The Horizon 7.4 AT Treadmill doesn’t have the same slick touchscreen consoles found on treadmills from NordicTrack and others. However, it still delivers immense value for an affordable entry price from a function, features, and build quality standpoint. All in all, this is a capable runner’s treadmill.
The Horizon 7.4 AT treadmill features an extra-long and wide 22″ x 60″ running deck. This makes it a good option for taller users and suitable for high-speed sprints. The 7.4 AT’s 3-Zone variable response cushioning does help to reduce the impact on joints.
The 7.4 AT treadmill is a connected fitness machine. It was designed with interactive training in mind and responded to HIIT and interval training’s ever-growing popularity. The 3.5 CHP motor supports a maximum of 12 mph speed and an incline of up to 15%. It’s ideal for streamed virtual workouts and interval training to support rapid changes in incline and speed.
The Horizon 7.4 AT treadmill has ten onboard workout programs. These include 5K, calorie, custom, custom HR, distance, fat burn, heart rate, hill climb, manual, and Sprint 8. The 7.4 AT is also Bluetooth-enabled for interactive training. It can connect to multiple devices, allowing you to stream fitness classes through the Bluetooth speakers and track your heart rate.
Learn more in my complete review below
Product: Horizon 7.4 AT Treadmill
Warranty: Frame lifetime / Motor lifetime / Parts 5 years / Labor 2 years
My rating: 9/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 76L x 37W x 63H inches (193L x 94W x 160H cm)
- Running surface: 60L x 22W inches (152L x 56W cm)
- Assembled weight: 318 lbs (144 kg)
- Max. weight capacity: 325 lbs (147 kg)
- Deck cushioning: 3-Zone Variable Response Cushioning
- Motor: 3.5 CHP, RapidSync Drive System
- Speed range: 0.5-12 MPH
- Incline: Automatic, 0-15%
- Console: 10 workout programs, Bluetooth, compatible with AFG Pro Fitness app
- Extras: Sound system, cooling fan, device holders, bottle holders, USB charging port
- Warranty: Frame lifetime / Motor lifetime / Parts 5 years / Labor 2 years
7.4 AT Frame construction
The Horizon Fitness 7.4 AT treadmill features a heavy-duty frame made of steel tubing. The two upright bars that sustain the console are very thick, similar to commercial machines. There’s also a median bar that connects the two uprights for improved sturdiness; this bar can also serve as support for your workout towel.
All the steel parts in the machine’s construction are double-coated with a corrosion-resistant and abrasion-resistant paint finish. The primary color used is gray, with the “Horizon” logo in white on both upright bars. These are the only colors available for this treadmill.
Of course, the Horizon 7.4 AT also has a few ABS parts in its construction. For example, the covers of the side rails, the motor covers, and the dashboard that sustains the console are all made of heavy-duty thermoplastic material.
The fully assembled machine is pretty significant. It is approx—76 ″ (193 cm) long and 37″ (94 cm) wide. Plus, just like other treadmills, it is advisable to assign at least three feet of clearance at the back of the deck and at least two feet of space on each side of the machine for safe usage and ease of access. Thus, the Horizon 7.4 AT may not fit too well in a small room or apartment.
The treadmill comes equipped with a folding system. It integrates a hydraulic element that assists you with unfolding the deck to prevent it from sustaining damage. With the deck folded up, the length of the machine is reduced to 42″ (107 cm), while its height becomes 71″ (180 cm).
Last but not least, this Horizon Fitness treadmill is weighty. Its net weight is 318 lbs (144 kg). Therefore, is transport and assembly requires several people. On the other hand, all of this weight plays a vital role in its overall stability. You can be sure that it won’t move or wobble when you run on it.
The Horizon Fitness 7.4 AT comes equipped with a very sturdy deck. It has a maximum user weight capacity of up to 325 lbs (147 kg), which is quite impressive for an only intended machine for home use.
It offers a large running surface of 60″L x 22″ (152 x 56 cm), which means that it should be able to accommodate users up to 6’6 ″ (198 cm) with no problem, allowing a complete range of motion.
The machine comes with a 1.6 mm silicone belt designed to provide a secure grip and minimize it. The internal rollers are quite large. The front one is 60 mm (2.3″) in diameter, while the rear one is 46 mm (1.8″).
They’re both tapered to provide better traction and prolong the lifespan of the belt. The rollers also integrate industrial grade, sealed ball bearings for a smooth motion.
Similar to other Horizon Fitness treadmills, the 7.4 AT model features a 3-zone variable deck cushioning. The front section is the impact area with more cushioning to alleviate each foot strike’s shock. The center section offers moderate cushioning for a better transition, while the rear section is a bit harder to promote a better push-off.
7.4 AT Incline and step-up height
The Horizon Fitness 7.4 AT comes equipped with a motorized incline system. This means that the machine can adjust the incline automatically, depending on the user program. You can also change the slope manually while walking or running from the built-in controls.
The unit’s incline system consists of a small motor and a lift integrated at the deck’s front. As you adjust the incline, or as the console automatically adjusts the slope, the motor enables the lift to elevate the deck’s front section.
