Matrix Ascent Trainer A30 Elliptical Review

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How long will the Matrix Ascent Trainer A30 last?

Created commercial tough, the Matrix Ascent Trainer A30 is huge – the frame weighing a full 313 lbs. when fully assembled and manufactured to last through years of heavy workout sessions. Designed with lower maintenance needs than older models, the Ascent Trainer A30 is perfect for gym environments and holds up to 350 lbs. maximum capacity. The Matrix website touts industry-leading warranties on all their equipment so consumers will have peace of mind when purchasing.

Brief Overview

The Matrix Ascent Trainer A30 is our 2024 First Place Best Buy Winner in the $3,000 to $4,999 price range. It is a beast of a machine that combines proprietary technology from literal head to foot – sparing no expense on the way. Matrix is a subsidiary of Johnson Fitness – a well-known brand that has been producing quality fitness equipment for decades. Johnson actually controls production, from the delivery of raw materials to the end result – finished products, with five manufacturing plants – one even located in the good old USA! The Ascent Trainer A30 is manufactured in Taichung where their headquarters is located and their continuous award-winning machines are available for purchase on the global marketplace.

Overall Quality

The Matrix Ascent Trainer A30 has three different consoles to choose from with the XIR as the top-of-the-line choice. The XIR console has a 16” touchscreen, 13 built in workouts, and is both WiFi and Bluetooth compatible. This touchscreen allows consumers to immerse themselves in either streaming entertainment or going live in applicable fitness training classes as well as traveling the globe with the use of alternative loaded apps. There is also an HDMI port for use in mirroring the streaming of personal digital devices.
The body of the Matrix Ascent Trainer A30 is perfectly formulated for comfort and heavy training if you can imagine such a mix. The heavier 30 lb. flywheel enables smooth transitions between 20 levels of resistance while a gradient of 24% to 54% push consumers to their physical limits in the pursuit of higher fitness goals. Giants among us can comfortably work out to their hearts’ content with the 20” to 24” adjustable stride on oversized pedals for the ultimate exercise experience. The stationary handlebars add to performance, gathering heartbeat information as well as up and down arrow keys for quick transitions between resistance and incline levels while the moving handlebars are ergonomic in design - aiding in total body toning.

Things we like

  • 24% - 54% incline range
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled
  • Adjustable stride

Things we dislike

  • X
    Not budget friendly


Assembled Dimensions 75.2” L x 29” W x 65” H
Unit Weight 313 lbs.
Maximum Weight 350 lbs.
Resistance 20
Incline 24% - 54%
Flywheel 30 lbs.
Stride 20” – 24”


The Matrix Ascent Trainer A30 with XR Console was our 2022 4th place Best Buy Winner for the $3,000 - $3,999 price range. We invite you to see our elliptical reviews to help you narrow your search for your next fitness machine.


Consumers looking for a high-class quality elliptical will enjoy the workout afforded by the Matrix Ascent Trainer A30. It is a phenomenal machine backed by a well-known fitness brand. The mix of resistance and incline levels as well as the adjustable stride make the Ascent Trainer A30 a strong contender in today’s retail market. It is heavy duty and built to last – a worthy investment for anyone looking to add on to their fitness routine.