ESPRIT | EL555 | Owner`s manual | ESPRIT EL555 Owner`s manual

Z100 / Z300
Table of Contents
Product Registration
Important Safety Instructions
Important Electrical Information
Important Operation Instructions
Assembly Instructions
Operation of Your New Elliptical
Manufacturer s Limited Warranty
Serial Number Sticker Location - Under console mast cover
EL555 Elliptical
Thank you for your purchase of this quality elliptical trainer from Spirit Manufacturing, Inc.
Your new elliptical was manufactured by one of the leading fitness manufacturers in the
world and is backed by one of the most comprehensive warranties available. Through
your dealer, Spirit will do all we can to make your ownership experience as pleasant as
possible for many years to come. The local dealership where you purchased this elliptical
is your administrator for all Spirit warranty and service needs. Their responsibility is to
provide you with the technical knowledge and service personnel to make your experience
more informed and any difficulties easier to remedy.
Please take a moment at this time to record the name of the dealer, their telephone
number, and the date of purchase below to make any future, needed contact easy. We
appreciate your support and we will always remember that you are the reason that we are
in business. Please complete and mail your registration card today and enjoy your new
Yours in Health,
Spirit Manufacturing, Inc.
Name of Dealer_______________________________________________
Telephone Number of Dealer___________________________________
Purchase Date_______________________________________________
Product Registration
Please record the Serial Number of this fitness product in the space provided below.
Serial Number_______________________________________
The self-addressed product registration card must be completed in full and returned to Spirit
Manufacturing, Inc or visit: to register online.
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Important Safety Instructions
DANGER - To reduce the risk of electric shock disconnect your elliptical from the electrical
outlet prior to cleaning and/or service work.
WARNING - To reduce the risk of burns, fire, electric shock, or injury to persons, install the
elliptical on a flat level surface with access to a nominal 110-volt, 15-amp grounded outlet
with only the elliptical plugged into the circuit..
shock or fire hazard may result along with computer malfunctions. See Grounding
Instructions, page 4.
Do not operate elliptical on deeply padded, plush or shag carpet. Damage to both
the carpet and elliptical may result.
Keep children away from the elliptical. There are obvious pinch points, moving parts and
other caution areas that can cause harm.
Keep hands away from all moving parts.
Never operate the elliptical if it has a damaged cord or plug. If the elliptical is not working
properly, call your dealer.
Keep the cord away from heated surfaces.
Do not operate where aerosol spray products are being used or where oxygen is being
administered. Sparks from the motor could ignite a highly gaseous environment
Never drop or insert any object into any openings.
Do not use outdoors.
To disconnect, turn all controls to the off position, then remove the plug from the outlet.
Do not attempt to use your elliptical for any purpose other than for the purpose it is intended.
The hand pulse sensors are not medical devices. Various factors, including the user s
movement, may affect the accuracy of heart rate readings. The pulse sensors are
intended only as exercise aids in determining heart rate trends in general.
Wear proper shoes. High heels, dress shoes, sandals or bare feet are not suitable
for use on your elliptical. Quality athletic shoes are recommended to avoid leg fatigue.
Important Electrical Information
NEVER remove any cover without first disconnecting AC power supply.
If A.C. voltage varies by ten percent (10%) or more, the performance of your elliptical may be
affected. Such conditions are not covered under your warranty. If you suspect the voltage is
low, contact your local power company or a licensed electrician for proper testing.
NEVER expose this elliptical to rain or moisture. This product is NOT designed for
Use outdoors, near a pool or spa, or in any other high humidity environment. The operating
temperature specification is 40 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity limit is 95%,
non-condensing (no water drops forming on surfaces).
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Important Operation Instructions
NEVER operate this elliptical without reading and completely understanding the results of any
operational change you request from the computer.
Understand that changes in resistance do not occur immediately. Set your desired level on
the computer console and release the adjustment key. The computer will obey the command
NEVER use your elliptical during an electrical storm. Surges may occur in your household
power supply that could damage elliptical components. Unplug the elliptical during an
electrical storm as a precaution.
Use caution while participating in other activities while using your elliptical such as watching
television, reading, etc. These distractions may cause you to lose balance, and that may
result in serious injury.
Always hold on to a handrail or hand bar while making control changes.
Do not use excessive pressure on console control keys. They are precision set to properly
function with little finger pressure. Pushing harder is not going to make the unit go faster or
slower. If you feel the buttons are not functioning properly with normal pressure, contact your
Spirit dealer.
Grounding Instructions
This product must be grounded. If the electrical system of the elliptical should malfunction or
breakdown grounding provides a path of least resistance for electric current; reducing the risk
of electric shock. This product is equipped with a cord having an equipment-grounding plug.
