Belt SizeI 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...
Tips for Choosing a Treadmill: Part-1
Tips for Choosing a Treadmill: Part-2