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Z100 / Z300
Table of Contents
Product Registration
. .2
Important Safety Instructions
Important Electrical Information
Important Operation Instructions
Assembly Pack Check List
Assembly Instructions
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Operation of Your New Elliptical
Using a Heart Rate Transmitter
Manufacturer s Limited Warranty
XE500 Elliptical
Thank you for your purchase of this quality elliptical trainer from Spirit Manufacturing, Inc.
Your new elliptical was manufactured by one of the leading fitness manufacturers in the
world and is backed by one of the most comprehensive warranties available. Through
your dealer, Spirit will do all we can to make your ownership experience as pleasant as
possible for many years to come. The local dealership where you purchased this
elliptical is your administrator for all Spirit warranty and service needs. Their
responsibility is to provide you with the technical knowledge and service personnel to
make your experience more informed and any difficulties easier to remedy.
Please take a moment at this time to record the name of the dealer, their telephone
number, and the date of purchase below to make any future, needed contact easy. We
appreciate your support and we will always remember that you are the reason that we
are in business. Please complete and mail your registration card today and enjoy your
new elliptical.
Yours in Health,
Spirit Manufacturing, Inc.
Name of Dealer______________________________________
Telephone Number of Dealer___________________________
Purchase Date_______________________________________
Product Registration
Please record the Serial Number of this fitness product in the space provided below.
Serial Number_______________________________________
The self-addressed product registration card must be completed in full and returned to
Spirit Manufacturing, Inc or visit: www.spiritfitness.com/warranty.htm to register online.
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Important Safety Instructions
WARNING - Read all instructions before using this appliance.
Do not operate elliptical on deeply padded, plush or shag carpet. Damage to both
carpet and elliptical may result.
Keep children away from the elliptical. There are obvious pinch points and other
caution areas that can cause harm.
Keep hands away from all moving parts.
Never operate the elliptical if it has a damaged cord or plug. If the elliptical is not working
properly, call your dealer.
Keep the cord away from heated surfaces.
Do not operate where aerosol spray products are being used or where oxygen is
being administered. Sparks from the motor may ignite a highly gaseous environment.
Never drop or insert any object into any openings.
Do not use outdoors.
To disconnect, turn all controls to the off position, then remove the plug from the outlet.
Do not attempt to use your elliptical for any purpose other than for the purpose it is
The hand pulse sensors are not medical devices. Various factors, including the user s
movement, may affect the accuracy of heart rate readings. The pulse sensors are
intended only as exercise aids in determining heart rate trends in general.
Wear proper shoes. High heels, dress shoes, sandals or bare feet are not suitable
for use on your elliptical. Quality athletic shoes are recommended to avoid leg fatigue.
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Important Electrical Information
NEVER remove any cover without first disconnecting AC power supply.
If A.C. voltage varies by ten percent (10%) or more, the performance of your Elliptical may
be affected. Such conditions are not covered under your warranty. If you suspect the
voltage is low, contact your local power company or a licensed electrician for proper testing.
NEVER: expose the elliptical to rain or moisture. This product is NOT designed for
Use outdoors, near a pool or spa, or in any other high humidity environment. Maximum
environmental ratings are 40-120 degrees Fahrenheit, 95% humidity non-condensing (no water
droplets forming on surfaces).
Grounding Instructions
This product must be grounded. If the elliptical should malfunction or breakdown, grounding
provides a path of least resistance for electric current, reducing the risk of electric shock. This
product is equipped with a cord having an equipment-grounding plug. The plug must be plugged
into an appropriate outlet that is properly installed and grounded in accordance with all local
codes and ordinances.
DANGER - Improper connection of the equipment-grounding conductor can result in a
risk of electric shock. Check with a qualified electrician or serviceman if you are in doubt
as to whether the product is properly grounded. Do not modify the plug provided with the
elliptical if it will not fit the outlet; have a proper outlet installed by a qualified electrician.
This product is for use on a nominal 120-volt circuit, and has a grounding plug that looks like the
plug illustrated below. A temporary adapter that looks like the adapter illustrated below may be
used to connect this plug to a 2-pole receptacle as shown below if a properly grounded outlet is
not available. The temporary adapter should be used only until a properly grounded outlet,
(shown below) can be installed by a qualified electrician. The green colored rigid ear-lug, or the
like, extending from the adapter, must be connected to a permanent ground such as a properly
grounded outlet box cover. Whenever the adapter is used, it must be held in place by a metal
Grounded Outlet
Metal Screw
Grounding Pin
Tab for
Grounded Outlet Box
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Important Operation Instructions
NEVER operate the elliptical without reading and completely understanding the results of
any operational change you request from the computer.
NEVER use your elliptical during an electrical storm. Surges may occur in your household
power supply that could damage the elliptical electrical components. Unplug the power
supply from the wall during an electrical storm to ensure no damage will occur.
Do not use excessive pressure on console control keys. They are precision set to properly
function with little finger pressure. Pushing harder is not going to make the unit go faster or
slower. If you feel the buttons are not functioning properly with normal pressure, contact your
Spirit dealer.
The elliptical has a safety feature that sets the pedals to the highest resistance setting when
the unit is powered on or if the elliptical is idle. This ensures that the footpads are difficult to
move. This feature prevents a curious child from being harmed. This safety feature also gives
you a stable platform when you first mount the elliptical. Once a program is started, the
resistance setting will change to the first setting of that program. To disengage this feature,
see the maintenance section at the back of this manual.