The plug must be plugged into an appropriate outlet that is properly installed and grounded in
accordance with all local codes and ordinances.
DANGER - Improper connection of the equipment-grounding conductor can result in a
risk of electric shock. Check with a qualified electrician or serviceman if you are in doubt
as to whether the product is properly grounded. Do not modify the plug provided with
the product if it will not fit the outlet; have a proper outlet installed by a qualified
This product is for use on a nominal 110-volt circuit, and has a grounding plug that looks like
the plug illustrated below. A temporary adapter that looks like the adapter illustrated below may
be used to connect this plug to a 2-pole receptacle as shown below if a properly grounded
outlet is not available. The temporary adapter should be used only until a properly grounded
outlet, (shown below) can be installed by a qualified electrician. The green colored rigid ear-lug,
or the like, extending from the adapter, must be connected to a permanent ground such as a
properly grounded outlet box cover. Whenever the adapter is used, it must be held in place by
a metal screw.
Grounded Outlet
Metal Screw
Grounding Pin
Tab of
Grounded Outlet Box
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Assembly Pack Check List
Step 1
#96 - 3/8" x 19mm
Flat Washer (2pcs)
#100 - 5/16" x 20mm
Flat Washer (4pcs)
#104 - 3/8" x 23mm
Curved Washer (2pcs)
#128 - 3/8"
Spilt Washer (1pc)
#85 - M5 x10mm
Phillips Head Screw (4pcs)
#178 - 5/16"
Split Washer (4pcs)
#179 - 5/16"
Star Washer (4pcs)
#167 - 5/16" x 2-1/4"
Hex Head Bolt (4pcs)
#89 - 3/8"
Nylon Nut (2pcs)
#76 - 3/8" x 3/4"
Hex Head Bolt (2pcs)
#77 - 3/8" x 1-1/2"
Hex Head Bolt (2pcs)
#75 - 3/8" x 2-1/4"
Hex Head Bolt (1pc)
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Step 2
#102 - 25 mm
Wave Washer (2pcs)
#131 - 3/8" x 30mm
Flat Washer (2pcs)
#107 - 3.5mm x 12mm
Sheet Metal Screw (6pcs)
#76 - 3/8" x 3/4"
Hex Head Bolt (2pcs)
Step 3
#100 - 5/16" x 20mm
Flat Washer (2pcs)
#91 - 5/16"mm
Nylon Nut (2pcs)
#79 - 5/16" x 1-1/4"
Hex Head Bolt (2pcs)
Step 4
#107 - 3.5mm x 12mm
Sheet Metal Screw (2pcs)
#82 - M5 x 15mm
Phillips Head Screw (22pcs)
#157 - M6 x 10mm
Phillips Head Screw (4pcs)
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#125 - Short Phillips Screw Driver (1pc)
#126 - Phillips Screw Driver (1pc)
#124 - 13 / 14mm Wrench (1pc)
#129 - 12 / 14 mm Wrench (1pc)
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Assembly Instructions
1. Using a razor knife (Box Cutter) cut the outside, bottom, edge of box along the dotted Line. Lift
Box over the unit and unpack.
2. Carefully remove all parts from carton and inspect for any damage or missing parts. If damaged
parts are found, or parts are missing, contact your dealer immediately.
3. Locate the hardware package. The hardware is separated into steps. Remove the tools first.
Remove the hardware for each step as needed to avoid confusion. The numbers in the instructions
that are in parenthesis (#) are the item number from the assembly drawing, for reference.
STEP 1: Incline Rail Assembly and Console Mast
1. Install the Incline Rail Assembly (2) into the U-channel bracket of the Main Frame (1). Secure
with the six bolts & associated hardware as follows: From the sides install two 3/8 x1-1/2 Hex
Head Bolts (77) with two 3/8 Flat Washers (96) and two 3/8 Nuts (89). From the top install
four 5/16 x2-1/4 Hex Head Bolts (167), four 5/16 Split Washers (178), four 5/16 Flat Washers
(100), and four 5/16 Star Washers (179), as shown in figure 1, and tighten securely.
2. Connect the three Incline Motor Power lines (your machine may have only one 3-pin power
connector) by matching the Red, White and Black color codes of the wires (37) and the 3-pin
position Sensor Connector (38).
3. Locate the Console Mast (12) and Console Mast Cover (49) and slide the Cover onto the Mast
as far as it will go. Make sure the Console Mast Cover is facing the correct way. At the top
opening of the Main Frame of the elliptical there is a Computer Cable (39). Unravel and
straighten out the cables and feed them into the bottom of the console mast tube and out of the
top opening. Install the Console Mast (12) into the receiving bracket on the top of the Main
Frame (1). Pull slightly on the cables at the top of the mast while installing. This will ensure the
cable does not get pinched and electrically shorted during the console mast assembly.
