Exercise Equipment Review

Cardio Twister Review

Consumers of home fitness equipment are definitely attracted to the "bells and whistles" machines offer, but typically consider four criteria when looking for a machine to use in their home: ease of use, limited space requirements, price, and potential results. The Cardio Twister meets these basic requirements and has other features for people who prefer to workout in the privacy of their own home.

Cardio Twister

Late night television is a common marketplace for inexpensive fly-by-night fitness equipment. While it is possible to come across useful fitness equipment offered on television in the wee hours of the morning, the possibilities are few. The Cardio Twister achieves success mainly because it is designed to appeal to the basic needs of people who want to workout at home. Many people seem unable to resist buying the product after viewing the informercial that shows fitness models with taut bodies having fun on what appears to be a simple piece of equipment.

How does the Cardio Twister work? It is basically an upgrade from the stepper introduced in the late 80s and early 90s. The "twist" in the design of this equipment is that you move up and down on the steps while simultaneously holding onto handlebars that automatically rotate from side to side. This added feature gives you the opportunity to obtain both a lower and upper-body workout, which is considered the ideal for achieving total fitness.

The Cardio Twister contains other beneficial features. The amount of resistance you select for your workout directly affects the strength of the workout. You can choose from seven different resistance levels. The machine supports a maximum of 250 pounds, which is comparable to what mid-range, heavy-duty home fitness machines can support.

The manufacturer of the Cardio Twister understands that working out is only part of the formula for achieving total fitness. When you purchase this equipment, you also receive meal plans (including a plan for quick weight loss) and a digital training computer to help you reach your goals. You also receive several workout DVDs.

Customer Reviews

As mentioned previously, to impress users of home fitness equipment, machines must past some basic tests related to ease of use, space, price and results. Most customers who have bought the Cardio Twister agree that the machine does meet most of the basic requirements and is fun to use. Where many customers feel the machine is lacking is in potential results and longevity. While you will only spend about $159.98 for this machine, some users feel they can achieve similar results without a machine. A few users also complain that the machine is difficult to assemble and the bolts that hold the machine together may fall out.

About the Company
Tristar Products manufactures the Cardio Twister and other fitness products offered on television, including the Ab Slide and Ab Roller. The company also offers products in the health and beauty and home appliance markets. Many of their products gain popularity because of their association to celebrities. Brenda DyGraf who is considered an international fitness guru, for example, markets the Cardio Twister.