Yowza Captiva EllipticalYowza Captiva Elliptical

Web Price: $2,799 | Sale Price: $1,999

This machine will give you a great workout no matter your size or fitness level. While it is a quality built machine that comes equipped with many features, you’ll have to ask yourself if you feel it’s worth almost two grand.

Overall Rating From Elliptical Review Guru: 3.0 / 5.0

Capacity:
Resistance:
400 lbs
16
Stride Length:
FootPrint:
18 – 28″
66″ L x 33″ W x 81″ H

Expert Review

UPDATE: As of 2018 it seems that Yowza may be out of business. Check out our Best Ellipticals section for our expert’s top picks in all price ranges.

The main appeal of the Yowza Captiva is the CardioCore technology, a unique feature not found on other ellipticals that allows you to work your core muscles as you train. It achieves this through counter rotational handlebars, which mimic the motion of turning left and right while driving, targeting your abs, obliques and back muscles during your training.

You also get an impressive 18-28″ power adjustable stride and up to a 50% incline, both upgraded from the popular Sanibel i35 model. This allows for any sized user to get not only a comfortable workout, but also the ability to really ramp it up and train much harder.

The SureFit pedals are also unique to Yowza…the are well cushioned and also pivot as you work out, mimicking a natural motion and eliminating much of the typical impact on your knees and joints.

You get a nice array of workout programs on the Captiva, although not as many as on the up-level Islamorada model, including calorie, fat burn, intervals, endurance and distance.

Some of the other nice features include 16 resistance levels, iPod dock for your music, smooth electromagnetic braking, wireless heart rate capability, a water bottle holder and 3 speed adjustable fan.

Conclusion

The Yowza Captiva Elliptical trainer has received positive reviews from experts, and most users were pleased with their purchases. The Captiva features a wide adjustability of stride lengths ranging from 18″ to 28″, unlike most ellipticals that offer a much narrower range; this allows for many users of all sizes and lets you to vary the motion of your workouts.

With the ability to incline up to 50%, 16 levels of resistance, and 9 built-in workout programs you are sure to get in a good workout with lots of variability.

While the Captiva is among some of the higher priced ellipticals at almost $2000, you definitely get your money’s worth and will not be disappointed with this one. Yet if you are on more of a tight budget and would rather not fork out that kind of dough, you are likely to find many elliptical machines similar to this model in a much lower price range.

Also check out the Islamorada and Miami models, which give you more features and capabilities, as well as the free wireless weight scale and IWM management software.