How to choose a treadmill?

Running outdoors in the summer is both fun and rewarding, but not always possible. For a great shape, you might also want to consider a treadmill at home. It will come in handy when the wind is blowing wild or snow. Running
tracks at home are no rarity. It takes very little space to place such a device in the basement or even in the bedroom.

In this article, we'll give you some tips on choosing the treadmill that works best for you.

Treadmill classes

There are three classes of treadmills - domestic, semi-professional and professional. These classes often match prices as well. Household tracks cost 200-400 euros, semi-professional ones cost 400-1000 euros, and professional ones start at 1000 euros.

Because the treadmill is needed for the home, we will focus on domestic and semi-professional tracks. Professionals usually stand at sports clubs. They are designed for very intensive use. Household rails are designed for one person, so their use is quite rare - 1-2 times a day. The semi-professional is suitable for the whole family when different family members use the track 2-10 times a day.

It's easy to count how many hours such tracks will run. On average, a workout lasts 30-45 minutes, so semi-professional tracks can handle 1 to 6 hours a day.

Folding and moving at home

Pay attention to the folding function when choosing a treadmill for the home. Usually domestic or semi-professional tracks fold into a fairly compact shape, some even fit under the bed or in a large wardrobe. The professionals do not bend, so they need at least 2 square meters of floor space. These are recommended for those who create a mini-gym in the basement or other home area and with other fitness equipment.

Another important moment is the possibilities of movement. The heavier the treadmill, the more stable it is, and the more stable it is on the floor. The ultra-fast running mode can also be tested on a more stable track. If the treadmill is transported, it requires special wheels. It is really inconvenient to carry a device weighing 50 kilograms or more on its own. With special wheels, this weight trainer can easily be interrupted to the site where the TV stands and the necessary exercises.

Weight of the runner

When choosing a treadmill, pay attention to the weight of the runners who will use it. The treadmill is one of the best tools for losing weight, which is why it is often used by people who are overweight. Most domestic and semi-professional tracks withstand 100 kilograms of runners. If your weight is higher, you should look for a track that can withstand much more weight. Usually add at least 10 to 20 kilograms to your weight and you will see the maximum weight the track has to withstand. If you are now weighing 100 kilograms, opt for a treadmill that can handle 120 kilograms.

There is a noticeable trend between runner weight and price. The higher the weight, the more expensive the treadmill is because it is simply bulkier. It's easy to find 150kg of trail-proof models. If you weigh more, you will probably need to use professional tracks that can hold up to 200 kg. weight runners.

Width and length of the treadmill

Running tracks have two dimensions - the width of the device and the length you use to decide whether to fit in the bedroom between the bed and wardrobe. The second dimension is the width and length of the treadmill. If you are tall, you should choose longer tracks as the standard 120 cm may not be enough. The wider the track, the more stable and massive it is. This again affects the price and the weight and stability of the device and runner. The optimum is 40 cm wide and 130-140 cm long.


World running champions would not be able to run at maximum speed on the track because it simply cannot spin at this speed (10 m / s or 36 km / h). When choosing a treadmill, consider whether you will try to run as hard as you can. If so, choose treadmills with higher speeds. Domestic and semi-professional tracks can spin at 12-18 km / h. Running faster requires greater stability and more weight on the device, making it a must for professional treadmills.

12-16 km / h is also sufficient for quiet walking, climbing or cardio, so it is not worth overpaying for high-speed tracks.

Why are speeds different in different models? All because of the power of the treadmill. The power of the treadmill is measured by hp - horsepower like car engines. A regular home track satisfies 1-1.5 hp. Semi-professional - 1.5-3hp and professional treadmills have more than 3hp motors. They are powerful enough to spin quickly and withstand heavy runner weights. 

Uphill angle

The treadmill is not just for average running. It also has an uphill function. A special hydraulic mechanism elevates the front of the treadmill at a certain angle to simulate a climb. The larger the angle, the harder it is to climb, which requires more effort. On domestic and semi-professional tracks, the slope angle is 12-15 percent. It's not the same as degrees. 12% approximates 7 degrees, 15 percent. - 9 degrees.

Professional tracks have a greater uphill angle - about 40 percent. or 22 degrees. For a simple workout routine, 15% is enough. uphill slopes.


The more sophisticated the device, the more applications are ready. In reality, several programs are needed for weight loss, cardio training, warm-up before other workouts, walking, running. Optimal number of programs - 10-12. The rest is redundant information. Running track readings are not difficult to read, so consider a multi-inch diagonal color display or a reasonably simple LED display. All screens are expensive accessories, so the treadmill price depends on this choice.

Design? The design of all the tracks is quite similar, so appearance is usually not the main criterion of choice. Accessories? Make sure you have the ability to place the phone, turn on the headset and put at least 2 drops. No more features for simple workouts. Connecting your TV to running programs and selecting running terrain images is for comfort, although this is not required for training.

Good luck with your workouts!