Reebok isn’t only a shoemaker; the company also produces a line of cross trainers that is exceptionally durable and easy to use. TheReebok ZR8 is a cross trainer that comes with 12 pre-set workout programs and a staggering 32 levels of resistance, allowing you to adjust the resistance slowly over time.
Before we go into our in-depth Reebok ZR8 cross trainer review, let’s take a glance at this model’s features.
Reebok ZR8 Cross Trainer Features
- 12 pre-set programs for beginner to advanced users.
- 32 levels of resistance.
- Adjustable foot plates for a snug fit.
- Transport wheels to allow easy moving of the machine.
- Large 9 kg flywheel that allows smooth motion.
- Pulse monitoring.
- LCD display that monitors speed, time, distance and more.
Feature-rich, the ZR8 is the top selling Reebok cross trainer, offering a smooth motion thanks to the 9 Kg flywheel design. The machine’s handlebars offers a static or moving option to any user that wants to be able to engage their upper body in a workout while also doing cardio.
Designed to match a walking pace, the ZR8 has a walking stride of 38.1cm.
Floor level adjustment is offered to keep the machine sturdy, and the adjustable footplate offers anti-slip resistance.
Once users get going, they will be introduced to the LCD computer display. This display offers the user the ability to:
- Choose between 12 pre-set programs.
- Add 7 individual programs.
Users can choose to go off of a manual program that allows you to adjust the resistance levels yourself. In total, there are 32 resistance levels that will allow you to gradually increase resistance and ensure you continue to see positive gains as a result.
The monitor goes a step further and offers tracking of:
The handlebars both have pulse sensors, which are monitored right through the LCD display. This will allow you to monitor your heart rate at all times when exercising. Users will also be able to see how close they are to reaching their calorie-burning goals.
Using transport wheels, users will be able to bring the cross trainer out into an open space when needed, and easily wheel it back into the corner or a closet when finished. It’s a very convenient design that is meant to be as user-friendly as possible.
The maximum user weight for the ZR8 is 120 Kg.
- Advanced resistance levels not seen in most models.
- Pre-set options allow for a varying workout.
- Monitoring through the LCD is highly accurate.
- Provide a very taxing workout to the user.
- Support is greatly lacking despite the 2 year warranty.
This is definitely one of the best cross trainers on the market. With the pre-set programs, individual programs and 32 resistance levels, I dare say that this model is one of the top 10 cross trainers on the market today.
However, the one issue that a lot of users seem to have is with customer support.
Many people state that the company can take weeks to send out replacement parts and will need to be reminded frequently before parts are sent for replacement.
Thankfully, it seems as if this issue is slowly being sorted out. Aside from the lack of support, there is a 2 year warranty and this model is one of the best (price- and functionality-wise) cross trainers that is available.
If you’re looking for a cross trainer that will last from beginner to advanced fitness stages, this is definitely the right option for you.
Update: the latest version of this cross trainer, the ZR9, is out and we have a full detailed review of it.