This is a true "colossus" of a treadmill available at a modest price. The Smooth 9.65LC features a massive ( 21" x 64") tread belt, driven by a powerful 4.0 HP motor. A treadmill with such a large running area and so powerful a motor is unusual at this price point and is comparable with commercial machines costing a lot more money.
The running deck is able to support users of up to 400 lbs in weight and the suspension is taken care of by the "Im-Pression" Shock Absorption Cushioning System which is an exclusive technology that provides a soft landing for the front foot and a firm push-off for the rear foot.
There is certainly no lack of workout variety as it provides it's users with a total of 28 workout programs. These in-built programs include HRC (heart rate control) where the speed and incline are modulated in sympathy with the user's heart rate and custom programs that can be modified according to the user's liking and stored for later use.
Other features include controls for speed and incline built into the hand rails which obviates the need to bend forward to the main controls on the console, a sound system with iPOD / MP3 compatible interface and water bottle olders.
The product is underwritten by a lifetime warranty on the frame, motor, all other parts (including electronics) and 2 yrs labor.
Here are the main features:
… drive motor
This model utilizes a colossal 4.0 HP continuous duty motor which is underwritten by a lifetime warranty. The motor is the heart of a treadmill and an under powered unit can negatively affect the performance of the whole machine. This is not the case here as this unit is the most powerful motor we have seen fitted to a residential model.
The power this motor is able to deliver means that it is able to offer the kind of performance demanded by the most vigorous runner or a heavier weight individual. The motor is not only extremely powerful but virtually silent in operation so that you can enjoy a smooth, and quiet workout.
… workout programs
The fundamental requirement in order to maintain your motivation when using a treadmill is having a good selection of preset workout programs. This equipment gives you a total of 28 energetic and stimulating preset programs from which to choose. The programs are split up into the following functional groups:
Manual Program - this is the basic program that allows you to quickly start the treadmill without having to consider what kind of workout you may want to do. The manual program allows you to alter the speed or incline to your liking at anytime during the workout.
Goal Program - this program allows you to select either a Time, Distance or Calorie goal. With the Time goal program the computer gives you a choice of selecting a preset time or entering your own.
The Distance program is similar to the time program, allowing you to select a preset distance or allowing you to enter your own value.
The Calorie program is ideal for someone looking to lose some weight and here the computer prompts you to enter the number of calories that you would like to burn and commence the program.
Heart Rate Control Program - the computer calculates an optimum maximum target heart rate based upon your sex, height, weight and age. Alternatively or you can adjust the value to whatever maximum target workout rate you require. Once you commence the program you are taken through a warm-up routine, the main workout and finally a cooling down phase.
Speed Programs - there are a total of 10 speed programs each of which vary the speed of the treadmill throughout the programs.
Speed / Incline - there are a total of 10 speed / incline programs which vary both the speed and incline of the treadmill through out the programs.
Fitness Test - this program runs a workout of 12 minutes duration.
Custom Programs - there are a total of 5 custom programs which allow you to construct your own workout to your own liking. As your preferences change over time or your stamina increases you can revisit the programs that you have created and modify them accordingly.
… tread belt
A huge (21" x 64") tread belt benefits the user with an enormous amount of "running real estate". Models in this price range typically have shorter and narrower tread belts. If you are serious runner or someone with a larger frame you will appreciate the advantages of this amount of running space. You will no longer have to worry about falling off the back or wandering into the sides with this amount of space available to you.
… handrail switches
Control switches for controlling both the speed and incline of the equipment are conveniently mounted on the handrails.
You are able to speed up, slow down or adjust the elevation of the running deck without having to to press the buttons on the control panel. Having these secondary control switches is much more convenient and safer as you don't have to lean forward to access the main control panel.
... running deck
An often overlooked component of an exercise treadmill is the deck. The design and quality of material the deck is made from can radically alter the performance of the treadmill. The deck fitted to this model has been designed to be durable and to compliment the shock absorption system. It is able to support users up to 400 lbs in weight and is underwritten by a lifetime warranty cover.
… heart rate control
A Heart Rate Control feature is provided with a wireless chest strap. The pulse reading is taken from the hand grip pulse monitors or wireless chest strap and is used by the treadmill's computer to automatically adjust the intensity of your workouts.
This dynamic feedback loop provided by the heart rate control feature ensures that you are exercising in your target heart zone. This method of training is popular with athletes as it allows them to derive the greatest benefit from their workout.
… shock absorption
Exercising on a treadmill is both enjoyable and provides a great cardio workout but the continual pounding can take a toll on your joints. In order to tackle this problem Smooth have developed an advanced shock absorption system for this model.
Called "Im-Pression", this shock absorption cushioning system is an exclusive technology that provides a soft landing for the front foot and a firm push-off for the rear foot. The net effect of this is to reduce the harmful impact on the joints and back.
... book / media shelf
An integral reading rack and media shelf is located on the control console. This conveniently mounted rack is ideal for holding an iPAD, books, magazines, newspapers, cell phone or an MP3 player.
... iPOD connection
In order to keep you entertained the treadmill comes with an in built sound system. Integrated into the 'mill's console, this sound system allows you to plug your iPOD, or MP3 Player, into auxiliary input jack and listen to your music collection through the sound system. The iPOD can rest in the accessory tray so that it is within easy reach.
… warranty details
The Smooth 9.65LC treadmill is backed by a lifetime warranty on the frame, motor and all other parts (including electronics). Additionally there is 2-years in Home labor.
28 Workout Programs
Im-Pression Shock Absorption Cushioning System
Industrial Strength Frame
Handrail Speed and Incline Controls
Blue Backlit LCD Display
Wireless Heart-Rate Control with Belt & Transmitter
PWM Circuit Board (Pulse Width Modulation)
Deluxe Music System
Water Bottle Holder
Safety Key and Lanyard
Motor: 4.0 CHP Continuous Duty
Speed: 0.5 - 12 MPH
Incline: 15 levels
Belt size: 21" x 64"
Roller size: 3"
User Weight: 400 lbs
Warranty: Frame and Motor - Lifetime
All Parts (including electronics) - Lifetime
In Home Labor - 2 yrs