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    • Greatorex1987
    • By Greatorex1987 6th Sep 17, 10:00 AM
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    Any Treadmill advice?
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    • 6th Sep 17, 10:00 AM
    Any Treadmill advice? 6th Sep 17 at 10:00 AM
    Hello all,

    I have wanted a treadmill for ages. I don't like paying for gym memberships (just a personal thing) and hate the idea of jogging about outside so prefer to work out in my own home.

    I did a little search and found a thread from 2009 but nothing else is jumping out of the search box since.

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    Are there any good recommendations for a robust folding treadmill at a decent price?

    I would think my budget is up to £600, although I'd prefer to spend less.

    It is just so much money for these kind of things that I wanted to ask you lot first
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    • ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    • By ididntgetwhereiamtoday 6th Sep 17, 7:02 PM
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    • 6th Sep 17, 7:02 PM
    They make a good clothes horse...
    I didn't get where i am today by not reading moneysavingexpert.com
    • RichardD1970
    • By RichardD1970 6th Sep 17, 7:48 PM
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    We have a York Fitness that has been very heavily used by two very overweight people.

    It has let us down once when the motor lost torque.

    Thought it was out of warranty but on enquiring with York on how much a new motor would be was told that they would send an engineer out for free, who spent about 2hrs replacing the motor and calibrating it and giving some useful advice on best use (IE don't stand on the deck when starting it up, places too much strain on the motor ).

    He also bought a replacement console in case it was that playing up, and left it with me as a spare.

    You want to find one with a nice large, well sprung running deck.

    We did the C25K on ours then, when we had lost some weight started to run more outside. I still use it quite a lot but the wife just doesn't like it anymore and prefers to run outside.

    I will use my Kindle Fire to watch stuff on which helps with the monotony.

    I would say that £600 is a minimum to spend to get a good quality, robust one so make sure it is what you want, as ididntgetwhereiamtoday says they do make good (but very expensive) clothes horses.

    Edit: Make sure to check the max user weight (don't know if this will be an issue for you ), ours is 150kg.
    Last edited by RichardD1970; 06-09-2017 at 7:50 PM. Reason: Additional info
    • Greatorex1987
    • By Greatorex1987 7th Sep 17, 11:41 AM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 11:41 AM
    What about specific brands and models? Or is it best to just go running/get a gym membership tbh?
    • zx81
    • By zx81 7th Sep 17, 12:27 PM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 12:27 PM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 12:27 PM
    What about specific brands and models? Or is it best to just go running/get a gym membership tbh?
    Originally posted by Greatorex1987
    It's far better just to use the treadmill that starts outside your front gate and goes on for as long as you want it to.

    But if you do want one, go to a decent sport/gym supply shop and try some. All treadmills are definitely not created equal and you should spend as much as you can, if you don't want something that creaks and rattles every time you step on it.
    • amfan
    • By amfan 7th Sep 17, 1:46 PM
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    What do you hate so much about jogging outside? Is it the thought of others being able to see you? When I started running that was my biggest fear - what people in their cars would think as they drove past! I chose a bridle path to start running on to minimise the risk of seeing anyone. It really doesn't take long for the fear to go, maybe you could give it a go somewhere secluded to start with?
    • singhini
    • By singhini 7th Sep 17, 9:40 PM
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    i bought a treadmill off ebay about 12 years ago for £250 (lifefitness 9500hr classic series). It was an ex-gym piece of equipment. Ive never had to spend any money on it over the years (guess I got lucky)


    its in my garage where I have freeview TV (I use TV and radio to help pass the time).


    Over the 12 years I have had periods of not using it and it just sat there (as pointed out, they make an expensive clothes horse). But for me a treadmill supplements out-door running (Treadmills are great for running at an incline at a constant speed, but I prefer running out doors where the gradient constantly changes and you get natural air).


    Do invest in good running trainers (suited to your style of running), and do change them every 500-ish miles.


    Personally I would start to walk/run around your neighbourhood rather than spend £600


    Do you have a "park-run" or "fun-run" near you (they have people of all ages and abilities and are great fun).
    • Greatorex1987
    • By Greatorex1987 13th Sep 17, 8:58 AM
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    • 13th Sep 17, 8:58 AM
    I guess it is a mixture of feeling insecure about being outside running looking fat and sweaty and living next to a busy train station and stuff. I got fed up of the gym because of how much it costs and how little I was going/using when I did go. Maybe i will just need to bite the bullet and get out jogging and drag my girlfriend along or something, thank you for the responses though.

    The more I read treadmill reviews, the more I'm put off - there is almost 1 complaint on every model i have liked, and I had a very bad experience with Reebok the other year with an exercise bike.
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 13th Sep 17, 9:43 AM
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    Try a second-hand Precor from ebay/facebook/schpock etc
    • davidbell01
    • By davidbell01 14th Sep 17, 1:08 PM
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    Hello all,

    I have wanted a treadmill for ages. I don't like paying for gym memberships (just a personal thing) and hate the idea of jogging about outside so prefer to work out in own home.

    I did a little search and found a thread from 2009 but nothing else is jumping out of the search box since.

    ----------

    Are there any good recommendations for a robust folding treadmill at a decent price?

    I would think my budget is up to £600, although I'd prefer to spend less.

    It is just so much money for these kind of things that I wanted to ask you lot first
    Originally posted by Greatorex1987
    Go for sole fitness, proform or lifespan. Any model from these brands can work for you. My recommendation is to go for Sole Fitness S77 because its durable and best for home use. Mine still works like a charm and didn't have any issues from the last 2 years.
    • AirJoe
    • By AirJoe 20th Sep 17, 4:52 PM
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    If I see an out of shape guy or girl running round the park I have nothing but respect for them. They're getting it done despite their fears!

    If it helps, a bit of countryside can reduce prying eyes and also give you some nice scenery to look at. There's no harm in driving somewhere nice or more secluded to go for a run. Or if you can get to a park that's popular with runners then you can just blend in with the running crowd. Other runners will always respect someone making the effort too.

    If you can get over that first psychological hurdle, you'll be enoying it before you know it
    • Quizzical Squirrel
    • By Quizzical Squirrel 20th Sep 17, 5:09 PM
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    I too was fortunate with a cheap treadmill. Mine was £300 in 2001 and although the electronic display has been getting flakey in the last year, the motor and belt are still fine. If it dies tomorrow morning, I've had my money out of this thing.

    However, when it dies, I will be looking to spend a lot more because I want better cushioning and a wider belt. Mine is great for fast walking but sometimes I do the odd stagger when I'm running and it's not wide enough to cope.

    It's best to try models out. E.g. when I bought my elliptical, I though I had it all figured out but when I tried out the models I liked, they all made be nauseated. There was only one brand (Sole) that didn't make me feel sick.

    I'm half expecting a similar sort of thing when I need a new treadmill. There'll be something like this that I won't know until I try it and these things are so expensive, I don't want to get it wrong.

    You could also consider buying second hand. People buy these things, lose interest and there are bargains to be had although you'll need to hire a van (and a couple of strong folk if it's an elliptical!)
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