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Old 02-03-2011, 01:40 PM   #1
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Tread Mills?

Were shopping for a new one tomorrow. It's our first.

What are the most important things that you look for when buying one? I've heard Motors. "More power the better"

I don't know anything about them.

Thank you.

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Old 02-03-2011, 01:45 PM   #2
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Most important thing is to actually use it. Unlike us, we have one seating in the garage for 5 years now. We got it, used it for few month and forgot about it.
Just go with what you can afford.
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:10 PM   #3
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Thanks Charlie,

I hear you on the " Use it" we have a complete weight lifting set sitting in our garage that's never used. I can't move it to use it myself. If I ever want my car to be parked inside ever again. And I really don't want a Bo Flex body..

The Tread Mill, I have to have. Money can be worked out. If I'm going to buy one then I'd expect to pay top dollar for a good one. They don't make it easy picking one out. It's mind boggling how many that are on the market.
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:14 PM   #4
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You "have to have" as in a medical reason? If so, maybe you can ask your doctor or physical therapist to help you sort out what you actually need in one... what to look for. I can imagine how daunting it must be with all that is out there nowadays.
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:22 PM   #5
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The most important thing for us would have been how many clothes hangers can fit on it as ours has been relegated to an extension of our closet.

Seriously though, the things I would look for are if it is big enough. The one we have is a good size, but I hit the front edge when I run on it if it is inclined. Another thing I would pay attention to is how loud it is. We have ours downstairs and like to watch TV when we use it. It is quiet enough that we do not have to crank the volume too much. I know others out there are not as quiet so pay attention to that. Also look at what kind of programs it has. Sure you can just get on it and walk/run, but the programs help make it a little less boring. Ours has a built in fan and while that seems like a small thing it really is quite a nice feature.
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:35 PM   #6
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You "have to have" as in a medical reason? If so, maybe you can ask your doctor or physical therapist to help you sort out what you actually need in one... what to look for. I can imagine how daunting it must be with all that is out there nowadays.
Yes medical. Circulation.
I have asked my Dr's about them. My Family Physician doesn't want me one one at all he says " Your skinny anyways!" Talk with my Cardiologist. I already had talked to him. He had no suggestions as to brands. Just that I should take it slow and work my way up. He didn't say what up meant? I'm not running a Marathon anytime soon.. Or stop before you knock yourself out.. LOL!!!

Some of them have preset workouts that incline at different levels and speed.. I just want an easy one.

Guess I really won't know until tomorrow..
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:44 PM   #7
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That's a bummer they couldn't recommend one.

I like GB's noise level suggestion. I've been meaning to move one that I was given so I can view the TV while I use it and hadn't even thought about how loud it might be.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:08 PM   #8
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I have a Nordic Trak recumbent bike--much better for my bad knees than a treadmill. I like it but it has some sort of computer glitch right now--it is either no tension, or so much tension I can't push the pedals. As soon as the driveway melts a little, I am going to go look for new batteries for it.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:25 PM   #9
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Tread mills are one of those things you can get GREAT deals on if you buy used.....
Check out craigslist!
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:50 PM   #10
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I have bought and sold many treadmills.

The best you can do is to get a used commercial one off craigslist.

I have bought 3-4 thousand dollar treadmills for 1-3 hundred dollars.

I would buy a Landice if you can find one.(not the 8700-just a little too old but a fine treadmill). Landice has a 400lb user rating and they are built to last.

Lifefitness would be my second choice.Stay away from all the bells and whistles those are the things that break and cost money to maintain.

Where in Cali are you? I will find one close to you that would be a good deal from CL if you want.Just let me know what area CL to look at.

Some Sole treads are good too.

By all means stay away from proform or any other dept store brand.Getting replacement parts for these is the problem.

Also stay away from the folding ones.they are conveinant but break alot more.



Here is a fitness equip forum I am on alot if you have any questions about specific treadmill or other equip.
Do some searching before posting or you might get flamed a little.They are harmless though.

http://forum.bodybuilding.com/forumdisplay.php?f=26
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