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Precor AMT 835 Review

Quick Summary

The Precor AMT 835 is identical to Precor Adaptive Motion Trainers that are popular in health clubs.

This low impact cardio trainer supports an infinite range of footpaths: Without needing to adjust settings, trainees can take up to 36″ strides!

The machine indicates which muscle groups are being worked with each path length. Additionally the arm bars move to support total body training.

Learn more from our full Precor AMT 835 review below.

Specifications

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Model Precor AMT 835
Rating

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86.9%
List Price

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$9,395
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$8,895
Resistance

Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

20 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

Watts
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

0 to 36 inches
Pedals

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Heavy Duty Plastic
Incline

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.

n/a
Flywheel

The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

Undisclosed
Programs

Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

6
User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

n/a
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Handlebar Pulse Grips
& Chest Strap (Optional)
Display

Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

Large LED Display
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

350 lbs
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

80" x 35" x 69"
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.

Folding?

Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: Lifetime
Welds: Lifetime
Parts: 10 Years
Console: 3 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 86.9%

Our Rating

Rating: 86.9/100. The Precor AMT 835 Adaptive Motion Trainer is a unique commercial fitness machine designed for total body training that’s gentle on joints. More than virtually any other elliptical-style trainer, it’s designed to match anybody’s stride length. Each trainee can exercise with their typical walking or running stride, plus they can take shorter or longer steps to isolate different muscle groups. Built-in programs assist with interval training, performance training and exercise for weight loss. This fitness machine can be powered exclusively by user energy; there’s no need for a power cord.

Here are pro and con lists about choosing the Precor AMT 835 for your home gym or commercial fitness center.

Pros:

  • Precor’s patented low impact motion
  • Total body training
  • Adaptive stride length up to 36″
  • Adjustable stride height (6.8″ to 10″)
  • 6 workout program
  • Toe cages for support during vigorous exercise
  • 20 resistance levels (Magnetic)
  • Multilingual display
  • Metric and Standard readings
  • Wireless heart rate receiver
  • Contact heart rate monitor
  • Low step-up height (6.5″)
  • Accessory holders
  • Water bottle holder
  • Self-powered (Optional external power setup)

Cons:

  • Large footprint (80″ x 35″)
  • High-end price

Introduction

The Precor AMT 835 Adaptive Motion Trainer is a low-impact alternative to standard elliptical trainers. It lets trainees benefit from Precor’s award-winning biomechanics no matter what their natural stride might be. The stride length naturally extends to up to 36″, plus the user can adjust the stride height. The arm bars also move for upper-body toning and extra calorie burn. The console has five training programs plus manual mode and is compatible with Polar wireless heart rate transmitters. The console can be powered by user energy to avoid adding to electricity bills. Read on for details about the Precor AMT 835’s programs, features and warranty.

Workout Programs

The Precor AMT 835 workout menu is programmed to support diverse fitness goals. Its six preset workout programs are named Manual, Interval, Variety, Performance, Heart Rate and Weight Loss. See below for details about the console and exercise stats provided.

Precor AMT 835 Features

The highlight of any Precor Adaptive Motion Trainer is its customizable low-impact stride. The AMT 835 automatically adapts to the user’s motion and fits those with inseams up to 36″. Additionally Precor’s Open Stride technology lets people adjust the height of their footpath with a range of 6.8″ to 10″.

Pushing and pulling the arm bars adds to each workout for total body training. Like the rest of this machine, the arm bars are designed to comfortably fit anyone from a very small woman to a very large man; Precors comfortably support an estimated 95% of adults.

An LED screen with green lighting shows workout programming and session statistics. (A touch screen is used on the upgrade to this machine, the AMT 885.) Users can choose from the following languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The stats shown are Resistance Level, Distance, Strides per Min, Calories per Min, Calories per Hour, Total Calories, Heart Rate, Time Remaining, Time Elapsed, Time in Zone Segment, Watts, METS ,Target HR, Average HR, Stride Length, and Percent Complete. A summary with fewer stats is shown at the end of each session.

For heart rate monitoring the AMT 835 has a Polar compatible wireless receiver and touch sensors.

A storage area beneath the console can hold a water bottle, mobile devices and other small items.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Precor AMT 835 Adaptive Motion Trainer has a commercial warranty even when used at home. It provides the following coverage:

– Frame: 7 years

– Wear parts: 1 year

– Mechanical and electrical parts: 2 years

– Labor: 1 year

Conclusion

At commercial fitness centers the Precor AMT 835 is a popular trainer among people of all ability levels. Kept at home it makes ideal cardio workouts convenient and likely to become habitual. Note though that unlike many of Precor’s more traditional elliptical trainers (EFX models), the AMT 835 only carries a commercial warranty; Precor EFX residential warranties are longer.