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ENDURANCE EXTREME

Horizon Fitness 800 Burton Blvd

Deforest, Wisconsin 53532

Customer Assistance Center: 1.888.993.3199

Fax: 1.608.842.1660 or www.horizonfitness.com

OWNER’S GUIDE

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Table of Contents

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

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GETTING STARTED/POWER

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MOVING/FOOT POSITION

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QUICK START UP

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DISPLAY

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PROGRAMMING

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PROGRAM DETAILS

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HEART RATE CONTROL PROGRAM & CHEST

 

STRAP TRANSMITTER PLACEMENT

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MONITORING/TARGET ZONE

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EXERCISE GUIDELINES

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STRETCHING

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WARM UP & COOL DOWN

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FITNESS GOALS

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WEEKLY LOG SHEETS

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MONTHLY LOG SHEETS

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COMMON QUESTIONS

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BASIC TROUBLESHOOTING

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HOME USE WARRANTY

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LIMITED HOME USE WARRANTY

FRAME - LIFETIME

Horizon Fitness warrants the frame against defects in workmanship and materials for the lifetime of the original owner.

ELECTRONICS & PARTS - 2 year

Horizon Fitness warrants the electronic components and all original parts for a period of two years from the date of original purchase, so long as the device remains in the possession of the original owner.

LABOR - 1 year

Horizon Fitness shall cover the labor cost for the repair of the device for a period of one year from the date of the original purchase, so long as the device remains in the possession of the original owner.

EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS

This warranty applies only to the original owner and is not transferable. This warranty is expressly limited to the repair or replacement of a defective frame, electronic component, or defective part and is the sole remedy of the warranty. The warranty does not cover normal wear and tear, improper assembly or maintenance, or installation of parts or accessories not originally intended or compatible with the elliptical trainer as sold. The warranty does not apply to damage or failure due to accident, abuse, corrosion, discoloration of paint or plastic, or neglect. Horizon Fitness shall not be responsible for incidental or consequential damages. All returns must be pre-authorizedby Horizon Fitness. Horizon Fitness’ obligation under this warranty is limited to replacing or repairing, at Horizon Fitness’ option, the product at one of its authorized service centers. An Horizon Fitness authorized service center must receive all products for which a warranty claim is made. These products must be received with all freight and other transportation charges prepaid, accompanied by sufficient proof of purchase. Parts and electronic components reconditioned to As New Condition by Horizon Fitness or its vendors may sometimes be supplied as warranty replacement parts and constitute fulfillment of warranty terms. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and your rights may vary from state to state.

WARRANTY REGISTRATION

Your warranty card must be completed and sent to Horizon Fitness or register on line at www.horizonfitness.com, before a warranty claim can be processed.

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Basic Troubleshooting - continued

Problem: Erratic or Inconsistent Readout.

Solution: This is often caused by dry electrodes or a loose chest strap. Moisture on the rubber electrodes is required for proper operation. Try a more generous coating of water on the electrodes and tightening the chest strap.

Chest your exercise environment for sources of interference such as high power lines, large motors, etc.

You may experience an erratic readout under the following conditions:

-Gripping the heart rate handlebars too tight. Try to maintain moderate pressure while holding onto the heart rate handlebars.

-Constant movement and vibration due to constantly holding the heart rate grips while exercising.

-When you are breathing heavily during a workout.

-When your hands are constricted by wearing a ring.

-When your hands are dry or cold. Try moistening your palms or rubbing them together to warm.

-Anyone with heavy arrhythmia.

-Anyone with arteriosclerosis or peripheral circulation disorder.

-Anyone whose skin on the measuring palms is especially thick.

Note: Outside interference sources such as computers, motors and fluorescent lights may cause the heart rate reading to be erratic.

If the above troubleshooting section does not remedy the problem, discontinue use and turn the power off.

DO NOT RETURN TO THE STORE, PLEASE CONTACT THE HORIZON FITNESS CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER; TOLLFREE @ 1-888-993-3199.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS. SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS

When using an electrical product, basic precautions should always be followed. Read all instructions before using this exercise product.

WARNING!

To reduce the risk of burns, fire, electrical shock or injury to persons:

Use this exercise product for its intended use as described in this Owner's guide. Do not use attachments not recommended by the manufacture.

Never drop or insert any object into any opening.

Do not remove the elliptical trainer's side covers. Service should be performed only by an authorized Horizon Fitness service provider.

Never operate this elliptical trainer if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly, if it has been damaged, or immersed in water.

Keep the cord away from heated surfaces.

Do not use outdoors.

Only use the power cord provided with your Horizon Fitness Elliptical Trainer.

Never place the power cord under carpeting or place any object on top of the power cord, which may pinch or damage it.

Unplug your Horizon Fitness Elliptical Trainer before moving it.

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OTHER SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR HORIZON FITNESS ELLIPTICAL TRAINER.

CAUTION!

If you experience chest pains, nausea, dizziness or shortness of breath, stop exercising immediately and consult your physician before continuing.

