Responding to an apparently insatiable desire for high-intensity interval training (HIIT), the makers of total-body cardio machines are introducing new models and enhancing existing equipment to give members what they want.
Octane Fitness’ MAX Trainer
The just-debuted MAX Trainer from Octane Fitness, for example, is based on the popular Bowflex MAX Trainer from Octane’s parent company, Nautilus. This heavy-duty commercial total-body stepper offers a low-impact HIIT routine that takes just 14 minutes.
“Exercisers today want to work hard without having to spend hours at the gym,” says Ryan Simat, general manager/vice president, commercial and specialty at Octane Fitness. “The MAX Trainer offers efficiency, effectiveness, novelty, and excitement.”
SportsArt’s VERSO and XTrainer
Also offering clubs sought-after variety is the new VERSO from SportsArt, a three-in-one cross trainer with stepper, cycle, and elliptical modes so that exercisers can easily change their motion during a session.
SportsArt also makes the XTrainer, a recumbent cycle with bi-directional or bilateral moving upper-body handlebars that operate independently—with separate resistance from the lower-body pedals—for more balanced workouts.