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Yowza Captiva Review

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Wondering if the Yowza Fitness Captiva is right for you? This unbiased and detailed review will answer all your questions about this popular elliptical.

The Yowza Captiva is an innovative elliptical trainer, highlighted by its ‘ramp-less’ incline (adjustable from 0-50%), variable stride length (18″ – 28″) and patented Cardio Core upper body motion technology that provides excellent ab workouts in addition to all the benefits of the elliptical motion.

The industry leading 50% incline will challenge anyone, its unique roller-less rear drive system decreases joint impact, and the Cardio Core technology rounds out what is definitely one of the most versatile trainers on the market.

Learn more about this elliptical trainer to see if it’s right for you in our in-depth Yowza Captiva review below…


Model Yowza Captiva

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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.

Eddy Current 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).

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: 234 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: 1%

Our Rating

Rating: 1/100. Ramp Less (0-50%) incline provides a fun challenge to modern day exercise. Cardio Core upper body motion and variable stride length also support innovative trainer. The Yowza Captiva is a bit large, but if space is not a deal breaker this elliptical is hard to match.


  • Variable stride length for all shapes and sizes
  • Ramp Less incline adjustable 0-50%
  • Cario Core presents new upper body workout
  • Music friendly (iPod dock, built-in speakers)
  • Industry standard resistance type and levels
  • Stellar warranty (including 5 years on parts/electronics)


  • Non-folding and heavy at 234 lbs.
  • Some customers want to see more instructions
  • Adequate workout program selection (12)


The Yowza Captiva features many of the conventional features of trainers in the 21st century (cooling fan, iPod dock, LCD display), but also does some really special things when it comes to the actual workout experience.

This unique elliptical is capable of reaching an incline of 50 percent which is the best in the industry. Users familiar with other Yowza ellipticals also get the Cardio Core upper body motion and Sure-Fit self pivoting pedals.

If that is not enough, the Yowza Captiva also sports a variable stride length (18 to 28 inches) so it can support anyone from tall to short, skinny to oversized.

Workout Programs

The Yowza Captiva features 12 preset programs including 9 user memory profiles.

If you share the elliptical with other household members, the individual profiles allow you to store weight, height and gender for a customized workout routine.

Workout programs include: Target Time, Target Distance, Endurance, Core Interval resistance, Target Calories, Watts Control Program and more.

The Heart Rate Control (HRC) program controls resistance to keep users in a specified heart rate range. The wireless heart rate belt (included with purchase) keeps you within a specified range and those readouts are available courtesy of the LCD display.

Yowza Captiva Features

The Yowza Captiva is captivated by 50 percent incline, undoubtedly one of the highest incline ranges on the market.

If you have never exercised on a trainer that provides incline, the ability to adjust it from 0-50% presents users with a number of different challenges and workout variety.

Combined with Yowza’s patented Cardio Core upper body technology and variable stride length, the Captiva elliptical is one versatile piece of exercise equipment.

Cardio Core upper body motion is designed to give a different workout compared to traditional straight forward handlebars. It’s what Yowza claims is a “superior” upper body workout.

The variable stride length is a really nice feature. The vast majority of ellipticals have a fixed stride length and if you have multiple people using the trainer the fixed stride length might not be suitable for all household members. Consequently, the variable 18″ to 28″ should accommodate just about any body shape and size.

If music is synonymous with your workout experience, you will surely appreciate the iPod docking station and hi fidelity speakers available directly on the Yowza Captiva console.

Sure-Fit self-pivoting pedals common on all Yowza ellipticals are a subtle yet notable addition.

Stay cool with a built-in 3-speed cooling fan. The cooling fan adjusts to three different speeds, keeping you nice and comfortable during intense workouts.

Eddy Current Braking system (with 16 levels of resistance) supports the rear drive, variable motion elliptical (VME).

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)


The Yowza Captiva deserves your attention. With so many products out there it is common to see a lot of redundancy among specs, but the Captiva is actually doing some things different which is admirable to say the least.

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