Precor TRM 211 Energy Series Treadmill Overview:
This fitness market entry is an economy-level treadmill in the Energy Series without some of the frills and added features of the higher priced models. It has the maximum amount of underfoot cushioning to provide a lower impact sensation during training sessions. The easy-to-read monitor provides plenty of information about your performance and there are six programs that you can choose from as well.
This treadmill has a number of features that make it similar to the ones that you would see at a gym or health club without having to deal with the noisy crowds or waiting your turn.
- Height: 54”
- Width: 32” total, 20” running platform
- Length: 81”
- Item weight: 227 lbs
- Max User Weight: 250 lbs
- 6 training programs including manual, weight loss, interval, hill climb, walking and fun run (10k). Manual runs for time or distance are also possible but not programmed.
- Speed: .5 to 12 mph.
- Incline: 0-15%.
- LCD monitor tracks key metrics before and after each use.
- Heart rate touch sensors allow you to get an idea of how hard you are working. Guidelines for the “smart rate zone” are provided so that you are working at the right heart rate level for your fitness goals.
- Blue/white LCD console.
- Digital touch sensor for heart rate monitoring.
- Tracks heart rate, total calories, total distance, time elapsed, time remaining, speed and time in the smart rate zone during the workout.
- Tracks average heart rate, total calories, total distance, total time elapsed, average incline and average speed after the workout ends.
- Frame and welds: Lifetime
- Parts and wear items: 5 years
- Console: 3 years
- Labor: 1 year
Shipping and Assembly:
The shipping cost of this treadmill may depend on where you buy it from and how it ships. In most cases, you will have to schedule delivery and will need to sign at the door for this package since it is a higher-priced item. Some offers will include free professional assembly, which is highly recommended as this may be complicated to put together.
Assembly without a professional is possible, however, and should be done by at least two people, especially if you are going to assemble in one area and then move it to another. At just under 230 lbs, this is not a lightweight treadmill that you can just move from place to place without struggle.
What We Love About the Precor TRM 211 Energy Series Treadmill:
Familiar, Gym-Style Features
While it is not exactly like the treadmills you see in a typical gym, the TRM 211 is pretty similar and features the ability to set speed and incline manually, as well as to access the six preset programs. Each of those programs can also be modified to different speeds or incline levels to increase or decrease the challenge as needed.
A Solid Warranty From a Well-Known Brand
Most people have heard the Precor name and trust it for many of the most popular types of fitness equipment. The warranty on the TRM 211 is outstanding from the lifetime warranty on the frame itself to the 5-year warranty for parts and wear items. Even the console is covered by a 3-year warranty, which is pretty good.
Low-Impact Running Surface
Trainees that are reluctant to run outside for a wide variety of reasons may find that running on this treadmill gives them an adequate workout, but does so with less damage to their knees. Running purists insist that you don’t get the same workout as you do out on the open road, but in this case, that may be a huge benefit, because while you are not getting the air resistance, you are also not getting some of the risks as well as impact involved with outdoor terrain.
What Isn’t so Great:
Inaccurate Heart Rate Sensor
Using your fingers on a metal area while you are running is probably going to give you a rough estimate of your heart rate, but an estimate will be all that it is. If you want or need a more accurate reading of your heart rate, there are plenty of chest straps and fitness trackers that you can use instead.
Requires Permanent Location
The Precor TRM 211 treadmill is not a folding or portable treadmill by any stretch. At nearly 230 pounds and over 80 inches long, this machine has size and bulk and is going to need to stay put.
Confusion About the Weight Limit on this Particular Model
On one website, the max user weight is listed at 250 lbs while on another, the weight is listed at 300 lbs. It would be frustrating to choose this model and find out that the extra 50 lbs is just too much for the machine to safely handle.
How the Precor TRM 211 Compares to the Precor TRM 223
Both the TRM 211 and the TRM 223 come from the Energy Series. Both have the same speed and incline levels. Both have the same platform width (20”) and the same warranty. However, the TRM 223 has 9 preset programs (The TRM 211 has 6), the 223 tracks 13 metrics (the 211 tracks 9). The TRM 223 also has a larger, upgraded monitor and a wireless heart rate option that the TRM 211 does not. For these added benefits you will pay around $500 more for the TRM 223 model.
Final Word on the Precor TRM 211 Treadmill:
While on the pricier side for a home treadmill, this one comes not only with the trusted Precor name, but an outstanding warranty. For the average trainee, this model has more than enough benefits and should last for many, many years. The incline and speed are comparable to most professional treadmills and the presets should be enough to get you through training, whether you are a newbie runner or have put quite a few miles on your feet.