4. Put one 3/8" x 2T Split Washer (128) onto the 3/8" x 2-1/4" Long Hex Head Bolt (75) and install
through the left side of the receiving bracket into the Console Mast (12). Put the two 3/8" x 23
Curved Washers (104) onto the two 3/8" x 3/4" Short Hex Head Bolts (76) and install through
the front of the console mast. Using the 13/14m/m Wrench, tighten the three bolts, and the
fourth bolt, which is pre-installed, firmly. These bolts should be tightened as much as you
possibly can.
5. Plug all of the connectors into the back of the console; Computer Cable (39), two Hand pulse
Cables (44) and Incline cable (36). Secure the Console (32) on the console mounting plate with
four M5x10m/m Phillips Head Screws (85).
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1. Install the two 25m/m Wave Washers (102) onto the Left and Right side of the Handle Bar axle.
2. Slide the Left (10) and Right (11) Handle Bars onto the appropriate side of the axle. The
handlebars have a small sticker on them indicating L (left) and R (right).
3. Install two 3/8 X 35 mm Flat Washers (131) onto the two 3/8 X 3/4 Hex Head Bolts (76) and
install, and tighten, in the threaded holes in the ends of the axle.
4. Install the Front Handle Bar Covers (68 left, 69 right) and Rear Handle Bar Covers (68-1 left,
69-1 right) over the Handle Bar axle connections and secure with the six 3.5x10m/m Sheet
Metal Screws (107).
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Untie the wire holding the Sleeve Spacer (22) in place on the rod-end bearings located on the
ends of the connecting arms (8&9). Align the hole in the rod ends with the hole in the brackets of
the left and right Handle Bar (10&11). The rod end should be on the inside of the Handle Bar
bracket. Secure both sides with a 5/16 x1-1/4 Hex Head Bolt (79), 5/16 x20mm Flat Washer (100)
and 5/16 Nylon Nut (91) and tighten as much as possible.
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1. Match up the Connecting Arm Covers (71 and 72) and install onto the Left and Right
Connecting Arms (8&9) and secure each side with two M5x15mm Phillips Head Screws (82)
and one 3.5x12mm Sheet Metal Screws (107) by using Short Phillips Head Screw Driver (125).
2. Install Sliding Wheel Covers (64) on each side and secure with four M5x15mm Phillips Head
Screws (82).
3. Install the two Stabilizer Covers (60 and 61) on the middle stabilizer bar with two M5x15mm
Phillips Head Screws (82).
4. Install the Front Stabilizer Cover (59) on the front stabilizer with two M5x15mm Phillips Head
Screws (82).
5. Install the two incline Cover brackets (156), with the hole for mounting the plastic cover on the
bent tab facing rearward, and secure them on the Incline Rail Assembly (2) with four M6x10mm
Phillips Head Screws (157). Install the Rear incline bar cover (73-2) on the rail base with two
M5 x 15m/m Screws (82).
6. Install the Rear Stabilizer Cover (73-3) on the Rear Stabilizer with four M5x15mm Phillips Head
Screws (82).
7. *This step to be performed after the elliptical power is plugged in. Run the incline to
position 8 and install the incline Rail front cover (73) up against the middle stabilizer tube with
four M5x15mm Phillips Head Screws (82).
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Adjustable foot pedals, and correctly aligned orthopedic foot pads
Through research performed with a leading sports scientist and physical rehabilitation expert; Spirit
engineering has developed a breakthrough in pedal design. No other elliptical, at any price, offers
these unique features. The history of elliptical use over the past few years tells us that many users
suffer from numb toes while working out on elliptical trainers. Many other users complain of ankle,
Achilles tendon, knee and/or hip pain. While researching a solution to these common problems
Spirit engineers consulted Richard DeKok, P.T., M.T.C., of St. Bernard s Industrial Rehabilitation
Center in Jonesboro Arkansas. Together we identified the inherent problem in elliptical designs and
developed solutions to solve the problems. What we found is that when you use an elliptical you
tend to push outward during the power stroke and not just straight back. This causes stress on the
outer part of the foot and throws off the natural alignment of the joints. The second problem we
found is that many people tend to stay up on the ball of their foot during the elliptical motion. Our
solutions were simple but effective:
l The first solution was to add a 2-degree inward angle to the footpads. This might sound
simple but what it does is puts the users joints back into a neutral alignment. This eases
the over stressing of the ankles, knees and hips.
