Proform Pro 2500 TreadmillThe Nordictrack Incline Trainer X7i

The NordicTrack Incline Trainer X7i has received a lot of advertising all over the place. And I mean a lot! I’ve seen dozens of TV commercials, and banner ads all over the web for it. On the Nordictrack website, there are 6 full pages dedicated to it! All the other treadmills only get 1 page.

The advertisements claim that at 40% incline you burn 5x more calories than on a normal treadmill. I’m not a health expert, so I can’t verify that, but i do know that using it at 40% incline is one of the most intense runs I’ve ever done. So I would imagine they’re right. The muscles targeted in an incline trainer are the thighs and the calves. It takes hardly any time at all to realize that when using it.

Of the world of incline trainers this machine has some of the best specs out there. Good to know there is at least some merit to the bombardment of ads out there for it. The good thing about this incline trainer is that it can be used as a normal treadmill, with hardly any compromise. The speed goes up to a full 12MPH unlike most incliners. The belt is 20″ x 55″. Just 5″ shorter than a standard full sized belt. The Cushioning system is an effective method of reducing impact by using 2 isolators in the deck.

A big difference between Incline Trainers and Normal Treadmills is that the motor is positioned underneath the deck in the back rather than above the deck in the front. This makes adjustments and repairs a bit more difficult, but other than that, the design is basically the same concept. The Motor is a 3.0 CHP Durx commercial Pro, and the deck’s weight limit is 350 lbs. On an incline, it could probably even be more than that.

Here’s a Liszt.

  • 3.0CHP Motor
  • 12MPH
  • 40% Incline
  • 350 lbs weight limit
  • 20″ x 55″ treadbelt
  • Ifit Live and Google Trails Workouts
  • 7″ Full color Touch Screen Display
  • Ipod/Mp3 port w/ built in speakers
  • Dual Cardio Grip Heart Rate Monitor
  • Warranty: Lifetime Motor & Frame, 1 year parts & labor

Here’s my thoughts. If you’re gung ho about ripping up your legs and calfs and plan to use this at it’s high incline most of the time, then it’s an awesome machine for you. However, if you think you’ll end up using it as a normal treadmill most of the time and have a $2,000 budget, go instead for the Elite 9500. You’ll get way more treadmill with your money if you sacrifice the extra high incline. It all depends on what you want. On a side note, if you have never tried an incline treadmill, I would try one first before buying one. A lot of people love them, but some people don’t like them. I personally love them, but am just not dedicated enough to keep using them consistently, so I go back to my regular treadmill ways.

Well, good luck in your treadmill comparison escapades. It’s a rough world out there, but you’re smart, you can figure out which one’s best. Hope this helps.

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