NordicTrack NETL98131 Owner's Manual


Class HC Fitness Product

Model No. NETL98131

Serial No.

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Serial Number Decal


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Revie Road Industrial Estate Revie Road, Beeston Leeds, LS11 8JG




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IMPORTANT PRECAUTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 BEFORE YOU BEGIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 ASSEMBLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 HOW TO USE THE CHEST PULSE SENSOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 OPERATION AND ADJUSTMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 HOW TO FOLD AND MOVE THE TREADMILL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 TROUBLESHOOTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 CONDITIONING GUIDELINES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 PART LIST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 ORDERING REPLACEMENT PARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover

Note: An EXPLODED DRAWING is attached in the centre of this manual.

NordicTrack is a registered trademark of ICON IP, Inc.



WARNING: To reduce the risk of burns, fire, electric shock, or injury to persons, read the following important precautions and information before operating the treadmill.

1.It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that all users of this treadmill are adequately informed of all warnings and precautions.

2.Use the treadmill only as described in this manual.

3.Place the treadmill on a level surface, with at least 2.5 m (8 ft.) of clearance behind it and 0.5 m (2 ft.) on each side. Do not place the treadmill on any surface that blocks air openings. To protect the floor or carpet from damage, place a mat under the treadmill.

4.Keep the treadmill indoors, away from moisture and dust. Do not put the treadmill in a garage or covered patio or near water.

5.Do not operate the treadmill where aerosol products are used or where oxygen is being administered.

6.Keep children under the age of 12 and pets away from the treadmill at all times.

7.The treadmill should not be used by persons weighing more than 135 kg (300 lbs.).

8.Never allow more than one person on the treadmill at a time.

9.Wear appropriate exercise clothes when using the treadmill. Do not wear loose clothes that could become caught in the treadmill. Athletic support clothes are recommended for both men and women. Always wear athletic shoes. Never use the treadmill with bare feet, wearing only stockings, or in sandals.

10.When connecting the power cord (see page 9), plug the power cord into an earthed circuit. No other appliance should be on the same circuit. When replacing the fuse, an ASTA approved BS1362 type should be fitted to the fuse carrier. A 13 amp fuse should be used.

11.If an extension cord is needed, use only a 3- conductor, 1mm2 (14-gauge) cord that is no longer than 1.5 m (5 ft.).

12.Keep the power cord away from heated surfaces.

13.Never move the walking belt whilst the power is turned off. Do not operate the treadmill if the power cord or plug is damaged, or if the treadmill is not working properly. (See BEFORE YOU BEGIN on page 5 if the treadmill is not working properly.)

14.Never start the treadmill whilst you are standing on the walking belt. Always hold the handrails whilst using the treadmill.

15.The treadmill is capable of high speeds. Adjust the speed in small increments to avoid sudden jumps in speed.

16.The pulse sensors are not medical devices. Various factors, including the user’s movement, may affect the accuracy of heart rate readings. The pulse sensors are intended only as exercise aids in determining heart rate trends in general.

17.Never leave the treadmill unattended whilst it is running. Always remove the key, unplug the power cord and move the on/off switch to the off position when the treadmill is not in use. (See the drawing on page 5 for the location of the on/off switch.)

18.Do not attempt to raise, lower, or move the treadmill until it is properly assembled. (See ASSEMBLY on page 6, and HOW TO FOLD AND MOVE THE TREADMILL on page 26.) You must be able to safely lift 20 kg (45 lbs.) to raise, lower, or move the treadmill.

19.Do not change the incline of the treadmill by placing objects under the treadmill.

20.When folding or moving the treadmill, make sure that the storage latch is fully closed.

21.When using CDs and videos, an electronic “chirping” sound will alert you when the speed and/or incline of the treadmill is about to change. Always listen for the “chirp” and be prepared for speed and/or incline changes. In some instances, the speed and/or incline may change before the personal trainer describes the change.


