The Ironman Acclaim Treadmill – We Wouldn't Buy This One

The Ironman Acclaim treadmill has a strong design and appealing overall package, yet still carries a monkey on its back by being from a fitness equipment company that went bankrupt.

The Machine

The console has a 5" x 2.75" blue backlit LCD window that displays a segment program profile, plus time, speed, pace, distance, calories, incline, pulse, and laps. The Ironman Acclaim treadmill comes with handlebar speed and incline controls and 13 workout programs: time goal, distance goal, calories goal, 5K and 10K runs, hills, mountain climb, mountain peak, random, and interval.

The specs include:

Ironman Acclaim Treadmill
  • 2.5 CHP Motor
  • 0 - 10 mph Speed
  • 0% - 12% Power Incline
  • 20" x 56" running area
  • 13 Programs
  • One Touch Speed/Incline Buttons
  • Handlebar Heart Rate Grips
  • Fold-Up Design: Dual two-stage shocks
  • 300-lb. User Capacity
  • Wt / Dimensions: 205 lbs / 74" x 34" x 61"
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame and motor, 2 years on parts, 1-year labor

The Buzz

UPDATE:  Ironman Fitness no longer manufactures treadmills, sticking only with their elliptical line.  For a similar machine take a look at NordicTrack.

The Ironman Acclaim has a 2.5 continuous duty hp motor with a PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) motor controller drive system.

It also features a 2-ply belt, a fold up frame with a two-stage shock-drop system, and advanced deck cushioning technology. The treadmill features a heavy frame, 12% power incline, roomy 20" x 56" running deck, and a 300-pound user weight capacity.

Since this treadmill was never a big seller, you won’t find many reviews on the Ironman Acclaim. It has been around for a couple of years and will stay around until the inventory sells off.

If you find one used or heavily discounted, it can be a good deal but see if you can find a third-party warranty to cover it since a new motor will cost about $200.

What We Say

This would be a pretty good machine if you rolled back the calendar a few years but the Acclaim will never live up to its pretentious name. In fact, the Ironman Acclaim treadmill has to live down the reputation of a brand that went bankrupt in 2009 when parent company Keys Fitness went out of business.

And while a major name like Star Trac thought enough of the Ironman brand to take over the company (but not warranties on pre-2008 machines), it doesn’t make us want to go out and buy an Ironman Acclaim, not even for $999.

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