Thinking about a Nordictrack Incline Trainer? Wondering if it’s right for you?
Nordictrack produced one of the first incline trainer treadmills about 7 years ago and it took off like a rocket.
It’s not hard to see why.
It was a much more affordable alternative to the Bowflex Treadclimber. Plus you could run on it (unlike the Treadclimber which had shorter belts and lower speed limits).
The other advantage?
You could burn more calories on it than a traditional treadmill (or a Treadclimber).
In fact, according to tests done by the manufacturer, you can burn up to 5 times more calories on an incline trainer than a standard treadmill.
So if you want to see faster results from your fitness equipment, this might be a great option for you.
But it’s not all unicorns and rainbows – there are a few drawbacks you should know as well.
With that in mind, this post will give you a rundown of the pros and cons of the Nordictrack Incline Trainer.
Nordictrack Incline Trainer Review – Pros
#1 Burn Calories Faster
This is obviously the top benefit of the high incline trainer. With inclines of 0 – 40%, the trainer recruits more lower body muscles (which are calorie hogs) and you incinerate calories.
You can burn up to 5 times the calories as a regular treadmill – which means you can also save a LOT of time working out.
In fact, the Nordictrack Incline Trainer works so well, that the TV show “The Biggest Loser” used incline trainers for their contestants to help them lose weight faster.
#2 You Can Run Or Walk
Unlike the Treadclimber, you can walk as well as run on these treadmills. You can use them as a regular treadmill really – just with the option to add in a high incline if you want it.
You can also use the train for HIIT workouts (or High Intensity Interval Training). These are all the rage today as they’ve been proven to help you burn more calories in less time than a steady state workout.
#3 iFit Coach
Nordictrack makes their incline trainers iFit compatible. iFit Coach can basically take your treadmill up to a whole new level of training.
You can download endless new workouts where you can run trails all over the world from Hawaii to Paris. You can also participate in Live fitness classes right from your console.
iFit also tracks your workout stats online to help you set goals and show you how far you’ve come over time – which can be very motivating!
#4 Get Extra Crosstraining with Decline
In addition to the extra-high incline you also get extra crosstraining on these machines with the decline feature. You get up to 6% decline (on the X9 model), which is amazing.
And the trainer works with iFit to incline and decline to match the actual terrain you’re walking for some virtual reality fun.
So those are some of the main pros of the Nordictrack Incline Trainer – what about the cons?
Nordictrack Incline Trainer Review – Cons
#1 Does Not Fold
Because of the limits of the high incline design, these trainers don’t fold up. They are fairly heavy machines and can be hard to move.
The best thing to do is plan out where you want your trainer to go before it arrives at your house. Then don’t plan on moving it much (or at least enlist the help of a few strong friends).
#2 iFit Subscription
While you don’t need iFit coach (it’s optional), if you want to try iFit out, you’ll need to purchase an online subscription from the Manufacturer (about £79 a year).
Which Nordictrack Incline Trainer Should You Choose?
There are currently two different models of incline trainers – the Nordictrack X7 and the Nordictrack X9. The X7 is the most affordable model with a simpler console and not as many bells and whistles as the X9 model.
The X9 has a stronger motor and a full color console with web browser.
It also has a deeper decline (6% vs 3%) although the incline is the same on both models. For a full comparison, you can see my comparison of these two models here.
Which one is better? This really comes down to your budget and preferences. However if your main goal is to lose weight, tone up and get in shape faster than a standard treadmill, the incline trainer is one of your best options!
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