HCI Fitness PhysioStep LTD Recumbent Elliptical Review

HCI Fitness PhysioStep LTD Recumbent Elliptical Review

The PhysioStep LTD recumbent cross trainer by HCI Fitness recumbent aims to provide a simple yet powerful cardio workout for your lower as well as upper body. The sitting position is recumbent, which combined with smooth elliptical motion renders great sturdiness to the trainer.

The special arm motion is ascending in nature and offers bilinear resistance with its rotating and user-friendly hand-grips. Also, you can position your hand at the desired angle using the trainer’s quick release lever. Read PhysioStep LTD recumbent cross trainer 2019 review to know in detail about its functioning.

Best Suited to Whom?

If you want a cross trainer for your personal use or light commercial purposes, then PhysioStep LTD is the product to look out for. Since you can fully adjust the trainer’s seat, backrest and arms, it caters to a large number of users ranging from physically fit to physically challenged.

HCI Fitness PhysioStep LTD Recumbent Elliptical Assembly, Design & Build Quality


Partial assembly of the trainer is already done before the delivery. The package comes with the required tools and a manual which provides you with the step by step instructions of assembling the remaining parts – arms, seat and the display. This, in turn, helps you to assemble the trainer easily and without any hassles.

Design and Build Quality

The frame of the exercise bike is sturdy and robust which helps in keeping the trainer stable even during vigorous and powerful workouts. The rotating handles and the seat are fully adjustable which makes it suitable for a vast range of users.

The pedals of the trainer come equipped with heal cups and ergo straps so that you use the trainer comfortably without getting exhausted.

HCI Fitness PhysioStep LTD Recumbent Elliptical Features

1. Seat – The trainer has a very comfortable reclining seat with a contour, which is fully adjustable at 14 different positions (forward and backward).

2. Console – The LCD display is very user-friendly and gives you feedback about the Distance, Speed, RPM, Time, WATTS, Pulse, Resistance, and Calories in a simple and readable format.

3. Stepping Motion – The stepping motion of PhysioStep LTD-500 is semi-elliptical in nature which combined with straightforward walkthrough design helps you enjoy a workout with a low impact.

4. Handles –  The exercise bike comes with fully adjustable and rotating handles. You can even set your hand at the desired angle with the help of quick release lever.

5. Resistance Levels – PhysioStep LTD-500 comes with 16 different resistance levels. Various resistance levels correspond to the varying intensity of the workout and can be easily selected by the user according to his preference.

6. Heart Rate Monitoring – The seat handles of the trainer come with inbuilt contact heart rate monitoring; this helps measure the heart rate of the user accurately during the workout.

7. Pedals – The large pedals have a sure-grip diamond plate texture and come with ergo foot straps which provide great comfort to the users.

8. Stride – The stride of the trainer is Semi-Elliptical Motion; this provides the advantage of a low-intensity workout, even as both the upper and lower body are exercised.

9. Power – The trainer works with AC 110V-220V and shuts down automatically after 15 minutes of the inactive period, thereby helping conserve energy during periods of nonusage.

HCI Fitness PhysioStep LTD Recumbent Elliptical Workout Programs

HCI Fitness brand PhysioStep LTD-500 comes with 17 inbuilt workout programs such as Manual, Valley, Rolling, Ramp, Fat Burn, Intervals, Mountain, Target HR, Body Fat, WATT Control, 4 Custom, HRC 60%, HRC 75%, HRC 85%. Depending on the choice of the workout program.

The various attributes of a workout session (duration, intensity, muscles exercised etc.) vary, thereby providing the user with abundant choices.

HCI Fitness PhysioStep LTD Recumbent Elliptical Warranty

The frame of the trainer comes with a lifetime warranty; mechanical and electronic parts have a three-year warranty period.

HCI Fitness PhysioStep LTD Recumbent Elliptical Pros & Cons


  • Seat adjustment at 14 different positions makes the trainer comfortable to ride on.
  • Adjustable and rotating handles help you to use the bike with great ease.
  • The LCD display is very user-friendly.


  • Nonfolding nature of the cross trainer results in a relatively large footprint.


The PhysioStep LTD-500 is all-around exercise equipment, and one of the best Compact Ellipticals, offering cardio workout of total body (upper as well as lower body) to its users.

The trainer has a solid and long-lasting built and comes with a healthy warranty period. It is not only comfortable and compact but also has a price under 2500$, making it ideal for light commercial or home use.