When initially powered on, the console will perform an internal self-test. During this time, all the lights will turn on. When the lights switch off, the Dot Matrix Message Center will show the software version. The LED Data Display Windows show the distance in miles and the total hours of use.
The odometer will remain displayed for only a few seconds and then the console will go to the "Start Up" display. The Dot Matrix Message Center will scroll through the different profiles of the programs. You may now begin to use the console.
Your console is equipped with a CSAFE feature. The power (POWER) port can be used for powering a remote controlled audio-visual system by connecting a cable from the remote to the power port at the back of the console. The communication port (COMM) can be used to interact with fitness software applications.
Programming the Console
Each of the preset 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 (age, weight).
During the heart rate control programs, your age and weight are necessary to ensure a more correct calorie reading. Learn more about your machine's calorie counting measurement.
After the console powers up, press the START key to initiate the "Quick Start" program. While in Quick Start, the time will count up from zero, all workout data will start to accrue and the workload may be adjusted manually by pressing the level up and down buttons.
The console display matrix will show just the bottom row lit. As you increase the workload, more rows will light indicating a harder workout. The elliptical will get harder to pedal as the rows increase. The console display matrix has 24 columns of lights. Each column represents 1 minute. At the end of the 24th column (or 24 minutes of work), the display will wrap around and start at the first column again.
There are 20 levels of resistance, displayed as 10 rows of lights, available for plenty of variety. The first 5 levels are very easy workloads, and the changes between levels are set to a good progression for de-conditioned users. Levels 5-10 are more challenging but the increases from one level to the next remain small. Levels 10-15 start get tough as the levels jump more dramatically. Levels 15-20 are extremely hard and are good for short interval peaks and elite athletic training.
Stride Length Adjustment
The CE850 has a unique adjustable stride length feature that will further increase the variety of your workouts. When the stride setting is at its lowest (shortest) position, the stride length is 18 inches. This setting is used when pedaling slowly, during quick bursts at very high resistance, and to closely simulate a walking motion. The highest (longest) setting is 24 inches and closely simulates the longer stride of a running motion.
The stride adjustment can also be used to select a stride length that is comfortable for you. The stride length can also be computer controlled in some programs. The stride length can be controlled by buttons on the left swing arm and also can be automatically adjusted during the built-in workout programs.
The display will automatically turn off (go to sleep) after 30 minutes of inactivity. This function is called sleep mode. In sleep mode, the elliptical will power down most everything except for a minimum of circuitry for detecting button presses and the safety button so it will start up again if these are activated.