22.When using CDs and videos, you can manually override the speed and incline settings at any time by pressing the speed and incline buttons. However, when the next “chirp” is heard, the speed and/or incline will change to the next settings of the CD or video program.

23.Always remove CDs and videos from your CD player or VCR when you are not using them.

24.Inspect and properly tighten all parts of the treadmill regularly.

25.Never insert or drop any object into any opening.

26. DANGER: Always unplug the power cord immediately after use, before cleaning the treadmill, and before performing the maintenance and adjustment procedures described in this manual. Never remove the motor hood unless instructed to do so by an authorised service representative. Servicing other than the procedures in this manual should be performed by an authorised service representative only.

27.This treadmill is intended for in-home use only. Do not use this treadmill in any commercial, rental, or institutional setting.

WARNING: Before beginning this or any exercise program, consult your physician. This is especially important for persons over the age of 35 or persons with pre-existing health problems. Read all instructions before using. ICON assumes no responsibility for personal injury or property damage sustained by or through the use of this product.


The decal shown at the right has been placed on your treadmill. If the decal is missing or illegible, please call our Customer Service Department to order a free replacement decal (see ORDERING REPLACEMENT PARTS on the back cover of this manual). Apply the decal in the location shown. Note: The decal is not shown at actual size.



Thank you for selecting the revolutionary NordicTrack® 4500 R treadmill. The 4500 R treadmill offers an impressive array of features to make your home workouts more enjoyable and effective. And when you’re not exercising, the unique 4500 R can be folded up, requiring less than half the floor space of other treadmills.

For your benefit, read this manual carefully before using the treadmill. If you have questions after reading this manual, please call our Customer Service

Department at 08457 089 009. To help us assist you, please note the product model number and serial number before calling. The model number of the treadmill is NETL98131. The serial number can be found on a decal attached to the treadmill (see the front cover of this manual for the location).

Before reading further, please familiarise yourself with the parts that are labeled in the drawing below.

Book Holder

Water Bottle Holder*




Pulse Sensor

Latch Knob






Walking Belt

Circuit Breaker

Foot Rail

Flexible Walking Platform

Rear Roller


Adjustment Bolts

*No water bottle is included.



Assembly requires two people. Set the treadmill in a cleared area and remove all packing materials. Do not dispose of the packing materials until assembly is completed. Assembly requires the included allen wrench and your own flat-bladed screwdriver , wire cutters , and adjustable wrench .

Note: The underside of the treadmill walking belt is coated with high-performance lubricant. During shipping, a small amount of lubricant may be transferred to the top of the treadmill or the shipping carton. This is a normal condition and does not affect treadmill performance. If there is lubricant on top of the walking belt or foot pads, simply wipe off the lubricant with a soft cloth and a mild, non-abrasive cleaner.

WARNING: Do not plug in the power cord until the treadmill is completely assembled.

1.Slide the treadmill out of the box. Insert the three Cage Nuts (96) into the three indicated holes in the treadmill.

To insert each Cage Nut (96), first hook one side of the Cage Nut into the hole and then use a flat-bladed screwdriver to press the other side into the hole, as shown.

2.With the help of a second person, carefully raise both Uprights (99) to a vertical position. Press the Latch Knob Sleeve (111) into the left Upright and hold the Latch Knob Spacer (112) against the left Upright.

Remove the Latch Knob (113) from the Latch Pin (107). Make sure that the Latch Pin Collar (109) and the Latch Pin Spring (110) are on the Latch Pin. (Note: If there are two Latch Pin Collars, place one on each side of the Spring.) Insert the Latch Pin into the Latch Knob Sleeve (111) and the Left Upright (99).

Tighten the Latch Knob (113) onto the Latch Pin (107).

3.With the help of a second person, raise the Walking Platform (24) to the storage position and make sure that the latch pin is engaged as described on page 26.