Do not turn pedal arms by hand.

Do not wear clothing that might catch on any part of the elliptical trainer.

Make sure handlebars are secure before each use.

Read the owner's guide before operating this elliptical trainer.

Maintain a comfortable pace. Do not ‘sprint’ above 80 rpms on this machine.

To maintain balance it is recommended to keep a grip on the handlebars while exercising, mounting or dismounting the machine.

CHILDREN

Keep children off of your elliptical trainer at all times.

When the elliptical is in use, young children and pets should be kept at least 10 feet away.

CLEANING

Clean with soap and slightly damp cloth only. Never use solvents.

BASIC TROUBLESHOOTING

Your Horizon Fitness elliptical is designed to be reliable and maintenance free. However, if you do experience problems with your elliptical, please reference the troubleshooting guide listed below.

Problem: There is no display on the console.

Solution: Remove the console and verify that the console cable is attached properly, making sure that the cable is securely inserted into the console.

Problem: The elliptical trainer makes a squeaking or chirping noise.Solution: Loosen all bolts attached during the assembly process, grease the threads and tighten again.

Problem: The resistance levels seem to be incorrect, seeming too hard or too easy.

Solution: Reset the console and allow the resistance to reset to the default position. Restart the console and retry the resistance levels.

Heart Rate Troubleshooting

Problem: There is no heart rate reading

Solution: Remove the console and verify that the heart rate cables are attached properly, making sure that the cables are securely inserted into the console.

Solution: If you are using the chest strap, there may be a poor connection between the electrodes and the skin. Remoisten the electrodes with water.

Solution: The chest strap may not be positioned properly. Reposition the chest strap. It may be necessary to experiment with the fit and position of the chest strap.

Solution: Verify that the distance between the chest strap and the console is not beyond the recommended range of 36 inches.

Solution: The battery in the chest strap may be dead. Take the chest strap to a jewelry store or return to Horizon Fitness for a battery replacement.

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COMMON PRODUCT QUESTIONS

Are the sounds my Elliptical Trainer makes normal?

Our elliptical trainers are some of the quietest available because they use belt drives and friction free magnetic resistance. We use the highest grade bearings and belts to minimize noise. However, because the resistance system itself is so quiet, you will occasionally hear other slight mechanical noises. Unlike older, louder technologies, there are no fans, friction belts, or alternator noises to mask these sounds on our elliptical trainers. These mechanical noises, which may or may not be intermittent, are normal and are caused by the transfer of significant amounts of energy to a rapidly spinning flywheel. All bearings, belts and other rotating parts will generate some noise which will transmit through the casing and frame. It is also normal for these sounds to change slightly during a workout and over time because of thermal expansion of the parts.

Why is the Elliptical Trainer I had delivered louder than the one at the store?

All fitness products seem quieter in a large store showroom because there is generally more background noise than in your home. Also, there will be less reverberation on a carpeted concrete floor than on a wood overlay floor. Sometimes a heavy rubber mat will help reduce reverberation through the floor. If a fitness product is placed close to a wall, there will be more reflected noise.

How long will the drive belt last?

The computer modeling we have done indicated virtually thousands of maintenance free hours. Belts are now commonly used in far more demanding applications such as motorcycle drives.

Can I move the trainer easily once it is assembled?

Your Horizon Fitness Elliptical Trainer has a pair of transport wheels built into the front legs. It is easy to move your Elliptical Trainer by rolling it on the front transport wheels. It is important that you place your Horizon Fitness Elliptical Trainer in a comfortable and inviting room. Your Elliptical Trainer is designed to use minimal floor space. Many people will place their Elliptical Trainers facing the TV or a picture window. If at all possible, avoid putting your Elliptical Trainer in a unfinished basement. To make exercise a desirable daily activity for you, the Elliptical Trainer should be in a attractive setting.

Maintenance

The most important maintenance step is to simply wipe your perspiration off of the machine after each use. If is recommended to use soap and water to clean your machine. Never use solvents on the plastic pieces.

GETTING STARTED

Power

Your elliptical is powered by a power supply. The power supply must be plugged into the power jack, which is located in the front of the machine near the front foot tube.

Leveling

The elliptical trainer should be level for optimum use. Once you have placed the elliptical trainer where you intend to use it, raise or lower the adjustable levelers located on the bottom of the rear base frame. Once you have leveled the elliptical trainer, lock the levelers in place by tightening the wing nuts against the frame.

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Moving

Your Horizon Fitness elliptical trainer has a pair of transport wheels built into the front of the frame. To move, firmly grasp the back end of the frame. Using the transport grips, carefully lift and roll.

Caution! Our elliptical trainers are well built and heavy, weighing up to 200lbs.! Use care and additional help if necessary when moving.

Foot Position

When using your elliptical trainer, you may notice that your heel raises off of the foot pad. This is a natural walking or running motion and you should not try to prevent this.

MONTHLY LOG SHEETS

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WEEKLY LOG SHEETS

Quick Start Up

Simply press the 'Start" button to begin exercising. The program will automatically default to the Manual program unless another program is selected.

