Turning Energy Saver™ Mode On and Off

Our Classic, Elegant and Touch consoles include an environmentally friendly feature called Energy Saver™ mode. When the feature is activated, the console will go to sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity to save power. A small green LED will light on the display alerting you that the machine is in Energy Saver™ mode.

For technical reasons, the Energy Saver mode is set to OFF as a default when the machine leaves the factory. Here’s how to change the Energy Saver setting from OFF to ON.

Treadmill Classic console

  1. Start by plugging in and turning on the treadmill.
  2. Step on the side rails and insert the safety key.
  3. Simultaneously press and hold the INCLINE UP and SPEED DOWN arrow buttons for 3-5 seconds. The console will beep and begin to scroll SELECT ENG MODE. At this point you can release the buttons.
  4. For the Energy Saver mode (ESM), press the INCLINE UP arrow button to take you to ENG3.
  5. Press the ENTER button.
  6. Now press the INCLINE UP button, and the display will change between ON and OFF.
  7. Once it is displaying the desired output, press and hold the STOP button for 3-5 seconds to exit. The console will beep and begin to scroll SELECT ENG MODE. At this point you can release the button.
  8. Finally, press and hold the STOP button again to exit Engineering Mode. The console will beep and return to the main screen. At this point you can release the button.

Treadmill Elegant console

  1. Start by plugging in and turning on the treadmill.
  2. Step on the side rails and insert the safety key.
  3. Simultaneously press and hold the INCLINE UP and SPEED DOWN arrow buttons for 3-5 seconds. The console will beep and enter Engineering Mode. At this point you can release the buttons.
  4. Now press the top left ATM-style button to select Settings.
  5. Once in Settings, press the top right ATM-style button to select Continue.
  6. Using the two middle-left ATM-style buttons select ON or OFF.
  7. Once it is displaying the desired output, press the bottom left ATM-style button to select Finished.
  8. Finally, press the STOP button to return to the main screen.

Treadmill Touch console

  1. Start by plugging in and turning on the treadmill.
  2. Step on the side rails and insert the safety key.
  3. Simultaneously press and hold the INCLINE UP and SPEED DOWN arrow buttons for 3-5 seconds. The console will beep and enter Engineering Mode. At this point you can release the buttons.
  4. Using the touchscreen, press the selection for Settings on the left side of the screen.
  5. Once in Settings, press the word “Energy Saver,” then make your selection for ON or OFF with the buttons that appear in the top right side of the screen.
  6. Once the desired output is selected, press the HOME button on the top-right side of the screen to exit Engineering Mode.

Bike/Elliptical Classic console

  1. Start by plugging in the bike or elliptical.
  2. Simultaneously press and hold the RESISTANCE UP and RESISTANCE DOWN arrow buttons for 3-5 seconds. The console will beep and begin to scroll SELECT ENG MODE. At this point you can release the buttons.
  3. For Energy Saver mode (ESM) press the RESISTANCE UP arrow button to take you to ENG2.
  4. Press the ENTER button.
  5. Now press the RESISTANCE UP button, the display will change between ON and OFF.
  6. Once it is displaying the desired output, press and hold the STOP button for 3-5 seconds to exit. The console will beep and begin to scroll SELECT ENG MODE. At this point you can release the button.
  7. Finally, press and hold the STOP button again to exit Engineering Mode. The console will beep and return to the main screen. At this point you can release the button.

Bike/Elliptical Elegant console

  1. Start by plugging in the bike or elliptical.
  2. Simultaneously press and hold the RESISTANCE UP and RESISTANCE DOWN arrow buttons for 3-5 seconds. The console will beep and enter Engineering Mode. At this point you can release the buttons.
  3. Now press the top left ATM-style button to select Settings
  4. Once in Settings, press the top right ATM-style button to select Continue.
  5. Using the two middle-left ATM-style buttons select ON or OFF.
  6. Once it is displaying the desired output, press the bottom-left ATM-style button to select Finished.
  7. Finally, press the STOP button to return to the main screen.

Bike/Elliptical Touch console

  1. Start by plugging in the bike or elliptical.
  2. Simultaneously press and hold the RESISTANCE UP and RESISTANCE DOWN arrow buttons for 3-5 seconds. The console will beep and enter Engineering Mode. At this point you can release the buttons.
  3. Using the touchscreen, press the selection for Settings on the left side of the screen.
  4. Once in Settings, press the word “Energy Saver,” then make your selection for ON or OFF with the buttons that appear in the top-right side of the screen.
  5. Once the desired output is selected, press the HOME button in the top-right side of the screen to exit Engineering Mode.

10 Tips to Stay Motivated with Your Home Workouts

Vision Fitness man running to TF40 treadmill

Working out from the comfort of your own home provides numerous benefits that a gym membership cannot offer. They require less travel and prep time, as well as provide a safe environment and a comfortable atmosphere where you can focus on your workout without worrying about other gym goers. Your home provides instant access to your equipment and yet it can be difficult to maintain our workouts. We’ve all heard the ‘clothes hanger’ comments with respect to that treadmill or elliptical. How can you prevent becoming a victim?

Staying on Track

With New Year’s resolutions becoming a distant memory as the first month of 2013 fades away, I’ve come up with some tips that I hope will help keep you motivated. Whether it’s dusting off the old equipment or you’re looking to purchase new equipment, here are 10 tips to assist you on your quest toward your own personal vision.

1. Make a goal and write it down. There is a strong correlation between writing down one’s goal and actually achieving it.

