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2015 Treadmill Buying Guide

November 21, 2015

Treadmill Buying Guide

Treadmills are an excellent health and fitness decision as they’re easy-to-use, functional and provide one of the best methods of shedding fat, burning calories and losing weight.

However, there are numerous options available to consumers which can make it a difficult decision when you’re ready to purchase your treadmill. Luckily, there are tips that can help you find the best treadmill to fit your needs.

What to look for in a Treadmill:

There are several treadmill features that you must have in a treadmill to optimize your workout. If the model you are considering does not have these some of these key features, you may want to continue to shop. These features include:

Electronic Functionality

With technology progressing at such a rapid rate, it is critical that the treadmill you are considering has electronic functionality. You want to search for a treadmill that boasts the features that most interest you and will allow you to progress in you fitness routine. Some of the best features include customizable program options, interval training, heart rate monitor and a user profile.

Interval Training

Interval training is an effective type of workout that consists of high intensity training followed by low intensity. Such treadmills will allow you to setup this feature electronic and immediately navigate to it when first starting your workout.

Hear Rate Monitor

The heart rate (HR) measurement indicates that you are properly challenged during your workout. Every individual has a target HR that optimizes your workout. A number of treadmills on the market automatically adjust the speed to keep you within the target HR.

Pre-set and Custom Program Options

Make sure to find a treadmill with a variety of pre-set and custom programs to keep you from becoming bored over time. Consider this feature which will allow you to customize a program for specific need or utilize a built-in routine.

User Profile

If there are multiple users in the house, it is important that the treadmill allow for user profiles to track each individual’s progress separately while saving their settings. The best units on the market will remember the workouts and allow you to store them.

Treadmill Safety Features

Search for the basics such as an incremental belt speed, handrails, comfortable grips and ergonomic locations for the grips and rails. It is always advised to try out a treadmill in the store prior to making your purchase.

Shock Absorption System

A shock absorption system under the belt is critical to preventing injury and maximizing your workout. You can easily identify the system by test driving the unit and determining if the deck feels firm and stable but flexible. If it feels too soft then you risk knee injury, too hard and it is uncomfortable.

Treadmill Brands

With so many treadmill choices available, the decision can be difficult. The top brands to consider during the treadmill buying process include, Precor, Landice, Vision Fitness and Horizon Fitness (among others). Each of these manufacturers has the features you need for a safe and successful workout.

Still not sure what you need? Get expert advice from a Total Fitness Equipment associate today!