I don’t know if I’ve ever told my running story in a post, so this might be news to you but I started walking/running on a treadmill. I bought a treadmill with my own college part-time job money and used it for over a year before I ever ventured outside. (Story for another day.)
I ended up running that treadmill into the ground and having the motor replaced! Thank you Sears.
I finally had to leave my personal ‘mill behind when I moved out of my mom’s but still like them to warm up at the gym. When my treadmill died I helped my mom shop for a new one. And truth-be-told I really want one to walk on during my trash TV marathons so I’ve been shopping around.
Tips on How to Shop for a Treadmill:
A. Check Craigslist or similar resources a few months after January for New Year’s Resolutions that have turned into forgotten dreams. Their loss, your tread!
If you buy a used one ask about their warranty and check if it is still valid.
Try it out at various speeds and inclines. Let it run for a few minutes. Check the belt and make sure it is centered and tight on the base.
Before you buy it – look up reviews. (See checklist below.)
B. If you are looking to buy a new treadmill…
1. Set your budget. Treadmills can range from $300 to one million dollars (give or take).
2. How much space do you have? Does it have to be a folding model to be out of the way?
3. How much will you use it? If it will get a lot of mileage you need one that can take a beating and you may want to pay for additional warranty.
4. Test ‘em out! Before you buy something online, go to a few stores and get on them. Pay attention to:
Put the incline all the way up. Does that work for you?
How fast is the highest speed? (In case you wake up tomorrow as Ryan Hall.)
How loud is it?
Does it fold?
Is the belt long enough for your stride?
What is the motor horse power? Do you need more/less?
Get on it – are the menus/buttons easy to use/reach?
Is there any extra features you want?
Are there any features you don’t really need so you can downgrade to save money?
What are your ‘must haves’? Heart rate monitor? Touch screen?
Does it come in pink?
5. Make a list of your top two or three favorites and then price them.
6. Check Consumer Reports for reviews. Ask around and someone you know may have a membership for the ratings.
The fanciest of them all right now is the Pro-Form Boston Edition Treadmill. Hey, if I can’t get to Bean town, at least I can virtually run the course on their crazy HD video workout. I bet it’s better than my TV!
“Condition for the historic marathon using our high definition video workouts of the actual Boston race course. Track your real-time progress using Google Maps™ Street View on our 10-inch full-color touch screen display. This exclusive ProForm® treadmill automatically simulates every hill and dip with inclines up to 20 percent and declines of 6 percent.”
Anyway. The point is, if you are buying a treadmill shop around because it’s a big purchase. And then learn how to dance on it because that’s what all the cool kids are doing these days…
That guy is better than me. And I’m at peace with that.
Question: Treadmill: LOVE or HATE it?
Disclaimer: This post is part of the Runner’s World Half Blogger giveaway partnership. I was not compensated. All opinions are my own.