Treadmills and running machines are one of the most popular pieces of gym equipment for commercial and home gyms, because they allow you to run and walk from the comfort and safety of being indoors. No matter the weather you can enjoy a long pleasurable run and have full control of your surroundings, as well as your speed & incline. We stock a wide range of cardio equipment brands, such as Endura Fitness, Flow Fitness, Tunturi and NOHrD. If you need a treadmill for a commercial fitness facility or your home gym, we have you covered.
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Treadmill Buying Guide
Investing in a treadmill is a great way to ensure that you have options to exercise at your own convenience at home. If choosing for a commercial facility or gym then treadmills are often the first piece of fitness equipment most gym owners think about. When researching treadmills, for either a home gym or commercial gym, there are several things worth considering. Here’s a few tips to ensure that the treadmill you buy is the right one for you or your customers:
What will you be using it for and who will be using it?
Are you purchasing for a commercial gym or for yourself. If it’s for a commercial gym then the treadmill is going to be used by several different people. So you may also wish to consider models that have a range of workout options such as heart rate monitors, inbuilt exercise programs, or technology that allows you to connect the treadmill to apps, streaming services or websites. You’ll also need a commercial grade product, that is built tougher to allow for a whole range of user abilities and weights, as well as more frequent use.
If you’re purchasing for your home gym then your budget may be a higher priority and getting a balance between the features you need and the cost of the product is going to be the main consideration.
Budget, finance and warranty
This is linked to your fitness objectives and the environment the treadmill is used in. Treadmill prices can vary incredibly, so be cautious of companies offering huge discounts. Generally when comparing treadmill specifications directly, you will see similar prices, this is irrespective of what the original retail price was. Entry level treadmills will sacrifice both style and quality to achieve the lower price point. At UK Fitness we have still not found a sub £500 treadmill that delivers the product quality we demand.
We therefore look for products where the price point and specification are perfectly matched to offer our customers great value along with a product that meets their expectations. Commercial treadmills can be used in home environments and will deliver an incredible experience however they are larger, heavier and more expensive. Home treadmills should not be used in a commercial environment, as they are not strong enough to deal with the level of use, or the variety of body types.
As is the case when buying any piece of home gym equipment, you get what you pay for.
A treadmill can look much smaller in a spacious gym environment than it will in your home, so be sure to measure your space before committing to a purchase.If space is an issue you may consider a folding treadmill, however it will still occupy space when vertically folded and so you need to bear this in mind. They’re a great option if you have a small workout area or if you want to maximise your space when not in use. A folding treadmill may also be easier to clean around and under.
Non-folding treadmills are a better option in terms of stability. Although they can cost more, they tend to have more powerful motors and offer better performance and quality all round. They also offer more resilience and reliability for heavier individuals.
When comparing treadmills, you should consider the horsepower of the motor, often abbreviated to HP. The HP delivered by the motor correlates to the quality of the treadmill and will have a direct impact on feel of your workout.
Walkers and joggers should aim for a minimum of 1.5 to 2.0 HP, however if you aim to use the treadmill regularly for running a treadmill with an HP of 2.0 to 3.0 may be more appropriate.
You may also need to consider a more powerful motor if you are heavier in weight. Always check the max user weight of a machine to make sure it is suitable for you.
In addition to horsepower there are other technical specifications worth considering when selecting your treadmill.
Slow walking – It may be worth considering a walking treadmill, a maximum speed of 6 km/h is ideal for moderate exercise, at an achievable pace.
Fast walking & jogging – We would recommend treadmills that can reach 10-14km/h.
Running – Ideally you will want a treadmill that can achieve up to 14 km/h+.
Choosing a treadmill with an incline can add variety to your exercise program. It can also increase the intensity of your workout whilst minimising impact on your joints. Aim to select a treadmill with an incline of 10% or higher.
For people who are 5 ft 7” or less we would recommend a minimum belt length of 48” inches for walking and 50 inches for running. If you are taller than 5 ft 7”, we would recommend a minimum belt track of 50” inches for walking and 56” inches for running. If you are over 6 ft 5” you will need a longer track to accommodate your stride: preferably 52” inches for walking and 60” inches for running.
The width of the belt will depend on your frame but aim to select a treadmill measuring at least 18” inches wide.
Maximum weight requirements:This is particularly important if you are a larger or heavier individual and it may also give you an indication of the durability of the equipment. Ideally when selecting a treadmill, you will be well within the maximum weight requirements rather near the top end, this is particularly important for runners.
Cushioning:It is fundamentally important to consider the amount of support provided when selecting a treadmill as walking, jogging and running can impact heavily on sensitive knees and joints.
Features, programs and applications
A treadmill console comes with an array of helpful tools therefore it is important to ensure it is within easy reach, clear to see and simple to use. It allows you to track time, incline, distance, calories and heart rate. Consoles on some top end treadmills come with numerous features allowing you to connect to your email, stream a box set or use your favourite apps such as YouTube and Netflix whilst you workout.
Delivery, installation and setup
Delivery costs can be significant, and you may not have factored that into your budget. If your budget allows, we would also advise paying for an installation and setup service. Moving a treadmill from outside your property to the chosen workout area may not be as easy as you think. Getting professionals to install the treadmill and check that it is working correctly may save you time and hassle in the future. Treadmills will usually be delivered only part assembled; our installation engineers will also demonstrate the basic features and programs. Our engineers will fully test and demo your new treadmill and then once registered with us you will receive the full warranty terms and backup support from our UK team.