Nordictrack 14.9 Elliptical$1599
- Extra-Large, Full-Color, HD, Touch-Screen Console
- Generous 20 Inch Power-Adjustable Stride
- Room To Grow with 26 Resistance Levels
- Challenge Yourself with 0 - 20 Degree Power Incline
- Run Workouts Around the World with iFit Coach
- Tablet Holder Above the Console
- Heavy 32 Pound Flywheel Adds Extra Stability
- Adjustable Pedals For Personalized Fit
- Water Bottle Hard to Reach
- Heavy - Hard to Move
Nordictrack 14.9 Review – The Basics:
The Nordictrack Commercial 14.9 elliptical is Nordictrack’s premium front-drive elliptical trainer for this year. It’s built to be tougher than their starter models with a massive 32 pound flywheel, 20-inch stride and commercial-gauge, steel construction.
A heavier flywheel on an elliptical helps to give you a smoother-feeling ride without the jerky stop-and-starts you get with cheaper machines.
It also helps to anchor the machine giving you a more stable feel. That means you can really pick up your pace on this trainer and it won’t budge or rock side-to-side like some starter ellipticals.
Many people also like the fact that it’s a front drive trainer (meaning the flywheel is placed in front of the pedals).
While there is no general feeling as to which elliptical design is best, many people feel a front drive trainer feels a bit more stable than a rear drive machine.
Full Color, Touch-Screen Console:
The Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical comes with one of Nordictrack’s largest full-color consoles: 10 inches across. It’s touch-screen ready and you can easily watch your iFit video workouts in full, HD glory.
There’s also a tablet-holder above the console for your tablet. So you can surf the web or watch your favorite Netflix shows or movies as you run.
You can also listen to your favorite tunes with the iPod docks and built-in speakers. There’s also a handy console fan that matches your exertion rate to keep you cool and comfortable during your workout.
Basically this console is like having your own entertainment fitness center built into the console.
iFit Coach Takes You Around the World:
Another great option to help you reach your fitness goals is iFit. iFit Coach takes your trainer online for even more tracking and workout options.
You can track your workouts over time to see how far you’ve come. You can also set new fitness goals and have iFit help you to reach them.
iFit can track your daily activity and even design your daily workout to meet your goals.
The best part about iFit Coach however is that you can run trails all over the world – from Hawaii to the Swiss Alps – and watch real landmarks pass you by in the console screen.
You can also download new workouts from popular personal trainers and watch as they lead you through workouts in exotic locales like Paris or Santorini.
The elliptical also tries to match the trail you’re running with the incline as well for a more realistic feel – something you definitely don’t get with other brands of trainers. Basically iFit can take your training to a whole new level.
And the great news?
If you get the new Nordictrack 14.9 trainer through the Manufacturer, you can currently get a 1 year membership to iFit Coach included.
So you can try out everything iFit has to offer – including over 12,000 different video workouts – for a full year to see if it’s right for you.
Nordictrack 14.9 Elliptical Review – Power Incline:
Another way to challenge yourself on this trainer is by using the incline which ranges from 0 – 20 degrees. Incline is not the same as resistance (resistance makes you work harder and harder to push the pedals down when running).
Instead, incline changes the slope of your elliptical pathway. This helps you to crosstrain different muscle groups and get a better workout overall.
And this incline is power incline – meaning you can change settings from your console instead of having to get off the machine to do it, which is handy.
And you also get 26 levels of resistance – more than most elliptical trainers give you at this price point. So there’s lots of room to grow with this machine.
You also get adjustable footpedals. These give you 3 different toe-heel angles so you can choose the best fit for you.
Stay in Your Target Fat-Burning Zone
Another great thing with this trainer is that, while you can measure your heart rate with the EKG hand grip sensors, you can also get a Free wireless heart rate monitor. Many people prefer the wireless chest strap as it tends to be more accurate than hand grip sensors.
The chest strap is also a lot more convenient than having to continually grasp the hand sensors to get a reading.
And if you don’t like the thought of spending hours assembling your crosstrainer, you’ll really like the easier out-of-the box assembly on this unit. The new design significantly reduces the number of steps required to put it together – so you’ll be working out sooner with less frustration.
Nordictrack 14.9 Review – Any Downsides?
The Commercial 14.9 elliptical is solid and stable – but it’s heavy. While there are wheels on the bottom, don’t expect to move it around too often.
Also, although this is a small thing, the water bottle holder on this elliptical is not placed in an optimal position – it can be hard to reach.
Where to Buy and Save:
If you want a tough, stable front-drive elliptical with all of the premium features included and entertainment galore you really can’t go wrong with the Nordictrack Commercial 14.9 elliptical.
You can buy it directly from the Manufacturer and get Free Shipping plus iFit included here.
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