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QuickStart guides to our NEW Precor fitness equipment

Published Wednesday, November 23, 2016
 

Intimidated by our new, state-of-the-art equipment? Don’t be! Below are simple guides to get you started on the Precor EFX® 885 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer™ and Precor TRM 885 Treadmill machines.

In addition, the video below demonstrates how to use the Preva® 6.0 Operating System. Preva 6.0, installed on all of our NEW Precor elliptical and treadmill machines, allows you to watch TV, view your personal workout profile, and access features such as On Demand.

 

The Precor EFX® 885 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer™ provides a low-impact cardio and muscle-toning workout. Click on the image below to open the QuickStart guide video in a new window.

  1. To begin, hold the fixed handlebars. Step onto the pedals, lower pedal first.
  2. Touch "WORKOUTS" on the screen to choose a preset workout.
  3. Then, touch the goal you want (Be Fit, Get Toned, Lose Weight, etc.).
  4. Next, choose one of the workouts designed to help you reach that goal. For example, under "Be Fit," you could choose 4-1 Interval, Mountain Peaks, etc.
  5. Begin by touching the green, circular "GO" button on the right side of the screen. Start pedaling forward.
  6. Remember to keep your head up, move fluidly, and breathe deeply with the rhythm of your movements.
  7. To pause your workout, stop moving, press the pause button below the screen (it looks like the pause button on a video player), and touch "FINISH" on the screen.
  8. Next, you can review your workout summary before touching "FINISH" again on the screen to end your workout.

Tips to get to most out of the Precor EFX® 885 Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer™:

  1. Use the fixed handlebars for a lower body workout. For best results, do not put weight on your arms. Using the moving handlebars will provide a total body workout.
  2. Increase the angle of the CrossRamp, varying the muscles you work. Do so by pressing up on the CrossRamp motion control (the left of the two, large unlabeled "switches"/"levers" under the digital number displays to the right of the pause button). Generally, a lower angle engages more muscle groups and a higher angle focuses on specific muscles. The Muscle Monitor will show you which muscles are being engaged. Typically, lower settings help shorter people avoid overstriding. To lower the angle, press down on the CrossRamp motion control.
  3. Increase resistance to emphasize power and strength with the resistance motion control (to the right of the CrossRamp motion control). Pressing up will increase resistance, pressing down will reduce it. Hold the control longer to change the resistance more quickly.
  4. A higher stride rate will give you a better cardio workout. A stride rate of 130-160 is considered optimal.
  5. Try pedaling backward to engage your hamstrings, glutes, lower back, and little-used muscles that can make a difference in your balance and everyday movements.
  6. Keep in mind that your body can adapt to a strength workout rather quickly.
  7. Increases in aerobic fitness take longer to achieve. So focus on cardio workouts, with power workouts once a week.

The Precor TRM 885 Treadmill offers a popular cardio workout whether you walk or run, with opportunities to build power and strength. Click on the image below to open the QuickStart guide video in a new window.

  1. To begin, step on the side rails and clip the safety cord to your clothing.
  2. Touch "WORKOUTS" on the screen to choose a preset workout.
  3. Then, touch the goal you want (Be Fit, Lose Weight, Push Performance, etc.).
  4. Next, choose one of the workouts designed to help you reach that goal. For example, under "Lose Weight," you could choose 4-3 Interval, Aerobic, Fat Burner, or Heart Rate Zone.
  5. Begin by touching the green, circular "GO" button on the right side of the screen.
  6. Step onto the belt, in a walking motion, while it is moving slowly.
  7. Remember to keep your head up, move fluidly, and breathe deeply with the rhythm of your movements.
  8. To pause your workout, press the pause button below the screen (it looks like the pause button on a video player), and touch "FINISH" on the screen.
  9. Next, you can review your workout summary before touching "FINISH" again on the screen to end your workout.
  10. If you need to stop quickly, press the red "STOP" button located under the screen near the safety cord.

Tips to get to most out of the Precor TRM 885 Treadmill:

  1. Stretch or walk slowly for 5-10 minutes to warm up. Hold your head up and keep your eyes level. Stand straight but relaxed.
  2. If you're running, bend your arms 90 degrees and swing them rhythmically, close to your body with your hands no higher than mid-chest. Do not clench your hands in fists. Your feet should strike the ground at midfoot, with the knee bent, directly under your body. Land lightly and quickly roll forward. Keep your ankle flexed. Your chest should be out, but you shouldn't lean forward, especially as the incline rises.
  3. A good running rate is 85-95 single leg strides per minute for more efficiency and less impact on your joints. 90 is ideal. To calculate stride rate, count the number of footfalls on your right foot for one minute (use the time elapsed on the console). If your stride rate is below 85, shorten your steps to increase the number of strides by 2-3 per minute each week until you're within the optimal range.
  4. If you're walking, stay upright as the incline rises. Don't lean into it. Walk slowly at 3-3.5 mph or moderately at 3.5-4 mph.
  5. A higher speed and lower incline will give you a better cardio workout. A higher incline and lower speed increase power and strength. Both will improve endurance.
  6. Change the speed with the speed motion control (the right of the two, large unlabeled "switches"/"levers" under the digital number displays to the right of the pause button). Hold the control longer to change the speed more quickly.
  7. When you increase speed, increase the number of strides, not their length. Remember, a good running rate is 85-95 single leg strides per minute. This forces you to focus on stride rate, not length, to keep pace.
  8. Change the incline with the incline motion control (to the left of the speed motion control). As your increase the incline, shorten your strides.
  9. Keep in mind that your body can adapt to a strength workout rather quickly. Increases in aerobic fitness take longer to achieve. So focus on cardio workouts, with power workouts once a week.

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