JTX Zenith Cross Trainer Overview
The JTX Zenith Cross Trainer is in my opinion the best cross trainer available for less than £1,000. It has commercial level build quality, with hard wearing components that will last for many years. The advanced computer monitor covers every base you could wish for. A magnetic resistance system makes it both smooth and quiet. At the same time offering a wide range of resistance levels and pre-set workout programs.
Customer reviews are very positive, with 88% of reviewers giving it a 5/5 rating. It is a available for sale online with both Amazon and and on the JTX Fitness website. It is worth checking both to see where it is most competitively priced.
The fact you are reading this probably means that you are researching cross trainers, it is worth reading our best cross trainers review, which provides advice on the factors to consider when assessing various models. Another relevant article is our guide to the benefits of exercise on a cross trainer. It covers the health and fitness benefits from weight loss, to building endurance.
The table below lays out the main specifications of the JTX Zenith Cross Trainer:
|Length Boxed||178 cm|
|Width Boxed||75 cm|
|Height Boxed||39 cm|
|Stride Length||21 inch|
|Resistance||16 levels of electro-magnetic resistance|
|Computer Console||Colour display with multiple workout metrics|
|Workout Programs||12 custom programed features|
|Heart Rate Training||Via hand sensors or Polar chest strap (included)|
|Maximum User Weight||165kg|
|Free Accessories||Heart rate chest strap, Floor protection mats|
|Assembly time||45 minutes|
The JTX Zenith Cross Trainer is deigned with solely performance and usability in mind, without the frills and gimmicks that raise the price. What you will find are top quality components. This makes it a stable, sturdy, professional machine that will deliver great performance over many years.
The Q-factor on a cross trainer refers to the distance between your feet when you train. It is important feet are the correct natural distance apart to make operation as comfortable as possible. On this machine the Q-factor is 15 cm, providing perfect comfort and alignment as you exercise.
The multi-grip handlebars are ergonomically designed to provide maximum use of the upper body from a bio-mechanically correct position. You have the option of using the moving handles with upper body to propel you, or holding on to the fixed handles for support and greater focus on the lower body.
Stride length is comparable to gym machines, at 53 cm (21 inch). This means you can work hard and really stretch out your legs to maximise your fitness goals.
The finish is simple and stylish, with a matt black paint job and zero clutter. It would look the part in any home gym.
The 17 kg flywheel is part of a magnetic resistance system designed to provide optimum performance and a smooth, quiet ride. Its weight and configuration are crucial to the quality of its movement. There is a large resistance range with 16 levels providing a work out that can challenge beginners or advanced users alike.
The JTX Zenith has an advanced computer that accurately measures and clearly displays all of the relevant metrics during your cross trainer workout. Including:
- Time ellapsed
- Distance traveled
- Heart rate
- Calories burned
To keep your work outs varied and your motivation up it features 12 pre-set workout routines, including interval and targeted heart rate training. It connects with smart devices allowing you to keep track of the progress you are making. This is especially helpful if you are looking to build cardiovascular endurance or burn extra calories on the cross trainer.
Nice extras on this machine include high quality built in speakers. They connect to MP3 players, iPods and other smart devices so you can play music, keeping you entertained and motivated as you work out.
There are also front mounted access wheels which allow you to move the cross trainer easily, and a water bottle holder allowing you to stay hydrated as you train with out climbing off of the machine.
Warranty, assembly and delivery
This JTX Zenith comes with a 3 year in home servicing and repair warranty with all parts and labour covered. There is also a lifetime frame warranty, underlying how robust this machine really is. The warranty is registered when you purchase from JTX, and should there be any issues a specialist engineer will visit your home to resolve them.
There is also a 28 day money back guarantee. If you are not happy with the machine it can be picked up from your home and your money returned (minus a collection fee).
Assembly is reasonably straight forward, JTX design their machines with ease of assembly in mind. It is certainly no more tricky than flat pack furniture. The JTX Zenith Cross Trainer comes with all moving parts assembled, with the exception of the upper handlebars. A user guide is supplied to tal you through the final assembly steps. Alternatively there are options to have it assembled for you at home for an additional fee.
The video below from JTX explains the general principles of assembling a cross trainer. Although not specifically made for the Zenith, the basics are the same and you will find it helpful.
JTX offer free next working day delivery if you order before 2 pm. Two people will carry it to a ground floor room of your choosing. It can be delivery on a Saturday for an additional fee of £20.
Amazon provide two options, the first is scheduled delivery, which is generally next working day if ordered before 2 pm. The other option is arranged delivery, where you will be contacted with two business days of placing your order to arrange a suitable delivery date.
Customer feedback on the JTX Zenith Cross Trainer
Common themes in the reviews are of the top build quality, the comfort and smoothness of the magnetic resistance mechanism, and the high level of customer service. The only negative point in any review was that the height of the machine means you are lifted high from the ground, and the 6 ft 4 reviewer was close to the ceiling!
Final thoughts on the JTX Zenith Cross Trainer
If you have a budget of under £1,000 and are looking for an outstanding, gym quality cross trainer, for use at home, you will not find better than the JTX Zenith Cross Trainer. It will deliver great performance for many years, backed up by a generous warranty. It’s not hard to assemble, and will be delivered quickly, with you able to select delivery date. The magnetic flywheel system is smooth and quiet while still providing 16 levels of resistance from low to challenging. The monitor is easy to read, provides all relevant metrics and has 12 custom workouts built in as standard. All this combines to make this one of the best reviewed machines online at any price.
If you decide to purchase this model or another, get the most from your training program by reading our guide to cross trainer workouts.
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