In an industry where fitness fads come and go, the iconic NordicTrack Pro Cross-Country Ski Machine has endured as a durable and effective favorite 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 Pro Skier is the only NordicTrack ski machine model that is still in production today, but was once the flagship model of a large line of at-home cross-country ski exercise machines.
Patented in 1977, the iconic NordicTrack ski machine exerciser has been an enduring favorite for over 40 years. The machine was designed to help to simulate the motions of cross-country skiing to allow effective indoor cross country skiing practice for athletes.
The smooth, natural motion of a NordicTrack ski machine offers a gentle, non-impact exercise without discomfort. Adjustable resistance and elevation let you change the intensity of your workouts to your own goals and specifications. An attached feedback monitor tracks time, distance, calories, and pulse. Accessory upgrades add touches of comfort to workouts with smart items like drink holders and fans. The sturdy construction of the steel and oak frame led Bloomberg Magazine to comment, “once you have a NordicTrack, you never need another one.”
BENEFITS of CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
Cross-country skiing is an all-over, full-body aerobic exercise that engages all major muscle groups in the core, upper body, and lower body. The upright, weight-bearing position burns hundreds of calories per hour while simultaneously working both the “pulling” and “pushing” muscles of each region. The gliding motion avoids major shock to the feet, knees, & hips, making it easy on the body. Finally, the natural motion is easy to learn – it’s similar to swinging your arms (or swinging walking sticks) when walking.
FEATURES of NordicTrack Pro SKI MACHINE
The non-motorized NordicTrack Pro is quieter than most electronic equipment and can be used anywhere with no need for access to an electric outlet. The wheeled, folding design can easily be moved and stored out of the way. An electronic monitor keeps track of time, distance, calories burned, and heart rate. Adjustable resistance and elevation settings customize the workout to your individual intensity preferences. The low-impact exercise (feet stay on the ground) is easy on the body’s joints.
Additionally, new NordicTrack Pro Skiers purchased from NordicTrack include a one (1) year warranty on parts.
CAVEATS of NordicTrack SKI MACHINES
If there is any drawback to the NordicTrack skiers, it is that they have a brief learning curve. The motion is natural and easy once you understand that the one-way clutch only provides resistance as you push the ski back behind you. There is no resistance as you pull the ski forward – do not “shuffle” your feet or you could lose balance (the shuffle motion is a common requirement in lesser quality machines). With the help of customer service and a multitude of instructional videos, it is an easy thing to master. New machines purchased from NordicTrack.com also have a 30-day return policy, to allow plenty of time to learn this new skill.
WHERE to BUY NordicTrack Pro Ski Machines
PURCHASE NEW NordicTrack SKIERS (warranty included)
Buy a new NordicTrack ski machine to take advantage of any special financing options, a 1-year parts warranty, and the option to purchase in-home assembly and set-up!
PURCHASE USED NordicTrack SKIERS (as is)
Many people are interested in purchasing a used NordicTrack Pro skier, and this can be a great way to get a quality at-home fitness machine.
Online merchants like eBay frequently carry used ski machines from hundreds of third-party sellers. Be sure to note the NordicTrack skier model type when you shop — the quality will vary depending on the model of the ski machine. Cheaper ski machine models produced in the past include the Challenger, 20th Anniversary Special Edition, Sequoia, and Excel. There were also lines of more expensive models including the Achiever & Elite.
NordicTrack SKI MACHINE SPECIFICATIONS
- Patented flywheel and one-way clutch mechanism produces a natural motion and can be adjusted for different levels of resistance
- Wheeled, foldable machine can be moved and stored easily
- Independent resistance controls for both arms and legs let you adjust the intensity of upper- and lower-body workouts
- Adjustable front-end elevation adds variety to your lower body workout
- Electronic monitor displays time, distance, calories burned, and pulse
- NordicTrack’s warranty offers 1 year of coverage on all parts
- Measures 93″ length X 23.5″ width X 60″ height
- Note that these are the measurements when the machine is not in use
- A longer clearance is needed to operate the machine (at the front and back of the skier to allow the skis range to take “steps”)
- Weight capacity of 250 pounds
ADDITIONAL NordicTrack SKI MACHINE INFORMATION
The NordicTrack Pro Skier is designed to last for years, and regular maintenance will ensure this lasting experience. Parts that get regular wear (like resistance straps and springs) will eventually wear out over many, many miles of use. Fortunately, these parts are easy to replace yourself with parts that can be purchased online.
Finally, you may enjoy the option to enhance your workout experience with custom-made accessories for the NordicTrack Pro skier. Add a drink holder, upgraded hand grips, a fan, or one of the other great options to enhance each workout!