The HCI Fitness RTM RehabMill treadmill was developed with the help of Physical Therapists and offers specific rehabilitation features such as quick select keys for speed and incline, height-adjustable parallel handrails, contact heart rate, and built-in programs.
The RehabMill has a super low starting speed of 0.1 MPH with small 0.1 increments to ensure comfort and confidence while recovering. The top speed of the RehabMill is 12 MPH. Increase the incline in 1% increments or use the quick keys to select a pre-set elevation.
The RTM RehabMill has a low step-up height of 7.5” and adjustable full-length handrails that make the RehabMill safe and comfortable for users. This RehabMill has a 21” Wide x 59” Long walking belt suitable for walking and running. The RTM RehabMill features a heavy-duty deck to support users up to 400 lbs (181 kg).
The HCI Fitness RTM RehabMill treadmill comes equipped with a sizeable 10″ display with an LED backlight for improved readability. It indicates time, distance, speed, incline, step count, calories burned, METs, and pulse. However, it only reads your pulse if you hold on to the sensors integrated into the machine’s front handgrips.
Learn more in my complete review below!
Product: HCI Fitness RTM RehabMill
Warranty: Frame lifetime / Motor 5 years / Tread Belt 5 years / Mechanical & Electronic 5 years / Wear Parts 5 years / Labor 1 year
My rating: 9/10
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Details 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
RTM Frame construction
The HCI Fitness RTM RehabMill features 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, except for the handrails’ adjustment bars, chrome plated.
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) require at least two people to transport and assembly the machine. However, once assembled, it can be moved by only one person as its front base comes equipped with a set of wheels.
Due to this weight, the treadmill offers superior stability. As a result, 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 relatively large. It is approx—75″ (190 cm) long and 30″ (76 cm) wide. Like any other treadmill, it is advisable to leave at least two feet of clearance on each side 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 six 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. But, of course, if you want to use this treadmill as a regular one, these bars easily detach so you can have more room for running at high speeds.
Deck and incline system
The HCI Fitness RTM RehabMill features a heavy-duty deck designed to support 400 lbs (181 kg) users. In addition, it offers an extensive walking/running surface of 59″L x 21″W (150 x 53 cm). Thus, the machine should accommodate users up to 6’5″ (196 cm).
The belt is multi-layered with a top rubberized layer for an improved grip. The rollers also have a crowned design for enhanced traction and integrate sealed industrial-grade bearings for a smooth motion.
The machine’s deck comes cushioned. Although its cushioning elements are not visible outside, each rail integrates three shock absorption elements to reduce impact and vibration. Therefore, jogging or running on this treadmill results in considerably less impact on your joints and lower back.
The HCI RTM RehabMill comes 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 pitch.
The treadmill’s incline system consists of a motor and a lift placed under the deck’s front. As you adjust the incline, or as the console automatically adjusts, the motor controls the lift, slowly elevating or lowering the deck’s front section.
The machine’s incline range is 0% – 15%. The incline adjustment increments are 1%. The console makes available controls for gradual incline adjustment, but instant incline keys are 3%, 6%, 9%, and 12%.
RTM Drive system
The HCI RTM treadmill comes equipped with a Dual AC Motor Drive. 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 of such training may have to deal with impaired balance or movement. But, conversely, its top speed is 12 MPH, which means you can also engage in running workouts.
Just as 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 gradual 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. Of course, it makes some noise when in use, but it is not loud enough to cover the sound of a TV set on a moderate volume level as a general idea.
On the other hand, if 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. Moreover, it does not have wireless connectivity or Bluetooth, and it is not compatible with any fitness apps.
However, it comes equipped with a sizeable 10″ display with an LED backlight for improved readability. It indicates time, distance, speed, incline, step count, calories burned, METs, and pulse. Speed and distance are in either English or metric units.
Also, the console is not telemetric. If you hold on to the sensors integrated into the machine’s front handgrips, it can only read your pulse. 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 allows you to walk or run, adjusting the speed and incline you like from the controls on the console.
The pre-set programs are P1 to P7. They have different layouts, including Plateau 1, Plateau 2, Fat Burn, Random, Interval, Mountain, and Rolling Hills. In addition, each program has its segment layout engraved either on the left or the right of the LCD.
Next, User 1 and User 2 are user-defined programs. For each 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 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 in the console dashboard, one on each side.
RTM Assembly and Maintenance
As I’ve mentioned earlier, 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.
For rehab training, you will have to connect the two front upright bars, the motors cover, the console, and the two side rails. This shouldn’t take more than an hour, and the manual provides all the necessary instructions. Also, all the tools needed for the task come included with the machine.
For maintenance, the deck requires lubrication. It’s also essential to keep the belt clean to prevent any debris or textile fibers caught in the motor. And finally, you should periodically inspect the machine to ensure everything functions properly, and all the joints 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 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;
- It doesn’t have a workout fan.
HCI Fitness RTM RehabMill Summary
The HCI Fitness RTM RehabMill is a heavy-duty light-commercial treadmill designed for rehabilitation workouts but also standard exercises. It comes equipped with a Dual AC Drive Motor, a power incline system with 15 levels, and a console with a large LCD and 12 workout programs.
Moreover, 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 it offers excellent value for the price.
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