The second solution was to make the foot pedal adjustable to the user s style of pedaling
the elliptical. We achieved this by adding an adjustment that allows the angle of the footpad
to be changed. Because everybody is different, and there are as many styles to pedal an
elliptical as there are people, we found there is no one angle that fit every user. Some
users would be up on the balls of their feet, resulting in numb toes, so we decided to let the
user adjust the back of the foot pad upward to support the heel, taking the pressure off of
the nerves in the balls of the feet and the Achilles tendon. The result was no more numb
toes. Some users are uncomfortable at this angle so for them we designed in three different
adjustable angles so they could find one that feels best for them.
l There are three footpad angle settings available by pulling on the red quick release handle
under the rear of each footpad. The lowest setting will set the footpads at zero (0) degrees, or
flat, at the bottom of the elliptical stroke. The second position sets the footpad to five (5)
degrees and the top position sets the footpads to ten (10) degrees.
Ramp incline adjustment
The Esprit EL555 now has an exciting new ramp incline feature that will further increase the variety
of your workouts. When the incline is at its lowest position you get a normal elliptical workout. As the
incline increases you will feel your knees rise higher with each step; which means you are involving
more muscle groups. The power incline is controlled by buttons on the console and also
automatically controlled during the built-in workout programs.
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Operation of Your Elliptical
Getting familiar with the control panel
Power up
The Elliptical is supplied with an external power supply. When power is connected to the Elliptical,
the console will automatically power up. If there is no input to the console for 20 minutes the
console will go to stand-by mode. In stand-by mode the console display will turn off. To turn the
console on press any key.
When initially powered on the console will perform an internal self-test. During this time all the
lights will turn on. When the lights go off the dot matrix display will show a software version (i.e.:
VER 1.0) and the message window will display an odometer reading. The odometer reading
displays how many hours the elliptical has been used and how many virtual miles the elliptical has
gone. The time in hours will be to the left and the odometer in miles will be displayed to the right.
The odometer will remain displayed for only a few seconds then the console will go to the start up
display. The dot matrix display will be scrolling through the different workout profiles of the
programs and the message window will be scrolling the start up message. You may now begin to
use the console.
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Console Operation
Quick Start
This is the quickest way to start a workout. After the console powers up you just press the Start
key to begin, this will initiate the Quick Start mode. In Quick Start the Time will count up from zero
and the workload and Incline may be adjusted manually by pressing the Up or Down buttons. The
dot matrix display will have only the bottom row lit at first. As you increase the work load more
rows will light indicating a harder workout. The elliptical will get harder to pedal as the rows
increase. When you press the Incline buttons, the dot matrix display will switch to show the incline
profile. There will also be an icon showing the word Incline just above the profile. To switch back
to view the work profile, press the up or down workload keys.
Basic information
The Message Window will initially be displaying Speed information in Miles Per Hour (MPH).
Each time the Enter button is pressed the next set of information will appear, five sets of data in
l Speed in Miles Per Hour (MPH)
l Speed in RPM (Revolutions Per Minute). This is the actual pedal speed.
l “L” (Current Work Level) and MaxL” (Maximum Work Level of the program)
l Watts Indication of workload. If 100 watts is displayed, you are doing enough work to keep a
100-watt light bulb lit.
l Ramp Shows incline level from 1 to 20. The dot matrix will switch to the incline profile at the
same time
l Scan the message window will show each set of data for four seconds then switch to the next
set of data in a continuous loop. Pressing the Enter button again will bring you back to the
The Stop/Reset button actually has several functions. Pressing the Stop/Reset key once during a
program will Pause the program for 5 minutes. If you need to get a drink, answer the phone or any
of the many things that could interrupt your workout, this is a great feature. To resume your
workout during Pause, just press the Start key. If the Stop/Reset button is pressed twice during a
workout the program will end and the console will return to the start up screen. If the Stop/Reset
key is held down for 5 seconds the console will perform a complete Reset. During data entry for a
program the Stop/Reset key performs a Previous Screen function. This allows you to go back one
step in the programming each time you press the Stop/Reset key.
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Program Keys
The Program Keys are used to preview each program. There are keys for the Manual program,
Up and Down keys that scroll through the 5 pre-set programs, two User programs and three Heart
Rate Control programs. Press each program key to preview what the program profile looks like. If
you decide that you want to try a program, press the corresponding program key and then press
the Enter key to select the program and enter into the data-setting mode.
Heart Rate Sensors
The Elliptical has a built in heart rate monitoring system. Simply grasping the hand pulse sensors
on the stationary handle bars, or wearing the Polar heart rate transmitter, will start the Heart Icon
blinking (this may take a few seconds). The Pulse Display Window will display your heart rate, or
Pulse, in beats per minute.
