NordicTrack Commercial
VR25 Recumbent
Bike Review






The NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Recumbent allows the user to exercise in an almost lying down or recumbent position. The padded seat has a lumbar support and the user operates the pedals with their legs stretched out in front of them.

The arrangement of the seat and pedals on this type of exercise bike puts less stress on the joints than an upright bike. This makes it ideally suited to people who are out of condition or who are recovering from an injury although all users will benefit from using it.

The bike has 35 challenging programs consisting of 12 calorie, 12 intensity and 11 performance workouts. Additionally there are 26 digital resistance levels which can be selected from a button on the control console to help you burn more calories or tone up.

The bike is iFIT enabled with the iFIT unit already built-in. Using Google Map technology the iFIT facility greatly enhances the workout experience. Train with Jillian Michaels, and receive workout downloads. This feature requires a subscription to iFIT.com which is sold separately.

Other highlights include: web enabled touch screen, Silent Magnetic Resistance braking, CardioGrip heart rate monitor, wireless chest strap, workout cooling fan, tablet computer holder, and a sound system with iPOD / MP3 connectivity.

The machine is covered by a warranty which offers a Lifetime warranty on the frame and brake with 3 years parts and 1 year labor.

It's available at a discounted price from NordicTrack

Here's a list of the main features:




... control console

The console houses the controls necessary for the operation of the bike including buttons to select the various workout programs (calorie, intensity or performance), resistance level selection, switch on the workout fan and adjust the volume of the audio speakers.

There is a further bank of buttons which can be used with the optional iFIT features for users that choose to subscribe to the iFIT service.

A web-enabled, touch screen display at the top of the console provides the user with feed back on their workout, while a fan at the bottom generates a  cooling air stream.

A 3.5 mm jack located on the control panel allows audio devices such as an iPOD or MP3 player to be hooked up to the in-built speakers.








... workout programs

The exercise bike has 35 built-in workout programs. Each workout has been designed by a certified personal trainer in order to help you get the most out of your workout session. These 35 workouts consist of 12 calorie, 12 intensity and 11 performance workouts.




... web enabled touch screen

The 7" color, touch screen incorporates a web browser. This enables the user to connect to their home's wireless internet network and check their email, surf the web or participate in social networking activities.

Just like a normal display screen the user can check their progress, but the user is able to navigate through menus and pull up relevant workout data with just a swipe of the finger.

The touch screen display works with the built in iFIT module to enable the user to enjoy the experience of watching their workout progress in real time via the Google Maps Street View technology.









... ergonomic pedals


This exercise bike is equipped with large pedals to fit any size of foot. These ergonomically designed pedals are also fitted with adjustable straps to hold your foot in place.




... adjustable seat

To ensure a good seating position during your workout the bike is fitted with an over size, padded seat with lumbar support. The seat is mounted on a rail and can be slid forward or back and then locked into position to ensure the optimum seating position for the user.








... magnetic braking

Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR) braking is used on this model. This system offers a frictionless, resistance braking which is very smooth in operation and allows the user to adjust the intensity of their workout without having to break the continuity of their workout.





... heart rate monitor

The exercise bike is also equipped with a "CardioGrip" heart rate monitor. This helps you to make the most out of every workout by monitoring your heart rate with sensors that are built into the handlebars.

A wireless chest strap is also included which transmits your heart rate data continuously to the display without any need to touch the heart rate sensors on the handlebars.

By monitoring your heart rate you can ensure that you're always in the right training zone for your goals. This results in a more effective workout, burn more fat, and improve your cardiovascular health.







... one-touch resistance

This exercise bike makes it easier to burn calories and increase your muscle tone by allowing the user to increase or decrease the amount of resistance that is applied to the bike's motion.

There are a total of 26 digital resistance levels which can be selected from the conveniently located buttons on the control panel.





... iFIT enabled

This trainer is iFIT enabled with the iFIT unit already built into the console. This feature provides the following benefits:


  • MAP: Exercise anywhere in the world with Google Maps
  • TRAIN: Download workouts to help with your fitness goals
  • COMPETE: Compare progress to others in the iFIT community.
  • TRACK: Upload your workout data to monitor your progress.
  • GOAL: Set Calorie, Time or Distance goals for your workouts.
  • VIDEO: Watch high definition videos with simulated workouts.
  • WEIGHT LOSS: Download sets of weight-loss workouts.


It should be noted that this feature requires a home wireless internet connection, and a subscription to iFIT.com which is sold separately.









... precision flywheel

An important component of any exercise bike is the flywheel. This model has a 25 lbs, inertia enhanced flywheel that has been designed to give a silky smooth operation. This will benefit the user with a much more natural, fluid feel when pedaling.





... auto cooling fan

Pedaling hard during your workout can leave you feeling hot and uncomfortable, but this exercise bike provides a solution with an integrated workout cooling fan.

The fan has several settings including an auto mode. When the auto mode is selected the speed of the fan will automatically adjust itself to the speed at which you are pedaling.

The console mounted fan is operated from a button on the control panel and helps to keep you to keep cool during the most vigorous workout.









... iPOD connection

The user can plug in their iPOD, or MP3 player, into the 3.5 mm jack situated on the control panel using a suitable audio cable (not supplied).

The user is able to enjoy listening to their favorite music or an audio book through the speakers built into the control console rather than being constrained by a dangling, earphone cable.

Buttons on the control console allow the volume from the twin speakers to be adjusted to preference.





… warranty details

The NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Recumbent exercise bike is protected by a Lifetime warranty on the frame and brake, 3 years parts and 1 year labor.




Features:

  • Recumbent Seating Position
  • Step Thru Design
  • 35 Workout Programs
  • 26 Digital Resistance Levels
  • One Touch Resistance Controls
  • Adjustable Seat
  • Lumbar Support
  • Ergonomic Pedals with Straps
  • Web Enabled Touch Screen
  • iFIT Enabled
  • CardioGrip Heart Rate Monitor
  • Wireless Chest Strap
  • Integrated Tablet Holder
  • iPOD Compatible Music Port
  • AutoBreeze Workout Fan
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Transport Wheels




Specifications:

  • Footprint: 61.2" L x 23" W x 68" H
  • Max User Weight: 350 lbs
  • Flywheel: 25 lbs
  • Warranty: Frame and Brake (Lifetime)

                         Parts: (3 years)

                         Labor: (1 year)



$1599 - NordicTrack VR25








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