Position the Base Plate (91) on the treadmill as shown. Attach the Base Plate with the three Base Plate Screws (92). Note: It may be helpful if a second person tips the treadmill slightly as you tighten the Screws.

If the treadmill rocks slightly, turn one or both of the Leveling Feet (127) under the Uprights (99) until the rocking motion is eliminated. Carefully lower the Walking Platform (24) to the floor as described on page 27.
































4. Have a second person hold the Handrails (83) near the




Uprights (99). Connect the Upright Wire Harness (119) to






the wires extending from the Console Base (80) (see the




inset drawing). The connectors should slide together




easily and snap into place. If they do not, turn one



connector and try again. Then, insert the connectors




and the Upright Wire Harness into the hole in the right







Set the Handrails (83) on the Uprights (99), being careful




not to pinch the wires.








5. Insert two Handrail Bolts (104) with Handrail Bushings




(106) into the right Upright (99) and the right Handrail






(83). Be careful not to pinch the wires. Make sure




that the Handrail Bushings are flush against the right




Upright, with the thick sides facing the centre of the




treadmill, as shown in the inset drawing. Next, lift the




right Handrail (83) slightly and align the Bolts with the



holes in the Handrail. Thread the Bolts into the




Handrail. Do not tighten the Bolts yet.






Attach the left Handrail (not shown) in the same way.




Then, tighten all four Handrail Bolts (104).






6.Make sure that all parts are properly tightened before you use the treadmill. Keep the included allen wrench in a secure place. The allen wrench is used to adjust the walking belt (see page 29). To protect the floor or carpet from damage, place a mat under the treadmill.




The chest pulse sensor consists of two components: the chest strap and the sensor unit (see the drawing below). Insert the tab on one end of the chest strap into one end of the sensor unit, as shown in the inset drawing. Press the end of the sensor unit under the buckle on the chest strap. The tab should be flush with the front of the sensor unit.


Chest Strap







Sensor Unit






Next, wrap the chest pulse sen-

sor around your chest and attach the other end of

the chest strap to the sensor unit.

Adjust the length of the chest strap, if necessary. The

chest pulse sensor should be under your clothes, tight against your skin, and as high under the pectoral muscles or breasts as is comfortable. Make sure that the logo on the sensor unit is facing forward and is right- side-up.

Pull the sensor unit away from your body a few inches and locate the two electrode areas on the inner side (the electrode areas are covered by shallow ridges). Using saline solution such as saliva or contact lens solution, wet both electrode areas. Return the sensor unit to a position against your chest.


Thoroughly dry the chest pulse sensor after each use. The chest pulse sensor is activated when the electrode areas are wetted and the heart rate monitor is put on; the chest pulse sensor shuts off when it is removed and the electrode areas are dried. If the chest pulse sensor is not dried after

each use, it may remain activated longer than necessary, draining the battery prematurely.

Store the chest pulse sensor in a warm, dry place. Do not store the chest pulse sensor in a plastic bag or other container that may trap moisture.

Do not expose the chest pulse sensor to direct sunlight for extended periods of time; do not expose it to temperatures above 50° Celsius (122° Fahrenheit) or below -10° Celsius (14° Fahrenheit).

Do not excessively bend or stretch the sensor unit when using or storing the chest pulse sensor.

Clean the sensor unit using a damp cloth—never use alcohol, abrasives, or chemicals. The chest strap may be hand washed and air dried.


The instructions on the following pages explain how the chest pulse sensor is used with the console. If the chest pulse sensor does not function properly, try the steps below.

Make sure that you are wearing the chest pulse sensor as described at the left. Note: If the chest pulse sensor does not function when positioned as described, move it slightly lower or higher on your chest.

Use saline solution such as saliva or contact lens solution to wet the two electrode areas on the sensor unit. If heart rate readings do not appear until you begin perspiring, re-wet the electrode areas.

As you walk or run on the treadmill, position yourself near the centre of the walking belt. For the console to display heart rate readings, the user must be within arm’s length of the console.

