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A treadmill is a device generally for walking or running while staying in the same place. Treadmills were introduced before the development of powered machines, to harness the power of animals or humans to do work, often a type of mill that was operated by a person or animal treading steps of a treadwheel to grind grain. In later times treadmills were used as punishment devices for people sentenced to hard labour in prisons.



ProForm Pro 2000 Treadmill

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The entry-level Pro 2000 delivers more than most similarly priced treadmills. Testers liked how quickly and smoothly it changed speed and incline–getting the machine whirring as fast as 12 mph takes just one finger tap.

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Nautilus T616 Treadmill

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The Nautilus T616 treadmill functions Bluetooth LE connectivity, blue backlit Dual Track multi LCD show console and objective tracking functionality, enabling the user to set and track exercise ambitions of exercise time, distance traveled and calories burned.


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The Smart Shopper's Treadmill Buying Guide


When you're going to spend a few hundred or a few thousand dollars on exercise equipment, it's a really good idea to determine the following:


  • Treadmill features you want
  • Treadmill features you need
  • Getting as much of your wants and needs within your budget.


Finding the right treadmill for you requires research. Fortunately the internet makes researching much easier than pre-internet days. There's all kinds of information on treadmills on the web. This article "The Smart Shopper's Treadmill Buying Guide" is one more chunk of information which I hope helps you buy the perfect treadmill that meets your wants, needs, and budget.


Just to be clear, there is no one perfect treadmill for everyone. Instead, the point of this smart shopper's treadmill buying guide is to alert you to the key features to look for when buying a treadmill.


Let's get started... what treadmill features should you look out for when buying a treadmill.


1. The Motor


Fortunately, most treadmill motors on major treadmill brands are good. The common range in horsepower is 2.25 to 3.5. There are lower and higher motors, but that's the common range for residential treadmills. 2.5 to 3.0 horsepower motors should be more than sufficient. I'm a big guy so I prefer 3.0 horsepower motors.


Should you get a non-motorized treadmill?


I wouldn't. Non-motorized treadmills are much cheaper, but paying a few hundred more dollars for a motor is worth it.


2. Running Area


Treadmill running areas range from 55 inches to 60 inches long and are typically 20 inches wide. If you're taller than 6 feet, look at a 60 inch long running area. Frankly, I wouldn't consider a treadmill with a running area shorter than 60 inches, but I'm over six feet tall.


Try a treadmill at a gym or retail store to see what the right length is for you. If 55 inches works, that opens up more treadmill buying options for you.


3. Cushioning


Treadmill technology is impressive, and it's particularly impressive where cushioning is concerned. You can get treadmills that actually enable you to adjust the amount of cushioning. You pay more for this feature, but it's pretty cool.


At the end of the day you want a treadmill with some cushioning, but not too much. I liken too much cushioning to running on the beach. Too much cushioning does not replicate running on pavement. That said, if you have joint issues, then more cushioning may be the right way to go. Like I said, there's no one-size-fits-all treadmill. That's the point of this treadmill buying guide article.


4. Speed and Incline


What's your running regimen? Do you sprint and do HIIT? Or, do you run at a steady even pace? Or, maybe you're a walker? Treadmill speeds generally range from 10 to 12 miles per hour. If you're a sprinter, then look for a treadmill with top speeds of 12 miles per hour or more. If you're a walker or jogger, 10 is more than sufficient.


The incline element is also important. It's a good idea to incline your treadmill slightly in order to compensate for the fact running on treadmills is easier than on pavement. The reason for this is two-fold:


No wind resistance, and more importantly


The running surface moves so you don't expend as much energy because you don't need to propel forward.


Treadmills - Understanding the Technical Aspects


Once you set out to buy a treadmill, you can be sure that you will have enough options available to get your mind buzzing. So the ideal thing is to have some defined ideas of what aspects are required from your treadmill, and what is simply out of the question.


Horsepower has continuously baffled buyers when they look to choose a motorized treadmill. Some dealers cash in on the confusion and rant the 'bigger the better' rhetoric. Therefore, you have to be well versed, or at least apparently well versed, in what you want. A 2.0 HP motor would do well for your treadmill, anything less than 1.5 is certainly going to wear out much quicker than you'd expect, so go for the optimum option. The idea is to look out for the gimmicks don't pay heed to the terms like 'peak horsepower' or 'treadmill duty'; they mean nothing in the long run when you want consistent speed. The important thing is the 'continuous duty'; which marks that the motor will be able to produce a continuous 2HP for a full 24 hr motor usage. It is a practice with manufacturers to stamp the 'continuous duty' horsepower on DC motors, so having a look under the hood wouldn't hurt either.


Now a motor's HP will get you going, but bad Motor Electronics can mar the quality of experience you will have with your treadmill, not to mention the amounts you will have to pay for repairs! Seasoned manufacturers make sure that their treadmills have a steady clip which utilizes a microprocessor to sense the belt load and adjust accordingly for silky operation. So the best treadmills will be the ones that sense your resistance if you try to slow down, and adjust accordingly to keep the set pace going smoothly. Try slowing down a treadmill while hanging on to the handle bars, and you'll know what I'm talking about. A low quality, cheap treadmill will show her displeasure at your rudeness by jerking and groaning, but the quality ones, I have already described.


The Motor Toque is the thing that rotates the shaft which ultimately moves against your load. So plainly speaking, the motor torque has to be high to take the load of a human body, a potentially heavy human body at that. It's simple enough to understand that you need high torque for your treadmill. But also, the number of revolutions per second have to be low. Otherwise the treadmill might make you appreciate it at high speeds but at low speeds the high revs would really tax the motor. And consequently the motor will not last long enough to justify a good buy.


With a variety of treadmill available, the buyer should be sure what kind of Speed he wants from his treadmill. Whether you want to use it for running, jogging, or just walking determines which machine would be best for you. For walking, speeds from 0 to 6mph would do fine, but for runners the best treadmill would be the one which offers speeds from 0 to 12 mph. Running a motor at top speed of its speed limit over a long period of time is a sure way to wear out the motor is a hurry, so avoid that if you don't like to pay for repairs. For starters, the safe speed is half a mile, per hour, to make sure that the jerk of the initial start won't spill you over.