The reason that treadmills are so popular and have always been the number one selling fitness machine is because of two reasons:
- They work!
- It is a natural motion that most of us have done since we were 1 year old.
WHO: Decide who will be using it. This is important because a single user that weighs 110 lbs. will need a much different treadmill than a family of 4 that has 2 people over 200 lbs. For each person, over 2 people, that is using the treadmill on a regular basis, which is 3 times per week, we recommend stepping up 1 level in quality (we will talk about quality levels in a sec).
WHERE: If you have a tiny space to place it in, you won’t be able to buy a large commercial unit, even if you can afford it. You want to make sure you see the treadmill every day. Remember, out of sight, out of mind. Space may necessitate a treadmill that can fold up or you may need to limit the weight of a unit if it will rest upstairs in an older home. Think through all of these factors before you purchase.
HOW: How it will be used is the most important consideration. An older 95 lb. lady that wants to use it 10 minutes a day, 3 days per week is going to need a much different treadmill than a competitive athlete. Normal use would be considered using it up to 30 minutes per day, every day of the week. Past this, you should step up 1 level in quality for every 30 minutes per day extra that it will be used.
The weight of the users makes a difference in how the treadmill runs. Many treadmills have trouble when user weight goes much over 200 lbs. For every 50 lbs. of weight over 200 lbs. of the heaviest user, go up one level in quality. For instance, if the heaviest user is 350 lbs., select a treadmill that is three levels above the bare minimum, or in this case it would be in the $1,500 to $2,000 price range.
We consider normal use 30 minutes per day each for 2 people. For each extra 30 minutes of use per day, go up 1 level in quality. So if the heaviest user is less than 200 lbs. but the total use per day will be 2 hours, the minimum quality treadmill you need is up 2 levels in the $1,000 to $1,500 range.
Number of Users:
The number of users is the third critical area to consider. 2 people are considered normal. For each additional person using the treadmill, go up 1 level in quality. So if the heaviest user is less than 200 lbs. and the amount of use is less than 1 hour per day but you have 3 people using the treadmill, you will need a treadmill at least 1 step up in the $500 to $1,000 range.
There are many variables to consider but these are the main variables you must consider when purchasing a treadmill. You may also want to check out our natural enhancers for what is the best muscle building supplement to use while working out on a treadmill.