The chest pulse sensor is designed to work with people who have normal heart rhythms. Heart rate reading problems may be caused by medical conditions such as premature ventricular contractions (pvcs), tachycardia bursts, and arrhythmia.

The operation of the chest pulse sensor can be affected by magnetic interference caused by high power lines or other sources. If it is suspected that this is a problem, try relocating the treadmill.

The CR2032 battery may need to be replaced (see page 30).




Your treadmill features a walking belt coated with PERFORMANT LUBETM, a high-performance lubricant. IMPOR-

TANT: Never apply silicone spray or other substances to the walking belt or the walking platform. Such substances will deteriorate the walking belt and cause excessive wear.


This product must be earthed. If it should malfunction or break down, earthing provides a path of least resistance for electric current to reduce the risk of electric shock. This product is equipped with a power cord having an equipment-earthing conductor and an earthing plug. Important: If the power cord is damaged, it must be replaced with a manufacturer-recommended power cord.

Two power cords are included. Select the one that will fit your outlet. Refer to drawing 1. Plug the indicated end of the power cord into the socket on the treadmill. Next, lift the tab on the ferrite box and clamp the ferrite box around the power cord. Fasten the included plastic tie just behind the ferrite box and cut off the excess plastic tie. The plastic tie will prevent the ferrite box from sliding along the power cord.

See drawing 2. Plug the power cord into an appropriate outlet that is properly installed and earthed in accordance with all local codes and ordinances. Important: The treadmill is not compatible with

GFCI-equipped outlets.


Socket on treadmill

Ferrite Box

Plastic Tie




DANGER: Improper connection of the equipment-earthing conductor can result in an increased risk of electric shock. Check with a qualified electrician or serviceman if you are in doubt as to whether the product is properly earthed. Do not modify the plug provided with the product—if it will not fit the outlet, have a proper outlet installed by a qualified electrician.


NordicTrack NETL98131 Owner's Manual







Note: If there is a thin sheet


of clear plastic on the face


of the console, remove it.





The advanced console offers a selection of features designed to help you get the most from your exercise.

When the manual mode of the console is selected, the speed and incline of the treadmill can be changed with the touch of a button. As you exercise, the console will display continuous exercise feedback. You can even measure your heart rate using the handgrip pulse sensor or the chest pulse sensor.

Eleven preset workout programs are also offered. Each program automatically controls the speed and incline of the treadmill to give you an effective workout.

In addition, the console offers two heart rate programs that automatically adjust the speed and incline of the treadmill to keep your heart rate near a target level whilst you exercise.

You can even create custom workout programs and store them in memory for future use.

The console also features interactive technology. Having interactive technology is like having a personal trainer in your home. Using a stereo audio cable (included), you can connect the treadmill to your home stereo, portable stereo, computer, or VCR and play special CD and video programs ( CDs and videocassettes are available separately). CD and video programs automatically control the treadmill as a personal trainer coaches you through every step of your workout. Highenergy music provides added motivation. To purchase CDs and videocassettes, visit our Web site at

With the treadmill connected to your computer, you can also go to our Web site at and access programs directly from the internet. Explore for more information.


CAUTION: Before operating the console, read the following precautions.

Do not stand on the walking belt when turning on the power.

Always wear the clip (see the drawing below) whilst operating the treadmill.

Adjust the speed in small increments to avoid sudden jumps in speed.

The pulse sensors are not medical devices. Various factors may affect the accuracy of heart rate readings. The pulse sensor is intended only as an exercise aid in determining heart rate trends in general.

If you have heart problems, or if you are over 60 years of age and have been inactive, do not use the heart rate programs. If you are taking medication regularly, consult your physician to find whether the medication will affect your exercise hart rate.

To reduce the possibility of electric shock, keep the console dry. Avoid spilling liquids on the console and place only a sealed water bottle in the water bottle holder.


