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Yowza Sanibel Review


Yowza Sanibel Elliptical

The Yowza Sanibel may look like an average ellitpical and in many ways it does not stand out much from the rest of the competition.

However, Yowza has a track record of trying out different technologies and innovations and the Sanibel is no exception.

The elliptical features a new technology called Cardio Core arm motion. It’s a different approach to incorporating your upper body into the exercise and, according to early user reviews, is doing the trick.

Learn more by reading our in-depth Yowza Sanibel review below…


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Model Yowza Sanibel

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

16 Levels
Resistance Type

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

Electromagnetic Braking System
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).

21 inches

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

Sure-Fit™ design

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

Fixed 25%

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


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 & Polar Receiver

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: 226 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.


Rating: 84.5%

Full Review

Quick Summary
Rating: 84.5/100. Non-folding elliptical very comparable in specs to the Yowza Navarre. Excellent warranty package included with patented CardioCore motion.

– Dependable Eddy Current Braking resistance
– Long 21 inch stride length for all users
– Sturdy frame with 400 lbs. max user weight
– Innovative Cardio Core technology
– Quality Sure-Fit pedals
– Music friendly (mp3, built-in speakers)

– Does not fold (not very compact)
– No quick controls for resistance
– Workout programs adequate but not stellar (12)


For starters, the Yowza Sanibel features Eddy Current Braking resistance, 16 individual levels and 21 inch stride length.

The operation is pretty decent though it would have benefited slightly from a flywheel. Also, exercise enthusiasts may critique the amount of resistance levels as some models in this price range have 18-20 levels of resistance.

Still, the Yowza Sanibel is a quality elliptical, music friendly (iPod/mp3 players, built-in speakers) with a few other enticing features.

Workout Programs

The Yowza Sanibel features the traditional pre-defined workout programs (12 to be exact) as well as two heart rate programs.

However, the elliptical really becomes enticing when you factor in the Cardio Core arm motion and fixed 25 percent incline.

The Cardio Core arm motion is a breakthrough design that targets and tones upper body muscles. A feature such as this is not really all that rare with ellipticals yet few appear to do it as well as the Sanibel.

How does it work?

Instead of the traditional two handlebars that move back and forth, there is one t-bar that moves left to right with the elliptical motion. Consequently, the upper body slightly twists with the stride, and in the process targets your abs.

Elliptical Features

We love the long, smooth 21 inch stride length and rear drive design of the Yowza Sanibel. We’re not quite as big of a fan with the 16 levels of resistance which will satisfy most users, but could be better for the price paid.

Overall, the design and construction of the elliptical is rock solid and backed by a really great warranty (more information, below).

The Sure-Fit pedals and fixed 25 percent incline are also phenomenal features that add an extra challenge to your workout. Stay motivated with the iPod dock and built-in speakers as well as cool and comfortable with an integrated cooling fan.

Monitor your heart rate with polar wireless chest strap or built-in pulse grips.

The self-pivoting SureFit pedals are a nice final touch.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Yowza Sanibel elliptical features a limited warranty.

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.


Located in the ever competitive $1,500 to $2,000 price range the Yowza Sanibel does a decent job of standing out in a really challenging market. If you are searching for a dependable elliptical with innovative new features like the Cardio Core arm motion, the Yowza Sanibel is a very attractive option.

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