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post #1 of 16
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My hubby and I are going to buy a treadmill, and I was wondering if anyone has any treadmill recommendations for me? Is there anything specific I should look for or avoid? Do you have a favorite treadmill company?

Thanks!
post #2 of 16
I have no advice but ive seen many on sale.. i want one..
post #3 of 16
Mine is for sale. I hate it....it was great for about 6 months, then I started to feel like I was getting nowhere. Pun DEFINITELY intended.

This one is a Sportcraft, good model. I think it ran us almost $400.00. *bangs head on desk*
post #4 of 16
I have one in my bedroom. I have decided that I prefer doing actual activities and so I bought a pair of rollerblades. I injured my knee and so I have to wait before I can actually use them yet. Christchurch is flat and has many places that are good for blading so I am looking forward to that.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Kiwideus
I have one in my bedroom. I have decided that I prefer doing actual activities and so I bought a pair of rollerblades. I injured my knee and so I have to wait before I can actually use them yet. Christchurch is flat and has many places that are good for blading so I am looking forward to that.
I LOVE rollerblading! Such a good workout and you get to be outside!
I do a lot of that in the summer.

I don't know much about tredmills, I just use whatever they have at the YMCA. I tried working out @ home but then I realized that I never really did anything and I never got a good workout cuz I was always distracted

I figure that if I go to the YMCA, its only $13.50 a month and I get a whole gym!
post #6 of 16
I LOVE my NordicTrac treadmill. I use it a lot. We used to rent a townhouse where there was a gym with various equipment. I fell in love with the treadmill there and wanted one for years. I finally saw one at work for the right price and went for it. It was about $600 for a $900 model.

My advice is... if you have never used one join a gym(or do a trial visit) and see if a treadmill is really for you.

If you like it as much as I do, buy the best one you can afford. There really is a difference in a $300 machine to a $900 machine.

Mine is in my bedroom. My kids who are teenagers even use it.

Bobbie
post #7 of 16
I once had a treadmill in the bedroom. Don't remember what kind it was.
Anyway, I walked on it every morning. My cat, Max, would sit and watch. One day, he decided he wanted to try it too. So he hopped on in front of me.
When he got tired of it, he jumped off. So from then on it was him and me on the treadmill. We have a video of the two of us walking on the treadmill.
So if you get one, don't be surprised if your kitty decides to try it out too.
post #8 of 16
Good luck, though I have to say the treadmill is boring!!
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Jillian
My hubby and I are going to buy a treadmill, and I was wondering if anyone has any treadmill recommendations for me? Is there anything specific I should look for or avoid? Do you have a favorite treadmill company?

Thanks!
My suggestion is not to buy a treadmill. A good one is very expensive. Buy two stationary bicycles. Why? There's a few reasons. You can get two nice magnetic bikes for less than the price. of a good treadmill. Bikes with magnetic resistance are so quiet that you can watch TV or listen to music without having to turn it up louder than normal. The reason for two is so you can both exercise at the same time. It's much less boring that way and you'll be more likely to stick to using them with the support of each other. Also, both bikes should be recumbant. The more comfortable seat prevents any pressure from being put on the pudendal nerve like regular bike seats do. In men, it prevents impotence and it's more comfortable for just anyone. Another benefit of using a bike is the lack of impact on your joints, especially if you're just doing this for cardiovascular health. However, if you're training for marathons, then sure, forget everything I said and get a treadmill.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
My suggestion is not to buy a treadmill. A good one is very expensive. Buy...stationary bicycles.
This is great! I was in the middle of deciding whether to get a treadmill or a stationary bike. This thread decided it. Thank you Ryan and Jillian!
post #11 of 16
I don't know what treadmills are good, as long as it works thats all I ask for. I am a treadmill freak at the gym and we recently joined a new gym and the treadmills are enormous and have built in fans, which I think are a god send!!
Do you use a treadmill at the moment? Because some people hate them, I think as already mentioned it would be an idea to see if you like running first before spending all that money.
My Dad spent £2000 on a treadmill! Don't know what kind it is though.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
I presentlyl have a Y membership and use a treadmill as frequently as I get there. The problem is that with either working or working/going to school every day from 8am-9pm, there just isn't much time to get to the Y. I know that I could get up half an hour eariler and hop on my personal treadmill, but getting to the Y means much less sleep and much more work for me.

That being said, I bought a treadmill last night. It's a Proform, though I don't remember the style number. We got a really good deal on the floor model at Sears. It's being delivered on Saturday.

Thanks for all of the input!
post #13 of 16
Wow the Y is cheap in Minnesota! Its nearly $50 a month here.

We tried different treadmills at a sportshop and decided we liked neither so we are buying an elliptical trainer and a stationary bike for less than 1/2 of what a decent treadmill would have cost and if you work it out in installments over the term of a 1 year gym membership is cheaper than the Y would have been.
post #14 of 16
Several yrs ago I bought a treadmill made by True. I bought one of the lower priced ones and it still was $1600. As someone mentioned before the quality of a cheaper one vs this one was tremendous. I have not had a bit of problems.
I also burned CDs specifically for the treadmill as it has many features.
It is in the family room by a window and angled for the TV. As Ryan mentioned though the sound really has to be turned up as the treadmill is loud. Watching movies is good or if you watch TV you can change up what you are doing during the commercials (running vs walking).
Any gyms are too far away and living in the country well we barely have a spot to walk on the road and half the time I am dodging cow manure!!
post #15 of 16
My advice is get a QUIET one! We borrowed my mother-in-laws for a few months to see if we would... 1. like it, and 2. use it. Well, it was so darn noisy I couldn't stand it when my husband had it on (even in another room)

We did just buy one a couple of weeks ago, but since the last one, we have moved and have a loft over the garage, so noise isn't an issue.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21
Wow the Y is cheap in Minnesota! Its nearly $50 a month here.

We tried different treadmills at a sportshop and decided we liked neither so we are buying an elliptical trainer and a stationary bike for less than 1/2 of what a decent treadmill would have cost and if you work it out in installments over the term of a 1 year gym membership is cheaper than the Y would have been.
Its so cheap for me, because my Health Insurance through work pays $20 a month for me to go! Otherwise it would be $33.50 if you don't go 8x's a month.
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