Reset

Press and hold the Stop button to reset the Elliptical Trainer.

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D I S P L A Y

Time

Shown as Minutes:Seconds. View the time remaining or the time elapsed in your workout.

Distance

Shown as Miles. View the accumulated distance during your workout.

Calories

Shown as total accumulated calories burned during your workout.

RPM

Shown as Revolutions per Minute. Improve striding technique while reducing leg muscle fatigue by striding between 60 & 70 RPM.

ACHIEVING YOUR FITNESS GOALS

An important step in developing a long term fitness program is to determine your goals. Is your primary goal for exercising on your Horizon Fitness Elliptical Trainer to lose weight? Improve muscle? Burn Stress? Prepare for the spring racing schedule? Knowing what your goals are will help you develop a more successful exercise program. Below are some common exercise goals:

 

- Weight Loss

- Weight Maintenance

 

 

 

- Improve Body Shape and Tone

- Strengthen Leg Muscles

 

- Increased Energy Level

- Improved Sleep Patterns

 

- Improved Sports Performance

- Stress Reduction

 

- Improved Cardiovascular Endurance

 

If possible try to define your personal goals in precise, measurable terms, and then put your goals in writing. The more specific you can be, the easier it will be to track your progress. If your goals are long term, divide them up into monthly and weekly segments. Longer term goals can lose some of the immediate motivation benefits. Short term goals are easier to achieve. Your Horizon Fitness Elliptical Trainer console provides you with several readouts that can be used to record your progress. You can track Distance, Calories or Time. Time is the most important and useful of test functions.

Keeping an exercise diary

Photocopy the weekly and monthly log sheets on the following pages to make your personal exercise log book. As time goes by you’ll be able to look back with pride at the work you’ve done. As your fitness improves, you can look back and see how far you’ve come.

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Warm Up

The first 2 to 5 minutes of a workout should be devoted to warming up. The warm-upwill limber your muscles and prepare them for more strenuous exercise. Make sure that youwarm-upon your Horizon Fitness product at a slow pace.

Cool Down

Never stop exercising suddenly! A cool-downperiod allows your heart to readjust to the decreased demand. Make sure that your cool down period consists of a very slow pace to allow your heart rate to lower. After thecool-down,repeat the stretching exercises on page 17 to loosen and relax your muscles.

D I S P L AY

Resistance

During a workout, the amount of resistance can be adjusted by pressing the plus (+) or minus (-)buttons on the console. The resistance levels vary from level 1 to 16 (level 1 being the easiest and level 16 being the most difficult).

Watts

A measurement of your expending energy. May be used to evaluate and quantify your fitness progress over time.

Heart Rate

Shown as Beats per Minute. You can monitor your heart rate at any time during your workout by holding the heart rate grips or wearing the chest transmitter.

Profile

Allows you to view your program intensity while you exercise. Each horizontal row of LED’s represents 2 resistance levels.

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Choosing a Program

To choose a program, press the quick program key. The program profile lights will show you which program you have selected. Once you choose a program, wait for 5 seconds and you will see the resistance level flashing in the Resistance window.

Choosing a Resistance

With the resistance level flashing, press the plus (+) or minus (-)buttons to adjust your resistance level. Once you choose a resistance level, wait for 5 seconds and you will see the time flashing in the Time window.

Choosing a Time

With the time flashing, press the plus (+) or minus (-)buttons to adjust your program time. Once you choose your time, press the 'Start' button and begin you workout.

Finishing Your Workout

Press the 'Stop' button to pause your workout, press and hold to reset your workout. Remember to gradually slow down your pace before stopping or pausing your workout. The machine will not stop moving if you stop your feet abruptly. After you have finished your workout, the console will retain the data from your workout for 45 seconds before resetting.

DEVELOPING A FITNESS PROGRAM

Stretch First

Before using your Horizon Fitness product, it is best to take a few minutes doing a few gentle stretching exercises. Stretching prior to exercise will improve flexibility and reduce chances of exercise related injury. Ease into each of these stretches with a slow gentle motion. Do not stretch to the point of pain. Make sure not to bounce while doing these stretches.

Wall Push

Stand near a wall with the toes of one foot about 18" from the wall, and the other foot about 12" behind the other foot. Lean forward, pushing against the wall with your palms. Keep your heels flat and hold this position for a count of 15 seconds. Make sure that you do not bounce while stretching. Alternate positions of your feet and repeat for a total of 8 repetitions.

Standing Quadriceps Stretch

Using a wall to provide balance, grasp your left ankle with your left hand and hold your foot against the back of your thigh for a count of 15 seconds. Repeat with your right ankle and hand, and continue alternating for a total of 8 repetitions.

Seated Toe Touch

Sit on the floor with your legs together and straight out in front of you. Do not lock your knees. Extend your fingers towards your toes and hold for a count of 15 seconds. Make sure that you do not bounce while stretching. Sit upright again. Repeat for a total of 8 repetitions.

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