Years ago my mum bought the Orbitrek off a shopping channel. She grew tired of it pretty quickly, so I took it in. I started using the machine to lose weight but moved on myself to fitness DVDs. Today I returned to it to write this review.
The best machines allow you to vary the resistance depending on your fitness level. When I first started I had little or not resistance, but built up to increasing the resistance over time. You turn a dial on the machine. The dial is labelled with an arrow pointing at a plus (more resistance) at one end and minus (less resistance) at the other. The dial is easy to reach so when you start working out and find things too difficult, you can easily adjust the settings without getting off.
The resistance also allows you to get close to doing strength training on the machine. The very high resistance is almost impossible to use, so you really need to work HARD. I always felt my muscles working at the highest level. If cardio is your preference then you can set the resistance at the lowest level and go as fast as you can. Cardio AND strength training is the best combination, so I advise you to do both.
-Modify the machine
You can modify the machine to suit your needs. Besides the resistance, you can move the handlebars so they stay in a fixed position. This would be ideal for beginners who want to focus on one area at a time. This is also for people who work different body parts on alternate days. If you worked your arms yesterday and want to rest them today, but still need to exercise, then you can focus on your legs.
You get what you pay for. I would rather save up for an expensive, high tech than get cheaper machines like this that last for much less time. My machine is still in working order, but that is probably because no one uses it. I have heard horror stories online of it breaking or falling apart, so be careful!
The machine is VERY noisy. I had the put the TV up nice and loud to hear the shows I was watching or the music I was playing to pass the time.
The computer included on the Orbitrek tracks simple information like miles, calories (MANY exercise machines overestimate calories burned, so use their numbers at your own risk!), and time. There are no automatic programs, for example, expensive, high tech machines would automatically resistance depending on set programs like going up or down hill.
If you have a VERY tight budget then I recommend this machine. However, keep in mind that people have spoken about their Orbitrek breaking when they least expected it. Is the money saved worth possible injury? That's up to you to decide. My mum bought this on a whim, and it's done the job so far. Then again, it hasn't been used for years and it's gathering dust right this moment. I'd rather save up money for something more high quality that will last for years to come.
I have my orbitrek since june 08 and i think its good....not great but good.
i had feared that it may be flimsy and i was proved right.
it took a good month of me watching the adverts before i took the plunge and ordered one.
it took fours days to arrive which was good as i had expected to arrive later. i had to put it together which was fun as i put some music on.
then i jumped on it, it is strong and sturdyish but i see it moving as i stride on it. yes it has been tightened as much as possible. i weight 14 stone and i am 5 ft 8 in height. its the reason i bought the orbitrek to loose weight and get fit. My partner uses it too he is 6 ft and weights 14 stone also ( slimmer than me ).
i paid £129.99 plus £19.99 for p & p, and because i ordered via the net i was given and option to buy a magic bullet for £9.99 to which i did, i gave to mum. Wanted to order another magic bullet but now £29.99. bugger should have ordered another one.
it's noisy aswell, not quiet like the ads claim it to be.
it is easy to move around as there are two wheels at the front. the resistance knob gives you the option of a easy or tough workout.
my one is fine apart from the issue of the item moving as you exercise.
i too tried to see people's comments on the orbitrek before i bought one and was swayed but positive comments.
i am happy i have mine.
It took less than 3 months for my unit to fall apart. It was squeaking terribly and leaving metal shavings on the floor...they said it was some king of gear problem. Within another week, the petal broke off. I'm just glad no one was injured on this junk. Even after they admitted that the problems I was having were "rare" and indicated that it was defective to begin with, they insisted that I pay for a replacement unit to be sent. It was completely within their discretion to satisfy my warranty claim in a satisfactory way and they chose to be jerks. They honestly expected me to pay more money to replace a defective product while I was still making payments on the first one. The customer service departments, online and on the phone, bounce you back and forth and all are extremely rude. Horrible quality, horrible customer service, horrible experience...never again
Have you seen the TV ads for the wonder-machine called the Orbitrek? I had, and wondered if it was worth the money. I did an Internet search but could only find people selling the thing - hardly the best ones to give an honest opinion. We eventually got one last year. I saw an ad for it recently and remembered my efforts in trying to find out more about it. So I decided to take a new look at it and write a critique about it. Hope this helps others. My husband has arthritis of the spine. His knees and elbows are painful, too. He had to get rid of his mini-gym/weights machine that we used to keep in the garage, because it was making his pain worse. We looked round for an all-in-one piece of exercise equipment that we could keep in our bedroom (so we would use it every day). We wanted something that would help us keep our weight down, so it had to be good for aerobic workouts. We also wanted something to keep our muscles good. The Orbitrek is good for us because it is THERE. We haven't found it particularly good for strength training, but we were used to a mini-gym with weights, so it's not really fair to compare. ADVANTAGES The Thane Orbitrek is a quality piece of equipment. You have to assemble it yourself, which took a while! It is robust and sturdy, and has tolerated our children and their friends all having a go. It gives a no-impact workout, which is important for many people. It is similar to an exercise bike that works the arms, too. There is no pounding of the joints. For me, it is better than an exercise bike because I find my coccyx is aggravated by a bike seat. The standing position of the Orbitrek makes it easier on my back. I have sciatica, and find that the Orbitrek does not aggravate it unless it is already bad (in which case I think any exercise is contraindicated). It is great for aerobic work. Within a couple of minutes of 'treking' I work up a sweat. DISADVANTAGES The ads claim that the wheel acts as a fan to keep you cool. We have not found this to be the case. It isn't great for strength training. We still use weights as well. It is NOT silent. You couldn't, for example, use it in the same room as a sleeping partner. In fact, we don't use it early in the mornings or late at night, for fear of waking the children and/or infuriating the neighbours. Our children and neighbours are particularly light sleepers, though, others may not find this a big problem. It is BIG. We keep ours in our bedroom because if we didn't we would never use it, but it is rather THERE. We have tried draping clothes over it to disguise it, but it doesn't work! You need a big corner of a room or a very big house. It is HEAVY. Not maneuverable. The ads show tiny women manhandling it around their bedrooms. They must be a LOT stronger than they look. We found it rather complicated to put together. My husband is used to putting things together but even he was scratching his head over this. You could buy one second-hand if putting it together is a problem. The non-slip pedals are painful if you use it with bare feet. I do, but don't stay on long because my feet get sore. I suppose I could put shoes on but then I would have to stay on longer! -------------------------------------- In summary, the Orbitrek gives a good, fun, impact-free workout. However, it is not for us. My husband has knee problems and has found that the Orbitrek has been aggravating them - badly. So it's for sale. We've switched to a new wonder machine, the Total Gym. Review coming up ...