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Yowza Fitness Daytona Professional Grade Treadmill

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Yowza Daytona

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L:83"
W:35"
H:59"
350 lbs3.5 CHP,
0-12 MPH
12Motor: lifetime
Frame: lifetime
Parts: 5 years
Electronics:
5 years
Labor: 2 years

Although the Yowza Fitness Daytona is a commercial grade treadmill which offers quite an impressive array of features. Along with its exceptional engineering and sturdiness, it also makes available a consistent amount of fitness functions and amenities. Plus, it comes with the wireless IWM digital scale which transfers your current weight to the treadmill’s console for a precise analysis of the calories burned.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 83L x 35W x 59H inches (211L x 89W x 150H cm)
  • Tread belt dimensions: 60L x 20W inches (152.4L x 50.8W cm)
  • Shipping weight: 246 lbs (111.5 kg)
  • Max. weight capacity: 350 lbs (158.7 kg)
  • Deck cushioning: Front suspension
  • Motor: 3.5 CHP
  • Speed levels: 0.5-12 MPH
  • Incline: Automatic, 12 levels
  • Console: 12 programs
  • Amenities: Sound system, 2x bottle holder, tablet holder, IWM digital scale, HR chest strap
  • Warranty: Frame lifetime / Motor lifetime / Parts 5 years / Electronics 5 years / Labor 2 years

Frame and deck construction

To begin with, the Yowza Daytona treadmill features a really heavy construction. Its assembled weight is 246 lbs (111.5 kg), and its shipping weight may pass 280 lbs (127 kg). Due to this fact, its transport and assembly should be done by at least two people. But on the other hand, this weight results in an outstanding overall stability for the machine. When running at full speed, you can be sure that it won’t rock or wobble, even if you’re close to its maximum weight capacity.

Speaking of weight capacity, this Yowza treadmill is rated for 350 lbs (158.7 kg) of user weight, which is one of the main indicators that it is a gym grade machine. It integrates a deck made of laminated phenolic material. The deck is wax-impregnated from the factory; therefore, the belt shouldn’t require any lubrication for the first 400 hours of use.

This running machine is fairly large, with an assembled footprint of 83″L x 35″W (211 x 89 cm). The frame doesn’t have a folding design, so once it is assembled, the space-saving options are limited. Also, it is recommended to leave at least two feet of clearance on each side and at the front of the machine, and at least three feet of clearance at the rear, for safe operation.

The rear part of the deck rests on two small feet equipped with transport wheels. However, due to its considerable weight, it’s not recommended to move the machine once it is assembled.

This Yowza Fitness treadmill offers a 60″L x 20″W 153L x 51W cm) running surface, using a multi-layer PVC belt, with nylon-polyester weave bottom. It’s a heavy-duty belt, resistant to stretching and designed to last for many years of use. Also, due to its base layer, it features an excellent adherence to the rollers. Speaking of the rollers, this treadmill uses crowned, large rollers, integrating sealed ball bearings for smooth operation and a prolonged lifespan.

Given the dimensions of the running belt, this machine can easily accommodate users up to 6’7″ (201 cm), promoting a natural stride, even when running at full speed.

Just as in other commercial grade treadmills, such as the Nautilus T618 or the ProForm Boston Marathon 4.0, the deck of the Yowza Daytona treadmill is equipped with a shock absorption system. It consists of a swing-arm assembly, situated at the front of the deck, which absorbs the cadence shock progressively, from back to front. Due to this feature, there’s less impact on each workout, which can lead to longer and more consistent exercising routines.

Needless to say, the machine’s frame is made of steel. We’ve already mentioned its bulkiness and heavy-weight. All the steel parts in its construction feature a scratch-resistant and corrosion-resistant powder coating.

Incline & step-up height

Since it’s a professional grade treadmill, the Yowza Fitness Daytona is equipped with an automatic (motorized) incline system. It offers 12 levels of incline, the range being from 0% to 12%.

The deck’s incline can only be adjusted from the machine’s console. There are keys for gradual adjustment, the increments being 1%, but the control unit also has quick incline buttons for the 2,4,6,8,10,12 incline levels.

The deck’s step-up height is 0% 9″ (23 cm). By adjusting the incline to its maximum position will also elevate it by a few inches. Therefore, in order to determine the required ceiling height for you to be able to use the machine safely, it’s best to add at least 20 (51 cm) to your own height.

Motor

As opposed to the Yowza Delray Plus, which is a mid-range treadmill and has a 3.0 CHP motor, the Daytona model is equipped with a 3.5 CHP motor. This motor offers exceptional continuous duty, being designed to withstand prolonged workouts with no problem, without losing performance and without overheating. Even if the user is close to the maximum load capacity of the machine, this motor is still capable of performing flawlessly, fulfilling its purpose. The movement of the belt will continue to be smooth and steady, without any jerks.

The maximum speed made available by the motor of this treadmill is 12 MPH. The starting speed of the belt is 0.5 MPH. The console allows the speed adjustment in increments of 0.1 MPH though. The gradual adjustment keys are bi-functional; by pressing and holding them the speed will adjust in 0.5 MPH increments. 