2. Tell someone your goal. You’ll feel more accountability if you know there are others supporting you or expecting you to follow through with your plans.

3. Schedule your routine. We schedule most everything else in our busy lives. A quick 30-minute workout should be no different and be a planned part of our day.

4. Don’t put it off. If you have time to think about working out now, then just do it. Otherwise, there are a million other things that will get in the way, and before you know it, the day is gone (good advice from an office colleague of mine).

5. Keep your workout routine simple. A 20-minute Sprint 8® workout, plus 10 minutes of strength and five to 10 minutes of stretching. Pretty simple, yet very effective. If you miss a scheduled workout, no sweat, life happens. Rather than doing nothing, though, do what you can. Ten minutes of walking or five minutes of strength is better than nothing and will still move you towards your vision.

6. Place your equipment in a room/place that you enjoy being in. What motivates you? A picturesque view out the window while on the treadmill? Upbeat music in a well-lit room with a TV? Placement of equipment often gets overlooked when it comes to what motivates a person.

7. Recognize how good you feel after you’ve worked out. Most of us know that feeling when it hits. Be conscious of that feeling and try to continually remind yourself of it.

8. Create an affirmation board. You are putting positive energy out in the universe and asking the universe for what you want. You are, as a result, changing your own attitude and your own approach to getting the things you want.

9. Have a workout partner. Whether it’s a friend or family member, having a partner may be what you need to keep you on track and hold you accountable for showing up for workouts.

10. Take some before and after pictures over a three-month span. Especially if the scale doesn’t seem to budge, or you feel like you’re not making progress, comparing the photos may just be the proof you need to see that you’ve experienced some results.

Setting Up Your Home Gym

In today’s fast-paced life, incorporating enough cardiovascular, strength and flexibility exercise to keep you fit and healthy can be a challenge. Creating a workout plan and a home workout area is an economical and convenient way to achieve your desired results. Before you start setting up a home gym, establish a budget and a workout plan. The great news is you don’t need a lot of money, or even space to set up your own personal gym at home.

Begin with the workout

Consider your own exercise inclinations. If you love the quiet serenity of yoga, then make that the focus of your workout space. If cycling is more your style, add a stationary bike. Like to walk or run? Invest in a good quality treadmill from a knowledgeable sales professional who knows not only fitness but also the level of equipment that is right for you. You do not need a full gym to make exercise a habit. In fact, many strength and cardiovascular exercises can be done with limited space on a tight budget using quality bands, dumbbells and medicine balls.

If a complete home gym is what you desire, choose your equipment carefully. Look closely at features, design and safety, and always consult a reputable fitness professional so you don’t buy unnecessary equipment. Do your research, but remember you will be using this equipment for years to come, so the pieces you choose should be easy to use and operate smoothly.  Always keep in mind that when buying fitness equipment, spending a bit more for quality is important. If you don’t like the way it feels, or you’re not comfortable you won’t use it.

Creating a workout space

Once you know how you will be exercising, it’s time to create the perfect area in your home where you will be working out. If you don’t like being in your basement, then don’t create your workout space there. Living rooms can often serve double-duty, especially if you like exercise TV or DVD’s. By adding a few storage places like cabinets or shelves, you can conceal your equipment when not in use. Just remember to leave plenty of space for the movement required by these programs. You can also incorporate cardio equipment that folds or has transport wheels for easy transportation and storage. Some examples of this include the Vision Fitness XF40, a folding elliptical, or the TF20, a folding treadmill.

That said the final consideration for your home gym is spacing. Take accurate measurements, including ceiling height, and leave plenty of room for stretching and functional movement. Create sample layouts ahead of time using graph paper so you won’t have to rearrange the space looking for the perfect fit. Incorporate the measurements of equipment you hope to include, or existing furniture in the room. Keep in mind that space saving equipment doesn’t necessarily mean compromising on quality. The S7100 Suspension Elliptical™ Trainer is a great example of high quality cardio equipment with a small footprint. Resist the urge to crowd the space. Some of the most effective workouts come from simplicity.

Remember, you can’t beat the convenience, cleanliness, or affordability of working out at home. Begin with a budget and an exercise plan, and the home workout of your dreams is within your reach. Do not delay; make this the winter you commit to get fit in the privacy and comfort of your own home.

Create Your Own Custom Intervals Program

Interval training has been a hot topic in fitness this year. Combining short bursts of high-intensity exercise with longer durations of active rest can improve cardiovascular health, increase your energy levels and provide fat-burning results long after your workout ends, among other benefits.

Although the Touch console features the medically proven Sprint 8® workout for interval training, it can be beneficial for you to create your own personalized interval program that features sprints and active rests programmed at your pace and duration. Plus, you can come back to the custom program time and time again for excellent health and fitness benefits.

Log in under your user ID and select Vision Fitness Touch Consolea manual program. After starting the manual program, use the on- screen speed slider at the right and go to your preferred “slow” speed. Once the treadmill has reached your “slow” speed setting and you are ready for a faster interval, use the speed slider to go to your “fast” speed setting. Now that you have a “slow” and “fast” speed bubble showing on the slider, all you have to do is touch either one to toggle back and forth. As easy as that, you can now perform intervals for up to 120 minutes (or 2 hours).

You can repeat these steps using the incline slider on the left of the screen to select “high” and “low” incline settings. Now you can quickly and easily toggle back and forth between your “fast” and “slow” and your “high” and “low” settings for your own custom interval-training course, which will be saved in your workout calendar. Any time you would like to repeat this interval course, you can simply log in, go to your workout calendar and repeat the workout from today.