This entry level model employs the latest technology, and has many innovative features making it useful for weight loss. Despite this the NordicTrack T5.5 treadmill comes at a budget price.
Benefiting from a spacious (20" x 55") tread belt, and driven by a powerful 2.5 CHP motor this model uses the "DualShox" cushioning system. This is a Space Saver treadmill which means that it can be folded up after use.
This model is iFIT compatible. This technology connects to the internet allowing you to add interest and functionality to your workout. You can recreate routes on GoogleMaps and even work out with Jillian Michaels. It should be noted that this feature requires an internet connection, the iFIT module and membership of iFIT which is sold separately.
The console incorporates a large, 6" backlit display. With a wide viewing angle you can easily track your total workout progress. Other essential workout data such as speed, time, distance, pulse and calories burned combined with a Race Track display.
Cardio-grip heart rate monitors are built into the handlebars with the pulse rate information displayed on the console. The console also incorporates an Intermix Acoustics 2.0 sound system with a compatible Music port which can be hooked up to an iPOD.
The product is endorsed by a lifetime guarantee on frame with 25 yrs on the motor, and 1 year parts and labor.
Here is a list of the main features:
… drive motor
The treadmill utilizes a 2.5 CHP DurX motor. This has been designed in order to allow the treadmill user to exercise for longer by the use of direct cooling technology.
... back lit display
The console has a large (6 inch), backlit display that shows all your essential workout data including: speed, time, distance, pulse and calories burned. The screen has a wide viewing angle making it easy to track your performance during your workout.
... race track mimic
In addition to providing the essential workout data the console mounted display also includes a Race Track style display which allows you to monitor your progress on a quarter mile race track.
... workout programs
Achieving your fitness goals with a treadmill is all about staying motivated and having a variety of preset programs. This model scores here with 20 workout apps which automatically adjust the incline and speed of your treadmill, each focusing on an aerobic, weight loss or performance goals.
... iFIT compatible
The treadmill is iFIT compatible. In essence this is a wireless internet connection to the treadmill, but there is a lot more to this technology than that. iFIT adds extra functionality, entertains and engages your interest by opening up a whole new set of workout experiences.
Using the data provided by Google Maps, iFIT allows the user to recreate any route they choose with the treadmill's computer automatically adjusting the incline up and down in order to simulate the actual terrain. You have the choice of selecting a pre-planned program or draw a map anywhere on the globe.
iFIT also gives you the opportunity to train with fitness coach Jillian Michaels. If you are trying to burn calories and lose weight Jillian's voice will spur you on, offering encouragement every step of the way!
Another benefit of iFIT is that new workouts are automatically downloaded to the treadmill every day during an 8-week program. These workouts take control of the treadmill, automatically adjusting the speed and incline to provide new challenges to keep you motivated.
Other features include the ability to track your nutrition and other activities, train for a race, lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle with the online food and activity log available at iFIT.com. You can even race against other iFIT members and compare your time with people from around the world!
It should be noted that this feature requires an internet connection, the iFIT module and membership of iFIT which is sold separately.
… heart rate monitor
The treadmill has heart rate sensors built into the handlebars which monitor your pulse and display the live reading on the console display, helping you to stay within your target zone.
... heavy duty deck
The design and construction of the the running deck can radically alter the overall performance of the treadmill. The deck on this model has a 325 lbs weight capacity and has the strength and durability you should expect from a quality, home treadmill.
… cushioning system
Walking and running are the most natural and enjoyable forms of exercising you can engage in but the continual pounding can take a toll on your joints. In fact running on some treadmills can feel like running on concrete!
The DualShox cushioning system employed on this treadmill absorbs the energy created when your foot impacts the deck by flexing in order to maximize your comfort and enhance your treadmill experience.
… speed control
1-Touch control is used to control speed. Instead of tediously scrolling through options, the 1-Touch system lets you instantly change the speed of the treadmill between 0-10 MPH with a single touch of a button. You can decrease your speed when you need a rest, or increase it instantly for a challenging workout.
… incline control
1-Touch control technology is also used to control the incline. In order to change the incline with the single touch of a button instead of tediously scrolling through options as you would with traditional incline controls. The incline can be adjusted between 0 deg. up to 10 deg.
... iPOD connection
The treadmill features a built-in Intermix Acoustics 2.0 sound sound system. Producing a broad range of frequencies and rich, equalized sound, you can enjoy your workout while you play your favorite music through the sound system. The system is iPOD compatible.
... safety key
The equipment comes with a safety key and lanyard. In order for the treadmill to be operational the key must be present in the control console. This means that with the key withdrawn the treadmill cannot be operated by unauthorized uers such as small children.
The safety key has a lanyard with a small plastic clip attached to one end which can be clipped onto the uers clothing. If the user were to accidently trip or fall while on the treadmill the key is pulled away from the console causing the treadmill's walking belt to slow to a stop.
... folding design
This design allows you to fold the treadmill into an upright position after your workout where it will then occupy a lot smaller floor area.
… warranty details
The NordicTrack T5.5 treadmill is underwritten by a lifetime warranty on the frame, with
25 years on the motor and 1 years parts and labor.
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