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Since the 1960s, when the first exercise TREADMILL was built, it has increasingly gained its place in many homes around the world.
Relatively, a TREADMILL is one of the most appealing exercise machines in the manufacturing industries, and it is among the best-known fitness equipment and the bestselling among the lot.
Now, just before you go shopping for your own TREADMILL, there are several tips you might want to equip yourself with and avoid getting into the familiar "confusion mode".
This article is written with the aim to helping you decide on a cost-effective TREADMILL and the most important features to consider before you dig into your pockets.
Note: All the information furnished in these articles on treadmills and ellipticals have been provided by Expert Elliptical Reviews and Ratings by Certified Personal Trainers and Fitness Enthusiasts.
BUYING TIP 1: Your Workout Space
Just before you make the purchase, it is important to consider where the device is going to sit at your workout area. TREADMILLS come in varying sizes which might not be noticeable to an avid buyer.
It is also important that there is enough space left after the TREADMILL is installed to avoid an accident that occurs in a jammed workout space.
The measurement of the proposed space must be taken before you visit the store for purchase, also the measurement of the TREADMILL must be taken and considered with reference to the workout space.
BUYING TIP 2: Price
There are lots of tech websites online and blogs dedicated to writing about gadgets and their specifications.
They review and compare gadgets and their prices without preferences. There, you will find most of the TREADMILLS in the market with ratings allotted by reviewers and users.
Most times, a higher price tag might mean extra features or capacity. A careful review will help you seek out what is more important to your daily use of the TREADMILL.
BUYING TIP 3: MOTOR
The MOTOR is the powerhouse of an automatic TREADMILL. One can easily get confused with all the terminology used in the market today, to describe the MOTOR capacity.
The effectiveness of a MOTOR is generally measured in its amount powerhouse, however, in TREADMILLS, terms like TREADMILL duty; peak duty and continuous duty rating are also used, sometimes to confuse a prospective buyer.
TREADMILL duty is the amount of horsepower required to run a motor at an average speed for an average user over a period of time. This can hardly be regarded as effective since it is built with an average user in mind.
Peak duty is the maximum speed that can be reached when a MOTOR is running at its highest. Peak duty does not efficiently measure the power of a motor at all point.
Continuous duty Horsepower rating tells of the minimum speed that can be maintained at a particular point in time during a workout section. Continuous duty rating accurately measures the power of a TREADMILL MOTOR and it is a standardized option for the health club.
The minimum recommended horsepower is 1.5 CHP for an average home user, however, 1.5 CHP MOTOR is hard to come by - a 2.0 CHP MOTOR would be even better.
While TREADMILL MOTORS range from 1.5 CHP to 4.0 CHP, heavy users might do well to get a 2.5 CHP MOTOR.
TREADMILL MOTORS are either A.C or D.C electrically powered. The A.C powered MOTORS are mostly installed on commercial graded TREADMILLS, for their power consumption and noise.
The D.C powered MOTORS are the best for home users. They consume less power and they are much quieter.
BUYING TIP 4: Running/Walking Belt (Surface)
The TREADMILL BELT is the surface at which the user have a direct contact with when working out.
TREADMILL BELTS come in different length; width and ply;
LENGTH: For users who intend to acquire a TREADMILL just for walking, a short belt of about 50" long would be great, while runners and long-legged users may overshoot a 50" BELT, a longer BELT of about 55" to 63" would be fine.
WIDTH: Runners and large people would be uncomfortable running on a narrow belt. A BELT of, at least, 18" wide might be more comfortable to run on.
Ply: This refers to the thickness of the BELT. A 2 ply BELT is a better quality belt and it will last longer than a single ply. It also gives a softer landing and it is quieter than a single ply.
BUYING TIP 5: INCLINE
The INCLINE feature help trainer burn calories easier and can help you concentrate on targeted muscles.
Automatic INCLINE TREADMILLS are way better than the manually adjustable ones. A manually adjustable INCLINE TREADMILL means you will have to get off to make the adjustment.
INCLINE range from 0% to 40% but the 40% incline TREADMILLS are mostly seen on the professional training device.
BUYING TIP 6: LOW IMPACT DECK (Cushion System)
The orthopedic nature of the DECK should be put into consideration. A well-designed DECK must be adequately CUSHIONED to generate a minimal shockwave on impact.
This is so required to protect the joints and body from getting the battery that comes with the IMPACT on hard surfaces.
BUYING TIP 7: FRAME
The FRAME of a TREADMILL is a very important part of this device since the other parts are held together within the FRAME.
The steel alloy FRAME is more durable and stronger than the aluminum FRAME. Steel FRAMES are rust-resistant and solid.
BUYING TIP 8: WARRANTY
Make sure to look for a TREADMILL with a WARANTY on all the major parts.
It is typical for the frame to come with a lifetime WARRANTY, and the motor WARRANTY may also prove the manufacturer' confidence in its product.
Some motors are remarked to have a lifetime WARRANTY, and some have several years on them.
A poor motor can be guaranteed for just a few days.
BUYING TIP 9: THE OVERALL FEEL
In all, it is most important to buy what makes you happy and worth the money you are throwing on it.
Depending on your personal preferences, some TREADMILL come equipped with extra features on your device that might help you exercise better.