04 August 2008

Tips on How to Choose a Treadmill: Part-One

I know what you’re thinking, “What can be so hard about choosing a treadmill. Just find the cheapest one you like and then buy it.” Unfortunately, this is exactly what my sister-in-law did and I must say, they regret it. Before you venture out into the shark-infested waters of eager sales people and second-rate equipment, you need to ask yourself: how serious are you about actually using the treadmill?

Strange question to ask, isn’t it? Well, the reason I have you ask yourself that question, is even though you may be gun-ho about working-out on your treadmill in about six weeks, after the novelty has worn off, you may find yourself with a very expensive clothes hanger. If you have it in mind that you just want to have one for the occasional workout, then you may be better off with a less expensive alternative. However, if you are serious about your commitment, then be prepared to shell out between $700 and $3,000, for a quality machine.

I realize that this sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but you have to remind yourself that you will be buying a machine that will last for many years. The less expensive machines are good for the occasional user, but for something that will be used on a regular basis, you need to invest the money for a top-quality treadmill. Now, I’ve wasted enough of your valuable time, so let’s get to the root of the matter: how do you choose a quality treadmill?

Next Time: Warranties and Motors.

See also:

How to Choose a Treadmill: Part-2

How to Choose a Treadmill: Part-3


  1. Hi!
    I found you via EntreCard.
    It can be difficult to find a quality machine of any kind when the asking price is so high.
    We are programmed to assume that the price will go down next week, month, etc.
    So, with that mind-set, if you want to buy something to help you get moving you should just get going and buy what is good at that moment. If you keep researching, you won't start exercising!
    I have no idea of why I went on and on like that.
    What is it about you that makes people want to open up?

  2. ann: Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I know what you mean, some of us will research things to death and then not act on it. But, if you are going to spend a great deal of money, I like to know that I'm getting the best for my bucks. However, when the homework is done, it's time to act. Because we all know that the item won't go on sale until the day after you buy it:)
    Thanks again.

  3. Don't forget it takes more of a beating if you plan on running on it, versus walking. And if you calculate the amount of money you'd spend a gym, it does pay for itself in a couple years!

  4. Thanks for that info. That's a very good point. It puts more of a strain on the motor and the frame. I'm curious, I don't belong to a gym, but about how much does it usually cost per year? Thanks for stopping by and commenting:)


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