NordicTrack E 8.7
Elliptical Review





A core design feature of this trainer is it's "Power Ramp". The NordicTrack E 8.7 elliptical allows the user to adjust the incline which  consequently changes the shape of the user's stride. This allows the user to concentrate on developing one or more specific muscle groups.

The equipment has 26 challenging programs to engage your interest and help you achieve your specific fitness goals. Additionally there are 22 digital resistance levels which can be selected to help you burn more calories or tone up.

This elliptical trainer is iFIT compatible. Using Google Map technology the iFIT facility greatly enhances the workout experience. Train with Jillian Michaels, and receive workout downloads. This feature requires the iFIT module and a subscription to iFIT which is sold separately.

Other highlights include: Silent Magnetic Resistance braking, CardioGrip heart rate monitor, back-lit display, automatic workout  fan and a sound system with iPOD / MP3 connectivity.

The machine is covered by a strong warranty which offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, 1 year on all parts and 1 year labor.

Here's a list of the main features:




... ergonomic pedals


This elliptical is equipped with large, cushioned pedals. These ergonomically designed pedals allow for a number of different foot positions and thus provide the user with greater stability and comfort during the workout.









... 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.





... digital resistance levels

This model 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 elliptical's motion. There are a total of 22 digital resistance levels which can be selected from the conveniently located buttons on the control panel.





... power ramp

Another innovative feature of this trainer is the "Power Ramp". The elevation of the ramp can be adjusted between the values of 3 % to 20 % directly from a button on the control panel.

Depending upon the amount of elevation selected there is a corresponding change in the motion of the elliptical which enables different muscle groups to be engaged.










... workout options

The model has 26 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 26 workout showcase everything the elliptical is capable of and assist you in achieving your fitness goals whether it be to lose weight or tone up.





... upper body grips

Upper body grips allow the user to burn more calories and tone the muscle groups in the arms and trunk. These workout arms feature soft touch grips and are able to accommodate any height of user. They fall naturally to hand and remain comfortable throughout the  workout.





... back lit display

The operating console on this elliptical has a control panel incorporating a 5" back-lit display. The screen has a wide viewing angle making it easy to keep an eye on all relevant workout data. The display provides information on the following parameters:

RESISTANCE, TIME, DISTANCE, PULSE and CALORIES BURNED.

Additionally the user is able to monitor their progress on a visual, quarter-mile racetrack graphic.










... heart rate monitor

The trainer 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.

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.





... iFIT compatible

This trainer is iFIT compatible. In essence this is a wireless connection between the Internet and the elliptical. The iFIT feature allows you to experience trails by using Google map technology.

The iFIT feature enables you to customize your own fitness program, receive automatic workout downloads, manage your profile online and even work out with Jillian Michaels!

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








... iPOD connection

Associated with the audio system on this model is an iPOD compatible music port. The user can simply plug in their iPOD, or MP3 player, into the Interplay Music Port situated on the control panel. Enjoy listening to your favorite music or an audio book title during your work out session.





... auto cooling fan

A vigorous workout can leave you hot and uncomfortable, but this model provides the perfect solution with an integrated workout cooling fan.

The fan has a low, high and auto setting. When the auto setting is selected the speed of the fan will automatically adjust itself to the speed of your 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.











… warranty details

The NordicTrack E 8.7 elliptical trainer is underpinned by a lifetime warranty on the frame, 2 years parts and 1 year labor.



Features:

  • 26 Workout Programs
  • 22 Digital Resistance Levels
  • Adjustable Stride Length
  • Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • Back-Lit Display
  • iFIT Compatible
  • CardioGrip Heart Rate Monitor
  • Intensity Stride Power Ramp
  • Cushioned Pedals
  • iPOD Compatible Music Port
  • AutoBreeze Workout Fan
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Transport Wheels




Specifications:

  • Footprint: 67.1" L X 25" W X 69.1" H
  • Stride Length: 18" to 20"
  • Max User Weight: 325 lbs
  • Warranty: Frame (Lifetime)

                         Parts (2 yrs)

                         Labor: (1 yr)



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This is a great machine.

It's heavy so I had to take it to my basement in pieces but very easy to put together, my daughter and I built it.

I was confused at first because the ramp does not start at 1, it starts at 3 and goes to 20. The manual doesn't reference this. Spent an hour on the phone with a rep who couldn't figure it out either without help.

Also, the electrical connector in step 12 can fit both directions, if the console doesn't turn on, flip the connector and it'll work.