Many people avoid treadmills when they’re at the gym because of joint injuries they’ve suffered in the past, making a high-impact workout like running a risky proposition. The Precor 956i Experience Treadmill was designed to offer ex-runners an opportunity to lace up their running shoes without having to worry about further injury to their knees and ankles.
The 956i’s low-impact workout is the result of two key technologies: the Ground Effects impact control system, and the Integrated Footplant Technology. Ground Effects relies on the treadmill’s suspension system to provide gentle support with every step, while mitigating impact and reducing side-to-side motion. Meanwhile, Integrated Footplant Technology uses an on-board computer system to carefully adjust the belt speed in time with your movements, so that your feet stay in sync with the running surface, ensuring a stable and smooth run.
With these stellar safety features, runners can focus on the great workout that the Precor 956i Treadmill offers. The 956i offers 26 workouts, including multiple cross country, weight loss, aerobic, and fitness options, as well as several military PRT/PFT tests and a federal law enforcement PEB option. Users can conveniently switch between any of these programs on the fly. The LED screen keeps users motivated by displaying a wide array of workout data, including distance, average speed, calories currently being burned, calories consumed per minute/hour, percent of program complete, heart rate, elevation gain, time elapsed, time remaining, and more. The runner’s heart rate can be measured using the sensors built into the handlebars, or using a compatible wireless chest strap.
The 956i is a great choice for beginners and advanced runners alike, with speeds ranging from a gentle 0.5 mph walk, to a blistering 16 mph run. The elevation can adjusted in 0.5% increments, across a range of 0% to 15%.
Like many Precor treadmills, the decking is a tough one-inch thick Slik-Dek made out of 52 pound high density fiberboard, with phenolic laminate bonded to both sides, allowing the decking to be flipped over for a doubled lifespan.