Currently available for £999.00 from Sweatband.com
NordicTrack C 7.5 Elliptical Cross Trainer Review
The NordicTrack C 7.5 is a mid-priced elliptical trainer aimed primarily at individuals and families that want to improve their fitness levels as part of living a healthy lifestyle, working out regularly rather, than the more hardcore gym goers out there that want to push themselves hard. To find out how it performs against this brief we took a closer look and coming from NordicTrack, and being priced at the higher mid-point, we had expectations. Here’s what we found….
Assembly of the C7.5 is, in many ways, a nostalgic trip down memory lane. There lots of pieces to put together, wires you must take care not to catch or pinch and a requirement to grease some metal components. This is how pretty much all ellipticals used to be but times have moved on and it’s surprising to see this level of assembly required from a NordicTrack machine these days. That being said, the instructions for assembly are excellent with clear descriptions accompanied by clear pictures making the process simple, if not quick. The other saving grace here if course is that it only needs to be built once.
The resulting cross trainer that stands in front of you at the end of the build, looks good. It’s got classic clean lines and the colours are completely non-offensive. While it’s not going to win any design awards for looks, it’s not ugly either and it does have a nice clean, functional look. Once laid down properly on a flat floor the C7.5 is nice and sturdy and when in use, it’s nice and quiet too. The elliptical cycle feels smooth all the way throughout without any surges giving it a premium feel. The resistance levels change at a pace that’s perfectly fine for general and also intense exercise, though if you like high-intensity interval training we’d suggest opting for an electromagnetic (EMS) model or one that’s dedicated to HIIT training. There’s a motorised incline function that allows you to change the angle of attack up to 20% and go from a relatively flat ellipse to a more circular ellipse. This allows you to target a range of different specific muscle groups making it easier to get an all-round full-body workout. As changing the incline level also changes the stride length from 44cm (17.3”) to 48cm (19”) this provides the flexibility for different sized users to select the stride length that’s best for them, which is very useful in a family environment, to say the least. And of course this is what the C7.5 is all about. In the same vein, mounting and dismounting is made easy by the oversized pedals which give you the sense of stepping up onto a proper platform and the fixed handlebars that provide an anchor point to keep your balance stepping on and off making this model suitable for the widest possible range of users. All these things make the C7.5 a genuinely family friendly model that will do a great job in a home setting.
Resistance levels start from almost non-existent all the way up to a respectable difficulty meaning that as your fitness levels improve you’re not going to need to upgrade to another elliptical anytime soon, especially with that incline system. The pedal plates are a good size and provide plenty of space for foot placement but unfortunately, there’s no pedal angle adjustment. Still, the overall experience is very good indeed and the C7.5 delivers a solid workout. It’s easy to build up a proper sweat and get the heart pumping and there’s no doubt that it can provide more of a challenge than most typcial users will ever need. The console features a 5” backlit LCD screen which does a more than satisfactory job of displaying your workout data. With 27 different preset programmes to work through, there’s a fair bit here to keep you entertained and as with all modern NordicTrack machines, the C7.5 has an iFit Bluetooth module allowing you to connect to the iFit subscription service. Subscribers to iFit get access to an absolutely huge catalogue of high-definition workout videos led by professional personal trainers, with the workouts usually taking place in exotic and beautiful locations. All the workouts fall into the same types of categories that you’ll find in built-in programmes eg Cardio, Endurance, Fat Burn, Weight Loss and so on. The workouts are run by leading PTs making them engaging and effective while the videos themselves demonstrate excellent production values. In addition to the training videos, iFit also features Google Maps workouts that allow you to map out your own routes on Google Maps, and you can participate in online challenges against other iFit members. You also gain access to personalised advice for nutrition, exercise routines and sleep schedule. iFit is a whole world unto itself and offers more than we can cover in this review, but if you want to know more visit the iFit website for full details. A free 1-year subscription to iFit is included in the package though you will also need a tablet and a good internet connection to get the very best out of it.
There’s also a Bluetooth heart rate sensor that gives a reliable reading when used with a chest belt, and all the standard add-on’s that you’d expect to see on a NordicTrack machine these days such as water bottle holder, speakers, fan etc.
Last but not least of course the C7.5 is covered by a 2 years parts and labour warranty as long as you register it with NordicTrack within 28 days of purchase.
Overall the C.75 isn't bad at all, in fact, we'd say it's very good. The assembly takes longer than it really should need to but other than that it's hard to find much fault here. If pressed we could say that it could benefit from being able to adjust the angle of the pedals but in truth that's more of a 'nice to have' rather than a 'must have' and the oversize footplates provide a great platform to stand and work from just as they are. There are plenty of workouts available and you get to try out the iFit service for a whole year before having to make the decision on whether to continue to use it and start paying for it or not, which we think is more than fair and of course the machine can be used without iFit if that's your preference. All-round this is a great family-oriented offering that delivers a great workout making it a model we're happy to recommend.
NordicTrack C 7.5 Specifications
- 9kg (19.8lbs) effective inertia
- 22 digital levels of SMR Silent™ Magnetic Resistance combined with OneTouch™ Controls
- 0-20% Adjustable Power Ramp
- 17.3” (44cm) – 19″ (48cm) power adjustable stride
- 5” full-color display
- Console Feedback: EKG, calories burned, workout progress, speed, time and distance
- 26 preset workouts (contains 13 calories and 13 performance workout apps)
- Interactivity: iFit Coach BLE Enabled – use the iFit Smart Cardio app on compatible tablets and smartphones (subscription based after initial trial)
- Heart Rate Measurement via Dual EKG pulse grips (Bluetooth® Smart chest belt optional)
- Audio: Compatible music port for iPod®/MP3 player, two 2” speakers
- Conveniences: Integrated tablet holder (tablet not included), water bottle holder
- Autobreeze™ workout fan
- SoftTouch Upper body grips for a comfortable workout
- Dimensions in Use (L x W x H): 169cm (66.5”) x 63cm (24.8”) x 176cm (69.3”)
- Product Weight: 79kg (174.2lbs)
- Max. User Weight: 125kg (275.6lbs)
- Power: Mains
- Warranty: 5-year frame and 2-year for parts and labour (Registration within 28 days of purchase)
NordicTrack C 7.5 Elliptical Cross Trainer - Console / Display Unit
Currently available for £999.00 from Sweatband.com
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