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Assembly Pack Check List
#96. 3/8" x 19 x 1.5T
Flat Washer (2pcs)
#100. 5/16" x 20x 1.5T
Flat Washer (4pcs)
#104. 3/8" x 23 x 2T
Curved Washer (2pcs)
#128. 3/8" x 2T Split
Washer (1pc)
#85 M5x10m/m Phillips
Head Screw (4pcs)
#89. 3/8" x 7T
Nylon Nut (2pcs)
#178. 5/16" x 1.5T
Split Washer (4pcs)
#179. 5/16"
Star Washer (4pcs)
#77. 3/8" x 1-1/2"
Hex Head Bolt (2pcs)
#76. 3/8" x 3/4"
Hex Head Screw (2pcs)
#167. 5/16" x 2-1/4"
Hex Head Bolt (4pcs)
#75. 3/8" x 2-1/4"
Hex Head Bolt (1pcs)
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Step 2
#102. 25 Wave
Washer (2pcs)
#131. 3/8" x 30 x 2T
Flat Washer (2pcs)
#76. 3/8" x 3/4" Hex Head
Bolt (2pcs)
#107. 3.5x12m/m
Self Tapping Screw (8pcs)
Step 3
#100. 5/16" x 20 x 1.5T Flat
Washer (2pcs)
#91. 5/16" x 7T
Nylon Nut (2pcs)
#79. 5/6" x 1-1/4"
Hex Head Bolt (2pcs)
Step 4
#107. 3.5x12m/m
Self Tapping Screw (10pcs)
#82 M5 x 15m/m Phillips
Head Screw (29pcs)
#157 M6x10m/m Phillips
Head Screw (4pcs)
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#126. Phillips Screw Driver (1 pc)
#125. Short Screw Driver (1 pc)
#124. 13/14m/m Wrench (1pc)
#129. 12m/m Wrench (2pcs)
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Assembly Instructions XE500
1. Using a razor knife (Box Cutter) cut the outside, bottom, edge of box along the dotted Line. Lift Box
over the unit and unpack.
2. Carefully remove all parts from carton and inspect for any damage or missing parts. If damaged
parts are found, or parts are missing, contact your dealer immediately.
3. Locate the hardware package. The hardware is separated into four steps. Remove the tools first.
Remove the hardware for each step as needed to avoid confusion. The numbers in the instructions
that are in parenthesis (#) are the item number from the assembly drawing, for reference.
STEP 1: Incline Rail Assembly and Console Mast
1. Install the Incline Rail Assembly (2) into the U-channel bracket of the Main Frame (1).
Secure with the six bolts & associated hardware: install two 3/8 x1-1/2 Hex Head bolts (77)
from the sides, with two 3/8 x19mm Flat Washers (96) and two 3/8 x7T Nylon Nuts (89).
From the top install; four 5/16 x2-1/4 Hex Head bolts (167), four 5/16 x20 Flat Washers
(100), four split washers (178) and four star washers (179), as shown in figure 1, and
tighten with the 13/14 mm Wrench (124).
2. Connect the three Incline Motor Power lines by matching the; Red, White and Black color
codes of the wires and the 3-pin position sensor connector (Not shown in the drawing).
Locate the Console Mast (12) and Console Mast Cover (49) and slide the Cover onto
the Mast as far as it will go. Make sure the Console Mast Cover is facing the correct way.
At the top opening of the Main Frame of the elliptical are two Cables: the computer cable
(39) and Incline cable (36). Unravel and straighten out the two cables and feed them into
the bottom of the console mast tube and out of the top opening. Install the Console
Mast (12) into the receiving bracket on the top of the Main Frame (1). Pull slightly on the
computer cables at the top of the mast while installing. This will ensure the cable does
not get pinched and shorted during console mast assembly.
3. Put one 3/8" x 2T Split Washer (128) onto the 3/8" x 2-1/4" Long Hex Head Bolt (75),
and the two 3/8" x 23 Curved Washers (104) onto the two 3/8" x 3/4" Short Hex Head
Bolts (76). Install, and hand tighten, the Long Hex Head Bolt through the left side of the
receiving bracket into the Console Mast. Using the 13/14m/m Wrench tighten the three
bolts and the fourth bolt, which is pre-installed, firmly. These bolts should be tightened as
much as you possibly can.
4. Plug all of the connectors into the back of the console (Computer Cable (39), Incline Cable
(36), two Hand pulse Cables (44), Resistance switch wire (146) and Incline switch wire
(146-1)). Secure the Console (32) on the console mounting plate with four M5x10m/m
Phillips Head Screws (85).
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STEP 2: Handlebar Assembly
1. Install the two 25m/m Wave Washers (102) onto the Left and Right side of the Handle Bar axle.
2. Slide the Left (10) and Right (11) Handle Bars onto the appropriate side of the axle. The
handlebars have a small sticker on them indicating L (left) and R (right).
3. Install two 3/8 X 30mm Flat Washers (131) onto the two 3/8 X 3/4 Hex Head Bolts (76) and
install, and tighten, in the threaded holes in the ends of the axle.
