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Yowza Captiva Plus Review


Yowza Captiva Plus Elliptical

The Yowza Captiva Plus is a 2013 upgrade to the original Captiva elliptical which was very popular among consumers.

The Captiva Plus offers several of the same features as the original model including variable stride length (18″ to 28″) as well as adjustable incline (0 to 50 percent).

There are differences, however, including more workout positions and docking station for your iPod player. Read our full review of the Yowza Captiva Plus, below…

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Model Yowza Captiva Plus

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

75 Levels
Resistance Type

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

Electromagnetic Brakes
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).

18" - 28"

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


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

0 - 50%

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

Swing Up Reactive (SURE)

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

User Profiles

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

9 Users
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.

Pulse Grips &
Wireless Chest Strap

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

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

66" x 33" x 66"
Weight: 238 lbs
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.


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.


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).


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

Frame: Lifetime
Braking System: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Electronics: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years (In-Home)

Rating: 92.7%

Full Review

Quick Summary
Rating: 92.7/100. The Yowza Captiva Plus is a minor upgrade over the original model, featuring new workout positions and variable stride length. 60-day money back guarantee on top of quality warranty for price paid.

– Variable stride length (18 to 28 inches)
– Six new workout positions targeting glutes and quads
– Adjustable incline range (0 to 50 percent)
– Music ready (iPod docking station with charger)
– Monitor heart rate with polar receiver
– 3 speed cooling fan built into console

– Non-folding and heavy at 238 lbs.
– Captiva Plus not compatible with IWM
– Good warranty but still not as great as Islamorada


When you compare specs at first glance, the Yowza Captiva Plus appears to do little more than the original Captiva elliptical though at closer inspection you finally gain an appreciation for the new 2013 model.

The Yowza Captiva Plus features Yowza trademarks like CardioCore and SureFit, while also bumping up incline to 50 percent and delivering six new workout positions. As a result, the Captiva Plus is one of the most versatile ellipticals on the market.

Workout Programs

The Yowza Captiva Plus features 12 pre-set workout programs, including nine user memory slots to store personal data.

Workout programs include: Target Time, Target Distance, Target Calories and Core Interval Resistance (with eight unique intensity levels).

The number of pre-defined workout programs and user slots is in-line with other Yowza fitness products, though it would be nice to see the Captiva Plus also be compatible with Intelligent Weight Management (IWM) technology.

Consequently, the elliptical may lose sales to other Yowza trainers though that is not to say that the elliptical is still top notch.

The Yowza Captiva Plus is also features built-in heart rate control with a polar heart rate monitor for quick readouts.

Elliptical Features

The Yowza Captiva Plus offers full-wrap around stationary handlebars with CardioCare upper body workout that is exclusive to Yowza products.

Additionally, the elliptical provides an additional six new workout positions, targeting glutes, quads and hip muscles. The goal is to offer all of the workout challengers former users got on the original Captiva model with even more options.

The Yowza Captiva features a 50 percent incline grade, which is the same as the Captiva which was recently upgraded from 40 to 50 percent.

Stride length is also adjustable from 18 to 28 inches, which falls just short of the Yowza Islamorada — capable of doing 19 to 30 inches.

Another new feature on the Yowza Captiva Plus is the reversible pedal motion. According to Yowza, a lot of manufactures claim to have pedals that work in reverse, yet the Captiva Plus is the first product to truly offer a optimal pedaling motion in either direction.

The Captiva Plus elliptical also features SureFit soft-pivoting foot pedals and a docking station for iPod players. Listen to music while you exercise and stay comfortable with a built-in 3 speed cooling fan.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Yowza Captiva elliptical warranty and guarantee includes:

Frame: Lifetime
Braking System: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Electronics: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years (In-Home)

Call (877) 969-9240 (option #2) to report your service issue, check on the status of a parts order and/or receive other general information.


The Yowza Captiva Plus has built upon an already stellar reputation produced by the original Captiva elliptical. It is simply hard to find an elliptical like the Captiva Plus that does so much for the price paid.

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