Programming the console
Each of the programs can be customized with your personal information and changed to suit your
needs. Some of the information asked for is necessary to ensure the readouts are correct. You will
be asked for your Age and Weight. Entering your Age is necessary during the Heart Rate control
programs to ensure the correct settings are in the program for your Age. Otherwise the work
settings could be too high or low for you. Entering your weight aids in calculating a more correct
calorie reading. Although we cannot provide an exact calorie count we do want to be as close as
A message about Calories: Calorie readings on every piece of exercise equipment, whether it is
in a gym or at home, are not accurate and tend to vary widely. They are meant only as a guide to
monitor your progress from workout to workout. The only way to measure your calorie burn
accurately is in a clinical setting connected to a host of machines. This is because every person is
different and burns calories at a different rate. Some good news is that you will continue to burn
calories at an accelerated rate for at least an hour after you have finished exercising!
Entering/Changing Settings
When you enter a program, by pressing a program key, then enter key, you have the option of
entering your own personal settings. If you want to workout without entering new settings then just
press the Start key. This will bypass the programming of data and take you directly to the start of
your workout. If you want to change the personal settings then just follow the instructions in the
message window. If you start a program without changing the settings the default, or saved,
settings will be used.
NOTE: Age and Weight default settings will change when you enter a new number. So the last Age
and Weight entered will be saved as the new default settings. If you enter your Age and Weight the
first time you use the Elliptical you will not have to enter it every time you work out unless either
your Age or Weight changes or someone else enters a different Age and Weight.
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The Manual program works as the name implies, manually. This means that you control the
workload yourself and not the computer. To start the Manual program follow the instructions below
or just press the Manual button then the Enter button and follow the directions in the message
1. Press the Manual key then press the Enter key.
2. The message window will ask you to enter your Age. You may enter your Age, using the Up
and Down keys or the numeric key pad, then press the Enter key to accept the new number
and proceed on to the next screen.
3. You are now asked to enter your Weight. You may adjust the Weight number using the Up
and Down keys or the numeric key pad, then press enter to continue.
4. Next is Time. You may adjust the Time and press enter to continue.
5. Now you are finished editing the settings and can begin your workout by pressing the Start
key. You can also go back and modify your settings by pressing the Enter key. NOTE: At
any time during the editing of Data you can press the Stop key to go back one level, or
6. Once the program starts you will be at level one. This is the easiest level and it is a good
idea to stay at level one for a while to warm up. If you want to increase the work load at any
time press the Up key; the Down key will decrease the work-load.
7. During the Manual program you will be able to scroll through the data in the message
window by pressing the Enter key.
8. When the program ends you may press Start to begin the same program again or Stop to
exit the program or you can save the program you just completed as a custom user
program by pressing a User key and following the instructions in the message window.
Preset Programs
The Elliptical has five different programs that have been designed for a variety of workouts. These
five programs have factory preset workload and incline profiles for achieving different goals. Use
the Program up and down keys to select the program you want.
The Hill program simulates going up and down a hill. The resistance in the pedals will steadily
increase and then decrease during the program.
Work Profile
Incline Profile
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Fat Burn
The Fat Burn program is designed, as the name implies, to maximize the burning of fat. There are
many schools of thought on the best way to burn fat but most experts agree that a lower exertion
level that stays at a steady workload is the best. The absolute best way to burn fat is to keep your
heart rate at around 60% to 70% of its maximum potential. This program does not use heart rate
but simulates a lower, steady exertion workout.
Work Profile
Incline Profile
The Cardio program is designed to increase your Cardio vascular function. This is exercise for
your heart and lungs. It will build up your heart muscle and increase blood flow and lung capacity.
This is achieved by incorporating a higher level of exertion with slight fluctuations in work.
Work Profile
Incline Profile
The Strength program is designed to increase muscular strength in your lower body. This program
will steadily increase in resistance to a high level and then keeps you there. This is designed to
strengthen and tone your legs and glutes.
Work Profile
Incline Profile
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The Interval program takes you through high levels of intensity followed by periods of low intensity.
This program increases your endurance by depleting your oxygen level followed by periods of
recovery to replenish oxygen. Your cardio vascular system gets programmed to use oxygen more
efficiently this way.
Work Profile
Incline Profile
Programming Preset Programs:
1. Select the desired program using the program up and down keys then press the Enter key.
2. The message window will ask you to enter your Weight. You may adjust the weight setting,
using the Up and Down keys, then press the Enter key to accept the new number and
proceed on to the next screen.
3. You are now asked to enter your Age. You may adjust the age number using the Up and
Down keys, then press enter to continue.
4. Next is Time. You may adjust the Time and press enter to continue.
5. Now you are asked to adjust the Max Level. This is the peak exertion level you will
experience during the program (at the top of the hill). Adjust the level and then press enter.
6. Next is the option to turn on or off the Incline profile. You can choose to turn the incline
profile off and just use the Incline switches on the console to manually control the incline
angle setting during the program.
