6 Tips For Your Next Treadmill Purchase
Even if you have shopped for treadmills hundreds of times in the past, it is still possible to make a mistake and find yourself stuck with a model that is unsuited to your needs. Because these are the most popular types of fitness equipment currently on the market there is a lot of choice and you can quickly find yourself overwhelmed. The good news is that we have compiled some treadmill buying tips to help you out during your next purchase.
Tip #1 – Workout area
You need to make sure that the treadmill is going to fit in the area that you have chosen to place it in. They can sometimes look quite small in the showroom but huge once it has been delivered. Take measurements of the area beforehand, remembering that people need room to get on and off.
Tip #2 – Price
Always remember that you get what you pay for and that the same goes for fitness equipment of all kinds. Before buying, take a look at all the reviews and ratings (from unbiased sources wherever possible) to make sure that you are getting the best possible model on the market.
Tip #3 – Motor
Did you know that one of the most important elements of your treadmill is the motor? So look for one that has a continuous duty power rating, which will give you better performance, a longer life and is a more accurate measure of motor power. AC motors are traditionally found in commercial models.
Tip #4 – Running or walking surface
You need to understand that not all running or walking surfaces are the same and this will affect your experience. Look for a 2 ply surface belt with a minimum width of 17 inches. Machines used for running need a minimum length of 60 inches and those used for walking need 48 inches.
Tip #5 – Inclines
Make sure that you look for an electronic incline that can be adjusted simply by pushing a button on the console. Look for a model that features a range of inclines for the best results. Manually adjusted inclines are available, but they do have to be set before you start the treadmill.
Tip #6 – Low impact deck
It is actually important that you opt for a treadmill with low impact or shock absorption systems, as these are much easier on the back and joints. Even so, the deck should not feel too soft or spongy. Reading unbiased reviews and ratings is a good way to determine the feel of the deck.
The next time you are in the market for a treadmill, make sure that you take each of the above tips into account. This will ensure that you make the perfect choice for your needs, whether you are shopping for a commercial gym or your own home fitness space. If you are still unsure about your purchase, make sure that you speak with an expert, as they will be very familiar with the various models and can answer all of your questions.