Although mostly known as a commercial brand, Freemotion treadmills are now available as residential models. The company has taken the same approach they've applied to their health club cardio machines and created a lineup exclusively for home use.
Sure, they're on the pricier side, but given the level of quality it's understandable. If your budget is a bit more open, it's definitely worth considering one of these high-end treadmills.
Let's jup into our review to see what these machines are all about...
Freemotion is part of iFit Health & Fitness, having been acquired in 2001. The brand was renamed FreeMotion Fitness after their original name, Ground Zero Fitness, became a downer after 9/11. The appeal of these beauties can be described in one word: luxury.
You may have heard of iFit Health...they also own NordicTrack & ProForm, two of the biggest names in home fitness. Healthrider, Weslo, and Reebok are some of the others.
The new Freemotion brand is their attempt to carve a niche among the high-priced, club-level specialty market, and they’ve got a winner with these machines.
Not only are they made with premium parts, different from the other sister brands, they even have a separate customer service division.
FreeMotion treadmills offer unparalleled luxury. They are equipped with a powerful self-cooling, spin-balanced CHP motor; 2.5" to 3.5" precision-crowned rollers; and large 60" Commercial Quiet belts.
The FreeMotion brand of treadmills also feature BioStride™ Deck and Reflex cushioning, which absorb the impact at the front of the belt where the foot falls, yet will be firmer at the rear of the deck where the back foot pushes off. The adjustable cushioning technology lowers impact on your joints by up to 38%.
Here is the current treadmill lineup as of our latest review...
The base model in the series offers 18 built in workouts, up to 15% incline capability, up to 12 mph speed, 21.5 x 60" belt, a powerful 4.0 HP AC commercial motor, workout fan and a basic LED display.
You can tap into a huge library of additional trainer-led workout through the iFit program, which is subscription-based and gives you access to on-demand and live workouts on and off the treadmill with a variety personal trainers, as well as Google maps to choose locations worldwide, tracking capability, sharing and much more.
Interestingly, despite the price the Freemotion t8.9b has a basic LED display, as opposed to the touch screen found on other iFit Health treadmills. So you need to tap into iFit on your own device, and it will sync with the machine to provide the selected workout.
Moving up the ladder you have the t10.9 Interval Reflex treadmill, with the patented Reflex cushioning significantly reducing impact on your joints. Note the base t8.9b does not have this advanced cushioning. It also has a more powerful 5.0 HP AC motor.
This model also has Precision Quick Speed, which means you can achieve half speeds by pressing a 5 after the whole number. For example, if you want to run at 6.5 mph you don't have to use the buttons...you just hit 6 and then 5 and the machine will adjust accordingly.
Other upgrades from the base model include grip heart rate monitoring, and calorie count based on your inputted weight.
Stepping up again you have the t10.9b, which gives you a lot more on-board programs (44 in all including weight loss, heart rate, speed, race and incline, as well as a number of fitness tests).
It also has a USB port and the ability to set workout goals to meet each time you step on the machine.
At the top of the heap you have the t22.9b, Freemotion's most advanced home treadmill. This is the only Freemotion treadmill with a touch screen, a 22" HD display that is more like the health club experience. You can view all of your workouts anywhere in the world right on the machine itself, instead of having to use your phone or iPad.
It also has grip and wireless heart rate monitoring for more accuracy, and speeds up to 15 mph, in addition to all of the other features that the other models have.
The i10.9b is very similar to its traditional counterpart. Although there are a few differences, the main one is the incline/decline capability. It has double the incline, up to a whopping 30%, and also adds decline training to -3%.
The i22.9b is similarly comparable to the t22.9b, except for the additional incline and decline capability that it offers.
Here are some of the older models that you might come across. They're no longer available on the company site, but you may find them used on eBay, Craig's List, Facebook Marketplace or similar entity.
The base FreeMotion 1500 GS costs around $2,799 and features a powerful 4.25 CHP motor, SRS advanced cushioning, 15% incline, 3% decline, a 22" x 60" running deck,grip and wireless heart rate monitoring, SpaceSaver folding design, full color 7" touch screen, 38 built in workouts and a 400 lb. max weight capacity.
The mid-level 2000 GS costs around $2,999 and has all of the features of the 1500 GS plus a larger 10" touch screen, multi grip handlebars, iFit interactive technology, 44 built in workouts and up to 350 lb. max weight capacity. You have the option of adding a 15" FreeVision HDTV.
The top of line 2500 GS costs around $3,799 and expands upon the 2000 GS with a 400 lb. max weight capacity.
You can also find some of the older FreeMotion treadmills available at sites like Amazon, like the 790 Interactive, 850, 860 and 890 models, as well as the i7.9, i11.9 Incline Trainers. Those models are considerably cheaper than the ones above, with varying features and capabilities.
There are also some new commercial machines including the FreeMotion t10.8, t10.9 Reflex and t11.9 Reflex treadmills, but those are mostly for use in health clubs and sports facilities.
The treadmill warranties on all models is also premium and worth a mention: lifetime on the frame, up to 20 years on the motor, 5-7 years for parts, and 1-2 year on labor, depending on the machine.
All leading consumer magazines and review sites who have done write-ups on Freemotion Fitness machines give them high marks. The line starts at around$4,499 and goes up to $10,899 for the top of the line incline trainer.
The quality and performance of these treadmills blow the reviewers away. The strengths are in the design, console, programs, large walking area, low noise, full power, and extra cushioning, as well as in the overall quality and value. We can’t think of a treadmill that ever scored so high in all areas.
Both the residential and light commercial line of Freemotion treadmills (not to mention the exciting new Incline trainers), are competitively priced to go against Landice, Life Fitness, Precor, Bodyguard, and other brands that dominate the price class.
The FreeMotion treadmills are very high quality. We've been using them for years at the gym along with their strength equipment and it's always been a great experience.
Your best bet is probably to buy them from the company site, in order to find the latest models and take advantage of current sales.
FreeMotion 790 Interactive Treadmill- The FreeMotion 790 is a complete entertainment center loaded with a 15" TV screen attached, a 10" web browser, and a music port with speakers for an MP3 device.
FreeMotion 750 Interactive Treadmill - The FreeMotion 750 offers an advanced incline / decline deck, plus a large AC motor, and a wide selection of programs and entertainment features.
FreeMotion 770 Interactive Treadmill - A folding treadmill with many of the same features as the 750 model but with a more powerful motor and a touch screen display.
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