The Islamorada is the flagship elliptical from Yowza Fitness. It has all their latest advanced features some of which you'll find nowhere else. This makes it very attractive for those who are committed to working out and want to do it in their home.
The weight scale you see pictured is included with the elliptical which is wireless and helps give you a guide to see how you're progressing for weight loss. I especially liked the feel and sturdiness of the machine.
Being Yowza's most advanced elliptical it has their best console. This is also a very good console when you compare it to the other elliptical's I've seen and used. It has every feature you'd expect to see on a good console and a little bit more. This is why it gets a maximum rating of 5 stars.
As you approach the console you'll see all the buttons are clearly marked and in sensible positions so you can adjust all the settings easily. To the side and separated from the handle bars are the pulse rate grips. You can use these or a chest strap to monitor your heart rate. The expected features you'd look for in a top end console like a fan and premium speakers are there too.
There are 12 preset programs and space for 9 user profiles. I'm not sure why it has spaces for so many users but then if you have a large family who all want to workout and have their own unique workout aims then this elliptical would cater for you. These take into account many variations like age, gender, height and weight so it's worth using them.
I like that a lot of the programs can be used by beginners and advanced elliptical users alike. This is because many of the programs have different intensity levels. Crank it up for a tough fulfilling workout for a very active person. Or keep it on easy if you're just starting out on an exercise routine. As you progress use the levels in the middle to keep your fitness improving over time.
Many users will appreciate the variety of programs on offer and fit them in to their routine. At a gym or health club you often don't have programs you just get on and go. This elliptical like those has a manual program as well. So you change resistance and other settings on the fly. The programs can be altered as you ride in case a change it's made feels particularly tough or easy by pressing the appropriate button.
One of the best features of Yowza's high end ellipticals are the core rotational exercises that can be done with the handle bars. These are so unique and liked that Yowza Fitness calls itself the cardio core elliptical company. The extra you have with the Islamorada are the eggs you see in the picture at the middle of the handlebars. Grip these as you workout for a real tight abs feel.
Another nice feature are the pedals. They self pivot to help ease any stresses on your ankles and knee. On the Islamorada they also have soft gel inserts. This is not something you normally see and provides that extra bit of cushioning as you ride. They feel soft as you push down with your legs and give a slight push up as you lift.
The best feature is the Intelligent Weight Management system. This uses the included scales which measure your weight and BMI and send this wirelessly to the elliptical. Then a personal exercise program is generated that's unique to you. So if your aim is weight loss you stand on the scales regularly to measure your current details and the best workout becomes available every time.
Max user weight
The maximum user weight is 400 lbs or 181 kg. This is equalled best on all the ellipticals I've used on this site. You would expect this for the price and to look at the machine which as you can see is sturdy. You'll get this feeling as you use it. It's clearly an elliptical that can handle a lot of weight and that's a good thing even if you're relatively light in comparison. You can expect a longer life elliptical because of this.
The warranty for the Islamorada is lifetime for the frame and braking system, 7 years parts and electronics, and 2 years in home labor. Again this is the best you can get. You normally see 5 years for parts and electronics at the most but here you get an extra 2 years. This is the sort of warranty a company could only give to a reliable and well made machine.
At the time of writing this Islamorada is $2,499.00. This is difficult to rate as this is the most expensive elliptical on this site. For that reason I don't think it deserves 5 stars despite everything I've said above. It was always a 3 or 4 and I think it is outstanding enough to get 4 stars also because of the scales and intelligent weight management system included as standard.
This is the highest mark I've given an elliptical. This just about beats the rest. What you're getting is quality, features and all of the above in this review. Buying fitness equipment for the home should be an investment and that is what the Islamorada is. You're investing in your whole family's health and well being over a number of years. After all, with the warranty included you should expect it to last.
Additional features I haven't even mentioned are the adjustable stride length and incline. So as well as you're upper body and core getting a workout with the unique handlebars, you can also target different parts of your legs, buttocks and thighs. This gives a far more total body workout compared to nearly all other ellipticals available. This is why the value is still worth 4 stars.
When choosing an elliptical most that are priced $1,000 or lower are best avoided. These will break easily and aren't designed for those who want a serious workout. The Islamorada is and that is really the aim of buying fitness equipment and especially an elliptical. So this is now the new best buy on this website and it's overall score is equalled to none, it stands out as the best all by itself.
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