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Cybex 525AT Review

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An impressive alternative to elliptical cross trainers, the Cybex 525AT Arc Trainer offers even faster calorie burn and better impact protection.

This total body trainer has an adjustable footpath that lets trainees glide, stride or climb without stressing their joints.

For extra luxury it’s available with a 15.6″ monitor for TV, Internet and workout programming.

The Cybex 525AT is sold with residential and commercial warranties.

Learn more from our complete Arc Trainer review below.


Model Cybex 525AT

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

Up to 600 Watts
Resistance Type

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

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).


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

Cushioned & Adjustable

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

21 Levels

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.

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

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

8 x 5 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 are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

76" x 30" 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.


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.

Residential: 5 Years
Light Commercial: 3 Years
Full Commercial: 1 Year

Our Rating

Rating: 88/100. The Cybex 525AT Arc Trainer is a top quality body sculptor and a great alternative to elliptical cross trainers. Arc Trainers beat ellipticals at their own game, supporting even lower impact motion and about 16% faster calorie burn. The 525AT’s defining feature is a crescent-shaped (rather than ellipse-shaped) footpath that adjusts in length with 21 levels of incline. Trainees can glide with an up to 24″ arc, take regular walking strides or simulate stair climbing… so in a sense the Arc Trainer is a three-in-one fitness machine. Its moving arm bars have substantial resistance too; they’re nearly twice as effective as the moving arm bars on most elliptical cross trainers.

Eight workout programs are included to guide workout time, plus the Arc Trainer has Quick Start mode. Programming is shown on a basic LED. An upgrade available at checkout is a 15.6″ high definition screen for extra workout programming, Internet and TV.

Cybex Arc Trainers are made in the USA and sold with a choice of three warranties: residential, light commercial and full commercial. Many frame colors are available. The base price for the 525AT is $5,845.


  • Total body training
  • Ideal for cardio, weight loss and strength training
  • Very low impact
  • Functions like three fitness machines
  • 21 incline levels
  • Adjustable stride allows for targeted muscle toning
  • Preset workout variety
  • Wireless and contact heart rate monitoring
  • Maximum 600 Watts resistance
  • iPod/iPhone compatible
  • Optional 15.6″ monitor for Cybex GO workout programming, Internet, TV
  • Optional audio receiver
  • Custom frame colors
  • Compact size
  • Made in the USA


  • High price
  • No cooling fan
  • No heart rate control
  • Not for elite athletes

The Cybex 525AT is a great match for most gym members seeking vigorous yet low impact workouts. The most elite athletes might prefer a higher Cybex Arc Trainer to get more resistance (900 Watts max versus 600 Watts max) and heart rate control.


The Cybex 525AT Arc Trainer is a compact commercial fitness machine for body sculpting, strength training and cardio health. While it looks similar to elliptical trainers, the 525AT uses an arc-shaped footpath instead of an ellipse. It delivers even faster calorie burn than elliptical trainers can, plus the Arc Trainer is even gentler on joints. This fitness machine has a maximum 24″ footpath and can support cross-country gliding, regular strides, and simulated stair climbing. Read on for info about its workout programs and other features.

Workout Programs

This Arc Trainer can be used in manual mode (Quick Start) and with eight preset workout programs: three for weight loss, three for cardio and two for strength. These programs control the machine’s incline and resistance. Each workout can be used at 10 levels.

Data shown are time, calories burned, calories per hour, strides per minute and heart rate. Additionally a multicolor indicator shows the heart rate zone.

The display is multilingual. The options are English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Japanese, Russian, Danish and Dutch.

Cybex 525AT Arc Trainer Features

The default monitor is a streamlined LED. An available upgrade is a 15.6″ HD monitor that can show live TV, Internet and on-demand video. It can also show expanded workout programming with a Cybex GO subscription.

The console has a magazine rack, two accessory trays and a bottle holder.

The 525AT is available in virtually any color. Some basic options shown on the Cybex website are Arctic White, Eclipse Black and Platinum Sparkle.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Cybex 525AT Arc Trainer is sold with residential, light commercial and commercial warranty packages. All provide 10 years of coverage for the frame and one year for labor. Parts coverage is as follows:

– Residential: 5 Years

– Light Commercial: 3 Years

– Full Commercial: 1 Year


Cybex Arc Trainers impress trainees because they’re fun to use, deliver rapid results and don’t bring joint pain. They please facility managers because they’re hassle-free, demand little space and keep club members coming back for more!

This particular arc trainer is a great fit for all but the most elite athletes. For even more power (900 Watts maximum instead of 600) see the Cybex 625AT or the 770AT with touch screen.

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