Choosing a Treadmill

By: Rahul Rungta

Finding the best treadmill for your workout can be complicated. That's why
Bodyguard fitness made this guide so you can find the best treadmill for your budget.

Often, the price is the most significant factor in choosing a treadmill. Cheap treadmills that just go to walking speeds are available for under 500$, but quality treadmills made for running cost generally more than 1000$. High-end treadmills costing more than 2000$ will get you many features unavailable in cheaper models, like an heart-rate monitor and a lifetime warranty. Although it may seem expensive, it will definitely worth the investment over-time, especially in the used market.

As for a car, the bigger the treadmill motor is, the faster it can go. Treadmills with motors under 1 HP are made for walking whereas treadmills with motor going up to 3.2 HP (like Bodyguard's T460XC) will unable you to run to 15 MPH! This is certainly a feature you will like as you will improve.

Stability of the treadmill is very important. You should look for a sturdy frame made of welded steel. Some more expensive models have X-shape braces under the belt, that will enhance the stability of the unit. It's not something you can easily see, even at the store, so ask your salesman about it. Also, the treadmill should have a shock absorption system, so you will be able to run without injury. An orthopedic belt can also greatly benefit runners with bad knees. The length and the width of the belt have become a standard, but beware of cheap models with short belt. It may results in an injury if you fell.

The quality and the quantity of the programmed workout is very important so you won't get bored. Bodyguard's T460XC have 14 programs so everyone can keep entertained. You can choose between weight loss programs, activity specific programs and intervals.

The warranty of your next treadmill is very important. Look for a treadmill that has a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, plus a good warranty on parts and labor. It is particularly important to protect your investment. Bodyguard's treadmills have the best warranty of the industry. A good treadmill doesn't ask for a lot of maintenance. You may have to lube the belt periodically. You may have to change the belt after many years of use and abuse, so it is a good thing if you can have it replaced for free under the warranty. It is important to follow the manufacturer recommendation on maintenance.

Like clothes, a treadmill is something you will benefit to try before buying. It's definitely best to buy it at your local dealer that will provide the after-sale service. It is preferable to buy in a reputable store that specializes in fitness equipment. You can't have the same level of knowledge and services in a department store, so it's worth paying a little bit more for a treadmill that you will be proud to own.

We hope that this article helped you in choosing your next treadmill!

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