Runner's World Names Top Treadmills FreeMotion i7.7 Incline Trainer™ is honored

FreeMotion Invents New Fitness Category with Steep-Incline Exercise Machine for the Home

(January 17, 2008 - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) - Runner's World named the FreeMotion i7.7 Incline Trainer as one of its "Top Treadmills" in the magazine's annual treadmill review, published in the February 2008 issue.

Runner's World, which has increasingly published articles on the benefits of hill training, wrote about the FreeMotion i7.7 Incline Trainer: "If you're looking to run up the side of a mountain in the comfort of your own home, this is the treadmill for you."

"The first of its kind to go to a 30 percent grade, the Incline Trainer offers a unique and intense training experience that's ideal for anyone looking to do Pikes Peak or similar mountain races."

The new FreeMotion™ Incline Trainer i7.7 inclines from 0 to 30 percent. Most home treadmills reach maximum inclines of 10 percent, and even club treadmills top out at 15 percent. Quick touch buttons that increase the incline in 3 percent increments and an arrow key allows adjustments in 0.5 percent increments. The dramatic incline, a speed range of 0.5 to 12 mph, a 22-inch wide by 60-inch long treadbelt and a commercial grade 5 hp motor make this product combine to make the most versatile product for cardio exercise on the market.

FreeMotion Fitness, a brand of fitness products for the commercial fitness market, created the Incline Trainer for commercial fitness centers and elite training facilities in 2000. The success of FreeMotion's commercial Incline Trainer was so strong that the company launched a line of products designed specifically for the light commercial market, such as hotels, fire stations and community centers as well as the premium home consumer. The i7.7 Incline Trainer is part of this new offering, which launched in summer 2007.

With incline training, recreational and elite runners can improve their race times. Researchers at the University of Athens found that runners who added hills to their training runs increased their sprint speed by 3.5 percent.

Interval hill training on the Incline Trainer can also help athletes in all sports where short bursts of speed are crucial, such as soccer, tennis, basketball and football. Read more...