1 Attach the clip to the waistband of your clothes.

Stand on the foot rails


of the treadmill. Find


the clip attached to the


key and slide the clip


onto the waistband of


your clothes. Next, in-


sert the key into the


console. Test the clip by carefully taking a few steps backward until the key is pulled from the console. If the key is not pulled from the console, adjust the position of the clip as needed.

Then, remove the key from the console.

2 Plug in the power cord.


3 Maketion. sure the on/off switch is in the on posi-

Locate the on/off switch




on the treadmill near the







power cord. Make sure






the on/off switch is in the









on position.







4 Insert the key fully into the console.

Stand on the foot rails of the treadmill. Attach the clip securely to the waistband of your clothes.

Next, insert the key into the console. After a moment, the program display and the main display will light. Note: When the key is inserted, the treadmill incline system may automatically calibrate itself—the treadmill will rise to the highest incline level and then return to the lowest incline level. During calibration, the left side of the main display will show two dashes (– –) and the segment time indicator will flash.

5 Enter your weight.

Although you can use the console without entering your weight, the console will count your calorie expenditure more accurately if you enter your weight. To enter your weight, press either of the Age/Weight Set buttons. The words “ENTER WEIGHT” and the current weight setting will appear in the main display. Press the Age/Weight Set buttons again to enter your weight. The buttons can be held down to enter your weight quickly. Your weight will then be saved in memory.

To use the manual mode of the console, follow the steps beginning on page 12. To use a preset program, see page 14. To create and use a custom program, see pages 16 and 17. To use a heart rate program, see page 18. To use an CD or video program, see page 22. To use an program directly from our Web site, see page 24.



1 Insert the key fully into the console.

See GETTING STARTED on page 11.

2 Select the manual mode.

When the key is inserted, the manual mode will automatically be selected. If a program has been selected, press the Select Goal button repeatedly until the words “MANUAL MODE” appear in the main display.

Press the Start button or the Speed + button to 3 start the walking belt.

A moment after the button is pressed, the walking belt will begin to move at 1 mph. Hold the handrails and begin walking. As you exercise, change the speed of the walking

belt as desired by press-

ing the Speed + and – buttons. Each time a button is pressed, the speed setting will change by 0.1 mph; if a

button is held down, the

speed setting will change in increments of 0.5 mph. To change the speed setting quickly, press the 1-step Speed buttons. The speed range is 0.5 mph to 12 mph. Note: After the buttons are pressed, it may take a moment for the treadmill to reach the selected speed setting.

To stop the walking belt, press the Stop button. The time will begin to flash in the main display. To restart the walking belt, press the Start button or the Speed + button.

Note: The first time the treadmill is used, inspect the alignment of the walking belt, and align the walking belt if necessary (see page 29).

4 Change the incline of the treadmill as desired.

To change the incline of the treadmill, press the Incline ▲ and ▼ buttons. Each time a button is

pressed, the incline will change by 0.5%. To change the incline quickly, press the 1-step Incline buttons. The incline range is 0% to 12%. Note: After the buttons are pressed, it may take a moment for the treadmill to reach the selected incline setting.

Follow your progress with the LED track, the 5 Training Zone display, and the main display.

The LED track—When

the manual mode or the mode is selected, the program display will show an LED track representing 1/4

mile. As you exercise, the indicators around the track will light, one at a time, until you have walked or run 1/4 mile. A new lap will then begin.

The Training Zone display—As you exercise, the Training Zone display will show the approximate intensity level of your exercise. As you increase the intensity, additional indicators will light.

The Main Display—The main display will show the following information:

Incline—The left side of the main display shows the incline level of the treadmill.

Time/Pace—When the

manual mode or the mode is selected, the next section

of the main display will show the elapsed time

and your current pace (pace is measured in minutes per mile). The display will change from one number to the other every few seconds; the Pace indicator will light when your pace is shown. When a program is selected, the display will show the time remaining in the program, your current pace, and the time remaining in the current segment of the program.


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