Buying tips for Treadmill

Treadmills have been the largest selling category of cardio products for the past 20 years. Treadmills are one of the most popular fitness equipments that are comfortable for walking and running. Finding the best treadmill for your budget can be a difficult task. You must know what you are looking for to get the best buy in a treadmill. When you shop by price, you must be even more careful to select the best in that price range. Since treadmills cost a good deal of money, consider your budget and, if you can, buy the highest quality machine you can.

Buying tips for TreadmillMany treadmills include additional built in features such as heart rate monitors, pulse monitors, reading racks, calculate the distance run or walked, the number of calories burned. Many also provide preset workout programs, making it easier for the user to get started quickly and to track his or her progress accurately.

1. While buying treadmills concentrate on the mechanics of the treadmill, rather than its bells and whistles.

2. The most important parts of any treadmill, is the belt that allows the treadmill to operate smoothly and provide a good workout. So it is important to look for a treadmill with a high quality belt, and a belt that is large enough to provide a quality workout.

3. Treadmill weight capacity depends on your weight. Try to stay well below the weight capacity of treadmills. If any of the users in your family weigh over weight then you should increase your budget a bit for a stronger motor and higher grade belt and deck, even if you are only planning on using the treadmill for walking.  The motor size you want depends on your weight, your running intensity, and your running frequency.

4. High-end treadmill machines have several features like crowned rollers, rubber-coated front rollers or even auto-tracking computerized rollers. During your treadmill machine’s break-in period, the treadbelt may stretch. If you notice belt slipping, you may need to tighten the rear roller. So look for the right sized rollers with good bearings that are designed to keep the belt in-line and properly tensioned.

5. Each treadmill has both an upper electronics package (called the console) and a lower motor control board which is the brain of the treadmill and typically the most serviced part.

6. Look for at least a three-year warranty on your electronic. Always look for a three-year warranty on all key components like the motor, electronics, belt, deck and rollers.

7. The motor matters as it gets the heaviest workout. The right type of motor can ensure you get great workouts and a long life out of your treadmill. Most treadmills have two motors; One to drive the belt and the other to raise and lower the incline. Make certain that the motor of the treadmill that you are about to purchase is strong as you may be exercising so hard.

8. Try to purchase the treadmill directly from its manufacturer. This approach may allow you to reduce certain markups of the retailer or distributor. You can best find these purchase options through the Internet.

9. Select the treadmill that is equipped with push buttons, rather than the one with controls that require push and pull. This will only cause inconvenience and inefficiency on your part.

10. Look for stability, ease of folding, weight capacity, and how easy it is to move. Shock absorption system. This is a major “hook” for almost all treadmills now, but make note. When you walk fast or run, does the deck feel firm and stable.

11. Do some research and try as many treadmills as possible. Make a list of treadmills you’re interested in and call sporting goods stores to see if they’re available locally. Spend at least 10 minutes on each treadmill. Make sure it’s quiet and that it doesn’t shake, even when running.

12. Look for a treadmill that is maintenance-free. Although some basic care is advisable, you should not have to spend time lubricating and servicing your treadmill after every workout. A well-designed unit takes normal wear and tear into account so you don’t have to and helps save you time and hassle.


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