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Confidence Power Trac Pro Treadmill Review

Quite a lot of people have a tight budget, but still want to maintain a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise.

I am one of them and the Confidence Power Trac Pro helps me do just that.

It has pre-set workout programs, incline levels and quick-select speed settings to provide variation and intensity to my routines.

It’s also light and foldable, allowing me to save precious space.
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Confidence Power Trac Pro Review

Pros

  • Easy assembly
  • 12 Built-in fitness programs
  • 3 Incline options
  • 4 quick-select pre-set speeds

Cons

  • Vague manual instructions
  • Low motor power
  • Limited tread size
  • Feels shaky and unstable

 

Features

Adjustable Manual Incline

It has three incline levels at 5 degrees, 3.5 degrees, and 2 degrees. It is not automatic but the machine is really lightweight so that’s not a problem at all.

 

Quick-Select Speed Settings

I start at a really comfortable speed level but I like to go faster once I get warmed up. The Confidence Power Trac Pro can go from 0.6 mph to 6.mph.

Its quick-select option allows me to easily accelerate to 1.86 mph, 3 mph, 4.9 mph, 6.2 mph, and there are also other buttons for when I want to go beyond the pre-set speeds.

 

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12 Built-In Programs

The number and variety of programs included in its system is a major plus for me.

There are other, more expensive machines out there that have less than 5 pre-sets included which is absolutely terrible!

 

Others

  • Easy assembly which can be completed in less than 20 minutes
  • Emergency safety feature which automatically shuts off the machine in case of failure

 

Design And Specifications

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Some of the main considerations for purchasing a home workout machine are size and weight.

The Confidence Power Trac Pro is very compact and weighs just 52 lbs. It fits in small spaces perfectly, and it’s easy to maneuver.

Home treadmills also don’t need ultra-powerful motors. This one runs on a 600 watt motor which is good enough to power short, daily exercises.

The runway measures 14 by 39 inches. It may not be very comfortable for if you are near or more than 6 feet tall. The maximum user weight is 265 lbs.

You have the option to go as slow as 0.6 mph or run at 6.2 mph. This is enough for some brisk walking or light jogging.

 

F.A.Q.

What is the weight limit of this machine?

The maximum user weight is stated at 265 lbs, but it might be uncomfortable for those above 220 due to its compact size.

 

How complicated is the assembly?

Despite the vague set-up instructions, it is rather easy to assemble. It takes less than 20 minutes to figure out what goes where.

 

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Is the tread length comfortable for tall users?

While treadmills generally have no height limit, the Confidence Power Trac Pro could be uncomfortable if you are 6 ft tall or more and would naturally have longer strides.

 

Is it sturdy?

Due to its size, it can feel shaky and unstable. However, I can still do fast paced walking or light jogging.

 

Is the speed in kilometers per hour or miles per hour?

The speed reflected in the console is in kilometers per hour as opposed to the more common miles per hour reading.

 

What is the maximum speed?

The maximum speed is 6.2mph, although I do not suggest pushing such a small machine to its limit.

 

Is it quiet?

Yes. Designed to be used at home, it is silent enough not to disturb those watching TV or sleeping while you work out.

 

Other Options

An even more affordable alternative would be the Fitnessclub 500W Folding Electric Treadmill. It has better cushioning for your ankle and back, and better knee joint support.

We also have a list of best treadmills under $500 that you can check out here.

However, if you can add around $200 to your budget, you can opt for a Nordic Track T-Series Treadmill and get a more powerful motor, a wider tread belt, and deck cushioning.

 

Confidence Power Trac Pro Treadmill: Conclusion

Overall, the Confidence Power Trac Pro Treadmill provides good value for a home electric treadmill at its price.

With its easy folding design, 12 built-in fitness programs, 3 incline levels, and quick-select pre-set speeds, it can function effectively for those who are in need of an affordable, no-fuss exercise equipment at home.

Precor Stretch Trainer Review

Think about having a good full body stretch that feels as good as yoga, but without the need to sign up for or travel to classes. That’s what the Precor Stretch Trainer can do for you.

