Treadmills, like any other piece of exercise equipment, have to be solidly built and able to be adjusted to meet your requirements for the optimal workout. In this post, we have a look at some different treadmills for the runner and also we try to give a bit of advice on what to look for when buying a treadmill specifically for running for the home.
Things To Consider When Buying A Treadmill For Running
As with all exercise, in running and jogging you want to be able to train at your preferred level of intensity with a low risk of injury. So, with a treadmill the surface has to provide a stable running surface , and be able to stand up to the pounding and provide a fair amount of cushioning for shock absorption sp as to be easier on your body.
It also requires a well made motor that is reliable and powerful enough to give you intensity of training you want and an adjustable incline to provide the exertion and intensity of uphill running. It also needs a long enough running surface for your to be able to stretch out - a minimum of 55 inches is needed for the runner of average height.
Other things you might want is a machine that tracks your progress (how many miles run, how intense etc), simulated running trails and in-built entertainment such as music, TV or internet etc to make the runs more enjoyable.
3 Popular Options When Looking For A Treadmill For Running:
The LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill is an effective treadmill for the runner. It features a 20 by 56 inch running surface with little shake when run on and seems to ok for runners up to 6′ 2″. It is solidly powered by a 2.5 horsepower motor and has a lifetime warranty on both frame and motor I have read. It has the added advantage of being able to be folded away when not in use. It currently can be bought online for less than $1000.
The Precor 9.33 Premium Series Treadmill is really a professional quality treadmill. The warranty is a lifetime on the frame, 1 year on labor and 10 years on parts. The 3.0 HP motor supplies the power for a top speed of 15mph and for loads of use. It comes with 16 preset programs for a variety of running options. The stable running surface is 20 by 56 inches so you can stretch out and has a cushioning to reduce strain on the joints especially the knees and muscles.
The LifeSpan Fitness TR4000i Folding Treadmill another folding treadmill which helps when space is at a premium. If there are any issues with treadmill it comes a lifetime warranty on the frame motor, 1 year on the labor and the parts come with 5 years. The running area is 20 by 60 inches so will accommodate all but the tallest runner. The track is solid and with no bounce and is friendly on the joints.
Our Top Choice of The Three Is ……
The LifeSpan Fitness TR4000i Folding Treadmill is our top pick of these three treadmills for runners. There are a number of reasons. First off is that it can be got for a more affordable price than the Precor 9.33. Although lower priced it provides a large running area, has a strong motor to take the miles and has a safe comfortable running surface. And lastly it has been recommended by Runners World.
Our Top Pick: LifeSpan Fitness TR4000i