resistance that’s controlled from and by the console. Opting for manual resistance does save cost of course and it also means that there’s less that can go wrong with your machine (no servo motors to worry about) but this does have a knock on effect. Manual resistance means no computer controlled workouts which means no preset workouts, no user defined workouts, no heart rate controlled workouts. The computer can do little more than record your workout and relay training data.
Speaking of the computer, it’s a monochrome screened, battery powered affair. Despite being monochrome, the display is actually nice and clear and easy to read. Feedback on time elapsed, RPM, speed, distance covered, calorie expenditure and pulse is displayed with some toggling between different statistics. There is also a recovery mode which can be activated at any time during or after your session. Push the Recovery button, hold the hand pulse sensors and wait 1 minute. At the end of the minute your fitness score is displayed with 5 being the worst and 1 being the best scores.
In terms of goodies and add-ons such as wireless heart rate receiver, speakers, fan, interactive features, USB charger – well – there are none. Though there is a tablet/smartphone holder so you can place your device in front of you on the console.
Trying to stay positive, some nice aspects of the GX40 are the large, oversized pedals which can be adjusted during assembly so that you can get a comfortable distance between the arms and your feet. This cross trainer is also nice and stable and doesn’t feel wobbly even when it’s pushed hard as Reebok have not forgotten about the practical details: there are a set of leg levellers to cope with use of the machine on slightly uneven floors and also transport wheels at the front so that it can be moved around without needing two people to lift it
The warranty is the standard Reebok Fitness one, which consists of 2 years onsite parts and labour.
Our verdict? Not bad, but lacking many features that would be considered standard on an ellpitical at this price point.
Take the Reebok One GX40, put it under the microscope and in its own right, this isn't a bad machine. However, for this sort of money having manual resistance (which also means no automated preset programmes) is pretty much unthinkable. Electronic resistance, some basics, and a few more features would be nice to have and the good news is that you can get them without trying too hard. For example, for almost the same money you can get the outstanding Viavito Sina which has computer-controlled resistance, a wireless receiver, 4 user profiles, heart rate control programmes, WATT control, a MPH/KM switch, 20 workouts, and a heavier flywheel without spending a penny more. Or you can get the Viavito Setry which is a 2-in-1 bike and elliptical combined that also features all of the goodies that the Viavito Sina does, again without spending more. These, and other ellipticals, make the GX40 look a little dated and highlight the lack of value for money here.
Reebok One GX40 Specifications
- 6kg (13.2lbs) flywheel
- 8 levels of manual resistance
- Stride Length: 38cm (15’’)
- Large LCD display
- Feedback: Speed, time, distance, calories, pulse, RPM, clock
- HR measurement via pulse grip sensors
- Oversized and adjustable pedals
- Dual action and fixed arms
- Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 143cm (56.3’’) x 64cm (25.2’’) x 167cm (65.7’’)
- Product Weight: 48.7kg (107.4lbs)
- Max. User Weight: 120kg (264lbs)
- Warranty: 2 years frame, parts and labour
Reebok One GX40 Elliptical Cross Trainer - Console / Display Unit
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