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Horizon Peak Trainer HT5.0 Review

Quick Summary

Pairing HIIT (high intensity interval training) with joint-friendly motion, the Horizon Peak Trainer HT5.0 is the latest answer to the Bowflex Max Trainer line of home gym equipment. HIIT supports quick weight loss, and this new trainer is designed to maximize workout time. Its integrated Sprint 8 HIIT workout gets you though a hardcore workout in 20 minutes, and based on Horizon’s data, it can help reduce body fat by  up to 27%  in an 8-week period.

Learn more from the full Peak Trainer HT5.0 review below.

Specifications

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Model Horizon Peak Trainer HT5.0
Rating

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80.1%
List Price

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

$1,899
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$800
Resistance

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

10
Resistance Type

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

electronic + fan
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).

12" vertical
Pedals

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

Oversized Leveling Feet
Incline

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

12
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.

5
User Profiles

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

1 user
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.

EKG Grip Pulse
Display

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

5.5" LCD
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).

46.5" L x 28" W x 66" H
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.

Parts: 1 Years
Labor: 90 Days

Rating: 80.1%

Our Rating

Rating: 80.1/100. Horizon has thrown its hat into the ring, setting its sights on the full-body workout segment mostly taken up by the Bowflex Max Trainer (among others). The aforementioned top-rated machines are going to be tough for any brand to knock off the podium, but its entry price of $899 (when on sale) at the very least gives Horizon an upper hand when compared with even the most affordable of Max Trainers. On paper it also delivers a greater number of features that also give it an upper hand over the entry-level Max Trainer M3. High intensity interval training has become immensely popular for those looking to lose weight and build muscle definition in a hurry. These machines are geared specifically towards those who are frequently short on time, and the key workout that Horizon hangs their hat on—the Sprint 8—can be completed in only 20 minutes.

Unlike some other machines that leverage tech-based features like large touchscreens and interactive training sessions, the Peak Trainer HT5.0 is somewhat rudimentary. Instead it focuses on reasonable construction quality, built-in training programs (5 in total), and an approachable sticker price. Further sweetening the deal, Horizon is offering 0% financing on its fitness equipment. Splitting payments out over between six months and two years, this financing offer makes setting up your home gym that much easier.

Please note that high-intensity interval training may be risky for people with Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain other health conditions.

Pros:

  • Total body training
  • Very low impact
  • Combined fan and electronic resistance setup
  • Hiking-style step ergonomics
  • Efficiency of Sprint 8 HIIT workout
  • Ledge for tablet computer
  • Compact machine footprint
  • USB input for audio devices

Cons:

  • High intensity interval training is too stressful for some people’s bodies
  • As a brand-new model, not yet time-tested
  • Could use a longer warranty
  • No water bottle holder

Introduction

The latest to throw their hats into the HIIT trainer category, Horizon’s Peak Trainer HT5.0 is an affordably priced competitor to offerings from Bowflex and ProForm. Sale priced at $899 it’s a fantastic value for those looking for a full-body machine that’s an alternative to an elliptical. As noted, it can also be financed, which further sweetens the deal for those on a budget.

This unit runs in a motion similar to stairclimber, though not exactly—more of a mix between this and an elliptical, though the brand draws parallels to a hiking experience. The machine also supports upper body toning with handlebars that move the arms in boxing-like motions. Unlike similar trainers, there aren’t alternative grip positions on the HT5.0.

Workout Programs

There isn’t much to report here, as this machine is more basic than some of its competition. The machine has 4 rudimentary programs built-in, including Calorie, Weight Loss, Distance, and Manual. That said, there is one more brand-specific training program that the brand is leveraging as the biggest talking point when it comes to this machine.

They call it Sprint 8—an high intensity interval training program that will beat you up and leave you exhausted (in a good way) after just 20 minutes. Eight sprints followed by active recovery periods will push you to test your limits in a relatively short period, giving you a full-body burn in a very short period when compared to your average treadmill, elliptical, or indoor cycling program. Horizon performed several case studies before launching this rig, and based on their data, users can experience big drops in body fat—up to 27% after 8 weeks of 3x weekly sessions. Of course, this figure is in ideal conditions combined with a healthy diet and other changes, but the fact that they promise tangible goals within that timeframe is certainly encouraging.

Peak Trainer HT5.0 Features

Overall the HT5.0 is a somewhat basic machine, though not completely bare-bones. Starting with the basics, the trainer does have both USB-in and aux-in connections for audio, but no bluetooth compatibility. Its screen is a fairly rudimentary LCD screen rather than the higher-spec HD touchscreens we’ve been seeing, yet it does display all the information you’ll ever really need for your workout. Its console is very user-friendly, with capacitive touch buttons for menu navigation, resistance, etc. it also has several quick-start buttons so you can hop on and get your workout rolling in a hurry.

Warranty & Guarantee

Unfortunately the warranty of the Peak Trainer HT5.0 is a bit limited when compared to its competition. It includes:

– Parts: 1 years

– Labor: 90 days

Conclusion

In a category where price and number of features run hand in hand, the HT5.0 still offers some good bang-for-your-buck in the sub-$1k price range (when on sale). It’s still a new machine, so we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open as time goes on to see how these machines hold up in the long run, but based on our first impressions it’s certainly a solid piece of equipment that we’re happy to recommend. A better warranty would quickly improve this machine’s overall score, mind you.