Before I could get started with the test, I had to set up my User Code. I have to admit that I was a little overwhelmed with the "brains" of this machine, since the display panel contains so many different options, but it was very easy to use. When I first turned the elliptical trainer on, the display went right to the U1 (user 1) code, and walked me through setting up my information. Once I entered my age and weight, it was time to select my program.
There are 9 programs preset into the Smooth CE7.4i Elliptical Trainer:
- Program 1 - Target Time
- Program 2 - Target Distance
- Program 3 - Target Calories
- Program 4 - METS
- Program 5 - Fat Burning
- Program 6 - Interval Program
- Program 7 - Strength Program
- Program 8 - Fitness Level Test
- Program 9 - Hear Rate Control Program
This trainer comes with a Polar hear monitor that you strap across your chest, which is needed for this test. I got the strap sized properly for me, wet the connections a bit, and secured it around my chest. After that, I was ready to exercise.
The test started out at level one, and honestly, it seemed pretty easy. After a few minutes at level 1, it went up to level 2, and then a few minutes later it went up to level 3. My heart rate was getting higher, I was sweating a little bit, and I felt really good. I was pretty confident by this point that I wasn't a couch potato after all.
What I really like about this elliptical machine is that you can see so many different stats while you are working out - Time, RPM, Pulse, METs, Distance, Speed, Calories and Watts. The first 4 are on one side and the second 4 on the other. You can set the machine to display certain stats the entire time, or you can put it on scan and it will scroll through them all every few seconds. I like to see my heart rate while I exercise, so I left it on that (with the other side being on calories) for most of my workout.
At the end of the test, the machine displayed my score. It wasn't at all what I expected to see, either. I knew I hadn't been exercising regularly for the past 5 years, but I chase two little kids around and we are always on the go, so that should have kept me somewhat fit, right? Well, apparently not. When the test was over, the screen displayed the number 25 as my score.
I looked in the owners manual to find that for my age, a score of 25 meant a "Low" fitness level. Yikes! I guess it is a good thing I received this awesome piece of exercise equipment when I did!
On the bright side, I can only go up from here, and that is what I plan to do...
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I am a Smooth Fitness Ambassador and received the elliptical machine at no cost, in order to facilitate my review (and my quest for a healthier lifestyle).