4. Connect the two wires on the L&R sides together and store the excess, including plastic
connectors, back into the console mast. Place the rubber grommets (145) over the wire and
snap it into the hole in the console mast. Install the Front Handle Bar Covers (68 left, 69 right)
and Rear Handle Bar Covers (68-1 left, 69-1 right) over the Handle Bar axle connections with
the six 3.5x10m/m Self Tapping Screws (107).
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STEP 3: Connecting Arm Assembly
Untie the wire holding the sleeve spacer (22) in place on the rod-end bearings, located on the ends
of the connecting arms (8&9). Align the hole in the rod ends with the hole in the brackets of the
left and right Handle Bar (10&11). The rod end should be on the inside of the U shaped Handle
Bar bracket. Secure with A 5/16 x1-1/4 Hex Head bolt (79), 5/16 x20mm Flat Washer (100) and
5/16 Nylon Nut (91) by using 13/14 mm Wrench (124) and 12 mm Wrench (129).
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STEP 4: Plastic Parts Assembly
1. Match Connecting Arm Covers (72- inner covers) and (71-outer covers). Install the inner
covers (72-1 left and 72 right) onto the Left and Right Connecting Arms (8&9) and
secure with two M5x15mm Phillips Head Screws (82) and two 3.5x12mm Self Tapping
Screws (107) by using the Short Phillips Head Screw Driver (125). Install the outer
covers (71-1 left and 71 right) onto the left and right handlebars (10&11) and secure
with two M5x15mm Phillips Head Screws (82) and two 3.5x12mm Self Tapping Screws
2. Install Sliding Wheel Covers (64) on each side and secure with four M5x15mm Phillips
Head Screws (82).
3. Install the two Stabilizer Covers (60) and (61) on the middle stabilizer bar with
M5x15mm Phillips Head Screws (82).
4. Install the Front Stabilizer Cover (59) on the front stabilizer with two M5x15mm Phillips
Head Screws (82).
5. Install the front (120-1) and rear (120) console mast covers with three M5 x 15m/m
Screws (82) and two 3.5x12m/m Self Tapping Screws (107).
6. Install the two incline Cover brackets (156), with the hole for mounting the plastic cover
on the bent tab facing rearward, and secure them on the Incline Rail Assembly (2) with
four M6x10mm Phillips Head Screws (157). Install the Rear incline bar cover (73-2) on
the rail base with two M5 x 15m/m Screws (82).
7. Install the Rear Stabilizer Cover (73-3) on the Rear Stabilizer and the Cover brackets
(156) with four M5x15mm Phillips Head Screws (82).
8. This step to be performed after the elliptical power is plugged in. Run the incline to
position 8 and install the incline Rail front cover (73) up against the middle stabilizer
tube with four M5x15mm Phillips Head Screws (82).
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Through research performed with a leading sports scientist and physical rehabilitation expert,
Spirit engineering has developed a breakthrough in pedal design. No other elliptical, at any price,
offers these unique features. The history of elliptical use over the past few years tells us that many
users suffer from numb toes while working out on elliptical trainers. Many other users complain of
ankle, Achilles tendon, knee and/or hip pain. While researching a solution to these common
problems Spirit engineers consulted Richard DeKok, P.T., M.T.C., of St. Bernards Industrial
Rehabilitation Center in Jonesboro Arkansas.
Together we identified the inherent problem in elliptical designs and developed solutions to solve
the problems. What we found is that when you use an elliptical you tend to push outward during
the power stroke and not just straight back. This causes stress on the outer part of the foot and
throws off the natural alignment of the joints. The second problem we found is that many people
tend to stay up on the ball of their foot during the elliptical motion. Our solutions were simple but
• The first solution was to add a 2-degree inward angle to the footpads. This might sound
simple but what it achieves is not. Riding an elliptical, no matter how close together the
pedals may be, puts the users musculoskeletal system out of neutral alignment. Adding the
2-degree angle positions the user back into a neutral alignment which eases the over
stressing of the outer ankles, knees and hips.
• The second solution was to make the foot pedal adjustable to the user s style of pedaling
the elliptical. We achieved this by adding an adjustment that allows the angle of the footpad
to be changed. There are three positions available with a simple pull-pin adjustment
located under the footpads. The lowest position will set the footpads at zero (0) degrees, or
flat, at the bottom of the elliptical stroke. The second position sets the footpad to five (5)
degrees and the top position sets the footpads to ten (10) degrees.
Because everybody is different, and there are as many styles to pedal an elliptical as there
are people, we found there is no one angle that fit every user. Some users would be up on
the balls of their feet, resulting in numb toes, so we decided to let the user adjust the back
of the foot pad upward to support the heel, taking the pressure off of the nerves in the balls
of the feet and the Achilles tendon. The result was no more numb toes. Some users are
uncomfortable at this angle so for them we designed in three different adjustable angles so
they could find one that feels best for them.
A great side benefit of the adjustable footpad angle is that you end up working different
muscle groups. At the highest angle you will work the quadriceps more. At the lowest angle
you work the hamstrings and glutes harder.
The XE500 has an incline ramp feature that allows you to simulate walking uphill. There are 20
distinct incline levels.
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Operation of Your Elliptical
XE500 Console
Heart rate indicator
Dot matrix
Display view
Heart rate bar graph
Program buttons/
numeric key
pad Quick keys
Message window
Display view
Control keys
Power on
When the A.C. power cord is connected to the Elliptical and the power switch turned on, the
console will automatically power up. If there is no input to the console for 20 minutes the console
will go to stand-by mode. In stand-by mode the console display will turn off. To turn the console on
press any key.
