Cybex Arc 600A - Affordable Top Quality
When the Cybex Arc machines were first launched in the United States, the price put them out of each for most home gym owners.
These days, however, there is a very interesting option in the form of refurbished machines in the Cybex Arc 600 series that are much more affordable (check the Amazon price here). These reconditioned machines have new parts where required and are recalibrated and recoated if necessary.
Cybex units are made to a very high standard (the company won “Product of the Year” awards in 2004 and 2005) and their machines are popular with all levels of athletes, including professionals; Cybex do a brisk trade in machines installed in commercial gyms.
Is It A Stepper?
There is some debate as to whether it is a true elliptical stepper. Cybex claim that their machine is not an elliptical, because it is designed to move through an arc rather than an ellipse - which Cybex say puts less strain on the knees, hips and back.
They don't even want it called a stepper, because it does not operate with a true climbing motion. Whatever the finer details are of what Cybex calls Same Side Forward or SSF technology, this fitness machine effectively operates as an elliptical, a stepper and a glider, all in one; it is designed to transmit the least amount of stress on joints at the hip, knee and ankle.
There are some downsides to the quality. The machines are big and heavy, even the one designed for the home market; for instance, the Cybex 600A weighs 325 lbs – but is designed to take a user weight of 400 lbs.
The plus side is that the very heavy flywheel makes for an exceptionally smooth machine that is an absolute pleasure to use, and which will last for years.
The Cybex Arc Trainer 600A offers a choice of variable strides, up to 24”. You can opt for long strides to stretch your legs, a medium stride length that is close to what most think of as typical for a conventional elliptical machine, or short strides that mimic climbing stairs.
The resistance range varies from 0 to 900 watts and the incline level may also be varied.
There are seven built-in programs (Cardio, Hill, Interval, Strength, Quick Start, Manual and Weight Loss) any of which can be used either on the flat or any one of 10 different inclines. All the programs can modified during a workout.
On the console there is an LED screen that shows a dot matrix graphic of the selected workout, and also displays calories burned, distance covered, your heart rate through the built-in wireless receiver, METs (a measure of oxygen use) and the number of strides per minute.
Another LED shows the chosen resistance level, the incline setting and elapsed time.
The unit weights 325 lbs and can accommodate users of up to 400 lbs.
Its dimensions are :67 ins x 30 ins x 59 ins.