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“Insider” Tips On Buying Treadmills

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Are you interested in enhancing your athletic training with a treadmill? This treadmill review will provide you the type of information you need to know – information the “insiders” consider when they look to buy a treadmill.

Don’t rush out and buy a treadmill until you read this review!

A few years ago, Runner’s World Magazine put 10 of the top treadmills to the test…you can imagine that runners would be the ones to provide the very best in a treadmill review.

It’s always best to turn to the “experts” when it comes to exercise equipment…the people who use them every day.

So, what do we first look at in our treadmill review? What can “Runner’s World” tell us?

The Motor: This is important. You want to buy a treadmill that’s powerful enough to handle your athletic skill level. If you’re a runner, you want at least 2.0 HP…maybe 2.5 to 3 HP if you’re on the heavier side or plan to run for long periods with inclines.

Look at HP ratings for “continuous” horsepower – not “peak” horsepower. Runners need continuous power for their treadmills.

Maximum Speed and Incline: Most treadmills can push you to at least 10 MPH (6 minute mile), and a 10 percent incline. This should do it for most of you. But, make sure to check this out specifically in your treadmill review – you must be able to push to your best limit.

Belt Size: The majority of treadmills have running surfaces between 16 to 22 inches wide and 45-60 inches long. Obviously, the belt size you select should be based on your body size and stride length.

Insider Tips On Buying Treadmills

Stability: This is an important component of your treadmill review – you want a smooth, steady ride. You don’t want anything that sags, shakes, or rattles.

Cushioning: Treadmills use rubber bushings under a flexible deck to absorb the shock of each foot stroke. You want an acceptable amount of cushioning, but not at the expense of stability. Find your happy medium between the two.

The Frame: Treadmills come in steel and aluminum frames. Steel frames are heavier, which aids in stability, but they can also rust with time. Aluminum are lighter and won’t rust. For the most part, it’s difficult to tell the difference when you’re running on them.

Console Display Treadmill consoles display feature combinations of speed, pace, incline, time, distance, heart rate, calories burned, and others. Your choice!

Just remember, the functions need to be clearly labeled, and easy to read at a glance (while you’re putting in your 6-minute mile!)

Programs: Part of your treadmill review should include the various programs you can get. With the push of a button you can change speed, incline, and/or simulations in various patterns and terrain.

Warranty: This is important. Make sure your treadmill comes with a good MANUFACTURER warranty. The manufacturer (not the dealer) is responsible for the warranty.

Look for the best warranty you can find. Find out where you can get your treadmill serviced or fixed.

Plus! If you’re purchasing over the internet (where you can get great deals), make sure you buy from a manufacturer experienced in shipping treadmills – experience counts in this area. You don’t want your treadmill damaged in shipping.