Horizon 7.0 AT Treadmill Review
The Horizon 7.0 AT is a budget treadmill and part of the studio series by Horizon Fitness. They're designed to enable you to take, on demand or live fitness classes. These are apps that you can access, for a small fee, that will have an instructor running on a treadmill with you and encouraging you as you exercise.
These classes are becoming a very popular way of working out with more and more people doing them. They're good because you feel like you're running with someone and not on your own. The 7.0 AT doesn't come with a tablet and the small screen isn't designed to receive the classes. It's a budget treadmill and that facility would increase the cost prohibitively.
The Horizon 7.0 AT is a fully functioning treadmill in its own right, so if you don't have a tablet, it doesn't matter. It has all the features and more to enable you to get a good workout. There are workout programs designed to help you lose weight or run a 5k. There's a good selection and they have different levels, so beginners and experienced runners can find a level for them.
The Studio series of treadmills, which the 7.0 AT is one, have received fantastic reviews from experts and owners alike. It's the lowest cost machine of the series, but has features I think make it worthwhile, and show that it's a quality addition to the line. Newer treadmills are good because technologies become cheaper over time and that's what we have here.
+ 15% Incline - This is the industry standard for high end treadmills and you have it here on a sub thousand dollar one. I like a good incline for walkers. People who start by walking on a treadmill can get a great aerobic workout by walking briskly and cranking up the incline. It can be hard work and is great at helping you lose weight or getting fit and healthy.
This kind of exercise is vigorous and the World Health Organization says you get great health benefits by doing this regularly. They say you only have to do this for 75 minutes per week, as opposed to 150 minutes for plain walking, which they count as moderate exercise. That's what the 7.0 AT treadmill can do for you if you use the incline.
For more experienced treadmill users like runners, can replicate their favorite running routes or races by using the incline. You are recommended not to run too far on an incline as it's not natural and could cause injuries. Still, the option is there and makes the 7.0 AT an impressive machine at a very good price.
+ 0% Finance - While this is not a feature of the treadmill, it's worth mentioning that you can pay for the treadmill in up to 2 years with no interest. For the 7.0 AT that works out at $41.67 per month over 24 months. This is a great deal and I've seen no other treadmill manufacturers offer this opportunity.
Who wouldn't take 2 years to pay, if you pay no more for doing so. Plus there's free shipping so the price you see is the only price you pay. This is subject to credit approval in case your score isn't too good, but if you can get it, it's something worth considering. Of course, if you want the ultimate in financial security, you can avoid credit and pay up front.
+ Hill Climb Program - The great thing about any treadmill is the incline function. You can use this to get an effective workout. The 7.0 AT has a program which uses this feature perfectly and that is the hill climb. First there is a 4 minute warm up to get your muscles and heart prepared for the routine to come.
Once the warm up is done the incline changes really start. They start low and then every 30 seconds the incline goes up gradually. This peaks in the middle of the routine and then tapers down. You set the speed so you can go as slow or as fast as you wish. This is mainly for walkers though as you couldn't run on some of the high inclines.
There are 10 levels to this program. Level 1 is quite mild and the incline relatively low. As you go up, each level is progressively harder, until you get to level 10 where you will struggle to keep up, no matter how fast you're going. Most of the programs have this leveling feature which beginners and experienced runners can get a good workout.
+ 16 Digit Alphanumeric LED - This is more than the T (or Go) series of treadmills by Horizon and so you get more information as you workout. This is very useful to see your stats at a glance. This is separate from the 7" LCD screen which is a graphic display. So there are 2 windows and 2 ways to get your vital workout information from.
+ Built In Speakers - These can play anything from your smart device meaning your choice of sounds, whether that be music or a podcast, can be played through the console directly to you as you workout. There are 2 ways you can connect your devices. The first is Bluetooth 4.0LE, simply select the treadmill from your Bluetooth list on your device.
It doesn't matter if your device isn't Bluetooth compatible as you can connect with a normal audio adaptor cable which is included. This means you can even connect an mp3 player. The audio in jack is at the top right of the console and connects to your headphone jack. If you're very old fashioned and use a CD player, you can connect this if you want to.
+ Long Deck - Expensive and high end treadmills usually have a 60" deck and you have it on the 7.0 AT. This means even someone who is very tall and has a long stride can still use this treadmill successfully. Even though there is a long deck, the 7.0 AT is folding so you'll save space when it's not in use.
+ Lifetime Warranty - This covers the frame and motor. The frame is well made and rugged. I can't see the frame warranty being needed so much, but it's there for piece of mind. There's a lot more that can go wrong with the motor, so it's great that Horizon are confident about the quality of their motors. The motor is the most important component of a treadmill.
- 8 Workout Programs - With some high end treadmills you get a lot more programs. I like variety and some machines have it with programs that change the settings in all kinds of ways. Most of the programs do have different levels within them. This way you can make them as hard or as easy as you like. This is a good thing, I would just have liked a few more.
- No Decline - Some modern treadmills have a decline feature. They are usually only about 3 to 5% but if you wanted the ability to be able to exercise downhill, you can. The 7.0 AT is a budget machine and having a decline would increase the cost, a lot. Running downhill for long periods can cause injuries so you won't get that problem here.
|Model||Horizon 7.0 AT|
|Sale Price||$999 (March 2020)|
|Treadmill Weight||253 lbs|
|Running Surface||20" x 60"|
|Display||16 Digit Alphanumeric LED and 7" LCD Screen|
|Dimensions||L 76.5" x W 36" x H 59"|
|Max User Weight||325 lbs|
|Workout Programs||8 with multiple levels in each|
|Speed||0.5 to 12 mph|
|Incline||0% to 15%|
|Warranty||Lifetime: Frame & Motor|
3 Years: Parts
1 Year: Labor
With most Horizon treadmills, I do find it difficult to find negative things to say and this 7.0 AT is no exception. There's certainly a lot more features I could have mentioned and when you consider the price is less than a thousand dollars, it makes this machine all the more impressive. It has a good labor warranty of 1 year and will last many more years if well looked after.
If you're looking for a budget treadmill for your home, perhaps you and your family are looking to improve your health. Perhaps you're wanting to lose some weight, this machine will help. Once you reach your ideal weight carry on using your treadmill for weight management and the good feeling you get. Either way the 7.0 AT is a good tool to help you achieve your goals.
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Meet The Author
I'm Simon Gould. I've been around treadmills my whole life. From running on them at an early age to working in treadmill dept's of national stores. I've run outside and I've run on treadmills and I prefer running on treadmills. I still run on one nearly every day and love it.
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