FreeMotion 790 Interactive Treadmill is All Tricked Out!

FreeMotion 790 Interactive Treadmill Review
OH the treadmill or also affectionately referred to as the dreadmill, hamster wheel and even Satan’s conveyor belt.  Regardless what you call it, the treadmill is a machine we all love to hate and unfortunately at times, a necessary “evil”.  
Since the winters here in Upstate New York tend to be bitter, snowy and unpredictable, purchasing one was certainly necessary in my case especially if I planned to keep consistent with any sort of training plan.  
SO back in June of last year I went on the hunt for a trusty treadmill that would make the perfect replacement for pavement on all those snowy, cold or rainy days.  After some research (and finding a really great deal) I made the commitment to marry (ok, buy) the FreeMotion 790 Interactive Treadmill.  
Seriously, this thing is loaded with features, features and more awesome features and I only paid $1500.00 for it on sale with warranty and delivery.  It currently retails for $1776.00 with free shipping on Amazon
Here’s the break down: 
  • Dimensions: 80″ long x 36″ width X 73.5″ high with 375 lb weight capacity.  Also folds up for easy storage or transportation. 
  • Motor: 4.2 CHP Commercial Pro Motor which by the way, is extremely quiet.  While my treadmill lives in the basement, I still never have to worry about it being too loud or waking up the kids. 
  • Track: Heavy duty, 2 ply commercial grade cushioned mat (read: better for your joints) that measures 60″ long and 20″ wide. 
  • Incline/Decline: Not only does the track incline up to 15% but it can also decline down to -3% with 1 Step Decline Controls. This is an awesome feature which pretty much was one of the major selling points for me.  I love that it has the ability to actually mimic outdoor terrain unlike most other treadmills. 
  • Built in Fan: Turn on the fan with a touch of a button, power ranges from 1 to 5.  I love this feature and it has come in handy a number of times, even during this frigid winter with the ‘mill living in my damp basement.  
  • Wireless Heart Rate Monitor: Equipped with dual grip pulse heart rate monitor sensors plus a Polar wireless heart rate chest strap monitor system. 
  • Built in Workouts: There are 36 built in workouts to choose from including two videos which are set in Hawaii to bring you an awesome tropical workout experience.  I honestly just discovered these not too long ago- one course takes you up Mount Haleakala! You can also compete with friends (or strangers) on certain courses or even jus simply run around the track! 
  • iFit Live Built-In Option: If you pay a monthly subscription ($9.99/month) you can not only draw out your route (like the one you run at home) powered by Google Maps but you can also download fitness programs designed by Jillian Michaels and manage your workout online at  There are also a few preloaded routes on there that will take you along the roads of Ireland and Spain.  If you have an iFit Active Band it will even send you a workout at the end of each day if you haven’t completed your goal.  I have to say that I love this feature for when I want to run my regular route outside but can’t- all I have to do is pick it from my list of routes on the Map and in seconds I am running down my hometown roads as if I was really doing it! Definitely worth the $9.99/month simply because it’s awesome! 
  • 10″ Touchscreen Display with Android Browser:  If you’re coordinated enough (I’m not) you can get online and check your email, browse the web or even check Facebook.  It is a cool feature if you want to look something up quick but I don’t use it that much.  
  • 15″ HD-TV: Hook the TV (with remote) up to cable or DVD and watch the boob tube to keep you entertained during long runs.  My personal favorite right now is Total Divas…didn’t even know that show existed until this winter 😉 
  • iPod Compatible: You can plug in your iPod or MP3 player into the Intermix Acoustics System (set of 3″ speakers) and jam out to your tunes to your heart’s content.  Honestly, I haven’t used this feature much as I have been taking advantage of the TV and usually just blare my music straight from my iPhone as I am along in my basement most of the time anyway.  It is a nice feature to have though and the sound quality is great. 
  • Cup Holders: Not one, not two or three but FOUR places where your phone, water or other important running essentials like fuel, chap stick and hair ties can live.  I seriously love all the storage space and use it like another closet 😉 
  • Warranty: Frame and motor have a lifetime warranty while parts and labor are 5 and 2 years respectively.  
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My basement is rather poorly lit, but here are a few snapshots of all the awesome features that the FreeMotion 790 is made of: 

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Overall, I have no complaints about my treadmill. It has more features than I even need and you really can’t be beat what you get for your money in this price range.  Dare I say that Satan’s conveyor belt just might be my new best friend 😉 

Want to read more treadmill reviews before you dish out the dough? Check out NYC Running Mama’s Treadmill Link Up Review and see what other runners have to say! 

QOTD: Are you a fan of the treadmill? What features are most important to you? 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Linda @ The Fitty
Reply February 9, 2015

Wow, it looks like it's got it all with such technology. I don't like the treadmill unless I'm just flushing out after a workout and watching some TV along with it(THE FOOD CHANNEL, PLEASE!). Otherwise, it's really intimidating to me!
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    Reply February 9, 2015

    Haha I totally watch Food Network when I run- it's the best :P

Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply February 9, 2015

I yesterday, ran for the first time in at least 6 months on the treadmill I have at home. I've had it since 2010 I would say. It's on it's last leg but works for the few times a year I can't make it to the gym for a long run. I think it was bouncing during my run! I almost bought an ifit treadmill back in the fall. The husband was even on board to get it which was CRAZY to me. But then I decided not to buy it. I so rarely use my home one, it's not worth the money anymore. Back when I didn't belong to a gym I loved it but now I need to get out and see people going to the gym forces me to do that- LOL! I like yours though, and it's pretty compact!
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    Reply February 9, 2015

