|HCI RMT RehabMill|
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The RehabMill treadmill is one of the models released by HCI Fitness in 2020. It’s a heavy-duty light-commercial grade machine rated for an impressive weight capacity of 400 lbs (181 kg). As its name suggests, it’s a treadmill designed for rehabilitation exercise, equipped with adjustable handrails. However, it can also be used as a regular treadmill as it offers a fairly decent speed range.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 75L x 30W x 55H inches (190L x 76W x 140H cm)
- Tread belt dimensions: 59L x 21W inches (150L x 53W cm)
- Assembled weight: 350 lbs (159 kg)
- Supported weight: 400 lbs (181 kg)
- Motor: Dual AC Motor Drive
- Speed range: 0.1 – 12 MPH
- Incline: Automatic, 15 levels
- Console: 12 programs
- Extras: Device holder, bottle holders
- Warranty: Frame lifetime / Motor 5 years / Tread Belt 5 years / Mechanical & Electronic 5 years / Wear Parts 5 years / Labor 1 year
The HCI Fitness RTM RehabMill is constructed on a heavy-duty steel frame combining rectangular, oval, and cylindrical tubes in its construction. All the steel parts have a black paint finish highly resistant to corrosion, with the exception of the adjustment bars of the handrails which are chrome plated. Of course, the machine also integrates several ABS parts, such as the motors cover, the side rail covers, and the console dashboard.
This HCI Fitness treadmill is quite heavy. Its net weight is approx. 350 lbs (159 kg) so its transport and assembly should be done by at least two people. However, once it is assembled, it can be moved by only one person as its front base is equipped with a set of wheels. Needless to say, due to this weight, the treadmill offers superior stability. You can be sure it won’t move even if you engage in a high-speed workout. Also, as opposed to other treadmill models, this particular one does not fold.
The fully assembled machine is fairly large. It is approx. 75″ (190 cm) long, and 30″ (76 cm) wide. Also, just as for any other treadmill, it is recommended to leave at least two feet of clearance on each side of it, and at least three feet or more at the rear of the deck for ease of access and safe usage.
Since it’s a treadmill designed for rehabilitation exercise, it comes with a set of adjustable handrails. They attach to the deck of the machine via two bolts each. The adjustment tubes have 6 positions each with increments of approx. 1.5″ (4 cm). The handrails have long padded grips and curved down grips at the rear to make it easier to stand up from a wheelchair if it’s the case. Of course, if you want to use this treadmill as a regular one, these bars can easily be detached so you can have more room for running at high speeds.
Deck construction and incline system
The HCI Fitness RTM RehabMill features a heavy-duty deck designed to support users up to 400 lbs (181 kg). It offers a large walking/running surface of 59″L x 21″W (150 x 53 cm). This being said, the machine should accommodate with no problem users up to 6’5″ (196 cm). The belt is multi-layered with a top rubberized layer for an improved grip. Also, the rollers have a crowned design for improved traction and integrate sealed industrial-grade bearings for a smooth motion.
The machine’s deck is cushioned. Although its cushioning elements are not visible on the outside, each rail integrates three shock absorption elements designed to reduce impact and vibration. This being said, jogging or running on this treadmill results in considerably less impact on your joints and lower back.
The HCI RTM RehabMill is equipped with a power incline system. This means that you can adjust the incline as you’re actively using the treadmill. It also means that the console can automatically adjust the incline.
The treadmill’s incline system consists of a motor and a lift placed under the front of the deck. As you adjust the incline, or as the console automatically adjusts the incline, the motor controls the lift which slowly elevates or lowers the front section of the deck.
The machine’s incline range is 0% – 15%. The incline adjustment increments are 1%. The console makes available controls for gradual incline adjustment but there also are instant incline keys for 3%, 6%, 9%, and 12%.
The HCI RTM treadmill is equipped with a Dual AC Motor Drive. Differently put, it integrates two drive motors, one for low speed, the other for high speed. Their exact horsepower is not specified, but since it’s a light-commercial treadmill, the motors should be able to withstand prolonged usage without overheating or losing performance.