This full body stretching machine has an ergonomic design that ensures good posture while you stretch. Its padded seat and knee rests are very comfortable. It also has a very useful instructional placard illustrating the different stretches that you can do on the machine.

Although the Precor is quite pricey, its solid construction, comfort and safety features, and overall effectiveness are definitely worth the steep price.

Precor 240i Stretch Trainer Review

 

Precor 240i Stretch Trainer Review

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Solid construction
  • Easy-to-follow stretching guide
  • Comfortable seat, handle bars and leg pads
  • Safety wrist straps

Cons

  • Pricey

 

Features

Full Body Stretch Capability

The Precor Stretch Trainer is a versatile machine that allows you to stretch key muscle groups.

You can target your lower back, hamstrings, gluteals and hips, hips/legs/back, inner thighs and groin, upper back, shoulders and quadriceps.

All these using one brilliant stretching machine!

 

Ergonomic Design

Do you sometimes stretch yourself too much, hoping to get better results only to feel sore or even get injured?

Stretching machines help you avoid this by positioning your body correctly while stretching. And the Precor Stretch Trainer does this even better with its ergonomic design.

It is constructed in such a way that prevents you from hurting yourself, but enables you to get a nice, deep stretch. It’s really like having a knowledgeable stretching partner that helps you get good results and protects you at the same time!

 

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When you are alone, it’s easy to do freestyle stretching. Even with the use of a machine, how difficult could it be?

Wrong. It is important that you do things correctly to achieve your intended results.

The Precor Stretch Trainer makes this easy for you by having an instructional placard right in front of you. It is well-illustrated to clearly depict the stretching positions that you should aim for.

 

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  • The cushioned seat and leg pads are so comfortable that you can completely focus on feeling your muscles stretch.
  • For safety and added control, you can use the wrist strap in addition to holding on to the padded handle bars.

 

Design And Specifications

For a commercial quality equipment, the Precor Stretch Trainer is relatively small and lightweight. It measures 52 x 28 x 36 inches (L x W x H) and weighs 60 lbs.

There is no question that this stretching machine is solidly built. You will feel stable regardless of the stretching position that you are in. It can accommodate users of up to 250 lbs.

You will be glad to know that Precor includes warranty with each purchase. The frame is covered for 5 years, parts for 2 years, and upholstery for 90 days.

 

F.A.Q.

Is it easy to set-up?

Yes. You just need to put the two main pieces together and the rest requires very little effort. You can do it alone but two extra hands will make things even easier.

 

What is the user weight capacity?

The maximum user weight is specified at 250 lbs.

 

Can I leave out using the wrist straps?

We strongly advise the use of the wrist straps every time you are on the stretch trainer. They keep you from falling and injuring yourself if you lose grip of the handle bars.

 

precor-stretch-trainer-inner-thigh-and-groinIs the seat cushioning comfortable?

Yes. It is made of high quality 3D urethane molded foam padding. It is covered in automotive-grade fabric that is double stitched for extra strength.

 

What muscle groups are targeted by the Precor Stretch Trainer?

This versatile stretch trainer stretches the lower back, hamstrings, upper back, shoulders and quadriceps. It also works the following muscle groups: gluteals and hips; hips, legs and back; inner thighs and groin.

 

Other Options

If you are looking for a more affordable stretching machine and you want to focus on stretching your legs, you can consider the Century Versaflex Stretching Machine.

It is a splits machine that can stretch up to 190 degrees. Unlike other leg stretchers, it has a degree indicator that allows you to monitor your progress.

For other options, you can also check out our review of the top stretching machines on the market today.

 

Precor Stretch Trainer: Conclusion

For people who have the resources and want to own a gym-quality stretching machine at home, the Precor Stretch Trainer is a great choice.

As they say, you get what you pay for. This is especially true of the Precor Stretch Trainer.

Each component is of excellent quality, not to mention the solid overall construction of the machine. Furthermore, its all-around functionality and ergonomic design make it worth every penny.

Our verdict? Two thumbs up for the Precor Stretch Trainer!

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike Review

Coming from one of the most renowned bike brands, you would expect the Schwinn 270 to be top of the line.

And it is. Once you step on this bike and start pedaling, you’ll notice the quality instantly.

