Horizon Evolve 5 Elliptical

Horizon Fitness designers are experts and conducting research and tailoring their products to the results. This is how they came up with the SixStar Certification for the new Evolve 5 Elliptical trainer.


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Horizon Fitness has recently released 4 brand new elliptical trainers. All of the elliptical units are great except for one which is the Horizon Fitness Evolve 5. The elliptical has several attractive features but is just a bit pricey for what you get. Overall, Horizon Fitness does an excellent job of putting together quality products that sell well. They do their research and satisfy customer demands. However, the Evolve 5 elliptical was a blunder in a market of high quality and satisfactory products.



Horizon Fitness designers are experts and conducting research and tailoring their products to the results. This is how they came up with the SixStar Certification for the new Evolve 5 Elliptical trainer. The SixStar Certification consists of several things which combine to make the elliptical extremely ergo dynamic.

The pedals are placed very close together in order to reduce joint stress. It is common for customers, especially female customer, to ask for an elliptical with pedals that are almost touching. So good job Horizon, you got this right. The pedals aren’t just close together though; they are placed at a low height that makes it very easy to move up and down. This is a huge benefit to both old and significantly heavy users.

Another component of the SixStar Certification is the upright user positioning. Leaning forward is not something that you want to be doing when using exercise equipment like this, and unfortunately, it is the design of most elliptical machines on the market. Evolve 5 changes this by forcing your stance to be more upright as if you were running normally. This is wonderful for the posture and reduces tension in the back and neck. The hand grips are also designed and positioned to maintain proper posture in an upright position.

A common design flaw with cheaper models is the bouncy stride that you get while using it. The Evolve 5 uses a foot path that is designed in a very natural way; it is supposed to mimic walking on air. It is also not very difficult to get the motion started or stopped since the heavy flywheel on the machine makes the motion very natural. Again, on cheaper models this would be an issue since you would have to exert a lot of effort in pushing the machine to start and having it come to a stop again.

Another pro which should be brought up in any Horizon Fitness Evolve 5 elliptical trainer review is the fact that it is so portable. The machine will fold up into a bare 28 inches in length. This allows you to store it wherever you want. If space is tight then this should be a huge selling point for you. The elliptical doesn’t have to take up space when you’re not using it. Pack the machine up and put it away.

ViaFit is an important and interactive component of the Evolve 5 elliptical trainer. ViaFit is software installed on your machine that allows you to keep track of your progress and your stats. All of this information can also be checked on the ViaFit app so that you have constant access to it. The ViaFit program is quite useful in the many different features it provides. With the software you can set goals, design work out plans, view progress, and see how many calories you have burned. It has been shown in studies that people who track their progress make progress. With clearly defined goals, it becomes easier to work out and feel like you are achieving something. Also, since this software can be viewed on your smartphone app the information can be viewed anywhere. This is useful to remind you to stay on your plan when you are out and about. Lastly, the software is compatible with several other sources which means that you can import information to combine all of your exercise data into one. This is awesome! It costs nothing and you get a central hub for all your exercise data.

I usually don’t add things that cost extra but the Horizon Video Passport is an excellent aid. It costs a little bit extra but it can definitely be worth it. The elliptical can with this hardware, hook up to you TV and simulate running outdoors. The footage is synced to a screen and the tempo changes based on the rhythm of your exercise. There are a ton of different options to view that ranges from city parks to desert landscapes. The machine has 37 installed programs that are built in.


All exercise equipment goes through severe abuse by their owners. It is true and you know it, so don’t try to deny it. Manufacturers know this as well so they should design their products with this in mind. Unfortunately the single rail per pedal does not hold up. It is not uncommon for pedals to come of the railing. If you are careful and treat your machine kindly it should remain relatively stable, but you might be better off picking up another Sole E35 for an extra couple of hundred dollars.

This next con has not necessarily been proven yet, but I am very worried about how the machine folds up. I am concerned that the stability of the elliptical will be heavily impaired over time as a result. It just seems a bit flimsy and I would rather run on something that made me feel safe.

The warranty is also a con since most elliptical trainers that are sold at this price come with a 5 year parts and 2 year labor warranty. The Evolve 5 trainer only has 3 year parts and 1 year labor warranty which makes it feel like Horizon is shorting you a little. It is almost as if they don’t believe in their own product.


It might be that it’s the start of the week and I feel grouchy, but the Horizon Evolve 5 elliptical price just doesn’t seem to do it for me. The pros do outweigh the cons it seems, but you could probably still get a better bang for your buck elsewhere. NordicTrack and Sole both provide excellent value for their elliptical trainers. Unfortunately they lack a lot of the features that make the Horizon Elite models such a great buy. In the end I would probably have to stick with Horizon.