Teeter FreeStep Recumbent Cross Trainer Review

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by Your Exercise Bike • Updated: February 25, 2021

Teeter FreeStep REcumbent Cross Trainer, unlike regular recumbent bikes, provide a full body workout. While we usually get bored after 20 minutes of recumbent exercise, with the FreeStep recumbent by Teeter you will hardly want to leave the machine.

This cardio machine is designed to offer total body zero impact workout. Unlike other types of exercise bikes where you can only your lower body, with Teeter Freestep recumbent you can use your upper and lower body.

Therefore, you will burn more calories and improve your overall health quicker and better. You also have the option to workout only your lower body like you would do on a recumbent bike.

We were recently asked if the Teeter recumbent bike is good for senior users, and the answer to that is yes. This indoor fitness machine has low-impact and the backrest to support you throughout the workout.

However, it’s not as easy to mount as the recumbent exercise bikes. The frame is not step through so, you would need to actually get on the machine.

Teeter Freestep recumbent overview

Teeter FreeStep Recumbent Cross Trainer and Elliptical overview

One of our most favorite and best seller recumbent bikes is the Teeter Recumbent bike. It came out early 2018 and has already established an excellent reputation and received great consumer ratings.

To this date, January 2019, pretty much every single buyer has given this home recumbent workout machine 5-star ratings, many of whom are our readers.

Featuring silent magnetic resistance, large soft pedals, adjustable handlebars, cushioned seat and tilt adjustable backrest, the Teeter worths every penny. Some home exercise machines that offer the same exercise are $2000+. Read more about Teeter recumbent cross-trainer below.

Seat and backrest

Teeter FreeStep Recumbent Seat

The Teeter Freestep recumbent machine has soft and comfortable adjustable seat to accommodate users of all heights.

So, if you are short, average and short, you will still find an optimal workout position.

As far as the backrest goes, it’s well cushioned, wide and it’s 3-position reclining adjustable.

So, you can lean back and do a relaxed cardio workout or lean a bit forward and do a more intense home exercise.

The adjustment allows you to position your body for optimal posture, muscle engagement, and comfort.

Handlebars and pedals

Teeter FreeStep Cross Trainer pedals and handlebar

In terms of movement, the Teeter exercise machine offers a smooth linear stepping pedal motion. And since it’s not circular, it has less impact on the knees compared to recumbent bikes.

The pedals are very large and anti-slip with safety edges to keep your feet in place. But what we like the most is the handlebars, they Mare vertically adjustable to allow all members of the family to do a low impact exercise regardless of their height.

There are two handlebars at the back of the seat to allow you to do lower body workout alone. So, if you don’t feel doing a total body workout, you have the option to do only a lower body workout. Both sets of handlebars on this home exercise machine for seniors have cushioned to absorb the sweat and offer better grips.

Resistance

Teeter FreeStep Recumbent Elliptical resistance

This recumbent cross trainer by Teeter features a silent magnetic resistance that is applied to the handlebars and the pedals at the same time. The fact that the resistance is applied to lower and upper body makes this machine much better than expensive similar recumbent bikes that offer resistance to pedal only.

Another well-thought feature of Teeter FreeStep is the resistance adjustment lever. It’s located next to the seat so you don’t need to bend forward to reach adjustment lever.

You can change resistance while you are leaning back. The resistance is adjusted through a dial, so there aren’t specific resistance levels. It’s strong enough to create a challenging workout for all fitness levels.

Drive Mechanism

The Teeter FreeStep Recumbent Cross Trainer features a rear-drive patented stride which eases joint strain. It also comes with whisper quiet technology to allow you to conveniently exercise indoors watching your favorite TV program without bothering your partner.

As far as the linage system/joints go, they are friction-free. So, they don’t make noise and offer long-lasting performance.

Frame

Teeter home exercise machine features Commercial-Grade Engineering and durable frame that can take up to 300-lb user weight. The frame includes adjustable feet levelers at the back and anti-scratch feet in front.

There are also two transport wheels built into the back of the frame for convenient transport. The frame of Teeter recumbent machine also comes with water bottle holder and a table holder.

The bottle holder is beneath the seat so it’s easy to access to your bottle during workout. As far as the size of this home exercise machine goes, the footprint is smaller than regular recumbent bikes. It’s 54″L x 52.5″H x 38″W.

Computer Features

The computer is very basic non-backlit that runs with batteries so you can’t expect wireless connection, programs, speakers and few other bells and whistles.

However, you can track all the necessary workout progress data. Teeter FreeStep allows you to monitor your time, distance, speed, and calories burned.

