Choosing a treadmill to hire can be daunting. Here is a quick guide to help you choose the right treadmill for your needs as simply getting the cheapest one might not meet your needs and will leave you disappointed.
Assess your health and fitness goals be it recovery, weight loss or general fitness. It is important to choose a treadmill that meets your requirements to reach this goal.
Keep in mind the running area of a treadmill is very important. A treadmill that has a small running belt and is meant for walking will run awkwardly and unbalanced. Check out the size guide below against the equipment you intend to hire.
General belt size guide (recommended):
Walking and Jogging
48″ (1220mm) length and 18” (480mm) width
51″ (1300mm) length and 20” (510mm) in width
It may seem like small differences in size but it makes a big difference in comfort when on the treadmill.
Think about how much space you have available to set up your treadmill. It needs to be a safe distance away from walls as well as behind. You also need to think about where you will be storing it.
We recommend folding treadmills for home use to help keep it out the way when it is not being used. Make sure you check the treadmills dimensions when hiring.
It is important to consider how the equipment is going to get to the intended workout space. Please have a look at the delivery access information.
Most treadmills these days have special features which aren’t necessarily important to meet your goals but they can improve the exercise experience. Think about what features will help you reach your goals.
This feature is must if you plan to use inclines as manual adjustment is a real hassle mid workout. It allows faster calorie burn and support better muscle definition. The steeper the incline the faster you burn calories and the wider the muscles rage you can use.
Most home treadmills today offer built-in workout programs that control their speed and incline. Some have dozens whilst others feature the key programs. Think about how many you would actually use and does the increase justify the price? Some even have track running programs for the more advanced users.
Heart Rate Monitors
Accurate heart rate data can help you exercise more efficiently. Some treadmills with HR monitors offer heart rate control as well; their pre-set workout programs will adjust to help you stay in your target heart rate zone.
A treadmill’s motor powers the track. You need to look for a motor that is strong enough to support your speed and weight otherwise it will feel like the belt is slipping whilst you run.
General motor power guide (recommended)
Walking: Choose 2.0 HP +
Jogging: Choose 2.5 HP +
Running: Choose 3.0 CHP +
Special features to consider are on/off cushioning, workout fans, water bottle holders, speakers, tablet computer holders, touchscreens, web browsers and high definition TV.
User weight capacities generally range from 100 to 160kg (220 to 350lbs). We recommend choosing a treadmill that can officially handle at least 10kg (20 lbs) more than your body weight. This will help ensure smooth operation.