What Are They and How Do They Help You Lose Weight Faster?
So you may be wondering – what exactly is an incline trainer anyway?
And what’s with the hype?
Well, incline trainers are a new take on the traditional treadmill.
They work very similar to a regular treadmill – but you have the option of also taking it up to very high inclines.
So instead of going from 0 – 15% on a regular treadmill, you can do from 0 – 40% incline on an incline trainer like the X9 seen here ===>>
The advantage to this is that you burn calories VERY fast – exponentially faster than on a treadmill. So you see faster weight loss results.
Nordictrack incline trainers are one of the most popular brands of incline trainers on the market right now. There are Proform high incline treadmills and a few Freemotion models. But ICON (who owns all 3 of these brands) is really putting their newest and latest technology onto the Nordictrack brand.
And these trainers give you some major benefits. Here is a list of the 5 main benefits you get with Nordictrack incline trainers:
Benefit #1: Super-High Inclines
Nordictrack trainers give you some of the highest incline options on the market – up to 40% (Proform Boston Marathon trainers for example, only give you up to 20%).
At this incline you actually burn 5 times MORE calories vs walking on a flat surface.
So you see results very fast on these incline trainers.
Benefit #2: iFit LIVE
iFit LIVE connects your incline trainer to the Internet. From there you can download new workout programs from Jillian Michaels, race against Facebook friends and track your workout activity over time.
You can also use Googlemaps to plan out and run new trails all over the world. So you can stroll the Champs Elysee in Paris or climb up Diamond Head in Hawaii.
Here’s a quick video of how iFit works on the X9 incline trainer:
Benefit #3: Decline Adds Virtual Reality Crosstraining
Some Nordictrack incline trainers also give you up to 6% decline. This is a great way to add some crosstraining to your workout. Plus, it works with iFit LIVE to mirror the real-life trail – inclining and declining the treadmill to match the actual terrain.
Benefit #4: Surf the Net While You Walk
Many of the new Nordictrack incline trainers also come with a full-color-built-in web browser. So you can go online and surf the net, catch up on the latest business news, read your emails or watch Youtube videos while you walk.
This is a great way to make your workout time even more productive and enjoyable!
Benefit #5: Extra Long Running Belts
Older incline trainer models like the now-discontinued Nordictrack X3 incline trainer came with a big flaw – very short belts.
This was originally because people were only supposed to walk on these treadmills (so you only needed a short belt).
However, people also wanted to run on their incline trainers – so Nordictrack started putting in extra long belts on their newer models.
You can get belts of up to 60 inches long – which gives you plenty of room to stretch out and run.
So those are 5 of the main benefits you should know if you’re just starting to think about buying an incline trainer. My personal favorite (and currently the most affordable) trainer is the Nordictrack X9i model.
Regardless, if you’re looking for something to help you lose weight even faster than a regular treadmill, you’ll love the incline trainer results!