Table Of Contents
Product Registration
Important Safety Instructions
Important Electrical Instructions
Important Operation Instructions
FS5.8e Assembly Instructions
Operation of Your Console
General Maintenance
Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty
Congratulations On Your New Elliptical and Welcome to the XTERRA Fitness Family!
Thank you for your purchase of this quality elliptical from XTERRA Fitness. Your new
elliptical has been manufactured by one of the leading fitness manufacturers in the world.
XTERRA Fitness will do all we can to make your ownership experience as pleasant as
possible for many years to come. If you have questions, or if parts are missing or damaged,
or you require customer service, call (870)336-4286. Please have your model number and
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FS5.8e Elliptical
Important Safety Instructions
When using an electrical appliance, basic precautions should always be followed, including the following:
Read all instructions before using this appliance.
DANGER - To reduce the risk of electric shock:
1. Always unplug this appliance from the electrical outlet immediately after using and before cleaning.
WARNING - To reduce the risk of burns, fire, electric shock, or injury to persons:
1. An appliance should never be left unattended when plugged in. Unplug from outlet when not in use, and
before putting on or taking off parts.
2. Do not operate under blanket or pillow. Excessive heating can occur and cause fire, electric shock, or injury
to persons.
3. Close supervision is necessary when this appliance is used by, on, or near children, or disabled persons.
4. Use this appliance only for its intended use as described in this manual. Do not use attachments not
recommended by the manufacturer.
5. Never operate this appliance if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly, if it has been
dropped or damaged, or dropped into water. Return the appliance to a service center for examination and
6. Do not carry this appliance by supply cord or use cord as a handle.
7. Keep the cord away from heated surfaces.
8. Never operate the appliance with the air openings blocked. Keep the air openings free of lint, hair, and the
9. Never drop or insert any object into any opening.
10. Do not use outdoors.
11. Do not operate where aerosol (spray) products are being used or where oxygen is being administered.
12. Connect this appliance to a properly grounded outlet only.
13. The appliance is intended for household use.
Fitness Equipment Safety Instructions
To disconnect, turn all controls to the off position, then remove the plug from the outlet.
Do not operate equipment on deeply padded, plush or shag carpet. Damage to both carpet and
equipment may result.You can purchase a floor mat directly from www.xterrafitness.com.
Before beginning this or any exercise program, consult a physician. This is especially important for
persons over the age of 35 or persons with pre-existing health conditions.
Keep hands away from all moving parts.
The 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.
Do not attempt to use your equipment for any purpose other than for the purpose it is intended.
Wear proper shoes. High heels, dress shoes, sandals or bare feet are not suitable for use on your
equipment. Quality athletic shoes are recommended to avoid leg fatigue.
Failure to follow all guidelines may compromise the effectiveness of the exercise experience, expose
yourself (and possibly others) to injury, and reduce the longevity of the equipment.
CAUTION!! Please be careful when unpacking the carton.
FS5.8e Elliptical
Important Electrical Instructions
• 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. Maximum
environmental ratings are 40-120 degrees Fahrenheit, 95% humidity
non-condensing (no water droplets forming on surfaces).
Power Switch / Plug-In
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 gradually.
• NEVER use your elliptical during an electrical storm. Surges may occur in your household
power supply that could damage elliptical components.
• 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,
resulting in serious injury.
• Always hold on to a handlebar while making control changes.
Incline Adjustment
The FS 5.6e has an exciting electronic incline feature that will increase the variety of your
workouts. When the incline is at its lowest position you get a traditional elliptical workout. As
the incline increases you will feel your knees rise higher with each step, which changes the
emphasis of the muscles being used. The power incline is controlled by keys on the console
and also automatically during the built-in workout programs.
The elliptical is equipped with transport wheels, which are engaged when the rear of the
elliptical is lifted.
