Star Trac Total Body Trainer P-TBT
StarTrac Total Body Trainers are commercial-quality ellipticals designed for home use. The StarTrac P-TBT is a high-end machine that emphasizes both cardiovascular exercise and strength training.
Elliptical Hits of the P-TBT Elliptical
- High quality – The P-TBT elliptical has high quality electronics, a heavy frame and flywheel, and the overall feel of a commercial fitness machine.
- Long stride –With a 20” stride, the P-TBT has a longer stride than the cheaper S-TBT and the entertainment-focused E-TBT.
- Heart monitor – Grip heart rate sensors and a Polar heart rate telemetry system are included. The heart rate monitor interfaces with workout programs to help users get the maximum cardiovascular benefit from workouts.
- Warranty – Residential customers get a 10-year warranty on most parts and a limited labor warranty.
Elliptical Misses: Shortcomings of the P-TBT
- Programs – With 8 programs, this cross trainer falls a bit short of others in its price range. Still, it offers enough variation for some users. Programs include Quick Start, Dynamic Heart Rate Control, Constant Heart Rate Control, and Total Body Workout. There are 20 levels of resistance.
- Weight — Unlike some other ellipticals, Total Body Trainers weigh too much to be easily moved.
- Pedal spacing – Some people, especially women, have a more comfortable workout when pedals are narrowly spaced. The P-TBT has 3” between pedals. Some other brands have narrower 2” spacing.
Overall Rating for the StarTrac P-TBT Elliptical
The StarTrac P-TBT is a pricy but high-quality home fitness machine. Its 30-pound flywheel supports twenty resistance levels and up to 350 pounds. Some practical extras include a heart rate monitor, accessory holders, and adjustable fans. For the money though, it seems that the P-TBT elliptical should have some extras such as a motorized incline or built-in entertainment like StarTrac’s E-ETBT. Precor and Tunturi are some other upper-end elliptical brands to consider.