Anyone who dreads working out might turn into a fitness enthusiast after trying a Smooth Agile DMT X2 Elliptical trainer. It offers a variety of exercise programs, including both pre-set programs and those you can custom-tailor, as well as the convenience of a thumb-touch adjustment button. It also boasts an iPod docking station with speakers so you can rock on while you knock off that flab.
Athletes and workout veterans undoubtedly will appreciate the fact that, unlike some elliptical machines, you can adjust the motion of this elliptical trainer with 12 ranges of motions for moving your feet and legs. It also provides 16 intensity levels, so you can vary your workouts, get fit quicker and still take it easy on those hard-working joints and lower back. In fact, the manufacturer insists this machine is just the thing for anyone who has suffered prior knee injuries because its particular oval-shaped leg motion is designed to avoid long-term knee pain.
This Smooth Agile DMT X2 Elliptical machine’s many features, adjustable stride length and helpful accessories all make it our choice for our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award.
One of the best benefits of the Smooth Agile DMT X2 Elliptical is the fact that its stride is a generous 18-21 inches and can be adjusted as needed. This makes it ideal for families since people whose are taller or shorter and who have differing stride lengths will not have to strain to use a machine that is not suitable for them. Everyone in the household who can use an elliptical machine can work out on this model by simply changing the stride length until it feels comfortable and safe.
This elliptical comes equipped with 15 workout programs, nine of which are pre-set exercise sessions, built into the machine. You also can create custom programs, which will give you the option of varying the degree of energy and effort needed to complete that particular day’s workout. In addition, you can choose three target programs (each determining either the amount of time exercised, the distance “traveled” or the number of calories burned). This option gives you the chance to focus on whatever it is you believe your body needs, such as calorie burning to lose weight or distance running to build endurance.
This unit's pre-set workout programs include such things as an interval program, with high and low intensity levels; an interval motion body sculpting program that focuses on core muscle groups; an endurance program intended to be a fat-burning routine; a program where you set the wattage level of the machine so your workout is constant throughout; and a heart rate control program that can be re-set as needed.
The movable handlebars give you a solid upper body workout. They also help boost the cardiovascular benefits of an exercise session with an elliptical.
Smooth Fitness may put you to work when it comes to exercise, but its adjustability offers great convenience, and it also has a worthwhile safety feature: You can change the intensity and motion of your exercise session by using a simple “Lite Touch Thumb Control,” which you can do without letting go of the handlebars.
This elliptical provides you with a wireless chest strap to track your heart rate. The strap automatically changes your workout intensity if it senses your heart rate is too high or too low, keeping your heart beating at the range you want for whichever workout level you chose.
This machine is 74 inches long, 32 inches wide and 63 inches high, and it weighs 223 pounds. You should feel secure and well positioned during any time spent on this elliptical since it was designed to accommodate users weighing a maximum of 350 pounds. With these types of dimensions, you should not experience any unsteadiness or wobbling while using this machine. Despite its large size, this elliptical comes with transport wheels so you can move it to different areas of the house if you want to watch TV, have some privacy or just get a change of scenery while you are sculpting, toning and improving your heart and lungs.
You can see what is going on with your exercise situation via the elliptical’s LCD display on the console. As an added bonus, the company offers free audio workouts you can download. You can hear the company’s fitness and nutrition expert, Jim Bompensa, guiding you through six different workouts as a kind of auditory personal trainer. No other elliptical machine we reviewed offered this extra, which might be just the right thing to get you moving and encourage you to stick with an exercise regimen. These audio workouts can be downloaded onto your computer, CD player or MP3 player.
However, if you choose, you also can go the other route and simply zone out of all this by using the machine’s iPod docking station and speakers to crank up the music and, for a time, forget that you are working hard to stay healthy. It also is easy to stay cool even if you are working up a sweat because this elliptical comes with an adjustable fan that has three speeds. However, we were disappointed that this elliptical does not come with a water bottle holder.
Smooth Fitness does well here. You get a lifetime warranty on this elliptical’s frame and braking system. There also is a seven-year warranty on all parts and electronics, and a two-year warranty for in-home labor. However, there is no mention of coverage for "wear items."
Customer service and support is an area where Smooth Fitness does an excellent job. Unlike most elliptical manufacturers, this company offers live chat so you can go online to ask questions and get answers fast. There also is a toll-free phone number and email support if you run into any questions or problems.
You can get just the workout you want with this versatile and durable elliptical trainer. Along the way, you can be entertained by music, be encouraged by a professional fitness expert and make important adjustments in the exercising that you are doing by merely moving your thumb. For convenience, helpful features and an exercise challenge that is tailored exactly to your health needs, the Smooth Agile DMT X2 is a sound choice.
This elliptical offers pre-set programs as well as those you can tailor to your specific exercise needs.
This machine does not come with a water bottle holder.
This elliptical trainer gives you a thorough workout, convenient features such as transport wheels and fun extras such as an iPod docking station.