PROS / This elliptical connects with popular fitness apps, including MyFitnessPal.
CONS / The stride length isn’t adjustable.
VERDICT / The AFG Sport 5.9AE is one of the best ellipticals to help you with all levels of fitness goals, with the most monitoring features you can find on an elliptical.
One of the best elliptical trainers we reviewed is the AFG Sport 5.9AE. This elliptical machine is sturdy enough to accommodate high-impact exercise programs while also including the basic functions to help you reach weight loss goals. It has the most high-tech gadgets and monitoring features of all the ellipticals we looked at, helping it earn our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award winner.
This elliptical machine is 57 inches high and 76 inches long, with a 23-pound flywheel for extra stability and smoothness of motion. It has a step-up height of about 10 inches, which is an important measurement when you're choosing which room in the house to place your elliptical and still have enough ceiling clearance while using it. The stride length isn’t adjustable, so if you have a user in your household who is very tall or very short, the set 20-inch stride may not be comfortable enough for them. You can, however, adjust the foot holders to create more of an incline, which adds more resistance and challenge to a standard exercise program.
The AFG Sport 5.9AE weighs about 200 pounds. This is about average for an elliptical trainer. There is a handle at the back of the machine that you can use to more easily move it out of the way when not in use.
High-Tech & Monitoring Features
The AFG Sport 5.9AE has the most high-tech features of any elliptical we reviewed. These include an LED console that is capable of monitoring your heart rate with a wireless chest strap. This is an important feature for strength and cross-training so you don’t have to interrupt your stride in order to grip the stationary handlebars and check your heart rate. To make it easier, AFG includes a compatible chest strap monitor with this elliptical machine.
This elliptical lets you set up five different user profiles and program workouts specific to each user's fitness goals. You can also track your progress by connecting the console to your fitness app, including MyFitnessPal, UA Record and MapMyFitness. AFG also has an online fitness tracker that the console can connect to, using your home’s internet network, and record your progress in the cloud. This lets you more easily track and share your goals and progress.
There are 43 workout presets and 12 levels of resistance that you can use to create an excellent variety of workout programs. You can also automatically increase or decrease the incline. This many options means this elliptical is very versatile with the ability to meet your fitness goals, whether that is basic weight loss or something more strenuous, such as CrossFit training or muscle strengthening.
In addition to popular workout programs, such as fat burning, cardio and interval, the AFG Sport has a manual program. This mode allows you to jump onto the elliptical and start exercising without first selecting a preset or even turning on the console. While there is a quick-start program that is similar, a quick-start program is designed to skip the warmup and cool-down steps so you can do these yourself off of the machine. Manual mode still gives you the flexibility to warm up or cool down on the elliptical.
In addition to great workout programs and high-tech features, the AFG Sport 5.9AE includes several built-in accessories to make your exercise routine more fun. There is both a book and a tablet holder. It also includes a personal cooling fan. The water bottle is conveniently located below the console so it is easy to grab your drink while you are in motion. The only potential drawback we found is that the holder isn’t large enough to hold a TV remote. However, you can connect your tablet to the console speakers and comfortably watch and listen to your favorite show as you work out.
Warranty & Support
A standard warranty is included with the AFG Sport. The frame is covered for the lifetime of the machine, while the parts are covered for three years. The labor warranty is good for a year. If you have any questions, you can contact customer service via telephone and email. You can find answers to several questions by reading the FAQs and the user guides on the AFG website.
With its 43 workout presets and 12 levels of resistance, the AFG Sport 5.9AE is a great elliptical machine to help you and up to four other users meet a variety of fitness goals. The console connects to several popular fitness apps, such as MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness, and includes the AFG cloud-based fitness tracking program to make it easier to track your progress and share your results. A chest strap is included so you can monitor your heart rate without breaking your momentum to grasp the handlebar monitors.