As the holiday season reaches its annual fever pitch, and the threat of numerous family dinners, leftovers and significant couch time in front of a fire or screen (or both!), now is as good a time as any to start planning for your yearly resolution. And what better way than to explore the world’s favorite ways to burn calories—the treadmill.
The treadmill has had an interesting history. Before it became the staple exercise equipment at fitness facilities around the world, the treadmill (or treadwheel in this instance) dates back to the Roman Empire where it was used as a means of lifting heavier objects with fewer people.
In its recent form, you have William Staub and Dr. Kenneth Cooper to thank (or curse). It was their research and design that first put treadmills in consumers’ homes in the 1960s
And for those of you that find it to be punishment, it’s probably for good reason. At one stage in its development the treadmill was used as a punitive device for hard labor in Victorian prisons. It was used to provide services like grinding corn and pumping water. Or just to, well, punish inmates.
At enerG wellness, we feel that prior planning and preparation is a good way to ensure that when January 1 rolls around you can hit the ground running—literally! With the wealth and breadth of options available, here is a look at some highly rated commercial treadmills available and how they stack up against one another so you know what to look for or at least what’s out there.
As a leading provider of Precor fitness equipment in the mid-Atlantic, we would be remiss in not mentioning the TRM 885. Described as the “industry standard for health clubs nationwide” this machine’s features that include the 3° decline option and maximum speed of 16 mph to compliment the Integrated Footplant Technology (IFT) and Ground Effects Impact Control (GFX) for that enhanced smooth and natural feel when running or walking. The 15” capacitive touch screen P80 console has state-of-the-art functionality and other device compatibility to enhance the user experience.
If your inclination is toward the incline, then the FreeMotion – S i11.9 Incline Treadmill is what you are looking for. This machine boasts an impressive 3% decline to 30% incline shift. It doesn’t have the program range and the integrated touch screen (10”) is a little smaller, but it has a wider deck that is double-layered and sided.
The European-inspired styling of the BH – LK790 boasts a longer and wider running deck (63”x22”) and an Ortho cushion running belt with Active Flex suspension to give you some of the same class-leading features that will help make your walk or run that much more enjoyable when it starts to get too hot or cold to enjoy the Great Outdoors.
At enerG wellness, we continually strive to be the preeminent partner for fitness, wellness and technology solutions. That’s why we offer a product comparison feature on our site. It gives you the capability to stack models up side by side to better equip you with knowledge of what is available and well as what suits your needs. We wish you all the best with your holiday season and your desire to stay healthy.