Horizon Fitness seems to be trying to push their way out from the entry-level treadmill market with the Horizon 7.4 AT treadmill. New features are included in the new model. Horizon Fitness has introduced a new approach to interactive training using the 7.4 AT treadmill.
This new treadmill is not restricted to a particular set of programs (iFit, etc.), but can be integrated with a variety of online training programs, including Studio, Daily Burn and Aaptiv. This is an incredibly clever move by the Horizon 7.4 AT treadmill, given the trend in fitness and the importance being placed on digital training.
The treadmill also has the QuickDial Controls on the handles that make speed and incline adjustments much easier. Comparing to road running, the 3-Zone Variable Respond Cushioning has been shown to reduce joint impact by as much as 30%. The 3-Zone Variable response cushioning offers shock absorption in the front, middle and back areas of the running area. These levels vary from runner-to-runner depending on their stride. FeatherLight Folding provides a simple folding and unlocking process with strong safety features. A single fan is also included in the treadmill’s control. Others machines may have multiple fans, or are made to reach different heights. One fan may be ineffective depending on how important it is to cool the machine.
HORIZON 7.4 AT TREADMILL – KEY SPECS:
- Star Rating: 4.8-stars
- Motor: 3.5 HP
- Incline: 0-15%
- Running Area: 22″ x 60″
- Folding: Yes
- Top Speed: 12 MPH
- Weight Capacity: 350 LBS
- Dimensions: 76″ L x 37″ W x 63″ H
- Built-In Programs: 10
What We Like:
- Extra-large running track — Measuring 60 in. long by 22 in. wide, the 7.4 AT treadmill’s running belt is two inches wider that the 7.0AT. This treadmill is ideal for heavier and taller runners.
- Ortholite belt design –Horizon enables variable running deck damping by further improving the damping of their running belt. The harder settings will be more realistic to real-world road running.
- Bluetooth heartrate monitoring –Horizon Fitness comes with a Bluetooth wireless chest band.
- Sprint 8 training program -High intensity interval (HIIT), a popular form of training, is now available in the fitness industry. Horizon is one among a few manufacturers that integrate HIIT-specific training programs within their treadmills. Sprint 8 is a popular and very effective HIIT program for runners.
- There are many training options With the option of running apps in four languages, you can pick the style that suits your needs.
- Discounted training app rates — Horizon has been able to offer its users discounted rates on a range of fitness training apps. Some of these discounts can be as high as 30%.
What we don’t like:
- You will still need a tablet to take advantage of the clever app integration.
- A smaller screen: The 8.25″ LCD Screen isn’t a touchscreen. It displays data and metrics about your workouts.
The 7.4 AT treadmill is a bit more expensive than the 7.0 AT. It has a 3.5 continuous duty horsepower motor and larger belt rolls than its sibling. The treadmill’s higher performance is better for longevity as it has the same top speed of 12 mph and maximum incline of 15 degrees as its cheaper counterpart.
The new Horizon 7.4 AT has a longer warranty. The Horizon 7.4 AT warranty, unlike its siblings, is for a lifetime frame and motor, 5 year parts, 2 years labor, and 5 year parts. Horizon 7.0 is the next affordable unit. It has a Lifetime Motor and Frame warranty. However, it also comes with a 3-year parts and 1-year labor warranty.
Horizon’s innovative Rapid Sync Technology allows the treadmill’s motor to move faster than a standard treadmill motor. This technology is not useful for standard running programs. However, interval training is a great feature to have.
Sprint 8 Training:
Sprint 8 is a modified version of HIIT that Johnson Health Tech, the parent company of Horizon Fitness, has developed. It consists of a 20-minute warm-up, followed by intense 30-second sprints. Then comes a 90-second active recovery period. Finally, there is a 2.5-minute cool-down. According to the brand, significant body fat loss can occur in as little 8 weeks if you run the Sprint 8 program three times per week. More information can be found here.
The Horizon 7.0 AT treadmill was already our favorite, but the 7.4 AT treadmill has enough features to justify the $1,599 price increase. Although it doesn’t offer the same touchscreen consoles as NordicTrack treadmills, it offers a lot of value for the entry price. This treadmill is definitely an effective choice for runners.
Frequently asked questions
Is the horizon 7.4 at treadmill good for streaming workouts?
The user must bring their own tablet or screen, but the treadmill can also integrate streaming programs like Treo, Daily Burn, Aaptiv and Treo. Although we like the fact that users don’t have to use one app, they should be aware that they will need to bring their own screen or tablet.
How much does the horizon 7.4 at weigh?
The machine is 318 lbs heavier than the Horizon 7.0 AT, which weighs 253 lbs.