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FS5.8e Assembly Pack Checklist
Hardware Step 1
#102. 5/16” x 2-1/4”
Hex Head Bolt
(4 pcs)
#105. 3/8” x 2-1/4”
Hex Head Bolt
(1 pc)
#103. 3/8” x 3/4”
Hex Head Bolt
(2 pcs)
#104. 3/8” x 1-1/2”
Hex Head Bolt
(2 pcs)
#116. M5 x 10mm
Phillips Head Screw
(4 pcs)
#130. 3/8” x 7T
Nyloc Nut
(2 pcs)
#137. 3/8” x 19 x 1.5T
Flat Washer
(2 pcs)
#142. 5/16” x 20 x 1.5T
Flat Washer
(4 pcs)
#151. 5/16” x 1.5T
Split Washer
(4 pcs)
#152. 3/8” x 2T
Split Washer
(1 pc)
#153. 3/8” x 23 x 2T
Curved Washer
(2 pcs)
#154. 5/16”
Star Washer
(4 pcs)
Hardware Step 2
#99. 5/16” x 15mm
Hex Head Bolt
(2 pcs)
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#101. 5/16” x 1-1/4”
Hex Head Bolt
(2 pcs)
#127. 5/16” x 7T
Nyloc Nut
(2 pcs)
Hardware Step 2
#141. 5/16” x 23 x 1.5T
Flat Washer
(2 pcs)
#142. 5/16” x 20 x 1.5T
Flat Washer
(2 pcs)
#150. 17mm
Wave Washer
(4 pcs)
Hardware Step 3
#127. 5/16” x 7T
Nyloc Nut
(6 pcs)
#159. 5/16” x 1-3/4”
Hex Head Bolt
(6 pcs)
#160. 5/16” x 23 x 1.5T #161.Switch
Curved Washer
Wire Cap
(4 pcs)
(2 pcs)
Hardware Step 4
#115. M5 x 15mm
Phillips Head Screw
(14 pcs)
#119. 3.5 x 12mm
Sheet Metal Screw
(8 pcs)
#122. M6 x 10mm
Phillips Head Screw
(4 pcs)
#157. Phillips
Head Screwdriver
#158. 12/14mm Wrench
Assembly Tools
#155. 13/14mm Wrench
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FS5.8e Assembly Instructions
Rear Rail, Console Mast & Console
1. Slide the Incline Rail Assembly (2) into the U channel of the Main Frame
(1). Be very careful not to damage the wires that exit each part.
2. Connect the Incline Rail Assembly (2) horizontally to the U channel of
the Main Frame (1) with two Hex Head Bolts (104), two Flat Washers
(137) and two Nyloc Nuts (130). Secure it vertically with four Hex Head
Bolts (102), four Split Washers (151), four Flat Washers (142) and four
Star Washers (154). Tighten using the Wrenches provided (155 & 158).
3. Connect the Incline Motor wires (49 & 50) to the wiring harness that
exits the Incline Rail Assembly (2), by matching the colors red, white
and black. Push the excess cable inside the U channel. Guide the twist
tie that is attached to the Computer Cable (44) through the bottom of
the Console Mast (12) until it exits the top of the steel tube. Secure the
Console Mast (12) by loosely threading two Hex Head Bolts (103) from
the front and two Curved Washers (153) first. Then secure the mast from
the side by loosely threading a Hex Head Bolt (105) and a Split Washer
(152). Note: There is one bolt already installed in the receiving bracket
that will engage with the slot at the bottom of the Console Mast. Tighten
the two bolts from the left side last.
4. Tighten the two front bolts first, then the side bolts with the Wrench
5. Untie the twist tie from around the Computer Cable (44). Plug the
Computer cable (44 - wide white end) & the two Hand Pulse Cables (47)
into the bottom of the Console (43). Insert the Resistance Cable (165)
into the white port labeled “Load” and the Incline Cable (166) into the
Incline port on the back of the Console. Secure the Console (43) onto
the mounting plate with four Phillips Head Screws (116). Tighten them
with the Phillips Head Screw Driver (157).
