What should I know before buying a treadmill?

What should I know before buying a treadmill?

What should I know before buying a treadmill?

By AARON DORKSEN – 3G Cardio Fitness Editor

Buying a treadmill is a lot more complicated process than many people realize.

Once you start doing some research and shopping around, you’ll quickly understand that treadmills come in a huge variety of styles, prices and warranties.

So what should you know before buying a treadmill?

Before you even start the process, here are the top four things you need to know:

  1. Know the price points – If you plan to jog, stay away from the cheap department store treadmills. You can still buy a $1,000 treadmill at a high-end specialty fitness store. Here are some general price points for what to expect as you move up the scale:* $1,000-$1,500 – Walking – light jogging
    * $1,500 – $2,500 – intermediate use, average running
    * $3,000 – $5,000 – unlimited home use/commercial use. Full running/training and marathons.
    * $5000 and up – full-blown commercial use
  1. Don’t under-buy your treadmill – Not all treadmills are made for the same amount of use, or even size of runners.Did you know some treadmills aren’t really designed to be used by someone who weighs over 200 pounds running on them on a regular basis?Make sure you talk to a qualified sales associate, or thoroughly research online in order to get the treadmill that will fit your needs.
  1. Check the warranty! – One of the biggest things to consider is the warranty. There can be a huge difference in this.Basically, some companies undersell the competition, but they know full well that seven years or so down the line people will be coming back to them to buy replacement parts and/or service and often wind up spending another $500-700 on replacement belts or electronic boards. (There goes the initial “good deal” out the window.) There can be a huge difference.
  1. Consider the review source – When reading treadmill reviews online be careful. Many of the online reviews are put up by people working for the specific companies.

3G CARDIO MEASURES UP WITH THE BEST

The award-winning 3G Cardio treadmill lineup consists of 3G Cardio Pro Runner Treadmill (MSRP $1,899), 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill ($3,399), 3G Cardio 80i Fold Flat Treadmill ($1,799) and 3G Cardio Lite Runner Treadmill ($999).

There is a treadmill to fit just about any budget or exercise needs.

*The 3G Cardio Elite Runner Treadmill features a DC 4.0 hp motor, an oversized belt and can be used by people weighing up 400 pounds. It has an assembled weight of 386 pounds and an outstanding warranty of 10 years on parts and two years on labor. This 3G Cardio Elite Runner feels like the top models at the club to run on. It’s is a treadmill you’ll want to use! It’s rated for use by someone who weighs up to 400 pounds.

Residential Warranty: Lifetime motor, lifetime frame, 10 years parts, 2 years in-home labor.

Commercial Warranty: 5 years motor and frame, 5 years parts, 1 year in-home labor.

*The 3G Cardio Pro Runner has a DC 3.0 hp motor with heavy duty belt and can accommodate users weighing up to 350 pounds. It has an assembled weight of 216 pounds.

The 3G Cardio Pro Runner and 80i can be folded up and stored away. They are ideal for people who don’t have a lot of room in their living space, but still want to have access to a treadmill to walk and-or run on. It has great stability. It’s rated for use by someone who weighs up to 350 pounds.

Residential Warranty: Lifetime motor, lifetime frame, 5 years parts, 1 year in-home labor.

*The 3G Cardio 80i Fold Flat Treadmill allows a user to not only fold the treadmill upright but also fold the treadmill flat to the floor and stored away under a bed. When folded flat to the floor, the 3G Cardio 80i Treadmill has an extremely low height of only 9.75″. It’s the only Fold Flat™ Treadmill on the market built exclusively for runners. It also can be folded vertically, and another set of wheels allows it to easily be pushed out of the way when not in use. It’s rated for use by someone who weighs up to 325 pounds.

Residential Warranty: Lifetime motor, lifetime frame, 5 years parts, 1 year in-home labor.

*The  3G Cardio Lite Runner measures just 67 inches (length) x 29 3-4 (width) x 52 1-2 (height). It can be folded up to just 32 x 29 3-4 x 62 1-2 and rolled through most standard doorways for storage without having to disassemble.

Unlike most treadmills priced at $1,000 or under, the 3G Cardio Lite Runner has an extremely sturdy frame and belt and powerful motor. It doesn’t stall or lag when you walk or jog on it, which is the case for most other less expensive treadmills. The 2.5 High Torque Motor is strong enough to create a consistent belt speed. It’s rated for use by someone who weighs up to 300 pounds.

Residential Warranty: Lifetime motor, lifetime frame, 3 years parts, 1 year in-home labor.

REVIEWS

The 3G Cardio lineup of treadmills, vibration training machines and exercise bikes has won a plethora of awards and garnered a long list of recommendations from respected reviewers.

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