3 Great Treadmill Options For Runners in 2016
Looking for the best treadmill for running? Runners need a lot more from their treadmills than walkers do.
I can’t tell you how many people I’ve heard from that bought cheap treadmills and then tried to run on them – not a good situation.
They end up damaging their joints – and they wear out the treadmill faster too. So after a year or two, they’re either in too much pain to use their treadmill – or the treadmill itself is on it’s way to the fitness equipment graveyard and they’re looking to buy a new one.
If you’re looking for the best treadmill for running you want a higher grade of machine, good cushioning and a higher level of construction (strong motor, larger rollers, etc.)
You also want a longer belt (so you can stretch out without feeling like you’re going to fall off the edge of the machine) and lots of entertainment options (especially if you tend to get bored easily).
With this in mind I’ve listed 3 treadmills below that are excellent for runners. Click on the links provided to learn more about each one.
The Proform 9000 is the luxury model in the Pro series – treadmills built to be tougher than Proform’s starter models. The Pro 9000 gives you a monster 4.25 HP motor, which easily powers the longer 60 inch belt with ease.
The treadmill also comes with larger 2.5 inch, balanced, precision-machined rollers which help to reduce the stress on the deck – and ultimately helps to prolong the life of your treadmill.
And if you want a workout challenge, you also get up to 15% incline and even 3% decline. Plus you also get the largest full-color console that Proform makes, with the touch-screen web browser. So you can go online, surf the net, read emails and more as you workout.
The Pro 9000 is also iFit LIVE compatible. So you can download countless new workouts and track your running stats over time, which can be very motivating. And of course you can run famous world trails and watch landmarks pass you by.
Proform also added a tablet holder above the console for even more entertainment options. So you can watch your favorite Netflix shows or movies as you run.
The 1750 doesn’t give you as much as the Pro 9000 in terms of motor power but it does come in $500 less under $1500. It’s actually a great treadmill for runners on a budget.
You do get a super-strong 3.8 HP motor and 15% incline with 3% decline as well.
Plus it has adjustable cushioning – which means you can choose the type of surface you want to run on.
And the 1750 also comes with a full-color console and touch-screen web browser. It’s not as large as the one on the Pro 9000 treadmill. But it’s still great for going online as you walk or run.
Of course the 1750 also works with iFit LIVE. So you get all of the endless trails and new workouts that iFit offers.
Overall if you want one of the best runners treadmill under $1500, the 1750 is it.
If you like the Precor name – and many people do – you may be interested in the 211 treadmill. This is a more affordable treadmill than their commercial models (although still pretty high around $2200 and up).
It doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as their commercial treadmills – and the lack of sidebar arms does put a lot of people off. However it does give you a few features that runners will like.
For example there’s the Energy Stride Cushioning which gives you great protection on your knees, hips and back. This uses a similar mounting system as the commercial treadmills to reduce stress on your joints.
There’s also a bright backlit, dual color console with a Quickstart feature and 6 preset workout programs.
And it also folds up – unlike Precors higher end models – to save you space.
While it falls down in terms of entertainment options that you get with the other two treadmills above (and again, no sidebar arms), if you’re looking for a solid runners treadmill and you like the Precor name, the Precor 211 treadmill might be worth checking out.
So those are three popular options when it comes to the best treadmill for running. It really depends on your budget and what kind of exercisers you are (for example, do you get bored easily? Do you want to stay connected as you workout? etc.)
But no matter what you decide to do, just remember that if you plan on running on your treadmill at home, you need a solid, stable machine with good cushioning and a sizeable belt.
You also need a strong motor to power the sizeable belt (if you have a large belt and not enough motor, you can quickly wear out your motor). So keep these things in mind when shopping and you’ll do great. Good luck!