6. Install the water bottle holder onto the handlebar in any position you like.
FS5.8e Elliptical
Hardware Step 1
#102. 5/16” x 2-1/4”
Hex Head Bolt (4 pcs)
#103. 3/8” x 3/4”
Hex Head Bolt (2 pcs)
#104. 3/8” x 1-1/2”
Hex Head Bolt (2 pcs)
#105. 3/8” x 2-1/4”
Hex Head Bolt (1 pc)
#116. M5 x 10mm
Phillips Head Screw
(4 pcs)
#130. 3/8” x 7T
Nyloc Nut (2 pcs)
#137. 3/8” x 19 x 1.5T
Flat Washer (2 pcs)
#142. 5/16” x 20 x 1.5T
Flat Washer (4 pcs)
#151. 5/16” x 1.5T
Split Washer (4 pcs)
#152. 3/8” x 2T
Split Washer (1 pc)
#153. 3/8” x 23 x 2T
Curved Washer (2 pcs)
#154. 5/16”
Star Washer (4 pcs)
Rear Rail, Console Mast & Console
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Connecting & Lower Swing Arms
1. Slide two wave washers (150) onto each side of the swing arm axle.
Slide the lower swing arms (10 Left, 11 Right) onto the axles and secure
with the two Hex Head Bolts (99) and Flat Washers (141). Do not force
the swing arms onto the axle. They should slide on, but you may need
to jiggle them to get them lined up properly. The swing arms have been
previously installed at the factory so they do fit properly.
2. Remove the tie that holds the spacer (25) in the rod end located at the
end of the right connecting arm (9) and line up the rod end with the
bracket at the bottom of the lower right swing arm (11). Slide the Hex
Head Bolt (101) through the bracket of the lower swing arm and then
through the rod end. Install the Flat Washer (142) and Nyloc Nut (127)
on the bolt and tighten as much as possible. Repeat this step for the left
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Hardware Step 2
#99. 5/16” x 15mm
Hex Head Bolt (2 pcs)
#101. 5/16” x 1-1/4”
Hex Head Bolt (2 pcs)
#127. 5/16” x 7T
Nyloc Nut (2 pcs)
#141. 5/16” x 23 x 1.5T
Flat Washer (2 pcs)
#142. 5/16” x 20 x 1.5T
Flat Washer (2 pcs)
#150. 17mm
Wave Washer (4 pcs)
Upper Swing Arms
Hardware Step 3
#127. 5/16” x 7T
Nyloc Nut (6 pcs)
#159. 5/16” x 1-3/4”
Hex Head Bolt (6 pcs)
#160. 5/16” x 23 x 7T
Curved Washer (4 pcs)
#161. Switch Wire
Cap (2 pcs)
1. Slide the Rubber Sleeve (162) onto the left (16) and right (17) Upper
Swing Arms. Make sure the wide part is at the bottom.
2. Attach the wire (166) from the left Upper Swing Arm (16; Incline buttons
on front) to the wire (167) that exits the Console Mast Tube (12). Slide
the switch wire cap (161) onto the wire with the wide side facing the
Swing Arm.
3. Insert the Upper Swing Arm (16) into the Lower Swing Arm. Fasten
together with three Hex Head Bolts (159) and two Curved Washers
4. Repeat steps 3.2 & 3.3 from above on the right side. You will connect
wires (165) to (167).
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Plastic Covers
Hardware Step 4
#115. M5 x 15mm
Phillips Head Screw
(14 pcs)
#119. 3.5 x 12mm
Sheet Metal Screw
(8 pcs)
#122. M6 x 10mm
Phillips Head Screw
(4 pcs)
Note: Use the Phillips Head Screw Driver (157) to tighten the hardware in this step.
1. Install the two Wheel Covers (79-Left & 80-Right) with four Phillips Head
Screws (115).
2. Install the Center Cover (85) with four Phillips Head Screw (115). You
need to raise the incline to install the Center Cover.
3. Install the Swing Arm End Cap Covers (81 & 82-Left, 83 & 84-Right) with
the eight Sheet Metal Screws (119).
4. Install the two ‘Z’ shaped metal brackets (24) as shown with four Phillips
Head Screws (122). The Z Brackets should be installed so the tab with
the tapped hole is pointing toward the rear.