The machine makes available an incline range between 0% and 15%. The incline is adjustable in increments of 0.5% from the controls integrated into the console or the left upright grip. However, the console also has quick incline selection buttons on the left for the 0, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, and 15 incline positions.
The step-up deck height is approx—9″ (22 cm); however, the deck’s front gains a few inches in height with the incline set to maximum. Therefore, it is advisable to use the machine in a room with a ceiling that is at least 15″ – 20″ (38 – 51 cm) higher than the height of the tallest user.
Drive motor and speed range
The Horizon Fitness 7.4 AT treadmill comes equipped with a heavy-duty Johnson 3.5 CHP motor designed to withstand prolonged workout at maximum speeds without losing performance or overheating. It integrates a small flywheel for improved stability as well.
The machine’s drive system features RapidSyncTM technology, which ensures no lag between speed and incline adjustments. It also responds very fast to any command, so you’ll never fall out of step during your workouts.
This Horizon Fitness treadmill offers a speed range between 0.5 MPH and 12 MPH. The speed adjustment increments are 0.1 MPH. This results in a smooth transition from a speed level to another, giving you plenty of time to adjust your pace.
The unit’s speed is only adjusted gradually from the arrow keys on the console or the +/- keys incorporated into the right upright grip. However, the console also makes available quick selection speed controls just as for the incline. The console’s right bottom section has a small keypad with quick speed controls from 1 to 12 MPH.
7.4 AT Console
The Horizon 7.4 AT treadmill features a multi-function console. To begin with, it has two displays, one LCD-type, the other LED-type. They both indicate time, distance, pulse, calories burned, speed, and incline.
However, the top LCD, which is more extensive, also shows the program’s grid in use and several other workout metrics. Speed and distance are by default set to English units, but metric units are also available.
The console can also read your pulse if you hold on to the sensors integrated into the treadmill’s vertical grips, but it can also communicate with a Polar Bluetooth wireless HR chest strap. However, this accessory does not come included with the machine.
The console has ten built-in workout modes. Each workout mode has a quick access key. Some of these workout modes have multiple settings or difficulty levels. The ten workout modes are Manual, Hill Climb, 5K, Fat Burn, Custom, Distance, Calories, Custom Heart Rate, Target Heart Rate, and Sprint 8.
Sprint 8 is the standout workout program on the 7.4 AT treadmill. Each 20-minute sprint-based interval training workout contains just 4 minutes of high-intensity exercise. At only 20 minutes long, these workouts allow anyone to add exercise into their busy day. Sprint 8 primarily benefits from the 7.4 AT’s rapid speed adjustment capability.
All these offer a wide array of workout possibilities; some of them adjust only the speed. In contrast, others automatically adjust both the machine’s speed and incline, depending on each segment.
The console is compatible with the free AFG PRO fitness app for iOS and Android. Therefore, you can install this app on your smartphone or tablet and sync your device with the treadmill via the Bluetooth connection to stream your workout data into your AFG account to better track your progress.
We can count the USB port, the sound system, the cooling fan, the device holders, and the bottle compartments, among other console features. The sound system consists of two large speakers placed at the top of the console.
You can connect your smartphone or tablet to it via cable or via Bluetooth to play your music through the integrated speakers for superior sound quality.
The cooling fan is at the bottom of the console. The integrated fan is not extremely large but does provide some cooling if needed. The two device holders consist of two small shelves, one placed under the LCD and above it. They can provide support for your tablet or smartphone if needed.
The two-bottle (or other accessories) compartments are pretty large as well. They are on each side of the console. And finally, the USB port only serves as a charging port for your device. It does not allow workout data transfer on a USB stick.
- Heavy-duty construction – can support users up to 325 lbs;
- Folding frame, space-saving design;
- Transport wheels on the machine’s bases;
- 3-Zone, variable response, deck cushioning;
- Motorized incline, 0% – 15%;
- 3.5 CHP motor, offering speed levels up to 12 MPH;
- Speed can be adjusted increments of 0.1 MPH, allowing you to find the perfect pace for your workout;
- Quick keys for speed and incline;
- EGK pulse sensors integrated into handlebars;
- Ten workout modes, some of them with multiple settings and difficulty levels;
- Compatible with the free AFG Pro fitness app for iOS and Android;
- Various amenities such as cooling fan, speakers, tablet holder, and accessory trays;
- Bluetooth function for the integrated speakers;
- USB charging port;
- One bottle of lubricant included;
- Tools for assembly and belt adjustment come included with the machine;
- Quiet operation;
- Reasonably easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- The cooling fan is not too overpowering;
- A wireless HR chest strap does not come included.
Horizon 7.4 AT Treadmill Summary
The Horizon Fitness 7.4 AT is a heavy-duty treadmill made for home use. It comes equipped with a 3.5 CHP motor, a motorized incline system, a 3-zone variable response deck, and a multi-function console with ten workout modes with multiple difficulty settings.
It offers an XL (60″L x 22″W) running surface, has Bluetooth connectivity, and is also compatible with the AFG Pro fitness app. In all, it’s a well-made machine for users of all levels, offering the quality of at least a light-commercial model.
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