York Active 120 Cross Trainer

York Active 120 Cross Trainer Review

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The York Active 120 cross trainer is the next step up from the popular York Active 110, with several important improvements.

Now with double the resistance levels and an additional 14 workout programs, the following product article takes a look at this cross trainer in a bit more detail.

Design features

York Active 120 Cross Trainer

Although the basic design of the York Active 120 cross trainer is relatively simple, there are still a few features to be aware of before buying.

One of the most important things to consider when buying a new cross trainer is the length of the stride when cross training. For taller users, if the stride length is too short then this will restrict the running speed and effectiveness of their workouts.

With a stride length of 12 inches, this cross trainer is best suited to anyone between 5ft and 5ft 6ins. If you are looking to buy a new cross trainer but don’t think this stride length will be long enough, the York Perform 230 features a 19 inch stride length which is much better suited to taller users.

Back to the York Active 120 and the shorter handlebars have been fitted with heart rate hand sensors, which are useful for measuring your heart rate when performing the fitness test, or when training using one of the heart rate control programs.

In case you are positioning the cross trainer over slightly uneven ground, you can use the two height adjusters fitted to the rear stabilizer to keep the equipment stable.

Comparisons with the York Active 110

Resistance levels
Workout programs
User weight limit
Flywheel size
Stride length
Hand pulse sensors

York Active 110 Cross Trainer


York Active 120 Cross Trainer


Ease of assembly

As with the other cardio equipment in the York Active range, the user manual features a step-by-step guide for how each of the parts need to be assembled, together with a complete parts list and assembly tools.

With the base unit, flywheel housing, and foot plate support bars already pre-assembled, the remaining setup only requires 6 steps, each complete with exploded drawings.

With the main assembly being around building the vertical frame support for attaching the display console and handlebars, the rest of the steps are very straightforward, making assembly possible in less than 30 minutes.

York Active 120 Cross Trainer

York Active 120 Cross Trainer – Features Summary

  • 16 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Hand pulse sensors
  • 18 workout programs
  • 110kg max user weight

Display console design

York Active 120 Cross Trainer

If you have experience of using York Fitness cardio equipment such as the Active 120 exercise bike then you will probably already be familiar with the design of the display console.

Essentially the console has been split up into 3 main sections; the 5.75″ display screen, a visual representation of each of the preset workout programs, and the main function buttons for starting your workouts and switching through the different modes.

The LCD screen is large enough to be split into a few different sections, each displaying important workout information such as time, distance, calories burned, heart rate, and speed.

While the number of buttons has been kept to a minimum, they have still been designed to be as aesthetically pleasing as possible, with a light blue glow created around each.

As well as the standard ‘Start/Stop’, ‘Mode’, and ‘Up/Down’ buttons, the York Active 120 cross trainer also features a ‘Body Fat’ option (for calculating your BMI %) and a ‘Recovery’ option.

The ‘Recovery’ acts as a form of fitness test, measuring how quickly your heart rate returns to normal after a workout and provides you with a fitness score based on the results.

Workout programs

With 18 different workout programs to choose from, the majority of these are preset and designed to meet different training goals and fitness levels.

If you prefer to workout using an interval training program (periods of low intensity workout interspersed with periods of higher intensity), the York Active 120 cross trainer features 2 programs with varying degrees of difficulty.

Aside from the 12 preset workout programs you also have the option of working out using one of the heart rate control (HRC) programs.

These allow you to set the target heart rate range as a percentage of your maximum heart rate, with the cross trainer automatically adjusting the resistance level to keep you around this target.

There is also the option of the ‘Manual’ program, which offers you the most freedom with your workout, prompting you to set a target time, distance, or calories burned target and working towards that target at your own pace.

York Active 120 Cross Trainer

The York Active 120 cross trainer is ideal for shorter users with its 12″ stride length and compact size. This 7kg (15.4lbs) flywheel provides smooth workouts and offers an impressive choice of 16 resistance levels.

Additionally, a standard multifunctional console with large 5.75″ LCD monitor offers a choice between 18 motivating workout programmes, including 12 pre-set, 1 user, 1 manual and 4 HRC programmes.

Finally, the built-in hand pulse sensors provide heart rate measurement and ergonomically designed arms enhance comfort of training.

Update September 2021

This product is no longer available for purchase online. To find current alternatives, please see the recent reviews of Cross Trainers.

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