High Priced Exercise Machine
At first glance, the Precor 240i StretchTrainer appears to be an overpriced exercise gadget. It only includes a seat, a couple of stretch bands, and a platform with the stretches that can be performed on the machine. For someone who doesn’t have a problem with just normal stretching pre and post-exercise, that’s exactly what it is. Too expensive when this stretching can be done without a machine.
However, first glances are not always correct. For some people, the Precor 240i StretchTrainer is a perfect machine. I’m referring to those who are suffering from certain pain in the lower back, hamstrings, groin area, and shoulders. The Precor 240i StretchTrainer provides a professionally approved way to safely and comfortably stretch those areas safely.
And safety is key because performing a stretch can in fact harm your body more. The Precor 240i provides just enough movement back and forth to perform the stretch without pulling too much. The handlebars provide the basis for how far one can stretch. The bands are used not for stretching, but for providing additional security in case your hands release from the handlebars mistakenly. Again, we don’t want more pain, but less, and this additional security is well worth using.
Who Could Benefit from the Precor 240i
The every now and again athlete or the casual gym rat may not see the advantage of the Precor 240i StretchTrainer. The more professional or more active amateur will see it. Good stretching pre and post-exercise will increase the activity being performed and and increase your performance during the exercise. The Precor 240i is highly recommended for triathletes, 10k, and marathon runners. These people tend to have the most issues with the areas being stretched by the Precor 240i, and can gain from its use the most.
The 8 stretch exercises are located between the handlebars for easy reference during stretch. They show you how to perform each stretch with a recommendation of holding each for 10 seconds to 30 seconds each. Slow is the key here: this isn’t like a standard exercise routine where faster might be better. The slower you can perform a stretch on the Precor 240i StretchTrainer, the better.
The Precor 240i was an Amazon Deal of the Day so the price has been reduced considerably. $500 is still pretty steep even considering the original price was $800. But for those who need the machine to help reduce back pain or for those who work out regularly, the price of this particular Precor StretchTrainer could be the just the key to reducing pain or performing at a higher level.