A Complete Review Of The Smooth EVO FX30 Treadmill
About the Smooth EVO FX30 Folding Treadmill
This model offers a manual, shock-assisted option to fold the treadmill and save some space in whatever room it is located. Another interesting feature is the swing arm technology which is supposed to reduce impact even further.
This EVO FX30 also allows you to save up to 9 user profiles to it. This means that you can have up to 9 separate users save their information, such as age, weight, height and target heart rate and will determine the amount of calories burned in each exercise program.
There is nothing too fancy with the speed, motor or incline. In fact, out of the top competitors, the EVO FX30 has the weakest motor, and has lowest speed. I don't know why Smooth would put anything but a 3.0 continuous motor in this unit. Also, the speed is 2 MPH slower than Sole Fitness' F83. If you are an avid runner, this makes all the difference in the world. All things being equal, I will always go for a stronger, continuous motor. Let's take a look at the top competitors motor, speed, and incline capabilities:
4 window LED display
These features are all very basic and standard for the display/console on treadmills. This model doesn't need an elaborate console, though, because you can take care of the speed without even looking at the display. The pulse feature is always nice to see on a treadmill, and should always be utilized by the user to maintain optimum workout intensity.
- Manual - User gets to manually select Speed, Incline, and Time.
These programs will be plenty for the home user to achieve their goals in regards to the treadmill. The only program that I would have liked to see that I didn't would be a fat burning program. But that's not a big deal because all (true) fat burning programs are designed to keep your body in a fat burning state, which means your heart rate needs to be around 65% maximum capacity.
Here is a simple equation to find your fat burning heart rate: [220 - (age) * .65].
Mine, for example, would be 220-20*.65 = 130. That means that for a 20 year old, 130 beats/min is the target heart rate for fat burning. If you want to burn a serious amount of calories, improve your aerobic capacity, AND burn more fat than even the fat burning program, stick to the heart rate control program that will keep your heart rate around 80%-85% maximum capacity (about 160-170 beats/min for a 20yr old). I suggest saving one of the custom programs as a fat burning program.
Maximum User Weight - 350lbs
However, Smooth Fitness is generally known to provide durable treadmills.
Heart Rate Monitor
Contact pulse pads;
I really don't know why Smooth would not include a wireless chest strap. At $1,700, this feature should be standard. In fact, both the Sole F83 and Spirit Z100 both have wireless heart rate monitors. A wireless heart rate monitor allows you to monitor your heart rate without gripping the sensors on the arm rails. It also will automatically adjust the intensity of your workout depending on your heart rate goals.
There is, however, a grip pulse monitor on the handrails which will calculate your pulse while using the treadmill.
Lifetime frame and motor;
This is a pretty good warranty. As a consumer, you really can't ask for much more. Smooth products always have a good warranty and this says a lot about their products.
Let's take a look at Smooth's direct competitors warranties:
$1799 at the Smooth Fitness Website (payments from $38/month);
At $1,799, this is a pretty solid treadmill.
However, for that price range, there are better treadmills on the market, such as the Sole F83 which has the Smooth EVO FX30 beat on just about every feature.
The one thing that the Sole F83 doesn't have, or any other treadmill in the world for that matter, is the patented motion control.
This is the selling point for the EVO FX30 and one that separates this treadmill from the rest.
I personally don't think the Smooth EVO FX30 is anything special in terms of its general features but, the motion control is simply amazing. To be able to change your speeds without having to compromise your exercise is a great feature to have. If the EVO FX30 came with a wireless heart rate monitor, this would be a great treadmill.
It would have been nice to see the wireless heart monitor included with the treadmill though, considering the price of the treadmill.
I think the EVO FX30 is a great treadmill for those of you who are avid runners, since you don't have to compromise your exercise in order to change speeds. Personally, I'd probably go with the Sole F83 Folding Treadmill. The F83 simply has more value for the price you're paying Sorry Smooth.
All the best,
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