5. Install the Rear Incline Cover (87) with two Phillips Head Screws (115).
Install the Rear Stabilizer Cover (88) with four Phillips Head Screws
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Operation of Your Console
FS5.8e Console
Integrated Speakers
for MP3 Player
Swivel Fan to
keep you cool
Large LCD with
scrolling feedback
and scrolling
message center
Convenient cargo
compartment for
phone or MP3 player
Audio Input Jack
for customized
Control Buttons
Power Up
The FS5.8e 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 30
minutes, the console will go to stand-by mode to save energy. 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 time and distance windows 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 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 operating instructions. You may now begin to use the console.
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Console Operation
Quick Start Mode
This is the quickest way to start a workout. After the console powers up, press the Start key to
begin. In Quick Start the time will count up from zero and the Resistance and Incline may be
adjusted manually by pressing the Level 5/6 and Incline 5/6 keys.
Basic Information and Functions:
The dot matrix display will show the Resistance profile. If you press the Start key during a program, the dot matrix will switch to the Incline profile. Pressing the Start key again will switch to a
Lap track, which is ¼ mile in length.
Pressing the Enter key will switch the data displayed in the Message Window. Initially, the Message Window shows the program name. Each time the Enter key is pressed the data will change
to the following: Speed, Watts, Laps, Altitude (elevation gain), Current Level/Max Level, Scan,
and repeat sequence. To the left of the dot matrix is a number that indicates your Resistance or
Incline level.
Data Displayed:
ƒƒ Calories show an accumulation of calories burned (Kcal). This is an estimate that takes into
account the type of exercise, the resistance level, the pace and body weight.
ƒƒ Time shows elapsed time if counting up from zero, or time remaining if counting down.
ƒƒ Seg Time counts down the time left in the current segment (column) of the profile.
ƒƒ Pulse indicates your heart rate if you are grasping the hand pulse sensors.
ƒƒ RPM displays your pedaling speed in revolutions per minute.
ƒƒ Speed shows your speed in miles per hour or kilometers per hour if ‘Km’ is displayed.
ƒƒ Incline/Ramp Shows incline level from 1 to 20.
ƒƒ Distance displays accumulated mileage.
The elliptical has a built in Heart Rate Monitoring System. Simply grasping the hand pulse
sensors on the stationary handlebars or by wearing the chest strap 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.
Pause/Reset Functions:
The Stop/Reset key actually has several functions. Pressing the Stop/Reset key once during a
program will pause the program for five 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 after pausing just press the Start key. If the Stop/Reset key is pressed twice during a
workout, the program will end and a summary of your workout will be displayed. If the Stop/Reset
key is held down for three seconds, the console will perform a complete reset.
Audio System:
There is an Audio Input Jack on the front of the console, and built-in speakers. You may plug any
low-level audio source signal into this port. Audio sources include: MP3 player, iPod, portable
radio, CD player or even a TV or computer.
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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 during programming 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 Program to ensure the correct settings are entered in the program.
Entering your Weight helps calculate a more accurate calorie reading; although we cannot
provide an exact calorie count we do want to be as close as possible.
Calorie Note: Calorie readings on every piece of exercise equipment, whether it is in a gym or at
home, are estimates. 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. This is because each individual is different and burns calories at a different rate.
Entering a Program/Changing Settings
Press the program keys to scroll through the program selections. The profile for each program
will be displayed in the dot matrix window. Press the Enter key to select a program and begin
customizing the settings. If you want to workout without entering new settings, 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, follow the instructions in the message window. If you
start a program without changing the settings, the default settings will be used.
Note: Age and Weight default settings will change when you enter a new number. The last age
and weight entered will be saved as the new default settings. If you enter an 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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Manual Program
The Manual program allows you to adjust your workload throughout the workout to meet your
personal fitness needs.
1. Press the Program 5/6 key until the message window shows MANUAL. Press the Enter key
to continue.
2. The message window will ask you to enter your Weight. Adjust the weight setting using the
Level 5/6 keys. Press Enter to continue.
