The Scoop on Nordic Track Treadmills:
Ok, so if you’re shopping for a home treadmill, chances are you’ve run across the Nordic Track name before.
While most people think of their famous ski machine, their home treadmills are actually some of the most popular on the market.
What’s the deal with them?
When I first started reviewing treadmills over 10 years ago, you couldn’t even buy one online. But they’ve come a long way since then baby.
They’ve rocketed past the competition with more bells and whistles, fancy new hybrid treadmills (incline trainers) and gizmos you’ve never seen before (Internet browser anyone?)
While this is not a complete review of their treadmills, this post will give you a general overview of the brand, the strengths and (in my opinion) weaknesses of these treadmills.
Nordic Track Treadmills - General Overview
Nordic Track is actually a subsidiary of ICON Health and Fitness, one of the largest treadmill manufacturers in the world.
ICON is like the Coca-Cola of the treadmill world: large, in charge and flush with cash – enough cash to come up with some of the most unique fitness toys and slap them on their treadmills.
You can find everything from starter treadmills at $799 all the way up to “commercial grade” models for $2000+. They also have a line of incline trainers – a sort of hybrid treadmill that acts like a treadmill but gives you monster inclines – up to 40%.
As stated above, ICON has the money and resources to add cutting edge toys to their treadmills.
You’ll find treadmills with:
>> super-high inclines (which means you burn off fat at up to 5 times the normal rate – always a bonus),
>> web browsers (so you can surf the net while you walk),
>> decline (yes that’s the opposite of incline – and great for crosstraining),
>> HD Televisions and high-tech touch screens (because buttons are so last year)
They’ve also substantially improved their overall construction over the past few years so you’ll find incredibly high powered motors, upgraded cushioning and sleek, easy-to-use consoles.
Another thing not to miss are the iFit connections on most Nordictrack treadmills. This technology basically uses the wireless internet in your home to connect your treadmill to the internet.
From there you can run trails all over the world (using Googlemaps), race against Facebook friends and track your workout progress to reach new goals. You can also download new workouts to your treadmill where celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels coaches you through your workout.
And of course you can also plug in your iPod and listen to your favorites tunes through the console speakers. Basically, if you’re an ADHD exerciser, these are the treadmills for you.
Plus with some great price points and extra long warranties, these treadmills are easier on the wallet than some other brands.
The Bad and The Ugly:
ICON also owns brands like Proform, Weslo, Reebok, the now-defunct Image and Freemotion. Some of these brands do not have the best reputations and that sometimes spills over to taint the image of Nordic Track.
While ICON focuses on making Nordic Track one of their higher end luxury brands, if you’ve ever been burned by a piece-of-junk-but-I-bought-it-at-Walmart-on-sale Weslo treadmill, your hesitancy is understandable.
ICON has improved the Nordic Track line leaps and bounds over years past – however some people just can’t get past the ICON label.
Also, most people don’t realize that ICON comes out with newer, better models every year. And some stores are about a year (or two) behind in their stock.
How To Get the Best Deal:
So if you’re going to buy a Nordic Track, try to research the newest models first (you can see the full lineup here) to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.