When initially powered on the console will perform an internal self-test. During this time all the
lights will turn on. When the lights go off, the dot matrix display will show a software version (i.e.:
VER 1.0) and the message window will display Odo , for Odometer, and a distance and hour
number. The odometer reading shows how many hours the elliptical has been used and how
many virtual miles the elliptical has gone.
The odometer will remain displayed for only a few seconds then the console will go to the start up
display. The dot matrix display will be scrolling through the different profiles of the programs and
the message window will be scrolling the start up message. You may now begin to use the
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Console Operation
Safety lock
When the elliptical is powered on the resistance at the pedals will be set to the very highest
setting. This is a safety feature that makes sure that you have a stable platform to stand on and
the footpads won t move suddenly while setting the console data. It also ensures that children
cannot operate the elliptical unsupervised and injure themselves by pedaling too fast.
You can turn this feature off and have the elliptical set to the lightest resistance at power-up by
entering the maintenance menu:
l Press and hold down the Start, Stop and Enter keys. Keep holding the keys down for
about 5 seconds and the message window will display ALTXXXX Engineering mode .
l Press the enter key. Scroll down the menu to Functions and press the enter key. Scroll
down to Safety and press the enter key to toggle the setting to OFF . Press the stop key
twice to exit to the start-up display.
Quick Start
This is the quickest way to start a workout. After the console powers up you just press the Start
key to begin, this will initiate the Quick Start mode. In Quick Start the Time will count up from zero
and the workload and Incline may be adjusted manually by pressing the Up or Down buttons. The
dot matrix display will have only the bottom row lit at first. As you increase the workload more rows
will light indicating a harder workout. The elliptical will get harder to pedal as the rows increase.
When you press the Incline buttons, the dot matrix display will switch to show the incline profile.
There will also be a blue LED light next to the matrix that is lit, indicating the Incline profile is being
displayed. You can press the Display button to scroll through the different matrix displays.
Basic information
The Message Window will initially be displaying Time and Distance information. On the bottom
left of the message window is a Display button. Each time this Display button is pressed the next
set of information will appear, four windows in all.
l Time and Distance
l Pulse and Calories (Kcal is shorthand for the standard measurement of nutritional calories)
l Speed in RPM and MPH
l Work Level and Watts (Watts is a measure of work. If the display reads 100 Watts, then you
are doing enough work to continuously light a 100 Watt light bulb.)
l Incline level
l Scan (If the Display button is pressed during the Level and Watts display the Scan light will
come on and the message window will show each set of data for four seconds then switch to
the next set of data in a continuous loop. Pressing the Display button again will bring you
back to the beginning).
To the right of the Dot matrix display is a Heart Icon and a Bar graph that shows your heart rate
as a percent of maximum. The XE Series Elliptical has a built in heart rate monitoring system.
Simply grasping the hand pulse sensors on the stationary handle bars, or wearing the heart rate
transmitter will start the Heart Icon blinking (this may take a few seconds). The Message Window
will display your heart rate, or Pulse, in beats per minute. The Bar Graph represents the
percentage of your maximum heart rate you are currently achieving. See page 22 for more
information about heart rate.
l NOTE: You must enter your age for the Bar Graph to be accurate. Refer to Heart Rate
section for details about these features and how they can help you work out more efficiently.
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The Stop/Reset button actually has several functions. Pressing the Stop/Reset key once during a
program will Pause the program for 5 minutes. If you need to get a drink, answer the phone or
any of the many things that could interrupt your workout, this is a great feature. To resume your
workout during Pause, just press the Start key. If the Stop/Reset button is pressed twice during a
workout the program will end and the console will return to the start up screen. If the Stop/Reset
key is held down for 5 seconds the console will perform a complete Reset. During data entry for a
program the Stop/Reset key performs a Previous Screen function. This allows you to go back
one step in the programming each time you press the Stop/Reset key.
Program Keys:
The program keys perform three different functions:
The Program Keys are used to preview each program. When you first turn the console on you
may press each program key to preview what the program profile looks like. If you decide that you
want to try a program, press the corresponding program key and then press the Enter key to
select the program and enter into the data-setting mode.
The program keys also act as a Numeric Key Pad when you are in the data-setting mode. Under
each program key is a number. If you are setting new data, such as Age, weight etc., you can use
these keys to enter the numbers quickly.
Finally, the program keys can be used as Quick keys for workload and incline settings anytime
after the Start key is pressed. The 5 keys on the left are for workload settings and the 4 keys on
the right are for incline settings (the key farthest to the right, HR2, is for the Auto-pilot function so it
does not operate as a quick key). When pressed, the Quick keys will allow you to jump directly to
an incline position or workload setting of 3, 6, 9 and 12 instantly (plus 15 for the workload only).
This function is not shown on the front panel so you need to try it out yourself to become familiar
with its operation.
The Elliptical has a built in heart rate monitoring system. Simply grasping the hand pulse sensors
on the stationary handle bars, or wearing the Polar heart rate transmitter, will start the Heart Icon
blinking (this may take a few seconds). The Pulse Display Window will display your heart rate, or
Pulse, in beats per minute.
