Note: This is Part 6 of a 7-part series intended to give readers a closer look at Precor’s new line of ellipticals and treadmills. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5.
One of the most appealing aspects of Precor’s newest models of Precision Series and Energy Series treadmills and ellipticals is the degree of customization these machines offer to users. It’s been proven that fitness equipment with customizable features and workout options provide a more engaging, motivating, and beneficial experience than machines lacking such personalization capabilities, so this is an important factor to consider prior to making a purchase for your home.
User Profiles and Fitness Goals
The first step in personalizing your Precor machine is to set up a user profile consisting of your name, gender, current weight, and birthdate. This information helps your treadmill or elliptical return more accurate data related to heart rate zones, calories burned, VO2 max, and other workout metrics while you exercise. Machines featuring the 40 console can save up to four user profiles, while the 20 console can save two profiles.
Before saving your profile, you’ll be asked to select one of five general fitness goals: Be Fit, Lose Weight, Push Performance, Get Toned, or Go the Distance. This step enables the machine to offer preset workouts scientifically developed to help you reach your chosen goal in a safe and efficient way.
Nothing makes a Precor machine feel like your own more than the ability to input custom workouts that are tailor-made to your personal fitness goals. The 40 console lets you do this by using the QuickStart button to complete a manually defined workout or by tweaking the parameters (e.g. speed, incline, resistance, distance, duration, etc.) of preset workouts as desired. You can then save the new workout for later retrieval and use in your training regimen.
Preva Networked Fitness
If you split your sweat sessions between the gym and home, then you’ll appreciate the Preva Networked Fitness capabilities included in the new 40 console. When used in conjunction with a mobile device and the free Preva mobile app, this sophisticated software allows you to save and manage your workout data across multiple compatible machines. In addition, Preva offers users a variety of features designed to boost motivation, maintain interest, and up the fun factor of regular exercise. These include unique milestone badges, progress notifications, workout reminders, and goal setting.
Try it out
Now that you understand a bit more about how to personalize your workouts on Precor treadmills and ellipticals, we invite you to visit a Push Pedal Pull location for a demo with one of our certified fitness experts. Once you see how easy it is to implement the above customization options, you’ll be eager to get started with your very own machine.