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The Most Popular Workout Machine in The U.S.

The Most Popular Workout Machine in The U.S.

Treadmills remain the most popular exercise machine available today.Treadmills allow users to train for a wide range of sports or activities. A high-quality treadmill can provide a safe and fun way for the whole family to start and stay on the path to a healthy lifestyle. It's very important to choose a treadmill that can lead you toward your specific fitness goals. So buy accordingly.

Introduction to Treadmills

  • They are easy to use
  • The movement (walking or running) is natural
  • They offer low-impact workouts
  • They can be adjusted to fit whatever workout level you desire
  • Using a treadmill is just like taking a walk or a run
  • Depending on the model, you either propel the belt under your own power or the machine sets the pace (determined by you) and you keep up

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Types of Treadmills

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Manual Treadmil

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Folding Treadmill

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Motorized Treadmill

When choosing a motorized treadmill, a buyer should consider the power of the motor, the size of the running surface, and the nature of the incline.

Continuous Duty Motor
"Continuous duty" means that the treadmill can be used at a particular speed for a sustained period of time. The stronger the motor the better, although the buyer will have to consider cost as well. If it will only be used for walking, the buyer can get a less powerful motor.

Incline motorized treadmills are another option. These are designed to have an incline of as much as 20 to 40 degrees and tend to be more expensive than typical motorized treadmills.

Treadmill Features

The effort to make exercise interesting and as pain-free as possible has led to an array of features. Decide which treadmill features you'll use, and don't pay for options you don't care about.

Folding deck
Some treadmills have a hinged deck that you can raise and lock in place vertically for storage. A nonfolding treadmill takes up as much floor space as a small couch; a folded model, about half that when folded. Nonfolding treadmills tend to feel more stable. But where space is tight, every square foot counts.

Electronic programming
This useful feature, found on most of the treadmills we tested, automatically varies the intensity of the workout, the way running up and down hills does outdoors. You can also make adjustments manually. Exercise programs can be an antidote to boredom and may encourage you to stick with your exercise routine.

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Heart-rate monitor
You'll generally find a chest-strap heart-rate monitor on treadmills that cost $1,500 and up. Less expensive treadmills may have a handgrip monitor. A heart-rate monitor helps you to monitor the intensity of your exercise and avoid dangerous overexertion. A chest-strap monitor is the most convenient.

Handles or handrails
Most treadmills have handrails in front and on the sides. Padding is a plus. While they're useful for those who need added security, they shouldn't get in the way of your arms while you exercise.

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Tethered safety key
On most models, you need to insert a key on the console to start the treadmill. The key comes on a long cord, with a clip at the other end that attaches to your clothing. The cord will pull the key out and stop the treadmill if you slip and fall. It also keeps unsupervised children from starting the machine.


Look for well-labeled, intuitive controls: up/down buttons, quick one-touch speed and incline buttons, and large, easy-to-read displays that show multiple functions (time, speed, heart rate, incline) at once. Poorly designed controls and displays are a constant annoyance.

Foot rails
Look for wide and flat foot rails alongside the moving belt. Ample foot rails make getting on and off the treadmill easier


There are obviously a number of options to consider when buying a treadmill. The buyer will have to consider the space available, as well as his or her budget. They will need to to select the type of treadmill that will help them meet their fitness goals. For example, if they are training for a marathon, they should go for a inclined motorized treadmill. Buyers will find that there is a wide range of treadmills to be found on eBay, along with variety of home gym-related accessories.


Written by Nicolas Yang

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