This Machine Pushes the Envelope!
The Octane Q37 elliptical trainer is a sweet machine. With the fitness industry in an apparent rut, Octane pushes the envelope with ellipticals that add a new dimension to losing weight and getting in shape.
In the case of the Q37, you get quality products with some very innovative features. That is why it is one of the most popular selling ellipticals. As I mentioned in my other Octane reviews, all the company builds is ellipticals. It reminds me of Landice treadmills. All they manufacture are treadmills, however they are some of the best on the market.
The Octane Q37 is solid as a rock. It weighs a hefty 260 lbs., which means even a very overweight individual will have a hard time getting this machine to rock.
Each pedal rolls on two separate rails. One of the problems with front drive ellipticals is there can be shifting from rolling on a single rail. The two-rail design prevents that. In addition, this design should reduce wear that is typical with front drive machines.
When I tested the Q37 at a local fitness equipment store, I asked about the service issues. I had heard from Octane’s competitors there were some problems. According to Brandyn Strother, of US Fitness, overall the Octane ellipticals have a very impressive service record. And he wasn’t saying that simply because he sold them. He was forthright about some of the service issues with other brands in the store.
Converging Path Handlebars – According to Octane, “The unparalleled Converging Path handlebars are designed according to biomechanical research. They replicate the natural path of the upper body when striding by moving inward as you press forward, identical to how you swing your arms toward the center of the body. On the backswing, they comfortably open up by the same amount, like you do naturally.”
These are not your straight back and forth handlebars. They are designed to improve your upper body workout.
ArmBlaster – With the ArmBlaster, you can kick up the resistance only in the handlebars, thereby, focusing more of the exercise to your upper body.
1.8″ Foot Pedal Distance – For some individuals too much distance between the foot pedals can have an adverse affect on your elliptical exercise. This is particularly true with women, whose hips go out and in. This closer foot pedal design can reduce strain to you knees.
X-Mode – With the X-Mode program you go through numerous cross training movements that get your entire body working. The idea is to focus your exercise of different parts of your body while giving a strenuous cardio workout.
When you combine quality with innovation, you end up with a hot selling product. The Q37 is like having a commercial grade elliptical for the home. The different programs add a variety of challenges that can motivate you to achieve you fitness goals.
However, this quality and innovation come with a price. Depending on how many programs you want to include, the MRSP is between $2,400 – $3,000.
I have contacted the vendor about the inaccuracy of the calorie counter on the Octane elliptical, and they merely told me that all calorie counters are inaccurate. During warmup after 3 minutes, the console will show that I’ve burned 50 calories. I weigh 135 lbs, and I’m breathing normally during the warmup period. The customer service from the vendor has been terribly poor.
Also check out the Octane Q47 Elliptical Review.