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Cybex 625A Review

Quick Summary

The club-quality Cybex 625A Arc Trainer is an efficient alternative to elliptical trainers.

It exercises the lower body with three major motions thanks to 21 incline levels: Trainees choose from climbing, striding and gliding. Preset programs are included to guide novices through advanced athletes.

Cybex Arc Trainers are iPod/iPhone compatible and available with high definition widescreen monitors that show video workouts, TV and the web.

Learn more from the 625A Arc Trainer review below.

Specifications

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Model Cybex 625A
Rating

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88.5%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$7,795
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$7,795
Resistance

Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

Up to 900 Watts
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

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Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

24"
Pedals

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Cushioned & Adjustable
Incline

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.

21 Levels
Flywheel

The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

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Programs

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

9
User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

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Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Wireless and Contact Grips
Display

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

8 x 15 LED matrix
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

400 lbs
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

76" x 32" x 62.5"
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.

Folding?

Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Residential: 5 years parts, 3 years labor
Light Commercial: 3 years parts, 3 years labor
Full Commercial: 3 years parts, 1 year labor

Rating: 88.5%

Our Rating

Rating: 88.5/100. The Cybex 625A Arc Trainer is a very effective alternative to elliptical machines for burning calories and toning the lower body. It uses an arc or crescent-shaped motion instead of an elliptical path, enabling about 16% more efficient calorie burn. The low impact arc motion lets trainees exercise for longer sessions before fatigue sets in, plus it minimizes the chance of joint injury. The 625A also has the advantage of supporting diverse motion. Its movements support cross-country gliding, stair climbing and striding. This versatility helps keep workouts interesting while enabling beautifully targeted muscle sculpting. Cybex Arc Trainers also have reverse motion for toning the quads and glutes.

A good variety of workout programs is included and the machine’s resistance can be controlled by heart rate data sent wirelessly or with touch sensors. Programming can be shown on a mid-sized LED screen or a 15.6″ HD display that gives access to Cybex GO workout programs, live TV, on-demand TV, the web and more.

Cybex Arc Trainers are built in the USA. They’re sold with a choice of three warranties: residential, entry commercial and full commercial. All Cybex cardio trainers are available with custom frame colors to match customers’ branding or home decor. The MSRP for the 625A is $7,795.

Pros:

  • Three lower body exercises: glide, stride and climb
  • 21 incline levels
  • Very low impact
  • Ideal for cardio, weight loss and strength training
  • Preset workout variety
  • Optional Cybex GO with extra workouts and tracking
  • Heart rate control
  • Wireless and contact heart rate receivers
  • Machine adjusts its max resistance of 900 Watts to user weight
  • iPod/iPhone compatible
  • Optional 15.6″ monitor with web and TV
  • Optional audio channels
  • Custom frame colors
  • Made in the USA

Cons:

  • High price
  • Does not have moving arm bars
  • No cooling fan

Introduction

The Cybex 625A Arc Trainer is a high quality three-in-one alternative to elliptical machines. It packs plenty of workout potential into a 32″ wide x 76″ long frame. With the Arc Trainer you can take gliding, striding and stepping motions for efficient calorie burn. This fitness machine is fantastic for toning the lower body and boosting heart health while having little risk of exercise-related injury.

Our Arc Trainer review continues with a look at the 625A’s workout programs and other features.

Workout Programs

The 625A Arc Trainer is loaded with the following ten workout programs: Quick Start, Weight Loss (3), Cardio (3), Strength (2) and Heart Rate Control. Programs control the Arc Trainer’s incline and resistance. The programs have 10 levels.

Extra workout support including on-demand workout videos is available with the Cybex GO platform. This requires an upgrade to the 15.6″ HD monitor.

The data are available in a variety of world languages. The stats shown are: time elapsed, calories, calories per hour, strides per minute, calories per hour, Watts, METs and heart rate. A multicolor indicator shows the heart rate zone.

Cybex 625A Arc Trainer Features

The Cybex Arc Trainer console has a magazine rack, two accessory trays and a bottle holder.

Cybex cardio trainers can be upgraded with widescreen monitors that connect with Cybex GO, a digital subscription service. Cybex GO provides extra workout routines and digital entertainment such as on-demand workout videos, music videos, TV programming and the Internet. Owners can also load custom club media to the console.

For digital radio an audio receiver can be added to the The Arc Trainer console.

This unit is compatible with iPod and iPhone. It can also sync with a mobile app for wireless tracking of fitness data.

Cybex frames are available in virtually any color to suit different fitness facilities and home workout areas.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Cybex 625AT Arc Trainer is sold with residential, light commercial and commercial warranty packages. Each provides 10 years of coverage for the frame. Other coverage is as follows:

– Residential: 5 years parts, 3 years labor

– Light Commercial: 3 years parts, 3 years labor

– Full Commercial: 3 years parts, 1 year labor

Conclusion

The Cybex 625A is a top-quality cardio trainer for body sculpting and weight management. It’s popular at elite health clubs and is sized reasonably for home use. Its only drawback for most shoppers is price. However, also note that the 625A is for lower body training only. For a similar Cybex designed for total body workouts, please see our review of the 625AT.