The best-selling Octane Fitness Q37xi standing elliptical machine offers CROSS CiRCUIT, the ability to interact with your tablet via the Octane Fitness app – and thereby become your virtual personal trainer with a ton of exercise routines – and customized Workout Boosters.
Plus, with smooth motion, close pedal spacing, MultiGrip, and Converging Path handlebars and wireless heart rate monitoring, the Q37xi leads the way in comfortable, effective workouts. And this heavy-duty machine is built to perform as long as you use it over your lifetime!
The console is simple to navigate, whether you’re choosing Quick Start or an advanced workout – or whether you’re connecting to SmartLink. You select the level of technology you want to fuel your workout. The large display screen simultaneously displays all your workout data, and Octane offers SmartLight technology.
SmartLight signals how hard you’re exercising, if you’re in your target heart rate zone, and when to prepare for the next interval in a Workout Booster or CROSS CiRCUIT. Now that’s smarter training.
Learn more in my complete review below
Product: Octane Fitness Q37xi Elliptical
Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts 5 years / Labor 1 year
My rating: 9/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 65.5L x 30W x 64H inches (166L x 76W x 163H cm)
- Assembled weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
- Weight capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Stride: 20.5″ (52 cm)
- Incline: No
- Resistance system: Eddy current, 20 levels
- Console: 8 programs on the Q37x and 72 on the Q37xi
- Extras: Tablet holder, accessory tray
- Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts 5 years / Labor 1 year
Q37xi Frame construction
The Octane Fitness Q37xi elliptical machine features a commercial structure, similar to various other gym-grade ellipticals. Its frame steel tubing, the only plastic parts are the covers of the flywheel and resistance elements, which don’t affect the machine’s overall sturdiness.
The Octane Q37xi elliptical is a fairly large fitness machine. When fully assembled, its footprint is approx. 65.5″L x 30″W (166 x 76 cm). On top of that, with the extended pedals and other accessories, its dimensions expand to approx. 76.5″ x 34″ (194 x 86 cm). So, the machine would require a workout are of at least 7′ x 4′, for safe operation. Or even more, if you also get some of the optional accessories.
Since it’s a pretty large, steel-made machine, the Octane Q37xi elliptical is considerably massive. When fully assembled, it weighs over 220 lbs (100 kg). Therefore, two people should assemble the machine. The front base of the frame is equipped with two transport wheels, though. By using the wheels to move it from a place to another, you will only handle app lbs of its total weight.
All the steel parts of this elliptical trainer have a double-coated corrosion-resistant and scratch-resistant paint, silver in color, this being the only color available for this model. The covers of the drive and resistance elements are dark gray, as well as the pedals, grips, and bottle holder. Overall, the machine has quite an appealing, professional aspect, which can also be quite a motivation factor.
Pedals, mobile arms, and fixed handlebars
An important aspect that we have to mention here is the pedal construction. The pedal arms and the pedals are one piece each. This results in more sturdiness and a superior “sure-foot” feel during your stride. They can support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg).
The PVC top covers of the pedals connect by bolts and can be taken off. They’re quite large and can accommodate athletic shoes of all sizes. They also have a ribbed surface to provide more traction.
The pedal arms come with large wheels, which incorporate sealed ball bearings for smooth operation and a prolonged lifespan. The wheels are hidden, which increases the safety of this machine. Also, the rails on which the wheels slide are concave. Thus, eliminating the possibility of a wheel sliding off the track, due to improper usage of the machine.
The mobile arms of the machine feature a multi-grip design. The grips are a high-density foam, to provide optimal comfort, regardless of your grasp. The fixed handlebars feature similar high-density foam grips, but they also integrate EKG sensors. By holding on to them, the console can display and keep track of your heart rate.
Q37xi Stride, elliptical path, Q-factor & step-up height
The Q37xi elliptical trainer from Octane Fitness does not have an incline system, which can be considered quite a minus for a machine in this price range. Therefore, its stride is also fixed, with a length of 20.5″ (52 cm).
Due to this fact, users up to 6’5″ (196 cm) should feel quite at home on it. Short users under 5’0″ (152 cm) may consider the stride a bit long for their pace.
However, the machine’s pedals are relatively large and highly-durable, allowing you to position your feet closer or farther to the front, to obtain a more comfortable stride.
The machine’s elliptical path is horizontal, with a design based on precise human biomechanics. Therefore, it delivers a supremely comfortable natural movement and flows, both forward and backward, without stress on the joints, which is ideal for all levels of users.
The Q-Factor (or the spacing between the pedals) is quite narrow compared to other machines, being 1.8″ (4.5 cm). This means that your feet positioning on the pedals is natural, while the pedaling motion won’t generate extra lateral stress on the knees and ankles.
Last but not least, the step-up pedal height (distance between the top of the lowest pedal and floor) is 4″ (10.1 cm). Also, the maximum pedal elevation is approx — 8″ (20.3 cm). Therefore, to avoid any issues, make sure to assemble and use the machine in a room with a ceiling height that is at least 10″ (25 cm) higher than your height.
