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Yowza Fitness Osprey Review

 

Quick Summary

The Yowza Fitness Osprey is what the manufacture likes to refer to as a “transformer treadmill”.

The goal is to create a space-saving, folding treadmill that doesn’t feel and ride like your traditional compact trainer.

Instead, the Yowza Osprey is designed to be not only compact but sturdy, more like the commercial-grade options common with the non-folding models.

Read our full Yowza Fitness Osprey treadmill review below…

Specifications

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Model Yowza Fitness Osprey
Rating

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64.6%
List Price

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

$1,299
Best Price

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$999
Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0.5 - 11 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0-12%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

2.75 CHP
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

20" x 52"
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

Patented Swing Arm w/ Progressive Shock Absorption
Folding?

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

Programs

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

16
Max. Weight

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

350 lbs
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
Dimensions

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

69" x 33" x 55"
Weight: 154 lbs
Display

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

Backlit Blue LED
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

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

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

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 a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

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

Rating: 64.6%

Our Rating

Rating: 64.6/100. Transformer treadmill designed to save space and be compact, while producing a solid walking/running treadmill feel often found on higher end models. Entry-level treadmill with few extra features.

Pros:

  • Folding treadmill is compact even during use
  • Very good warranty package for price paid
  • Patented progressive shock absorption technology
  • Quick controls for speed/incline changes
  • Monitor heart with built-in pulse grips
  • Scratch resistant and low maintenance frame

Cons:

  • Very few extra features (mp3 compatibility, cooling fan)
  • Running surface (20″ x 52″) not suitable for taller users
  • A couple customer complaints about difficult assembly and poor customer service

Introduction

Yowza Fitness has always been at the forefront of fitness equipment design and their latest release of treadmills reflects that tradition.

The Yowza Fitness Osprey may not be as highly touted as other new releases like the Sebring and Daytona; however the Osprey is an intriguing piece of exercise equipment superior to other entry-level treadmills by other manufactures.

The treadmill is a top buy for consumers tight on space looking to find a trainer that still supports most body types and does not shake during use.

Workout Programs

The Yowza Fitness Osprey offers 16 pre-defined workout selections.

The workout programs include: Target Programs, Speed Interval, Preset Programs, Weight Loss, 5K Running/Walking, Fitness Test and Heart Rate.

Built-in pulse grips work with the heart rate program to achieve optimal performance.

Exercise data is easy to read on the LED display featuring nine individual user memory slots can record user’s age, weight and fitness level.

Have a favorite program? Three sets of user Data Memory slots are created to store your favorite workout routines.

Treadmill Features

The Yowza Fitness Osprey is what the manufacture describes as a “transformer treadmill”. The goal is to create a treadmill that is compact and space-saving, but does not rock and shake like a lot of smaller, folding treadmills are renown for doing.

While true, the Yowza Osprey is a step up from “hinged” folding treadmills, the Osprey is still not adequate for all body types with a slightly smaller than average running surface (20″ x 52″) and motor (2.75 CHP). It is, however, a very good buy for smaller users with primary walking or moderate jogging habits.

The Yowza Fitness Osprey folds and with a footprint of 69″ x 33″ x 55″ it does not take up a lot of space even while in use. Transport wheels allow you to move the trainer from room to room, and the 154 lbs. weight is not too heavy.

One touch speed and incline controls allow you to shift through speed (o.5 to 11 mph) and incline (0 to 12 percent) with minimal effort.

The patented progressive shock absorption deck of Yowza Fitness is also seen on the Yowza Osprey.

Scratch-resistant powder-coated steel frame keeps the model looking new even after months of use and requires rather low maintenance.

The entry-level Yowza Osprey features little else in terms of extras, including no mp3 compatibility or built-in cooling fan.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Yowza Fitness Osprey treadmill warranty and guarantee includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Motor: Lifetime
– Parts: 5 Years
– Electronics: 5 Years
– Labor: 2 Years (In-Home)

Conclusion

The Yowza Fitness Osprey is in the entry-level treadmill category in the under $1,000 price range. It saves space while also featuring a rather strong performance for price paid.