One of the quickest ways to burn calories, the Star Trac 8 Series TreadClimber is a pretty much unique piece of fitness equipment.
It's split 'running' deck creates an uneven surface as you walk. It's a combination of movements of the treadmill, stepper and elliptical in one. Thanks to it's low impact workouts, this is a superb tread climber for beginners through to more advanced and fitter users.
The unique movement of the split decks means you are combining balance, co-ordination and of course exercising. As well as being able to track your workouts this can also be pushed to your Nike+, Strava or Garmin connect accounts for more personal updates. There is a group function if you're in a gym environment, plus you can choose between three different consoles if you wish. read more on what this can do for you below.
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Tapping into one of the world's favourite activities the 8 Series Treadmill can be found in some of the world's best gyms and health clubs. Why? If you take the action of walking and how accessible that is to most people, then combine that with a step/climbing action you are ensuring that you're going to burn twice the calories of just walking on a treadmill.
Helping your balance and co-ordination, the 8 Series Tread Climber from Star Trac is also combing three different pieces of gym equipment into one, along with ensuring you get a low impact workout to protect your joints. A treadmill, elliptical trainer and cross trainer all wrapped in one machine - perfect!
It's a superb design and an easy action to learn and then workout with. Simply step up on to the treadles and use the console to set your walking pace. The front of the treadles can be an incline of up to 18 degrees, but it falls during use which means at push off you are near level. It feels most like walking in sand - which is why you get a calorie burn double that of a normal treadmill.
The console controls are easy to use and feature an easy to access 'Hot Bar' that provides one-finger speed and level controls. You also get an integrated stop button as well as contact heart rate grips that ensure you can work to your target heart rate zone for maximum benefit.
|Equipment Usage||Home Use, Commercial Use|
|Warranty||10 years Frame, 5 years Motor and 2 years Parts and Labour|
|Made From||Powder-coated Steel frame|
|Additional Features||Bluetooth connectivity for user workout data tracking|
|Heart Rate Monitoring||Telemetry and contact HR|
|Max User Weight||350 lbs (159 kg)|
|Power Source||110V/20 Amp dedicated circuit with NEMA 5-20 outlet; or 220V/15 Amp dedicated circuit with NEMA 6-15 outlet|
|Accessories Available||Multiple cup and accessory holders|
|Running Area||Treadle belt width 52" x 9" (132 cm x 23 cm) x 2|
|Motor||5 HP AC motor|
|Length Dimensions||211 cm|
|Width Dimensions||91 cm|
|Height Dimensions||211 cm|