Treadmill Buying Guide
Published: 30 November 2015
With the winter months upon us, you may not want to venture outside to walk or run. Luckily, Flex Fitness Equipment has you covered. We offer excellent deals on high-quality treadmills ranging from Tunturi to Bremshey to Lifegear models. So which one is the right fit for you? Below is a guide that will help you find your new treadmill and make sure your investment lasts well beyond this winter.
First, it’s important to determine the WHO, WHERE and HOW.
WHO – If you have a history of knee problems, shock absorption may be the most important feature. For an injury-free person, that may not be as important.
WHERE – Depending on the amount of space you have available, that will narrow down your selection. If you only have a small amount of space, a large treadmill would not be the right fit.
HOW – Are you going to use this treadmill a lot? A person who runs every day will not want the same treadmill as someone who walks for 20 minutes three times per week.
Now that you’ve answered those questions, it’s time to dive into treadmill features.
Shock absorption is a key feature on any treadmill. If it feels like you’re running on asphalt, do not buy it. It must be comfortable for you to run or walk and not cause or aggravate impact injuries.
The motor is very important. Test out the treadmill and see if it makes a lot of noise. Noise can be a major concern for some, especially if you live in a small house or apartment building. The cooling mechanism is also very important. Without the proper cooling mechanism, the treadmill will potentially overheat and not last very long.
For some it may come down to simplicity. Is the layout simple? Can you turn the treadmill on and off easily? How about adjusting the speed or incline? If the layout doesn’t work for you, the treadmill probably isn’t the right fit.
Many treadmills have more electronic features then anyone would ever use, but what do they all mean? Some users like to go the same distance at the same speed at the exact same incline every time they step on the machine. Others like to push harder. Features such as interval training, fitness test or heart rate training are common. Some treadmills offer a custom training feature where you can train and track your workouts. If several people will be using the treadmill, creating user profiles is a great tool. If you like to push your limits, track your workouts and have a variety on the treadmill, features like these may be something you would want included.
Safety is very important on a treadmill no matter what age or condition you are in. Does it have handrails that you can grab on too? Is the emergency feature on the treadmill easily accessible so in case of an injury, the treadmill can be stopped without much trouble?
So now that you know what types of features are available in treadmill models, you probably have a better idea of what product you would like to purchase. So what’s left? The last two things to mark off your checklist are the brand and warranty.
Getting a well-known brand with good reviews is very important when purchasing a treadmill. Flex Fitness Equipment offers three excellent brands of treadmills including Tunturi, Lifegear and Bremshey. All of those companies produce high-quality products and have the reputation to back it up.
You aren’t buying a treadmill for just one year of use. You want to get a good return on your investment. Most quality treadmills provide at least a 10-year warranty on the frame as well as at least a year on the motor, electronics and deck and belt. Don’t get too carried away with the warranty, but it is a nice feature to have solid coverage in case you have a problem with your new equipment.
Are you ready to buy a treadmill? It’s a lot to process. Every person has different needs. Figure out what your needs are, test out the product before purchasing and start getting healthy on your brand new treadmill. Flex Fitness Equipment offers a great selection of treadmills at an affordable price! Happy treadmilling!