ICON Health & Fitness Elliptical Trainer Reviews:
The Largest Manufacturer of Home Fitness Equipment
ICON Health & Fitness elliptical trainer brands include: ProForm, NordicTrack, Reebok, Weslo, and HealthRider. These elliptical trainers range from $399.99 - $1299.99 MSRP, which places them solidly in the lower-end group.
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ProForm Elliptical Trainers are at the low end of the elliptical trainer spectrum. Many of them do come with a lot of features, some commonly found on higher-end elliptical trainers, such as heart rate control, adjustable incline, several training programs, and built-in fan. They all come with iFit.com technology. The downside is, that for all these features, these machines are built with lower quality components. The end result is elliptical trainers that may not last as long as you'd like, especially under heavy use. Price range $399.99 - $999.99 MSRP.
NordicTrack was the company that made the NordicTrack cross country ski machine. They went out of business several years ago and ICON
Health & Fitness bought their name. The cross country ski machines were the precursor and inspiration for the elliptical trainer.
The original NordicTrack skiers were great machines that were very well-made.
NordicTrack elliptical trainers don't quite live up to the same level of quality. We recommend that you stay away from the NordicTrack CXT 910 since there have been way too many reports of failures with the drive mechanism. You may do better to have a look at the NordicTrack CX 925, but in general, be cautious when considering NordicTrack elliptical trainers.
Price range $799.99 - $999.99 MSRP.
This line of elliptical trainers from ICON seems to be slightly sturdier than the ProForm and NordicTrack ellipticals. However, the
drive mechanism is very similar between product lines and this gives us pause when considering any ICON elliptical trainer, including
Reebok elliptical trainers.
Price range $999.99 - 1299.99 MSRP.
Reebok RL 525
Reebok RL 645
ICON fitness equipment comes equipped with an iFit.com™ interface. This technology allows ICON equipment, such as elliptical trainers and treadmills, to be controlled by iFit.com™ media such as CDs, MP3 files, and video tapes. It can also work over the Internet directly from iFit.com™.
Training programs designed by certified personal trainers are used to motivate you while at the same time controlling the resistance and/or incline of your fitness equipment. There are also Web cams available where you can interact live with a personal trainer. If you're a fan of instructor-lead spinning classes, then this technology may appeal to you.
This is not only a brilliant technology innovation, but also a great business model - the iFit.com™ Website is built around an on-line store selling iFit.com™ products and subscriptions.
Actually, it's some pretty slick technology. It encodes the audio signal from the tape, disk, or streaming media output to control iFit.com™ equipment. You can even control your elliptical trainer just using your VCR, CD player, or even MP3 player. Just attach an audio cable with an adapter to the audio-out jack on the player to the iFit.com jack on the elliptical trainer.
At present, iFit.com™ only works on Windows PCs. There's no current support for Macs. It's also unfortunate that a company that can innovate such cool technology can't also build better quality fitness equipment.