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Xterra TRX4500 Review

Quick Summary

The XTERRA TRX4500 Treadmill is top-of-the-line in an affordable series for home gyms. Often sale priced at $999, and paired with an excellent free warranty, this treadmill is among the best bargains in home fitness. Parts and electronics for the TRX4500 meet standards for solid mid-priced trainers, from the high-powered drive to the feature-rich console with Bluetooth, wireless heart rate monitoring and more than 30 workout programs. Below is our in-depth XTERRA TRX4500 Treadmill review for 2018.

Specifications

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Model XTERRA TRX4500
Rating

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89.6%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$1,599
Best Price

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$899
Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0.5-12 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0-15%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

3HP
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

20" x 60"
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

XTRA Soft cushioned shock
absorption deck
Folding?

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

Programs

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

30+
Max. Weight

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

350 lbs
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.

Wireless Chest Strap Compatible and Grip Sensors
Dimensions

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

77.2"x 35.5"x 56.1”
Display

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

Large 7.5” blue backlit LCD display
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

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

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

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 a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Deck: 2 year
Electronics/Parts: 2 year
Labor: 1 year (In-home)

Rating: 89.6%

Our Rating

Rating: 89.6/100. With online discounts the XTERRA TRX4500 joins a rare category: durable and well-stocked $999 treadmills for runners and power walkers. Its aluminum rails, 3.25 HP motor and other features suit the full price ($1799) and the factory’s free warranty is excellent. You can expect the TRX4500 to deliver many years’ worth of calorie-burning, muscle-toning, heart-healthy workout sessions.

Main features include a two-ply 60” x 20” running area; a 3.25 HP drive with lifetime warranty; power incline to 15 percent; 30 preset workout programs with speed/incline profiles; and a heart rate controlled workout program that works with a wireless chest strap (included). Additionally the TRX4500 Treadmill console lets two user profiles save customized workout routines.

A Bluetooth connection is included for automatically storing your treadmill exercise data in a mobile app. The free XTERRA Fitness app is compatible with other health tracking apps for Apple and Android, such as FitBit.

XTERRA treadmills can fold for upright storage. Unfolded the TRX4500 has a 77.2” x  35.5” footprint.

Pros:

  • 20” x 60” workout area
  • Aluminum track rails for durability
  • 3.25 HP drive with lifetime warranty
  • Power incline settings up to 15 percent
  • Includes a chest strap for wireless heart rate monitoring
  • Heart rate controlled workout program
  • 30 preset programs for speed and incline workouts
  • Bluetooth for data sharing
  • Two-ply tread belt for quiet operation
  • On/off cushioning
  • MP3 player port and console speaker set
  • Safety tether for auto-stop
  • Folding frame with hydraulic assist
  • Five-year parts warranty
  • Two-year in-home labor warranty
  • 350-pound user weight capacity

Cons:

  • Light DIY maintenance required, such as tightening and lubricating the tread belt
  • Cushioning is weaker than what high-end treadmills provide

Introduction

The XTERRA TRX4500 Treadmill is a competitive deal for home fitness. Its console supports two user profiles, and the parts support everything from strolling to sprinting. Essentials include a 3.25 HP drive and a 60” x 20” training surface. This model is also equipped with power incline, a wireless heart rate transmitter, Bluetooth for fitness tracking, and other amenities. Below are details about the programming, parts, warranty and guarantee.

Workout Programs

Two users can store their profiles to the TRX4500 Treadmill console. Having a profile brings more accurate feedback, and it lets you store two customized routines to the treadmill computer. Additionally you can train with with manual mode, a heart rate control workout, and 30 preset programs for speed/incline training.

All 30 speed/incline workouts can be customized to run from five to 99 minutes. The heart rate control program can also be customized for time and your target heart rate. Its default is 116 beats per minute.

XTERRA TRX4500 Features

Bluetooth for data sharing is becoming more common on fitness machines, and the XTERRA TRX4500 is one of the first treadmills under $1000 to bring this benefit. You can pair an Android or Apple mobile device to automatically store your treadmill workout statistics in a mobile app. The free XTERRA Fitness apps are compatible with other mobile apps and wearable activity trackers.

The TRX4500 Treadmill has a 20″ x 60″ workout surface, just like typical club treadmills. All but the largest trainees will have ample room to exercise.

A 3.25 HP drive powers the tread belt and lets you sprint at up to 12 mph. It has a lifetime warranty.

Power incline can angle the deck by up to 15 percent. Incline can be automated by preset workout programs, or controlled with buttons on the handlebars and console.

Bordering the track are aluminum rails. For comparison, most treadmills under $1000 have thick plastic rails.

Exercise data are shown on a backlit 7.5” screen. The data window displays multiple stats at once.

Alongside the data window are buttons for making quick speed and incline changes. For example, with just a tap you can move from 3 mph to 5 mph. You can also adjust the speed and incline in smaller increments. Up/down buttons are built into the handlebars.

The TRX4500 is the only XTERRA treadmill to include a wireless heart rate transmitter, although all three XTERRAs are wireless compatible. You can wear the included chest strap to get a continuous wireless reading, which you can use with the heart rate controlled workout program. You can also get heart rate readings from contact sensors built into the machine’s crossbar.

XTERRA treadmill track belts are two-ply and above average for the under-$1000 price class. The TRX4500 is shipped with lubricant for the belt. The manual advises adding lubricant every 180 miles.

For safety a magnetic key with tether can stop the tread belt if you slip. The magnet also prevents unauthorized use of the machine; it needs to be in place for the belt to run.

Amenities include iPod-compatible speakers, a workout fan and water bottle storage.

The deck can be stored upright to clear floor space between workout sessions. You can easily push it into place with hydraulic assist.

Warranty & Guarantee

The XTERRA TRX4500 Treadmill warranty package includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Motor: Lifetime

– Deck: 5 years

– Parts & Electronics: 2 years

– Labor: 1 year (In-home)

Additionally XTERRA Fitness provides a 60-day money-back guarantee.

Conclusion

The XTERRA TRX4500 is a great new option for shoppers set on spending $1K or less. Walkers especially like the power incline benefits, and runners especially benefit from the long workout space. The heart rate control workout program is a hard-to-find feature for this price class, and the same goes for many other features detailed above… from the thick track to the Bluetooth-enabled console. All in all the TRX4500 is a good buy at full price and a definite bargain when scored for $999.

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