Yowza Daytona Non-Folding Treadmill

Overview

The Yowza Daytona was first introduced in 2012, and was updated extensively for the new model year. It combines advanced functionality with superior technology that definitely makes the difference in the world of treadmills.

All these features are available for well under $2,000. Although a relatively new brand, it is quickly gaining in popularity due to its many features, sleek look and solid warranties.

For more information read our reviews below as well as our summary/recommendation at the end of the article.

UPDATE: Yowza Fitness may be out of business. We noticed during our latest review that the website is no longer being updated, which is never a good sign. Also we haven’t heard back from emails to customer service and several phone calls. As such, we recommend you look at alternatives in the price range such as NordicTrack and Horizon.

Specifications

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Speed : up to 11 mph

Incline : up to 12%

Motor : 3.5 HP, Continuous Duty

Belt : 20″ x 60″ The belt is reversible and no maintenance is required.

Cushioning System : Swing Arm with Progressive shock absorption deck

Folding Options : not included

Maximum User Weight : 350 lbs/ 159 kg

Unit Dimensions : 83″ L x 35″ W x 59″ H/ 210cm L x 89cm W x 147cm H

Unit Weight : 246 lbs

Warranty : lifetime for frame and motor, 5 years for parts & electronics, 2 years for in-home labor

Features

Display Info

The large LED display offers feedback on speed, incline, time, distance, heart rate, intensity. There are 7 different user memory slots that can record user’s age, weight and fitness level.

The console offers easy access through the following buttons: Express Incline Buttons, Express Speed Buttons, Incline % Up/ Down, iPod volume Up/ Down, IWM system and a Fitness Test button.

If you choose one of the three Custom programs, follow the instructions to press the Custom save button so that you save the workout for later use.

Heart Rate Info:

You can read your heart rate info while wearing the wireless chest belt or you can use the hand grips.

Wireless Heart Rate Transmitter

: included

Workouts:

The Yowza Daytona comes with:

– 3 target programs, Time, Speed and Distance,

– 3 preset programs with 12 levels of intensity each,

– Speed interval program with 12 levels of intensity,

– Weight loss program that adjusts speed, incline and offers 12 different intensity levels,

– Intelligent Workout Management or IWM, which is a computer generated program that determines the workout program necessary for the user to maintain the ideal weight,

– 5K running or walking LEARN program,

– Heart Rate Control programs,

– Fitness Test and

– 7 Data Memory slots which can be used to create and store the user’s favorite routines.

When you want to select one of the User programs, you must select the User Code first. In order to do that, you must press Up/ Down to select the User code from U1 to U7. You’ll be able to see it in the Speed display. Press Enter to confirm.

After setting the User weight, you will set User ID when the U1 starts blinking. Press Up/ Down to choose your ID.  Users will set Gender, Age, Height and then will choose the desired program.

Hi Fidelity speakers with iPod dock included

– included

Fan (with 3 speeds)

– included

Water Bottle Holders (2)

– included

Transport Wheels

– included

Conclusion

Yowza is definitely becoming a competitor in the treadmill industry. Still not as popular as NordicTrack or ProForm, but making its way with interesting technology and features.

Pros

Let’s start at the beginning. The heart of the treadmill, the motor, is not only powerful, but also surprisingly quiet given what it can do for you. It also features a precision balanced flywheel that ensures smooth functionality of the belt.

We can’t discuss motors without talking about cushioning. I know of not one runner who isn’t concerned about impact on knees, joints, hips and so on.  We’re only talking about our own experience, but let me tell you this Swing Arm cushioning is very efficient. It offers a great running surface, minimizing impact quite effectively.

Whether beginner or advanced, the Daytona has the ability to enhance your workout experience and take it to the next level.

iPod enthusiasts will be happy to know they will be able to listen to their favorite tune while running their heart out. Except the “running their heart out” part. Add the quality speakers and there you have it, cool entertainment with no compromise.

Oh yeah, and there is also a 3 speed fan for you to use when you feel you just can’t go on anymore. A decent warranty guarantees prolonged usage of this unit.

Main Attraction

Of course, we are talking about the hardcore IWM or Intelligent Weight Management system, also found on the top of the line Boca model.

What it does is to use your age, weight (using the free attached scale) and fitness level to deliver you the workout that best matches your needs. Any weight fluctuation will be immediately identified and the system will alter your workout accordingly. So yeah, can’t lie anymore about those candies you’ve been eating in secrecy.

Big families will get as many as 7 different user profiles. Each user can record his/her routines and use them later on. Quite a deal, I’d say.

Drawbacks

Although the IWM feature is pretty cool, it doesn’t excite me as much as iFit technology that’s available on comparably priced ICON Fitness equipment. You can plug in your tablet and watch TV, movies, videos, etc. but you can’t sync the machine with any of your favorite apps. Stepping up to the Daytona Plus will give you myLiveLight, which can sync with the machine to track your progress.

We’d also like to see decline capability added to at least some of these treadmills, as NordicTrack and ProForm offer that on some similarly priced treadmills.

Bottom Line

The Yowza Daytona is a solid mid range choice, offering some great features, a decent amount of workouts, a good warranty and some nice upgrades from previous models.

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