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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About me

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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