Do you want a wide range of magnetic resistance options? It has 25! Do you want preset workout programs? It has 29 different options!

The Schwinn 270 recumbent exercise bike has all that and more.

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike Review

 

Schwinn 270 Review

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Multiple workout programs
  • Multi-user setting
  • Quiet
  • Sleep mode
  • USB port for charging and data exchange
  • Good customer service

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Heavy and bulky
  • No user manual

 

Features

25 Magnetic Resistance Levels

Most recumbent bikes have less than 10 tension levels. The Schwinn 270 has almost thrice that number!

Some may argue that 25 levels of magnetic resistance is too much and perhaps unnecessary. But personally, I like that it can cover a wide range of intensity preferences, especially since I share the bike with several other users.

There are also 10 keys for quick resistance control so changing from a laidback to a more intense workout is very simple.

 

Data Management And Display

schwinn 270 displayTo complement the numerous programs and multi-user setting, the console of the Schwinn 270 allows you to efficiently monitor your performance in relation to your fitness goals.

You get the visual representation of your workout accomplishments through the DualTrack twin LCD windows. They can display up to 13 different types of information.

You can export data through the USB port and use the Schwinn Connect to evaluate your progress.

 

Multiple Programs and User Settings

Besides the wide range of resistance levels, the Schwinn 270 also has a vast selection of preset programs.

There are 12 profile programs to simulate rides, mountains and challenges, 9 heart rate control programs, 4 custom user defined programs, 2 fitness tests, 1 recovery test and 1 quick start program for manual adjustments. It pretty much covers all possible settings!

Other users can also manage their workouts using these program options because the Schwinn 270 can save up to 4 user settings.

 

Heart Rate Monitoring

The handle bars have sensors that monitor your heart rate.

If you prefer to ride hands-free, the Schwinn 270 gives you the option to use a telemetry heart rate monitor. However, you need to buy it separately.

 

Others

  • The bike automatically goes into sleep mode after 5 minutes of inactivity. However, it is recommended to unplug the bike when not in use.
  • Although the Schwinn 270 does not specify its height restrictions, it can still adapt to different users through its aluminum slider rail system.
  • There is a large container for a water bottle or other personal items.
  • It has acoustic speakers that emit a good quality sound.
  • It has a fan for added comfort, although even the third and highest speed feels very light.

 

Design And Specifications

The Schwinn 270 is a bit bulky with assembled dimensions of 64 x 27.7 x 49.9 inches (L x W x H).

Given its size, it is also quite heavy. Despite having transport wheels, moving this 86.6-pound bike can be difficult.

On the other hand, this volume gives the bike a very stable footing. Users of up to 300 lbs. need not worry about security while riding the Schwinn 270.

 

F.A.Q.

Is it easy to assemble?

Yes. Do not expect a user manual but information is available on the internet.

 

Does it fold? Is it easy to move?

No. It attempts to be easily movable with the transport wheels but it is still very heavy.

 

Is it quiet?

Yes. You can enjoy watching TV or listening to music without being bothered by annoying sounds.

 

Does the flywheel run smoothly?

Yes. There is a consistently smooth flywheel motion. You can feel changes in resistance only when you adjust it.

 

Is the seat adjustable?

Yes, but only in terms of distance from the pedals. There is no vertical seat adjustment.

 

Other Options

If a more affordable recumbent bike interests you, consider buying the Exerpeutic 900XL.

However, the slash in price naturally corresponds to less features. It does not have preset programs, that many resistance levels, telemetry pulse monitoring, or a USB port.

Nevertheless, it is still a stable bike that can give you a satisfying workout. For other options, read this post reviewing the best recumbent exercise bikes.

 

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike: Conclusion

The Schwinn 270 can very well be a true partner in anyone’s fitness journey.

Apart from being sturdy and reliable, it also has advantageous features such as a wide range of programs, magnetic resistance levels, data management and goal tracking capabilities.

It makes workouts even more convenient with acoustic chamber speakers and a 3-speed fan. The Schwinn 270 is undeniably one of the best recumbent exercise bikes on the market today.

