Buying a treadmill? Making the right choice
Out of all the aerobic machines that I have personally used
I still consider the treadmill to be one of the best for
cardiovascular conditioning. According to different data
that I have read more than 40 million participants up about
800% since 1990 seem to agree.
It is very important that the treadmill that you choose meet
your specific needs and help you achieve your goals. Their
are numerous models to choose from so you have to do your
homework. I believe I can help you with the learning curve.
Do not shop by price alone it can be a big mistake! The old
saying you get what you pay for certainly applies here.
A treadmill can be a maintenance nightmare if you buy the
wrong one. Look at this purchase as a long term investment.
You want it to hold up for years to come. You may have to
wait if money restrictions prevent you from buying the
treadmill that would be right for you.
The first thing to consider is $money. How much do you want
to invest? Who would be using the treadmill? How much do
the primary users weigh? (tip: If you weigh over 2oo plus
pounds you are going to have to spend a little more money
for an upgraded model} Very important! A person who is
heavy will not get the results from a low end model. (under
What type of training will be done on it. Will you be
walking, or training for a triathalon? (We have durability
issues here}How many users will have access to it. (tip:
Ask the sales rep how many hours per week of training
should be considered normal use}?Again maintenance
How much space do you have? What room will you keep it in?
Be sure to measure this and be specific. (tip: if you are
buying from a local dealer bring your tape measure with
you}. You donít want to have it delivered and find out you
miscalculated. Also the noise factor should be considered.
In my personal opinion unless you are prepared to spend
between $1300 and $3,000 you should wait. A good dealer
should be able to give you all the facts about all the
different models and features of each unit. There are
residential and com mercial grade treadmills. Commercial
being gyms, fitness centers, and rehab clinics. But it does
not mean if you own a home you can still buy commercial for
better warranties and durability. I personally have a
commercial grade with a lifetime warranty.
I strongly suggest that you try out and get on different
models to establish a feel for running surfaces and
comfort.(tip: Bring your gym shorts and running shoes with
you to do this. believe me you will be glad you did. You
will know when you get on and start working out if it feels
right. You test drive a car donít you? You can still buy
from an out of state dealer or manufacturer as long as you
know the model you want if you can get better pricing.(tip:
do not forget shipping fees, and who is going to set it up
for you} Is it assembled?
Features to look for: 1) How many exercise programs does it
offer? Fat burning, intervals, endurance, etc. 2.)
Adjustable inclines a must. 3.) A wider running surface is
better for absorbing shock. 4.) Can you customize it
yourself? 5.) Is the LCD easy to read and program? (tip: You
will get very frustrated if it is not consumer friendly,
make sure you play around to see if it is simplistic
And last but not least the WARRANTIES: parts, service, and
labor. (tip: Can it be repaired in home? or do you have to
ship it somewhere}? Try to negotiate better service
warranties if possible.
Now I saved the best part for last. Although there are many
different models I personally recommend the (LANDICE) line
of treadmills. You will not go wrong with this
I have done all the research. If it is not the best it is in
I personally own the commercial grade (Landice Cardio
Herb daly jr.
Herb Daly Jr.
Is a Health and Fitness Consultant and
former owner of his own commercial gym.
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