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Best Rated Helix Lateral Trainers (2015-2016) – Comparison and Reviews

June 15, 2016 by  
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Helix Lateral Trainers Comparison and Reviews: This is a roundup, comparison and reviews of the best rated Helix Lateral trainers. A lateral trainer works differently than an elliptical in that the motion is side to side, instead of front to back. This type of motion can tone your thighs (inside and outside), your butt, and your core. All of this while giving you can outstanding aerobic workout. This type of workout is also good for athletes, skiers, tennis players, and golfers. The lateral motion is low impact and easy on your knees. The Helix Company is the leader in lateral trainers, and they offer both residential and commercial models with outstanding reviews. You can compare each Helix lateral trainer below by features such as workout programs, reviews, maximum weight capacity, price, and other features. A glossary of terms is available at the bottom of this page. (See our video below)

Best Rated Helix Lateral Trainers – Comparison & Reviews (2015-2016)

Helix H1000 touch
Lateral Trainer
(Residential)

Helix HLT-2500
Lateral Trainer
(Light Commercial)
Helix HLT-3000
Lateral Trainer
(Light Commercial)
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Lateral Trainer
Magnetic Resistance
20 Resistance Levels
Grip Heart Monitor
Polar Compatible
11 Workout Programs
Touch LCD Display
Metrics: Time, RPM, Distance, Calories, Resistance Level, HR, Segment Time, Program
Water Bottle Holder
Maximum User Weight: 300 lbs.
2 year Warranty
22 lb. Flywheel
36″L x 42″W
162 lbs. assembled
Residential Model
Touchscreen
Latest Model
Lateral Trainer
Magnetic Resistance
16 Resistance Levels
Grip Heart Monitor
Polar Compatible
8 Workout Programs
LED Display
Metrics: Time, Calories, RPM, Distance, HR, Level, Mets, Watts
Water Bottle Holder
Maximum User Weight: 350 lbs.
3 year Warranty
26.4 lb. Flywheel
36″L x 48″W
172 lbs. assembled
Commercial Model
Self Powered
Lateral Trainer
Magnetic Resistance
16 Resistance Levels
Grip Heart Monitor
Polar Compatible
8 Workout Programs
LED Display
Metrics: Time, Calories, RPM, Distance, HR, Level, Mets, Watts
Water Bottle Holder
Maximum User Weight: 350 lbs.
3 year Warranty
26.4 lb. Flywheel
36″L x 48″W
175 lbs. assembled
Commercial Model
Self Powered


SmartReview.com was given a demonstration of the Helix Lateral Trainer

Lateral Trainer – Glossary of Terms
Lateral Trainer = A lateral trainer is different from an Elliptical in that the motion is side-to-side instead of front and back. This type of motion can tone muscles that ellipticals cannot, including inner and outer thighs, glutes, and even tone your core muscles.
Small Footprint = Helix Company lateral trainers take up a lot less room on the floor than a traditional elliptical. All of their models have a dimension of only 3 by 4 feet, making it possible to put a lateral trainer in a room where an elliptical would be too big.
Maximum User Weight = Each lateral trainer depending on its construction has a maximum user weight limit. More expensive trainers generally can handle more weight. So if the limit is 300 lbs, and you are over 300 lbs., you should not buy this trainer but look for one with a higher weight limit. If you weigh substantially less than the weight limit, this will put less strain on the machine and parts.
Magnetic Brake Resistance = All Lateral Trainer machines use magnetic resistance which offers resistance through magnetic fields. Magnetic resistance is more maintainence free than those older technologies. Magnetic resistance braking is smoother to use is quieter than other types of resistance mechanisms.
Magnetic Resistance Levels = You can adjust the level of magnetic resistance to adjust the intensity of your workout. The more levels of resistance, the more choices you have in how hard a workout that you can select.
Heart Monitor = Most lateral trainers have a heart monitor (grip or clip on type) which allows you to monitor your heart rate to meet heart rate goals for cardiovascular fitness. Grip monitors are built into the handlebars. The heart rate can be by either a grip pulse monitor, or chest monitor (telemetry). Polar compatible means that a Polar brand heart chest strap will work by wireless telemetry with that lateral trainer.
Telemetry Belt = This is a belt that is worn to monitor your heartrate. This can be used instead of the grip type of heart monitor and is considered more accurate. Polar brand is the most popular belt.
Workout Programs = Most lateral trainers have a small computer and display where you can run multiple workout programs that vary the resistance. Some examples of programs are: Time, Distance, Calorie, Hills, Weight Loss, Reverse Train.
LED/LCD Display = Helix residential models use an LCD screen, while their commercial models use an LED console. LED displays are brighter than LCD screens.
Light Commercial = The Helix HLT3000 is a light commercial lateral trainer. This means it is a heavier more stable machine with a high maximum user weight capacity. It is also self powered, meaning it does not need batteries or to be plugged in. It generates its own electricity. This machine can be used in either a commercial setting or at home.


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