Matrix Ascent Trainer A50 with XUR Console Elliptical Review

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How long will the Matrix Ascent Trainer A50 with XUR Console last?

Designed to last in a commercial environment with multiple users, the Matrix Ascent Trainer A50 is a testament to the enduring power of a well-built elliptical machine. This behemoth weighs a full 327 lbs. when fully assembled and is covered with industry-leading warranties per the Matrix website. Consumers with a total mass of less than 350 lbs. will enjoy the use of the A50 for years to come as long as the machine is properly cared for in a climate-controlled environment.

Brief Overview

The Matrix Ascent Trainer A50 with XUR Console is our Second Place Best Buy Winner in the $5,000 to $6,999 price range. It is a previous Best Buy Winner and backed by a well-known brand, Johnson Fitness, which has been around since the 70s - producing quality fitness machines and building their portfolio along the way. Additionally, Johnson has control of the manufacturing of their equipment from raw materials to finished goods, produced in five different plants across the globe. The Matrix line is produced in their Taichung plant, where their headquarters is located!

Overall Quality

The Matrix Ascent Trainer A50 has four console choices with the XUR Console being the top-of-the-line choice. The XUR console has a larger 22” display screen and allows immersive workouts or streaming entertainment options along with 13 built in workouts. In addition, this console is both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled as well as providing an HDMI port for screen mirroring fun during training sessions.
The Matrix Ascent Trainer A50 is a perfect fit for any size or beginning to professional fitness level consumer. The 30 levels of resistance are a major feature of the A50 and work in tandem with the amazing 24% to 54% incline to tone all body parts from head to toes. Quick touch arrows for incline and resistance changes are located on the stationary handlebars up from where the heartbeat monitors are mounted. Equally important are the moving handlebars which give consumers multiple grabbing points and provide toning to upper body mass. Last but not least, the 20” by 24” adjustable stride allows taller users to tread in comfort on the oversized pedals with Johnson’s proprietary PerfectStride™ motion while shorter users get the workouts of their lives.

Things we like

  • 24% - 54% incline
  • 30 resistance levels
  • Adjustable stride

Things we dislike

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    Costly machine


Assembled Dimensions 75.2” L x 33.9” W x 68.5” H
Unit Weight 327 lbs.
Maximum Weight 350 lbs.
Resistance 30
Incline 24% - 54%
Step Up Height 8.7”
Stride 20” – 24”


The Matrix Ascent Trainer A50 was our 2nd place 2019 Best Buy Award for the $3,000 to $3,999 price range. We invite you to see our elliptical reviews to help you narrow your search for your next fitness machine.


The Matrix Ascent Trainer A50 is a previous Best Buy Winner and remains a serious contender in the elliptical retail market due to its quality features and components. This elliptical is commercial grade ready but can be used in a home environment for those with the space options for displaying this machine. The Ascent Trainer A50 is well worth the cost for discerning purchasers and comes backed by a well-known fitness brand that has been manufacturing fitness equipment for decades.