Last Updated on March 2, 2018 by Assistant Editor
The XTERRA Fitness FS 3.0 Elliptical Trainer is a well constructed and strong elliptical machine. Its steel frame and 22 lb flywheel will keep this machine grounded during your most intense workout. The FS 3.0 Elliptical Trainer also has some nice options to keep you comfortable during your workout. The best are the 14 programmed workouts. This home elliptical machine has 12 training modes, as well as a heart training mode and a watt training mode. Another great option on the Xterra FS 3.0 Elliptical Trainer is the 20 levels of silent magnet resistance. This elliptical also provides pulse grip heart rate monitoring and integrate audio jacks so that you can work out to your own music. It’s a great overall elliptical machine.
- Height: 63.2”
- Width: 24.4”
- Length: 60”
- Item weight: 104 lbs
- Max user weight: 275 lbs
- Heavy duty steel frame and 22 lbs flywheel ensure a smooth and secure stride motion.
- Stationary lower handles with heart rate grips allows you to train in your target heart zone.
- 20 electronic levels of resistance to get the intensity that you need without interrupting your workout.
- Multi-grip handlebar controls so that you can be at a comfortable position while working out.
- 16” stride with oversized pedals make your workout more comfortable.
- Integrated audio jack and speakers to listen to your own workout tracks.
- 5.5” blue backlit display allows you to easily monitor your progress.
- Recovery program shows how quickly your heart rate recovers from exercising.
- 14 workout programs including:
- Training Program (12)
- Heart Rate (55%, 75%, 90% and Target)
- Display readouts include:
- Frame: 5 years
- Parts: 1 year
- Wear & Labor: 90 days
Shipping and Assembly:
Shipping costs will vary for the XTERRA Fitness FS 3.0 Elliptical Trainer depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, some retailers, such as Amazon.com, will provide free shipping.
Assembly of the FS 3.0 Elliptical Trainer is pretty typical. It comes with an illustrated step-by-step manual to walk you through the process. Due to the number of pieces it is going to take about to 2 hours, but it is not difficult.
What We Love About the XTERRA Fitness FS 3.0 Elliptical:
The XTERRA Fitness FS 3.0 Elliptical Trainer has 14 programmed workouts to choose from. In this price range, it will be very, very hard to find this many workouts on a competitor’s elliptical. You can choose from any of the 12 training programs, or you can pick a heart and watt workout. If you don’t want any of those, you can also set up your own workout manually. With this elliptical you’ll never be bored while exercising.
Another great feature on the XTERRA Fitness FS 3.0 Elliptical Trainer is its 20 digital levels of resistance. Again, 20 levels are far more than you will be able to find on just about any competitor model in this price range. That they are digital is equally impressive, as it allows you to change your resistance without any interruptions. A lot of other elliptical at this price point use tension knobs to adjust resistance which is sometime difficult to maintain a consistent and intense workout.
What Isn’t So Great:
The biggest drawback on the FS 3.0 Elliptical is that it only has a 16” stride. While this is one of the larger strides in this price range, it is still short. It will definitely be difficult for taller users to have a full stride on this elliptical, especially people at or near 6’ tall. Again, as we’ve said, if this is a big concern for you, it will still be pretty difficult to find an elliptical with a larger stride in this price range. You’ll probably need to come up with at least another $100 to get into the 18” range. You may want to test this and other elliptical machines out if this is a concern.
Final Word on the XTERRA Fitness FS 3.0 Elliptical Trainer:
For the price the XTERRA Fitness FS 3.0 Elliptical Trainer has some nice options. It has some nice features for an elliptical around $400. The features we love most are its workout programs and electronic resistance. Are concerns with the stride length are definitely real, but it may be impossible to find a better option in this price range.