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Exerpeutic 400XL Recumbent Bike Review (Now Called 300SR)

exerpeutic 400 xl recumbent bike reviewIn most cases, the saying “you get what you pay for” is true. But on other occasions, you get everything you expected, and then some.

The Exerpeutic 400 XL is a stable recumbent bike that allows you to have a quiet and smooth, but challenging and effective workout. You can play around with your workout and change things up with its 8-level magnetic tension and height adjustment feature.

You can also track your performance indicators like distance, calories burned, time, speed, and pulse and view them on a large LCD screen.

While it lacks the advanced features found in more pricey bikes, it is definitely capable of helping you meet your fitness objectives.

 

Exerpeutic 400XL Review

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to get on and off
  • Foldable
  • Compact
  • Sturdy
  • Quiet
  • Has heart rate monitor

Cons

  • Thin seat padding
  • Difficult seat adjustment

 

Features

Semi-Recumbent Design

Recumbent bikes are designed in such a way that the seat is almost at the same level as the pedals.

While the seat of the Exerpeutic 400XL is slightly elevated, it has a nicely placed backrest and your position is still more natural and relaxed than in an upright bike. This semi-recumbent design also lets you get on and off the bike more easily.

 

8 Level Magnetic Tension Control

There are times when I am all pumped-up for a vigorous workout but most of the time I would rather have a long but steady training session.

exerpeutic 400xl magnetic tension controlThe Exerpeutic 400 XL can perfectly adapt to those preferences. It is very easy to select from the 8 levels of tension control. You just turn the knob to the right for a more difficult workout.

Furthermore, it uses magnetic resistance which is preferred by many because it allows the flywheel to run smoother. I also love that is nearly silent, allowing me to watch TV, read a book or play music in the background. Don’t we all love it when we don’t notice time going by while working out?

 

Hand Pulse Sensors

I have to commend Exerpeutic for including hand pulse sensors in their very affordable recumbent exercise bikes.exerpeutic 400xl hand pulse sensors

The handles of the 400XL help you keep your balance but also monitor your heart rate through the built-in pulse sensors.

 

Others

  • This already compact machine folds and has wheels for easy storage.
  • The seat is generally comfortable. However, it would be better if it had a thicker cushion and could be adjusted easier.
  • Its large pedals with straps help you feel more secure.

 

Design And Specifications

Recumbent bikes may have a larger footprint than upright bikes, but the Exerpeutic 400XL has a compact structure. It measures 33 x 19 x 46 inches (L x W x H) when assembled.

If you wish to move the bike for a change in environment or for storage, you can do it without difficulty because it only weighs 43 lbs. and has transport wheels.

It can adapt to different user heights, from 5’2″ to 6’2″, by having the seat adjusted. However, it would be better if the adjustment could be done more easily. It is also not very flexible because the settings are too far from each other.

Like most recumbent bikes, it can accommodate a maximum user weight of 300 lbs. The Exerpeutic 400XL is also covered by 1-year warranty, which is typical of most bikes in this price range.

 

F.A.Q.

Is it easy to set-up?

Yes. It helps that the nuts and bolts were already screwed into place so you no longer need to identify where each one should go. All the necessary tools are also included when you purchase the bike.

 

400xl folding recumbent exercise bikeIs it a folding exercise bike?

Yes. Moving and storing it is also made easier by the transport wheels.

 

Is it quiet?

This bike operates very silently because the pedaling motion is very smooth and it uses magnetic resistance.

 

What height can it accommodate?

Even though some expensive recumbent bikes don’t have height restrictions, the Exerpeutic 400XL specifies that it can accommodate users between 5’2″ and 6’’2″.

 

Is it sturdy?

Yes. It feels very stable and secure even on maximum resistance.

 

Other Options

It is tough to find a recumbent bike that is equally as good and affordable as the Exerpeutic 400XL. If you are willing to spend more for your recumbent exercise bike, you can consider the Schwinn 270.

You can vary your workout by choosing from its 25 magnetic resistance levels and 29 preset programs. Monitoring your progress is easy with its dual LCD window display. It can also save up to 4 different user settings.

If you would like to explore other options, you can also check out our review of the best recumbent exercise bikes.

