What to Look For in a Treadmill

Horizon T1201 TreadmillI spend a lot of time on road, traveling on business.  Last week, I switched hotels because I didn’t like the first hotel’s treadmill. 

Since I’m running the Boston Marathon next week, I didn’t want to risk a fall on a small, rickety treadmill.  Some of my training runs require a treadmill speed of 10 mph, so there isn’t much margin for error.

Whether you’re looking for a hotel with a good treadmill or you are looking to buy one for your home, there are several things to watch out for:

  • A belt size of at least 20” x 60”
  • A Continuous Duty motor with at least 2.5 HP
  • Speed settings that go up to at least 12 mph
  • Incline settings that go up to at least 12% (and down to a -3% decline, if possible)
  • Compatible with a Polar Heart Rate Monitor Strap
  • A water bottle holder
  • A built-in fan
  • A headphone jack
  • If you are buying a treadmill, a long warranty is key
  • If you are in a hotel, a (free) fitness center with 24 hour access and multiple treadmills are important to make sure that you can work out on your schedule

What do you look for in a treadmill?  What are your favorite models and why?  Tell me in the comments.

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