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How about a high quality treadmill for home?
02-23-2003, 04:42 PM
Uhm. . . whats the price range. . . there's sooo many different types of treadmills out there. Usual best bets are finding one of those fitness stores that sell used equipment.
02-24-2003, 01:11 PM
As a heavy treadmill user -
Stay away from the cheap brands they sell in sporting good stores, like ProForm, Nordic Track, Reebok, etc. They are crap. Unless all you're doing is walking, they will wear out within a year or two. My wife & I burned out a Proform in about 18 months.
We went to a specialty treadmill store (http://www.fitnessexperience.com) & bought a Vision. It's quite a bit more expensive (starts at about $1300 & goes up), but it's worth the $$. It's much quieter & smoother than the ProForm
ever was (plus it didn't burn out!) Buy it for the continuous duty motor, cushioned deck, large platform and warranty. Don't look for things like heart monitors, fancy displays and the like... they won't help you run any better!
- Vision, True, and LifeFitness are great brands.
- DO NOT get a fold-up one... they are more expensive, less stable, and wear out quicker.
- A continuous duty motor is a must - it provides the same amount of power constantly. Cheaper brands display power (2HP, 2.5HP), but this is peak HP, not continuous. A 1.75HP continuous duty motor will probably have a higher peak HP than the one ProForm advertises as a 2.5HP.
- Have a dedicated circuit in your house just for the treadmill. It says so in the documentation, but we never believed it until we started popping circuits. Runs much better now!
- Look for used equipment from a good brand name if you don't want to spend a lot of $$.
- There is a certain amount of maintenance with the nice ones. With about 1200-1500 miles on our treadmill, we have to replace the deck & the belt (wore a groove down the middle of the deck). $350 for that one... ouch! But it's still better than running outside in deep snow!
02-26-2003, 12:08 PM
I don't know where you are located, but I bought one online from http://www.treadmillbynet.com/ they are located in NJ. I got the Smooth brand and it has held up very well. I actually ordered one unit, and the delivery guys brought the next better unit that was several hundred dollars more expensive. They said they weren't driving back to NJ (I'm in central PA) to get the right one, so it was my lucky day. I ended up spending about $1300, that model would have been about $2000.
They've got a really great warranty on them as well. My wife (ex now) uses it daily for about 35 minutes and has had no problems at all with it for about 3 years.
Thanks. Those are some great tips.
02-27-2003, 04:55 PM
If you're still accepting input, I've had a Pacesetter ProSelect for two years now and love it. I'm on the bigger size (220lbs) and use it for winter running. Never had a problem. It's sturdy, smooth, incline is steady and a great treadmill. Mine also has the built-in heart monitor which is nice for my periodic fat-burning workouts where I have to keep my heart rate down. It's a nice change of pace. They're a little on the pricey side $2,100+ but worth it.
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