Encore ES7011 Flat / Incline Bench
Encore ES7011 Flat / Incline Bench
Use in conjunction with the Encore 9030 Functional Trainer
Excellent full body workout!
I fell in love with the CardioGym while working in the Philippines. I had never seen an exercise machine that combined cardio (cycling) with a wide range of resistance work before–and I gave it a try. It quickly became the majority of my workout. In 30 minutes I completed both cardio and most of my resistance circuit. I am a 50 + woman, and found this to be a PERFECT workout for me. Working out for 30-40 minutes fit much more easily into my day and I found myself able to keep my workout schedule long term. It helped that my gym was only a 5 minute walk from my apartment. When I came back to the states I couldn’t find a CG6 in any of my local gyms. After 3 years of going without it, I found out the CardioGym was being imported (from Australia, I think) and pulled money from my retirement fund to purchase one. I’m still thrilled with the workout I get. For the average person who can’t find time to keep up their workout, this machine has been my answer. I can’t recommend the CG6 highly enough.
CARDIOGYM CG6 Reviews
I am very satisfied with this product. This helps me to lose weight and gain muscle. Highly recommended!
Solid construction-gym comparable
Solid and effective! I’d recommend it.
Human Powered Treadmill > plug in pace setters
I don’t own this treadmill, but there is one at my gym and it’s awesome. I’m a bigger guy at 225 lbs and I knock out 2 miles of sprints 3 days a week with no leg pain. Smooth track, good shock absorption and very easy to use.
NOTE: I recommend you use a progression with any curved treadmill until you get the hang of it.
Haven’t figured out to change the screen it MPH v Km/h
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I love running again.
Summary: Overall a great experience, feels really good running on it for long periods. I haven’t run outside since I got it. The overall quality and durability seems adequate.
-The first day I ran it was difficult to control the speed of the belt (think of a hamster running on a wheel who loses control). Over the weeks though, I have adapted pretty well. I can usually run an easy or medium pace without concentrating too hard, much like when you drive car down the highway for an hour and realize you haven’t been paying much attention. However, I find it becomes more difficult if I am trying to make slight alterations to maintain an exact pace. It Is a skill that I am still learning. However, overall, I don’t feel like it is more mentally taxing than running outside because many external stimuli have been eliminated (e.g., cars, pedestrians, terrain changes).
-I kept hearing that curved treadmills force you to run “correctly”, which confused me for some time as I generally didn’t feel any different running on this treadmill compared to running outside. However, because you are striking on a curved surface, your foot automatically hits at the midfoot/forefoot instead of the heel, making it more difficult to heel-strike on the treadmill. This style of running decreases impact on your knees (although puts more stress on the calves). Also the rubber track is much softer than asphalt or concrete. This is not necessarily the correct way to run, but some people find it beneficial (including me).
-The belt is more narrow than I’d like. I don’t know what the efficiency/maintenance/financial cost is to have a wider belt but I would have gladly sacrificed 2 inches on each side of the “step off area” to have a wider belt. However, after a couple of weeks, I have mostly stopped thinking about it.
-The manual is insufficient. There is a parts diagram, however, 535 parts are printed on one half of an 8 X 11 page making it almost unreadable. There is a trouble-shooting section and suggests you lubricate the pulleys or tighten/realign the belt depending on the problem but no information about how to actually do that or how to access these parts. If you do need to access the inner belt/pulleys, you need to take it apart (unhook the electrical, unbolt the the handle bars, unscrew the side panels) which is a pain. I would have preferred a machine with “easy-access” panels for regular maintenance jobs.
-I find the buttons on the console difficult to push. Also there is no backlight. These are annoyances more than than a real problem. Additionally you are supposed to be able to convert metric to imperial but this doesn’t work for me when I follow the instructions from the manual. It measures in kilometres only.
-There is a Heart Rate indicator on the console, which is nice, but no information in the manual about how to connect it to a heart rate monitor. My Polar H10 connects automatically and my heart rate shows up on the console, although I have no idea if it is connecting via Bluetooth or ANT+. The console also gives a power reading (in watts). I’m still trying to figure out the accuracy and usefulness of this information, but I like that it’s there. I seems that power always corresponds to a particular speed (e.g., 1000 watts = 6.5 km/hour)
-Made in China. The sides of the “base” that flank the track are plastic
-I managed to bring it in the house and down the stairs by myself (with careful planning and difficulty- not recommend). It was too wide to fit through my front door in the box, unless I turned it on its side. So I took it out of the box and used the grab bar underneath to wheel it in. The good thing about the box is that it protects everything and keeps it in place, however, just realize that the unattached handrail, as well as the wood and cardboard that the unit is packed with, must be at least 100 lbs.
-My unit came from Florida to Ontario. I didn’t pay sales tax or import duties. I don’t know if I got away with something, so your experience may vary.
– I’ve been running barefoot and it feels really good (although the manufacturer suggests you wear shoes of course). My feet get black from running barefoot and make a mess on the shower floor.
-The track drags on the shag carpet as it turns. It’s probably not a problem.
-It was worth the money. I’ve been running for over 30 years. I’m not really competitive anymore but I still consider running an important part of my life. I just don’t want to run outside anymore for a variety of reasons. I usually run on it for about an hour at a time at a slow pace, although I’ve also used it at more prolonged intense pace and it worked well. I set up some KEF LSX speakers a few feet away at ear level, and it’s a lot of fun!
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