3. The message window will ask you to enter your Age. Adjust the age setting using the Level
5/6 keys. Press the Enter key to accept the new number and proceed on to the next screen.
4. Next is the Time. 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
6. Once the program starts the elliptical will be set to level one for both Incline and Resistance.
If you want to increase the work load at any time press the Level 5 key on the console; the
Level 6 key will decrease the workload. You can also change the Incline at any time by
pressing the Incline 5/6 keys on the console.
7. During the Manual program you will be able to switch data displayed in the message window
by pressing the Enter key.
8. When the program ends the message window will show a summary of your workout. The
summary will be displayed for a short time before the console returns to the start-up display.
Programming Preset Programs
1. Using the Program 5/6 keys, select the desired program then press the Enter key.
2. The Message Window will ask you to enter your weight. Adjust the Weight setting,
using the Level 5/6 keys. 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. Adjust the Age setting using the Level 5/6 keys. Press
Enter to continue.
4. Next is Time. Adjust the Time setting using the Level 5/6 keys. 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 (work level at the top of the hill). Adjust the level and then press
6. Use the Incline 5/6 keys to adjust the Max Incline for the program, and then press Enter.
7. Now you are finished editing the settings and can begin your workout by pressing the Start key.
8. If you want to increase or decrease the workload at any time during the program, press the Level
5/6 keys. This will change only the work level during the current segment.
9. During the program you will be able to switch the data displayed 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 before the console returns to the start-up display.
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Preset Programs
The FS5.8e has eight different programs that have been designed to provide a variety of
workouts.These programs have factory preset profiles for achieving different goals.
Ascent - Work Profile
Ascent - Incline Profile
Fat Burn - Work Profile
Fat Burn - Incline Profile
Glute Blast - Work Profile
Glute Blast - Incline Profile
Adventure - Work Profile
Adventure - Incline Profile
Xtreme - Work Profile
Xtreme - Incline Profile
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X Country - Work Profile
X Country - Incline Profile
Interval - Work Profile
Interval - Incline Profile
Fitness - Work Profile
Cool Down
Warm Up
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Fitness Program
1. Press the Fitness key. Press Enter to select the program. The display will prompt you through the
2. If Enter was pressed, the Message Center will now be blinking a value, indicating your Age (default is 35).
Entering your correct age affects the Heart Rate Bar Graph Display and the Heart Rate programs. Use the
Level 5/6 keys to adjust, then press Enter. Your age determines your recommended maximum heart rate.
Since the Bar Graph Display and the Heart Rate features are based on a percentage of your maximum heart
rate, it is important to enter the correct age for these features to work properly.
3. The Message Center will now be blinking a value, indicating your Body Weight (default is 150 lbs.). Entering
the correct body weight will affect the calorie count. Use the Level 5/6 keys to adjust, then press Enter.
A note about the Calorie display: No exercise machine can give you an exact calorie count because there
are too many factors which determine exact calorie burn for a particular person. Even if someone is the
exact same body weight, age and height, their calorie burn may be very different than yours. The Calorie
display is to be used as a reference only to monitor improvement from workout to workout. The calorie count
displayed in this program won’t be accurate because the machine can’t calculate calories expended while
strength training.
4. The Message Center will now be blinking the preset top resistance of the selected program (Level 5). Use
the Level 5/6 keys to adjust, then press Enter.
5. The Message Center will be blinking the number of intervals desired (default is 10; you may select 10, 20, or
30). Use the Level 5/6 keys to adjust, then press Enter.
6. The Message Center will be blinking the desired Interval time (default is 1:00). The time you select will be
the duration of both the cardio & strength intervals. Note: on average you will complete 10-12 repetitions of
the strength exercise in a 0:30 interval. As a general rule, the longer the interval, the less weight (dumbbells)
and resistance (elliptical) required; use the Level 5/6 keys to adjust, then press Enter.
7. The Message Center will be blinking the desired recovery time you desire after completing both the cardio &
strength intervals. Use the Level 5/6 keys to adjust, then press Enter.
