One of the first things I purchased when going down the idea of home gym equipment was a treadmill, personally speaking I hate cardio, it is something that I do at the end of my workout at the gym and cant wait to finish to get back to the car however I view it as a very necessary evil, I am not going to go into the benefits of keeping a healthy cardiovascular system are, merely to review the item to which I bought to do the job from the comfort of my home.
I purchased this item second hand for £50 which I felt was extremely reasonable as I am now reading that this item will set someone back around £350 now that we are in the age of ridiculous prices for home gym equipment.
This treadmill is very lightweight and slim meaning it will not take up much room at all in your designated area, and can be folded up as shown below.
It claims to have a 600W motor, 12 Auto Programs as well as manual control, on board computer with LED display showing Time, Speed, Distance, Calories and Heart Rate.
For safety you also have an emergency stop magnetic tag that will stop the belt immediately if pulled out when attached to your clothing (this is not something you want to loose!)
The weight limit is 17 stone / 110KG which makes this a good choice for larger users.
Other features are a dual drinks holder however anything wider than a narrow bottle or plastic cup will not fit.
The dimensions when open are a very small 1260mm x 600mm x 1200mm
The head of this item feels pretty cheap and hollow, with very thin plastic, the tablet holder feels flimsy and would not support the weight of a tablet with a heavy case.
Speed wise you can choose from 0 – 10kph in 0.1 increments, with an option to have the treadmill running flat or a fixed incline of around 15%.
For myself I use this for fast walking at around 6kph on incline which suits me perfectly for a post workout cooldown for 20 minutes.
I do feel that the treadmill slows slightly with my steps and is fairly loud to use, this is a consideration if you are planning to use this in a flat at unsocial hours.
I have applied silicone lubrication to the belt a number of times and this “slowing” seems to be now under control, but occasional maintenance is something you will have to do with this machine to keep it running for years.
As well as this you may also have to align the belt tension with an Allen key at the rear base of the treadmill to get the alignment centred and the tension correct otherwise you will find very quick wearing of the sides of the suspension system.
All in all this is not a treadmill for an avid runner, and I certainly do not think it justifies the price of £350 for the build quality but will get the job done for someone like myself, I would advise unless you already have one to get a bike and buy a stationary indoor training stand for bad weather.