7. Now you are finished editing the settings and can begin your workout by pressing the Start
key. You can also go back and modify your settings by pressing the Stop key to go back one
level, or screen.
8. If you want to increase or decrease the workload at any time during the program press the Up
or Down key. This will change the workload settings of the entire profile, although the profile
picture on the screen will not change. The reason for this is so that you can see the entire
profile at all times. If the profile picture is changed, it also would be distorted and not a true
representation of the actual profile. When you make a change to the workload, the message
window will show the current column and program maximum levels of work.
9. During the program you will be able to scroll through the data in the message window by
pressing the Enter key.
10. When the program ends the message window will show a summary of your workout. The
summary will be displayed for a short time then the console will return to the start-up display.
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Custom User Defined Programs
There are two customizable User programs that allow you to build and save your own workout.
The two programs, User 1 and User 2, operate exactly the same way so there is no reason to
describe them separately. You can build your own custom program by following the instructions
below or you can save any other program after you complete it as a custom program. Both
programs allow you to further personalize it by adding your name.
1. Press the User 1 or User 2 key. The message window will show a welcome message. If you
had previously saved a program the message will contain your name. Then press the Enter
key to begin programming.
2. When you press enter, the message window will show Name A , if there is no name saved.
If the name David had been previously saved the message window will show Name
David and the D will be blinking. If there is a name saved you can change it or you may press
the Stop key to keep the name and continue to the next step. If you want to enter a new name
use the Up and/or the Down key to change the first letter then press Enter to save the first
letter and continue to the next letter. When you have finished entering the name press the
Stop key to save the name and continue to the next step.
3. The message window will ask you to enter your Age. You may enter your Age, using the Up
and Down keys or the numeric key pad, then press the Enter key to accept the new number
and proceed on to the next screen.
4. You are now asked to enter your Weight. You may adjust the Weight number using the Up
and Down keys or the numeric key pad, then press enter to continue.
5. Next is Time. You may adjust the Time and press enter to continue.
6. Now you are asked to adjust the Max Level. This is the peak exertion level you will
experience during the program. The factory setting is level seven. Adjust the level and then
press enter.
7. Now the first column will be blinking and you are asked to adjust the workload level for the first
segment of the workout. When you finish adjusting the first segment, or if you don t want to
change, then press enter to continue to the next segment.
8. The next segment will show the same workload level as the previously adjusted segment.
Repeat the same process as the last segment then press enter. Continue this process until all
twenty segments have been set.
9. The first column will be blinking once more for building an Incline profile. Follow the same
procedure as in step 7 & 8 to build the Incline profile.
10. The message window will then tell you to press enter to save the program. After saving the
program the message window says New program saved then will give you the option to Start
or modify the program. Pressing Stop will exit to the start up screen.
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Heart Rate programs
Before we get started, a word about Heart Rate:
The old motto, no pain, no gain , is a myth that has been overpowered by the benefits of exercising
comfortably. A great deal of this success has been promoted by the use of heart rate monitors. With
the proper use of a heart rate monitor, many people find that their usual choice of exercise intensity
was either too high or too low and exercise is much more enjoyable by maintaining their heart rate in
the desired benefit range.
To determine the benefit range in which you
wish to train, you must first determine your
Maximum Heart Rate. This can be
accomplished by using the following formula:
220 minus your age. This will give you the
Maximum heart rate (MHR) for someone of
your age. To determine the effective heart rate
range for specific goals you simply calculate a
percentage your MHR. Your Heart rate
training zone is 50% to 90% of your maximum
heart rate. 60% of your MHR is the zone that
burns fat while 80% is for strengthening the
cardio vascular system. This 60% to 80% is
the zone to stay in for maximum benefit.
For someone who is 40 years old their target
heart rate zone is calculated:
220 40 = 180 (maximum heart rate)
180 x .6 = 108 beats per minute (60% of maximum)
180 X .8 = 144 beats per minute (80% of maximum)
So for a 40 year old the training zone would be 108 to 144 beats per minute.
If you enter your age during programming the console will perform this calculation automatically.
Entering your age is used for the Heart Rate control programs. After calculating your Maximum Heart
Rate you can decide upon which goal you would like to pursue.
The two most popular reasons for, or goals, of exercise are cardiovascular fitness (training for the
heart and lungs) and weight control. The black columns on the chart above represent the Maximum
Heart Rate for a person whose age is listed at the bottom of each column. The training heart rate, for
either cardiovascular fitness or weight loss, is represented by two different lines that cut diagonally
through the chart. A definition of the lines goal is in the bottom left-hand corner of the chart. If your
goal is cardiovascular fitness or if it is weight loss, it can be achieved by training at 80% or 60%,
respectively, of your Maximum Heart Rate on a schedule approved by your physician. Consult your
physician before participating in any exercise program.
