Yowza Pompano Elliptical Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
The Pompano has a novel "core" workout feature, but if you have back issues we wouldn't recommend it.
The "core" feature is interesting, but hardly compelling when you note there is no academic research demonstrating any added benefit from this type of motion on an elliptical. In our opinion that reduces it to the level of a gimmick. We can't recommend anyone spend $1,400 on a gimmick.
The Yowza Pompano is a decent elliptical. At $1,399, we'd need to see a discount of at least a few hundred dollars before we'd recommend it. It's most interesting feature is the "core" workout. Yowza claims it, "targets the muscles of internal and external obliques, rectus abdominus and serratus anterior." Unfortunately, there is no reason to believe that feature has any impact on the benefits you receive from exercising with this machine.
Ergonomically speaking, this model is pretty good. You'll have to pay a couple hundred dollars more to find an elliptical that offers a more natural range of motion. The lack of adjustability, however, is disappointing. The stride length is fixed at 20", giving you no ability to fit this model to your body type The incline is also fixed at 15%. Several ellipticals that sell well below $1,000 offer much greater adjustability.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine isn't great. The life expectancy isn't excessively short, but there are ellipticals selling for less than half the price of this one that offer comparable durability. The quality of parts used is also matched by many models that are much cheaper.
The noise levels of this machine are about average. Most ellipticals make about the same amount of noise regardless of price. If quietness during operation is a major concern for you, there are models in this price range that do a better job in this area, but we don't expect the average user to be bothered by the amount of noise this elliptical makes.
The warranty on the Yowza Pompano is good. In-home labor is covered for 2 years, parts and electronics are covered for 5 years, and the frame and braking system are covered for life. This is a very appropriate amount of coverage for an elliptical that costs $1,399.