While most treadmills have their default minimal speed of 0.5 MPH, this HCI Fitness treadmill offers a “True Zero Start” with a default starting speed of 0.1 MPH. This can be quite a plus for rehabilitation training as many users in need for such training may have to deal with impaired balance or movement. Conversely, its top speed is 12 MPH, which means that you can also engage in running workouts.
Just as for the incline, the console offers controls for gradual speed adjustment and instant speed adjustment for 1 MPH, 2 MPH, 4 MPH, and 6 MPH. The speed adjustment increments are 0.1 MPH which is also a plus as you can easily adjust your pace from a level to another.
Last but not least, the machine’s drive system is not noisy. It can be heard when in use, but as a general idea, it is not loud enough to cover the sound of a TV set on a moderate volume level. On the other hand, in case you will be running on this machine, depending on your running technique, weight, and other factors, your cadence may generate more or less noise.
Although the HCI RTM RehabMill is a light-commercial treadmill, its console is only a mid-range one. It does not have wireless connectivity or Bluetooth, and it is not compatible with any fitness apps. However, it is equipped with a large 10″ display with LED backlight for improved readability. It indicates time, distance, speed, incline, step count, calories burned, METs, and pulse. Speed and distance can be set to either English or metric units. Also, the console is not telemetric. It can only read your pulse if you hold on to the sensors integrated into the front handgrips of the machine. It cannot read your pulse from a wireless HR chest strap.
The console makes available 12 workout programs. The P0 program is Manual. This program gives you the possibility to just walk or run adjusting the speed and incline as you like from the controls on the console. The Programs from P1 to P7 are pre-set. They have different layouts, including Plateau 1, Plateau 2, Fat Burn, Random, Interval, Mountain, and Rolling Hills. Each program has its segment layout engraved on the console either on the left or the right of the display.
Next, the User 1 and User 2 are user-defined programs. For each one of these programs, one user can create a custom program, save it, and re-use it every time they want. And finally, the HRC1 and HRC2 programs are pre-set heart rate programs for 65% heart rate and 85% heart rate. If one of these programs is in use, the machine will auto-adjust the speed depending on the user’s heart rate in an attempt to keep them within the selected HR interval.
The console does not have a sound system, a workout fan, or a USB port. However, it does have a device holder and two bottle holders. The device holder consists of a small shelf above the speed/incline controls and can accommodate any tablet or smartphone. The two bottle holders are molded into the console dashboard, one on each side.
Assembly and Maintenance
As we’ve mentioned above, the HCI fitness treadmill is quite heavy, so its transport and assembly require at least two people. The deck with the motors comes pre-assembled, but the rest of the machine does require assembly. You will basically have to connect the two front upright bars, and the bar that unites them, the motors cover, the console, and the two side rails for rehab training. This shouldn’t take more than an hour and all the necessary instructions are provided by the manual. Also, all the necessary tools for the task are included.
For maintenance, deck lubrication is required. It’s also important to keep the belt clean to prevent any debris or textile fibers to be caught in the motor. And finally, you should periodically inspect the machine to make sure everything functions properly and all the joints still hold tight in place.
- Heavy-duty, light-commercial construction;
- Great weight capacity – can support users up to 400 lbs (181 kg);
- Aesthetic design;
- Adjustable handrails for rehab training;
- Transport wheels included;
- Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
- Cushioned deck;
- Power incline – 15 levels (0% – 15%);
- Dual AC motor drive;
- True Zero Start (0.1 MPH);
- Speed adjustment increments of 0.1 MPH allowing you to find the perfect pace for your workout;
- Speed range up to 12 MPH;
- Quick speed and incline adjustment keys;
- Multi-window 10″ LCD display with LED backlight;
- Both standard and metric units for speed and distance;
- 12 workout programs;
- Device holder included;
- Bottle holders included;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- The console is not telemetric;
- No online connectivity;
- No sound system;
- No workout fan.
The HCI Fitness RTM RehabMill is a heavy-duty light-commercial treadmill designed for rehabilitation workouts but also for standard workouts. It is equipped with a Dual AC Motor Drive, a power incline system with 15 levels, and a console with a large LCD display and 12 workout programs. It’s an excellent machine for light to high-intensity workouts, rehab training, interval training, strength and stamina development, muscle toning, and weight loss. And finally, it’s not exactly an affordable machine, but definitely offers excellent value for the price.