Assembly and Shipping

Yes, it does require assembly which might take around 1 hour and requires two people. Some tools are also included but you may want to keep yours handy as well.

However, if you are not really patient or aren’t good with the tools, we recommend you spend the extra $80 and have it assembled professionally.

Teeter Freestep full body recumbent cross trainer comes with FREE shipping which depending on your location it can take anywhere from 3 to 10 days.

Most-Favorites:

  • Total body workout
  • Magnetic resistance applied on handlebars and pedals
  • cushioned adjustable seat and backrest
  • Commercial quality engineering
  • Unbeatable in terms of price compared to competitors
  • Whisper stride system
  • Friction-free joints
  • Patented Stride that Eases Joint Strain
  • 300 Pounds user weight support
  • Convenient for all fitness levels including seniors

Least-Favorite:

  • Not compatible with chest strap
  • Doesn’t have pulse sensors
  • Basic computer

Teeter FreeStep Recumbent Cross Trainer – Specs:

  • Height: 52.5″
  • Length: 54″
  • Width: 38
  • Warranty: 1-Year / 90-Day Limited Warranty
  • Assembly Tools: Included
  • Power Source: Battery
  • Heart Rate Reader: No

Last Word

With 35+ Years of experience in Fitness industry, the Teeter is specialized in superior-quality back pain relief products. The Teeter FreeStep recumbent bike is a seated Low-Impact Cardio Exercise machine with patented stride that eases joint Strain.

It feature a fluid ergonomic stride designed to protect your lower body joints. This zero impact cardio machine eliminates the risk of injury-inducing knee shear caused by typical cardio machines with circular bike motions.

The recumbent design allows you to train in the comfortable seated position to eliminate the stress on your joints and back while still delivering a full fat-burning cardio workout.

Overall this recumbent machine is a great value for the money. You can burn calories and build strength working on your biceps, triceps, back muscles and quads using the Teeter FreeStep recumbent cross trainer.

It’s also an excellent choice for individuals looking to buy a gift for their parents to keep them active and healthy.

9.8 Total Score

The Teeter FreeStep Recumbent Cross Trainer is perfect for stress-free home exercising. This total body workout cardio machine offers zero-impact and strength workout. You get the calorie-burning benefits of ellipticals, treadmills, and also steppers while comfortably seated.

Teeter FreeStep Recumbent Cross Trainer Elliptical
9.8
User Rating: 3.04 (46 votes)

9 Comments
  1. It is a new on the market machine so I have to wonder how longi it will aast before something breaks!

  2. Reply
    Hedy van Engeldorp Gastelaars March 6, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    SORRY MY ENGLISH IS NOT SO GOOD. I’ll like the teeter freestep from $799,00. I’ll like to buy one
    But you do not send it. To Holland?

    • Hi Hedy, thanks for stopping by.

      I believe it can be arranged, if you contact the company directly.

      You can email them or start a live chat through their website (Teeter.com.)

      Good luck,

      • What are the good differences of this compared to the soul cycle?

        • Hi Hattie
          SoulCycle is a spin bike which is perfect for individuals who have good balance and don’t have back, knee or ankle (joints) problem. They can offer a more intense workout and give quicker results compared to recumbent cross-trainers (teeter).

          Teeter is an excellent machine for those who prefer a more relaxed workout with less impact. Its large seat and wide backrest provide the kind of support that you wouldn’t get from Soulcycle or any other spin bike.

          What sets the Teeter apart from other exercise bikes is the full-body workout it offers. On a spin bike (soul cycle), you can’t achieve the upper body workout that you would get from the Teeter.

          I hope it answered your question

  3. I’m very disappointed in in this machine. it is more of an elliptical and not a back and should not be listed as a bike it doesn’t work all the muscles that a bicycle would work and needs to work. you need both upper and lower back muscles to be worked as long as full leg muscles not just the quads. Because this was listed as a recumbent bike it was given to me as a gift. I’m very disappointed and would write this the one if it would let me go back to change the Stars I feel like the company lied they’re calling it a bike which it clearly is not. it looks like I will have to go back to the gym sooner than I thought.

  4. We have called, emailed and researched the teeter freestyle rebumbent bike. No one can ell us the unit of speed measurement on the data screen on the bike.

    • Hello Pat, sorry for the late response and thanks for dropping by

      When you begin to pedal, the Console will display readings based on your performance, showing the time in seconds (TMR), calories burned (CAL), distance in miles (DST), and speed in miles per hour (SPD)

      I hope it helps

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