Fitness Quest Eclipse 4000 Reviews
Click to see larger image

Fitness Quest Eclipse 4000

1 ratings (1 Epinions review)
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

Eclipse 4000 is a good machine for the price

Jan 23, 2003 (Updated Jan 24, 2003)
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Easy assembly with clear instructions, sturdy frame

Cons:speed on monitor is in MPH

The Bottom Line: Easy assembly, solid construction and a variety of workouts on a large, easy-to-read LED display make this a good choice for the budget-conscious home fitness equipment user.


After some internet reading and a little store-hopping, my wife and I settled on the Eclipse 4000. We had set out to purchase the ProForm 700, but ended up spending a couple of hundred $$$ extra on the Eclipse because its frame felt much sturdier and its stride path felt much more natural than the awkward and creaky Proform model.

We've only had the Eclipse for one day, but I was very pleasantly surprised when I got it out of the box and started looking at the assembly instructions. I had set aside a good 3 hours for assembly but only really needed one. The hardware came neatly organized and clearly labeled in a single blister pack, which really aided the assembly process. Everyone knows how frustrating it is to try and put something together when you're faced with a big bag of nuts, bolts, washers and screws, many of which are very similar in appearance but differ just enough in size to really screw things up if you install the wrong ones in the wrong places. Not so with the Eclipse. After getting everything out of the box and looking at the blister pack of bolts and screws I found myself thinking "This CAN'T be all there is. There MUST be a big bag of hardware missing." The assembly instructions were also simple and clear and a pleasure to read. All the tools necessary to assemble it are included, although you may find yourself wishing you had a REAL phillips-head screwdriver and a socket wrench in a couple of places. Overall, though, I can't say enough about how surprisingly easy this was to assemble.

The stride path is smooth and natural and the flywheel is surprisingly quiet for an elliptical in this price range. There is a small amount of sway only because ours is placed on carpeting in our bedroom; I imagine using a plastic mat will resolve that minor problem. There are no knocks, creaks or squeaks of any kind and the frame feels absolutely solid.

I like to have a selection of several fitness programs to choose from; this one has a total of eight. The large 8x16 dot matrix LED display is easy to read and will be immediately familiar to anyone who has used fitness equipment in a gym.

The owner's manual that comes with the unit needs to be updated. It is heavy on diagrams and instructions for stretching and designing workout strategies, and is very light on how to actually use the machine. Also, the information that is present on using the machine was probably written for an earlier model and never updated, and is thus inaccurate. (Example: the manual says to adjust the resistance by turning a knob, but the 4000 has no such knob... you adjust the resistance using buttons on the console.)

The only other complaint I have is a very minor one: the speed readout didn't immediately make sense to me. Moving at my average pace, the speed monitor registered around 10, and when I slowed down went down to about 4-5, and when I pedaled my maximum, got up to 15-17. Nowhere in the owner's manual does it say anything about the speed scale or what these numbers mean. I had to call customer service, who told me that the speed readout is in miles per hour, which is not particularly useful in my opinion. I'd much rather see the speed in steps per minute, but you can't have everything I guess... especially in this price range.

Overall, I would recommend this piece of equipment to anyone who wants an elliptical for under $1000. I think its construction is solid and the monitor is great for its list price of $599. Of course, we've only had it for a short time, so I may be updating this review in the future regarding its long-term durability.

If you're thinking of saving some money by getting a Proform (or other model) for $400 or less, do yourself a favor and consider spending a little more on the well-built Eclipse 4000.


Recommend this product? Yes

Read all comments (2)

Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

Fitness Quest Leg Magic Ultra Pulse Exerciser In Original Box

Fitness Quest Leg Magic Ultra Pulse Exerciser In Original Box

This auction is for a Fitness Quest Leg Magic Ultra Pulse Exerciser New (pkgs still sealed) In Original Box. Buyer to pay $28.00 shipping. Shipping qu...
eBay

$59.99

+$28.00 shipping
Fitness Quest 19800-2M 8CT ShamWow Towel

Fitness Quest 19800-2M 8CT ShamWow Towel

8 Count, ShamWow Towels, Includes: 4 Large, 28 x 20 & 4 Small, 15 x 15, ShamWow Towels, In A Retail Box.
Sears Marketplace
Easy Shaper Ultimate Chair Fitness Quest Exercise Machine Resistance Bands

Easy Shaper Ultimate Chair Fitness Quest Exercise Machine Resistance Bands

Easy Shaper Ultimate Chair Fitness Quest Exercise Machine Resistance Bands 3 Brands - Brand New in Worn Box
eBay

$24.95

+$12.45 shipping
Bayou Fitness Total Trainer 4000 Xl Home Gym

Bayou Fitness Total Trainer 4000 Xl Home Gym

Say goodbye to fatigue with the Total Gym XL using new designed workout tools, upgraded comfort system and upgraded pulley and cable system. Ladies an...
eBay

$571.00

FREE Shipping
Fitness Quest Dan Isaacson's You Next Week Workout Dvds With Pedometer

Fitness Quest Dan Isaacson's You Next Week Workout Dvds With Pedometer

new in open box dvds still sealed New You Next Week Manufacturer: Fitness Quest, Inc. Price Range: $99.99 - $99.99 Manufacturer Description New You Ne...
eBay

$10.10

FREE Shipping
Bayou Fitness Total Trainer DLX-III Home Gym Multicolor - DLX-III

Bayou Fitness Total Trainer DLX-III Home Gym Multicolor - DLX-III

Shop for Body Building Machines from Hayneedle.com! Low-impact workout provided by smooth, ball bearing roller system11 incline resistance levels let ...
Hayneedle

$565.89

FREE Shipping
Life Fitness R1 Bike with GO Console

Life Fitness R1 Bike with GO Console

Life Fitness R1 Bike with GO Console - Clearance Experience the Life Fitness difference. The Life Fitness R1 Recumbent Bike with GO Console harnesses...
The Fitness Outlet

$1299.00

FREE Shipping
Sealed Box Fitness Quest Ab Lounge 2 Exercise Equipment Machine Lose Weight

Sealed Box Fitness Quest Ab Lounge 2 Exercise Equipment Machine Lose Weight

This unit is sealed new in the box. Unit will be shipped in this box too. Feel free to ask any questions Check out my other items !All items are descr...
eBay

$149.99

+$14.43 shipping
Bayou Fitness Total Trainer Dlx-iii Home Gym Resistance Exercise

Bayou Fitness Total Trainer Dlx-iii Home Gym Resistance Exercise

Are you looking for workout equipment that doesn't need any personal trainer? Then the Bayou Fitness DLX III is the one for you. With this Bayou Fitne...
eBay

$611.32

FREE Shipping
Bayou Fitness Total Trainer 4000-XL Home Gym

Bayou Fitness Total Trainer 4000-XL Home Gym

Bayou Fitness Total Trainer 4000-XL Home Gym Features: Fully assembled 11 levels of resistance 14 x 46 glide board 3 & 4 point pulley system Maximum u...
Sears Marketplace