Top Treadmill Trends This Year

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Treadmills 2014 – What’s Hot?


buying a treadmill onlineTreadmills are always changing – always improving, always getting better.

It’s one of the things I love about reviewing this industry, there are so many smart innovations coming out that are focused on giving you a more enjoyable workout.

While trends come and go, I’ve decided to talk about 3 trends for 2014 treadmills that I don’t think are going away.

In fact, I predict these trends will grow stronger than ever since they are features that give you, the buyer, more effective and entertaining workouts:


Top Treadmill Trend #1 Incline Training


nordictrack x11i review inclineWhether it’s the Bowflex Treadclimber or the Nordictrack incline trainers like the X9i, high incline treadmill training has absolutely blown regular treadmills out of the water.

Why? Two reasons:

First, because you can burn up to 5 times the calories on an incline trainer as you can walking on a flat-incline treadmill.

By using the largest leg muscles in the body (and more of them), you absolutely incinerate calories on these machines.

bowflex treadclimber tc5 treadclimberPlus the new incline trainers like the X9 can also do double duty as a regular (low or flat incline) treadmill. So why wouldn’t you choose it over a standard treadmill?

The second reason is because these machines tend to be lower impact than pounding down on a flat-incline treadmill. So if you have bad knees or are prone to shin splints, these machines are a better, more comfortable option to stay in shape.

For more information check out these links:

Nordictrack X9 Incline Trainer Vs Bowflex Treadclimber Video

Incline Trainer Articles and Reviews



lifespan tr1200 treadmill deskTreadmill Trend #2 Desk Treadmills


Treadmills with desks started out as a novelty but they are quickly catching on. You can get a desk to fit over your treadmill if you already have a treadmill  (just make sure it WILL fit).

Or you can get a treadmill with a specially built desk/console combo like the Proform Thinline Desk treadmill. The advantage to desk treadmills is that you can work and walk (or just walk).

desk-treadmilll-workspaceIf you sit in front of a computer for hours (like I do), you’ll know just how much of a toll this takes on your waistline – and a treadmill desk can help avoid these unwanted pounds.

Another reason people like desk treadmills is that they can get more done with their time.

So instead of working out and THEN spending an hour answering emails – you can do both at the same time. And then you have extra time free to spend with loved ones or just to relax.

To Read more see:

Proform Desk Treadmill



Treadmill Trend #3 Wifi or Built-In Web Browser


best ifit live treadmillTreadmills with built-in web browsers started making their way into the residential market last year. Nordictrack so far has some of the largest and best browsers like the one on the Commercial 2950 which is a full 10 inches across.

You can also find web browsers on some of the newer Proform models like the Performance 1495. With these browsers you can surf the net, read the latest business news, watch Youtube videos and more.

Plus these browsers integrate with iFit LIVE so help you map out new trails to run using Googlemaps.


ifit live


And then you see actual landmarks pass you by in the console screen. Very cool – and this alone can make your workouts a lot more entertaining (one youtube video leads to the next, to the next, to the next…)

Best treadmills with  Web Browsers:

Nordictrack Commercial 1750

Proform 1495

Nordictrack X9i Incline Trainer


So those are the top 3 trends in treadmills that aren’t going away anytime soon. They help to give people better workouts – whether that means a more effective workout or a more entertaining one. I think these kinds of treadmills give you the best bang for your buck in the treadmill world for 2014.