Matrix E30 Elliptical$3299
- Choice of 3 Different Consoles
- Wheel-and-Track-Free Suspension Reduces Noise and Friction
- Run World Trails with Virtual Active
- Online Workout Tracking
- Lose up to 27% Body Fat with Sprint8 HIIT Training Workouts
- Browse the Internet With the XIR Console
- No Incline Option
- Not Ideal for Budget Buyers
Matrix E30 Review – Highlights:
The Matrix E30 elliptical is currently the most affordable elliptical in the high-end Matrix line. Matrix are commercial-grade elliptical trainers with some unique options that you don’t find on other brands.
The Suspension elliptical technology on this trainer gets rid of the older track-and-wheel design that you usually find on other elliptical trainers – offering you a smoother, more consistent feel with less friction.
(Another benefit is that you don’t have to clean as much – as elliptical trainers with wheel-and-track designs also tend to get dirty or dusty. You have to keep them clean to avoid the wheels getting mucked up and potentially coming off the track.)
Because Matrix has removed the wheel-and-track design, the E30 is also much more compact than other trainers. So if space is limited in your workout area, this is a huge plus as well.
Matrix E30 Review – The Consoles:
The Matrix E30 elliptical puts the power and choice in your hands – with 3 different consoles to select from depending on your preferences, budget and fitness needs.
They all vary by options, price, features etc. This is great since you’re not stuck paying for features you don’t really want. Here’s a rundown of your console choices on the E30:
#1 Simple XR Console
Just want the basics? The XR is a simple, backlit LCD display (not touch-screen sensitive). It shows you your workout feedback without a lot of the fancy entertainment options of the other 2 consoles (no speaker system, no full-color console etc.)
There is some WiFi connectivity which you can use to track your workout stats with the Viafit app – or use to connect to the Passport player (see below for explanations).
This is also the most affordable option and great for people who just want to see the basics when they workout.
#2 Intuitive XER Console
This is a larger more intuitive, touch-screen, full color console. It includes Wi-Fi Connectivity for access to your favorite social apps like Netflix, Facebook, Hulu, YouTube, Twitter etc.
So you can watch Netflix shows or catch up on Twitter news on this console – very cool.
The Bluetooth connectivity on this console supports wireless headphones or polar heart rate monitors. You can play your music through the console and the built-in console speakers.
With the Virtual Active feature you can run famous world trails and add some virtual reality fun to your workouts. Like the XR console, it also works with Viafit to track your workouts and with Passport player.
#3 Ultimate XIR Console
This towers over the other consoles at a whopping 16 inches (vs 10 on the XER Console). It’s full-color, touch screen and, unlike the XER console – it’s also HD.
You get Wi-Fi Connectivity for access to your favorite apps like Netflix, YouTube, Facebook and more. Plus this console also comes with a fully-functional internet browser – so you can go online and surf the net as you run.
The speakers and sound-quality are also higher-grade on this console (vs the XER console). Basically this console is built for someone who wants the full, health-club experience with all the bells and whistles as they workout.
Burn up to 27% More Fat with Sprint 8:
Sprint 8 is a unique HIIT training workout (included with all Matrix E30 consoles) that is designed to give you the most fat-burning results in the least amount of time.
In just 20 minutes per workout, the program will guide you into 8 different high-intensity-training intervals. These are designed to maximize fat-burning both during and after your session.
In fact according to studies done by Johnson health (the company that owns and manufactures Matrix), Sprint 8 users burned up to 27% of their body fat in just 8 weeks without changing their diets at all – which is incredible.
The best part?
They only did 3 workouts a week. So you can get results from just 3 twenty-minute workouts a week with Sprint 8 on this machine.
Run World Trails with Virtual Active
Virtual Active (included on the XER and XIR consoles) adds some virtual reality training fun to your workout time. It is a first-person, forward-motion video experience that is broadcast through your console.
You can run beautiful trails and see the actual scenery around you on your elliptical console. The workout footage is synced to the speed and intensity of your workout to give you a more realistic “running outdoors” feel.
Here’s a video showing you how it works (You really only need to watch the first 36 seconds – the rest of the video is not a Matrix E30 review – it’s just about using Virtual Active with your Matrix bike).
Matrix E30 XER and XIR consoles come preloaded with 2 destinations – Northern Rockies and American Northeast.
You can choose to have a guided or basic workout. With the guided workout, you’ll get a trainer guiding you through your workout, giving you tips and encouraging you along the way. With the basic workout, you run alone without the trainer and just enjoy the scenery in quiet solitude.
Matrix E30 Review – Any More Benefits?
All Matrix E30 console options will work with the Passport player device. Passport is an additional option that lets you add the virtual reality trail-running experience to your TV (instead of just your console).
You can connect Passport to your TV, and get high definition destination footage in large, living color synced to your speed and intensity (passport player is sold separately and is pre-loaded with 2 destinations).
Another benefit is that the Matrix E30 works with Viafit (a free tracking app) to track your daily workouts and sync them to your favorite fitness apps. This is a great tool to see how far you’ve come and challenge yourself to go even further in your fitness goals.
Matrix E30 Review – Anything Else You Should Know?
The Matrix E30 does not come with incline. Incline changes the slope of your elliptical pathway and, while it’s not necessary to have, a lot of people do like it.
If you are set on having incline, you may want to go with the Matrix A30 Ascent Trainer – which is basically the same machine but with incline.
On the other hand, if you really don’t care about having incline on your trainer, you can save a bit of money and get the Matrix E30 – which is much more affordable than the other Matrix models.
Where to Buy and Save:
You can get the Matrix E30 elliptical (along with the latest upgrades to the consoles) direct from the Matrix Manufacturer here. They have the latest videos showing you what you get with the trainer.
You can also take advantage of any ongoing sales (they have several throughout the year) and get Free Shipping to your home.