If you’re looking for the top treadmill purchasing tips out there, keep reading. We’ll help you make the best investment purchase possible for your bucks.
Let’s face it. Treadmills are one of the most popular pieces of gym equipment out there, especially for home gyms. This means that there is a bewildering rage to choose from out there, and it can seem overwhelming when you first set out to buy one. One of the best tips we can offer is to never, ever buy a treadmill you don’t get to try first. It’s ok shopping for a better deal online, or ordering a replacement on a model you already know, but when you’re first trying out a brand make sure to get down to a fitness shop and physically try the models on your list. The look and feel of your treadmill will be one of the most major deciding factors as to whether you actually enjoy your experience- and whether you will use the machine. Reviews will help you decide, but are no substitute for a real feel test.
Be sure not to head out the door to the shops, though, until you know exactly what space you are playing with. Measure the available space for the machine precisely before shopping, so you won’t get a nasty surprise when they deliver! Folding units are available, but of course are pricier and you will want to weight the worth of this feature before investment.
The motor is the most important part of the treadmill. Even if you plan not to run but rather walk, the motor needs to be steady and constant or there will be issues. In some ways, walking is harder on the motor as your foot contact with the belt is longer and it drags more.
Programs can matter- but only if they offer something that will keep you motivated. Otherwise, don’t get drawn into an obsession with them. For the right person they work as valuable tools, but if you figure they’re going to spend more time on then off then avoid the urge to laden yourself and your new purchase down with them. What’s a little more important to consider is the speed and controls, especially when it comes to accessibility. You should be able to access them quickly without interrupting your training, and dials and readouts should be easy to see and follow from where you will be as you’re running. Remember, you need to be safe on the treadmill as well as effective, and don’t want to be lurching around as you try to see the data you need. This is yet another reason that an in-person test of the product you want to buy is absolutely vital to the proceedings.
Getting a great treadmill really is as easy as putting in a little research work, being sure to try out the models you shortlist, and being sure to avoid getting sucked into upsell and unnecessary features while being distracted from facets that are really important like the motor.