06 August 2008

Tips on How to Choose a Treadmill: Part-Three

Picture of a cat crossing an old bridge with a fish in its mouth

Belt Size

I was just talking to someone who had just purchased a treadmill and they were complaining that they have to watch how they walk, because the tread was to short and they had to alter their stride. After all, the last thing you need to do during your workout is to have to alter your stride. You will need to make sure that the treadmill you choose has a tread that is at least a 50-inch in length and 18 inches in width. If you are tall or have a large stride, try to find a machine that has a 55-60 inch length and 20-22 inch width. The belt itself should consist of a two-ply construction of polyurethane as the top layer and a nylon-polyester weave as the under-layer.


  • Length: Min: 50 inches Preferred: 55-60 inches

  • Width: Min: 18 inches Preferred: 20 inches


”A steel frame you will feel a more spring-like feel when your foot strikes the deck, and generally the steel frame lends itself to a tighter, quieter unit. Aluminum frames are strong and last just as long as steel, but those aluminum units have a deadpan feel which is really bad for runners (why?). Understand that companies that use aluminum rivet the frames, and that is just not as good as a unibody steel-welded frame.” 2

These are just a few of the main items that you should look for when purchasing a treadmill. For a more detailed analysis on some other components, please visit one of the sites below. I hope that this has given you an idea of what to look for when comparing machines. Good luck in your purchase and happy “treadmilling.”

For your Consideration...

See also:

Tips for Choosing a Treadmill: Part-1

Tips for Choosing a Treadmill: Part-2



  1. I don't know anything about treadmills but I know a great cat photo when I see it! Love the old dock.

  2. I have seen people that buy them too big and people that buy them too small. My biggest thing is buy the one that fits you. Having a little extra room is good but have a back yard strapped to it is just too much.

  3. DJ: thanks, that is one cool cat:)

  4. Andromeda: Thank you very much, I'll be sure and put my button back up:)

  5. Danny Thornton:Good observation, I didn't even think about that aspect. Thanks for coming by and commenting:)

  6. I love that image! Yes, it is a very good advice what you have posted here.

    But do you like treadmill instead of other machines?

  7. This image reminds me of a treadmill that made me fall. I was on a fast run mode whn i just got dizzy one second and before i knew it, i was not able to keep up with the speed anymore. Gosh!

    It was a big and great treadmill though but still i fell down.

    What's your fave exercise gadget btw? iS it treadmill?

  8. Wanderer: I agree, I love the way that cat is walking: head up, tail held high. The machine that I use the most is my Total Gym 1700. It is a strength training machine. I got the cheap version from Amazon, but after a year, it is still going strong.

  9. WebbieStuffs: The same thing happened when I first tried my wife's Nordic Track. Even though I can cross-country ski, I just can't seem to get the hang of this machine. Anyway, the first time I tried it, I actually ended-up flying off the back and into the wall. Now, I just do the skiing part and hold onto the handle. My favorite machine is my Total Gym 1700. After a year of use, it's still going strong.

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