The Precor TRM 223 Treadmill

Precor TRM 223 Energy Series Treadmill

Overview

The TRM 223 is the second machine in Precor’s Energy Series. A mid-range treadmill, the 223 comes with a handful of upgrades including a larger number of preset workouts and workout metrics, tablet holder, onboard volume controls for Android and iPhone devices, and more.

Specifications

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Speed : from 0.5 to 12 mph (0.8-19.3 kph)

Incline : up to 15%

Motor : 3.0 HP Continuous Duty

Belt : 20" x 57" / 51 x 145 cm (Maintenance-free)

Cushion System : Energy Stride Shock Absorption

Maximum User Weight : 350 lbs/ 159 kg

Unit Dimensions : 81 inches L x 33 W x 59 H

Unit Weight : 238 lbs/ 108 kg

Power : 120v plug in

Warranty : Lifetime for frame, 5 years for parts and wear items, 3 years console and 1 year for labor.

Best Features

Maintenance-Free Belt

The belt is made of multi-ply polyester and has a non-slip PVC surface for added safety and comfort. It is infused with dry silicone. So, unlike ordinary belts, it does not require periodic lubrication or maintenance. It is an excellent feature that will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run.

High Quality Shock Absorption System

The deck has sufficient underfoot cushioning to minimize the impact on your joints while you jog or run. The tried-and-tested deck mounting technology is used in Precor’s commercial treadmills as well and is quite effective.

Precor TRM 223 Console

Incline Training

The treadmill has an incline range of 0 – 15%. Whether you are a beginner or a serious trainer, you can benefit immensely from incline training. It can help you burn more calories, tone and strengthen the muscles in your lower body, and improve your cardiovascular endurance. If you are just starting to work out, you should stay in the 0 – 5% range for some time and incline your way up slowly.

Heart Rate Tracking

The 223 has touch sensors to measure your heart rate while you train. It also has a wireless heart rate transmitter, which was not available in the previous model. The chest strap, however, is not provided with the package. The SmartRate technology lets you know whether you are in fat burn, cardio, or peak target zone, depending on your age and weight.

Safety Features

One of the reasons why Precor’s treadmills are highly rated is that they are very safe to use. The 223 has extended handrails that you can hold onto while training. It has large straddle covers on both sides of the tread belt. It also has a safety clip to stop the belt immediately in case you slip off.

The treadmill also allows you to password protect the console, which is an excellent feature. You can lock the console using a password to make sure the kids in your household do not accidentally start the treadmill.

User ID Option

The TRM 223 allows you to store up to two user IDs – an option which is missing on the base TRM 211 treadmill. You can store your workout data and preferences, which makes it easier for you to personalize your workouts and track your progress.

User-Friendly Console

The high contrast blue-white LCD console comes preloaded with nine workout programs and displays 13 different workout metrics. It has tap style dome keys, using which you can adjust the speed and incline instantly while working out.

The console also comes with some much-needed upgrades in terms of multimedia entertainment. It has a tablet holder, so you can attach your tablet and watch your favorite songs, videos, or movies. The holder is pretty sturdy and can hold your tablet safely even during high-speed, high-intensity workouts. You can also listen to your favorite tracks from your iPod or Android device and control the volume using the onboard volume controls.

Conclusions

Pros

The TRM 223 is a solid mid-range treadmill from Precor. It is solidly built, has ample underfoot cushioning, and comes with a long warranty.

It also has extra features like a tablet holder, wireless heart rate tracking compatibility, and a larger number of preset workouts and metrics, which justify the increase in price tag.

Drawbacks

The TRM 223 is non-foldable. It is good in a way as the machine is more stable than a foldable one. At the same time, it also takes up more space than a foldable one. Moreover, it does not have a set of transport wheels. So, moving it around could be an issue as well, considering the machine weighs close to 240 lbs.

Also, lack of personalized workouts and workout tracking facility could be an issue for the serious trainers among you, in which case you can opt for top of the line Energy Series model the TRM 243. With a much larger number of preset workouts, personalized workout suggestions, and Preva workout tracking facility, it is a great choice for those who seek club-quality workouts at home.

Summary

In summation, the TRM 223 is a very high quality treadmill that offers full value for your money. It is sturdy, durable, and easy to use.

Precor is known for making machines that require very little maintenance, which means there is no need for periodic service calls. Even on the off chance that the machine does develop a problem, you can depend on Precor’s excellent customer service team to resolve the issue right away.

So, the 223 is definitely one of the best treadmills you can buy at this price point. Definitely look at the TRM 243 as well as it gives you more workouts as well as tracking which is becoming more and more popular these days.

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