The console includes a built-in fan to help keep you cool. To turn the fan on, flip the switch on the
right side of the console case.
Programming the console
Each of the programs can be customized with your personal information and changed to suit your
needs. Some of the information asked for is necessary to ensure the readouts are correct. You will
be asked for your Age and Weight. Entering your Age is necessary during the Heart Rate control
programs to ensure the correct settings are in the program for your Age. Otherwise the work
settings could be too high or low for you. Entering your Weight aides in calculating a more correct
Calorie reading. Although we cannot provide an exact calorie count we do want to be as close as
A message about Calories: Calorie readings on every piece of exercise equipment, whether it is
in a gym or at home, are not accurate and tend to vary widely. They are meant only as a guide to
monitor your progress from workout to workout. The only way to measure your calorie burn
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accurately is in a clinical setting connected to a host of machines. This is because every person is
different and burns calories at a different rate. Some good news is that you will continue to burn
calories at an accelerated rate for at least an hour after you have finished exercising!
Entering/Changing Settings
When you enter a program, by pressing a program key, then enter key, you have the option of
entering your own personal settings. If you want to workout without entering new settings then just
press the Start key. This will bypass the programming of data and take you directly to the start of
your workout. If you want to change the personal settings then just follow the instructions in the
message window. If you start a program without changing the settings the default, or saved,
settings will be used.
NOTE: Age and Weight default settings will change when you enter a new number. So the last
Age and Weight entered will be saved as the new default settings. If you enter your Age and
Weight the first time you use the Elliptical you will not have to enter it every time you work out
unless either your Age or Weight changes or someone else enters a different Age and Weight.
The Manual program works as the name implies, manually. This means that you control the
workload yourself and not the computer. To start the Manual program follow the instructions below
or just press the Manual button then the Enter button and follow the directions in the message
1. Press the Manual key then press the Enter key.
2. The message window will ask you to enter your Age. You may enter your Age, using the
Up and Down keys or the numeric key pad, then press the Enter key to accept the new
number and proceed on to the next screen.
3. You are now asked to enter your Weight. You may adjust the Weight number using the Up
and Down keys or the numeric key pad, then press enter to continue.
4. Next is Time. You may adjust the Time and press enter to continue.
5. Now you are finished editing the settings and can begin your workout by pressing the Start
key. You can also go back and modify your settings by pressing the Enter key. NOTE: At
any time during the editing of Data you can press the Stop key to go back one level, or
6. Once the program starts you will be at level one. This is the easiest level and it is a good
idea to stay at level one for a while to warm up. If you want to increase the work load at any
time press the Up key; the Down key will decrease the work-load.
7. During the Manual program you will be able to scroll through the data in the message
window by pressing the Enter key.
8. When the program ends you may press Start to begin the same program again or Stop to
exit the program or you can save the program you just completed as a custom user
program by pressing a User key and following the instructions in the message window.
Preset Programs
The Elliptical has five different programs that have been designed for a variety of workouts. These
five programs have factory preset workload and incline profiles for achieving different goals.
The Hill program simulates going up and down a hill. The resistance in the pedals will steadily
increase and then decrease during the program.
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Work Profile
Incline Profile
Fat Burn
The Fat Burn program is designed, as the name implies, to maximize the burning of fat. There
are many schools of thought on the best way to burn fat but most experts agree that a lower
exertion level that stays at a steady workload is the best. The absolute best way to burn fat is to
keep your heart rate at around 60% to 70% of its maximum potential. This program does not use
heart rate but simulates a lower, steady exertion workout.
Work Profile
Incline Profile
The Cardio program is designed to increase your Cardio vascular function. This is exercise for
your heart and lungs. It will build up your heart muscle and increase blood flow and lung capacity.
This is achieved by incorporating a higher level of exertion with slight fluctuations in work.
Work Profile
Incline Profile
The Strength program is designed to increase muscular strength in your lower body. This
program will steadily increase in resistance to a high level and then keeps you there. This is
designed to strengthen and tone your legs and glutes.
Work Profile
Incline Profile
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The Interval program takes you through high levels of intensity followed by periods of low intensity.
This program increases your endurance by depleting your oxygen level followed by periods of
recovery to replenish oxygen. Your cardio vascular system gets programmed to use oxygen more
efficiently this way.
Work Profile
Incline Profile
Programming Preset Programs:
1. Select the desired program button then press the Enter key.
2. The message window will ask you to enter your Weight. You may adjust the weight setting,
using the Up and Down keys, then press the Enter key to accept the new number and
proceed on to the next screen.
3. You are now asked to enter your Age. You may adjust the age number using the Up and
Down keys, then press enter to continue.
4. Next is Time. You may adjust the Time and press enter to continue.
5. Now you are asked to adjust the Max Level. This is the peak exertion level you will
experience during the program (at the top of the hill). Adjust the level and then press enter.
6. Next is the option to turn on or off the Incline profile. You can choose to turn the incline
profile off and just use the manual Incline switches during the program.
7. Now you are finished editing the settings and can begin your workout by pressing the Start
key. You can also go back and modify your settings by pressing the Stop key to go back one
level, or screen.
