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Cybex Total Access Arc Trainer Review

Quick Summary

Built to accommodate an especially wide range of trainees, the Cybex Total Access Trainer is an ideal choice for high-end fitness facilities seeking inclusive cardio equipment.

This full body trainer is similar to traditional Cybex Arc Trainers but is enhanced to better accommodate exercisers with certain physical, sensory or cognitive differences.

It supports smooth gliding, striding and stair stepping with 21 incline levels and a maximum 24″ stride.

Learn more from the full Cybex review below.

Specifications

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Model Cybex Total Access Arc Trainer
Rating

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88.6%
List Price

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$8,000
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$8,000
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.

13
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: 88.6%

Our Rating

Rating: 88.6/100. The Cybex Total Access Arc Trainer is a high quality alternative to elliptical trainers. It’s part of the Cybex International Total Access Cardio Series of commercial gym equipment, a collection designed to accommodate trainees with and without special needs. (The Total Access Cardio Series also features a treadmill and two models of exercise bike.) The Total Access Arc Trainer has a high contrast color scheme, side rails and other modifications tailored for users who have physical, sensory or cognitive impairments.

Just like standard Cybex Arc Trainers, the Total Access version uses a patented arc motion to train the lower body even more effectively compared with ellipticals. The maximum foot stride is 24″ and trainees can choose from 21 ramp settings and a wide range of resistance (15 to 900 Watts). Additionally the Total Access Arc Trainer has moving arm bars that sync well with striding, gliding and climbing. The upper body exercise is 80% more effective than that of top elliptical trainers. The total body exercise is up to 16% more efficient at calorie burn.

Progress within 13 workout programs including manual mode is shown on an 8 x 15 LED.

Compared with the most similar Cybex Arc Trainer (the 625AT), the Total Access Arc Trainer has more colorful buttons and a larger font to accommodate the visually impaired. Additionally it has locking foot pedals for extra stability when mounting/dismounting. The foot pedals are yellow while the frame of the machine is gray. Side rails are also provided for safety.

This inclusive fitness machine sells for approximately $8,000 with a choice of residential, light commercial and full commercial warranties.

Pros:

  • Fits all skill levels
  • For gliding, striding and climbing
  • Ideal for cardio, weight loss, muscle toning and strength training
  • Muscle map shows the target of exercise
  • Very low impact on joints
  • Modified for trainees with impaired vision
  • Has safety enhancements
  • 21 incline settings
  • Preset workouts
  • Heart rate control
  • Wireless and contact pulse monitoring
  • 400-pound user weight capacity
  • Made in the USA

Cons:

  • High price
  • Has a basic display compared with other Cybex Arc Trainers
  • Magazine rack blocks the data screen
  • No cooling fan

Introduction

The Cybex Total Access Arc Trainer is an especially accessible cardio trainer for the whole body. Like other Cybex Arc Trainers, it’s a club-quality alternative to elliptical machines. This particular model has raised iconography, high contrast color and other modifications to accommodate a wider range of gym members.

Workout Programs

The Total Access Arc Trainer has Quick Start (manual mode) plus these 12 training programs: three for weight loss, three for strength, two for cardio, two for shaping, and programs named Adaptive Power, Constant Power and Heart Rate Control. Each program controls the Arc Trainer’s resistance and incline. There are 10 challenge levels per program.

The feedback provided are time, distance, calories, calories per hour, Watts, METs, strides per minute, heart rate and heart rate zone. Heart rate zone is indicated with a multicolored light system.

Cybex Total Access Arc Trainer Features

This unique and inclusive fitness machine uses an arc-shaped path instead of an elliptical path. The arc helps the machine target specific muscles more effectively and burn calories up to 16 percent more efficiently compared with an elliptical.

The Total Access Trainer shows workout progress on an 8 x 15 LED. Next to the matrix of red lights is a muscle map indicating which muscles are being recruited.

Heart rate control is included. It works with wireless telemetry or contact grips.

This fitness machine has a magazine rack, a small storage area and a water bottle holder.

For extra security when the user gets on or off the machine, the pedals lock in place. Safety rails are provided too.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Cybex Total Access Arc Trainer is sold with residential, light commercial and commercial warranty packages. All include 10 years of coverage for the frame. Other buyer protections are 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

Cybex Arc Trainers are among the world’s top alternatives to elliptical trainers in terms of efficient calorie burn and muscle sculpting. The Total Access Arc Trainer in this review is especially accessible thanks to extra safety features and accommodations for trainees with low vision. It’s a highly recommended cardio trainer when inclusive gym equipment is desired. However, the standard Cybex Arc Trainers are more appealing to typical gym members because of their advanced displays for programming and digital entertainment.