Program Example
• The user selects 10 intervals (5 cardio and 5 strength) with the following interval durations – length of each
cardio & strength interval is 0:30, recovery interval is 1:00
• Program begins with a 3:00 warm up.
• 1st cardio interval begins, lasting 0:30; console counts down to 0:00 and the Message Center displays:
• User steps off of the elliptical to perform the strength exercise. The console counts down to 0:00 and beeps
3x signaling the user to get back on the elliptical.
• Console then displays 2nd cardio interval and the process proceeds until the user has performed 5 cardio,
strength, and recovery intervals; the 5 strength exercises will be performed sequentially as listed in this
• The last 2:00 are a Cool Down phase with the user pedaling at a low resistance.
If 20 intervals was selected, you would perform each strength exercise twice, before moving on to the next
exercise. If 30 intervals is selected, you will perform each exercise once, then repeat the sequence of all 5
exercises a 2nd & 3rd time.
Exercises that require dumbbell use - Select a pair of dumbbells that you will be able to safely and effectively
maneuver over the strength interval time you have chosen.
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Fitness Program - Strength Exercises
Dumbbell Bent Over Row
1. Grasp the dumbbells with an overhand grip
and arms fully extended in front of thighs;
feet are spaced shoulder width apart
2. Maintain a slightly arched lower back
throughout the exercise (see side view)
3. Begin the exercise by drawing your elbows
up and out until there is a 90˚ bend in your
4. Slowly lower the dumbbells back to the
start position
5. Repeat this sequence for the duration of
the strength interval
Push Up
There are two variations of this exercise. If
you aren’t able to perform the exercise as
shown in this illustration, place your knees
on the floor, a padded mat, or a pillow. Also,
a wider hand position places more emphasis
on the chest and shoulder muscles, while a
narrower hand position places more emphasis on the Tricep muscles (back of the arm)
1. Place your hands on the floor or a set of
dumbbells (Caution: be aware that the
dumbbells may roll and result in injury,
especially if the ends are round); draw
your stomach muscles towards your spine
to maintain a straight line between your
ankles and shoulders
2. Begin with your elbows bent at 90˚
3. Fully straighten your arms
4. Repeat this sequence for the duration of
the strength interval
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Dumbbell Shoulder Press
1. Hold the dumbbells at shoulder height with an
overhand (palms facing forward) or neutral
(palms facing one another) grip
2. Press the dumbbells straight overhead until
your arms are fully extended
3. Slowly lower to the start position
4. Repeat this sequence for the duration of the
strength interval
Dumbbell Tricep Overhead Extension
1. Hold the dumbbells at shoulder height behind
your head with a neutral grip (palms facing one
another); your elbows should be pointed straight
2. Raise the dumbbells overhead until your arms
are fully extended; your upper arms should remain stationary, pivoting at the elbows
3. Slowly lower to the start position
4. Repeat this sequence for the duration of the
strength interval
Dumbbell Bicep Curl
1. Hold the dumbbells with an underhand grip
(palms facing forward) beside your thighs
2. Tuck your upper arms into your ribcage
3. Curl the dumbbells to shoulder height by pivoting
at your elbows
4. Slowly lower to the start position
5. Repeat this sequence for the duration of the
strength interval
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User Programs
The User Programs allow you to build and save your own workout. You can build your own custom
program by following the instructions below.
1. Select the User Program (User 1 or User 2) using the Program 5/6 arrows then press Enter. The message will ask “Run Program?” if there is already a program stored. Use the Level 5/6 key to change
between “Yes” or “NO”. If you want to run the program as it is, go to “Yes” and press Enter or Start to begin
stored program. If No is selected, you have the option to cancel the stored program and create your own
program. Press Enter to cancel and create your own.
2. If you cancel the stored program or there isn’t a program stored, the letter “A” will be flashing. Use the Level
5/6 keys to select the first letter of your name. Press Enter. Repeat this process until the last letter of your
name is flashing. Press Stop to accept your User name.
3. The message window will ask you to enter your weight. Enter your Weight using the Level 5/6 keys. Press
the Enter key to accept the new number and proceed on to the next screen.
