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Are all treadmills created equal? 5 Key Aspects You Should Know

Are all treadmills created equal? This is a question that many people ask themselves when they are in the market for a new one.  Here is all you need to know about treadmills before investing in one.

There are many different types of treadmills on the market today. The two most common types are the manual and the electric treadmill. The manual treadmill is just that, a treadmill that you have to power yourself. This type is typically used in Commercial and CrossFit environments and is ideal for High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

The electric treadmill, on the other hand, is powered by a motor. There are essentially two types of motors. Domestic or home treadmills typically have DC motors and Semi-Commercial or Commercial grade treadmills typically have AC motors. DC motors are regarded as “wear and tear” motors which means that they may need to be replaced from time to time with extended use. AC motors tend to be more durable and long-lasting. If you are an athlete or someone who likes to train extensively then a treadmill with an AC Motor is for you.

Treadmills with AC motors are recommended for Semi-Commercial environments like Biokinetic Practices, Personal Training Studios, Small Corporate Gyms and Homes. AC motor treadmills are a must for Commercial environments like Commercial Gymnasiums and Complexes where “high traffic” unsupervised training occurs.

Households where there are 5 or more family members that will be using the treadmill on a regular (consistent) basis then an AC motor treadmill is recommended. DC motor treadmills are ideal for general fitness in a home environment for individuals or families with up to 3 or 4 members.

Brand

It’s important to look for a reputable international brand treadmill. Try to avoid “in-house” branded treadmills typically sold in some chain stores and supermarkets. Also, ensure that you purchase from an authorised reputable dealer who keeps a comprehensive range of parts and spares. Aftersales service is also more efficient when you buy your treadmill from a reputable authorised dealer with a proven track record of excellent service.

Maximum User Weight

When considering a treadmill purchase, one of the most important factors to look at is weight capacity. Treadmills are designed to accommodate a certain amount of user weight.  The running decks (under the treadmill running belt) are calibrated to handle a certain amount of weight.

Users that exceed the maximum weight capacity can cause the running deck to crack and break. Not all treadmills are created equal in terms of weight capacity. Confirm the treadmill’s motor size, maximum user weight and aftersales service before you purchase. So, when shopping for a treadmill, it is important to consider not only your own weight but also the weight of anyone who might use the treadmill.

Warranty and Service Plan on Treadmills

For peace of mind look for one with an extended warranty and service plan. Only offered by reputable authorised dealers.

Features

Treadmills also come with different features. Some of the features people look for are incline, speed, programs, deck size and shock absorption.

Treadmills Console

Treadmill console feedback is an important tool to guide and monitor your training. It can provide you with information about your workout, such as the time, distance, speed, and calories burned. Additionally, some consoles are compatible with various Training Apps. It is important to research the different consoles available to find one that best suits your needs.

 

In conclusion, not all treadmills are created equal. You should do your research to find the best one for you. Consider your needs and budget before making a purchase. They can be a great way to get in shape, but first, you need to choose the right one for you. Our consultants are ready to assist or advise you accordingly.

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