Treadmill - is it worth getting one and what to look for?

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Treadmill - is it worth getting one and what to look for?

by Amelia » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:17 am

Do any of you own and use a treadmill? I'm wondering if it might improve motivation if I don't have to run outside in the cold and dark.
What should you look out for and what is a good budget for a reasonably good and reliable treadmill?
Also, are they really noisy? Would I be able to put the TV on and watch it whilst using a treadmill without waking the whole street up?

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Re: Treadmill - is it worth getting one and what to look for

by ExcitableBoy » Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:08 pm

I have used treadmills, although prefer to trail run year round in the foot fills of the Cascades (read very wet). Learn to embrace the suck, it builds character and a tolerance for discomfort.

That said, Precor makes high quality fitness club/commercial quality treadmills, which are more durable than your standard home treadmill. They are very quiet, easy to watch T.V., listen to music, chat up women/men (yes, I know that is a horrible breach of gym etiquette, but I met my wife that way, so there you go).

In terms of features, I would recommend one that inclines (the steeper the better) and has variable speeds (the faster the better). Optional in my mind is programmable workouts (intervals, auto inclining to replicate running on rolling terrain, cup holder), although any commercial grade treadmill should have all of those features.

I recommend buying used from Craigslist or other local want ads for used and/or refurbished models. Expect to pay $1,500 - $2,500 for a used commercial quality Precor. Nordictrack is another good quality brand that manufactures commercial quality treadmills at a lower price point than Precor. Expect to pay between $500 - $1,000 for a one.

Hope that helps.

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