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Choosing a Treadmill

Treadmills are a great way to get an excellent cardiovascular workout at home when it best fits into your schedule. Regular use of a treadmill is effective at helping you lose weight and tone your hips, legs and thighs. Today, treadmills range from the most basic model with no frills to those with high-tech workout programs, TV's, and more. When shopping for a treadmill it's important to do your research and consider the following factors in the product you choose:

  • Belt Ply and Size. Often this is a hard lesson learned for a novice buyer. Belts come with a one or two-ply rating. For a higher quality belt, the two-ply is suggested and should last longer. Experts recommend at least a 17-inch belt for the average consumer, but wider belts are better as they allow more room to move around. Belt length is also important. A 48-inch minimum length is suggested for a comfortable ride, and runners should consider at least 60 inches in order to properly stretch your legs.
  • Motor Size. Motor size impacts the strength and smoothness of a treadmill ride. A good treadmill needs a motor that ranks well in continuous duty power. Experts say at least a 2.0 HP continuous duty motor is necessary for most users, but consider a 2.5 HP if you run a lot. Also, if a quiet treadmill motor is important to you, look for a DC motor. These are generally not commercial-grade but will offer a quiet workout so that you can watch TV, listen to music, or allow others to sleep if nearby.
  • Console. The consoles on today's treadmills range from basic to high-tech. Ideally, you would want to know your speed, distance, calories burned, and time. Others offer additional features, such as safety switches, pre-programmed workouts, heart rate, MP3 players, and TV's. Before making a treadmill purchase be sure to identify the features of the console that are important to you to ensure you get what you want.
  • Weight Capacity. For those over 200 pounds, it's important to check the maximum body weight allowed on any treadmill you consider. A treadmill designed for lighter individuals is going to feel sluggish and wobbly for those exceeding the capacity. Parts are also more likely to wear down and break in a shorter period of time.
  • Cost. Most of us have a budget to maintain and with so many brands of treadmills you'll see prices run the gamut. Companies that make the best treadmills use the highest grade of parts and components available for comfort and duration. You'll need to balance quality, price and features when choosing a treadmill you can afford. Several companies offer financing on their treadmills to assist with a large purchase.
  • Return Policy. In the event your treadmill shows up and you change your mind, which some of us like to do, will you be able to return the equipment for a full refund? Choosing a treadmill that comes with a return policy is a smart decision. Several companies offer a 30-day trial offer when purchasing a treadmill.
  • Warranty. Any time you make a purchase that costs several hundreds of dollars or more a product warranty that covers broken parts and repairs for a period of time is essential. Some quality treadmills come with a lifetime warranty on the motor, five-year replacement for parts, and two years on labor associated with repairs. Others offer coverage that is significantly shorter that seems to run out right before the first repair is needed.
  • Quality. Companies that use quality parts and closely monitor manufacturing are always going to provide a better treadmill. Look for independent reviews and customer feedback on different treadmill brands and models. Specific brands have a better history of providing quality products over time than others.

Selecting a treadmill that works well and is comfortable for your body size is going to encourage you to spend more time exercising and ultimately achieving your fitness goals. It's also important to balance quality and price in the treadmill you choose. Comparing different brands and models will lead you to what best fits your personal needs and budget. Finally, finding independent product reviews and consumer feedback is going to give you the insight you need in finding a quality product that you’ll be satisfied with over time.

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Under water treadmills are typically used to treat injured athletes. "It's resistance and cardiovascular training all inclusive in one, so I'm almost out of breath now," said research student John Bailey. The University of Alabama in ...

Published:  Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:10:00 GMT



Mobile Dog Gym Helps AZ Shelter Dogs Get Exercise Despite Heat

But now, thanks to David Lopez, they can get their exercise in the safety of the AC! "I started rehabilitating pit bulls about 13 years ago with treadmills, human treadmills, then I started training the Arizona Fire Department Search and Rescue dog team ...

Published:  Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:28:00 GMT



We're the "Most Athletic Place to Work in DC!"¯

Samantha works really hard. Wellness is instilled throughout the Fool (and even remotely!), from our working treadmills and standing desks to a monthly companywide e-newsletter and annual health fair. Receiving public recognition for a program that's ...

Published:  Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:59:00 GMT



Fresno State invests in high-tech training chamber

Only a few of these chambers exist in the country, and Fresno State's will look similar to the one at the University of Oregon - complete with special treadmills and other exercise equipment and monitors. "Before the chamber, we still did research here ...

Published:  Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:15:00 GMT



Life and Treadmills

Hello again, Ricochet. Sorry I haven't written for so long. I do have a good excuse. It's been a busy Spring. Also, I almost died. I write the above not as hyperbole nor the start of some clever device. (Those come later, hopefully.) It's fact.

Published:  Sat, 17 Jun 2017 01:00:00 GMT



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The fitness room, which looks out on both the pool and gymnasium, includes cardiovascular equipment such as treadmills, as well as free weights and circuit training equipment. Photo by Stephen Barling The facility houses three basketball courts in a double ...

Published:  Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:09:00 GMT



Trainer creates mobile dog gym so pups can avoid the intense Valley heat

"I started rehabilitating pit bulls about 13 years ago with treadmills, human treadmills, then I started training the Arizona Fire Department Search and Rescue dog team here about two years ago," David Lopez said. David Lopez is a professional dog trainer ...

Published:  Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:28:00 GMT



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Our classes are divided into two groups - those on Woodway treadmills and those on the floor. Taking a huge group class, well, it's easy to get lost. So we have created an app for RippedPHL to make the workout experience easier for our members to follow.

Published:  Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:15:00 GMT



It Took Me 1 Year, but I'm Finally Comfortable Hitting the Gym Alone

I usually scope out the machines while I'm on the treadmills, which are in the back of my gym and therefore have a view of the rest of the room. I make a mental checklist of each machine I plan to use and stick to it so that I'm not stuck awkwardly ...

Published:  Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:11:00 GMT



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