Precor 240i Stretch Trainer Review

The Precor 240i Stretch Trainer is a small and compact piece of equipment for use in assisting with deep stretches that would usually only be gained with the help of another person.

Stretching is incredibly beneficial for anyone wanting to improve coordination, flexibility, muscle tone and general athletic ability. The machine enables users to use their own bodyweight to achieve maximum stretching with little to no effort. But, are these gains worth the $700 dollar price tag?

 

Dimensions & Technical Specifications

  • 52 (length) x 28 (width) x 36 (height) inches (132 x 71 x 91 cm)
  • 60 pounds (27 kg) assembled weight
  • 77 pounds (35 kg) shipping weight
  • Height allowances – the machine accommodates most heights

 

Key Features

  • Instructional Placard; Instructional placard shows you eight essential stretches to target key muscle groups – lower back, hamstrings, gluteal/hips, hips/legs/back, inner thighs/groin, upper back, shoulders and quadriceps.
  • Biomechanics; The design places you in ergonomically correct stretching positions for maximum warm-up and cool-down benefits. A comfortable seat and kneepads help you to sit comfortably. Your movement is enhanced by gravity and seamlessly translates into positive feedback and immediate results.
  • Design; Unique seated design helps stabilize your back during stretching movements. Padded handlebars allow you to control the intensity and duration of each stretch.
  • Space Efficient; Light weight and small size fit conveniently in your home
  • Frame; Two-step powder coating process applies rust-resistant undercoat and cosmetic topcoat to the steel frame.
  • Upholstery; Premium-quality upholstery with Beautyguard protective topcoat finish. Fabric meets or exceeds California fire regulations (Bulletin 117, section E). Double-layer slipcover in appropriate high wear areas. Double stitching on all seams.
  • Pivot Points; Pivot points use quiet, self-lubricating bushings.

 

Comfort

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The Precor 240i Stretch Trainer is extremely comfortable to use and saves a lot of the discomfort you may get from trying to stretch at this level using only a floor mat. The design of the seat ensures that you’re comfortable while stretching and supports your core during the recommended exercises. The kneepads also support your knees during the stretches which, again, is much more comfortable and supportive than the floor and enables you to prolong your stretching exercises.

The purpose of the Precor 240i is to help improve fitness but also to enable users to enjoy a more comfortable stretching experience; it definitely meets that criteria and makes stretching a lot more comfortable than it usually is on floor mats.

 

Performance

“The primary stretch “Lower Back” is great and as simple as it seems, it’d be very hard to replicate as effectively and safely without the machine.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

The level of performance achieved on the Precor 240i Stretch Trainer is very much down to the user. The instructions for the stretches are very clearly laid out on the placard using descriptive text and pictures. The stretch options available are;  lower back, hamstrings, gluteal/hips, hips/legs/back, inner thighs/groin, upper back, shoulders and quadriceps. This machine is particularly useful as an aid to increase performance in other areas. It can be used before or after a workout and will increase flexibility before exercise and help stretch and relieve muscles after a workout.

It is also an excellent way to relieve pain after an injury (medical professionals should be consulted before use) and can be an excellent form of regular pain relief, particularly with back injuries.

 

Ease Of Use & Convenience

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The Precor 240i is relatively easy to assemble but does involve a few fiddly parts that could be a little time-consuming to put together. It is imperative that assembly is done properly with this machine as you don’t want to injure yourself using it if it is not secure. It’s worth taking the extra time to check it has been put together properly to protect your safety when using it.

“The primary stretch “Lower Back” is great and as simple as it seems, it’d be very hard to replicate as effectively and safely without the machine.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

The machine itself is very convenient, easy to use and takes up little space so can be stored easily or kept in a small space within a household. There are no buttons or mechanics to it’s as easy to use as they get and also doesn’t require a power supply (this gives you a lot more freedom in regards to where you can keep the trainer).

 

Entertainment

The entertainment with this machine is very much down to the user. There are no additional extras to entertain you during your stretching but it can be an extremely relaxing machine to use if you do choose to use it regularly.

Stretching the body’s key muscle groups releases a lot of tension and promotes overall well-being. You will have to entertain yourself if you feel you need entertaining, but you will more than likely not be using it for periods at a time that require any entertainment anyway. If you do require entertainment though, the Precor 240i stretch trainer can easily be moved in front of the TV as it is relatively lightweight.

 

Warranty

  • Frame and Welds: Lifetime
  • Parts (Mechanical): 10 years
  • Wear Items: 10 years
  • Labor: 10 years

 

The Final Verdict

“My suggestion is that if you have a condition that has resulted in contraction and atrophy of muscles this my be worth many times the price for you.” – Click here to read the full review on Amazon

The Precor 240i StretchTrainer™ is a very simple machine in concept but also an extremely useful one. The deep stretches facilitated by this piece of equipment really do help the body feel more aligned, flexible and relaxed. This equipment is used in a gym environment so is already tried and tested by those regularly enjoying its benefits in conjunction with regular forms of exercise.

Is it worth the money? If you have an injury that would benefit from deep stretching at home then this machine is probably worth the $700 price tag. However, despite its innovation and intelligent design, you can’t help but feel that for what it is, it’s a little overpriced, especially considering the fact that you could purchase a mid-range elliptical trainer for this price.

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