The console offers quick keys for speed adjustment, just as for the incline, for the 2,4,6,8,10,11 settings. However, this treadmill also has motion control sensors for speed adjustment built-in the lateral handlebars. These sensors give you the possibility to quickly adjust the speed of the belt by hovering your hand over them. This is a great feature as it gives you the possibility to adjust the belt’s speed while continuing to move your arms naturally as you run. Of course, these motion sensors can be turned off in case you move your arms too much over them which may result in unwanted speed adjustments.

Evidently, since the machine integrates two motors, one that powers the belt, and the other for incline, it must be connected to a power circuit. It comes with a U.S standard plug, and requires a nominal 110V circuit. The power connector is placed on the front base, and there’s also an On-Off switch next to it.

Console

The Yowza Daytona treadmill features quite an inclusive console, with a large LCD display with blue LED backlight. The display is divided into 13 panels, which means that it gives you the possibility to see all your workout metrics at once, without having to use a SCAN function to rotate them. It indicates time, distance, calories, pulse, incline, and speed. It also gives you the possibility to input personal data such as height, weight, age and gender, which leads to a considerably accurate reading of the calories burned, and the overall estimation of your fitness level.

As we’ve mentioned above, this treadmill includes the IWM digital scale, which communicates wirelessly with the machine’s console; thus, you can measure your weight before each workout, data which will be automatically transferred to the console.

The console can display distance in both miles and kilometers, and speed in MPH and km/h. It can monitor your heart rate via the sensors integrated into the front handlebars of the machine. It’s also telemetry enabled and can read your pulse via the included HR chest strap transmitter.

When it comes to workout programs, this console unit offers 12 in number. It gives you access to 3 target programs for speed, distance and time, 3 preset programs with 12 levels of intensity for each one of them, 1 speed interval program, 1 weight loss program and 1 5k run/walk program, 1 heart rate program, and 3 custom programs. It also has a manual mode, which gives you the possibility to adjust the speed and incline as you like during the workout.

Since the Yowza Fitness Daytona is an older model, it doesn’t have the online connectivity function. Thus, you can’t sync it with the existent online app. If you want this feature, you should opt for the newer Yowza Daytona Plus. However, the Plus model costs quite a few $100s more this one and doesn’t offer too many other extra features.

In terms of amenities, this fitness machine offers several. Along with the IWM scale that we’ve mentioned, its console integrates a sound system, a workout fan, a tablet holder, an MP3 unit holder and two bottle holders.

The sound system is compatible with most MP3 players. There’s actually a custom docking slot for iPods. The sound rendered by the speakers is fairly decent. The cooling fan has three distinctive speed settings and it’s situated at the top of the console. The tablet holder is placed at the lower part of the console unit and features a clip-on system to hold the tablet in place. And finally, the two bottle holders are molded directly into the console’s dashboard, one on each side. They’re not too wide in diameter, and not all bottles may fit into them.

Assembly and Maintenance

This treadmill comes with a very well-written and detailed owner’s manual, which offers clear, step-by-step assembly instructions. Most of the machine comes ready-assembled, though. In other words, the deck with the belt and motors are all in one piece. All you have to do is lift up the console masts and lock them in the upright position, and then connect the console and the handlebars. This shouldn’t take more than one hour. Also, the tools for the assembly are included.

As we’ve mentioned above, the treadmill’s deck comes pre-lubricated. Thus, it shouldn’t require any lubrication, at least for the first 400 hours of use. However, after this period of time, lubrication may be required. For that, silicon spray lubricant is recommended. Other than this, you basically have to keep the running belt clean, and free of any objects that may be dragged and caught in the rollers or motor.

The Pros

  • Commercial grade construction;
  • Heavy load capacity (350 lbs);
  • Transport wheels;
  • Progressive shock absorption system;
  • Multi-layer PVC belt, 60″ x 20″ which can accommodate runners up to 6’7″;
  • 3.5 CHP continuous duty motor, designed to withstand long workouts at full speed;
  • Automatic incline, 0% – 12%;
  • Speed adjustment increments of 0.1 MPH and 0.5 MPH;
  • 12 workout programs, some of them featuring multiple difficulty settings;
  • Fitness test function;
  • 7 user profiles;
  • Motion sensors for speed adjustment integrated into the handlebars;
  • Pulse sensors integrated into the front handlebar;
  • HR chest strap transmitter also included; 
  • IWM digital scale included;
  • Sound system included;
  • Docking port for your iPod;
  • USB port and headphone jack;
  • 3-speed workout fan included;
  • Clip-in tablet holder included;
  • Bottle holders included;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Excellent warranty.

The Cons

  • Very heavy machine, difficult to handle once it is assembled;
  • The air current generated by the workout fan may not reach a short person;
  • Bottle holders are fairly narrow and may not accommodate any bottle;
  • No folding possibilities.

Summary

The Yowza Fitness Daytona is a very well-engineered, gym-grade treadmill, which makes available a consistent number of features. It’s equipped with a 3.5 CHP motor and motorized incline. It has built-in motion sensors for speed adjustment, a feature that not many other machines have. Its console offers 12 distinctive workouts, and 7 user profiles, along with a sound system, tablet holder, cooling fan and other amenities. Plus, an IWM digital scale is included. All these being said, the treadmill offers training possibilities for users of all levels, from beginners to pros. It’s perfect for light to intense cardio training, interval training, stamina and strength development and weight loss. In all, it offers great value for the price.

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