NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer
UPDATE: As of 2017, the NordicTrack X7i is no longer available. Check out the new X9i, an upgraded version of the X7i with more features at the same price.
NordicTrack currently has four incline trainers on the market. Besides the NordicTrack X7i, there is the X9i, the X11i and the top of the line X22i.
The differences between the four lie in the motor, the decline capability, and a few other features, including of course the price. The NordicTrack X7i is available at around $1,499 on sale, the NordicTrack X9i at $1,799, the X11i costs around $2,299 and the new top of the line X22i costs $2,999.
Although the X7i is the base model, it is packed with features like iFit technology, a 40% incline, easy assembly, generous belt size and much more.
Read the rest of our NordicTrack x7i reviews to learn more about this incline trainer…
Click Specifications to see detailed model info
Speed : 0 - 12 MPH (1 Touch Technology) You have 2 options to change the incline: through up/down arrows or through 1 Touch technology. The first option is a classic. The 2nd one is a modern version. Through 1 Touch you can get to 1 mph speed by 1 push of a button (speed will increase gradually to the selected speed).
Inclination : 0-40% 1-Touch Incline and -3-0% 1-Touch Decline The innovation of the NordicTrack X7 Incliner is that you can change the incline or decline of the treadmill with 1 touch. 1 Touch options on the console are: 40, 30, 20, 15, 10, 5, 0, -1, -2, -3. When the incline is from -3% to 20%, the maximum speed is 12 mph; from 20.5% to 30%, the maximum speed is 8 mph; from 30.5% to 40%, the maximum speed is 6 mph.
Motor : 2.75 CHP DurX Commercial Pro Motor Based on the international acknowledgement this is the smoothest, quietest motor available today. The lifetime warranty is a good sign this is true.
Workouts : iFit Coach personalized
Belt : 22"x 60" The belt is backed by the Reflex Cushioning System for joint protection and workout comfort, and is improved over previous models.
Supported User Weight : 300 lbs
Warranty : You receive a Lifetime Frame, Motor and Deck Warranty, 5 year parts and electronics, 2 year labor
The most appealing feature of all of the incline trainers is the ability to both incline and decline the machine for a more complete cardio workout.
The X7i inclines up to 40% and declines up to -3%. Note that the X9i model gives you up to -6% decline, as do the higher end models.
Burn 5X the Calories
When you ramp up to the 40% incline, the number of burned calories is higher as muscle activity is more intense. You can simply walk at that incline to achieve the results you want, something you can’t do on traditional treadmills.
The X7i features a 7″ backlit display with OneTouch control over Speed and Incline/Decline of the treadmill. The console includes an iPod compatible sound system and Dual AutoBreeze fan.
iFit Coach Plus Ready
The console includes the latest iFit Coach technology that allows you to virtually train anywhere in the world via Google maps, plus access tons of customized workout programs from fitness experts like Jillian Michaels.
Everything is automatically integrated based on your goals and is tracked so you can see your progress. Please note that iFit does require a subscription, but like we’ve said before, it’s well worth the small yearly fee.
Heart Rate Monitoring
To measure your heart rate correctly you must stand on the walking platform and hold the metal contacts on the handrails (like 10 seconds). For even more accurate results the X7i incline trainer includes a free wireless chest strap, keeping you in the ideal training zone.
Other Great Features
New for 2017 is the inclusion of two SpeedWeight adjustable dumbbells which sit on stands on each side of the treadmill.
This allows you to work the upper body as well, either while you’re on the machine or separately before or after. Now you can get a full upper and lower body workout when you use your treadmill.
You also get 38 built in workout apps, a free wearable activity tracker with iFit, and a tablet holder.
The NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer is a futuristic piece of equipment. We like it a lot because this machine has the answer to many limitations other treadmills impose.
For example, on a regular treadmill you can get bored easily: the X7i Incliner has so many workout options this can’t happen easily.
Let’s say you consider that a treadmill doesn’t allow you to train for a real marathon (due to terrain or speed limitations): with this treadmill (40% incline, -3 decline options, Google map based workouts and terrain simulations) you can easily train for a real marathon. Imagine that trail workouts have automatic control over speed and incline. All you need to do is get to the finish line. Yes, this is all for real 🙂
They eliminated the previous setup headaches as well, making this as well as the other incline trainers much easier to set up out of the box.
When you’re up and running, you’ll find yourself in front of a complex machine with features that can satisfy all your expectations from a treadmill: touch screen, unlimited workouts, powerful motor, and exceptional incline/decline system.
Still, NordicTrack could make some slight improvements to the reflex cushioning system. To reproduce the real terrain feeling, the running surface should be a little rougher (maybe add Adjustable Shock Cylinders with a few levels of control). And the design could be also improved (the technical innovations should match the frame design accordingly). Right now the look is based on the same classic NordicTrack design.
All in all, this is a great machine for those looking to burn calories and lose weight. You can check out the new NordicTrack x7i incline trainer and see if it is the right treadmill for you.