Heavy Duty Treadmills – Finding a Treadmill that will Survive the Ages
One of the easiest ways to get into a fitness routine that you are most likely to stick to is to find an exercise that you enjoy and one that you can do in your home. Although most treadmills are good, it is important to find a Heavy Duty Treadmill that will Survive the Ages. Ideally, you want a heavy duty treadmill that will survive your exercise routine while not costing you thousands of dollars. Treadmills are an excellent choice for a home workout as the weather doesn’t impact your exercise; however, you don’t want to purchase just any treadmill. Aerobic exercise – which is what treadmills provide, is good for your heart and your waistline, and the benefits of using a treadmill to help you with weight loss. But you need to do your research so you don’t spend money on a piece of equipment that you are unlikely to ever use.
- Max user weight
- LCD display
- 440 XL Super High Torque Engine
Heavy Duty Walking Treadmill
- 400 lbs
- 41.3 x 32 x 54 inches
- 120 pounds
- 4 mph
- Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7514
- 350 lbs
- 61 x 33 x 52 (Folded:39 x 33 x 53) inches
- 132 pounds
- 0.5 - 4 mph
- Sunny Health & Fitness - SF-T7643
Heavy Duty Folding Walking Treadmill
- 350 lbs
- 60.6 x 32.3 x 52.4 (Folded: 39.5 x 32.5 x 53.5) inches
- 203 pounds
- 0.5-6 mph
How do you choose a treadmill?
The first, and probably most important thing to consider, are your objectives and goals. Are you trying to stay in shape? Getting prepared to run a marathon? Improve your health and fitness? Rehabilitation from an injury? How much are you willing to pay for a treadmill? Will you be running/jogging or walking on the treadmill? Most importantly, will you actually use the treadmill or will it become a place to hang clothes?
Other things you want to consider when purchasing a treadmill:
- Size and portability – although most treadmills are approximately the same size, 77 inches by 35 inches on average – folding treadmills will be easier to move and will allow you to have more room in your house. Yet they may also be more expensive. Do you have space, or are you willing to devote the space, to a treadmill that is not portable?
- Ergonomics – will you be running on the treadmill? If running is part of your plan then you will need a treadmill that can handle the impact and repeated stress that running will inevitably produce;
- High-Tech options – today treadmills come with ports for iPods, iPhones, USB, and even wireless Internet. Is that something that is important, or useful to you, while you work out? Treadmills with these options are likely to cost more, although depending on your goals they may indeed be what you want or need; and
- Adjustable – although most treadmills are adjustable, it is possible that you don’t need that many options. For example, if you are not a runner you will probably not need a treadmill that goes 12 miles per hour.
Here are some options for Heavy Duty Treadmills:
- Shipping Weight – 120 pounds
This treadmill has a maximum user weight of 400 pounds and it comes with a 20-inch treadmill belt, which provides both safety and security. Another important and somewhat rare safety feature of this treadmill is the safety handles which are 18″ long – more than twice the length of other treadmill handles. There are adjustable speed increments of 1/10 mph up to a maximum of four mph as well as a two-position manual incline feature. It is easily assembled out of the box and has an LCD display which features the time, distance walked, calories burned, speed and pulse monitoring. Regarding portability, the 440XL Super High Torque, Heavy Duty Treadmill has wheels for easy transportation and it folds up easily.
- 61 x 33 x 52 inches; 132.1 pounds; and
- Shipping Weight: 150 pounds.
The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7514 Heavy-Duty Walking Treadmill has a maximum user weight of 350 pounds and it comes equipped with an extra wide walking surface that is 46 inches long x 20 inches wide and a safety rail is standard on this treadmill. There are 12-built-in workout programs and a large LCD display. Another built-in convenience is the handle bar keys which allow you to control the treadmill from your fingertips. The Sunny Health Treadmill also has a Shock Absorption System, Electromagnetic tension system, and a soft drop hydraulic system which helps make transporting and folding the treadmill both easier and safer.
Heavy Duty Folding Walking Treadmill Running Machine w/ High Weight Capacity by Sunny Health & Fitness – SF-T7643
- 6 inches x 32.3 inches x 52.4 inches while in use;
- 5 inches x 32.5 inches x 53.5 inches while folded; and
- Shipping Weight – 165 pounds.
- User weight capacity of 350 pounds;
- Walking surface of 19.5 inches x 43.3 inches;
- Easy folding mechanism with soft drop to fold and unfold both safely and easily;
- Variety of speeds from 0.5 mph to 6 mph;
- Backlit LCD which displays speed, time, distance, and calories;
- Built-in wheels allowing one to easily move the treadmill; and
- Quick speed settings of one, three, and five mph.
The Heavy Duty Folding Walking Treadmill Running Machine with High Weight Capacity by Sunny Health & Fitness – ST-T7643 has a maximum user weight capacity of 350 pounds and a walking surface of 19.5 inches x 43.3 inches. There are a variety of speeds ranging from 0.5 mph to 6 mph as well as quick speed settings of 1, 3, and 5 mph. This treadmill has a backlit LCD which displays the speed, time, distance traveled, and calories burned. Also included is an easy-folding mechanism with stop-drop fold allowing you to both fold and unfold the treadmill both safely and easily. The built-in wheels allow for easily moving of the treadmill which is a helpful option to have on such a heavy duty treadmill.
Which heavy duty treadmill would I choose?
I would choose the first treadmill, the 440 XL Super High Torque Engine, Heavy Duty Walking Treadmill with Wide Belt. It is the cheaper of the three choices which is an important factor for me as I am likely to be one who uses the treadmill as a clothes hanger. It also has extra-long handles for safety and does the basic measuring that is necessary – target heart rate, heart rate, distance walked, calories burned, speed, and pulse monitoring. The longer handles are good for people like me who are, let’s be politically correct, gravitationally-challenged (or a clutz.) Although it is a manual incline heavy duty treadmill with only two incline positions, I am neither a jogger nor one who inclines so those are not important options for me. It doesn’t come with an iPod or USB port which is fine with me as I spend enough time on the phone anyway. And don’t you remember the good days when people put their treadmills in front of the TV as they were intended to be?
In some cases, or for some people, a treadmill may not be the best option for your goals. If you are trying to build muscle and not looking for aerobic activity then you might look into exercise machines that offer weights as well. Similarly, you may not be willing to spend this amount of money on a treadmill – in which case, if you want a treadmill for under $500 here are 3 great options. If you need motivation or a friend to make you workout then a treadmill at home may not be the best choice for you, but if you are self-motivated then it can be one of the cheaper and best options for aerobic exercise.