I’ve been training for a half marathon for the past two months. I spend a lot of time in running on the treadmill in the workout room at the office. I can’t help but think how nice it would be if I could just wake up, hop on the treadmill, and have my workout done within an hour of waking up. Unfortunately as of now I do not have my own treadmill, but you can bet it’s something I want in my house one day.
Today I have three treadmills that you might consider adding to your home gym.
First, at just under $1,000, is the LifeSpan TR 1200i folding treadmill. This treadmill has all the basics you’d expect such as an LCD screen and various programs and options to help you customize your run. One of the nice features is the ability to save your exercise data to a USB drive and in turn upload it to your online LifeSpan Fitness Club account. You can adjust the incline and speed right on the handlebars. There are 15 different incline levels. One drawback is that the maximum weight supported is 300 pounds.
Next, at just under $1,500, is the Smooth Fitness 7.35 folding treadmill. As you might expect, some of the specs are slightly better than the LifeSpan TR 1200i: 3.5-horsepower compared to 2.5; supports up to 350 pounds compared to 300; and a 20×62 inch surface compared to 20×56 inch. Also includes a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, 7-year warranty on parts and electronics, and a 2-year service warranty.
Finally, I would like to welcome you to the high end of the market with the Precor 9.33 Premium Series treadmill. At just under $4,500, this machine offers some of the most advanced technology in the field. The belt speed adjusts to foot speed and has a top of the line suspension system that helps minimize the impact on your joints. The Precor 9.33 has 16 different programs you can take advantage of, plus a wireless heart rate monitor. The running surface is 22×56, which is 2 inches wider than the previous two treadmills but the same length as the first.