 

Exerpeutic 400XL (300SR) Recumbent Exercise Bike: Conclusion

Without a doubt, getting the Exerpeutic 400XL is an affordable, comfortable and efficient way to keep yourself fit.

With its compact design and stable frame, it is an ideal equipment for home exercise. It has all the basic features that a recumbent exercise bike should cover. It even has a pulse monitor that is a pleasant surprise considering its price.

Whether you are starting a regular exercise routine or you want to maintain your active lifestyle without having to go out, the Exerpeutic 400XL is an excellent choice.

Ironman LX-300 Review

Ironman LX300 Inversion Table Review

NOTE: The Ironman LX300 Inversion Table has been discontinued. For some great alternatives, check out our article on the best inversion tables.

Our fast-paced lives cause a lot of stress, not only mentally but also physically.

That is where inversion therapy comes in.

It has helped me so much and I am eternally grateful that inversion therapy was introduced to me.

But finding the right table is not easy. There are so many different models.

And not everyone needs the most expensive. I, for one, did not.

After thorough research, I got the Ironman LX 300. For a newbie, I find it surprisingly easy to use!

And that was the primary goal for me.

It also has sufficient safety and comfort features – just enough to give that sore back some relaxing decompression. And it costs less than most.

Let’s take a closer look and see what this inversion table offers and if it is right for you.

Ironman LX-300 Review

 

Ironman LX300 Review

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Sturdy
  • Easy height adjustment
  • Foldable

Cons

  • No headrest
  • Does not lock securely when folded
  • No indexing of inversion angle

 

Features

Ankle Locking System

ironman-lx-300-foam-roller-and-ankle-cushionsDue to the pressure that the ankles absorb during inversion, comfortable locks and easy release system are must-haves.

Thankfully, the Ironman LX 300 has both.

The cushions hold the ankles securely. The foam rollers are fine, although I prefer something that fits more snugly. They are not ergonomic grips like those in more expensive inversion tables, but they work well enough to make you feel safe.

It also has a pull pin release system, a simple but very significant mechanism for people with back problems.

 

Stable Frame

Stability is another major factor to look for in inversion tables. Nobody wants to compromise safety in a very risky piece of exercise equipment.

Despite its affordable price, the Ironman LX 300 has a heavy-duty steel frame. It allows the table to stay firmly positioned on the floor.

 

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The Ironman LX 300 is a compact inversion table measuring 46.5 x 27 x 57 inches (L x W x H) and weighing 55 lbs.

It is quite stable mainly due to the 1.5 inches thick square steel frame.

The backrest is made of 3/4″ soft foam. However, it would be much more comfortable if it has a headrest.

The table’s 275-pound weight capacity is a bit lower than most inversion tables, but it should still be sufficient for most.

Its height range is also 1-2 inches shorter than other inversion tables. It can be adjusted between 4’10” and 6’6″.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

ironman-lx-300-foldable-inversion-tableIs it easy to set-up?

Yes. Assembly is relatively easy, although instructions could be better written. It is also advisable to use your own tools instead of the ones that come with the table.

Does it fold for easy storage?

Yes. It can be folded when not in use or if you need to move it to another location. However, it needs a more secure locking mechanism.

What is the user weight capacity?

The maximum user weight is 275 lbs.

My husband is more than 6 feet tall. Can he use this table?

Absolutely. It can be adjusted to accommodate users up to 6’6″ tall.

Are there indicators for the degrees of inversion?

None. There is an adjustable strap to control the degree of inversion, but there are no markers to indicate specific degrees.

 

Other Options

Another affordable but stable inversion table is the Ironman Gravity 1000.

It does not have fancy accessories but has all the basic features like an ankle locking system and height adjustment.

If you still can’t make a decision, our review of the top 5 inversion tables can help you.

 

Ironman LX 300 Inversion Table: Conclusion

The Ironman LX 300 is a simple inversion table that satisfactorily meets basic requirements.

It may have a slightly lower weight and height capacity, but it is definitely safe, sturdy and comfortable.

If you are not after a high-end, extraordinary inversion table, then the Ironman LX 300 is the one for you.