The Iconic NordicTrack Pro Skier

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 it’s lasting popularity and passionate cult following?

The NordicTrack Pro Skier is the flagship model of what was once a large line of at-home Cross-Country ski exercise machines. The smooth, natural motion of NordicTrack ski machines offer a gentle, non-impact exercise without discomfort. Adjustable resistance and elevation let you adjust the intensity of your workouts to your own goals and specifications. The attached feedback monitor window tracks time, distance, calories, and pulse. The lasting construction of the steel and oak frame led Bloomberg Magazine to comment in 1998, “once you have a NordicTrack, you never need another one.”¹

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, & lower body. The upright, weight bearing position burns hundreds of calories per hour while 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

Non-motorized machine is quieter than most electric equipment and can be used anywhere with no need for access to electric outlets! 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. One year warranty on parts. Adjustable resistance and elevation settings customize the workout to your individual intensity preferences. Non-impact exercise (feet stay on ground) is easy on all joints.

CAVEATS of NordicTrack SKI MACHINES

If there is any drawback to the NordicTrack ski machines, it is that they do have a learning curve. The motion is natural and easy once you understand how 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. 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

PURCHASE NEW (warranty included)

Buy new machines directly from the manufacturer and take advantage of sales, special financing options, a 1 year warranty on all parts, and an option to purchase in-home assembly and set-up!

• NordicTrack

PURCHASE USED (as is)

These merchants carry used ski machines from 3rd party sellers, but be sure to note the model type as the quality can vary widely depending on the model:

• CHEAPER models produced in the past include “Challenger”, “20th Anniversary Special Edition”, “Sequoia”, and “Excel”

• MORE EXPENSIVE models included the “Achiever”, “Elite”, and “Health Club 900”

• ALTERNATE models to the traditional ski machines include “EasySki”, “NordicFlex”, elliptical machines, and treadmills

• Amazon

 Bonanza

• eBay

SKI MACHINE SPECIFICATIONS

  • PATENTED FLYWHEEL produces a natural motion and adjusts for different levels of resistance
  • Wheeled, foldable machine can be moved and stored easily
  • ADJUSTABLE ELEVATION allows you to add variety to your lower body workout
  • RESISTANCE independent resistance controls for the arms and legs let you vary the intensity of upper- and lower-body workouts
  • FEEDBACK monitor displays time, distance, calories burned, and pulse
  • NordicTrack’s WARRANTY offers 1 year of coverage on all parts
  • SIZE 93″ L X 23.5″ W X 60″ H
  • WEIGHT CAPACITY 250 Lb.

NordicTrack Pro Skier

NordicTrack Pro Skier

MACHINE ADD-ONS

Maintenance & Accessories

 

Source:

*1https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/1998-12-13/how-nordictrack-lost-its-footing

4 Comments

  1. Dave Sweney

    For almost as long as I have been into exercise (decades), working out, and gyms, the NordicTrack Pro Cross-Country Ski Machine has been a machine that has been talked about and used by many people. It is indeed a testament as to the effectiveness of the machine that this is the case.

    It simply provides a good workout and the machine stands up to regular use and does not break down. I have several family members that have them in their home gym and it is a part of their regular regimen that they follow. I too will use the machine but do not own one.

    Perhaps that is a machine that now will be added to my gym, as I know that it works well for what I am doing at this point in my life. I am 63, so some of the high impact exercises I used to do are no longer feasible or advisable. The NordicTrack Pro Cross-Country Ski Machine is perfect for the kinds of exercises I am doing these days.

    Thanks for the gentle reminder of how great this machine was and is. I likely will look for a used model if available, so the information on the models to seek (and avoid) when buying used is helpful. This post took me back to earlier times and places, I enjoyed reading through it.

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Dave, The NordicTrack Pro is a great full-body exercise that is also easy on the joints… and with it’s adjustable resistance and incline, it is a great machine for all age groups. 

      Regards, Alyce

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  2. Sondra M

    Thank you for this helpful post.   This weekend, I have the opportunity to purchase used Nordic Track ski machine.  I was trying to research whether it would be worthwhile or if I should spend the extra money to buy a new one.   I need to check the exact model also.    I suppose I need to think about it overnight.    

    It is nice to see that the company is still around after all of these years.  

    Your post reminded me of what a good workout that people can get from these machines.   

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Sondra, I definitely recommend the machine and expect that you will be happy with it for many years! 

      Regards, Alyce

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