Nobody wants to buy an expensive cloths hanger, so when you're shopping for a treadmill you want to find one you'll feel comfortable running on. And it's also a big plus if you can find one that's personally recommended, but finding someone who actually uses their treadmill isn't always easy. However, today you can have both as I'm reviewing my NordicTrack T5.7 Treadmill.
Every day I would jump on my NordicTrack T5.7 and walk at a 2 or 3mph pace. I eventually took an unused shelf and laid it across the treadmill's arms to hold my laptop so I could browse the web while I walked.
Then, several months ago I started jogging. I’m a big guy, so I know I put a lot of stress on the unit. But it continues to perform well, and I’ve had no issues with it at all. And over the months I've continued to speed up my run so that I'm now running three 5K's on my NordicTrack each week at a speed of over 7mph with no issues.
Features I really like:
- “Dual Shox” running platform: I thought nothing of this feature until I started running on hotel treadmills. Let me just say that while you may not notice it initially, this treadmill if much easier to run on and less stiff than either hard pavement or hotel models.
- Placement of the controls: On my old treadmill the emergency switch was located very close to the speed controls, often resulting in the resetting of my workout when I was just trying to adjust the speed. This is not an issue at all on this unit as there is plenty of distance between the speed controls and the emergency switch.
- Big containers: On each side of the center controls there are big containers to hold water bottles or other items.
- Book rack: Well, it's really more of a magazine rack as it isn't big enough to hold a book of average thickness. However, it does a great job of holding my iPad 2.
Conclusion: I highly recommend the NordicTrack T5.7. If you can't find this exact model, I would still recommend NordicTrack but would suggest finding a model with the “shox” absorbing deck, plenty of distance between the emergency switch and the speed controls, and some kind of shelf or book holder.
By Shawn M Tierney