The NordicTrack ASR 700 elliptical cross trainer is NordicTrack’s attempt to make elliptical machines more fun to exercise with. Workouts can get pretty monotonous, so to add a little more entertainment and excitement, they’ve incorporated their proprietary Game & Train(TM) interactive video games and ifit® workout card technology into the console.
But before we talk about these cool features, let’s talk about the basics. When shopping at any online store, many will offer a home assembly service, but what I discovered with NordicTrack is that you really don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out how to put your ellipticals together. The NordicTrack ASR 700 elliptical cross trainer is a good example and assembly is easier than expected. Just make sure all moving parts are properly lubricated.
The ASR 700 elliptical has a weight capacity of 275lbs, so this elliptical remains fairly stable, even during workouts with the weight of an average user moving at high intensity. The stride length is 18″, which for any rider under 6″ will promote a smooth and enjoyable ride. Users taller than 6″ may find this uncomfortable. For the upper body, the training arms are fully adjustable, which is great for targeting muscle groups in the upper region, including the arms, shoulders, and back. back.
The NordicTrack ASR 700 elliptical machines come with 14 training programs that incorporate digital resistance. This is great for workouts as you can adjust the resistance during your workout for higher intensity and optimal calorie burn. Personal Trainer(TM) workout programs automatically control resistance for best results, but some beginners may find this difficult, so it’s often best to start with a low resistance and manually increase the intensity. Heart rate pulse sensors are housed in the handles to measure accurate pulse readings that are displayed on the Clear View(TM) display along with common data such as time, speed and resistance. This is also a nice touch for users who want to train with their target heart rate zones.
Now for the fun features. The NordicTrack ASR 700 elliptical cross trainer contains a music port with integrated speakers. Just plug in your iPod or mp3 player and work out to the sounds of your favorite songs. If that’s not enough, add more fun to your workout with Calorie Destroyer(TM), Fat Blocker(TM), Black Jack and Texas Hold ‘Em video games. The games even get easier the harder you work, which is great for helping you stay motivated.
But on a more serious note, another innovative touch is the iFIT® training card technology. This training technology has been designed to help you get toned and lose weight, all in 8 weeks. I personally haven’t used them but basically they are cards programmed by certified personal trainers and slide right into the console of the elliptical. Then the elliptical machine adjusts all the settings automatically and the personal trainer’s voice guides you through your workout. As the cards are sold separately, there is no loss if you prefer to do your own workouts, but if you need guidance and want to follow the program to get the best workouts, then the cards will cost extra.
advantages – Price, adjustable arms, console features, nice, iFit
Cons – Stride (For taller users), Warranty
The NordicTrack ASR 700 elliptical machines take the boredom out of daily nonstop cardio workouts by letting you enjoy what really keeps you motivated. Fitness, weight loss, and total body toning become more effective by focusing on the fun aspects of training. Not many other ellipticals in the $1300s will offer you this and if you need the guidance of a virtual trainer, at least the iFit card is always an option to help you achieve great results.