    I probably wouldn't have purchased one if I had a gym membership but since I don't and I didn't want to be stuck running outside all winter- this was a no brainer, especially for the price! It was a great deal for a good treadmill :)

Reply February 9, 2015

I AM a fan of the mill! Our dicey weather demands that I be and I think the ability to bang out big miles on one is a sign of mental toughness. My mill is a teenager now and, knock wood, still going strong. It looks so basic compared to yours: definitely no video screen! Ha!
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    Reply February 9, 2015

    I totally agree, it does build mental toughness! I am hoping once I do get back outside that my long runs will just be that much easier :)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply February 9, 2015

If you were forced to run on a treadmill that would be the one! Sounds like it has great features.
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    Reply February 9, 2015

    Haha it does have a lot to keep me entertained! :)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply February 9, 2015

I actually like the treadmill. Well, I don't hate it haha. It is much less strain on my knee, so until my knee gets stronger, treadmill running it is!
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    Reply February 9, 2015

    I have also had less issues with my leg since running on the treadmill but I hear the opposite from some people! So funny how different running environments can change the way your body works! :P

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply February 9, 2015

Great post! I'm in the market for a treadmill so I will definitely take a look at this one!! Great review!
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    Reply February 9, 2015

    Thank you! Definitely check it out, I have not been disappointed! You can watch all your Netflix shows while you train :)

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply February 10, 2015

that is one fancy treadmill girl! WOW ! yeah, I am not a fan of the dreadmill- I am just not coordinated enough to run on it- I will keep the great outdoors but that is easy to say from the Florida girl. Looks like you are in good hands for your winter training!
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    Reply February 10, 2015

    You are SO lucky that you have the luxury of all that nice weather during the winter months (though I don't envy you in the Summer) I just read something that said where I live is the #1 snowiest city in America...dreadmill is definitely a necessity! :P

Kailey Ingerman
Reply February 10, 2015

That is a good price for all of those features! Was the treadmill hard to set-up, or did the delivery person help set it up?
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    Reply February 10, 2015

    We really did get a fantastic deal! We had them deliver it to us and set it up but it didn't take that long and was included in the cost we paid :)

Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club
Reply February 12, 2015

I have recently become a fan of treadmills and have the NordickTrack C900. I love it! It has the quadflex technology so it cushions your landing which is much needed in this household. It is wide and doesn't shake. It also comes with 32 predefined run routines. I love it and due to the icy and wet conditions here in Maryland lately it is becoming my best friend. It can be as tough as road work when you incorporate inclines and speed intervals. Great review.
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    Reply February 12, 2015

    Your treadmill sounds awesome too! Love that it has the quadflex technology!

AJ @ NutriFitMama
Reply February 12, 2015

What a nice treadmill! If I didn't already have a treadmill, I would definitely look into this one. Sounds like a nice treadmill with a decent price!
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    Reply February 12, 2015

    Thanks! It's definitely worth the price tag :)

Kathryn @ Dancing to Running
Reply February 12, 2015

My gym has a couple of different model treadmills, and I absolutely love running on the Freemotion ones. They are super easy to run on, super easy to change the speed and incline on, and I love how much data you receive at the end of your run.
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    Reply February 12, 2015

    The whole set up really is great! I don't have a ton of experience with other treadmills but this has everything I could ever need!

Lean Lena
Reply February 12, 2015

That is a one nice treadmill, Annmarie! I wish I had a place to put one in my house :( Love the built in fan feature :)
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    Reply February 12, 2015

    It really is a nice treadmill- I got lucky finding it on sale :)

Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC
Reply February 12, 2015

I can't wait til we move to a house that has enough space to hold a treadmill. Yours looks awesome!! You totally got a deal - it's 2k on Amazon now...
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    Reply February 12, 2015

    Whaat?! That changed quick, when I wrote this the other day it was $1800! It really is a nice treadmill though- so worth it! :)

heather @ divas run for bling
Reply February 12, 2015

I generally hate treadmills. However, it would be nice to have one at home for when the weather is too horrid to get out and run.
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    Reply February 12, 2015

    Unfortunately where I live it's always horrid so it's a necessity! Right now it's snowing about 6 inches an hour and it's in the teens. SAD :(

Kate @KateMovingForward
Reply February 12, 2015

Good heavens that is one tricked out treadmill!! I could definitely get used to running on that! Especially with the fan, tv, and cupholders!
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    Reply February 12, 2015

    Haha, I don't hate it! ;)

Reply February 13, 2015

I don't mind the treadmill, but only tend to use it when I'm doing rehab after toe or knee surgery. The bells and whistles nowadays are tremendous.
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    Reply February 13, 2015

    I wish I didn't have to use it as often as I have been but the bells and whistles do make it nice! :)

Reply February 13, 2015

That is an impressive treadmill! I run on one at my gym that I'm almost certain could be a high school's got to be pushing 18 years, lol
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    Reply February 13, 2015

    Haha oh no!!! As long as it works, right?! :P

Jess @hellotofit
Reply February 13, 2015

You're not kidding around when you say "tricked out"! So many cool features! I honestly can't stay on the treadmill for very longer than 2 miles...but this treadmill looks awesome!
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    Reply February 13, 2015

    This treadmill makes it a little more bearable to be on for an hour or two at a time :P

Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home
Reply December 3, 2015

Haha! Satan's conveyor belt! You know I have the oldest working treadmill, right? Going on 18 years? Someday I'm going to have to replace it. Great review and I'd definitely consider this one as a worthy successor!
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