8. If you want to increase or decrease the workload at any time during the program press the Up
or Down key. This will change the workload settings of the entire profile, although the profile
picture on the screen will not change. The reason the profile picture does not change is so
that you can see the entire profile at all times. If the profile picture is changed, it also would
be distorted and not a true representation of the actual profile. When you make a change to
the workload, the message window will show the current column and program maximum
levels of work.
9. During the program you will be able to scroll through the data in the message window by
pressing the Enter key.
10. When the program ends the message window will show a summary of your workout. The
summary will be displayed for a short time, then the console will return to the start-up display.
Custom User Defined Programs
There are two customizable User programs that allow you to build and save your own workout.
The two programs, User 1 and User 2, operate exactly the same way so there is no reason to
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describe them separately. You can build your own custom program by following the instructions
below or you can save any other preset program you complete as a custom program. Both
programs allow you to further personalize it by adding your name.
1. Press the User 1 or User 2 key. The message window will show a welcome message. If you
had previously saved a program the message will contain your name. Then press the Enter
key to begin programming.
2. When you press enter, the message window will show Name A , if there is no name saved.
If the name David had been previously saved the message window will show Name
David and the D will be blinking. If there is a name saved you can change it or you may
press the Stop key to keep the name and continue to the next step. If you want to enter a
name use the Up and/or the Down key to change the first letter then press Enter to save the
first letter and continue to the next letter. When you have finished entering the name press
the Stop key to save the name and continue to the next step.
3. The message window will ask you to enter your Age. You may enter your Age, using the Up
and Down keys or the numeric key pad, then press the Enter key to accept the new number
and proceed on to the next screen.
4. You are now asked to enter your Weight. You may adjust the Weight number using the Up
and Down keys or the numeric key pad, then press enter to continue.
5. Next is Time. You may adjust the Time and press enter to continue.
6. Now you are asked to adjust the Max Level. This is the peak exertion level you will
experience during the program. The factory setting is level seven. Adjust the level and then
press enter.
7. Now the first column will be blinking and you are asked to adjust the workload level for the
first segment of the workout. When you finish adjusting the first segment, or if you don t want
to change, then press enter to continue to the next segment.
8. The next segment will show the same workload level as the previously adjusted segment.
Repeat the same process as the last segment then press enter. Continue this process until all
twenty segments have been set.
9. The first column will be blinking once more for building an Incline profile. Follow the same
procedure as in step 7 & 8 to build the Incline profile.
10. The message window will then tell you to press enter to save the program. After saving the
program the message window says New program saved then will give you the option to
Start or modify the program. Pressing Stop will exit to the start up screen.
Heart Rate programs
Before we get started, a word about Heart Rate:
The old motto, no pain, no gain , is a myth that has been overpowered by the benefits of
exercising comfortably. A great deal of this success has been promoted by the use of heart rate
monitors. With the proper use of a heart rate monitor, many people find that their usual choice of
exercise intensity was either too high or too low and exercise is much more enjoyable by
maintaining their heart rate in the desired benefit range.
To determine the benefit range in which you wish to train, you must first determine your Maximum
Heart Rate. This can be accomplished by using the following formula: 220 minus your age. This
will give you the Maximum heart rate (MHR) for someone of your age. To determine the effective
heart rate range for specific goals you simply calculate a percentage your MHR. Your Heart rate
training zone is 50% to 90% of your maximum heart rate. 60% of your MHR is the zone that burns
fat while 80% is for strengthening the cardio vascular system. This 60% to 80% is the zone to stay
in for maximum benefit.
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For someone who is 40 years old their target heart rate zone is calculated:
220 40 = 180 (maximum heart rate)
180 x .6 = 108 beats per minute (60% of maximum)
180 X .8 = 144 beats per minute (80% of maximum)
So for a 40 year old the training zone would be 108 to 144 beats per minute.
If you enter your age during programming the console will perform this calculation automatically.
Entering your age is used for the Heart Rate control programs. After calculating your Maximum
Heart Rate you can decide upon which goal you would like to pursue.
The two most popular reasons for, or goals, of exercise are cardiovascular fitness (training for the
heart and lungs) and weight control. The black columns on the chart below represent the
Maximum Heart Rate for a person whose age is listed at the bottom of each column. The heart
rate training zone, for either cardiovascular fitness or weight loss is represented by two different
diagonal lines in the chart. A definition of the line s goal is in the bottom left-hand corner of the
chart. If your goal is cardiovascular fitness or if it is weight loss, it can be achieved by training at
90% or 70%, respectively, of your Maximum Heart Rate on a schedule approved by your
physician. Consult your physician before participating in any exercise program.
With all Spirit Heart Rate Control Ellipticalss you may use the heart rate monitor feature without
using the Heart Rate Control program. This function can be used during manual mode or during
any of the nine different programs. The Heart Rate Control program automatically controls
resistance at the pedals.
Rate of
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Heart rate is important but listening to your body also has a lot of advantages. There are more
variables involved in how hard you should workout than just heart rate. Your stress level, physical
health, emotional health, temperature, humidity, the time of day, the last time you ate and what
you ate, all contribute to the intensity at which you should workout. If you listen to your body, it will
tell you all of these things.
The rate of perceived exertion (RPE), also know as the Borg scale, was developed by Swedish
physiologist G.A.V. Borg. This scale rates exercise intensity from 6 to 20 depending upon how you
feel or the perception of your effort.