4. You are now asked to enter your age. Adjust the Age setting using the Level 5/6 keys. Press Enter to
5. Next is Time. Adjust the total program time using the Level 5/6 keys. Press Enter to continue.
6. Now the message window will ask you to adjust the first segment level for Resistance; use the Level 5/6
keys to adjust. When you finish adjusting the first segment, or if you don’t want to change it, then press Enter to continue to the next segment.
7. The next segment will show the same 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.
8. Repeat the same process for Incline segments. For the Incline segments you will us the Incline 5/6 keys.
9. The message window will ask you to press Enter to save the program. After saving the program, press Start
to begin.
10. If you want to adjust the Resistance or Incline at any time during the program, press the Level or Incline
5/6 keys.
11. 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.
Heart Rate Programs
Note: You must grasp the contact heart rate grips with both hands or use the telemetric heart rate
strap when using these programs. Both programs operate the same. The only difference is that
HR1 is set to 60% and HR2 is set to 80% of your maximum heart rate.
To start a Heart Rate Program, follow the instructions below.
1. Press the Program 5/6 keys until message window displays HR1 or HR2. Press Enter to select.
2. The message window will ask you to enter your weight. Enter your weight using the Level 5/6 keys then
press the Enter key to accept the new number and proceed.
3. You are now asked to enter your age. Adjust the Age setting using the Level 5/6 keys.
4. Next is time. Adjust the Time setting using the Level 5/6 keys. Press Enter to continue.
5. You are now asked to select the Target Heart Rate Level. Adjust the target level and then press Enter.
During the workout the product will adjust resistance to keep you near this heart rate.
6. 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.
7. If you want to increase or decrease the target heart rate at any time during the program press the Level
5/6 keys.
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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 predicted
Maximum Heart Rate. This can be accomplished by using the following formula: 220 minus your
age. This will give you the predicted Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) for someone of your age. To determine the effective heart rate range for specific goals you simply calculate a percentage of 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
predicted 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.
After calculating your MHR 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 MHR 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 MHR on a schedule approved by your physician. Consult your physician
before participating in any exercise program.
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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 known 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 on the factors discussed earlier. If your
body is strong and rested, you will feel strong and your pace will feel comfortable. 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 difficult. Again, this will show up in your RPE and you
will train at the proper level for that day.
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Wearing The Chest Strap
1. Attach the transmitter to the elastic strap using the interlocking button.
2. Adjust the strap as tightly as possible as long as the strap is not too tight to remain comfortable.
3. Position the transmitter with the logo centered in the middle of your torso facing
away from your chest (some people must position the transmitter slightly left of
center). Attach the final end of the elastic strap by inserting the round end and,
using the locking parts, secure the transmitter and strap around your chest.
4. Position the transmitter directly below the pectoral muscles.
5. Sweat is the best conductor to measure very minute heart beat electrical signals.
However, plain water can also be used to pre-wet the electrodes (2 ribbed oval
areas on the reverse side of the belt and both sides of the transmitter). It’s also
recommended that you wear the transmitter strap a few minutes before your
work out. Some users, because of body chemistry, have a more difficult time in
achieving a strong, steady signal at the beginning. After “warming up”, this problem lessens.
6. Your workout must be within range - distance between transmitter/receiver – to achieve a strong steady
signal. The length of range may vary somewhat but generally stay close enough to the console to
maintain good, strong, reliable readings. Wearing the transmitter directly on bare skin assures you of
proper operation. If you wish, you may wear the transmitter over a shirt. To do so, wet the areas of the
shirt that the electrodes will rest upon.
Note: The transmitter is automatically activated when it detects activity from the user’s heart. Additionally, it
automatically deactivates when it does not receive any activity. Although the transmitter is water resistant,
moisture can have the effect of creating false signals, so you should take precautions to completely dry the
transmitter after use to prolong battery life (estimated transmitter battery life is 2500 hours). The replacement
battery is Panasonic CR2032.
Erratic Operation
Caution! Do not use this product for heart rate programs unless a steady, solid actual heart rate value is being
displayed. High, wild, random numbers being displayed indicate a problem.
