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NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill Review
Treadmill technology has come a long way. When before we had simple conveyor belts that you had to push along yourself, now we have complex devices with more technology and computing power than a space shuttle. Getting in shape has never been more easy, enjoyable and even luxurious.
One of the treadmills that exemplifies this most is the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill. This model is, as the old cliche goes, the Cadillac of treadmills. It has an almost staggering number of features, technology, and capabilities and using it is an experience like no other. As expected, however, it has a price tag to match this wonderful experience.
Some people are looking for a simple treadmill that will just get the job done and little else. Those people are not looking for the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill. This treadmill is for people who want and are willing to pay for the top of the line treadmill with everything needed to exercise comfortably, intensely and enjoyably.
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill
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If there is one brand name that people can think of off the top of their head for treadmills, it is likely NordicTrack. Their wild success with infomercials and home sales in the 90s and early 2000s made them a household name. Well as much as an exercise equipment company can be.
Founded in the 1970s, the Nordictrack was initially a cross-country skiing training machine that simulated being on a set of skis. It rose in popularity throughout the 80s and really exploded in the 90s when people finally figured out that exercising was good for them instead of simple vanity.
After Nordictrack’s huge success, it was acquired by Icon Health and Fitness, the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of exercise machines and equipment.
From there, the brand was expanded to include all sorts of cardio machines including treadmills. These treadmills soon became Nordictrack’s top seller and are now ubiquitous across high-end gym’s and in fitness enthusiast homes.
NordicTrack is a world famous brand managed by the world's foremost exercise machine company. There is no question of their products' quality and effectiveness. The only real question that remains is whether or not their products are worth the high price that the brand name can command.
What Makes the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill Unique
The NordicTrack 1750 is positively bursting with features and functions. It can do things some people might not have realized were in the realm of possibility of an exercise machine. Some features are so advanced and out there one might wonder if they are even necessary. This will ultimately be a matter of opinion.
Space Saving Design
Let's start with the simple benefits. The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 is designed to fold up into itself so that it can be folded vertically. Anyone who has ever owned a home treadmill that did not have this capability knows how important it is. Older treadmill designs could not fold up and took up all that space at all times, undoing much of the convenience of working at home.
Not only does this Nordictrack model fold for easy storage in a closet or corner, but it also has wheels installed on the bottom. That way you can easily transport it from one end of the room to the other or even to a different room.
However, all of its features weigh this treadmill down, so it is pretty heavy, even for a treadmill. Moving it upstairs or from one location to another will still be a difficult, likely multi-person endeavor.
Quiet and Powerful Under The Hood
The quality of a workout on a treadmill is largely dependant on the motor that it is using. The motor drives the belt that your feet actually come in contact with. The more powerful the motor, the faster the treadmill can go. Not only that, but larger motors are also more durable and can sustain longer periods of use without wearing down and losing performance.
The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill's motor is a 3.6 CHP motor, huge by treadmill standards. Midline or budget treadmills get by on 2 CHP which is passable, but NordicTrack is not trying to be passable. They are trying to go above and beyond and give consumers the best possible motor within reason. By all accounts, they have done it with this model, and its large motor is durable and capable of intense workouts suitable for even the most seasoned athletes and fitness fanatics.
Adding to the durability is the dual cooling fans that keep the treadmill cool. As you can imagine, all those parts moving at high speed creates friction and heat which can damage a motor. These fans ensure that even a large motor like this one won’t run too hot even under strenuous conditions.
Normally, an engine that size would be quite noisy. After all, more power and bigger parts mean more vibrations and sound. However, this NordicTrack treadmill is relatively quiet, reaching near-whisper levels of noise. This is, of course, dependent on the intensity of the workout. You're obviously going to make more noise the faster you go, and the heavier your stride is.
FlexSelect Cushioning System
Excessive impact on the knees is one of the most common runner ailments people experience, especially in the long term. Running on hard surfaces too much sends vibrations to the joints that wear on them and cause them to fail prematurely. To stop this, treadmills often have built-in cushioning to absorb impact and protect the user.
The FlexSelect Cushioning in the NordicTrack 1750 Treadmill is built in under the running platform like a set of shock absorbers on a car. It protects your joints and lets you run longer without experiencing joint pain. Where it really shines, however, is in what it does not do.
The cushioning system in this treadmill can actually be turned off when desired and make the surface hard to run on. Over time this can be dangerous, but many seasoned runners prefer the hard stability of street running to the overly springy step of a cushioned run. Also, the variable hardness can break up the monotony of your run, as we'll see in the next sections.
Web-Connected Touch Screen
Yes, this treadmill comes with a TV. Not just any TV, either. This is a touchscreen with both internet and Bluetooth capabilities. With it, you can track your workout and upload it to the iFit Coach fitness app (more on that later). The control of the treadmill is literally at your fingertips.
But that is just the beginning. One of the main arguments against treadmills is how boring they can be, staring at the same thing for minutes and hours while performing the same way. Technology, as it so often does, fixes this boredom problem.
The screen on this treadmill can also connect to Google Maps. On it, you can trace a path anywhere in the world and virtually run it. The screen will display street view, so it's like you are really there. Furthermore, the system automatically adjusts the hardness of the platform with the variable cushioning system and the incline to simulate actually running on the surface you are seeing.
Run down the streets of New York, up the hills of Tuscany or through the jungles of the Philippines. No more will you be stuck looking at a wall, out a window or at some other runners backside in the gym. And if you get tired of traveling the world, there is a stand for your tablet to watch video.
The NordicTrack 1750 Treadmill comes loaded with all kinds of software to help keep you on track and achieve your fitness goals. The iFit Coach program comes pre-installed, and it tracks your performance while on the treadmill so you can see how you have (or haven't) improved.
But the program really gets detailed when paired with the iFit Coach wearable device. This watch-sized device is similar to a Fitbit in that it tracks your steps, your sleep, your diet and more. Most of this is done automatically so you can get a complete picture of your physical health without going to a doctor.
Not only does the software in the NordicTrack 1750 track what you do, but it also guides what you do as well. There are a whopping 38 preprogrammed exercise routines in this model. These programs alter the speed, resistance, incline and more to cause your body to work in different ways. Want to increase fat burn, strengthen your legs or increase your long distance endurance? There are programs for all of those things and more.
No longer will you have to look up treadmill exercise plans or bore yourself to tears just running neutrally. Now you can try all kinds of workouts until you find one you like or zero in on one based on your goals. If 38 sounds like a lot of programs, it is. Most treadmills get by on a handful of less than ten. 38 can be almost overwhelming, but NordicTrack is in the business of giving their customers more.
Other Pros and Cons
The loads of features that the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 comes with are too numerous to go into detail here. We've spoken about the major ones but here are some of the smaller but still positive inclusions that we liked. Also listed here are the things we felt the NordicTrack 1750 Treadmill could have done better.
What We Think
Except for a few other top of the line treadmills, the NordicTrack 1750 Treadmill blows all of its competition squarely out of the water. It has more features than just about all of the other treadmills in its class and will last longer with an as good or better warranty. The amount of control possible over your workout is simply staggering, and data tracking is done well and intuitively.
If running on a treadmill could ever be said to be fun, this machine could make it happen. The Google Maps connectivity, while not new, is implemented well and enjoyable to use. Not many other treadmills can match the NordicTrack 1750's enjoyment factor.