The scale is as follows:
Rating Perception of Effort
6 Minimal
7 Very, very light
8 Very, very light +
9 Very light
10 Very light +
11 Fairly light
12 Comfortable
13 Somewhat hard
14 Somewhat hard +
15 Hard
16 Hard +
17 Very hard
18 Very hard +
19 Very, very hard
20 Maximal
You can get an approximate heart rate level for each rating by simply adding a zero to each rating.
For example a rating of 12 will result in an approximate heart rate of 120 beats per minute. Your
RPE will vary depending up the factors discussed earlier. That is the major benefit of this type of
training. If your body is strong and rested, you will feel strong and your pace will feel easier. When
your body is in this condition, you are able to train harder and the RPE will support this. If you are
feeling tired and sluggish, it is because your body needs a break. In this condition, your pace will
feel harder. Again, this will show up in your RPE and you will train at the proper level for that day.
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Using a Heart Rate Transmitter
How to wear your wireless chest strap transmitter:
1. Attach the transmitter to the elastic strap using the locking parts.
2. Adjust the strap as tightly as possible as long as the strap is not too tight to remain comfortable.
3. Position the transmitter with the Polar logo centered in the middle of your body facing away
from your chest (some people must position the transmitter slightly left of center). Attach the
final end of the elastic strap by inserting the round end and, using the locking parts, secure the
transmitter and strap around your chest.
4. Position the transmitter immediately below the pectoral muscles.
5. Sweat is the best conductor to measure very minute heart beat electrical signals. However,
plain water can also be used to pre-wet the electrodes (2 black square areas on the reverse
side of the belt and either side of transmitter). It s also recommended that you wear the
transmitter strap a few minutes before your work out. Some users, because of body chemistry,
have a more difficult time in achieving a strong, steady signal at the beginning. After warming
up , this problem lessens. As noted, wearing clothing over the transmitter/strap doesn t affect
6. Your workout must be within range - distance between transmitter/receiver to achieve a
strong steady signal. The length of range may vary somewhat but generally stay close enough
to the console to maintain good, strong, reliable readings. Wearing the transmitter immediately
against bare skin assures you of proper operation. If you wish, you may wear the transmitter
over a shirt. To do so, moisten the areas of the shirt that the electrodes will rest upon.
Erratic Operation:
Caution! Do not use this Elliptical for Heart Rate Control unless a steady, solid Actual
Heart Rate value is being displayed. High, wild, random numbers being displayed indicate
a problem.
Areas to look at for interference, which may cause erratic heart rate:
(1) Microwave ovens, TVs, small appliances, etc.
(2) Fluorescent lights.
(3) Some household security systems.
(4) Perimeter fence for a pet.
(5) Some people have problems with the transmitter picking up a signal from their skin. If you
have problems try wearing the transmitter upside down. Normally the transmitter will be
oriented so the Polar logo is right side up.
(6) The antenna that picks up your heart rate is very sensitive. If there is an outside noise source,
turning the whole machine 90 degrees may de-tune the interference.
(7) If you continue to experience problems contact your dealer.
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Heart Rate Control Program 1 & 2 (HR 1, HR 2) operation
Both programs operate the same, the only difference is that HR 1 is set to 60% and HR 2 is set to
80% of maximum heart rate. They both are programmed the same way.
To start the HR 1 or HR 2 programs follow the instructions below or just press the HR 1 or HR 2
button then the Enter button and follow the directions in the message window.
1. Press the HR 1 or HR 2 key then press the Enter key.
2. The message window will ask you to enter your Age. You may enter your Age, using the Up
and Down keys or the numeric key pad, then press the Enter key to accept the new number
and proceed on to the next screen.
3. You are now asked to enter your Weight. You may adjust the Weight number using the Up
and Down keys or the numeric key pad, then press enter to continue.
4. Next is Time. You may adjust the Time and press enter to continue.
5. Now you are asked to adjust the Heart rate Level. This is the heart rate level you will
experience during the program. Adjust the level and then press enter.
6. Now you are finished editing the settings and can begin your workout by pressing the Start
key. You can also go back and modify your settings by pressing the Enter key. NOTE: At any
time during the editing of Data you can press the Stop key to go back one level, or screen.
7. If you want to increase or decrease the workload at any time during the program press the Up
or Down key. This will allow you to change your target heart rate at any time during the
8. During the HR 1 or HR 2 programs you will be able to scroll through the data in the message
window by pressing the adjacent Display key.
9. When the program ends you may press Start to begin the same program again or Stop to exit
the program or you can save the program you just completed as a custom user program by
pressing a User key and following the instructions in the message window.
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1. Wipe down all areas in the sweat path with a damp cloth after each workout.
2. If a squeak, thump, clicking or rough feeling develops the main cause is most likely one of two
The hardware was not sufficiently tightened during assembly. All bolts that were
installed during assembly need to be tightened as much as possible. It may be
necessary to use a larger wrench than the one provided if you cannot tighten the
bolts sufficiently. I cannot stress this point enough; 90% of calls to the service
department for noise issues can be traced to loose hardware or the rear rails being
Dirt build-up on the rear rails and polyurethane wheels are also a source of noise.
Noise from build-up on the rails can cause a thumping sound that you would swear
is coming from inside the main body of the machine because noise travels, and is
amplified, in the tubing of the frame. Clean the rails and wheels with a lint free cloth
and rubbing alcohol. Stubborn build-up can be removed with your thumbnail or a
non-metallic scraper, like the back edge of a plastic knife. After cleaning, apply a
small amount of lubricant on the rails with your fingers or a lint free cloth. You only
need a thin coat of lubrication, wipe off any excess.