Areas to look for interference which may cause erratic heart rate:
Microwave ovens, TV’s, small appliances, etc.
Fluorescent lights.
Some household security systems.
Perimeter fence for a pet.
Some people have problems with the transmitter picking up a signal from their skin. If you have problems
try wearing the transmitter upside down. Normally the transmitter will be oriented so the XTERRA Fitness
logo is right side up.
6. The receiver that picks up your heart rate is very sensitive. If there is an outside noise source,
turning the whole machine 90 degrees may de-tune the interference.
7. Another Individual wearing a transmitter within 3’ of your machine’s console.
If you continue to experience problems contact your us.
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General Maintenance
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 reasons:
i. 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. The
majority of calls to the service department for noise issues can be traced to loose hardware or the rear
rails being dirty.
ii. 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 before calling the service
Elliptical Noises
Your new elliptical is engineered and manufactured to the strictest industry standards and tolerances. All elliptical trainers, no matter who the manufacturer, have a multitude of moving linkages and parts. Be aware that even
with the tightest mechanical tolerances there still could be a slight amount of play between some parts. This
inherent play can result in slight noises during use such as clicks and small thumps. Please expect that the
elliptical will not be completely silent.
Engineering Mode
The console has built in maintenance/diagnostic software. The software will allow you to make changes to the
console settings such as changing units from English to Metric or turning off the console beeps (if they are waking your family during your early morning workouts). 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 five seconds and the message window will display “Engineering Mode”. Press the Enter key to access
the menu below. Press the Level Up/Down keys to navigate the menu.
Key Test - Allows you to test all the keys to make sure they are functioning
Exit – press Enter to return to the startup screen
Factory Set
Security - Allows you to lock the keypad so no unauthorized use is allowed. When the child lock is enabled,
the console will not allow the keypad to operate unless you press and hold the Start and Enter keys for
three seconds to unlock the console.
e. Functions - Press Enter to access settings, use Level Up/Down keys to navigate.
i. Sleep Mode - On; when turned on the console will darken after 30 minutes of no use. When turned off
the console will remain lit as long as the power is on
ii. Motor Test - Continually runs the tensioning gear motor
iii. Units - Set to English or Metric display readings
iv. Odometer Reset - Reset the odometer
v. Pause mode – On; when turned off, pressing Stop once ends the program; when turned on, the
console retains data for five minutes before switching to the startup screen
vi. Safety – Off; when turned on the machine automatically goes to Level 20 of Resistance to prevent
unauthorized use by a child
Incline Calibration: If there is a problem with the incline, try running the calibration. Press the Incline Up key
and the Start key at the same time. Hold them down for five seconds and the Incline calibration will start and run
automatically. If the problem persists, contact XTERRA Fitness service department.
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Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty
Effective August 1, 2012 - ELLIPTICAL LIMITED WARRANTY
XTERRA 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. XTERRA Fitness’
responsibilities include providing new or remanufactured parts, at XTERRA Fitness’ 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 XTERRA Fitness
directly to a consumer. The warranty period applies to the following components:
Home Use Limited Warranty
Frame & Brake
7 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 the XTERRA Fitness website.
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:
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 ellipticals not requiring component replacement, or ellipticals not in ordinary household use.
3. Damages caused by services performed by persons other than authorized XTERRA Fitness service companies, use of parts other than
original XTERRA Fitness 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 XTERRA Fitness Inc. XTERRA Fitness reserves 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 XTERRA Fitness dealer. OR
2. Contact your local authorized XTERRA Fitness service organization.
3. If there is a question as to where to obtain service, contact our service department at (870)336-4286.
4. XTERRA Fitness’ obligation under this warranty is limited to repairing or replacing, at XTERRA Fitness’ option, the product through one
of our authorized service centers. All repairs must be preauthorized by XTERRA Fitness. 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 XTERRA Fitness. XTERRA Fitness 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:
XTERRA 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
XTERRA Fitness, Inc. This warranty applies only in the 48 contiguous United States. NOTE: This does not apply to Alaska or Hawaii.
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