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Posted: 11/3/2002 5:14:07 AM EDT
Ok, so as a first step... I am looking for a treadmill to increase my activity. What features should I look for? What should I avoid? Where should I shop? "Dicks" ok? Thanks in advance! Scott
Link Posted: 11/3/2002 10:44:01 PM EDT
Hello! Every spring or so, Consumer Reports does an analysis of health equipment. I would recommend going to your local library to check out the following issues as they will have details on popular models and a "primer" on what to look for. Feb. 1999 recommended treadmills: Image 10.6Q Health Rider Soft Strider EX Life Fitness TR-4000 Feb 2000 recommended treadmills: Health Rider S400 Reebok ACD4 (folds for storage) Tunturi 5660 Mar. 2002 recommended treadmills: Life Fitness T3 or T3i Reebok ACD4 (folds for storage) Precor M9.33 or M9.35 Star Trac TR901 Image 10.6QL Once again, go to the library to check out the full details for each model. They also have a section on whether to buy used and how. I would recommend browsing "Play it Again Sports" (used sports shop) until you find a model that suits you. However, I would also recommend that you begin by walking around the block before buying a treadmill. Treadmills have the highest usage rate among purchasers after a year (~55%) but that is 45% who don't use what is a very expensive machine. Also, remember that you need to add 4% to the grade to compensate that you are stationary (and not moving forward). 4% equals a flat road and less than 4% is the same a walking/running downhill. Finally, I would check the weight rating on these if you plan to practice carrying a pack or ruck on the machine. Some have weight limits of 250 lbs or less. HTH, James
Link Posted: 11/4/2002 2:43:01 AM EDT
Originally Posted By James4: Hello! Every spring or so, Consumer Reports does an analysis of health equipment. I would recommend going to your local library to check out the following issues as they will have details on popular models and a "primer" on what to look for.
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Thanks for the advice! and especially:
Finally, I would check the weight rating on these if you plan to practice carrying a pack or ruck on the machine. Some have weight limits of 250 lbs or less.
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I didn't even think of that, but it's a great suggestion! Thanks again, Scott
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