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NordicTrack A2550 4 Star Rating: Cheapism Good Pick
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Rated one of the best values under $1,000 in a NordicTrack A2550 review by Treadmill Doctor, this model is a good choice for walkers and joggers. With a 350-pound weight limit and a 2.5 continuous horsepower motor, this hefty machine can also support light running. Many users, including one who posted a review on the NordicTrack website, find they can run on it consistently, however a very heavy user who constantly pounds the deck with long, high-speed runs might wear out the machine prematurely.

With 16 preset workouts, the NordicTrack A2550 Pro offers enough options to keep users motivated, even when their exercise needs change as their fitness improves. It is also compatible with iFit Live, which offers downloadable workouts by personal trainers such as Jillian Michaels for an additional cost. An arrangement with Google Maps allows users to simulate a jog on any road in the world; the treadmill incline automatically changes along with the terrain. There is an iPod port and speakers, and users posting NordicTrack A2550 reviews at Sears find the volume adequate. The speed goes up to 12 mph, which is suitable even for sprinters, and the incline increases to 10 percent. A heart-rate monitor built into the handgrips tracks the user's pulse, and other readouts include time, distance, incline, speed, and calories burned.

In NordicTrack A2550 reviews at Sears, users stress the importance of having at least two people on hand to assemble the machine. It weighs close to 250 pounds, so it's very difficult to move and should be assembled where you will use it. That said, users seemed to have very few problems putting it together. It folds up, though not flat, and some users posting treadmill reviews at Sears warn that its weight makes it difficult to fold.

The NordicTrack A2550 Pro comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor and a one-year warranty on parts and labor. All in all, this is a solidly built treadmill, and you're not apt to find a more powerful motor in this price range.

by Elizabeth Sheer (Google+ Profile) – December 28, 2012
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