How to Choose a Treadmill
So you’ve decided to purchase a treadmill. Great choice! Treadmills are functional and very easy to use, making them an ideal choice for, well, just about anyone! When used properly, they efficiently burn calories, strengthen the cardiovascular system, and can help you manage your weight. However, because treadmills are so popular, the market is flooded with a variety of different models that have varying features, costs, and technology. For help, use the tips below to learn how to choose a treadmill.
To find products that interest you, research treadmills online. Check out the specifications, read reviews, note ratings, and start comparing your top contenders. Although we don’t recommend purchasing a treadmill online, the Internet provides a great starting point.
Consider your goals.
Next, consider your goals and preferences. For example, ask yourself the following questions as you peruse treadmills:
- Does the console contain all the features you want?
- Is the console’s layout intuitive and easy to use?
- Will the treadmill fit in your home?
- How strong is the motor?
- How thick is the deck?
- How noisy is the treadmill?
- How much does it cost?
Features you might consider include interval programs, quick start functions, adjustable speeds and inclines, user IDs, heart rate monitors, iPod docks, USB ports, and custom running programs. In addition to the fun stuff, remember to think about practical components like safety features, handrails, maintenance (ideally your treadmill will be maintenance-free), and warranties.
Test the equipment.
If all goes well, you will be running or walking many miles on your new treadmill. So before you purchase the cumbersome product, try it out! Get a “feel” for the equipment, and try out the features. Since you will be spending a substantial amount of time and money on this treadmill, don’t be afraid to spend 15-30 minutes testing it out.
Pay particular attention to the shock absorption system, as the deck’s stability, firmness, and cushioning can have a significant impact on the health of your knees. If the running deck doesn’t feel comfortable in the store, it certainly won’t feel comfortable during the miles you run upon it at home. Finally, remember to dress accordingly when you visit, so that you’re ready for a test run. Wear comfortable workout clothes and walking/running shoes.
Visit a specialty store.
So where should you go to test out your top treadmills? Visit a fitness retailer that specializes in exercise equipment. The friendly and knowledgeable staff should be experts in treadmills, their insight and advice valuable as you compare products. They can show you how to use the equipment, point out pros and cons, and help you find treadmills within your budget. Be sure to ask about each product’s cushioning technology and its merits, and review the manufacturer’s research and evidence to ensure that the shock absorption system is effective.
If you’re shopping for a treadmill in Colorado or Kansas, check out Fitness Gallery. We handpick each piece of fitness equipment sold in our stores, so you know that you’re getting high-quality products at a great value. Plus, we have top-of-the-line used equipment for those wondering how to choose a treadmill on a budget. To learn more, please visit our online store, or stop by our showrooms in Denver (CO) or Highlands Ranch (CO). Our knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect equipment for your fitness goals.