With all Esprit Heart Rate Control elliptical machines you may use the heart rate monitor feature
without using the Heart Rate Control program. This function can be used during manual mode or
during any of the nine different programs. The Heart Rate Control program automatically controls
resistance at the pedals.
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Rate of Perceived Exertion
Heart rate is important but listening to your body also has a lot of advantages. There are more
variables involved in how hard you should workout than just heart rate. Your stress level, physical
health, emotional health, temperature, humidity, the time of day, the last time you ate and what you
ate, all contribute to the intensity at which you should workout. If you listen to your body, it will tell
you all of these things.
The rate of perceived exertion (RPE), also know as the Borg scale, was developed by Swedish
physiologist G.A.V. Borg. This scale rates exercise intensity from 6 to 20 depending upon how you
feel or the perception of your effort.
The scale is as follows:
Rating Perception of Effort
6 Minimal
7 Very,very light
8 Very,very light +
9 Very light
10 Very light +
11 Fairly light
12 Comfortable
13 Somewhat hard
14 Somewhat hard +
15 Hard
16 Hard +
17 Very hard
18 Very hard +
19 Very,very hard
20 Maximal
You can get an approximate heart rate level for each rating by simply adding a zero to each rating.
For example a rating of 12 will result in an approximate heart rate of 120 beats per minute. Your
RPE will vary depending up the factors discussed earlier. That is the major benefit of this type of
training. If your body is strong and rested, you will feel strong and your pace will feel easier. When
your body is in this condition, you are able to train harder and the RPE will support this. If you are
feeling tired and sluggish, it is because your body needs a break. In this condition, your pace will
feel harder. Again, this will show up in your RPE and you will train at the proper level for that day.
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Heart Rate Control Program operation
To start the HRC program follow the instructions below or just select the HRC program then the
Enter button and follow the directions in the message window.
1. Select the HRC program then press the Enter key.
2. The message window will ask you to enter your Weight. You may enter your weight using the
Up and Down keys or the numeric key pad, then press the Enter key to accept the new number
and proceed on to the next screen.
3. You are now asked to enter your Age. You may adjust the age number using the Up and Down
keys or the numeric key pad, then press enter to continue.
4. Next is Time. You may adjust the Time and press enter to continue.
5. Now you are asked to adjust the HRC percent. The default is 70%; you may select 60% or 80%
also. Adjust the level and then press enter.
6. You are now asked to select the Target heart rate Level. This is the heart rate level you will
experience during the program. Adjust the level and then press enter.
7. Now you are finished editing the settings and can begin your workout by pressing the Start key.
You can also go back and modify your settings by pressing the Stop key to go back one level,
or screen.
8. If you want to increase or decrease the workload at any time during the program press the Up
or Down key. This will allow you to change your target heart rate at any time during the
9. During the HRC program you will be able to scroll through the data in the message window by
pressing the adjacent Display key.
10. When the program ends the message window will show a summary of your workout. The
summary will be displayed for a short time then the console will return to the start-up display.
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1. Wipe down all areas in the sweat path with a damp cloth after each workout.
2. If a squeak, thump, clicking or rough feeling develops the main cause is most likely one of two
The hardware was not sufficiently tightened during assembly. All bolts that were
installed during assembly need to be tightened as much as possible. It may be
necessary to use a larger wrench than the one provided if you cannot tighten the
bolts sufficiently. I cannot stress this point enough; 90% of calls to the service
department for noise issues can be traced to loose hardware or the rear rails being
Dirt build-up on the rear rails and polyurethane wheels are also a source of noise.
Noise from build-up on the rails can cause a thumping sound that you would swear is
coming from inside the main body of the machine because noise travels, and is
amplified, in the tubing of the frame. Clean the rails and wheels with a lint free cloth
and rubbing alcohol. Stubborn build-up can be removed with your thumbnail or a
non-metallic scraper, like the back edge of a plastic knife. After cleaning, apply a
small amount of lubricant on the rails with your fingers or a lint free cloth. You only
need a thin coat of lubrication, wipe off any excess.
3. If squeaks or other noises persist, check that the unit is properly leveled. There are 4 leveling
pads on the bottom of the rear rails, use a 14mm wrench (or adjustable wrench) to adjust the
Maintenance Menu in console software:
The console has built in maintenance/diagnostic software. The software will allow you to change
the console settings from English to Metric and turn off the beeping of the speaker when a key is
pressed for example. To enter the Maintenance menu (may be called Engineering mode,
depending on version) press and hold down the Start, Stop and Enter keys. Keep holding the keys
down for about 5 seconds and the message window will display ALTXXXX Engineering mode .
