Does an Incline Trainer Really Burn More Calories?
A lot of people wonder if they should get an incline trainer or a treadmill. Here’s a fantastic video done by a couple of guys comparing the Nordictrack X9 incline trainer vs the Nordictrack 1750 treadmill
While I don’t necessarily agree with their conclusions about heart rate, this video is still interesting to see the difference between the two machines – and to see how high the X9 incline actually goes:
So basically, walking at 2.0 MPH for 2.5 minutes, you burn almost 5 times the calories (49 vs 10) as the treadmill. That’s a LOT of calories for 2 and a half minutes – 1/4 of a Snickers bar (don’t ask me how I know that).
Now obviously, if you’re using the treadmill, you probably won’t be walking at only 2.0 MPH. You’ll probably be going much faster.
But the video demo is still a great way to confirm that high incline walking INCINERATES calories (which means faster weight loss for you). To be fair however, it’s also hard work – as you can see by the fact the this poor guy’s heart rate was very high on the incline trainer.
Also, keep in mind that you can walk up to 15% incline on the 1750 Commercial treadmill – and it’s $500 less than the X9. So it really depends on what you’re looking for.
To learn more about the X9 incline trainer, see my review here. To learn more about the 1750 Commercial treadmill see my review here. Or to see all Nordictrack incline trainers at the manufacturer’s site, click here.