In an industry where fitness fads come and go, the iconic NordicTrack Pro cross-country ski machine has endured as a durable and effective exercise machine for over 40 years! Have you ever wondered about the secret to its lasting popularity and passionate cult following?
The Iconic NordicTrack Pro Skier
The NordicTrack cross-country ski machine was designed to simulate the motions of Nordic skiing and provide a way for cross-country skiers to practice. Since its patent in 1977, the original NordicTrack ski machine exerciser remained a fitness icon and fan favorite for over 40 years! The sturdy construction of the steel and oak frame led Bloomberg to comment, “once you have a NordicTrack, you never need another one.”
In the 1990s, there were many different models of NordicTrack ski machines available, but over time, production was cut to focus solely on the best-selling model, and the company scaled back to only produce the NordicTrack Classic Pro Skier.
As of May 2023, the ski machine is still listed with other NordicTrack exercise equipment on the www NordicTrack com website, but the nordic track ski machine displays as “OUT OF STOCK.” When asked when the skier would be available in stock for purchase again, an agent confirmed that the Classic Pro Skier “is not coming back”.
Benefits of Cross-Country Skiing
NordicTrack skiers were designed to mimic the motion of cross-country Nordic skiing. Cross-country skiing is a full-body aerobic exercise that burns hundreds of calories per hour without the discomfort of high-impact exercise.
Using the natural motion to exercise on the NordicTrack ski machine will:
- Engage major muscle groups in the core, upper body, and lower body
- Be gentle on the feet, knees, and hips
- Burn hundreds of calories per hour while working both the “pulling” and “pushing” muscles of each region
Features of the NordicTrack Pro Ski Machine
All NordicTrack ski machines provide a non-impact exercise that is gentle on the body and easy on the joints. All skier models can be adjusted to customize the intensity of the upper and lower body workouts to help reach individual goals. The Pro model adds the ability to adjust the front elevation to work on different muscle groups.
All NordicTrack ski machines operate without a motor and are noticeably quieter than powered fitness machines. Plus, NordicTracks can be used without access to electric outlets for power! The wheeled, folding design can easily be moved and stored out of the way!
Purchase a NordicTrack Ski Machine
Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to purchase a shiny new NordicTrack Pro ski machine from NordicTrack.com.
Many people wonder if purchasing a used NordicTrack skier is a smart way to pick up an at-home exercise machine. The classic wood NordicTrack machines made in the USA in the 1990s are regarded as well-built, high-quality machines — machines that have been maintained and stored with care often make a great purchase!
Be sure to make note of the NordicTrack skier model when you shop — the quality will vary depending on the model of the ski machine.
Learning and Using NordicTrack Ski Machines
Learning to use NordicTrack can be done in three easy steps: learning the lower body movement, adding the arm movements without any resistance, and finally, adding the upper body arm resistance for the full-body workout. Once the motion has been mastered, it is as comfortable and natural as walking.
New machines purchased from NordicTrack.com have a 30-day return policy to allow plenty of time to learn this new skill. Visit the “Tips” page for more detailed information on learning to use a NordicTrack skier.
Maintaining NordicTrack Ski Machines
NordicTrack skiers are designed to last for years, and regular maintenance will ensure this lasting experience. The durable design can handle many miles before the wearable parts need to be replaced. Fortunately, these parts are easy to purchase online and replace yourself.
Visit the “Maintenance” page for more information on maintaining your NordicTrack ski machine to run like new for years!
Upgrading a NordicTrack Ski Machine
Finally, there are a handful of ways to upgrade and improve the home workout experience on a NordicTrack.
What are your favorite things about the NordicTrack Pro skier?