Researching, then searching for, and then eventually buying a treadmill
can be be very confusing - BUT with help from our guides you
should be able to make an informed buying decision based on price and
feature comparison. Before committing yourself to a purchase think about
the features you desire, and the price range you can afford. You will
then be better placed to begin looking for a specific model.
How will you use your treadmill?
Firstly, anticipate your fitness goals and other users in your home
before buying. Most households will have more than one
person that will want to use the equipment. You should consider their
fitness needs as well as your own. Buying a "bargain basement",
under-powered machine that doesn't meet the future requirements of all
users is a trap most people fall into.
The Basic Essentials
Screen and Console
will need a user friendly console and screen with a large easy to read
digital readout. Look
for displays and control panels that are large, simple and readable.
Control panels with lots of controls will cause confusion and may even
put people of using the machine.
good quality shock absorption system is a major selling point on most models. The running deck should not be soft or spongy, as this
kind of deck can lead to knee problems over time. Look for a model
whose manufacturer can give convincing reasons as to how and why their
shock absorption mechanism works. Research the information that shows
how the maker produced their cushioning mechanism and how and why it
differs from others. There should be some feature in the mechanism over
and above the use of rubber washers.
Today's models have a wealth of facilities to attract purchasers. These
range from displays that measure calories used to the amount of energy
expended in a fitness workout. Give consideration as to what is relevant
to you and whether you would use that facility. The important thing is to go for features that can stimulate and
challenge. Look for features that will meet your needs as you progress,
and ones that will meet the needs of others in your family. Some of the
best features are interval programs, and user ID's that can be
customized and record past fitness workouts.
what is an adequate sized motor causes much confusion. A 2.0 CHP unit
is good enough for practically any user providing the other parts of
the treadmill are of reasonable quality. A good cooling mechanism for
instance removes excess heat from the motor and other mechanicals - thus
enhancing the life of these components. A big motor with an inadequate
cooling mechanism, however, will probably result in premature wear on
components as well as inferior performance. View the treadmill as a whole with balanced components instead of merely
going for an oversized motor.
Preset and custom programs
Sometimes people will quit an exercise program due to feeling bored. A machine which provides a full range of programs will help keep your fitness regime fresh and maintain motivation. Being able to customize a program for your personal requirements is also an excellent facility.
Pay consideration to features like a safety key and a speed controller that starts and stops the treadmill in gradual increments. Also consider items such as warm-up and cool-down periods, and heart rate control. Handrails and console grips that are comfortable are also good features to have. Are they sensibly placed so that you can grip them at the start and finish of your workout? Also check out the dimensions. Will it fit adequately into the space you have in mind for it?
A modern treadmill contains lots of electronics. Most good quality
machines will come with a lifetime frame warranty. With other
components,consider a warranty that gives 1 year of labor and a minimum
of 1-3 years on parts. When buying a treadmill consider what parts are
covered. The warranty should cover: Motor, Frame, Deck,
Do Your Research
For most people this will be an expensive purchase, so when looking to buy a treadmill try to treat the task as a research project and do your home work!
Endeavor to gather as much information about the various models that are available and what the various specifications and features mean and which you think that you will require.
Seek out information from as many different sources that you can find
so that you can build up a consensus view regarding which models would
suit both your budget and fitness requirements.
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