3. If squeaks or other noises persist, check that the unit is properly leveled. There are 4 leveling
pads on the bottom of the rear rails, use a 14mm wrench (or adjustable wrench) to adjust the
Maintenance Menu in console software:
The console has built in maintenance/diagnostic software. The software will allow you to change
the console settings from English to Metric and turn off the beeping of the speaker when a key is
pressed for example. To enter the Maintenance menu (may be called Engineering mode,
depending on version) press and hold down the Start, Stop and Enter keys. Keep holding the keys
down for about 5 seconds and the message window will display ALTXXXX Engineering mode .
Press the enter button to access the menu below:
a. Key test (will allow you to test all the keys to make sure they are functioning)
b. Display test (tests all the display functions)
c. Functions (Press enter to access settings)
i. Sleep mode (Turn on to have the console power down automatically after
20 minutes of inactivity)
ii. Pause Mode (Turn on allow 5 minutes of pause, turn off to have the
console pause indefinitely)
iii. ODO reset (reset the odometer)
iv. Units (Set to English or Metric display readings)
v. Beep (Turn on or off the beep when a key is pressed)
vi. Motor test (Press enter to run the workload motor up and down in a
continuous loop. Display shows level setting and position sensor reading.
Press stop to end test.)
vii. Safety (On = workload set to level 20 on power-up)
d. Security (Allows you to lock the keypad so no unauthorized use is allowed.
When the security lock is on, press the Start and Enter key together to unlock)
Calibration: If the console shows an error for the incline/ramp, re-calibrating the system may
resolve the problem. Press and hold the Start & work level UP keys for 5 seconds. The message
window will show Calibration ; press enter. The calibration process is automatic and the system
will restart when finished.
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Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty
Effective October 15, 2007
Spirit Manufacturing Inc. warrants all its elliptical parts for a period listed below, from the date of retail sale as determined by sale receipt, or in the
absence of a sales receipt eighteen (18) months from the original factory shipping date, whichever comes first. Spirit s responsibilities include
providing new or remanufactured parts, at Spirit s option, and technical support to our independent dealers and servicing organizations. In the
absence of a dealer or service organization, these warranties will be administered by Spirit directly to a consumer. The warranty period applies to
the following components:
Home use
Frame weldments
1 Year
All Other Components
Brake & incline motor
10 Years
This warranty applies only to products in ordinary household use, and the consumer is responsible for the items listed below:
1. The warranty registration card must be completed and returned to the address listed on the card within 10 days of the original purchase to
validate the manufacturer s limited warranty.
2. Proper use of the elliptical in accordance with the instructions provided in this manual
3. Proper installation by an authorized Spirit service company in accordance with instructions provided with the elliptical and with all local electric
4. Proper connection to a grounded power supply of sufficient voltage, replacement of blown fuses, repair of loose connections or defects in house
5. Expenses for making the elliptical accessible for servicing, including any item that was not part of the elliptical at the time it was shipped from the
6. Damages to the elliptical finish during shipping, installation or following installation.
This warranty does not cover the following:
Note: Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so this limitation or
exclusion may not apply to you.
2. Service call reimbursement to the consumer. Service call reimbursement to the dealer that does not involve malfunction or
defects in workmanship or material, for units that are beyond the warranty period, for units that are beyond the service call
reimbursement period, for elliptical not requiring component replacement, or elliptical not in ordinary household use.
3. Damages caused by services performed by persons other than authorized Spirit service companies; use of parts other than original
Spirit parts; or external causes such as alterations, modifications, abuse, misuse, accident, improper maintenance, inadequate power supply, or
acts of God.
4. Products with original serial numbers that have been removed or altered.
5. Products that have been sold, transferred, bartered, or given to a third party.
6. Products that do not have a warranty registration card on file at Spirit Mfg. Spirit reserves the right to request proof of
purchase if no warranty record exists for the product.
Keep your bill of sale. Twelve (12) months from the date on the bill of sale or eighteen (18) months from the date of factory
shipping as determined by the serial number establishes the warranty period should service be required. If service is performed,
it is in your best interest to obtain and keep all receipts. This written warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have
other rights that vary from state to state. Service under this warranty must be obtained by following these steps, in order:
1. Contact your selling authorized Spirit dealer. OR
2. Contact your local authorized Spirit service organization.
3. If there is a question as to where to obtain service, contact our service department at (870) 935-1107.
4. If no local service is available, Spirit will repair or replace the parts, at Spirit s option, within the warranty period at no charge
for parts. All transportation costs, both to our factory and upon return to the owner, are the responsibility of the owner. The owner is responsible for
adequate packaging upon return to Spirit. Spirit is not responsible for damages in shipping. Make all freight damage claims with the appropriate
return authorization number will be refused.
5. For any further information, or to contact our service department by mail, send your correspondence to:
Spirit Manufacturing, Inc.
P.O. Box 2037
Jonesboro, AR 72402-2037
Product features or specifications as described or illustrated are subject to change without notice. All warranties are made by
Spirit Manufacturing, Inc. This warranty applies only in the 50 states of the U.S.A.
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