Press the enter button to access the menu below:
a. Key test (will allow you to test all the keys to make sure they are functioning)
b. Display test (tests all the display functions)
c. Functions (Press enter to access settings)
i. Sleep mode (Turn on to have the console power down automatically after
20 minutes of inactivity)
ii. Pause Mode (Turn on allow 5 minutes of pause, turn off to have the
console pause indefinitely)
iii. ODO reset (reset the odometer)
iv. Units (Set to English or Metric display readings)
v. Beep (Turn on or off the beep when a key is pressed)
vi. Motor test (continually runs the tensioning gear motor)
vii. Exit
d. Security (Allows you to lock the keypad so no unauthorized use is allowed)
e. Factory settings (Access only allowed by manufacturing)
Calibration: If the console shows an error for the incline/ramp, re-calibrating the
system may resolve the problem. Press and hold the Start & work level UP keys for 5
seconds. The message window will show Calibration ; press enter. The calibration
process is automatic and the system will restart when finished.
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Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty
Effective July 15, 2009
Spirit Fitness Inc. warrants all its home use elliptical parts for a period of time listed below, from the date of retail sale, as determined by a sales receipt or in
the absence of a sales receipt, eighteen (18) months from the original factory shipping date. Spirit s responsibilities include providing new or remanufactured
parts, at Spirit s option, and technical support to our independent dealers and servicing organizations. In the absence of a dealer or service organization,
these warranties will be administered by Spirit Fitness directly to a consumer. The warranty period applies to the following components:
Home Use Limited Warranty
Ramp Motor
20 years
5 Years
1 Year
This warranty applies only to products in ordinary household use. The consumer is responsible for the items listed below:
1. The warranty registration card must be completed and returned to the address listed on the card within 10 days of the original purchase to validate the
manufacturer s limited warranty or register online at
2. Proper use of the elliptical in accordance with the instructions provided in this manual, including maintenance.
3. Proper connection to a power supply of sufficient voltage, replacement of blown fuses, repair of loose connections or defects in house/facility wiring.
4. Expenses for making the elliptical accessible for servicing, including any item that was not part of the elliptical at the time it was shipped from the factory.
5. Damages to the elliptical finish during shipping, installation or following installation.
This warranty does not cover the following:
Note: Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so this limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
2. Service call reimbursement to the consumer. Service call reimbursement to the dealer that does not involve malfunction or defects in workmanship or
material, for units that are beyond the warranty period, for units that are beyond the service call reimbursement period, for units not requiring component
replacement, or units not in ordinary household use.
3. Damages caused by services performed by persons other than authorized Spirit Fitness service companies, use of parts other than original Spirit parts, or
external causes such as alterations, modifications, abuse, misuse, accident, improper maintenance, inadequate power supply, or acts of God.
4. Products with original serial numbers that have been removed or altered.
5. Products that have been; sold, transferred, bartered, or given to a third party.
6. Products that are used as store display models.
7. Products that do not have a warranty registration on file at Spirit Fitness, inc. Spirit Fitness reserve the right to request proof of purchase if no warranty
record exists for the product.
Keep your bill of sale. Twelve (12) months from the date on the bill of sale or eighteen (18) months from the date of factory shipping as determined by the
serial number establishes the warranty period should service be required. If service is performed, it is in your best interest to obtain and keep all receipts. This
written warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights that vary from state to state. Service under this warranty must be obtained by
following these steps, in order:
1. Contact your selling authorized Spirit Fitness dealer. OR
2. Contact your local authorized Spirit Fitness service organization.
3. If there is a question as to where to obtain service, contact our service department at (870) 935-1107.
4. Spirit s obligation under this warranty is limited to repairing or replacing, at Spirit s option, the product through one of our authorized service centers. All
repairs must be preauthorized by Spirit. If the product is shipped to a service center freight charges to and from the service center will be the customer s
responsibility. For replacement parts shipped while the product is under warranty, the customer will be responsible for shipping and handling charges. For
in-home service, the customer will be responsible for a trip charge. There will be an additional trip charge if the customer is located over 100 miles from the
nearest service center.
5. The owner is responsible for adequate packaging upon return to Spirit. Spirit is not responsible for damages in shipping. Make all freight damage claims
with the appropriate freight carrier. DO NOT SHIP ANY UNIT TO OUR FACTORY WITHOUT A RETURN AUTHORIZATION NUMBER. All units arriving
without a return authorization number will be refused.
6. For any further information, or to contact our service department by mail, send your correspondence to:
Spirit Fitness, Inc.
P.O. Box 2037
Jonesboro, AR 72402-2037
Product features or specifications as described or illustrated are subject to change without notice. All warranties are made by
Spirit Fitness, Inc. This warranty applies only in the 50 states of the U.S.A.
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