Resistance and drive
The Octane Q37xi elliptical has a motorized magnetic resistance system. This means that it requires a connection to a power circuit to make available the resistance settings, and the resistance is only adjustable from the console. Also, some of the programs on the console automatically adjust the resistance on the pedals.
The console makes available 20 unique resistance settings. The first five levels offer light workouts, perfect for warm-ups or recovery training. Conversely, the top 17-20 resistance settings provide quite a challenge, which makes them ideal for interval workouts, endurance, and weight loss.
Since the machine has a magnetic resistance system, it uses a belt-drive, integrating a heavy-duty belt. The weight of the internal flywheel isn’t specified, but considering the feel of the drive, it appears to be a mid-range flywheel. It is designed to minimize start-up resistance and maintain smooth movement throughout the elliptical motion.
As opposed to other ellipticals with magnetic resistance, this Octane model allows reverse pedaling. This means you can put quite a bit of diversity into your workouts by focusing on different groups of muscles.
The Q37x console is the simpler of the two. It has eight workout programs and can monitor heart rate data from touch sensors. The one-color SmartLight feature displays where your heart rate is. This console provides two placement options for a tablet computer or smartphone.
The Q37xi is more advanced. It gives access to 72 workout programs and extras with a wireless app called SmartLink. The 72 programs include 12 for weight loss, 18 called “Feel Better” (for balance, strength and flexibility, 12 for toning up, and 30 for athletic performance.
The Q37xi also has a multicolored SmartLight and a wireless heart rate receiver. The Q37xi console ships with resistance bands that you can attach to the trainer and use for cross-training.
A particular option with SmartLink is setting up a customized training for 30, 60, or 90 days. You can choose from four broad goals: Lose Weight, Feel Better, Athletic Performance, and Get Stronger.
Another option is specifying which muscle groups you’d like to target, then receiving customized workouts incorporating relevant exercises. SmartLink’s Cross Circuit workout programming includes more than 35 videos and 225 activities and gets updated with new options.
Both consoles feature a M.O.M (Movement Management Mode) function. This is a safety function that disables the buttons and adds maximum resistance to the pedals, rendering the machine almost impossible to use. It’s designed to discourage small children from experimenting on the elliptical.
Also, both consoles offer three “Boosters” to add motivation and variety to your workouts. The Boost button provides three types of challenges:
1. X-Mode – The X-Mode is a workout mode that chooses 1 of 8 challenges every minute. The challenges are Fast, Squat, Reverse, Lean Back, Lower Body Only, Push Arms, Pull Arms, Slow.
2. ArmBlaster – Is a program designed to boost cardiovascular endurance while building strength and muscle tone. ArmBlaster adds upper-body strength sessions to the cardio program profile that you have selected. Every minute, resistance increases for a muscle-building, 10-repetition set as you transfer the workload from your lower body to your upper body.
3. GluteKicker – It uses three of the X-Mode programs which focus on your glutes, these being Reverse, Squat, and Fast.
Q37xi Assembly and Maintenance
Most of the machine comes pre-assembled. In other words, the drive and resistance elements, and the pedals come already assembled, attached to the mainframe. So, in terms of assembly, you will only have to add the console mast, the moving arms, the console, and the top covers of the drive system.
The manual offers pretty concise assembly instructions — however, the tools required for it (are not included). You will need an adjustable wrench and a Phillips screwdriver.
For maintenance, you’ll need to keep the rails clear of any debris or textile fibers, as they can induce damage either to the tracks or to the rollers. The machine’s joints may require lubrication after a while, in case they begin to emit noises during usage. Other than this, it’s recommended to periodically check for loose parts and re-tighten them if it’s the case.
- Sturdy construction, similar to commercial machines;
- Decent weight limit – 300 lbs;
- Adjustable levelers;
- Transport wheels;
- Perimeter weighted flywheel for a consistent momentum and smooth pedaling;
- Multi-grip handlebars;
- EKG pulse sensors integrated into the fixed handlebars;
- Quiet operation, ideal for apartment use;
- 20 levels of eddy current resistance;
- 8 or 72 workout programs depending on consoles;
- 3 Booster programs;
- Pedal and console locking function;
- Goal tracking functions for time, distance and calories;
- Different optional accessories available, including stationary footrests and elastic bands for arms workouts;
- Tablet holder and accessory tray included;
- Little maintenance required;
- Great warranty plan.
- Doesn’t have an incline;
- No online connectivity;
- No sound system.
Octane Fitness Q37xi Summary
The Octane Q37xi is a winner for total body training at all ability levels. For complete body training, it has moving armbars with adjustable resistance, plus the oval frame has attachments for resistance bands. These bands are for a variety of exercises and Cross Circuit workout programs, which prompt the user to alternate elliptical training with other activities.
The Octane Fitness app is a free workout app that helps link your fitness goals to real results! The app wirelessly connects to and controls your Octane machine from your mobile device. You can access a ton of programs that make workouts more efficient, useful, and motivating!
The machine’s resistance levels and programs make it an excellent choice for light to intense cardio workouts, interval workouts, endurance development, muscle toning, and weight loss. And finally, it’s not exactly an affordable machine but does offer excellent quality and several features that other ellipticals don’t have, so I can safely say that it stands up to the price.
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