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Octane Fitness Q37 Review

Quick Summary

The Q37 is Octane’s most popular elliptical trainer and one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things.”

This solid powerhouse has narrow pedal spacing for good comfort, movable arm bars with adjustable resistance, Cross Circuit training and optional customized workout programming.

Learn more from our full review of the Octane Q37 below.

Specifications

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Model Octane Fitness Q37
Rating

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91.2%
List Price

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$2,899
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$2,899
Resistance

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

20 resistance levels
Resistance Type

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

n/a
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).

fixed at 20.5"
Pedals

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

Oversized Non-Slip Pedals
Incline

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

n/a
Flywheel

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

n/a
Programs

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

72 (on XI console)
User Profiles

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

n/a
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.

Heart Rate Monitoring
Display

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

Large LED display with message center
Max. Weight

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

300 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).

65.5" x 30" x 62"
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.

Frame: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 91.2%

Our Rating

Rating: 91.2. The Octane Q37 is a high quality elliptical trainer for home use. Loaded with great features and very durable, it’s the bestselling of all Octane elliptical trainers. The Q37 features an ergonomic fixed stride, moving arms bars with resistance control, and workout support for total body training. Customers choose from two consoles, each with a different number of preset programs and features, and have the option to track progress online with the SmartLink fitness app. An iPad Mini is included and SmartLink is compatible with other mobile platforms too. With SmartLink you can take advantage of personalized training programs that are one to three months long; watch videos of hundreds of Cross Circuit exercises; track your data online and get other tools to maximize your fitness.

Pros:

  • Separate resistance for pedals and handlebars
  • Multigrip handlebars for muscle targeting
  • 20.5″ stride
  • Narrow pedal spacing (1.8″)
  • Choice of two consoles
  • iPad Mini included for using SmartLink app
  • Tablet holders on consoles
  • Built-in workout programs (8 or 72, depending on console)
  • Workout Boosters (Cross training)
  • Extensive training variety with SmartLink
  • Long term data tracking with SmartLink
  • Wireless heart rate monitor (Depending on console)
  • Contact heart rate monitor
  • SmartLight heart rate zone indicator
  • Water bottle holder
  • Connecting points on frame for resistance bands
  • MOM Mode safety feature

Cons:

  • Fixed stride
  • No incline
  • No cooling fan

Introduction

The Octane Q37 is the best-selling elliptical from a brand known for high quality. It has a fixed stride of 20.5″ and narrow pedal spacing, a combination that supports very comfortable motion for adults of most sizes. For total body training it has moving arm bars with adjustable resistance, plus the elliptical frame has attachments for resistance bands. These bands can be used for a variety of exercises and Cross Circuit workout programs, which prompt the user to alternate elliptical training with other activities. A choice of two consoles is offered, with one being compatible with the SmartLink fitness app. This app can be accessed with your own tablet computer, a smartphone or the iPod Mini included with purchase. Here are details about the workout programs, special features and warranty for the Q37 elliptical.

Workout Programs

The Q37 is sold with a choice of two consoles: the Q37x and Q37xi. These consoles are most different from each other in terms of workout programming and heart rate monitoring.

The Q37x console is the simpler of the two. It has eight workout programs and can monitor heart rate data from touch sensors. It shows heart rate zone with a one-color SmartLight feature. This console  provides two placement options for a tablet computer or smartphone.

The Q37xi is more advanced. It gives access to 72 workout programs and extras with a wireless app called SmartLink. The 72 programs include 12 for weight loss, 18 called “Feel Better” (for balance, strength and flexibility, 12 for toning up and 30 for athletic performance. The Q37xi also has Workout Booster programs (Arm Blaster, XMode and Glute Kicker), a multicolored SmartLight and a wireless heart rate receiver. This console is shipped with resistance bands that you can attach to the trainer and use for cross training.

A special option with SmartLink is setting up a customized training for 30, 60 or 90 days. You can choose from four general goals: Lose Weight, Feel Better, Athletic Performance and Get Stronger. Another option is specifying which muscle groups you’d like to target, then receiving customized workouts incorporating relevant exercises. SmartLink’s Cross Circuit workout programming includes more than 35 videos and 225 exercises and gets updated with new options.

Octane Fitness Q37 Features

The Octane Q37 has a fixed 21″ stride. The pedal spacing is just 1.8″ to support comfortable motion.

The elliptical’s moving arm bars have resistance that can be adjusted separately from the pedal resistance. The bars are contoured to support different grip positions. By simply changing your grip you can isolate different muscles in your arms, chest and back.

Contact heart rate sensors are built into the handlebars. Wireless pulse monitoring is supported by the Q37xi console.

The Q37xi console has a three-speed cooling fan.

This elliptical trainer has Cross Circuit attachment points. These are connection spots for resistance bands. Cross Circuit training programs prompt you to augment elliptical training with stretches and other exercises.

MOM Mode disables the console and pedal movement to protect children.

Octane Q37 Warranty & Guarantee

– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 5 Years
– Labor: 1 Year

Conclusion

The Octane Q37 is a winner for total body training at all ability levels. It stands out from other high-end ellipticals with moving arm bars partly because of its extra support for cross training. Topped with an advanced console the Q37 provides more than enough variety to encourage regular exercise.

This luxury elliptical machine is recommended for adults of most sizes. However, people who are particularly tall or short might prefer the Octane Q47, which has an adjustable stride.