3 Questions When Shopping For A Treadmill

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3 Questions To Help You Find Your Best Treadmill

 

 

Buying A Treadmill TipsLooking for the best home treadmill? There are so many different treadmills on the market, it can feel intimidating for new buyers.

And even so called ‘experts’ are handing out “Best Buys” awards like candy to every brand that comes along. So that doesn’t help you.

Want to know a shocking fact? While there are definitely treadmills that give you high value for the money, there is no one “Best Home Treadmill” for everyone.

The best treadmill for you will be different than the best home treadmill for me.

Why?

Because we each have different fitness goals, exercise needs and circumstances.

So while there are high quality treadmills, magazine rated ‘best buys’ and excellent deals, the first thing you need to ask yourself is what YOU need in a treadmill. Then you’ll be set to find a quality machine that fits your needs.

What kinds of things do you need to know? In my experience talking with buyers over the years there are a few key points you need to know when buying a treadmill:

 

#1 How Much Are You Planning To Use Your Treadmill?

 

best home treadmill buyersAre you planning on running every day? Will several different family members be using it?

Or is the treadmill for an elderly parent who will only walk on it a few times a week for about 20 minutes each session?

A treadmill that will be getting heavy use (from many people or for runners or for long periods of time) needs to be stronger, better built and more stable than one that you’ll only use lightly (for walking, one person, a few times per week for short sessions).

For heavy use, you’ll probably have to spend a bit more on a machine that was built to hold up under that kind of use (so a mid-priced to commercial grade unit would be what you’re looking at). For lighter use you could probably save a bit and go with a starter machine.

This can actually save you money in the long run.

I’ve seen so many people buy the ‘cheap’ treadmill, only to run it into the ground with heavy use and have to buy a new one 2 years later. If they’d spent a bit more and got a more solid unit, they could have had a treadmill that would be running strong for 10 years or more.

For example, I have a friend who bought a commercial grade machine for her and her husband (both runners). They spent around $2200.

Expensive? Yes. However 7 years later their treadmill still runs perfectly and they’ve never had a single complaint or repair issue. She estimates it will probably run another 5 – 7 years before they have to get a new one.

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Nordictrack 1750 treadmill

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#2 Which Features Matter Most To You?

 

Buyers fall on a spectrum between 2 extremes. You have the buyers that just want the best treadmill construction on the market. They want a treadmill that’s a treadmill – no fancy gadgets, not the latest electronics.

But they do want a machine was built strong and will last for years to come. These are like the Honda Accord treadmill buyers.

The other extreme are the buyers who want the latest in technology and toys. They get bored easily and want the entertainment options like a built-in web browser, iPod dock, console speakers, and even Internet connections on their treadmills.

These are kind of like the Porsche treadmill buyers. They want the flash and sizzle.

 

home treadmill console

 

I’m not saying you can’t have both. There are a few treadmills that are well built AND give you great goodies. However many treadmills fall somewhere along a continuum – some tend to give stronger construction without as many toys and others tend to give lots of toys with average construction.

The question for you is – what’s most important to you? Once you know what’s most important to you, then you can make your decision accordingly.

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#3 What is Your Exercise ‘Style’?

 

It’s important to know yourself before you choose the best treadmill to buy. For example, do you want to just ‘zone out’ while you walk on the treadmill? Maybe having a built-in TV or iPod dock is what you need.

Do you like to challenge yourself and really push your body to its limits? Then perhaps a high incline treadmill or specific workout programs are a must.

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Factory Direct Fitness Equipment

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Maybe you’re a multitasker – so you wouldn’t mind a built-in Internet browser on your machine. That way you can read your email and catch up on the latest business news while walking.

Once you know what kind of exerciser you are, you can choose your treadmill to accommodate your preferences. So you’ll really enjoy your workout times and get the most out of them.

So those are 3 questions to ask yourself in order to find your best home treadmill. By knowing these 3 things, you’ll be able to find a home treadmill that suits your lifestyle, budget and preference.

Don’t have time to research over 100 different treadmills? Skip the time-consuming research and visit our posts on the Best Treadmills for 2014

 

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